La Mirada Blog

Articles by Tony Aiello

Fireworks stands now open in La Mirada
Community

Fireworks stands now open in La Mirada

As America prepares for Independence Day, fireworks stands are now open in La Mirada. The stands provide a major fundraising opportunity for the groups that participate in the selling each year.

Booths are open July 1 through July 3 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

If you plan on purchasing fireworks this year, use the guide below as a way to support your favorite group. 

Be safe and have fun from all of us here at the La Mirada Blog! (more)


House fire erupts on Alicante Road
News

House fire erupts on Alicante Road

A house fire occurred earlier this afternoon around 1:30 p.m. along the 15200 block of Alicante Road In La Mirada.

The fire was knocked down with 30 minutes as units from area Los Angeles County Fire Department stations in Cerritos, Norwalk and Whittier responded. (more)

Memorial Day Service at Olive Lawn

Memorial Day Service at Olive Lawn

The City of La Mirada and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 invite the community to its 62nd Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Olive Lawn Memorial Park, 13926 La Mirada Boulevard.

The Service will include vocal and other special tributes to fallen soldiers, guest speaker Major Ed Choi and the placing of memorial wreaths and flowers by the VFW Post 9148 and Auxiliary, the City of La Mirada and community organizations including Ebell, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Union Army of the West. (more)

The rediscovery of Andrew McNally’s Windermere Ranch olive crusher
Nostalgia

The rediscovery of Andrew McNally’s Windermere Ranch olive crusher

Considered the Crown Jewel of La Mirada History

Campo~Although the Dichiara family was based in La Mirada for only around 20 years, they will forever hold an integral part of its history.

La Mirada city founder Andrew McNally created and built his olive oil empire, the first industry in La Mirada, beginning in the late nineteenth century and well into the twentieth.

The factory where he processed the fruit was located on his Windermere Ranch and at one time produced some of the finest, purest oil available in the world.

When the Long Beach earthquake struck in 1933 it damaged the building and production was halted. (more)

New La Mirada Veterans Council Forms
Community

New La Mirada Veterans Council Forms

A new group has formed in La Mirada to assist with veteran-based events and to provide other services to members of the military in the community.

The La Mirada Veterans Coordinating Council, which recently held it's first meeting March 3rd at city hall, is a partnership between the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 and the City of La Mirada. (more)

Residents Clean Up a Section of the North Fork Coyote Creek Bike Path
Community

Residents Clean Up a Section of the North Fork Coyote Creek Bike Path

North Fork Coyote Creek Bike Path

Beautiful weather greeted a group of residents this past early Saturday morning at Frontier Park in La Mirada where they gathered for their first organized clean-up of the North Fork Coyote Creek Bike Path.

The effort was organized by Arco Cabrera, Associate Pastor at Neighborhood Life Church based out of the VFW Post 9148.

The group walked about a quarter mile west on Foster Road to reach the trailhead of the path, which is very popular with local bicyclists offering a 13-mile ride to Seal Beach, converging with the San Gabriel River bike path along the way. (more)

City Council Race 2022
Opinion

City Council Race 2022

I am officially declaring, the City Council election season has begun in La Mirada.

I am not an expert on politics, elections or anything else really, but I can offer a unique perspective and why not?

This is the third campaign season La Mirada residents will be electing council members by district rather than city-wide after the city was threatened to be sued by MALDEF in 2016.

What does this mean? Well, from a candidate standpoint, generally speaking, you only need a few hundred votes to win rather than the couple of thousand you would need in an at-large election.

FBI Raids La Mirada Home Connected in Credit Card Fraud Ring; Arrests Made Throughout Area
News

FBI Raids La Mirada Home Connected in Credit Card Fraud Ring; Arrests Made Throughout Area

La Mirada~Authorities served a federal warrant on a home in La Mirada this morning in connection with an alleged credit card fraud ring and methamphetamine distribution operation.

Shortly after 6:00 Tuesday morning, residents told us they heard a loud boom as authorities used a flash-bang device to gain access to the home located in the 13800 block of Mansa Drive.

Agencies involved in the raid included the California Highway Patrol, Huntington Beach Police Department and the FBI as we first reported at 6:41 a.m. local time on our Twitter feed with exclusive photos and video.

Other arrest and search warrants were served in the southeast cities area in connection with the scam as reported by KTLA and the Cerritos Patch.

The La Mirada residents indicted in the case are still at-large at last report.


Local Retailers Burglarized; Crime Continues to Climb at Alarming Rate in La Mirada
News

Local Retailers Burglarized; Crime Continues to Climb at Alarming Rate in La Mirada

La Mirada~Last night, the Cabo Taco Baja Grill restaurant was broken into, but the thief left with no loot. Cabo’s owner told us the incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. and told us security cameras show a male with a white hoody breaking/shattering the front door glass after attempting to use a crowbar first. Once inside, soon after, the thief flees when a motion detector activates an alarm. He attempted to grab the cash register.

This past early Friday morning, a thief broke into Sami’s Liquor located at Rosecrans and Valley View Avenues. Stolen was the entire cash register which contained about $200. However, Sami’s owner tells us the cash register itself was worth around $2000.

We have also received an unconfirmed report of a similar incident at Flame Broiler recently.

This past Saturday a truck was burglarized-in broad daylight- while parked at Creek Park. A Blog fan messaged us the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. She told us that after a short walk, she returned to her husband’s truck to discover the window smashed. Her purse was stolen and the thieves attempted to use her credit card a short time later at the Target in La Habra.

Part One Crimes (homicides, rape, arson, aggravated assault, thefts) continue in recent years, at an alarming uptick in town. In 2014 there were 724 Part One Crimes. In 2015 there were 923 and there were 962 in 2016, according to city staff reports.

So far in 2017, sheriff reports indicate a 20% rise in these crimes over the same period last year. If this trend continues, crime will have risen over 60% in La Mirada in a four-year period.

Looking for La Mirada Garage Bands to Perform at Carnival
Community

Looking for La Mirada Garage Bands to Perform at Carnival

Organizers for the “4 La Mirada Kids” Carnival are looking for middle school and high school La Mirada garage bands to perform at this year’s event scheduled for May 5th-7th at Benton Middle School.

Audition dates are Saturdays, March 4th,18th, 25th and April 1st from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Auditions will be held at 15751 Lone Ridge Place in La Mirada.

Interested bands are to call (310) 252-3114 and leave a message. Someone will call you back to schedule an audition time.

Electric drums will be provided along with all amps and PA, just bring your instruments.

Audition Dates

Saturday, March 4th 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Saturday, March 18th 9:00AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, March 25th 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Saturday, April 1st 9:00AM – 1:00PM