La Mirada Blog
Articles by Tony Aiello
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Well, I think it’s about time.
You mean an opinion column on my own website? What a novel concept. I hope to produce this on a every-other-month basis so let’s see and let’s go. Thank YOU for taking time out of your busy day to read this and I hope you enjoy it as we move forward.
From the beginning, I am not going to grovel for days over this column or it’s just going to stress me out and I won’t like doing it. So, my goal is to knock it out in 30 minutes and it is what it is. I’ll put a stop watch on my desk and let’s see how it goes.
Where is the La Mirada Blog going and how has it evolved and changed over the years? What’s next, if anything? What happened in the 2017 La Mirada City Council Election, just 27 months ago-the true story, other than me losing? 😊 City Council members are now elected by district, but are they serving in their districts?
The first issue is this website. I hear you, it's outdated. I hope to have it updated very soon and I apologize. Social media took over in 2009-10 as you well know if you’re a long time follower and the website has been neglected, but mostly because of financial reasons. The overhaul is going to cost more than I thought and I hope to have this remedied very soon. However, with that being said, it is still a place for exclusive content and I have some great advertisers!
Minus the website, the La Mirada Blog has 20,000+ social media followers, not to mention the engagement and reach. What does this mean? Nothing, but comparatively speaking, in a town of 50,000 it is significant and sometimes there is a stress and pressure that goes along with it.
Although I knew I loved what I was doing when I started the Blog many years ago in 2003, at times I have had difficulty keeping up emotionally with its tremendous growth, its status in the community and the responsibility that comes with it along with trying to approach it in a non-biased way in a city I have such a personal attachment to.
So, join on this journey with me as I trudge along running the La Mirada Blog and let us all see what’s next. I tell you and you decide. Send me your ideas, questions, topics, stories and story ideas, advice, news ideas and anything to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s travel this road called life, together. Till next time.
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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.
The La Mirada residents indicted in the case are still at-large at last report.
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.