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La Mirada Receives High Ranks for Fiscal Health

La Mirada Receives High Ranks for Fiscal Health

The City of La Mirada was recently ranked in the top 96th percentile for overall fiscal health from United States Common Sense. United States Common Sense is a national organization dedicated to opening government data to the public and educating citizens about how their governments work.

The United States Common Sense organization collects Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) statements annually from governments across the United States and uses the data to create a free, comprehensive public finance database.

Since it was founded in 2010, United States Common Sense has been featured in well-known publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Reuters, and more.

For this year’s ranking, evaluators received CAFRs for more than 13,000 local governments and all 50 states, and reviewed almost 10,000 audits. The information is used to rank governments on budget balance, asset flexibility, and pension funding.

UFC Announces Opening of New La Mirada Gym

UFC Announces Opening of New La Mirada Gym

Former Toys R Us building will be their largest in the world

La Mirada~UFC GYM®, the fast-growing franchise that combines mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness, today announced the opening of its new, 46,000 square foot location in La Mirada, set for this Saturday, January 23rd at 8 a.m.

The gym, located at 14920 La Mirada Boulevard at the former Toys R Us site, will make history as the largest UFC GYM since the organization’s inception in 2009, with more than 135 clubs currently located throughout the United States, Australia and Canada.

As one of the brands signature gyms, this location will be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, joining the regions Corona, South Corona, Rosemead and Torrance locations with the same distinction in Southern California.

“This gym raises the bar as the premiere fitness destination of Los Angeles County,” UFC GYM President Adam Sedlack said. “Opening day will give the entire community a chance to experience what makes our gyms different. Thousands of members around the world have transformed their lives by combining the best of traditional fitness with the innovation of how the world’s best athletes train. I am so proud to bring our largest location to the great City of La Mirada.”

Highlighted by a 30-foot Octagon®, members of this top-of-the-line signature gym will have access to strength training and cardio machines, battle ropes, agility ladders, bag room, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio, large group fitness rooms and other functional training equipment for dynamic workouts. The gym’s explosive workout environment uses cutting-edge training techniques inspired by UFC® athletes and provides members with everything needed for the entire family to sweat, move, live and Train Different®.

La Mirada Mayor Pauline Deal will be present to officially kick off the celebration with a ribbon cutting coordinated by the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce at 9:30 a.m. Following the cutting, there will be family-friendly activities such as drawings, giveaways and discounts at the Arm Bar Café. A DJ, kid’s jump house and face painting station will also be on site.

UFC GYM will host a variety of activities including demonstrations of the brands most popular group and individual fitness programs throughout the day. Demonstrations will showcase striking exhibitions to include: boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Daily Ultimate Training® (DUT®), group fitness (Zumba® & P90X®) and youth programs.

All activities are free and open to the community.


8 a.m.                           Gym Opens for Members and Guests

9:30 a.m.                      Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

10 – 11:30 a.m.             Morning Demonstrations in Octagon

1 – 2:30 p.m.                 Afternoon Demonstrations in Octagon

4 – 5:30 p.m.                 Evening Demonstrations in Octagon

ALL DAY                       Members and Guests can workout anytime

A team of elite Personal Coaches helps members achieve indisputable results through individual and group training. The new location features a UFC GYM retail store, UFC GYM Kids’ fitness classes, Kid Club offering childcare, full amenity locker rooms with dry saunas, Arm Bar Café and towel service.

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La Mirada Rotary and Walmart Team to Help Local Families

La Mirada Rotary and Walmart Team to Help Local Families

ROTARY ASSISTS GOOD SAM PANTRY – Members of the Rotary Club of La Mirada donated $1,100 worth of Thanksgiving turkeys, canned goods and other items to the Good Sam Pantry at Beatitudes Church in La Mirada.  Pictured are (l to r) Chris Robinson, Rick Jones, John Lewis, Tom Polley, Jose Lombera, President Russell Hall, Hal Malkin and Sean Bracey. The donation, which was made possible by a grant from the Walmart Community Foundation, is one of several Rotary projects to assist needy families.

La Mirada~The Rotary Club of La Mirada marked the Thanksgiving holiday by donating $1,100 in turkeys, canned goods and other food items to the Good Sam Pantry at Beatitudes Church in La Mirada.

The donation, which was funded in part by a grant from the Walmart Community Foundation, purchased complete holiday meals for 40 families.

Rotarians purchased the food at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at Imperial Highway and La Mirada Boulevard, on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 19. The food was then distributed to needy families that afternoon by volunteers at the Good Sam Pantry.

Rotary plans to donate a similar amount of meals for local families prior to the Christmas and Easter holidays.

The Rotary Club of La Mirada performs a variety of community service projects throughout the year.  The group meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Elephant Bar Restaurant on Firestone Boulevard North in La Mirada.  Visitors are welcome to attend.

Help Fight Children’s Cancer at Butterfly Wishes at Golden Dreams Event

Help Fight Children’s Cancer at Butterfly Wishes at Golden Dreams Event

The fight against children’s cancer will take a step forward during a fundraiser sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet on Friday, Nov.13 at the Friendly Hills Country Club.

“Butterfly Wishes and Golden Dreams” is the theme of From Maddi’s Closet’s major fundraiser for efforts to assist children fighting cancer.  In recent years, the local non-profit group has donated more than $230,000 to help with children’s cancer research and provide emotional and financial support to thousands of patients and their families.

“Childhood cancer is the number one disease-related killer of children in our country, and it is critically important that we increase awareness of what we can do to fight this terrible disease,” says Donna Holmes, president and founder of From Maddi’s Closet.

The honorary committee for the event includes: Robert and Virginia Ball; Whittier Mayor Fernando Dutra and Mary Dutra; La Mirada Councilmember Ed Eng and Catherine Eng; Whittier Chamber of Commerce President Elect Chris Hardeman; Randy and Joyce Herbon of Relay for Life; Steve and Janice Jones of La Mirada; Art and Rita Leslie of La Mirada; Tom and Priscilla Robinson of TR Management Services, Inc.; Dr. Gerald Roodzant, DDS; Brian and Sandy Sherman, Seventh Son Gourmet Catering and Events; and Pastors Kelly and Stephanie Warner, Whittier Area Community Church. Janice Roodzant, Details Business Organizer, is serving as chair of the event.

Dulles Elementary Selects Student of the Month

Dulles Elementary Selects Student of the Month

La Mirada~Often, being called into the principal’s office means you’re in trouble. However, Norwalk-La Mirada’s Dulles Elementary is turning that stigma around.

This month, first-grader Nicolas Diomedes said he enjoyed being called to the principal’s office to be highlighted as the Student of the Month.

The reward program, coupled with the Staff of the Month award, is part of Dulles’ Positive Behavior System to employ recognition to foster good student behavior and recognize the work of teachers and staff who have made a “Dulles Difference” by contributing to a supportive learning environment.

Free Flu Clinic Offered at La Mirada Activity Center

Free Flu Clinic Offered at La Mirada Activity Center

La Mirada~It’s flu season, and the La Mirada Activity Center is offering free flu shots to community members. The flu shots will be given on Tuesday, October 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Flu shots and nasal sprays will be offered for all ages. The program is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Recent studies show that flu vaccines can reduce the risk of doctor visits due to flu by 60 percent. Those who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.

“We encourage all community members and especially seniors, to visit the Activity Center and receive the free flu shots,” says Community Services Supervisor Lisa Montoya."

The flu shots and sprays are provided by the City of La Mirada in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

For more information, contact the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 902-3160.

La Mirada Rotary Seeks Donations to Help Fight Polio; World Polio Day Marks Progress

La Mirada Rotary Seeks Donations to Help Fight Polio; World Polio Day Marks Progress

La Mirada Rotarians are seeking donations to support efforts to end polio throughout the world as part of Rotary’s World Polio Day on October 23.

Established by Rotary International more than a decade ago, World Polio Day honors Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine.

“Rotary is very proud of the remarkable progress that has been made towards a polio-free world over the past 30 years,” says Russell Hall, president of the Rotary Club of La Mirada.

“No child anywhere should have to suffer from this terrible disease, which can be so easily prevented by immunizations,” says Rotarian Hal Malkin, whose Rexall pharmacy served the La Mirada community for many years.

“Rotary launched PolioPlus, the first global campaign to immunize the world’s children against polio in 1985, at about the same time I joined Rotary,” says Dr. Wayne Wong, a dentist who has served the La Mirada community for decades. ”At that time there were more than 350,000 cases of crippling polio each year in over 125 countries.”

In 1988, Rotary mobilized the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to join in this effort.  Since Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize more than 2 billion children, the incidence of polio has decreased 99 percent. Rotary has contributed over $1.4 billion and countless volunteer hours to polio eradication.

An Opportunity for Residents to Help Keep La Mirada Safe

An Opportunity for Residents to Help Keep La Mirada Safe

La Mirada~Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Curtis Jensen is inviting residents, business leaders, faith communities and service group members to join a crime prevention initiative to reduce property crimes in La Mirada.  Hear from your community leaders on how crime affects everyone and what you can do to get involved!

A meeting will be held on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd.  Attendees will be encouraged to be a part of a community based solution to prevent property crimes.

In the first half of 2015, residential and vehicle burglaries combined for nearly one-third of the property crimes reported in La Mirada.  Of the 438 Part I crimes reported from January to June, over 90 percent were crimes involving stolen property.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, be a part of the solution, and help the Public Safety Team keep La Mirada safe.

For more on the meeting, call the La Mirada Community Sheriff's Station at (562) 902-2960.

Fall Youth Sports Leagues Registration Now Open

Fall Youth Sports Leagues Registration Now Open

Register now for fall youth sports leagues offered by the City of La Mirada. Recreational youth sports offered for the fall season includes Friday Night Football, Volleyball, and Volleytennis. Children ages 5 to 17 are invited to participate.

Get ready to spend Friday nights out at the field, with La Mirada’s semi-annual Friday Night Football league.  Open to participants ages 5-14, the league is played with flags and emphasis is on football fundamentals. Friday Night Football games are played at Behringer Park during the fall season. The league cost is $70, and includes one practice during the week and one game on Friday night.

The City’s Youth Volleyball league is back in swing for the fall season.  Open to ages 7-17, the league focuses on the basics of volleyball, including bumping, setting, hitting, serving, and defense.  The Youth Volleyball league is held at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium and the cost is $65.

West Nile Virus Activity Confirmed in La Mirada

West Nile Virus Activity Confirmed in La Mirada

La Mirada~The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) confirmed West Nile virus activity for the first time this year in La Mirada.

GLACVCD encourages residents to take the following safety precautions to protect against mosquito-borne diseases:

Eliminate or manage all sources of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding every week. The work residents do now will make a big difference.

If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and use an insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and Oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). Always apply according to label instructions. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

Contact GLACVCD at 562-944-9656 or visit if there is a significant problem or potential mosquito breeding source where you live or work. West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.

There is no cure for West Nile virus. One in five persons infected with West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms. Symptoms usually occur between five and 15 days, and can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. These symptoms can last for several weeks to months.

One in 150 people infected with the virus will become extremely ill. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.

GLACVCD offers a variety of digital content on their website’resources page.