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De Ruse Announces He’s Running for City Council
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De Ruse Announces He’s Running for City Council

La Mirada~The La Mirada City Council Race in March of next year, may have just got a little more interesting.

La Mirada resident Steve De Ruse has announced he will be filing for candidacy in the upcoming La Mirada City Council election on March 8, 2011.

De Ruse, a La Mirada resident since 1976, joins Larry Mowles as individuals who have expressed their desire to run for council.

Three seats are up for grabs; those of Steve Jones, Hal Malkin, and Pete Dames.

Malkin, a council member since 1994,  has already announced he will not be seeking a fifth term. Dames, also in line for a fifth,  has declined to commit one way or another, which is customary for him. Jones is sure to run again, although not confirmed.

De Ruse currently is a second-term member of the La Mirada Community Services Commission.

Truck is Stolen From Front of Home in Whittier County Area
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Truck is Stolen From Front of Home in Whittier County Area

 

Michael Schweich speaks with LA County's Sheriff deputies after his truck was stolen, and before it was recovered

Old Caltrans Truck is Target of Theft

Whittier~A man reportedly stole a truck this afternoon in unincorporated LA County, just east of the La Mirada city limits, and was captured a short time later.

Michael Schweich, who lives at 15921 Ocean Avenue called police about 2:00 PM this afternoon when his orange truck was stolen from the front of his home.

The truck is an old Caltrans truck that had been stripped of its decals.

Apparently, Schweich knows the suspect and was able to guide police as to where to find him.

About 30 minutes later, a man arrested at Beach Blvd. and Imperial Highway in La Habra is believed to be the suspect connected to the crime.

What’s Going On With the KFI Tower?
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What’s Going On With the KFI Tower?

Blinding Lights Are Not Permanent

La Mirada~ Chances are, if you live in Southern California you have noticed it.

Chances are, if you live in the La Mirada area, you can't help but notice it.

The KFI Tower-an iconic monument in La Mirada since 1948-has been running amuck lately, with high intensity, almost blinding, strobe lights blinking, that can be seen throughout the metropolitan basin. Normally the bright lights or on only during the day, and the red ones at night.

We have received numerous emails here at the La Mirada Blog from residents; most expressing the lights are way to bright.

Bob Cymbolin wrote us: "This thing is way too bright and imposing...and it is constantly flashing. Is there any way to stop it? Everyone wants safety, but this high intensity flashing day and night is way overboard. You can see it for miles across the southland."

The original tower collapsed after a single engine plane crashed into it in 2004, killing Jim and Mary Ghosoph, who were traveling to Fullerton Airport from El Monte.  In 2008, a new tower was constructed with new high intensity red flashing lights and other safety upgrades.

La Mirada Weekly Crime Summary
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La Mirada Weekly Crime Summary

La Mirada~Would you like the La Mirada weekly crime report delivered straight to your desktop? You can you know. Just visit the City of La Mirada's website at www.cityoflamirada.org and signup for E-WATCH.

E-WATCH-Weekly Crime Summary, August 23 - 29, 2010

Residential Burglary

There was one residential burglary on the 12800 block of Woodridge Ave.

Other Structure Burglary

Miscellaneous items and holiday ornaments were taken from a storage locker on the 15200 block of Ocaso Ave.

Grand Theft

There were four grand thefts reported. Unknown suspects took copper wire and batteries on the 14500 block of Biola Ave. A vehicle's tailgate was stolen on the 14400 block of Alondra Blvd. Three bicycles were taken on the 13400 block of Marlette Dr. A Yorkshire Terrier puppy was taken from a business on the 15700 block of Imperial Hwy.

Vehicle Burglary

Vehicle burglaries decreased slightly from seven to five. In four of the incidents, unknown suspects shattered a window to gain entry. A car stereo and electronic equipment were stolen from a vehicle on the 14500 block of Artesia Blvd.

A purse was taken from a vehicle parked on the 15700 block of Rosecrans Ave.

VIDEO: Fire Starts in La Mirada Backyard
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VIDEO: Fire Starts in La Mirada Backyard

La Mirada~A fire broke out in the backyard at 12803 Graff, in La Mirada yesterday afternoon. Firefighters from Station 49 in La Mirada responded and quickly doused the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Incorrect address is given in video.

See the raw video: http://youtu.be/qypsXXtSP9U

LAST NIGHT: FIRE NEAR WHITTIER HIGH SCHOOL; RAW VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE
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LAST NIGHT: FIRE NEAR WHITTIER HIGH SCHOOL; RAW VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

Whittier~Fire near Whittier High School at 12224 Philadelphia St.; Plumbing & Industrial Supply Co. founded in Whittier in 1968.

RAW VIDEO: www.youtube.com/lamiradablog

VIDEO: Firefighters Make Quick Work of Dumpster Fire
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VIDEO: Firefighters Make Quick Work of Dumpster Fire

EARLIER TODAY:  Dumpster fire on border of Santa Fe Springs/La Mirada, adjacent to homes in La Mirada.

http://www.youtube.com/user/lamiradablog#p/a/u/0/t3LHziT75bU

 

La Mirada Salaries Are Middle-of-the-Road
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La Mirada Salaries Are Middle-of-the-Road

La Mirada~La Mirada pays its city officials significantly less than that of Bell, which has recently been under fire for its exorbitant salaries of local officials.

According to City Manager Tom Robinson, his annual salary is $187,380, which he said has not changed in three years. Robinson's salary is vastly different from the disgraced Bell city manager Robert Rizzo's $787,637 annual pay.

In addition, the Mayor and four City Council members each earned $12,114.36 a year, with an addition $8,138 in benefits. City Clerk Anne Haraksin's annual salary stands at $106,988.

Robinson said that the situation in Bell is the opposite of La Mirada's fiscally conservative tradition of governance.

"There is no justification for the types of salaries that have come to light recently in Bell," he said. "They are not at all in keeping with the City of La Mirada's long standing tradition of being fiscally conservative."

He stressed that La Mirada wants to fairly compensate its employees "at the mid-range of what other similar positions are paid in the competitive marketplace."

"La Mirada does not want to be the highest paying employer, nor does it want to be the lowest," Robinson added. "The City of La Mirada wants to hire and retain good employees at reasonable pay levels to deliver quality services."

While Robinson's salary remains unchanged, La Mirada has made cuts in its annual budget and its personnel, resulting in a reduction of its full-time workforce to 82 employees, and freezing cost of living adjustments for a second year in a row.

Oxman’s Debuts Military Museum
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Oxman’s Debuts Military Museum

Santa Fe Springs~Oxman's Surplus reopened its doors to the public in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday with a new museum of military memorabilia and a new mess tent café.

Long-time customers, new customers and officials from the La Mirada City Council and the Chamber of Commerce attended the ceremony that included many speakers and military history enthusiasts in World War II-era uniforms.

"Oxman's Surplus is a passion that came from a man who served in World War II," said Jason Oxman, the son of store owner Jerome "Mr. O" Oxman, before the ribbon-cutting ceremony began.

The store, located near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue and Valley View Street in Santa Fe Springs, has been a fixture for La Mirada and nearby residents looking for surplus military equipment and other accessories since it opened its doors in 1961.

For the first time, the front of Oxman's Surplus will serve as its entrance, where customers will enter Mr. O's collection of military history, ranging from the Medieval period to Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, a restaurant serving mess hall items like hot dogs and meals, ready-to-eat  (MREs) is located in the renovated wing of the store.

Oxman’s Grand Re-Opening Set for July 31st
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Oxman’s Grand Re-Opening Set for July 31st

Schedule of Events

10AM Store Opens

11AM Ribbon Cutting

1130AM "Mess Tent Cafe" Opens

12PM WWII Reinactors and Military Vehicles

2PM Parachute fun for the kids

GUEST SPEAKERS ALL DAY

 

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