Public Safety continues to be La Mirada's top priority. Public Safety costs total $8,050,651 for general law enforcement services, the Community Sheriff's Station, probation and district attorney services, emergency preparedness, and Neighborhood Watch and other public safety volunteer programs.
The Sheriff's Department will receive $2,746,120 for general law enforcement, $2,282,034 for traffic enforcement, $1,094,700 for special services, such as juvenile and gang Deputies, $80,000 for narcotics and alcohol enforcement, and $60,000 for Teams Against Special Crimes (TASC) unit.
The Public Works Department will receive $6,984,430 to maintain the City's parks, recreational areas, parkways, medians, public buildings, equipment, and facilities. The City's graffiti removal program costs approximately $126,500.
The Community Services Department will receive $4,892,028 to serve La Mirada's recreational, leisure, and social needs. The Department strives to enhance the quality of life for La Mirada residents through community events, contract classes, youth sports, facility reservations, gymnasium programs, senior services, and social services. Other programs include counseling, youth employment, home-bound meal delivery, and programs designed to assist residents with special needs.
Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center will continue to offer a full range of high quality aquatics classes and programs for all ability levels, while recovering nearly 80 percent of its operating costs.
Community Services also operates La Mirada Transit local transportation, and congestion management services. The budget allocates $1,280,563 for transportation programs.
La Mirada Theatre
The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts will receive $3,798,362. A substantial portion of this funding is recovered from ticket sales and facility rentals. The 2010-11 McCoy Rigby Entertainment series promises to be spectacular with its award-winning stage plays and musical productions. The popular Upright Cabaret will return next year, along with the Programs for Young Audiences series.
Administration & Support
This budget funds several departments and citywide support services with $3,630,364 for City administration, finance administration, economic development, personnel, risk management, and information technology.
The Community Development Department will receive $1,454,086 for planning and building services, code enforcement, and housing programs. This Department is responsible for developing plans to improve the Imperial Corridor and I-5 Freeway Corridor.
This function provides $916,553 for legislative and policy responsibilities, all citizen commissions and advisory councils, City Attorney services, City Clerk's office, elections, and intergovernmental activities.
The budget allocates $17,491,910 for capital improvements to maintain the City's infrastructure. Of this total, $262,910 is provided by the General Fund. The remaining funds are provided by the Redevelopment Agency and various federal, state, and county grants. Some $14,026,000 is for streets, sidewalks, and storm drains, including $7,000,000 for the Telegraph Road realignment and $4,696,600 for Foster Park improvements. Parks and Recreation will receive $451,000 for the Splash! kitchen and park play equipment. The Imperial Highway center median project will receive $2,800,000, public facilities will receive $194,910, and $20,000 is budgeted for traffic signal replacement.
La Mirada's Redevelopment Agency plans to spend $33,780,577 to eliminate blight, enhance the local business climate, and expand the number of employment opportunities available locally. Of this total, $8,998,000 will be dedicated to capital improvement projects
Copies of the City's 2010-11 fiscal year budget are available for public review at La Mirada City Hall and online at www.cityoflamirada.org.