Wednesday, December 23, 2020

La Mirada loses another pillar of the community

 La Mirada has lost another pillar of the community who devoted his life to youth achievement.  Darryl Adams, the vice president of the Norwalk-La Mirada school board passed away earlier this week. He was 59.

Adams was no ordinary elected school board member.  He had been on the school board since 1993 and won re-election six times.

He became a teacher after graduating from USC in 1985 and took on additional work as an team athletics coach where he was mentor to an untold number of youths 

In addition to coaching high school sports for close to three decades he also devoted many years coaching little league.


  

Adams also served on the Norwalk Social Services Commission, held fundraisers and was a keynote speaker at many functions.

But perhaps his legacy will be how he accomplished the unusual  fete of being an elected official of nearly 28 years in a district encompassing two very distinctly different cities on a board that is elected by voters district-wide.

To those that knew Adams it was not surprising to have been on the board all those years because they knew he cared only about the students in the district and that passion also resonated with voters that participated through the years in local board elections. 

Despite having a Norwalk address he received the endorsements of most of the city council members in both Norwalk and La Mirada and from prominent community members in both cities as well. 

In October when the board was discussing schools on a list recommended for closure due to falling enrollment, Adams said he was against closing Foster Road Elementary I knew it was as good as done because that is the kind of respect he commanded from others around him.

That is because for more than three decades all he really cared about were our children.

   



Friday, December 11, 2020

 Go Fund Me Support for our VFW! Donate now to help them keep the doors open!

Donate now to help our vets! Click the link - any size donation is appreciated. Support our Local La Mirada Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Valley View! Please support our Local Veterans! Give to the Go fund Me Account for our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148! The City of La Mirada and surrounding community should be proud of the La Mirada Post 9148 Veterans of Foreign Wars as it is one of the few Veterans of Foreign Wars Post (VFW) that owns its own property. Many of our Comrades have permanently closed. Please help keep our legacy going. La Mirada Supports it Vets! The VFW is the first community based organization for our new troops to get help and transition to civilian life. Veterans Helping Veterans. Now we need your help to stay open. We have been closed since March and continue to have our bills come due. Many people "Thank us for our service," well we "Thank you for your support!" https://www.gofundme.com/f/w9gjg3-veterans-of-foreign-wars?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR1epcXXefgCDX14U6E_J8cVcp124gbOPjJSWzDdK_0yPFFEPjENxRccBJs

Sunday, November 22, 2020

NLMUSD election results update: Rios lead widens to 34 votes

Incumbent Jesse Urquidi, the current vice president of the NLMUSD school board is in danger of losing his reelection bid for a second term to challenger Jose Rios who now has a razor thin lead of 34 votes.

Rios, a realtor from Norwalk saw his lead widen on Friday after overtaking Urquidi earlier in the week by just four votes.

The next results update will be released on late Tuesday afternoon. 

Updated results can be found below.


Results as of Friday Nov. 20

Candidate(s)VotesPercent
CHRISTOPHER STAPLES (N)22,07526.41%
KAREN MORRISON (N)21,02425.15%
JOSE M. RIOS (N)20,26424.24%
JESUS "JESSE" URQUIDI (N)20,23024.20%



Saturday, November 21, 2020

7 arrested at La Mirada DUI checkpoint


Seven drivers were arrested at a Sheriff's Department DUI checkpoint last night on Imperial Hwy. west of Valley View Av. including one driver that was taken into custody for DUI.

Five drivers were arrested for driving without a license or for being behind the wheel with a suspended or revoked license.

The owner of one vehicle was arrested, cited, and released for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to operate their vehicle (yes it's a misdemeanor crime) and one driver was cited for having an open container of alcohol in their vehicle.

Deputies towed five vehicles during the operation funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety that began at 6 p.m. and ended at 2 a.m.