Thursday, May 23, 2019

Chick-Fil-A: Anxiously awaited, Finally arrived

The La Mirada Chick-Fil-A on the eve of their
Grand Opening Weds May22 
La Mirada-  The waiting is finally over.  With all the expected hype, promotion, pizazz one expects, and yes the food giveaway campout, La Mirada has joined the ranks of the have's and away from the have nots' at 6:00 a.m. this morning, May 23rd when the newest Chick-Fil-A opened its doors for business.

The restaurant is located across from the Holiday Inn next to the northbound I-5 Freeway Valley View exit ramp on Firestone Blvd North next to Northwoods on the site of the former Elephant Bar.

The eatery has built a remarkable cult-like following with their grand opening food giveaway promotions and La Mirada was no exception.

A 12-hour campout was held from 6 p.m. last night with 100 successful campers being treated to a free chicken sandwich meal each week for 52 weeks.

They must be off to a good start because and too busy to respond to a La Mirada News inquiry regarding how many campers made it through the night.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Meet the man, well one of them anyway, that has been breaking into cars overnight

La Mirada News has been reviewing a series of video taken by homeowners of the Ring security system and are able to attribute a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles to at least two men early this morning.

A Toyota pickup driven by our suspects can be seen in this first video after a motion sensor detected movement near a home near the second video in East Whittier in the area of Homeland Dr and Garydale Dr.  The second video taken seven minutes later in the same immediate area is the clearest video so far of the suspect and the truck he drives.

It appears the suspects eventually head west which makes appears to implicate them in a vehicle break-in near Stamy Rd and Midcrest Dr.

At 3:20 a.m. it appears they are now further west into South Whittier near Archway Dr and Mulberry Dr (one block west of La Mirada Blvd) rattling doors in hopes of finding a car unlocked. 

As the suspect leaves the driveway and is behind the car you can see a quick image of a second person crossing his path and appears to be an accomplice.

11 minutes later we can see the man from 2;47 a.m. clearly in the final video after having just broken into a vehicle near Archway Dr and Anola St as he leaves the car he just pillaged.

The truck appears to be an older-model Toyota pickup with an Xtra cab and is either a light gray, silver, or champagne color.

I welcome your remarks, opinions, or observations.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Felony charges filed in La Mirada domestic violence stabing

Prosecutors filed two felony charges in court this week against a local man in connection with the stabbing incident last weekend at a La Mirada townhome in the 12200 block of Santa Gertrudes.

Monish Bandodkar, 45, was arrested after deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call on Saturday about 12:45 p.m. and found a victim that had been stabbed in front of the home. 

The victim told deputies that suspect was a boyfriend and was still inside the home. After deputies surrounded the home, Bandodkar surrendered to deputies after making a loudspeaker announcement to exit the home was made without further incident.

Bandodkar entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and of causing traumatic injury to a spouse or cohabitant and will appear again in court to be arraigned at Norwalk Superior Court on May 14.  

Bandodkar is being held at Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles with bail set at $100,000.

The injuries to the victim were not life-threatening.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Updated: Pedestrian critically injured after being struck by motorist survives

Updated Apr. 26 4:45 p.m.

La Mirada-  A pedestrian attempting to cross a dark area of highway mid-block suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a passing vehicle late Wednesday night.

The man was struck in the southbound lanes about 200 feet north of Imperial Hwy near the point where the driveway where AutoZone is located.

Paramedics rushed the man to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange in critical condition. 

Both traffic lanes of southbound La Mirada Blvd will remain closed for several more hours to allow sheriff's traffic investigators to process the scene.

***Update Apr 26***  Rushed with life-threatening injuries to a local trauma unit the man has put up a successful fight to survive after undergoing emergency surgery shortly after arriving at the hospital according to a sheriff's spokesperson. 

Paramedics quickly assessed the unidentified man's condition and rushed him to UCI Medical Center the regional trauma center closest to La Mirada located on City Drive/State College Blvd just off Interstate-5.

The man arrived at the hospital about 35 minutes after the accident which is well within the 'golden hour' standard where that offers the best chance of survival.

The accident remains under investigation.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Community pillar Pat Ruiz dies

Pat Ruiz
Photo Source: La Mirada

La Mirada-  When a locally well-known person passes away it
usually is not difficult to summarize briefly what it was that made them noteworthy. It's hard to do that in the case of Pat Ruiz.

Pat Ruiz, best known for her passion for music and contributions to local education passed away last Thursday. 

A news release issued by the La Mirada Symphony Association where she served as past President and a Director sums up her contributions best calling her life 'A Legacy of Music and Education'.

Ruiz, a resident of La Mirada since 1956, attended La Verne College where she graduated with a Master's Degree in childhood education before starting a teaching and music consultant career that spanned 26 years from 1967-1993 at Escalona Elementary. 

After teaching, she went on to win election twice to the board of Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board, serving there from 1993-2001.

Ruiz also served as a member of the city Human Service Commission, the La Mirada Kiwanis, and Ebell's Service Club.

What a Glorious Feeling! at the La Mirada Theatre with the Friday opening of Singin' in the Rain

La Mirada-  An indoor rainstorm? Audiences will see one firsthand when the newest Broadway Series theatre production from McCoy-Rigby Entertainment, 'Singin' in the Rain' opens at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 19.

Directed by choreographer Spencer Liff, the setting is 1920's Hollywood, during the transition at movie studios from the silent era to talkies, launching the Golden Era of on-screen musicals.

Audiences will be treated to each musical routine which has been adapted from the original 1952 screenplay.

Tickets for Singin' which runs through Sunday, May 12 range from $17- 94, with some seats available for full time-students with I.D. from $14.

Tickets are available online, by phone, or at the box office.  (714) 994-6310 or (562) 944-9801

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

La Mirada council elects new Mayor and Pro-Tem

La Mirada-  The La Mirada city council selected Steve De Ruse as its new mayor during its annual reorganization Tuesday evening and councilmember John Lewis was chosen to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. Traditionally the Pro-Tem will become the new mayor when the council reorganizes next April.

De Ruse, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Artesia was first elected to the city council in 2011.

Mayor Pro-Tem John Lewis an attorney, and Managing Partner at the Law Office of Lewis & Lewis based in La Mirada enters the third of a five-year term on the council. 

Lewis previously served on the city Planning Commission from 2012 until winning election to represent council District #1 covering the northwest section of the city including the Foster Park, Gardenhill Park, and neighborhoods near Biola University.

Mr. De Ruse, who had been elected to serve as the La Mirada Mayor during his first term takes over for councilmember Larry Mowles who had held the seat for the past year.

The fondness that runs deep in the community for Mr. Mowles was on display in the many sincere thanks and accolades offered by those in attendance and were perhaps portrayed best in a light-hearted pictorial narrated by Mayor Pro-Tem John Lewis as Bobblehead Mayor Mowles traveled around the city giving a 'thumbs up' at each stop.

Speed limit increased

The city council reviewed the results of a recently completed traffic survey from which speed limits are established from approving one change.

The speed limit will be lowered on Firestone Blvd. North from Knott Avenue to Phoebe Avenue from 45 to 40.  The change is based on conditions in the area have caused free-flowing traffic to travel at a lower speed.

Will it really indoors?

Spoiler Alert: It will rain on stage during performances of  'Singin in the Rain' opening Friday, April 19 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts produced by McCoy-Rigsby Entertainment.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Suspect in Crunch Fitness incident was jailed a month earlier

Crunch Fitness 3/19/19 La Mirada NewsBeat File photo

La Mirada Newsbeat has learned that the suspect believed responsible for driving a stolen car through the front windows of a local workout gym in retaliation for canceling his membership Tuesday was jailed last month on a contempt of court charge.

Sergio Gabriel Reyes, 32, was arrested at his South Whittier residence on February 20th at 2;30 a.m. in the 12300 block of Ramsey Dr.  

Court records show Reyes was given a four-day jail sentence, summary probation for three years and ordered to enroll in a court-ordered program the next day after entering a plea of no contest. Reyes was released the same day a short time after his court appearance with 100% of his sentenced served when state-mandated credits are factored in.

NewsBeat will attempt to access the court records and determine the nature of the February case, next week.

The bail for Mr/ Reyes was raised from $1 million to $2,080,000 on Thursday and he is currently being held at Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles.

Reyes returns to court April 5th when a date will set to hold a  preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence for Reyes to be held for trial on the following felony charges filed by the District Attorney's office Thursday:

⚫    Attempted Murder, one count

⚫      Assault with a deadly weapon, one count

⚫       Felony vandalism (loss over $400) two counts

⚫        Vehicle Theft, one count 

At his arraignment Thursday, Reyes entered a plea of not guilty and could be sentenced to up to 25-years in state prison if found guilty of all the charges. The case now moves to Norwalk Superior Court.

Sheriff's officials have yet to release any details about the female that drove the getaway vehicle and fled when she crashed on the south side of Regional Park. 

A witness told deputies that he observed him get in the passenger side of Reyes' Toyota Corolla and crashed into a curb on Alicante Rd. attempting to elude the witness followed the getaway car. The female driver was last seen running into the park.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pedestrian struck by car crossing Rosecrans 'fighting for his life'

La Mirada News file photo

La Mirada-  A man is in a local hospital in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a busy roadway during the morning commute Tuesday.

The man described as being elderly had been crossing Rosecrans Av at Jalon Rd near the Panera's in the La Mirada Theatre Center when he was struck at about 6:28 a.m.

An unnamed Sheriff's official told La Mirada NewsBeat that the injured man was in the hospital fighting for his life. The driver of the car remained at the scene and appeared to be extremely distraught.

Deputies quickly closed traffic in both eastbound lanes from La Mirada Blvd to Adelfa Drive for close to three hours to allow investigators to conduct a thorough cause investigation and a city crew to clean the roadway.

Suspect arrested after driving stolen car into a La Mirada business

Photo courtesy LASD/Norwalk

Updated at 8:56 a.m.

La Mirada-   Sheriff's deputies arrested a man for possession of stolen vehicle early Tuesday morning after he allegedly drove a stolen Honda Accord through the front plate glass windows at the Crunch Fitness at 12815 Valley View Av. then fled at about 1:44 a.m.

Sheriff's officials have identified the man in custody as Sergio Gabriel Reyes, 32, of Whittier.

Channel 4 reported during it's 5 a.m broadcast that they received information that some witnesses think the man drove the stolen Accord into the business on purpose. Witnesses stated Reyes was a former member and carried a grudge over a dispute with the business.

A man was detained overnight after allegedly driving
through the front windows of a La Mirada gym then
fled.  (A La Mirada NewsBeat photo)

An employee working and several members inside narrowly missed being struck by the vehicle that came to a stop about 20 feet inside the building after barreling through several pieces of gym equipment.  

Witnesses told deputies that the act appeared to be intentional stating Reyes revved up the car and jumped out before it crashing through the windows.

A witness followed the fleeing suspect after he saw the man get into another car behind Alberto's Mexican drive-thru and followed them to the south side of La Mirada Regional Park in the 15200 block of Alicante Rd.  Deputies arrived quickly to take the man into custody.

It appeared the witness may have taken some sort of action to stop the suspect from fleeing any further because the getaway car was stopped on the wrong side of the roadway facing forward towards the curb.

This is a developing story and will be updated when new information becomes available,

A La Mirada NewsBeat photo 3/19/19

Friday, March 15, 2019

Updated: Man killed in La Mirada crash identified

Updated 3/16 1:40 a.m.
La Mirada NewsBeat photo

La Mirada-  A man died in a fiery crash overnight when the car he was driving burst into flames after rear-ending a box truck at Imperial Hwy and La Mirada Blvd. at about 1:48 a.m.

Sheriff's investigators think speed may have been a factor in the collision.

Deputies arriving within 90 seconds of dispatch discovered the fire had already been extinguished by an employee from a nearby business who rushed to the burning car with a fire extinguisher.

The violent nature of the impact made it impossible as well as useless for deputies to attempt a rescue of the man from the smoldering and twisted car and he likely died almost immediately. 

Authorities have not released the name of the man.

The driver of the box truck who had been traveling eastbound in front of the victim on Imperial Hwy. was shaken with a very minor head injury and is believed to not have been at fault.

All directions of travel on both Imperial Hwy. and La Mirada Bl was closed near the intersection for more than six hours as deputies conducted their investigation.  A city maintenance crew were sent to the intersection before it was reopened to the public to sand and sweep up fluids from the crash contributing to the extended closure.

Update 6:00 a.m.  The Coroner has cleared the scene and Hadley Tow will be transporting the decedents' vehicle to a storage yard shortly.

Traffic lanes should reopen as soon as a city crew sands down and sweeps up the fluids in the roadway.

6:13 a.m.  A good image from video shot by a Loudlabs freelance videographer that shows that demonstrates the deadly force from the impact.

Sat. 3/16 1:40 a.m.

The man killed Friday morning in a rear-end collision Friday morning was identified as Louis Mitchell Pagano, 30, from Whittier.  Pagano, a long time resident of East Whittier graduated from La Habra High School in 2007.

Additional photos taken less than ten minutes after the accident occurred, A La Mirada NewsBeat exclusive.

A Paramedic from Squad 49 assesses the deceased victim for
signs of life as the car threatens to burst into flames again.
La Mirada NewsBeat photos

A firefighter prepares to extinguish the smoldering fire.

La Mirada NewsBeat photo

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

La Mirada Crime Report for March 13, 2019

Wednesday, Feb. 20

9:41 a.m.    A wallet was taken after a window was smashed out from a vehicle in the 14900 block of La Mirada Blvd.

Thursday, Feb. 21 

7:58 a.m.    A phone was taken in a burglary at the Eagles Nest Preschool at 14340 Valley View Av.  A suspect was arrested later and charges were filed through the DA's office on March 4th.

Friday, Feb. 22

12:05 a.m.  A misdemeanor arrest was made at Rosecrans Av. and Valley View Av. for possession of a controlled substance.

5:30 a.m.    Baseball equipment was taken in a burglary of a storage unit at Behringer Park.

6:30 a.m.    A burglary to a business was reported in the 13900 block of Valley View Av.

11:52 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen from the 11700 block of Tidwell Dr. in East Whittier.

12:00 p.m.  A burglar smashed a window to gain entry to a home in the 13400 block of Brazo Rd.  Jewelry and a coin collection were reported missing.

5:30 p.m.    A vehicle was reported stolen from the 16400 block of Fitzpatrick Ct.

Saturday, Feb. 23

3:23 a.m.   An arrest was made for driving under the influence at Imperial Hwy. and Santa Gertrudes Av.

8:10 p.m.   A misdemeanor arrest was made at Leffingwell Rd and Telegraph Rd in South Whittier for possession of a controlled substance.

11:30 p.m.  A vehicle break-in was reported in the 11500 block of Santa Gertrudes Av. in East Whittier. 

Monday, Feb. 25

1:30 a.m.   A wallet was taken from a vehicle in the 16500 block of Dundee Ct. after the suspect smashed its window to gain entry.

2:30 p.m.   

Tuesday, Feb. 26

2:47 a.m.   A burglary was reported in the 15100 block of Ocaso Av,

Wednesday, Feb. 27

10:10 a.m.  A misdemeanor arrest was made at Imperial Hwy. and La Pomelo Rd. for possession of a controlled substance.

11:30 a.m.   A home in the 16000 block of San Antonio Av was broken into. Checks, paperwork, and a pellet gun were among the items taken.

10:30 p.m.    Felony vandalism (loss over $400) was reported in the 14700 block of Beach Blvd.

10:41 p.m.    A burglary at a business was reported in the 15100 block of Rosecrans Av. after the door to the location was smashed.

Thursday, Feb. 28 

12:27 p.m.   A victim reported being assaulted after attempting to stop several men that had been breaking into his vehicle at the 99 cents store at Leffingwell Rd. and Telegraph Rd.  The suspects attempted to back over the victim who had been attempting to prevent them from leaving. 

2:30 p.m.   An arrest was made in the 13500 block of Adelfa Dr. for resisting a peace officer.

6:45 p.m.   Vandalism was reported in the 11300 block of La Mirada Blvd. in South Whittier.

7:10 p.m.   A robbery at a residence was reported in the 16300 block of Amber Valley Dr in East Whittier. Two male suspects stole two bikes from the victim using fear of force.

Friday, Mar. 1

6:00 a.m.    Felony vandalism (loss over $400) was reported in the 15000 block of Leffingwell Rd. in South Whittier.

1;08 p.m.    A man was arrested after a 30-minute area search for strong-arm robbery, a felony after he fought with security while taking laundry detergent from the Superior Grocers at 12717 Valley View Av. The suspect was able to elude security and fled north into the neighborhood near Tedford Dr and Corley Dr. The suspect was located hiding inside a restaurant near Leffingwell Rd and Valley View Ave east of the coin-operated car wash after a citizen had told a sergeant aiding in the search that the suspect was seen shedding some of his clothing behind the restaurant.

Tuesday, Mar. 5

3:23 p.m.   A misdemeanor arrest was made at Leffingwell Rd. and Arroyo Dr. for possession of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, Mar. 6

2:18 a.m.    Deputies placed a drunk individual in custody in the 15700 Lemon Dr.  No charges were made, and the person was released when able to care for their own safety.

2:17 p.m.    A felony arrest was made at Valley View Av. and Alondra Bl. for violation of a weapons law.

Thursday, Mar. 7

1:05 p.m.    A felony arrest was made in the 15700 block of Imperial Hwy for violation of a weapons law.

Friday, Mar. 8

9:37 p.m.    Vandalism was reported in the 14300 block of Firestone Blvd.

10:00 p.m.  A break-in to a vehicle was reported in the 14300 block of Firestone Bl.

Saturday, Mar. 9

8:30 a.m.    A woman was arrested in the 15900 block of Lakefield Dr. for an assault. No injuries were reported in the incident.

3:55 p.m.    A woman was arrested on a felony strong-arm robbery charge after she fought with employees trying to prevent a theft at the Dollar Tree store at 13936 Imperial Hwy.  The woman was able to flee the store, but was quickly apprehended by a deputy that saw a woman fitting the description dispatchers had elicited on 911 nearby at Valley View Av and Imperial Hwy.

Saturday, March 10

4:00 a.m.    A vehicle was reported stolen from the 11300 block of La Mirada Blvd in South Whittier.

6:17 p.m.    Shoplifting was reported in the 12800 block of La Mirada Bl.

The following crimes have been recently filed from earlier crimes:

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

La Mirada Crime Report 3/6/19

Tuesday, Feb. 19

12:32 p.m. A suspect smashed out a window a stole a wallet from a vehicle in the 14000 block of Estero Rd. 

4:57 p.m.    Vandalism was reported at Escalona Rd. and San Ardo Dr.

9:00 p.m.   An assault was reported in the 15500 block of La Mirada Blvd.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

4:50 p.m.   A domestic violence-related assault was reported at Scott Av and Saranac Dr. in East Whittier.

Monday, Feb. 25

12:30 a.m.  A burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 14500 block of Leffingwell Rd. in South Whittier.

8:36 a.m.    A burglary to a business was reported in the 14400 block of Telegraph Rd. in South Whittier.

Thursday, Feb. 28

12:20 a.m.   A misdemeanor arrest was made in the 15200 block of Rosecrans Ave for possession of a controlled substance.

Saturday, March 2

9:30 p.m.    A theft from an unlocked vehicle, amounting to Grand Theft due to the loss amount was reported in the 15900 block of Landmark Dr. in East Whittier.

Sunday, March 3

6:00 a.m.    A misdemeanor (property damage only, non-injury) hit-and-run vehicle accident was reported in the 12700 block of Biola Av.

Monday, March. 4

5:00 a.m.   A burglary was reported in the 11500 block of Obert Dr. in South Whittier.

4:12 pm.    A misdemeanor arrest was made for possession of a controlled substance at Formby Dr. and Stanton Av.

And from La Mirada Public Safety records Feb. 25 Mar. 3

A home in the 16000 block of San Antonio Av. and a business in the 15100 block of Rosecrans Av were both burglarized.

Tailgates were stolen from vehicles in the 11900 block of Kibbee Av. and also in the 11900 block of Mayes Dr.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

La Mirada collision injures two investigated for possible red light violation

La Mirada-  A motorist that witnesses allege ran a red-light may have caused a two-car accident Sunday afternoon injuring three people and sending two to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. 
Firefighters attend to one of the drivers in a March 3rd
collision at Telegraph Rd and Springview Dr. The man
eventually walked away from the wreckage

The official cause of the 5:18 p,m. collision at Telegraph Rd. and Springview Dr. is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The CHP after it was determined the point of impact was just beyond the city line.

The driver of one car that came to a stop wedged between a wall and a telephone pole with moderate injuries and a woman with minor injuries were transported to a local hospital. The woman was a passenger in the other vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle walked away from the wreckage after being helped from the car by firefighters. The man refused treatment for his injuries.

The accident caused the westbound lanes of Telegraph Rd. from Hutchins Dr. to Springview Dr to be closed for about an hour. 

Photos by LM NewsBeat

Saturday, March 2, 2019

La Mirada Crime Report 3/2/19

Monday, Feb. 18

5:11 a.m.   Nothing was taken after a window smash burglary attempt to a business in the La Mirada Theatre Center in the 15000 block of Rosecrans Av.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

7:19 p.m.    Deputies took an intoxicated person unable to care for themselves into protective custody in the 14300 block of Valley View Av.  The person was released after being deemed sober without being charged with a crime.

Motorist strikes light pole during rain with the worst yet to come

Medics attend to a motorist that collided with a light pole during light rainfall
Saturday morning at Rosecrans Av and La Fonda Dr.  Photo by LM NewsBeat
La Mirada-  A motorist was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after colliding with and toppling a center median light pole this morning on Rosecrans Av during a rain shower from a slow-moving storm that moved in overnight.

The accident reported at 11:10 a.m. caused the temporary closure of both eastbound lanes of traffic from La Fonda Dr to Santa Gertrudes Av until the pole and debris from the crash could be cleared from the roadway.

Rain began falling about 2 a.m. and has dropped 0.93 inches of precipitation as of 4 p.m. The 16.39 inches so far recorded during the current rainy season ending on September 30 already exceeds the average rainfall total for an entire year.

Periodic showers are forecast through the night and throughout the day on Sunday as a weaker system moves through the area tomorrow.

The main event arrives Tuesday as a moisture-laden tropical storm will slam Southern California with up to 3 inches of rain and periods of heavy downpours lasting into Wednesday with lingering showers possible through Thursday.


03-02-2019 LM NewsBeat Editor

Friday, March 1, 2019

Hit-and-Run Driver that killed a local grandmother remains outstanding, unidentified

Written by La Mirada NewsBeat 
Maria Chavarria Source: Go Fund Me

La Mirada-  Sheriff's investigators are still attempting to determine who the hit-and-run driver was that struck down and killed Maria Chavarria, 68, of La Mirada as she was walking home with her two grandchildren after meeting them at the end of the school day at Escalona School last week. 

Chavarria was rushed to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange where she died a short time later of injuries from the Feb. 20 accident.

The children also injured during the incident were released after treatment at a local hospital.

Sheriff's officials have released an image captured from home surveillance of the vehicle witnesses say plowed into the trio without stopping as they were walking in the roadway next to the curb in the 14800 block of Escalona Rd. at about 1:25 p.m.

The vehicle appears to be a 2015-17 model Toyota Camry, gray in color with damage near the passenger side headlight area which was last seen turning onto the Rosecrans Av frontage road.
This image was taken from home surveillance of the vehicle used 
n the Feb. 20 hit-and-run that killed a La Mirada grandmother
Source: LASD

A Go Fund Me page established by staff at Escalona Elementary to assist the Chavarria family has raised close to $5,000.

Several people in this tight-knit neighborhood of well-kept homes just west of La Mirada Blvd expressed concern about a lack of funding for Sheriff's traffic patrols near the school and others the absence of sidewalks along Escalona so close to a school.

An item has been placed on the agenda for the upcoming city council meeting on Tuesday, March, 12 at 6:30 p.m. to allow residents an opportunity to voice their concerns to council members about what can be done to improve traffic safety in the area.

Courtesy: LASD/NWK

Thursday, February 28, 2019

City council approves new traffic signal

La Mirada-  The city council approved the installation of a traffic signal at Telegraph Rd. and Hutchins Dr. in response to a dramatic increase in accidents at the intersection in the last year and a half.

A traffic engineer for the county told the council that there were 17 accidents over a five-year period ending May 31, 2018, with eight of the accidents occurring in just the last 12-months of that five-year period.

Three more accidents have occurred after the time period covered in the traffic study. Two more accidents were recorded in July and December 2018, and the most recent in January 2019 according to Sheriff's and California Highway Patrol data.

The traffic engineer noted that the study revealed that it appears motorists are using  Hutchins Dr and Wicker Dr. as a bypass to avoid the intersection of La Mirada Blvd. and Imperial Hwy.

The council was told that the new signal design would include coordination with other traffic signals along Telegraph Rd. to minimize the number of red lights the flow of traffic would encounter at the intersection.  

The cost of the new traffic signal was estimated at $400,000.

The project will advance shortly to the design phase and will also require coordinating the project with the county since part of the intersection lies in unincorporated South Whittier. 

The city estimates the signal will be installed in the next fiscal year which begins July 1st.

by La Mirada NewsBeat Staff

Saturday, February 23, 2019

One arrested during La Mirada street racing intersection takeover

A flatbed tow truck prepares to tow the car deputies
impounded after its driver was arrested for reckless driving
Friday night. (Courtesy:LASD/Norwalk)
La Mirada-  A man was arrested late Friday night after a Sheriff's helicopter crew responding to a street-racing disturbance call was able to catch one of the suspects in the act.

At about 11:17 p.m. dispatchers at both Norwalk Sheriff's Station and Whittier Police Department began receiving numerous calls that street racers had commandeered the intersection of Valley View Ave. and Alondra Blvd. and were doing doughnuts in front of a large crowd that had gathered.

As close to a dozen deputies and police officers from both agencies on the way, a sheriff's helicopter in the area arrived quickly and spotted a car actively doing 'doughnuts' in the intersection.

The driver of that car attempted to leave after finding out that the copter was overhead but with deputies closing in by vehicle in several directions decided to park in the Arco AM/Pm parking lot.

The trained observer in the Sheriff's copter directed deputies arriving at the scene to a man that had been driving the car as he started walking towards the crowd that had assembled at the corner in an apparently failed attempt to blend in and escape arrest.

Deputies arrested the man for reckless driving and impounded his car. The name of the man was not released.

The intersection of Valley View Ave. and Alondra Blvd. has been the scene of close to a dozen or more takeovers since the start of 2018 by street racers including two other incidents in the past month. 

A video displayed here was captured during a takeover on January 26 and posted on Facebook shows the danger that both participants and spectators are risking at these rogue events that are publicized on social media.

Most of the street racing incidents have been occurring in the industrial area of the city with the area of Trojan Way and Desman Rd also serving as an isolated magnet for the scofflaws. 

Last year on December 1st was one exception as hundreds of racers and enthusiasts gathered in the area of Beach Blvd. and Rosecrans Av separating as deputies arrived into a number of small raucous groups that were heard and seen over many parts of the city for more than an hour according to residents on social media. Deputies made one arrest and impounded a car related that was involved in the incident.
File photo: Deputies impound a vehicle used in La Mirada street racing on Dec. 1, 2018.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

One dead, two injured by hit-and-run driver walking near La Mirada achool

Image of suspect's Toyota Camry has been released 

Updated at 7:22 p.m.
A picture captured from video surveillance of the vehicle used
in Wednesday's fatal hit-and-run in La Mirada

La Mirada- A woman walking with her two grandchildren that was struck by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday afternoon has died of her injuries according to a Sheriff's Department statement

The grandmother had been rushed by paramedics to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange.  The two children suffered minor injuries and have been transported to a local hospital for treatment according to a Sheriff's statement.

The accident was reported at about 1:15 p.m. by witnesses stating the driver in a dark gray four-door Toyota Camry with front and right-side body damage fled towards Rosecrans Ave. 

There have been unconfirmed media reports that the driver is a male and may have been talking on his phone, making a u-turn to see what he had hit, then taking off from the accident scene.

Early Wednesday evening the Sheriff's Department released an image captured by a video surveillance system near the accident scene of the vehicle which has visible damage to the front passenger-side headlight area.

The woman had just retrieved the two children from nearby Escalona Elementary School where classes had ended early for the day at 1 p.m.

Escalona Rd which had been closed while detectives processed the crime scene was reopened shortly after 4 p.m.

Anyone that can provide information about the accident of the suspect is asked to call Norwalk Sheriff's Station at (562) 863-8711 or L.A. Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Video from Fox 11 from overhead the crime scene