Sunday, November 3, 2019

Commentary: Why my visit to an illegal weed shop called 'Dank Dairy' Stank

Dank Dairy on Nov 3, 2019. A LMNews photo

It's no longer a surprise anytime I learn that an illegal weed shop has popped up in the unincorporated areas of Whittier near La Mirada while at the same time remaining amazed at how they open and operate just under the radar.

I was a bit surprised to learn that one has been operating for a month or two no more than 100 feet beyond the city line at a place I drive past regularly.  I had no idea that an even bigger surprise would greet me once I arrived to check out the location.

After moving out of the former Electra Burger site at Leffingwell  Rd. and Corley Dr., Organic Solutions has opened up shop in the old closed-up drive-thru dairy at Imperial Hwy. and Meyer Rd. and is now calling itself the Dank Dairy.

I arrived at this place just before 11 a.m. today and despite it being a perfect location for such an operation I found myself wondering if the information I had verified on Weedmaps had been bogus because there were no cars around and not a soul in sight.

Not to worry, it was very clear just seconds later that Weedmaps is still the leading resource for cannabis users. 

In the time it took to grab my camera a man in a car blasting thumping 'Banda' music parked right behind me in front of a row of well-maintained homes and church on Loma Dr. No more than a minute a shiny newer model BMW stopped on the opposite of the street near the old dairy a few feet from the curb.

Without a hint of shame, the fan of Banda music got out of his car and walked up to the BMW getting into the rear seat and with the car door still open began conducting what was clearly a drug transaction right in front of me as I stood just 40-feet away with a camera clearly in my hands. No more than a minute later both men drove off in their own cars.

No longer focused on the likely drug transaction that just went down I have now focused again on the old dairy and discover several cars are now parked and more are arriving and even more, people are coming to buy a quart of milk on foot. No less than a dozen people were seen coming and going in less than ten minutes. Business was so good it difficult finding a lull in activity so I could snap a few photos that did not show an image of any customers coming or going.

It's not hard to imagine why operators run the risk of a fine and the loss of their inventory once or twice a year in a raid with all this demand. This place is a gold mine. 

Just as I was about to depart I got a better idea of how attached the operators of the Dank Dairy must be to all the tax-free cash when a man emerged from the fenced-off area where the entry door is located and began to intimidate and ultimately make threats regarding my presence.

As I calmly walked off, I got a bit of a kick by the man declaring that I was violating the law and he would call the police if I took his picture without permission.  

Isn't that ironic?  

And to think that this was just intended to be a photo and a paragraph or two about five raids Sheriff's detectives have done in the past month on weed stores in the area last month and that two shops that were already on the Sheriff's Departments radar had relocated.

Now it's quite clear why cannabis stores need to be zoned, permitted, and held accountable for the ill effects they have in the neighborhoods they operate in.

Based on my experience over just ten minutes, Dank Dairy needs to be the first to go.

Friday, October 25, 2019

78 cars impounded in recent street racing crackdown

Industry Ca.-  La Mirada deputies participated in a multi-agency task force crackdown on rampant street racing and intersection takeovers in the area last weekend resulting in several arrests and 30-day impounds on 78 vehicles mostly belonging to spectators.

Please click the link for the rest of the story on the La Mirada News Facebook page.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

City News Council approves 4-way stop for Granada Dr intersection Also: Election season nears

La Mirada-

The city council approved the installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Granada Dr and Los Coyotes Ave/Monticello Dr. during a recent meeting.

The recommendation was made by a county traffic engineer after a comprehensive traffic study was conducted on Granada Dr. from La Mirada Bl. to Stamy Rd.

The study found that children were passing through the intersection as a main walking route to and from school while traffic volume on Granada Dr had increased to an average of 2.740 vehicles per day, an 11% increase from three years ago. 

On Los Coyotes Av which along with Monticello Dr. already have a two-way stop in place at the intersection Granada Dr., has seen traffic volume increase 31% since 2016.

A request will also be made with Caltrans requesting removal of Granada Dr as a designated collector road on maps of the California Roads System to local road.

Classification as a local road will allow the Sheriff's Department to conduct radar speed enforcement at the 25 mph basic speed limit for residential streets. 

Currently, in order to use radar to enforce a speed limit, the state vehicle mandates that a survey must be done on a collector route and the speed limit set at the speed 85% of motorists are driving on the road in free-flowing conditions. The limit can be lowered from that number on roads with high accident rates

The current 85th percentile speed on Granada is 36 mph. and would likely result in a speed limit posted at 35 mph before speed enforcement could take place using radar.  The new designation will allow radar enforcement at 25 mph once the change is accepted.

Date selected for city council elections

         City Council Districts Map (Source: City of La Mirada)

A resolution was passed without discussion setting March 3, 2020, as the date city elections will be held allowing residents to choose the first members to represent council districts #3, #4, and #5.

If it seems a long time since you last voted in a city election, it has been. Here is why.

A state law mandating city elections in general law cities be held on one of the two days statewide elections are held in primary and election years required La Mirada end its practice of holding local elections during years when statewide balloting was not conducted,

Council terms were extended another year so a term for a given seat would expire at the same time the election to fill the seat for a new term was to be held.

In 2015, state lawmakers passed SB-415 establishing California's concurrent-elections in an effort to boost voter participation.

La Mirada chose 2020 as the year the change would go into effect making it five years since a majority of residents last voted in a city council race.

Councilmember Ed Eng, a resident of District 3 which covers most of Green Hills, Hillsborough, and the area near Los Coyotes Middle School is expected to seek re-election. Real estate agent John Accornero has announced he intends on running for the same seat while Eng has not made a public announcement yet.

Councilmembers Larry Mowles and Mayor Steve DeRuse both hail from District 4 covering most of the southwest portion of the city and are approaching the end of their extended terms. 

It seems unlikely the two will run again each other for another term. A lot of eyes will be watching to see who takes out nomination papers and who does not. There is a wealth of qualified candidates that have experience serving on city commissions, committees, and local service groups residing in the district. 

This could be an interesting contest if both incumbents decide to step aside.

The District #5 seat will be a wide-open affair with those seeking election not having to contend with an incumbent to compete against.

Located in the north-central area of La Mirada, the district includes the Creek Park area south to Regional Park, then makes a gerrymander-like jaunt avoiding Biola University to include a neighborhood south of the school north of Rosecrans. End-to-end  the district extends more than three miles  

Former Community Services Commissioner Dustin Dahl has expressed interest in a run for the District 5 seat. A well-known local figure is also rumored to be showing more than just a passing interest.

Diamond Anniversary logo considered

During its monthly study session that is held prior to the regular meeting, staff was expected to discuss the design of a special city logo to mark La Mirada's 60th anniversary next year.

Council will choose from three submissions the logo marking the city's diamond anniversary that will be incorporated into a temporary city seal, social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, and on publications including the La Mirada Living newsletter mailed out to residents throughout the year.

La Mirada became the county's 68th city on March 23, 1960, with the name Mirada Hills due to a local formation technicality. Voters approved changing the name of the city to La Mirada eight months later back to the name of which the community was developed and was accustomed to.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

La Mirada Crime Notes Sept 26,19

La Mirada-
A man who fled from a deputy patrolling the area near Gardenhill Park avoided arrest early Tuesday morning after fleeing through the park on a bicycle and disappearing into the rear yard of a nearby home.

At about 1:15 a.m. a man described only as a White Male riding a bike near Biola Av and Tacuba Dr. refused to yield and instead chose to flee south on Heflin Dr from Ragan Dr., then west to Gardenhill Park. 

The deputy lost sight of the man after turing into the darkened park.

Moments later dispatchers at Norwalk Sheriff's Station received a 911 call from an alert citizen a block west of the park stating a suspicious man had just dumped a bicycle on the front yard of a neighboring home in the 13200 block of Fleta Dr. just off Valeda Dr. and ran into the rear yard of the home where he could be seen hiding.

The man was able to avoid arrest after deputies were unable to deploy a heat-seeking search device that helicopters are equipped with and lacking a sufficient number of patrol deputies available to conduct a timely ground search.

(It should be noted with appreciation the two officers from Biola Campus Safety that were on hand to help shorthanded deputies with perimeter containment  Many in the public may not be aware that Biola officers have on-duty peace officer powers and are very well trained and led by a renowned Chief, John Ojeisekhoaba who is recognized as a leader in his field by his peers at the national level.)

Burglary rates skyrocket over the summer

Just about the time, the above incident was concluding, Sheriff's Communications Center received a call from an alarm company that a break-in signal had been received from a business on Knott Ave.  The break-in was verified by responding deputies.

The only thing really noteworthy about this break-in is the timing of the two events shows clearly what deputies are up against. The cover of darkness and very few watchful eyes are an invitation to thieves 

Thefts from unlocked vehicles have been an issue for a year or more and now a huge jump in burglaries was observed this summer versus last. The biggest increases were to homes and garages.

Several local residents expressed concerns about feeling unsafe in their homes in mid-August after residents had reported coming home and finding intruders inside their homes four days apart.

The description of the suspects that were seen fleeing as the resident walked up to the door of the home in the 15200 block of Tricia Lane on August 12 closely resemble the suspects that ended up leading a deputy in a short vehicle pursuit down Imperial Hwy.

The suspects with a good head start lost the pursuing deputy in heavy traffic after they were spotted fleeing the area shortly after the August 16 break-in was interrupted near Oxford Dr and Imperial Hwy.
In 2019 as of August 31, there had been 101 burglaries from 80 during the same period in 2018, a 26% increase.   In the month of August 2019, there were 32 an increase from 17 reported in 2018. 

In recent years criminals perhaps leery of having a strike attached to them that comes with a residential burglary conviction only committed no more than a handful a month. With more than two dozen report in the past three months, those days are over. 

Update from the reported security breach at Granada School

On Tuesday morning we reported on Facebook that deputies had detained a man near Granada Middle School at Stamy Rd. and Lemon Dr after he was observed talking to students on campus. 

The initial 911 caller reported he jumped over the fence, but it is believed he may have used the pedestrian gate between Scott Ave and Granada schools, a statement supported by the fact he was riding a bike.

A Sheriff's official from Norwalk Station said after further investigation that the man was determined to not have made any threats or hold any ill intentions or perceived to be a danger towards the school.  The man was placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

It's not known if school officials had begun or ever intended to place the camps never in lockdown mode because the man had been quickly detained by several deputies in less than two minutes after the call was received.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Woman arrested after owner of van she stole spots her red-handed behind the wheel

Photos by LM News

La Mirada- A call to Norwalk Sheriff's Station to report a stolen vehicle from a business this morning took a sudden turn that resulted in the arrest of a suspect after the owner called back to report he was following a person driving his vehicle not far from where it was taken.

Shortly after 8 a.m. the owner of Dorado Bakery next to the new Mc Donald's in East Whittier at 15662 Leffingwell Rd reported to dispatchers that one of the panel vans he owns had been stolen. 

A short time later dispatchers received a call back from the man at 8:14 a.m. saying he found his van being driven by a woman in the Saver's parking lot at Imperial Hwy and Santa Gertrudes Ave.

After driving the stolen van around the parking lot for several minutes the woman head east on Imperial Hwy to turning left onto First Ave where it was quickly spotted by a Sheriff's Aero Bureau helicopter crew as it approached Lambert Rd.

Deputies in patrol vehicles were not far behind. 

A successfully stop in the 10800 block of First Ave (just north of Leffingwell Rd.) blocked the northbound lane at Lashburn Street as deputies with guns drawn ordered the occupants to exit the van by loudspeaker. Only the female driver was found inside the stolen van.

A Norwalk Station deputy speaks to the suspect as other deputies plan their approach to the van

A Norwalk Station Sergeant supervising deputies in the field arrives on scene.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

La Mirada car prowler caught on video

La Mirada- Images of a young man that is believed to have taken a wallet from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a La Mirada residence overnight early Sunday was captured on home security video.  

The crime on this video was captured on a Ring security system about 1:20 a.m. at a home in the area of La Fortuna Dr. and La Fonda Dr. which is just north of the Post Office.

The suspect can be seen checking door handles on two other cars in the driveway in an apparent attempt to find one unlocked.

Advances in the home security system marketplace have raised awareness of how common these crimes appear to be in the area.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Early morning crash into telephone pole injures one near Creek Park

Photos by La Mirada NewsBeat
East Whittier-  One person was hospitalized after rear-ending another motorist then striking a telephone pole on Lemon Dr near La Mirada Creek Park early this morning. 

A man suffered only minor injuries in the crash reported at 7:20 a.m. in the 15600 block of Lemon Dr just west of Mayes Dr

The force from the impact caused the pole to shift and will need to be reset into a safe and stable position.

The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident that occurred in the westbound direction of travel at the bottom of a hill that has seen at least five accidents in just over a year in a one-block section from Mayes Dr to Hartdale Ave. 

Note to readers:  The remainder of this post is shamelessly opinionated. 

Three of those accidents involved vehicles that were parked and the driver fled and the fourth involved an intoxicated driver and a motorist allegedly driving at a high rate of speed in May sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries. One of those hit-and-run drivers was arrested after fleeing to his home nearby on Scott Ave.

A traffic safety study conducted for the City of La Mirada denied a request for yellow lane striping to calm speeding down the hill. The study conducted for the La Mirada Public Safety Commission stated safety issue did not exist on the street. The commission denied the request based on the study.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Commentary: A way must be found to let the kids to play.


 The following was not an action taken by the La Mirada City Council.  It also must be said that the viewpoint of those on the Athletic Council has not been heard publicly, and the only side I present is that of 850 kids.

As many in the community are learning after several years of political bickering over infractions the La Mirada Soccer Association has been kicked off the La Mirada Athletic Council just as the season gets underway.

The result is the 850 kids that are registered to play no longer have access to the fields at the Behringer Park Athletic Facility with the end result being their season was over before it started.

This community stands at a crossroads and the direction this takes will be very telling about what kind of community La Mirada really is.

Yes, adherence to the rules is important, but this should have been handled in a more timely fashion with regards to the when the membership was being canceled.

Politics should not prevail. Somehow a way must be found quickly that allows these kids to play.

I have always felt our city leaders and those active in community organizations have held the same unwritten core value that decisions are made 'In the interests of the community'.

It is my belief that a way to have the kids play soccer this year will be found

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Don't miss the last 2019 Concert Under the Stars/ National Night Out event

The City of La Mirada will hold it's annual National Night Out event in conjunction with the last remaining installment of the Concert Under the Stars summer series and Night Market this evening Thursday, August 8, 2019, at La Mirada Regional Park.

Entering its 36th year, National Night Out events are held across the country to enhance the effectiveness of anti-crime programs through community building as well as stronger relationships with local law enforcement.

Members of the La Mirada policing and public safety teams from the Sheriff's Department and La Mirada Public Safety including representatives from Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will attend the event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The community can find out about the many anti-crime and public safety programs as well as view exhibits, ask questions, learn how to form a neighborhood watch, or just chat with local public safety members. Child identification fingerprinting will be available, 

Named the #1 local band in 2017 by Inland Empire Magazine, Arnie Newman's 'Country Club Band' will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. in the final installment of the Summer 2019 'Concert Under the Stars' series with Country & Western music.

The Night Market also returns today featuring vendors selling food, refreshments, crafts and more opens at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Car prowler seen disabling security system in Creek Park area crime

La Mirada- The images of a pair of thieves were captured on home security video as they entered cars at a handful of homes near La Mirada Creek Park overnight early Tuesday.

Around 3:30 a.m. a security camera on Penford Dr began
recording two individuals that were on both sides of the street checking cars on both sides of the street including those parked on driveways. Both suspects were reportedly wearing white hoodies.

A man who appears to have a device that sends a signal to the key fob controlling the locks and alarm system is seen opening the door of a car a fraction of a second after both the front and rear lights on the vehicle turning on. The man then begins to search through the contents of the car then walk over towards a residence on Hartdale Ave. 

About 15 minutes after the video was taken a nearby resident reported seeing two persons on bikes one with a white shopping bag ride northbound towards Lemon Dr and out of sight. 

The resident that posted the video spoke to the neighbor about the incident this morning and was told nothing had been taken and the car had been locked because it is equipped with a self-locking and self-arming security system.

The incident was reported to deputies stating the area would receive more overnight patrols. Further details were unavailable about other incidents that may have been reported in the area.

(Video Source: Ring Neighbors App)

Friday, July 26, 2019

***Breaking News** Robbery suspects tracked to Norwalk home

Deputies are currently in the 11400 block of Fairford Ave in the City of Norwalk and have surrounded a home where a vehicle that was used earlier this afternoon in an armed robbery at the La Mirada Home Depot was found parked.

A nSHeriff's copter is overhead making loudspeaker announcement for the occupants of the home near Studebaker Rd and Firestone Blvd. to exit.

Earlier today the man robbed the store in the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. at about 3:15 p.m. while waving a knife at an employee in a threatening manner.

The man fled the location in a Honda driven by a second suspect. 

Not finding the car at the address it was registered at in Santa Fe springs a detective doing some quick work uncovered information that led them to the home in Norwalk.

***Update 4:49 p.m.*** Deputies have three detained so far with loudspeaker announcements being made.

**Update 5:06 p.m.**  This is going to be a long process including an interior check of the home after safeguarding cop un-friendly dogs inside the home. The witnesses will hopefully be found to identify and more tasks.  It will be a while for a disposition.

**This is a developing story

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Things to do: La Mirada's Stroll in the Park tonight 7/25/19

Vocal group 'Kulayd' seen here at a previous
'Stroll in the Park' returns this year
Photo Courtesy: City of La Mirada
'Concerts Under the Stars' makes a venue change this week moving to Creek Park tonight becoming for the always popular yearly 'Stroll in the Park' from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tonight's entertainment will feature three performances including the return of 'Kulayd', a vocal harmony group that will perform hits from 50's Doo Wop, 60's Motown, 70's disco and 90's harmony groups.

Also, tonight Latin hits will be performed by 'Latin Nation Band' and jazz music fans can enjoy the 'Amanda Castro Band'.

Local businesses and community organizations will offer food and refreshments for sale, and information about the services they provide.

Creek Park is located at 12021 Santa Gertrudes Ave. 

For additional information contact La Mirada Community Services at (562) 943-7277.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

**Exclusive**South Whittier man believed to have stabbed wife to death dies

The victim in last Saturday's apparent murder-suicide was identified as 83 year-old Marjorie Arnett is believed to have been stabbed to death by her husband Robert Arnett, 89 has died at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

Follow this link to the La Mirada NewsBeat Facebook page to read the exclusive update.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

La Mirada family dispute turns into a skirmish leaving three injured

Updated   5:00 p.m. 
(see below)

La Mirada-  Local deputies were sent scrambling Monday evening after deputies from Orange County at a family disturbance inside at a home became involved in a brawl putting out a call for help.

Multiple Sheriff's patrol units from La Mirada and South Whittier responded to the emergency call for help 8100 block of Barrington Lane at 9:39 p.m.

Two Orange County deputies and a suspect were injured in the melee that was quickly brought under control when Norwalk Station deputies arrived en masse followed by officers from Buena Park and La Habra. 

The extent of the injuries is unknown. Paramedics were called to the scene.

The incident occurred in a small pocket of unincorporated Orange County behind the Rose Beach Apartments between the Coyote Creek and east of Stanton Av and receives police services from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

La Mirada deputies respond regularly to urgent and emergency calls in the area to restore order until Orange County deputies can arrive and can take over.  OCSD usually will have an extended response time with their closest patrol area having full-time coverage being West Anaheim and Stanton.

**Updated 7:00 a.m.**

An Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesperson confirms both of the injured in last night confrontation were hospitalized with moderate injuries as well as the suspect a man in his 30's.  La Mirada Newsbeat does not identify suspects involved in incidents such as this.

La Mirada NewsBeat has learned that deputies responded to the home on Barrington Lane last Wednesday evening (July 10) to quell a family disturbance.  

After the July 10th encounter, the parents of the man that fought with deputies last night went to court to have a judge issue a restraining order naming the son.

Then last night one of the parents phoned 911 stating there was another disturbance involving their son who resides at the residence and they wanted assistance with serving the son with the stay-away order.

The son confronted deputies when they arrived and a fight broke out that resulted in the officer needs help call to be sent out to deputies from Norwalk Station at 9:39 p.m.

It's unclear what charges will result from the incident.

**Update Tues 5 PM**

The two injured Orange County deputies have been treated for their injuries and sent home according to an OC Register report.

OCSD is obviously going to go at this guy hard via the District Attorney's Office as demonstrated by their Crime Lab still processing the crime scene well after sunrise this morning

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Burgerim grand opening coming soon in late July

La Mirada-  The new Burgerim franchise that is currently under development in the La Mirada Theatre Center will open near the end of this month the owner told La Mirada NewsBeat Saturday morning. 

The eatery will be located about midway between the AMC Theatres and CVS at 15272 Rosecrans Ave.

Based in the San Fernando Valley where it got its start three years ago, Burgerim is the fastest expanding burger chain in the nation. They expect to open its 500th eatery in early 2020.

Click on this link to check out the Burgerim menu.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Arrest announced in deadly shooting of local teen at West Covina party in May

Dennis Bracamonte
La Mirada Crime News

Charges have been filed in the murder of a La Mirada teen who was gunned down after a fight broke out at a West Covina party on May 31, 2019.

Authorities believe the 17 year-old suspect is the person shot and killed Dennis Anthony Bracamonte, 18, and wounded Bracamonte's younger brother and another male that were hospitalized with gunshot wounds in the legs. A fourth victim, a female also suffered unspecified injuries in the backyard brawl that involved six or more people. 

Sheriff's officials received numerous tips after detectives released photos of the suspects.  The arrest was made on June 6th after the suspected shooter arrived at a local hospital with injuries received in an unrelated shooting incident according to which first reported the arrest.

Authorities have not disclosed the name of the suspect in custody because he is a juvenile, but have confirmed he has been charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, and a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The second suspect remains at large.

The suspect in the black hat remains wanted. The
suspect in the red hat was arrested June 6th.
Photo Courtesy: LASD/Homicide

Monday, July 1, 2019

Three hospitalized after Imperial Highway 4-car collision

La Mirada NewsBeat photo

La Mirada- At least three people were taken to area hospitals Monday afternoon from injuries suffered when four cars collided at on Imperial Hwy. at Santa Gertrudes Ave.

Additional resources were sent to the accident reported at 3:26 p.m. including an extra engine company and rescue squad as well as three ambulances. An early report that there had been people trapped in the wreckage proved untrue.

Traffic was snarled in the area for close to 90 minutes as firefighters performed the rescue operation and treated the injured followed by removal of the wreckage and debris by Hadley Tow operators. Traffic was moving again in all directions by 5 p.m.

No further details were immediately available, however, none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening,

*Note: Updated at 5:15 a.m. Changed to indicate four vehicles were involved and the third picture added.

La Mirada NewsBeat Photos

Friday, June 21, 2019

Things To Do: Last chance to see "Beauty and the Beast' on stage, and family nights at Splash! La Mirada

Last chance to see Beauty and the Beast

This weekend is your last chance to see the highly-acclaimed  'Beauty and the Beast'  live on stage at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts as the 2018-19 season Broadway series from McCoy-Rigby Entertainment closes out.

Good seats are still available for the five remaining shows including matinees and evening performance on Friday and Saturday with the final show on Sunday.

McCoy Rigby will launch their 2019-20 season with the first of five productions on September 20, with 'Grumpy Old Men: The Musical. 

Season tickets for the 2019-20 season go on sale July 15.

For additional information or online ticket sales click on this link.

It's a Pirate's Party at Buccaneer Bay Friday Family Night

Each Friday evening through August 2nd, Buccaneer Bay at Splash! La Mirada Aquatics Park invites you to come and enjoy a special night of family fun featuring a new theme each week.

This week's theme is a Pirate's Party night from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $18 and free for season pass holders. 

For more information contact Splash! at 562) 902-3191 or go to their website at

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Things To Do: La Mirada concert in the park and night market

La Mirada- The city's annual summer concert series and Night Market
Source: City of La Mirada
continues this evening and continuing each Thursday through August 8, 2019, except on July 4th there will be no show due to the holiday.

Tonight Salsa and Latin themed music will be performed by Salsa Caliente a Los Angeles based group featuring vocalist Alberto Gonzalez and musicians from around the globe beginning at 6:30 p.m. at La Mirada County Regional Park.

The park is located at 13701 Adelfa Drive.

The market also returns for its second year with vendors selling prepared food, produce and crafts  The market starts in advance of the concert each week at 4 p.m. continuing until 8:30 p.m.

The entire concert series schedule can be found at

Monte Vista High grad made sure no Mustang will be forgotten

Patty Gray, Class of 77 and Jay Dee Wise, class of 75
pictured with the MVHS Memorial Tree in 2014

La Mirada- The last thing 
Patty Gray could have imagined when she learned of the passing of a friend is that her need to honor the memory of a close friend would launch a tradition that brings hundreds together each year to remember alumni from her former Alma Mater.

Gray wanted to remember Ray Kirby, a lifelong friend who passed away in 2014 in a special way and after praying she came up with the idea of planting a tree in his memory.

Kirby and Gray were both students at Monte Vista High School in South Whittier during the 1970s, at a time when Creek Park was a popular spot for kids that went to the school and it is here where Gray thought it would be perfect to plant that tree.

Jay Dee Wise (Jay), also an alumnus of Monte Vista liked Conrad's idea so much that he took the lead in all that needed to be done at City Hall obtaining the approval the approvals that would be needed to proceed.

In the meantime, Gray had gone to work on another project to begin a yearly memorial to remember each former student, faculty and staff member that had passed away over the past year.  followed by a reunion for all classes.

With the oak tree finally in place, on June 22, 2014 a modest group of about 50 gathered on a grassy slope to remember friends and faculty 

Each year the number of people attending has grown reaching about 300 last year including four former faculty members that come from all over the country to attend.  Event organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

What: 6th Annual 2019 Monte Vista High School Memorial and all Classes Reunion.

When:  Saturday, June 22, 2019


The Memorial 1:00 p.m. La Mirada Creek Park 12021 Santa Gertrudes Ave. On the sloping lawn near the Santa Gertrudes parking lot.  This year's Memorial will feature a candlelight vigil that will see a candle lit in honor of each departed Mustang as their name is read.

All Classes Reunion  3:30 p.m.  Bigs in Fullerton 323 N State College Blvd. (Between Chapman and Nutwood, just off the 57 Freeway)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Dramatic overnight rescue frees victim from wreckage after box truck plows into tanker truck

Source: La Mirada NewsBeat phoo

La Mirada-  The driver of a delivery box truck transported in critical condition to a local trauma center after being freed during a dramatic rescue effort overnight after the box truck collided with and became wedged under a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen.

The collision occurred when the box truck traveling north on Valley View Ave hit the side of the tanker that was pulling out from a driveway on the east side of the street at about 12:15 a.m. just south of Stage Rd.

Firefighters first on the scene determined that this would not be a typical traffic accident, and put in a call for additional resources including the ladder truck from Station 15 on Santa Gertrudes Ave and Urban Search and Rescue Team 103 in Pico Rivera to respond with the heavy rescue wrecker that would be needed for the first of a two-part rescue.

The force of the collision, as well as the weight of the tanker sitting on top of the crumpled cab of the box truck, prevented firefighters from reaching the victim trapped inside.

The rescue team used the wrecker to carefully pull the trapped box truck from underneath the tanker, then part two of the rescue began.

After the vehicle was dislodged from under the tanker truck, firefighters cut apart the crumpled box truck in order to free the victim who was taken to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange about 1;30 a.m. after being trapped for well over an hour.

Several units from the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department were also at the scene assisting with the rescue effort and Whittier PD assisted deputies with the task of closing the street from Stage Rd and Gannet St for just over two hours.

The nitrogen in the tanker was never thought to be in danger of leaking during the incident, and its driver was uninjured in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation by Sheriffs officials.

This final photo is from LASD/Norwalk Facebook, photos above are La Mirada NewsBeat photos.