Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Council redistricting process begins with Tuesday public hearing

Tuesday, Aug. 24

La Mirada-  The first in a series of public hearings will be held tonight by the city council as the redistricting process begins to determine boundaries for the five council districts as required by state law every ten years. 

Tonight's hearing and a second hearing on Sept. 28 will allow the city council to gather public comment on redrawing districts before the map-drawing process begins.

The city is contracting with National Demographics Corporation (NDC) to assist with the process. NDC will examine 2020 census data when neighborhood demographic data is available in October to determine if the current district boundaries are diluting or dividing any protected groups and the current population in each district.

If NDC determines that the current districts still comply with the Voter Rights Act and the population in each district is close to the same the city council can choose to retain the current boundaries until 2030 or have new maps drawn up for consideration.

If significant boundary changes are necessary, a complete redistricting process will be conducted.

NDC would create a demographic database utilizing interactive mapping that will be used to draw boundaries for two to four suggested districts for the city council to consider. 

If a full redistricting process is conducted the public will be able to use the online mapping tools and submit suggestions for council consideration. NDC will that all suggestions submitted by the public to ensure compliance with the federal Voter Rights Act if adopted.

Tonight's city council meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Suspect held in La Mirada clothing store robbery

La Mirada- Deputies are detaining are a man suspected of the Monday morning robbery at a local clothing store. A second suspect remains outstanding.

The two men allegedly stole clothing from the Family Store at 12745 Valley View Avenue at about 11:20 a.m. One of the suspects was armed with a switchblade.

A witness followed the suspects to the area of St. Paul Church on Foster Road. Both the school at the church as well as Foster Road elementary School were placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes.

A deputy spotted one of the suspects at Foster Road and Duffield Avenue and placed him into custody pending further investigation. The man was still in possession of stolen merchandise.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Just two Concerts under the Stars remain, Tonight Vintage Rock

 La Mirada-  There are just two shows remaining in the summer Concerts under the Stars series and tonight's show will feature vintage rock performed by Rayford Bros Band.

The performance gets under way at 6:30 p.m at La Mirada County Regional Park  directly across the street from the high school at 13521 Adelfa Dr.

The Night Market featuring food, refreshments, fresh produce and crafts begins at 5 p.m.

The final show in the concert series will be next Thursday at 6:30 p.m  with Upstream performing Caribbean and Calypso music.

For additional information contact La Mirada community services at 562 943-7277.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

State prison sentences handed down in La Mirada fentanyl death of 16 month-old girl

Norwalk-  A Cypress man and woman have been sentenced to state prison for their roles in the Fentanyl death of a 16 month-old girl last August in La Mirada.

Felicia Candelaria, 35 was handed a six-year prison term, and Edgar Becerra, 37 a two-year state prison term in the death of Baby Luna. The girl was found dead inside a room at Marriot Residence Inn at 14419 Firestone Blvd. on August 29, 2020. 

Luna died of an overdose of fentanyl after Candelaria fell asleep leaving the girl unsupervised in the room and in turn allowing the girl access to the drug that had been left unsecured in the room. Fentanyl is a powerful sedative that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

Candelaria awoke to find Luna's lifeless body and attempted CPR with the help of other hotel guests until firefighters arrived. 

Paramedics rushed Baby Luna to an area emergency room where she was pronounced dead.

According to friends who asked not to be identified, Becerra and Candelaria had been staying at the $150-200 a night extended stay accommodation for several weeks after one or both received a COVID-19 relief unemployment lump sum payout and had been partying hard during the time leading up to the day of the death.

Both Candelaria and Becerra were arrested on November 18 on charges alleging child abuse resulting in death. Candelaria received the maximum penalty.

Candelaria was being held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood pending transfer to the state prison system.

Becerra was being held at pictures Detention Center, North Facility in Castaic pending transfer to the state prison.

City Council news: Weekly Farmer's Market proposed

In its second season, the Night Market at the summertime Concert under the Stars series each week has been received by residents enthusiastically. So much so that the city council discussed a proposal by city staff during the monthly council study session to launch a weekly Farmer's Market.

City staff proposes holding the Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza between the library and City Hall and in a portion of the parking lot east of the library.

Staff has suggested the market be held in the morning extending into the early afternoon each Wednesday to coincide with the popular Toddler Storytime at the library.

La Mirada businesses and vendors would have priority to operate at the Market. 

City staff estimates the farmers market could be operational as early as this October.

Courtesy: City of La Mirada

Changes proposed to boost attendance to Salute to Veterans.

City staff is also proposing several changes to its annual Salute to Veterans traditionally held at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts in November.

Attendance at the annual event has fallen in recent years due to the aging of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War vets according to a report prepared for the city council. About 235 people attended the most recent ceremony in November 2019 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The report recommends shifting the ceremony away from the theatre with its seated capacity of 1,251 to the Civic Center Plaza where a scaled-down event was held outside due to Covid-19 and was well attended. 

Civic Center Plaza, located between City Hall and the county library is also the site of the Eternal Memorial Flame that has the names of all fallen La Mirada service members from 1960, the date of incorporation inscribed on it.

Also proposed is shifting the patriotic ceremony to Veteran's Day 11:11 a.m. from Monday evenings enabling more to attend due to the day being a federal holiday.

File Photo: John Lewis, La Mirada Mayor in 2010, speaks at the abbreviated
Salute to Veterans as State Sen. Bob Archuleta at right looks on


The council approved the first reading of an ordinance that designates when city elections will be held to adhere to a state law mandating local elections be held on the same date as state primaries except during years when there was a presidential election when they should be held on the date of the presidential primary.

Elections for city council District 1 and 2 will be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March commencing in 2022, and on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in District 3, 4, and 5 commencing in 2024.

The council will also shift the meeting it chooses its mayor and mayor pro-tem to its first council meeting in June each year.

Final passage will occur at the next council meeting on Tuesday, August 24.

Also on August 24, the city council will hold a public hearing on a proposal to permanently remove the three traffic signals on Firestone Bl. North and replace them with stop signs.

The signals at Gateway Dr. and the driveway to Northwoods Inn are currently on flashing red, and the signal at Trojan Way was removed due to the realignment of Firestone Bl. North as part of the I-5 widening project.

Three-way stop signs controls are already in place at Trojan Way and Firestone Bl North.

The Public Safety and Traffic Commission approved the proposal at its July 22 meeting.

File Photo:  Firestone Blvd and Trojan Way

(March 2021)

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Concert Under the Stars/ National Night Out event tonight

 Thurs Aug 5, 2021

La Mirada-  Representatives from the city Neighborhood Watch program and Public Safety unit will be on hand this evening along with members of the La Mirada policing team to meet the public at tonight's annual National Night Out event.

The event is being held during tonight's Concert Under the Stars at Regional Park located at 13701 Adelfa Drive from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This week will feature music with a Latin theme by Anything for Salinas.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Night Market vendors.

Public safety information that will be displayed at several booths and the representatives from both the city and sheriff's department will be available to ask questions or discuss community issues.

There will be fingerpainting activities for the kids and child identification fingerprinting will be available to families that are interested.

Millions of people across the country come together each August for neighborhood and citywide events that highlight crime prevention and drug abuse awareness.

Photo Courtesy: City of La Mirada

Monday, August 2, 2021