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By Brian Hews The Beatitudes of Our Lord Church held their 2nd annual BLISS Gala this past March 10, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Norwalk. BLISS stands for Beatitudes Leading Its Successful Students. The event included cocktails, dinner, dancing as well as silent and live auctions that sold Lakers tickets, Knott's Berry Farm passes, and vacation getaways. Over 300 people attended the Gala making it a huge success. The event raised close to $40K for school operational improvements. The keynote speaker was Father Anthony Page, Beatitudes of Our Lord Church Pastor. After welcomingw the guests, he announced the appointment of Ms. Veronica Barajas as the new Beatitudes Principal following the retirement of Mr. Leonard Payette. The attendees were treated to a Mardi Gras themed

[See GALA page 7]

Residents Asked to Ebell ‘Dining to Donate’ Event By Marilyn D. Carwile Applebee’s and La Mirada Ebell Club will team up Tuesday, March 20 to raise funds for high school scholarships. The “Dining to Donate” event will take place at 1238 W. Imperial Highway, La Habra. Participants must either present a flyer or show them the display advertisement inside this newspaper located on page eight to their waiter prior to ordering that day. Carside-To-Go orders also qualify. This alerts management to give 15% of that table’s check to the La Mirada Ebell. Area residents are urged to help the

[See EBELL page 9]

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Beatitudes of Our Lord Church Holds Annual BLISS Gala

Letter from La Mirada Mayor Steve Jones

BLISS Chair Jim Young (right) and the BLISS Auction Chair Victor Globa enjoying dinner with their wives at the annual Gala. Over 300 people enjoyed a Mardi Gras theme evening of cocktails, dining, dancing, live and silent auctions. The event raised over $39,000 for the school.

Arrested Los Coyotes Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Molestation Charge By Randy Economy Ted Nishihara, a 29 year-old Cerritos resident and a substitute teacher from the NorwalkLa Mirada Unified School District has been arrested and charged with one Ted Nishihara misdemeanor count of child molestation. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau detectives arrested the substitute teacher on Monday at his Cerritos residence where he was immediately taken into custody and held at the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. On Wednesday he appeared before Downey Superior Court Judge John Ing for arraignment in and he entered

a plea of not guilty. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 28th in Division 5. Sheriff’s officials said that on Thursday, March 8, the mother of a female student reported to Norwalk Sheriff’s Station deputies that her daughter told her that Nishihara had touched her “in a sexual manner during class.” Detectives responded to the school on Monday morning and interviewed several students as well as staff members and others and then contacted Nishihara at his residence. Dr. Ruth Perez, Superintendent of Schools for Norwalk La Mirada USD told LCCN that Nishihara has been a substitute teacher with the district for the past five years, and that he has never had a discipline problem of any kind in the past.

Webster’s dictionary defines “transition” as change, a movement from one state, stage, place, or subject to another, and Steve Jones transition defines La Mirada this past year while I served as Mayor. In 2011 we went from a council with a collective experience of 58 years to one with 14 years. Our new members, Pauline Deal, Steve de Ruse, and Larry Mowles, have been successful in making this transition seamless. They have brought strong values, have contributed good ideas and, along with Mayor-pro-tem Gabe Garcia, have made significant contributions to our city. Another transition we had to make was going from a city with a Redevelopment Agency to one without. Along with this change and other factors have come major financial challenges that we are meeting and will continue to meet. This past year La Mirada continued to provide its residents with a safe, financially solvent city, which provides a wide variety of services enhancing the quality of life. Splash! La Mirada Aquatics Center provided a record number of people with recreation, fitness, and competition. The La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts had another outstanding year in providing high quality entertainment. There was significant progress made with ongoing projects this past year. Improvements were made to roads around Interstate 5 in preparation for its widening. The grade separation at Valley View Avenue and Stage Road has progressed and con-

[See TEACHER page 9]

[See MAYOR page 7]

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