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Breezewood Retirement Village Celebrates 10th Anniversary BP Oil Received $1 Billion

in Property Tax Reductions Under Assessor Noguez

A true La Mirada redevelopment success story. By Tony Aiello The State of California may have done away with city redevelopment agencies (RDA’s), but a great example of how the system was designed to work is represented well in La Mirada. The Breezewood Village Residential Community-an RDA project- hosted their 10th Anniversary celebration last Thursday night. It was attended by Breezewood residents and staff, along with numerous representatives from city hall including city council members Steve DeRuse and Steve Jones. California's approximately 400 municipal RDA’s were eliminated as part of a cost-saving measure by the state last year. The repercussions and details of this action, and the affect it will have on cities, is still currently being worked out in court.

Local Resident Pleads Guilty to Hit and Run Death A La Mirada man pleaded no contest this week to vehicular manslaughter in a fatal hit-and-run last September that killed a 72-year-old man, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Geoffrey Matthew Rocha, 27, also admitted an allegation that he fled the scene of the Sept. 20, 2011 accident that killed Raul Quintanilla, said Deputy District Attorney Marlon Powers. Rocha is facing seven years in state prison when he returns Aug. 22 for sentencing before Commissioner Michael Schuur in Norwalk Superior Court. Rocha pleaded no contest to striking Quintanilla, who was out for his daily walk, at the intersection of Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Lawnhill Drive in La Mirada. Authorities said the victim’s arm was severed at the shoulder with the force of the impact and carried away by

[See HIT AND RUN page 9]

By Randy Economy and Brian Hews

Drive to south and east, and the Green Hills shopping center to the west. At the time, the dwellings suffered from the influx of drugs, prostitution, high crime, and child neglect among oth-

One of the world's largest oil producers, BP (formerly British Petroleum), received more than $1 billion worth of property tax reductions during the tenure of embattled Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has learned. British Petroleum, who owns and oversees a massive operation throughout Los Angeles County, had a major parcel slashed during a two year period

[See BREEZEWOOD page 8]

[See ASSESSOR page 10]

Celebrating 10th Anniversary: Pictured above [l-r] Bonni Peery, Asst. Manager Valerie Martinez, Property Manager Amy Hyde, Asst. Manager George Silva, former manager Sue Silva and Steve Frandsen.

In 1999, the city, along with its RDA, used its eminent domain power to tear down the 30-unit apartment building on the site that also included five duplexes. The area is bordered by Imperial Highway to the north, Breezewood

La Mirada Rotary Awards Cor Van Dam Memorial Scholarships

family has generously supported the Three scholarships in memory of scholarship program conducted in his La Mirada area pioneer Cor Van Dam memory. have been Students awarded by displaythe Rotary Club of La ing strong records of Mirada. community Van Dam, service were who was the selected owner of the to receive former Valley $1,000 View Farms scholarships Dairy located awarded by on Rosecrans the Rotary and Valley LA MIRADA PIONEER -- Scholarships in memory View Avenue, of pioneering La Mirada dairyman Cor Van Dam have Club of La passed away been awarded to three La Mirada High School students Mirada. in 2006. He by the Rotary Club of La Mirada. Van Dam was active Rotary President Mark was a charter in the club for more than 50 years. Troughton member of the presented the scholarships at an awards Rotary Club of La Mirada, and was a leader in Rotary’s community service ceremony held at La Mirada High projects for more than 50 years. In School. Overall, more than $135,000 the years since his death, the Van Dam [See SCHOLARSHIPS page 7]

City to Host Fundraiser for VOPS Los Angeles County Sheriff Volunteers on Patrol (VOPS) serving La Mirada will host a Goodwill Donation Drive Fundraiser. The event will be held Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. Residents are encouraged to clean their closets and donate used clothing, housewares, furniture and other miscellaneous items. I return, the VOPS will receive money for every trailer full of donated items. The VOPS serve as a valuable resource to La Mirada’s Public Safety Team. VOPS act as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Department, identify suspicious activities, report crimes in progress, and identify dangerous circumstances.For more information, contact the La Mirada Community Sheriff’s Station at (562) 902-2960.



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Three scholarships in memory of La Mirada area pioneer Cor Van Dam have been awarded by the Rotary Club of La Mirada. Van Dam, who was the o...


Three scholarships in memory of La Mirada area pioneer Cor Van Dam have been awarded by the Rotary Club of La Mirada. Van Dam, who was the o...