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La Mirada

Community Profile

September 25, 1986

City Services City Hall 943-0131

13700 La Mirada Blvd.

Police (business) 863-8711

12335 Civic Center Drive, Norwalk

Fire (business) 943-5512

13820 S. La Mirada Blvd.

Post Office (714) 521-0787

14901 Adelfa Drive

Library 943-0277

13800 S. La Mirada Blvd.

In Emergency, Dial 911GOVERNMENT City Council: C. David Peters (mayor), Ben Ashley (mayor pro tem), Art Leslie, Lou Piltz, Wayne Rew

City Manager: Gary K. Sloan

Fire Chief: John Englund

Police Captain: Robert Pash

Area Lawmakers Congress: David Dreier, Republican, 33rd District; 112 N. 2nd Ave., Covina, 91723; (818) 339-9078

State Assembly: Ross Johnson, Republican, 64th District; 1501 N. Harbor Blvd., No. 201, Fullerton, 92635; (714) 738-5853

State Senate: Paul B. Carpenter, Democrat, 33rd District; 5400 Orange Ave., No. 203, Cypress, 90630; (714) 952-3201

County Supervisor: Peter F. Schabarum, 1st District; Hall of Administration, Room 856, Los Angeles, 90012; (213) 974-4111

STATISTICS Population: 40,572

Area: 7.40 square miles

Incorporation: March 23, 1960

Median household income: $34,666

Median home value: $84,705

Median age: 30.7 years

Racial/ethnic mix: white, 87.4%; Latino, 20.0%; black, 0.8%; other, 11.8%

(Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap) FOCUS

Green Is the Color When La Mirada incorporated, its founders took a hard look at other cities and spotted a flaw: There was too much concrete and asphalt. La Mirada's creators were determined not to make the same mistake. So plants, trees and shrubs were ordered by the truckloads to accomplish the greening of La Mirada. Having a green thumb was almost a prerequisite for working in the bloomming bedroom community. Street medians were landscaped. New parks were mandated and sprinkler heads arrived by the hundreds. The approach has sprouted dividends. Today, the city's nine parks and athletic complexes, including 107-acre La Mirada Regional Park, have colored the cityscape green, and the city has won high praise for its look. It costs nearly $500,000 a year to maintain the parks and medians. But amid an urban environment often paved over for development, La Mirada officials say it is well worth the expense.

Statistics: Donnelley Demographics

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