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East La Mirada

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We're unincorporated, so our area is neither La Mirada or Whittier. Somehow the county decided to anoint us with East Whittier street signs and markers on Lambert and on La Mirada. It would be nice to have more of an economic base of our own and the apartments on Santa Gertrudes draws most of the crime to our area. Also the clay soil can do interesting things to our foundations, but overall a nice nondescript area that's affordable and relatively low crime. It's worth a look.

— Phil
August 28, 2012 at 7:47 p.m.

If you look at a map, the area is east of La Mirada. Just because your mail comes from a Whittier Post Office, it doesn't mean that you live in Whittier.

— Estaban
August 20, 2012 at 9:43 p.m.

I agree that the name should be changed - I used to live on this part of Santa Gertrudes at 11550 and our address was Whittier.

— Madeline
April 9, 2012 at 8:50 a.m.

East La Mirada street signs all say "East Whittier," there are welcoming signs to East Whittier on major roads, and my mailing address is Whittier, not La Mirada. The Census Bureau calls us East La Mirada, but according to a Wikipedia entry, the Bureau's own guidelines say place names should reflect common usage in the communities they name. I think the Census Bureau (and the LA Times) should change the name.

— Cindy Cotter
November 7, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.

Middle of no where, i kinda like it

— Abe
September 30, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.

Our area is almost purely residential, which is why we remain unincorporated; there is no business tax base for us to consider incorporation or annexation by one of the surrounding municipalities.

On the other hand, unincorporated East Whittier is surrounded by great shopping, decent parks and sponsored events, plus the homes, while not opulent, are well-kept and are a relative bargain in comparison to other more trendy areas. Definitely not the cutting edge in terms progressive, hip culture and the nearest freeway is five miles away, but a nice, relatively quite area in which to reside.

— Phil
July 31, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.

We're surrounded by cities with their own city governments, but all we have is the Board of Sup's. We're on the edge of Orange County so that the local issues that affect us most are apt to be not only in a city to which we don't belong but also in a county to which we don't belong.

And the neighborhood is rather featureless. For shopping or recreation you usually need to go to a nearby city. There's just not a whole lot here.

— Cindy Cotter
June 7, 2010 at 9:48 p.m.

In terms of the census, the area is called East La Mirada, but the area is officially designated as Unincorporated East Whittier. Its boundary to the west extends to La Mirada Blvd at Imperial Hwy stopping at Lambert Rd.

— Phil
June 7, 2010 at 1:41 p.m.

Area is officially known as East Whittier.

— Dennis
June 7, 2010 at 11:02 a.m.

East La Mirada

is an unincorporated area in the Southeast region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are La Mirada, South Whittier and Whittier.
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