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Downey Mayor Luis Marquez and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo courtesy Luis Marquez
MAYOR'S CORNER: a busy March in Downey

Dear Downey Friends, We have a lot of great community events to look forward to in March.  First, the State of the City Luncheon is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 4th and I invite ...


Salon owner Miguel Bardales, seated second from left, says that Johnny & Co. will be closing its doors after nearly four decades. Photo by Carol Kearns
After nearly 40 years, Johnny & Co. to close Saturday

DOWNEY – A Downey institution of nearly four decades will be closing its doors for good this Saturday after the last lock of hair is cut and the last head of curls is ...


Downey Police conduct a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in 2013. Photo by Martin Trejo
Dozens caught at DUI, driver's license checkpoint

DOWNEY – Downey police officers cited 56 people for driving without a proper license at a DUI and driver's license checkpoint last Friday night. According to police statistics, 1,175 ...


Councilman Fernando Vasquez, a supporter of free public wifi in Downey, takes a selfie. Photo by John Zander
Downey considering unlimited WiFi at Downey parks, civic center

DOWNEY -- The Downey City Council on Tuesday will consider replacing its current internet service provider with a new company that would offer cheaper and faster internet access, and ...


Internet addiction
Facebook, where Downey is continually going downhill

Last month, for the second time in less than a year, somebody broke into my car. It happened either late at night or early in the morning, sometime between "Seinfeld" and Garth Kemp's ...


Community

Block captain training Wednesday

DOWNEY – The Downey Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program will host its second annual block captain meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Barbara Riley ...


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State Sen. Tony Mendoza considering to run for the 4th Supervisorial District

State Sen. Tony Mendoza, voted into office last November, said this week he is “seriously considering” running for L.A. County Supervisor to replace Don Knabe when he is termed out in ...


Youth soccer team seeks new players

DOWNEY – The South Bay boys U11 Flight 1 youth soccer team is seeking players for its 2015-16 roster. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday nights; scholarships are available. For ...


Features

Lessons from Georgia

Kay Halsey was born in Atlanta in 1920, the daughter of immigrants from England. Her father was a minister, and her summers at his church camp in rural Georgia left a lasting impression. ...


Who was Albert Ball?

DOWNEY - In an era when brave men and women of all ages ventured into an uncharted West seeking fame and fortune, Albert Louis Ball, a Pennsylvania native, found his gold in California ...


Employers should look past college degrees

Exorbitant student loans constitute just one reason why young people eager to experience the world may want to reconsider college, says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur. There is now ...


Obituaries

021915-03-02
Edward Todd, youth volunteer, mourned

DOWNEY – Downey native Edward Todd, of Burbank, died Feb. 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 56. He was born in Lynwood on Nov. 7, 1958 to the late Margaret and Edward Todd. He ...


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Remembrance service Saturday for Larry Lockhart

DOWNEY – Downey resident Laurence “Larry” Dean Lockhart died peacefully Feb. 11 with his wife at his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1952 in Teaneck, NJ to Louis Vernon Lockhart and ...


021915-03-01
Donald Burns, resident and volunteer, passes away

DOWNEY – Donald L. Burns passed away Jan. 22 with his family by his side. Born Dec. 1, 1939 to Paul and Marguerite Burns in Glendale, Don grew up in Hawthorne and went to Leusinger ...


National News

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