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Downey Mayor Luis Marquez, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Mayor’s Corner: first message from Downey’s newest mayor

Greetings Downey! As your new mayor, it is my pleasure to be able to connect with you through our great community newspaper, the Downey Patriot.  I am happy to continue this tradition ...


012915-01-02
Paramount Boulevard fire

The man accused of intentionally burning down a Paramount Boulevard office complex last year has accepted a plea deal and will serve three years in prison, authorities ...


Kevin MacDonald’s last day at The Arc was Thursday. Photo by John Zander
Kevin MacDonald leaving Arc

DOWNEY – Kevin MacDonald, the longtime executive director of The Arc – Los Angeles & Orange Counties, has accepted a job leading Culver City-based Westside Regional ...


Bellflower school district shifts to smaller class sizes

BELLFLOWER – Linda Arndt gently draws her second-graders into the thrilling world of camping with questions that draw forth excited ideas for what they pack for an outing: food, blankets, ...


012915-13-06
Warren High PTSA wins wager

DOWNEY – The numbers are in and Warren High has beaten rival Downey in the schools’ PTSA membership competition. The schools wagered that the PTSA president with the least number of ...


Community

Woman gets prison for embezzling from credit union

LAKEWOOD – A Lakewood woman who pleaded guilty to a protracted embezzlement scheme which resulted in the failure of a credit union was sentenced last week to 21 months in federal ...


Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A

DOWNEY – Chick-fil-A is hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 4-9 p.m. to benefit Downey High School’s Amigos Club. Customers should present an event flier when ordering ...


Silent auction ends Saturday

DOWNEY – The Friends of the Downey City Library holds monthly silent book auctions in order to raise money to help support the various programs of our local library. This month the ...


Features

Honeymoon in Paradise

Recounting a vacation to celebrate a wedding anniversary, Yolanda Adele shares her mixed feelings about the location and time of the year. Shared Stories is a weekly column featuring ...


Weekend Wedding

Many people tie the knot in Las Vegas, but not all marriages last as long as that of Evelyn Watson. Las Vegas was a smaller town when Dwight and Evelyn made the trip in his ‘49 Chevy, but ...


The ‘F’ Word

Now that the holidays are over, Kacie Cooper’s essay is a timely reflection on a topic that is a source of frustration for many of us Shared Stories is a weekly column featuring articles ...


Obituaries

012915-03-02
Darrell Bever passes away

DOWNEY – Darrell F. Bever, a longtime Downey resident, passed away Jan. 11. Born Sept. 1, 1923 he was raised during the Depression and faced with World War II after graduating from ...


012915-03-03
Dennis Rode mourned

DOWNEY – Dennis M. Rode, a Downey resident for 21 years, died Jan. 17 after a long illness. He was born in Danville, Ill., and was in the Air Force for four years. He worked for Minute ...


012215-03-02
Walfrido Planas mourned

DOWNEY – Walfrido Elias Planas passed away Jan. 16 at Pacific Palms Health Care home in Long Beach with family at his side. A resident of Bell, he was preceded in death by his parents ...


National News

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