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DOWNEY -- The city of Downey issued the following news release today:
"City officials would like to advise the public that they may be receiving calls with specific questions regarding the Charter amendment, the Downey Fire Department, and contracting out fire services to the County. There have been reports that these callers are representing themselves as City employees calling on behalf of the City.
"Please be aware that the City is not conducting any community survey. These calls are not being made by city employees, but rather by third parties not associated with the City.
"We want to make sure our residents understand that these types of calls are not being conducted by any City employee and this survey is not sanctioned by the City. The City takes this matter very seriously and we want our residents to be well informed before responding to any survey," said Mayor Fernando Vasquez."