Marketing concerns loom over VenueTech vote Tuesday

DOWNEY — City Council will vote at their meeting on Tuesday to approve a three-year extension to the existing agreement with VenueTech Management Group, Incorporated, who has presided over management of the Downey Civic Theatre since late 2010.

The cost of the contract totals to an estimated $205,000 annually with reimbursable costs, including labor and in-house production and in-house production expenses at approximately $686,233. However, the actual contract cost of theatre labor depends on number of rentals and are reimbursed by the rental client.

While Venuetech manages and services the theatre, it is the City that provides directive and oversees Venutech’s management.

Unfortunately, there seems to be some concern amongst officials that Theatre’s marketing is falling below where the city would like it to be.

“Our theatre is a beautiful theatre first of all,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rick Rodriguez. “I think it’s just undermarketed. It’s used quite a bit, its just the story isn’t told enough. That’s the problem; it’s not publicized enough.”

Rodriguez went on to say that he feels that the city is not “putting it’s best sales foot forward” enough.

To supplement some of these concerns, Rodriguez has slowly but intently introduced accomplished singer and artistic director Chad Berlinghieri into the community over the last several months.

“I met Chad outside he city of Downey. He does a phenomenal job in Orange County, in Long Beach, in Signal Hill, the beach areas,” said Rodriguez. “I wanted to bring that talent into our city because he brings his followers, associates, colleagues to us as well.”

“I recently attended a play over at the Mark Taper Theatre over in Downtown Los Angeles; it’s a small 300-seat theatre, but they had a beautiful play…every seat was taken. You wonder how’s a little theatre like that - with terrible parking, with Downtown traffic, that’s hard to get to – how do they draw people from the Valley? How do they draw people from Downey? From Long Beach, from Whittier…it’s all because of the sales efforts.”

A Theatre sub-committee was formed in 2009. The sub committee meets regularly and reviews types of shows, financial aid requests, and other Theatre business. It is currently served on by Councilmembers Alex Saab and Blanca Pacheco.

Council wishes to make the theatre a regional draw, however there are a few hurdles that the city has struggled with, including the theatre’s size and the amount of local competition.

“That’s one of the challenges we’ve had over the years to draw certain performances is the size and also the geographical location,” said Saab. “We are close to these other larger theatres that can sell more seats and thus draw bigger performances.

Councilmember Saab was able to shed a little light on the options that the sub-committee were currently exploring, and what ultimately may be the center of discussion on Tuesday.

“We’re looking to increase the marketing, looking a little bit closer how we can draw a bigger crowd, and the third thing we’re looking at is to increase some more local talent and theatre production through maybe some nonprofits or theatrical groups that can hopefully be able to use the space.”

Saab added that this could include the usage of the stage as a 90-seat space for more interactive and intimate performances.

“I think there’s definitely a lot of room for us to look at different types of use,” said Saab. “Those are the things we’re looking at.”

Another potential option that may be raised Tuesday is the opportunity to put Downey’s Theatre Series out to bid and potentially partnering with an outside entity to put on those performances.

“In years past, VenueTech has been deciding those productions and they’ve put them on,” said Saab. “That’s what we’re going to look at: VenueTech will continue to manage it, but whether we’re going to bring in an outside entity to assist us in putting on those events.”

Crime Report: 11/12/18

Friday, November 2:

At 1:30 am, the victims were at an apartment complex on the 7300 block of Dinwiddie when a suspect tried to steal their marijuana. During a struggle with the suspect, one of the victim’s was struck in the thigh by a small caliber bullet. She was medically treated for a non-life threatening wound. The suspect fled the location with the marijuana prior to police arrival. Detectives are investigating.


At 12:20 pm, officers responded to a robbery at the AT&T store at 8420 Firestone. Prior to our arrival, a male suspect grabbed a display phone from inside the store and ran towards the door. When an employee tried to stop him, the suspect made a verbal threat and simulated a handgun. The suspect then grabbed a second display phone and fled the location.


From 10:30 pm until 2:30 am, two officers working a foot beat in the downtown area issued 5 municipal code citations.


Saturday, November 3:

At 9:25 pm, officers responded to a report of gunshots heard in the area of the 13400 block of Laureldale. Officers located five shell casings in the roadway. One witness confirmed the shots were fired from a vehicle into the air. Suspect vehicle fled the location prior to police arrival.


From 10:30 pm until 2:30 am, two officers worked in the downtown area and issued 3 municipal code citations, 8 traffic citations, and 2 parking citations.


Sunday, November 4:

At 9 pm, officers responded to the 9800 block of Foster Road in regards to a robbery. A male victim was in front of his residence when he was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects was armed with a knife and demanded the victim's phone and wallet. The victim handed over his iPhone and money. Both suspects fled the location on foot. During an area check, officers recovered the victim's phone to the front of an apartment complex. Detectives are investigating.

Non-profit offers free help with citizenship application

DOWNEY — Ferias Legales, a Downey-based non-profit, will be offering free legal assistance with citizenship applications and fee waiver applications at the Barbara J. Reiley Community Center this Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The event is in partnership with Downey Councilwoman Blanca Pacheco and is part of their monthly "Naturalize Now: Free Citizenship Clinics" program.


Three licensed immigration attorneys, Rocio La Rosa, Paola Neri, and Juliana Mojica-Moran, will be providing free eligibility screenings and free assistance with citizenship applications.


Ferias Legales (Spanish for "Legal Fairs") is a Downey-based non-profit organization focusing on delivering free services to underserved communities and increasing diversity in the legal field. The citizenship clinics are aimed at encouraging people to naturalize in an effort to help them protect themselves, their families, and their futures by empowering them with the ability to vote and become civically engaged.


Appointments are not necessary but are encouraged.


For more information, please contact Maria Torres, who serves as Executive Director, at (213) 842-6214 or mtorres@feriaslegales.org.

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Warren High places first at cross-country finals

DOWNEY – The San Gabriel Valley League girls’ cross-country finals were Oct. 31 at La Mirada Regional Park. All six league schools fielded teams and competed for the league’s fastest times.

League favorite Warren placed first with a score of 26, Downey placed second with a score of 54, Paramount placed third with a score of 61, Gahr placed fourth with a score of 93, Dominguez placed fifth with a score of 160 and Lynwood placed sixth with a score of 165.

The lowest score in cross country running wins based on the five fastest runners from each school.

The Bears’ Nadine Gomez (11) finished 1st overall with a time of 18:27.4, Alicia Liera (11) finished 4th overall with a time of 19:23.3, Arianna Cervantes (12) finished 5th overall with a time of 19:47.8, Valeria Guerra (12) finished 7th overall with a time of 20:05.2 and Bryanna Garcia (12) finished 9th overall with a time of 20:38.8.

The Vikings’ Laura Velasco (12) finished 3rd overall with a time of 18:55.3, Alyssa Tapanes (9) finished 6th overall with a time of 20:04.3, Mia Neuman finished 11th overall with a time of 21:03.1, Emma Vitela (9) finished 15th overall with a time of 22:14.1 and Julianna Cuevas (10) finished 19th overall with a time of 22:35.1.

The boys enjoyed equal success at the same competition.

League favorite Warren placed first with a score of 27, Paramount placed second with a score of 51, Downey placed third with a score of 78, Gahr placed fourth with a score of 81, Dominguez placed fifth with a score of 152 and Lynwood placed sixth with a score of 178. The lowest score in cross country running wins based on the five fastest runners from each school.

Warren finished in an average team time of 16:30. The Bears’ Fabian Gomez (11) finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:08.1, Owen Franco (11) finished 4th overall with a time of 16:26.1, Antonio Munoz (12) finished 5th overall with a time of 16:28.2, Gerardo Rubio (12) finished 7th overall with a time of 16:39.2 and Andres Serna (12) finished 9th overall with a time of 16:52.8.

Downey finished in an average team time of 17:24. The Vikings’ Matthew Enriquez (12) finished 12th overall with a time of 17:06.4, Jesse Sanson (12) finished 15th overall with a time of 17:28.1, Cyrus Gutierrez finished 16th overall with a time of 17:28.5, Jacob Guerrero (12) finished 17th overall with a time of 17:28.7 and Gustavo Garibay (12) finished 18th overall with a time of 17:29.4.


DOWNEY FOOTBALL:
The Downey High School football team improved to 6-5 on the season with a 44-14 first round playoff win at La Mirada last Friday night. The Vikings scored early and often in their route of the Matadores.

Downey jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and added 21 more points in the second quarter to take a 38-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Vikings were outscored 7-6 in the third quarter and 7-0 in the fourth quarter. The damage had been done however and Downey cruised to the 44-14 win.

Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 12/18 pass attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The Viking ground game was led by Malcom Perry’s 14 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Alex Cortez’s ten carries for 73 yards and one touchdown and Antonio Ruiz’s four carries for 34 yards.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Noah Skobis’ three receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Caldwell’s three receptions for 56 yards, Dillon Laurer’s three catches for 23 yards and Brenden Hodge’s one reception for 78 yards and one touchdown.

The Viking defense was led by Vincent Willis’ eight solo and three assisted tackles, Isaiah Burton’s five solo and six assisted tackles, Anthony Lopez’s two solo and seven assisted tackles, Justin Cardenas’ four solo and four assisted tackles and Lawrence Joseph’s five solo and two assisted tackles.

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to their C.I.F Division 3 quarterfinal game against Citrus Hill of Perris at Downey tonight. Citrus Hill is currently 11-0 and were the Mountain Pass League champions.

The Hawks defeated Damien of La Verne in their first-round game last Friday night at Citrus Hill 52-21.


WARREN FOOTBALL:
The Warren High School football team defeated Crescenta Valley at Warren last Friday night, 52-47, in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 7 playoffs.

With the win, the Bears improved to 8-3 on the season and will now play Northview in the second round. Northview defeated Santa Ynez 43-7 in their first-round game at Covina District Field last Friday night.

In the Warren/Crescenta Valley game the Falcons took an early 21-7 lead. The Bears stormed back in the second quarter and outscored Crescenta Valley 24-14. The Bears still trailed 35-31 heading into the locker room at halftime.

Warren outscored the Falcons 21-6 in the third quarter and led 52 41 after three quarters of play. Crescenta Valley outscored the Bears 6-0 in the fourth quarter but Warren had sealed the win and came away with the hard fought, 52-47 win.

Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 15/21 pass attempts for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Venegas also carried the ball four times for 67 yards with one touchdown and finished the game with a quarterback rating of 153.3.

Warren’s rushing attack was led by Eimajah Hunter’s nine carries for 60 yards and one touchdown, Arvionte Sheffield’s 12 carries for 46 yards and Damarryea Armstrong’s two carries for 53 yards. The Bear receiving corps were led by Desmond Carnes’ four receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns, Keison Evans’ five receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown and Jabari Hughes’ three receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown.

The Bear defense was led by Damarryea Armstrong’s 12 solo and two assisted tackles, Jason Perez’s nine solo and four assisted tackles, Darin Marquez’s four solo and four assisted tackles and Kevin Arias’ two solo and six assisted tackles.

Paging Dr. Frischer: Food defects

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While enjoying a bowl of cereal I noticed something suspicious floating in the bowl. Of course, that was the end of that bowl of cereal; I tossed it down the drain. It was probably nothing, but it got me wondering: what in the world was in there?


Nobody wants to find insect parts, rat hairs, mouse poop or maggots in their food. However, the Food and Drug Administration allows low levels of those unsavory items to be present in our food. In fact, the FDA considers this to be natural and unavoidable.


Most of us have never heard of the FDA Defect Levels Handbook. This is (I hope!) the most disgusting government publication in existence. For more than 100 food items, from allspice to wheat flour, this booklet spells out the maximum allowable levels of “defects” that are permissible before the agency considers the food to be unacceptable. It actually spells out just how much mold, rot, parasites, bugs, and other contaminants are allowed in our food.


The handbook puts it this way: “The FDA set these action levels because it is economically impractical to grow, harvest or process raw products that are totally free of nonhazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects.”


Given the large amount of food that is produced daily in the United States, it is unrealistic to think that some outside materials won’t make their way into the finished product. When grain is harvested, it is inevitable that there will be a bug in there somewhere. After harvest, when it is being processed at a factory, or being stored, or in transit, there might be a mouse, and therefore…mouse poop. These “defects” exist in the environment where foods come from, and it is just impractical and too expensive to remove every little bit if it does not actually pose a threat to our health.


If it’s at all reassuring, do note that food-processing systems are far cleaner, more effective and more efficient than ever before.


The motivation for setting limits is to utilize this inevitable contamination as an indicator of whether there is something dangerously wrong. One mouse hair in food will not harm us, but many hairs may be evidence of an infestation at the factory. Along with an infestation may be bacteria, viruses, or other harmful microorganisms.


Consider these examples of FDA limits:

  • · A 16-ounce box of pasta may contain no more than nine rodent hairs.

  • · Perhaps there are dark specks in your cornmeal. Maybe they’re just cornmeal, but the FDA’s action levels do allow for up to 13 “fragments” of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container.

  • · The government permits three maggots in a 28-ounce can of tomatoes.

  • · A 16-ounce jar of peanut butter may contain up to 136 insect fragments and four rodent hairs.

  • · Beer drinkers take note: there is a limit of 2,500 aphids for every 10 grams of hops.

  • · Tiny bugs such as aphids, thrips, or mites may come in from the field with the broccoli. The limit is 60 creatures per 100 grams – or 204 in a 12-ounce bag of frozen broccoli.

  • · 6% of potato chips may contain rot. However, only 5% of prunes can be moldy, decomposed, or insect-infested.

  • · 15 ounces of golden raisins may contain no more than 40 milligrams of sand and grit…as well as 65 fly eggs.

  • · Mushrooms can contain up to 20 maggots per can.

  • · The cranberry sauce accompanying your Thanksgiving turkey may contain an average of 15% mold filaments.


Honestly, after perusing this FDA handbook, I thought twice about ever eating again. These imperfections sound disgusting.


The good news is that the FDA reassures us that these allowable imperfections present no health hazards. Although the FDA has established these acceptable defect levels, and can take action if a food exceeds those levels, the amounts actually found are much lower. In fact, most food companies set their own quality standards at far stricter levels than these FDA limits.


Note that today’s column does not address intrinsically harmful food contaminants such as pesticides, metals or environmental chemicals, but “merely” defects in food quality. Keep this in mind as you consume your next grasshopper leg.


Bon appétit!

Dr. Alan Frischer is former chief of staff and former chief of medicine at Downey Regional Medical Center. Write to him in care of this newspaper at 8301 E. Florence Ave., Suite 100, Downey, CA 90240.

Helen Jane Gregorio

June 25, 1920 - October 26, 2018

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Helen Jane Gregorio, 98, was born on June 25, 1920 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, an only child to Charles Peters and Mary Rhodes. She passed peacefully at her home on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Downey, California.

Over the 60 years she lived in Downey, Helen was a dedicated and devoted church and community volunteer. She served at the Downey Family YMCA and also in countless roles in PTA – including helping in the Downey Council PTA HELPS food bank over the past 30 years it’s been in operation. In addition to PTA, Helen logged over 40,000 hours of service in virtually every Auxiliary role in the 32 years she served at Downey-PIH. In addition to her community service, she also spent countless hours in ministry at Christ Lutheran Church here in Downey by singing in the choir, setting up for communion, greeting, ushering, and doing whatever else was needed. Her time and dedication to blessing others was acknowledged with both Rotary Club and Downey Coordinating Council Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo, and leaves behind her loving family: son James Edwards (Peggy) and granddaughters Sandy Edwards and Lisa Prough of Paso Robles, California; son Charles Gregorio (Melody) of Downey, California, granddaughter Emily Gregorio of Los Angeles, California, and grandson Evan Gregorio of Downey, California, as well as several other family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church (7707 Florence Avenue, Downey) on Friday, November 16th, at 10:00 AM. A light lunch will be served at the church Fellowship Hall following the internment at Rose Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Downey Council PTA HELPS or Downey Family YMCA.

Barry (Herman) Ord

December 12, 1941 - October 31, 2018

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Long time Downey resident, Barry (Herman) Ord, passed away peacefully at her home October 31, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time at family gatherings, birthday parties, holidays and sporting events cheering on the grandchildren. She was an amazing person and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 28 years, Donald Ord, as well as her son, Todd Herman and his wife Margaret, her daughter, Kelly Henderson and her husband Bill and 3 stepchildren, Michael Ord and his wife Cathy, Kim Stromen and her husband Dan and Kevin Ord and his wife Carrie. Also 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and her niece Susan Groff Cole.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus Paul Groff and Esther Elizabeth Vincent, her brother Richard P. Groff and daughter Shelly Montgomery.

Memorial Service will be held November 9, 2018, 11:00 am at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary.

Jerry Lee Klett

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Jerry Lee Klett, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend has passed away peacefully at 75 on November 2 at his home in Downey.

A memorial will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. at Rose Hills Mortuary - SkyRose Chapel.

He was born January 13, 1943 to Charles and Mable Klett in Everly, Iowa. He is survived by his children John, Nora, Jason, Dustin, Derek, Darren and grandchildren Autumn, Lincoln, Leyla, Jace, Austin, Aiden, Kaitlyn, Travis, Madelyn, Josh, Dylan, Cassidy, Levi and great grandchildren Aubree Renee and Aria. In the early 80s after being surprised with triplet sons, he ventured off and started his own business to help feed his growing family. He loved spending time with family, camping, boating and gardening. He will be deeply missed, but we know he has once again joined his wife Diana for all eternity.

Claudia Frometa, Giggy Saab win Downey elections

DOWNEY — Claudia Frometa is Downey’s newest council member.


With all precincts reporting, Frometa captured nearly 48% of the vote, beating main rival Carrie Uva by 369 votes.


Tony Hernandez-Ayala, a little-known third candidate, collected an even 600 votes.

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In the race to claim the vacant school board seat, Giggy Saab was victorious, beating opponent Carlos Avalos.

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Saab will claim the seat of former board member Willie Gutierrez, who resigned earlier this year after moving to Long Beach.

Crime Report: Nov. 1, 2018

Friday, October 26:

At 11:50 pm, the victims were walking northbound on Guatemala at Otto when they were approached by a vehicle. Two suspects exited the vehicle, pointed a firearm at the victims, and demanded their property. The victims gave the suspects their cell phones and wallets. The suspects fled the location northbound on Guatemala in a vehicle. Detectives are investigating.

From 10:30 pm until 2:30 am, officers worked a foot beat in the downtown area. They issued 4 municipal code citations, 1 narcotics citation, 2 traffic citations, and arrested 1 subject for resisting/obstructing an officer.


Saturday, October 27:

At 3:50 pm, officers located a stolen vehicle in the area of Imperial and Bellflower, where the adult driver and passenger were arrested without incident.

At 6:30 pm, a resident called to report that several headstones had been overturned at the Downey Cemetery (9073 Gardendale Ave). Fortunately, they were not damaged and a report was taken.

From 10:30 pm until 2:30 am, officers worked a foot beat in the downtown area. They issued 14 municipal code citations.


Sunday, October 28:

At 12:30 pm, officers located a stolen vehicle in the area of Lakewood and Gardendale, where the adult driver was arrested without incident.

Downey, Warren, Calvary Chapel all qualify for postseason play

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team defeated Gahr at Downey last Thursday night in their league and regular season finale, 42-27.


With the win the Vikings improved to 5-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play. The win knocked Gahr out of postseason contention.


Downey will travel to La Mirada later today to face the Matadores in their first-round playoff matchup. La Mirada finished their season with an overall record of 2-8 but were 2-1 in Suburban League play and qualified as the number two entry from the Suburban League, behind Mayfair (8-2, 4-0).


In the Downey/Gahr game the score was tied after the first quarter of play 7-7. Downey scored 14 points in the second quarter and took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The teams scored a touchdown and converted the extra point each in the third quarter and Downey held on to that 14-point lead at 28-14. The Vikings outscored Gahr 14-13 in the fourth quarter and took the 42-27 decision.


Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 8/11 pass attempts for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Foots finished the game with an impressive quarterback rating of 154.4.


The Viking ground game was led by Malcom Perry’s 18 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns, Alex Cortez’s 10 carries for 82 yards, Danny Ruiz’s four carries for 17 yards and one touchdown and Antonio Ruiz’s five carries for 36 yards. Downey accumulated 266 yards rushing the football.


The Viking receiving corps were led by Brenden Hodge’s two catches for 61 yards and one touchdown, Xander Orozco’s two receptions for 41 yards, Kevin Caldwell’s one catch for 72 yards and one touchdown and Alex Cortez’s one catch for 28 yards and a touchdown.


The Viking defense was led by Anthony Lopez’s five solo and five assisted tackles, Vincent Willis’ five solo and three assisted tackles, Daniel Mena’s four solo and four assisted tackles and Danny Ruiz’s five solo and two assisted tackles.


Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to making a run in the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team finished their league and regular season schedule last Thursday night against Dominguez with a convincing, 49-18 win.


With the win, the Bears improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in league play. With the loss the Dons fell to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.


The Bears finished second in San Gabriel Valley League play behind league champion Paramount.


Warren will host Crescenta Valley later today in their first-round matchup. Crescenta Valley finished their regular season with an overall record of 8-2 and a Pacific League record of 5-2. Crescenta Valley is the number three league entry from the Pacific League.


In the Warren/Dominguez game the Bears trailed early and were down 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Warren came to life in the second quarter and outscored the Dons 14-0. The Bears took that 21-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The Bears picked up in the third quarter where they left off in the second quarter by scoring another 21 points. Warren led 42-18 after three quarters of play. The Bears tacked on a fourth quarter touchdown and came away with the 49-18 win.


Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 9/13 pass attempts for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Venegas also carried the ball seven times for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Venegas finished the game with an impressive quarterback rating of 127.6.


The Bears ground game was led by Arvionte Sheffield’s 12 carries for 155 yards and three touchdowns, Carlos Pena’s 10 carries for 31 yards and Eimajah Hunter’s five carries for 31 yards.


The Bear receiving corps were led by Keison Evans’ two catches for 38 yards and one touchdown, Robbie Colenzo’s two catches for 15 yards and Eimajah Hunter’s two catches for 15 yards. There were no defensive statistics available at press time.


Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to making a run in the C.I.F. Division 7 postseason playoffs.

CALVARY CHAPEL FOOTBALL: The Downey Calvary Chapel football team finished their season with an overall record of 6-2 and a third-place finish in the Express League (2-1).


The Grizzlies were defeated by Sage Hill of Newport Beach, 28-12, last Saturday night in their league and regular season finale. For their efforts, the Grizzlies qualified for postseason play.


The Grizzlies will travel to Windward High School of Los Angeles later today for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff. The Windward Wildcats finished their season with an overall record of 6-4 and a league record of 2-1. The winner of the DCC/Windward game will play the winner of the Cate/Desert Christian game in the second round of the Division 1 eight-man playoffs.


In the DCC/Sage Hill game the Lightning scored two first quarter touchdowns and led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. DCC answered back with a touchdown in the second quarter but still trailed 14-6 going into the locker room at halftime.


The Grizzlies added another touchdown in the quarter and cut the Sage Hill lead to 14-12 as the third quarter concluded. Sage Hill came back with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and came away with the hard fought, 28-12 win.


Coach Mike Nuno, his staff and players are all looking forward to C.I.F. postseason play and making a run in their bracket.

UNIFIED CHEER: Downey Unified’s Warren High School debuted their Unified Cheer team during the WHS vs. DHS rivalry football game Friday night Oct. 19. Warren High School has partnered with Special Olympics Southern California to implement inclusive programs that blends individuals with disabilities and individuals without disabilities on teams, clubs and school activities. This program promotes the Inclusion Revolution which provides equal opportunity and access for all students.


Last school year, Warren received state recognition by being selected as a Unified Champion School. This school year, Warren has been recognized on a larger scale by being awarded national recognition by being named on ESPN’S Honor Roll as one of the top five schools in the country for their inclusive programs.


The Unified Cheer team is the first sports team at Warren High to make their debut. Warren has also established a Unified Basketball team and will have a Unified Track team this coming spring. All three teams are under the supervision of Warren’s Athletics Department.


As a Unified Champion School, Warren has made a commitment to the Special Olympics Global Inclusion Movement to use sports, health, education, and leadership programs each and every day to end discrimination against intellectual disabilities and empower those with intellectual disabilities.


Warren will continue to educate their community by hosting on-campus events to create a campus-wide culture of respect, sensitivity, empathy, equality and inclusion.


2018-2019 Inclusion Revolution events:

November 8, 2018: Debut of Unified Basketball team during an exhibition game.

February 12, 2019: ESPN Top 5 Honor Roll Rally and Ceremony

February/March 2019: 2nd annual Abilities Awareness week: A weeklong event with daily lunch activities that highlight and educate students on various disabilities, as well as provide students and staff with an opportunity to “walk a day in the shoes” of students with disabilities ( i.e. autism, learning disabilities, hearing impairments, speech impairments, visual impairments, intellectual disabilities).

Goal: to increase mindfulness and create a culture of acceptance, tolerance, compassion, equality and inclusion.

March 6, 2019: R-word Campaign: A one day campaign to encourage students, teachers, and staff to take the pledge to never use the R-word (retard) again, as well as raise awareness and educate those on the hurtfulness of the R-word.

March/April 2019: Annual Kickball Game: Warren will establish a Unified Kickball team to play against crosstown rivals Downey High School.

April/May: Special Olympics event on May 11-12.

*Track and Field (dates to be determined)

Letter to the Editor: Downey Library

Dear Editor:

How exactly will the Downey City Library interior spaces be reconfigured? The Oct. 25, 2018, Mayor's Corner article did not specify.

Is it true that the Adult and Children's Sections will be switched? Mayor Sean Ashton, please clarify by printing a schematic, a drawing to show how our Downey Library's public utilization will change with the planned interior reconfiguration.

Knowing how much space and how that space is to be used is critical information that Downey citizens should know now.

Zaida Ramos
Downey