Lyle Charles Jamison

June 29, 1938 - November 8, 2018

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Lyle Charles Jamison (80) passed away peacefully at home after a five month battle with colon cancer. He was a dedicated family man who was admired by those who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family, relatives, and friends.

Lyle is survived by his wife Nancy: daughters Sarah Jamison; Janie Shaw (Brian): son John (Samantha); four granddaughters, and his sister Janice Jamison.

Lyle served his country in the U.S. Navy for over twenty years retiring as captain. He later retired from the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department Food Services Division after decades of working in the industry. After raising their children in Downey, Lyle and Nancy have enjoyed their retirement years together. Lyle loved spending time with his family, traveling the world, and fly fishing with his friends.

Celebration of life services will be held in December.

Lenora Isaacson Schuricht

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Lenora was born to Edwin and Katie Isaacson on a farm outside Scandia, Kansas in 1919. In 1946, she wed Arthur Schuricht in California. In the early 1950’s, they moved to Downey, where Lenora lived for 60 years.

Lenora’s life centered on her family and church. She and Art raised five children. Her survivors include all her children—Cindy (Britt), David (Susan), Becky (Tim); Trudy (Gerald); and Lois (Keith), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lenora was patient, generous, kind and, as she said, “tougher than you think.”

She loved God, her family, church, friends, and the world we all share. At age 99, with all her children present, she peacefully left this world for God’s loving embrace.

Her funeral was held at Messiah Lutheran Church on Nov. 17, 2018. She was buried next to Art at Rose Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be given to:

Concordia University Foundation giving@concordia.ca

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief https://www.lcms.org/givenow.worldrelief

Messiah Lutheran Church, 10711 Paramount Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Carmen Vineyard

September 3, 1929 - November 29, 2018

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Carmen was born September 3, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Charles & Aurelia Roberts. She grew up in the Great Depression and married a young Marine, Harold Long at the age of 16 in 1945. She had two children, James & Carmencita Long while living on a farm in Algona, Iowa. Back in Los Angeles in 1950 as a single parent, she subsequently married Joe Sarabia in 1956 and moved to Downey. In 1967 they adopted a baby boy Dominic Sarabia. After an amicable separation in 1975, the couple proceeded to raise Dominic through joint custody, living on the same street, Cheyenne Street. Carmen built her own duplex and became a successful business woman in Downey before marrying Bob Vinyard in 1986. As President of the Downey Chamber of Commerce in 1992 she received Woman of the Year Award by the State Legislature. Bob and Carmen lived in the house she built for the rest of their days.

Carmen was preceded in death by her husband Bob in October of 2017. She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She passed away quietly on November 29, 2018. Services will be held at Miller Mies Mortuary Downey on December 14 at 10:30 AM.

Man arrested for threatening to shoot wife at her Downey job

DOWNEY — A Whittier man was arrested Tuesday after he threatened to shoot his wife at her Downey place of employment, authorities said.

The suspect, Jimmy Salcido, allegedly called Downey police dispatchers at 2:22 p.m. and said he was going to shoot his wife, who works in Downey.

Authorities did not identify the wife’s workplace.

Whittier police officers, including SWAT, responded to Salcido’s home and arrested him on charges of making criminal threats.

Police said Salcido had called his wife and threatened her several times Tuesday.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Jason Estrada at (562) 904-2332.

Letter to the Editor: Boycotting the Downey Theatre

Dear Editor:

I was both disappointed and disgusted to read in the Downey Patriot that VenueTech was given another 3-year contract to manage the Downey Theater. It is an epic mistake that just keeps getting worse.

I applaud Mr. Lawrence Christon for his detailed and articulate article in the Patriot. Downey’s naive needs-more-marketing approach completely misses the point. City council thinks that VenueTech will help solve the problem when VenueTech is the problem.

What a wonderful Christmas present it would have been for all of us had Downey announced that they were going to bring in an ethical, reputable, responsible theater management company. Then we might see revitalization occur, as well as the potential return of our beloved Downey Civic Light Opera. Instead, we get three more years of oblivion.

All of this leaves one question to be asked. Who is collecting the payoffs and kickback that keeps this awful company in place?

My boycott continues.

Mike Sanburn
Bellflower

Downey at Christmastime in the '50s and '60s

Thinking back, there were some lavish Christmas decorations in the city of Downey during the 1950s-60s.

 Undated photo of the Christmas tree at the old Downey city hall. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

Undated photo of the Christmas tree at the old Downey city hall. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


Not every year was a glamorous year, the region had some recessions, mini-electrical utility brownouts, so there was minimum Christmas decorations during those dips, plus some years we had very bad storms, and Christmas decorations displayed outdoors were thrashed or destroyed by weather elements or vandalism.


Theft and vandalism was ramped up by layoffs from South Gate’s General Motors plant and Downey Rockwell, which caused mini–economic recessions in Downey. But then those special holiday years, (in between) Downey was home to one of the most decorated towns.


Sometimes Christmas parades on Firestone Boulevard and Downey Avenue were good, sometimes not so good. Why? The city had very low visibility fog banks, which made it hard to see, plus Downey also had flooding streets when it rained. Many parts of the city were serviced by open ditches with no curbs or gutters.


I also attended the Christmas parades in Huntington Park and Los Angeles during that era. Remember, Downey still had many old orange groves, and they were hit hard by killing frosts and smudge pots, so being outside to attend Christmas lane parades was only a marginal discomfort. Smudge pots burning made for poor air quality and very sooty and oily-smelling air.


Some years we had so much rain, city parks were under water because of poor drainage. My parents’ backyard garden could be very wet and boggy, if we had foot of rain in a week. I do remember standing in rain water, wearing oversized fishing boots, trying to keep dry and still see parades pass by.

 Flooding at Firestone Boulevard and La Reina Avenue in the 1950’s. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

Flooding at Firestone Boulevard and La Reina Avenue in the 1950’s. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


I distinctly remember the outdoor Christmas train set very well, that was off of Old River School Road near Rio Flora Place, just north of Firestone Boulevard. Many residents who moved from Downey to Greater Dairy Valley, Calif., remember this private front yard Christmas train display. Located a few blocks northwest of Harvey Broiler Drive- In, the train was built by a 50’s circa engineer and displayed daily in the front yard of the wide ranch home by Rio Hondo Golf Course.


For security, at night time, the train was wheeled in to the garage for safekeeping by the owner. It was on display for more than four decades, with animated train personnel working inside the train cars. The train was in pristine condition.


Then there was the big, white 16-ft. tall white fiberglass animated snowman, near Luxor and Rives. It sat in the front yards of one of the founders of Tupperware. The front yard was a winter snow yard, with fiberglass sheathing covering the dichondra grass. It looked like a scene out of Alaska.


Many homes in north Downey had outdoor nativity manger scenes in their front yard, accented with electricity-sucking flood lights, hay and big, old-fashioned size Christmas lights. Then residents starting importing tropical plants, so orthodox manger scenes were accented with palm fronds. Palms and yuccas were sprouting everywhere in the city. Christmas azaleas/ camellias were blooming too.


I do remember there were numerous 40’s-50’s circa ranch homes that converted their living room windows to huge bay windows (floor to ceiling) and there would be an indoor Santa Claus, standing and waving in the window. Santa was located indoors to protect it from the storms. Colorful sprayed Christmas trees (many pink flocked trees) were on display in the front living room windows, along with revolving aluminum Christmas trees, with an electronic rotor color wheel shining up on the Christmas trees. Many homes had to put up two Christmas trees, one at Thanksgiving, followed by another before Christmas Day, and that one was up until Jan. 6, the Feast of Epiphany.. Back then, trees were seldom preserved in water pails, so they dried out quickly.


Wow, I remember many houses had their shake shingle roofs, their frames outlined with Christmas lights. Some had spun fiberglass white sheathing, so an underlayment of Christmas lights shined through the fiberglass to resemble snow sitting on top of Christmas lights..


Probably one of the most spectacular Christmas displays was at the former estate of Karen and Richard Carpenter's parents’ home on Newville in northeast Downey. The home was not only lavishly decorated on the outside, it was decorated inside too. Many times, they took us on a tour of their backyard and interior of the house to see all the decorations.

 Photo courtesy Downey Historical Society

Photo courtesy Downey Historical Society


I bet the property had least 1,000 outdoor Christmas decorations. The home was spread over multiple lots on one of the newer custom tracts for north Downey homes. My parents almost purchased one of them. That street was bumper to bumper, gridlocked with cars during holidays in order to personally view the Carpenters’ spread and hear the neighbors’ gigantic waterfalls and streams.


Then there was the story book decorated home with Rossmoor wannabe architecture near the intersection of Firestone/ Lakewood where the original McDonald's still stands. We had to park our car and walk around to look inside the house and the garage and see all the elaborate Christmas Village gnomes scenes. Many times they served us a warm drink and cookies. My polio cousin. lived near this home; she spent hours at the poor farm, AKA Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center..


I definitely would say the homes north of Firestone were more overly-decorated compared to the homes south of Firestone. It was simple: economics were different, plus larger homes and lot sizes. North Downey was home to celebrities, judges, attorneys and doctors.


Brookmill Street on the westside of Rives was a heavily decorated village of custom homes. One home was owned by the Butler Brothers Furniture and they always had a nice display in the windows. Famous Guy Lombardo played his orchestra a few times on Brookmill for New Years.


Another home was owned by Weinman Department Store in Huntington Park. Many homes on this private street had circular driveways. Another Lavish multi- acre estate was the former owner of Grain/Feed supplies out of Norwalk. Many Hollywood celebs were entertained at that home. It was a completely private, guarded estate.


Many times we went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church to visit the outdoor nativity scene. At that time, midnight mass was considered illegal.

 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in the 1950s. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in the 1950s. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


Probably one of the most spectacular holiday remembrances was cruising Harvey's Broiler Drive-In in the late fifties early sixties, in a Chevrolet Impala. It would take us over one hour of waiting in the streets behind the northside of Harvey's Broiler to get into the car hop, and we would stage our cars up and down 2nd Street and 3rd Street and look into all the beautiful decorated living room bay windows.


Across the street from Harvey's Broiler was Nowlings Oldsmobile, which always had a lavishly painted and decorated showroom. I remember cruising Harveys and looking out at Old’s Toronado and 98’s. To the east of that was the elegant white glove Regency restaurant, which was kind of a formal Italian building from yesteryears.

 Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


The parking lot at Harvey's Broiler was much larger back then compared to today and it was the home to Riely’s Public outdoor swimming pool. I remember seeing teenage skinny dippers from the Harvey’s parking lot, hop the wall and go for a swim.


Cars that cruised to Harvey’s had front grille wreaths, antlers on the roof and Christmas clad rear view mirror muffs dangling from the optional front window mirrors. Car hydraulics were just starting to come to market. Car hop cruising began after supper hour and ended at midnight. Glasspack tail pipes were all the rage! Cars were over painted with metal flake candy colors and side panels of flames. Tuck ‘n roll interiors were replacing the standard vinyl seats from the factory.


Shops at Stonewood Mall had coloring cartoon contests, with winners awarded free turkeys. One year, we won a free Sony TV from Ferndale’s Landscape Nursery after purchasing a Christmas tree. Christmas trees were shipped via railroad to LA and then trucked via 18 wheelers out to the suburbs. Stonewood back then was outdoor mall. Store window fronts were lavishly decorated in the holiday mood, many storefront windows advertising grand prize winning contests for their holiday visual shout out to shoppers. It was in vogue to display real fur pieces and safe to have expensive jewelry on mannequins. Thefts was very uncommon!

 A 1946 advertisement in the Downey LiveWire newspaper. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

A 1946 advertisement in the Downey LiveWire newspaper. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


At Savon Drug Store on Florence, traffic was a mile long, with shoppers waiting to purchase Christmas toys and free gift wrapping. Toys and presents were stacked to the ceiling, back then it was legal with no building code restrictions.


The heart of outdoor Christmas decorations was north of Firestone, both sides of Rives, up to Florence. Then the neighborhoods over by the Carpenters’ grand estate were lavishly decorated too, north of Florence, on both sides of Lakewood Boulevard. Many times, crowds were so large in length that traffic poured out on to Florence.


Christmas trees in the 1950s-60s were much different than today. No farm grown, cultured Christmas trees, they were all natural, mostly Douglas fir and they were rather thin, and a lot of them needed trimming. Also, a different variety of more larger commercial Christmas trees called Knob Cone Pine Trees had a very long pine needle, maybe 6 or 8 inches in length, for flocking and commercial displays. There was very little noble fir or silver tip Christmas trees available during that time.


Sizes of trees were shorter during that era; there were not very many homes that had cathedral ceilings except businesses. The cost of Christmas tree was between $5-$10, some were as cheap as $1.99. There was a few artificial Christmas trees, but most of the artificial Christmas trees were aluminum. Tree garland was starting to make its debut, replacing hanging tinsel, no mini lights yet had been marketed. Popcorn ball globes were popular, plus kinetic moving tree ornaments, which moved while hung over lights in the tree. Boys Town wreaths were just barely coming into market. Fresh fruit attached to the said wreaths were eaten by critters, since many neighborhoods in Downey were still surrounded by old citrus groves from farms.


Some of the homes were Jewish decorated, they had a nice display of blue or blue/ white Christmas lights, plus the 6-sided star of David .

 Downey decorated for Christmas in 1951. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

Downey decorated for Christmas in 1951. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


After Dec. 26, many north Downey families traveled to Hawaii between Christmas and New Years. Homes did not have light timers, so they relied on keeping lights on for 24 hours a day or neighbors helped turn them on/off.


Blooming poinsettias were starting to make their debut from Mexico, bringing in holiday cheer; there were no cyclamen. Flowers were scarce over holidays because of the Rose Parade . My cousins got married on Jan. 6 because churches and homes still were decorated with holiday cheer and weddings used rebooted flowers left over from the holidays.


No matter if the families were rich or poor, mommies and daughters always did a lot of holiday baking. If not they relied on the mobile Helms Bakery truck vendors to purchase gingerbread cookies and holiday jelly rolls. Fruit cakes were awesome, full of Palm Springs dates, varnished with thick liquors. Wines were still far and few between, families drank hard liquors: gin, vodka, bourbon; thick, syrupy liquors.


Most turkeys, ducks and geese were freshly purchased from meat market lockers because home refrigerator freezers were small and would not fit turkey. There were no such things as turkey pop-up temperature gauges. Booze holiday decanters were the rage and still can be purchased at antique stores for huge bucks today. In the 1950’s, dishwashers were just being introduced as a mobile roll-up unit, hooked up to the sinks. Some countertops were stainless steel, never marble nor granite. Most homes had two-tone colored traditional tiles.

 A parade on Downey Avenue between Firestone Boulevard and 2nd St. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society

A parade on Downey Avenue between Firestone Boulevard and 2nd St. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer/Downey Historical Society


Downey churches provided roaming door to door singing chorals, which were roaming carolers. Since most homes only had black and white TVs and AM radios, the mobile chorals provided the closest thing to stereo singers or holiday cheers. Few homes had pianos back then and even fewer had organs. Performing arts was just being seeded.


Not all Christmases were filled with celebration; the city had some raw bah-humbugs Christmases too. Some homes caught fire because of faulty electrical wires, no circuit auto-breakers, no GFI and because of non-permitted forced air heating units incorrectly installed. Christmas trees caught on fire because of the old fashioned 110 lights causing fire explosions. One of my neighbor’s homes did catch on fire, on Christmas Eve; daddy burned to death as the Christmas tree exploded next to him. The family lived near the intersection of Luxor/Horton.


There were also many motor vehicle accidents during the holidays. If the people were employed, they got off from their job a few hours early on Christmas Eve and were given gifts of liquor, a vogue Christmas gift. They got drunk and had motor vehicle accidents over Christmas Eve.


Also there was a lot of kitchen fires over Christmas time because we didn't have the modern stove and built-in ovens nor microwaves, so there was a lot of flash fires on the stove. Bottled milk spoiled very easily during that era as refrigerators were not very good, and we relied on milk deliveries daily. The milkman delivered the glass bottled milk through the metal milk doors off the kitchen/laundry room. Rotten and perishable goods were not thrown into the garbage disposals (not invented yet) so cooking waste was thrown in a side-door delivery pails for twice-weekly pick up services.


Many traditional brick fireplaces in Downey leaked, because they didn't have the money to rebuild the fireplaces from the earthquakes, so it was not uncommon to have smoke filled interiors. From the ‘40s to ‘60s, the entire country was rebuilding from WWI and WWII.


Silver Saddle, Pink Pancake Parasol, Kings Imperial, Del Mar, Grand Prix, Memory House, Regency were all packed restaurants in Downey during the holidays. Serving steak and lobster feasts, along with tableside gimlet martini drinks. Dinner and wine was not very popular and beer was more blue collar.


Granada Pizza, in their, 3-wheel carts, could be seen delivering their store goods to front doors. Pizza was form for holiday hors d’oeurvers. That era of socializing really filled with red meat eaters.


During my early times, Downey was a very decanted city to be born in to. It was city, with many transplants from Europe and Midwest USA.

Jim McMahon is a longtime Downey resident.

Letter to the Editor: City Council encounter

Dear Editor:

I would like to report an encounter I had with Downey city council-elect Claudia Frometa, and let the reader form an opinion on its content.

I had written an op-ed piece for The Downey Patriot about what we lose when candidates for public office don’t hold public debates, which not only give us an insight into their ideas, beliefs policies and breadth of experience, but show how well they deal with the pressure of having to think on their feet in an unpredictable, challenging environment.

The candidates in question were Frometa and Carrie Uva. Both were running for the 4th District seat of Fernando Vasquez, who is termed out this year and whose purview includes the downtown region, crucial to the social, cultural and commercial life of the city. Failure to debate allowed them, as I put it in the article, to hide behind the “platitudinous drivel” of carefully edited PR statements.

Frometa won the vote.

I was sitting in an aisle seat during the November 13th city council meeting when Frometa sought me out. We had never met or communicated before.

“I take exception to what you wrote in the Patriot,” she said, jabbing an accusatory finger toward my sternum. “I have a background in journalism. What you wrote is irresponsible.”

Naturally, I was taken aback by this unexpected and aggressive stance.

“Where did you work in journalism?” I asked.

“Never mind that,” she replied. “What you did was wrong.”

“How so?”

“You didn’t talk to me privately before you wrote the piece.”

“I wasn’t obliged to. It was an op ed opinion piece, not a news article that requires reportage. What would you have said that wasn’t in your PR statements. Why didn’t you debate?”

“Never mind,” she replied. “What you did was irresponsible.” She walked away.

This was the full extent of our conversation. I thought about it afterward and wondered about her background in journalism. Why wouldn’t she reveal where she worked? How is it she didn’t know the crucial difference between editorial opinion and news story and where a writer’s responsibility lies on each. Finally, after I had made the case, however briefly, she insisted that I was still irresponsible.

What does this tell you? Let’s see: she’s evasive about her background. In not presenting a cogent argument, and not acknowledging a counter-argument, she showed that she’s someone who doesn’t listen. That she took umbrage at an article that was not a personal attack indicates that she may be too thin-skinned for public office, or at least naively unaware of the realities she’ll be facing.

We’ll never know if those qualities may have come out had there been a public debate or two with her opponents. But I for one have had a preview of what we may have to deal with in the coming years. It’s not a promising start.

Lawrence Christon
Downey

How Downey got its official slogan

DOWNEY – “Downey: Future Unlimited” — This slogan came from a prize-winning speech at the California Real Estate Convention of 1950 by Pauline Riggs Haines.


Seventy-eight years ago a group of forward-looking pioneers headed by ex-governor Downey founded Los Angeles County’s oldest town, and gave us the slogan, “Downey: Future Unlimited.”


Downey is my home, a community of thrifty, liberty loving, God-fearing Americans, but not even the fine things these people did for the community can match what God did for it. This little city is nestled in the shadow of the mountains, cooled by ocean breezes with an abundance of rich, fertile soil, checkered with groves of oranges and avocados and interspersed with ever-fragrant magnolia.


Favored from the beginning with a temperate climate, adequate water supply and easy accessibility. Downey became the focal point for more until today through explosive growth, we have reached a population of over 65,000, representing an increase of 85 percent in the last 10 years. With her unlimited room for growth, Downey is on the threshold of her greatest development.


Lakewood and Firestone boulevards are now proved to be among the busiest intersections in the world. Downey is not sprawling but compact and as time-saving as a two-penny postcard with its proximity to the mountains, the beaches, the harbor and major shopping centers. Downey attracts major industries, among these larger industries for employment are the North American Aircraft, Rheem Manufacturing and Arrowhead Rubber. Downey is not dependent upon one industry alone but has agriculture, dairy interest to help with its survival.


Downey’s values are best exemplified by our 22 churches, modern theaters and our service clubs. Board of Realtors, Chamber of Commerce and public officials who all strive to maintain these values, and the qualities of a “hometown,” a place of dear hearts and gentle people -- where life is more cooperative and strangers are made to feel welcome.


Downey invites you to live within its confines where you have assured education, peace and security for happy, healthy children and parents. You will find it a balanced community with an ever-growing future. Downey is truly a city with “Future Unlimited.”


Wouldn’t you want to live in Downey?

Bobbi Bruce is a docent with the Downey Historical Society.

Downey boys basketball off to hot start

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ basketball team is currently undefeated with a record of 6-0 and played Long Beach Jordan on Wednesday night in the Artesia Tournament (score unavailable at press time).


Downey defeated Huntington Beach 66-53 on Tuesday night in their first game of the same Artesia Tournament.


The Vikings finished 4-0 in the El Monte Tournament which was held November 20-23. Downey defeated Brea-Olinda 63-26 in their first game on 11/20, defeated Gardena 54-50 in their second game on 11/21, defeated Mira Costa 59-56 in their third game on 11/23 and defeated Gahr 59-47 in their fourth and final game on 11/24.


The Vikings have certainly been playing well and their record is evidence of that.


Downey will play at Staples Center against Cerritos on Dec. 20 and will compete in the Ranch Mirage Holiday Classic on Dec. 26-27. The Vikings are scheduled to play Thousand Oaks at 12:30 p.m. on 12/26 and are scheduled to play Rancho Mirage at 11:30 a.m. on 12/27.


Downey will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on Jan. 4.


The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 10-16 and were 4-6 in S.G.V.L. play. Downey did not qualify for postseason competition.

WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has a record of 0-2 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to face the Lady Knights on Jan. 4.


The Lady Bears are currently competing in the Hawk Classic Tournament. Warren was defeated by the Los Alamitos Lady Griffins, 57-38, on Tuesday night and were defeated by the Sunny Hills Lady Lancers, 54-50, on Wednesday night in the same tournament.


Warren hosted Ontario last night (score unavailable at press time), will host Whittier on Dec. 10 and will travel to Orange Lutheran on Dec. 12. The Lady Bears will also be competing in a winter break tournament after Christmas.


Warren celebrated a historic season last year. The Lady Bears were crowned the C.I.F. Division 3AA champions after defeating Cabrillo of Lompoc at Warren 47-42 in the championship game. The Lady Bears were then defeated by Legacy High School, 74-73, in overtime in the first round of the 2018 C.I.F. state girls’ basketball championships.


The Lady Bears finished last season with an overall record of 20-11 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-4. Coach Palmer, her staff and players are all looking forward to preseason play and competing for a league title.


Lynwood and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.

DOWNEY GIRLS SOCCER: The Downey High School girls’ soccer team is currently 0-1 after being defeated by San Gabriel Mission, 1-0, at Downey on Dec. 1.


The Lady Vikings traveled to West Covina on Wednesday night for their game against the Lady Bulldogs (score unavailable at press time) and will host Long Beach Poly later today.


The Lady Vikings will compete in the Best in the West Tournament tomorrow where they are scheduled to play Flintridge Prep of La Canada at 9:30 a.m. and La Quinta at 12:40 p.m. Downey is also scheduled to play J Serra Catholic of San Juan Capistrano on Dec. 11 and North Torrance on Dec. 13.


The Lady Vikings will also compete in the Best in the West Tournament at Rio Hondo College on Dec. 15 against “opponents to be determined later.”


Downey will host Paramount on Jan. 2 in the San Gabriel Valley League opener for both schools. The Lady Vikings finished last season with an overall record 12-7-4 and 7-2-1 in league play. Downey was eliminated by Mayfair at Mayfair 3-0 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


Cross-town rival Warren is the 2018 league champion and will once again be the team to beat in league play.