18-year-old Downey woman reportedly killed in DUI crash

DOWNEY - An 18-year-old Downey woman was reportedly killed in a traffic collision Sunday night in Downey. 

Karla Salazar

Karla Salazar

The crash occurred at approximately 9 p.m. when a BMW SUV traveling eastbound on Firestone Boulevard rear-ended another vehicle stopped at a traffic light. 

The driver of the SUV, 21-year-old Lise Moreno Arredondo, of Whittier, was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, said Sgt. Jaime Pelayo of the Downey Police Department. 

Police said an 18-year-old woman in the vehicle that was rear-ended was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Friends and family identified the woman as Karla Salazar and posted on social media that she died.

Salazar had graduated from Downey High School this past June. 

As of Wednesday morning, a Go Fund Me page in Salazar's honor had raised more than $7,300.
 

St. John Bosco, St. Joseph students performing joint production of 'Into the Woods'

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BELLFLOWER -- Theater students from St. John Bosco and St. Joseph high schools will perform their fall musical, "Into the Woods," in November. 

Created by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, the story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. 

When the baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child due to a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wishes are granted but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results. 

Tickets to performances are $15 and can be purchased online at bosco.org or at the door. All performances are in the St. John Bosco theater.

Dates of performances:  
Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 pm

Total value of Downey real estate increased by $540 million last year

Photo by Pam Lane, Downey Daily Photos

Photo by Pam Lane, Downey Daily Photos

DOWNEY -- The total value of Downey real estate increased by $540 million last year, a 5.1% jump, according to data included in the Los Angeles County Assessor's 2017 annual report, which was released last week

The report reflects strong economic growth and a record-setting increase in the assessed value of all taxable real property and business personal property in the County of Los Angeles.

The report includes an updated ranking of the county’s 88 cities, including the highest valued cities and those with the highest percentage change from the prior year.
 
“The 2017 Annual Report helps the public easily access information about the Office of the Assessor, including how property values in each area of the county changed during the last year,” said L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang.
 
The 2017 Assessment Roll provides a comprehensive view of the strength of the Los Angeles County real estate market. It reveals that in the last year, every city in Los Angeles County recorded an increase in assessed valuation compared to 2016.  

“I am pleased to report that the 6.04% increase in assessed property values in Los Angeles County represents the seventh consecutive year of growth,” said Prang.

The net assessed value, (excluding non-profit, homeowners’, and disabled veterans exemptions, and other State exemptions) is $1.416 trillion, $80.6 billion greater than in 2016.
 
The top five highest valued cities for 2017 are the City of Los Angeles, with an assessed valuation of $568 billion (6.6% increase), Long Beach ($54.0 billion, 5.0% increase), Santa Monica ($34.4 billion, 3.8% increase), Beverly Hills ($31.9 billion, 9.1% increase), and Santa Clarita ($30.7 billion, 7.1% increase).

The top three fastest growing cities in the county in 2017 were El Segundo at 11.6% growth, Hawaiian Gardens at 10.9%, and Avalon at 9.3%. The growth is attributed to a strong real estate market and increasing demand for new multi-family residential properties. 


 

Average price for 1-bedroom apartment in Downey grows to $1,400

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DOWNEY -- The average rental price for a 1-bedroom apartment in Downey rose 2.2% to $1,400 last month, according to figures released today.

The average price for a 2-bedroom unit in Downey remained flat at $1,750. 

The Zumper Los Angeles Metro Report analyzed active listings in September across 19 metro cities to show the most and least expensive cities and cities with the fastest growing rents. The California state median was $1,699 last month.

Santa Monica rent grew to $3,350 last month, holding onto its position as the most expensive in the metro.  Pasadena, substantially less expensive than Santa Monica, ranked as the second most expensive city with rent at $2,190.

Palmdale rent, though the fastest growing in the metro last month, remained the most affordable by far at $760.

Pomona followed suit as the second priciest city with rent at $1,260. Bellflower barely inched out Pomona with rent at $1,270.

West Covina rent had the largest yearly growth rate in the metro, up 15.4%. Burbank followed closely behind as second with rent climbing 15.3% since this time last year. Norwalk was third with rent up 14.2%.

Today's report came on the heels of statistics released by the Downey Association of Realtors that showed house prices also escalating, with the average home now costing more than $600,000.

Crime Report, Sept. 26, 2017

Friday, Sept. 15:

At 9 p.m., officers located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the Albertson’s parking lot (7676 Firestone Boulevard). They surveilled the vehicle and arrested the suspect when he returned.
 
Saturday, Sept. 16:

At 1 a.m., a fight occurred at the Hookah Hub (8206 Firestone Boulevard). Suspects began running from the location when they heard that someone was armed with a gun. The victim ran westbound through Embassy Suites parking lot and was shot once by an unknown suspect as he approached Brookshire Avenue. Detectives are investigating.  

At 8:30 p.m., a fight between acquaintances occurred at a residence in the 8700 block of Stewart and Gray Road. During the fight, one of the males displayed a gun and fired it into the air. The suspects fled before officers arrived. Detectives are investigating.
 
Sunday, Sept. 17:

At 8 a.m. officers were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and Cecilia Street. The pursuit was cancelled when the suspect’s attempt to evade police endangered the public. However, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s helicopter followed the vehicle to the city of Whittier where the suspect surrendered to Whittier Police Officers. Downey officers then responded to Whittier and arrested the suspect for grand theft auto.

At 9:30 p.m., officers located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Downey Landing. A few minutes later, officers arrested the driver when he entered the vehicle and attempted to leave the location. 
 

Financial Partners Credit Union announces merger

DOWNEY -- A merger between Financial Partners Credit Union and Star Harbor Federal Credit Union has been finalized, officials announced Tuesday. 

Financial Partners Credit Union CEO Nader Moghaddam

Financial Partners Credit Union CEO Nader Moghaddam

The merger was "overwhelmingly approved" by the Star Harbor board of directors and its membership, officials said. 

Located in Rancho Dominguez, Star Harbor Federal Credit Union, with assets of $14 million, sought the merger to better serve its 3,000 members, officials said in a statement. 

"With the increasing costs of regulatory requirements and advances in technology escalating, Star Harbor was finding it difficult to deliver the products and services its members needed," officials with Financial Partners said. 

Financial Partners Credit Union, the largest credit union headquartered in Downey, Calif. and one of the largest in Los Angeles County, has assets of $1.3 billion. It is recognized for providing its 75,000 members with cutting-edge technology for member convenience, tailored financial solutions and excellent customer service. For both credit unions, it was the perfect fit.
 
“We are excited to welcome our new members into the Financial Partners family,” said Nader Moghaddam, president and CEO of Financial Partners Credit Union. “We are able to offer them immediate access to an expanded array of products, services and digital conveniences including mobile banking, competitive mortgage lending and retirement planning.”
 
The new Rancho Dominguez Financial Partners Credit Union branch is managed by the former Star Harbor employee, Lorena Flores. The merger was seamless with the most obvious changes being the Financial Partners Credit Union logo placed on the building and access to online and mobile services.