DOWNEY - Downey, recently named a finalist for the 2011 All-America City award, will send a 15-member delegation to Kansas City next month to make a final presentation before a panel of judges.Without comment, the City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to use $12,500 in redevelopment funds to pay for the delegation's travel and lodging. The delegation includes Mayor Luis Marquez, Councilman Mario Guerra, six city employees, two administrators from the Downey Unified School District and five local students. Besides Marquez and Guerra, other delegation members were not specifically identified. While in Kansas City from June 15-17, the delegation will discuss three areas highlighted in Downey's All-America application, including Gangs Out of Downey, Keep Downey Beautiful and reuse of the former NASA site. A panel of judges comprised of business, nonprofit and local government experts is expected to announce All-America winners on June 17.
********** Published: May 12, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 4