DOWNEY - The city of Downey has been named a finalist for the All America City Award, a recognition given annually by the National Civic League.City officials will travel to Kansas City, Mo., in June to make a final presentation along with 25 other cities tabbed as finalists. "We are excited for the opportunity to be part of the final competition and it will be our time to demonstrate why Downey is such a unique place to live and why it is a role model city," said Mayor Luis Marquez. Councilman Mario Guerra said being named a finalist is "terrific recognition of our residents' commitment to our community and an affirmation of the hard work of our Council and staff." The All America City Award is bestowed to 10 cities nationally each year for exemplifying "civic accomplishments through innovation, inclusiveness and collaboration." This year's finalists include cities large and small, including Huntington Park, Torrance and Yucaipa. Brian Saeki, community development director for Downey, submitted the application on Downey's behalf last month. "We're very optimistic about our chances," Saeki told The Downey Patriot. "Winning such a prestigious award will really be something."
********** Published: April 7, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 51