DOWNEY - Council members were vocal at Tuesday's City Council meeting in their praise of last weekend's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society held at Downey Adult School.Councilman Roger Brossmer thanked volunteers who made the event possible, along with donations worth several hundred dollars from the police and fire departments. In other updates, Brossmer said he attended the first Veterans Memorial committee meeting and he was "looking to get that off the ground." He said he also attended a PTA scholarship breakfast with Mayor Anne Bayer, reviewed traffic calming procedures for his district, and reminded residents about a community picnic at Treasure Island Park on June 19. In her comments, Bayer said she hoped people voted and promoted a few upcoming events, including a smart gardening workshop on June 12, a Keep Downey Beautiful committee meeting June 14 and a tire recycling event at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs on June 19. Councilman David Gafin promoted a budget meeting that took place Wednesday, a City Affairs meeting featuring Police Chief Rick Esteves which took place yesterday at the Downey Chamber of Commerce, an awards ceremony for beautifully-landscaped homes and businesses which also took place yesterday, and the installation of Mike Murray as president of the Downey Chamber of Commerce, which will happen June 18. Gafin also thanked the city for erecting wrought iron around the city's veterans memorial to discourage vandalism by skateboarders, and asked for increased patrols on illegal street vendors. Councilman Mario Guerra thanked Brossmer, LeeAnn Sears and Susan Domen for their work on the Relay for Life. He also attended Warren High School's graduation ceremonies for its AVID program and said "I congratulate our youth for working very hard." Guerra informed residents of an impending visit by a Chinese delegates on June 15, a Keep Downey Beautiful clean-up event June 19 behind Beach's Market, and an upcoming municipal water board meeting where Guerra will speak about Downey's Green Task Force. Guerra also promoted a recently-written book by polio survivor Richard Daggett, now available on Amazon.com. Mayor Pro Tem Luis Marquez, who was defeated Tuesday in his bid for state Assembly, was absent.
********** Published: June 11, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 8