Mayor's Corner: Don't forget to vote this Tuesday

Dear Downey Family,My term as Mayor is closely coming to an end and this is one of the last columns I'll have the pleasure of writing to you all. I enjoy reflecting on each month's activities and keeping you informed of the many great things happening in our City. It continues to be my honor to serve you as Mayor. As I reflect back on the month of October, I want to first congratulate "Stay Gallery" for a successful grand opening. This new art gallery in Downtown Downey will serve as an outlet for local artists and is sure to attract art enthusiasts. Director Val Flores and his team have done a terrific job in establishing this unique art space and I look forward to seeing the dynamic vibe that this will add to our Downtown area. I was delighted to attend the 10-year anniversary and renaming of our Skate Park over at Independence Park on October 13. Our Skate Park is now officially called the Meredith H. Perkins Skate Park in honor of former Mayor Perkins. This was a very well deserved recognition for Mr. Perkins, as he provided invaluable service to our City during his term in office and has continued to be actively involved in our community. I want to thank the Parks & Recreation Department for putting together such a pleasant event. We have another very special ceremony coming up for Veterans Day. Join my fellow Council colleagues and I on Monday, November 12th as we honor and pay tribute to our Veterans with a special ceremony. What makes this year's event even more special is the fact that we are unveiling a new veterans memorial, which will be located right outside Downey City Hall. We have worked really hard to finally make this happen and this beautiful memorial will symbolize our appreciation to all those who have served our country. The ceremony will take place in the Civic Center area at 10 a.m. and I invite you all to join us. I encourage all business owners to attend the upcoming Business Watch meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, November 7th. The meeting will feature a panel discussion on "Crime Safety Tips for the Holiday Season." Those participating in the panel discussion include our Downey Police Department and local business owners. The holiday season is the busiest time of year for our local businesses and law enforcement, with increased incidents involving shoplifting and fraud. Come out and learn what safety precautions our business community can proactively take to ensure a safe and happy holiday season. The City is partnering with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to offer a free flu shot clinic on Tuesday, November 20th from 12pm-4pm at the Downey Civic Theatre. This event will be conveniently offered to those who do not have health insurance or whose health care provider does not offer flu vaccines. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 5th at 6 pm. Help us kick off the holiday season by lighting our very own Christmas tree right outside Downey City Hall. Bring the whole family and enjoy a night filled with holiday spirit. Last but not least, election day is next Tuesday, November 6th. Please make sure to go out and vote! Research and learn about what and who you are voting for. General election information can be found on our City's website. Sincere regards, Your Mayor, Roger Brossmer

********** Published: November 1, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 29