Letter to the Editor: Voter suppression

Dear Editor:

I was intrigued by Ms. Malkin's article, “The Left’s Long War on Conservative Free Speech.”
Indeed, it does seem as if progressives attempt, and often succeed, in silencing conservative voices. Witness the numerous times that student protests have led to the cancellation of conservative speaking engagements at colleges and universities. 

But then Ms. Malkin ends her article with the following statement: "The ballot box is one of the mightiest platforms we have. Use it or lose it." This statement seems disingenuous at best, in that since 2010 it has been Republicans, and not Democrats, who have engaged in voter suppression through gerrymandering and voter ID requirements designed to reduce the voting power of liberals.

Arnold Richards


Letter to the Editor: Mary Stauffer

Dear Editor:

Congratulations on your coverage of the celebration of Dr. Mary Stauffer 101th birthday (The Downey Patriot, Aug. 30, 2018). She has set the bar very high for anyone who wants to emulate her.

I regret that conflicting medical appointments precluded me from attending Mary's celebration at the Rotary Club and at the Assistance League.

Given Mary's DNA, I am sure that Methuselah's record is in jeopardy and I look forward to celebrate with her her birthday in 2019.

Jorge Montero

Letter to the Editor: John McCain

Dear Editor:

The U.S. is a widow today. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never have so many owed so much to one person, John McCain.

McCain represented the best about our democracy. He believed in dialog and in working with the other side of the aisle. He worked to build bridges with the opposition and his integrity and honesty is unmatched in today's political circus.He had character and faith in American goodness.

Today we see politicians who through deferments, political connections or who knows what, avoided military service and now pretend to be military experts or know about military life when the only military experience they have is to have watched a Memorial Day parade.

McCain lived a military man's life. He is a bona fide hero who put his principles ahead of his personal convenience as a prisoner of war.

McCain proved his independence when he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act in spite of being heavily lobbied by the current administration.

He lived his life fully with honor and for that the country is better off today. More politicians should emulate his conduct and personal behavior.
Jorge Montero


Letter to the Editor: Community art center

Dear Editor: 

My name is Matthew Mejia and I am a freshman at the University of San Francisco. I attended St. John Bosco High School and I am a Downey native. 

I’ve recently started working on a magazine called abuntu where we talk about community and why is it important. You can find us on instagram @abuntumag but I'm writing this because I believe that Downey needs more activity places, rather than eating places.

I think Downey could really benefit from having a community art center where kids, teenagers and adults could come to create. We have food places, we have martial arts places, but the spaces for arts seem to be lacking. 

I’m not sure who to contact about making this vision into a reality but hopefully this letter helps. I know we have the Stay Gallery but having an art studio open to a public with access to materials is something we need, especially for the children.

Matthew Mejia


Letter to the Editor: Moon landing was a hoax

Dear Editor:

This coming July 20 will be 49 years since the alleged moon landing.

There have been four satellites from four different countries that circled the moon many times but never took any pictures of the landers or the moon rovers. Why not?

They all had telephoto lens that could zoom in at around 100 feet or so. This fact alone creates doubt. Not one news station has ever mentioned this fact and they never will.

Mike Sandoval


Letter to the Editor: Magnolia tree

Dear Editor:

In Apollo Park is a Magnolia tree planted 67 years ago by the Old River School Mothers Club to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives in the Korean War.

I’m not an arborist, but the tree (Magnolia grandiflora) is beginning to struggle for lack of adequate water. There are quite a few dead branches at the top of the canopy.

When they refurbished Apollo Park a few years ago, they added several rows of picnic tables in the vicinity of the tree and paved the entire area with crushed granite. The granite is practical, and looks nice in the picnic area, but they covered the entire area around the tree with seemingly no allowances for properly watering it.

The Magnolia tree is native to the wetter temperate forests of the southeastern United States. They withstand heat well but require regular watering in order to thrive in our dry climate.

Jack Russell

Letter to the Editor: Parochial schools

Dear Editor:

I read the article in the June 29 issue of the Downey Patriot talking about Downey history. My parents moved to Downey in 1946. I have resided in my home since 1967.

The article, written by Bobbie Bruce of the Downey Historical Society, mentioned that in 1948 there were two parochial schools in Downey. I was in the ninth grade in 1948 and lived in Downey and attended St. Matthias school in the ninth and tenth grades.

After consulting with a lady named Sade West (nee Kindness) and after asking her about the article, she thought as I do about no parochial schools in Downey that year. At the time, Downey and Bellflower were part of L.A. County. The cities were not incorporated at that time as I remember.

St. Raymond’s Church and school were not built until 1956. I think Pius X High School did not start until the 50’s sometime. St. John Bosco High was a boarding school; my parents could not afford to send me there.

I have not spoken with Larry Latimer or anyone about the article. I wonder if Bobby Bruce can enlighten me.

Robert Buckley

Letter to the Editor: Love thy neighbor

Dear Editor:

On a visit to Texas, I was taken to a college football game. I sat next to a young couple I’d never seen before and I was dressed in regular clothing. 

About 30 minutes into the game, the young man tapped me on the arm and said, “Hey, I’m going to the snack bar. Do you want anything?” I was shocked. We just don’t do that much as people who live close to Los Angeles. 

I said, “No, I’m fine.” He laughed and said, “I didn’t ask if you were fine. You want a beer or a Coke?” 

I said, “You’re serious. OK, I’ll take Diet Coke.” I reached for my wallet and he said, “Put your money away”. With that he left. 

His young wife smiled at me and said, “You’re not from around here, are ya?” I said “No, I live close to Los Angeles.”.She said, “That explains it. People are just friendly here. You’ll get used to it.” 

Since then I’ve tried my best to just do things for people I’ve never seen before. It surprises people, but it is generally welcome. 

What if we all did that and made other people smile. It doesn’t have to be something we buy for someone. It might be helping someone at the grocery store who can’t reach something. It might be just saying “Hello” to someone as you stand in line at the bank. It might be helping a mother who has three little children running around a store and she is trying to manage a newborn in a stroller. 

I moved to Downey in 1965. It was a slower time then, and not such a diverse community. I remember when there was only one Mexican restaurant in Downey. I’m sure glad all that has changed, and not just the food, but the cultures and the experiences of people that are different. 

I love listening to stories about other people’s birth places and how they got here. I love watching the cultural exchanges and the humor of people who have to learn what American terminology means. Sometimes I’m confused as I listen to young people and the words they use which mean something completely different than I suspect. But there is one language that everyone understands, and that’s the language of an act done in kindness or a friendly smile. 
Let’s be more of a community and willing to communicate with one another. Let’s help, rather than hinder. Let’s stick up for people who don’t know what to do or how to get help. 

This is what it means to be a great city full of great people. It’s a wealth of goodness that we can all share, and it doesn’t cost anything to do it.

Fr. John Higgins

Letter to the Editor: Golf course nuisance

Dear Editor:

I am so fed up with Los Amigos Golf Course's banquet hall. They rent out their facility for parties and they disturb the peace with their loud music on a consistent basis, with total disregard for the citizens that live in close proximity to their establishment.

Many of our Downey residents suffer in silence and many of them have no clue that the culprit is Los Amigos Golf Course. I have had many sleepless nights due to this criminal activity that is in clear violation of California Penal Code 415 PC: disturbance by loud and unreasonable noise that is done willfully and maliciously.

On May 26 at about 9:30 p.m., the music from this facility was shaking the windows of my home and the music could clearly be heard throughout the inside of my home, disturbing my peace. At approximately 10:30 p.m., I called the Downey Police Department to complain about the loud music.

At 11:30 p.m. the music was still at full throttle, so I drove over to the Los Amigos Golf Course and spoke to the security guard that was on site and I told him that the music is a disturbance to the residents that live in the area, at this point it was almost midnight and the security guard told me that the music would be ending in 8 minutes, and the only way they will lower it is if the police department tells them to lower it.

I drove home and at 12:20 a.m. the loud music was once again blaring.

I want their license taken away from them, or whatever they have that allows them to blast their music; their noise violations are completely unacceptable. 

I made a total of three calls to Downey Police Department but they were busy with emergency calls, so as a resident of the City of Downey I need to take action to end the loud music. I am asking all Downey residents that have suffered in silence due to this injustice to join me in making Downey a desirable place to live by contacting the Downey City Council members and taking action to take away the right of this facility to torture us with their noise violations. 

Patty Jackson

When communities rally behind education, everyone wins

By Beatriz Gutierrez

When it comes to education there are a multitude of factors at play in delivering a quality educational experience to our children. As the new Executive Director of the Soleil Academy Charter School in Lynwood, I know community support of our students is paramount to their academic success.

Our kids are challenged with external forces more than ever before including family matters, peer and social issues, technology usage and personal development taking their focus away from their studies.

Therefore, it is important for students to have a support mechanism to steer them back onto the pathway to graduation and a fulfilling academic career.

Communities that value education help establish safer neighborhoods and are better informed and better-connected as citizens. High performing schools also add value to area properties making the community more desirable to live-in, attracting new businesses and community members.

In fact, a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that California voters rank education as a top priority in this year’s governor’s race. This makes it clear that Californians have education as a top-of-mind issue.

To keep our promise of a better future to our kids, we must invest, in a personal manner, to help motivate their learning process – whether through volunteering at a local school, serving on a school committee or board, or donating in-kind services or supplies to a teacher or classroom – every little bit helps students in their efforts.

Our goal as teachers, administrators, family and community members should be to have every child graduate from high school - a 100 percent graduation rate. This is ambitious and not without its challenges. How we can support this goal is through daily actions that show kids what hard-work, diligence and determination can do to improve their lives.

As an educator with over 10-years of service in the classroom and as an administrator, I have chosen to engage students directly, so they can reach their full potential academically and in their personal goals.

As a former Lynwood Unified School District student myself, it always made me happy to see parents assisting the teaching staff and administrators in the classroom, volunteering at school functions and serving as mentors. As an administrator of a newly opened community public school, I encourage parents and members of the community to learn more about Soleil Academy and every other school in the area to see how you can become a driving force for positive change in a young person’s life.

As we rally together we can create bonds of support bringing knowledge to our students and making education a primary focus – creating a win-win for all.

Beatriz Gutierrez is an educator who attended the Lynwood Unified School District as a child and later was accepted to become a Corps Member with Teach for America and a Fellow with Building Excellent Schools. She currently serves as the executive director of the Soleil Academy Charter, a public school open to all students.

Letter to the Editor: No to Frine Medrano

Dear Editor: 

As we approach the June 5 primary election, here are some things for my neighbors in Downey and District 58 to consider:

If you support the recent gas tax /price increases, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support the recent car tab/registration fee increases, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support the early release of criminals back into our neighborhoods, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support more homeless camps and homeless people wandering our streets, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support more increases in our income taxes, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support the elimination of Proposition 13 (the only thing keeping our property tax rate somewhat reasonable), then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support more government control of your life, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support our tax dollars, intended for road repairs, diverted to other projects (bullet train), then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

If you support the values of former Senator Tony Mendoza, then you should vote for Frine Medrano.

This is the second time that Ms. Medrano has run for a political position in the last couple of years. In a recent Downey Patriot article dated April 19, 2018, Ms. Medrano implies Councilman Rick Rodriguez only won the 2016 City Council election because Downey’s Third District is a “conservative” district.  Whether the Third District is, or isn’t, a conservative district isn’t the reason that Mr. Rodriguez won the election. 

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez won the election because he was a good candidate, he knows and cares about Downey and offered common sense, effective solutions to the concerns we face in this city.  And thankfully Mr. Rodriguez was elected because he has turned out to be an outstanding councilman. 

I live in the neighboring city district, District 2, but every time I call Mr. Rodriquez, he answers the phone and does his best to address any concern that I bring to him.

Yes, Ms. Medrano, as a resident of Downey, I would say that not only have you lost touch with District 3, I would say that you’ve lost touch with the entire city of Downey, having spent several years in Sacramento working for a representative from a different district. 

Ron Boren

Letter to the Editor: Problems in Downey

Dear Editor:

The traffic on Florence and Haledon is terrible between the hours of 7:30 am until about 8:30 am. People are so inconsiderate that they do not allow traffic to go onto Florence from Haledon. The gridlock is awful.

Maybe the city should consider a "Keep Clear" on this intersection since no one can get by on these hours of the morning. It apparently works on Florence and Arrington.

Also, the traffic on Lakewood and Gallatin is terrible in the later hours of the day. People continue to make a left turn into the driveway into the Ralph's market, which is illegal. The people going into McDonald's also cut across the double double lines making a left just because they don't want to wait.

We need a solution to this problem. Maybe a police officer issuing tickets, or just a cement divider like you have put everywhere else. 

The landscaping on Lakewood Blvd between Florence and Mueller is out of control. The residents who own those homes do not realize that their bushes are hanging over to the sidewalk. Some residents have their fences falling down which is dangerous since people walk through that street. Maybe code enforcement should notify these residents so they can resolve the issues. 

We attend the gym at the Downey Landing, LA Fitness, and behind Pier 1 Import there is a water valve that has been leaking for over a month. Someone needs to correct that problem, since there is still a water storage.

M. Contreras

Letter to the Editor: Airing of grievances

Dear Editor: 

Two things that are very disturbing: 

The news media’s sensationalism of cutting into my regular programming to show car chases is very irritating and should not be allowed. 

And I will not vote for any politician who fills my voicemail with their ads. This is very rude. 

Lee Woodfin


Letter to the Editor: No to Tony Mendoza

Dear Editor:

Once again this is the time when we begin receiving the onslaught of political flyers and robocall phone messages seeking our support for candidates running for office. This week, I received many of those flyers, one of which was from Tony Mendoza for State Senate.

Many of us in the public are aware that Mr. Mendoza recently resigned his seat while under investigation for sexual harassment, prior to the conclusion of the investigation -- an interesting move for someone who vociferously proclaimed his innocence.

His resignation was soon followed by a leave of absence from our Assemblymember, Cristina Garcia, who is also facing similar charges. This left residents like me with no elected representation in Sacramento.

Mr. Mendoza’s flyer asks that I “re-elect” him. Well, he is not my senator; right now I have no senator, and I choose not to vote for him.

I have been a Democrat since I first voted in 1970 but I would rather vote for a Republican than see him return to office. I truly hope that voters in in 32nd Senate District will elect a candidate that won’t embarrass and abandon us.

Bruce McDaniel