Metro is considering installing the bus-only lane on a pilot basis.Read More
Hospital workers plan to demonstrate outside the hospital as their contract is set to expire in September.Read More
The restaurant will be located at the southwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Imperial Highway.Read More
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DOWNEY — A community meeting has been scheduled for May 18 to discuss new voting centers that will be used in 2020 elections.
Although the meeting will take place in Hawaiian Gardens, the meeting’s focus areas cover Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach and Paramount.
Starting in 2020, L.A. County voters can vote at any vote center throughout the county over an 11-day period, including at mobile and pop-up vote centers.
Vote-by-mail drop box locations will be available for 29 days.
The community meeting is from 9-11 a.m. at the C. Robert Lee Activity Center. The address is 21815 Pioneer Blvd. in Hawaiian Gardens.
As the school year wraps up, a message from school board president Nancy Swenson.Read More
DOWNEY – The Downey Fire Department will be conducting live fire training this weekend at fire station No. 3, located at 9900 Paramount Blvd.
Residents should not be alarmed if they see flames or heightened activity at the station.
“During the training, we will be setting several small fires within the building and we will be instructing our firefighters on the safest and latest techniques to suppress them,” fire department officials said.
DOWNEY — Twenty-nine Downey Unified students have advanced to the SkillsUSA national championships where they will compete against the nation’s top students in robotics, engineering, and other categories.
Nearly 200 Downey students participated in the SkillsUSA state competition held in Ontario over spring break to compete in areas of technical and soft skills.
“We are proud to announce that 29 of our students will be moving on to the national championship competition that will be occurring this summer in Louisville,” announced school board President Nancy Swenson. “This final outcome is a true testament to the hard work and focus that our teachers and students put in throughout the entire year.”
On top of the 29 Downey, Warren and Downey Adult School students who received gold medals in the state competition, 15 earned silver and eight received bronze medals in a variety of hands-on and job-related competitions, making a grand total of 52 medal recipients from Downey Unified.
Gold medalists will compete in the national competition in the following categories: mobile robotics technology, Quiz Bowl, esthetics, information technology, career pathway showcase - industrial and engineering technology, masonry, opening and closing ceremonies, CNC technician, criminal justice, related technical math, practical nursing, and employment application process.
With currently more than 15,000 school chapters, Downey Unified is one of the largest chapters involved in SkillsUSA, with one or more students qualifying for Nationals every year since 2009.
More than two dozen volunteers are celebrated for their contributions to the Downey community.Read More
Staff writer Alex Dominguez picked up three nominations in the Southern California journalism contest.Read More
It appears in sweeping intervals throughout the neighborhood, in either a cloud of dust or barrage of flying mud. The latest mode of modern travel: the stagecoach.
This line, running with a series of horse changes from San Diego to Los Angeles, was then regarded in much the same light that people of torday regard crack streamline trains. Nearest station to the present site of Downey was the town of Gallatin. There the passengers rubbed the bruises caused by riding the lunging vehicle and gave thanks to the gods of the wayfarers. In Gallatin, the Los Angeles bound stage changed horses for the last stretch -- passengers gritted their teeth anew and away the vehicle plunged.
Coaches were of the standard type that saw in their day all of the Old West. With four horses in fair weather and six in foul, they carried six passengers inside and as many on top as could find room.
Even stagecoaches stepped aside with the onward march of progress. When the railway passed through the district, it was of small matter to the town of Gallatin that it passed over a mile away. The entire city was put on skids and in a matter of a few months, was moved to its present location where it became part of the new town of Downey.
Here into the comfort of transportation a softening civilization as provided by a wood-burning locomotive and a string of cars. To the stagecoaches, the throne of speed was too powerful. With their greatest source of revenue gone, the mail contracts awarded to the trains and their old customers flocking to the comfort offered by transportation that belched smoke and cinders and that kept a schedule accurate to the hour.
The stagecoaches saw the handwriting on the wall and folded their tents.
Information in this story was taken from the Downey LiveWire, dated July 21, 1938.
BILL HANSEN: On Dec. 21, 2018, the Downey Historical Society received from Bill Hansen a typed letter about some wonderful memories of his growing up in Downey.
Bill stated he is 90 years of age now and wanted to share some of his memories.
Bill was born in 1928 and the newsletter from the Downey Historical Society of November 2018 sparked recognition of many names:
“Ed Hansen was my uncle; his daughter -- my cousin - married Snub (Bob) Pollard, the son of Robert Pollard. Fred Bowlus was froma family who were founders of Whittier. The Bowlus family created an early acation trailer that was a prototype of the Airstream. After Ed Hansen died, Fred Bowlus married Ed’s widow, Grace.
“When I was a child, the Friedman family opened their store late one Christmas Eve for my father to buy a belated Christmas gift. Vic Lwhorn was the uncle of my best friend, Bill Lawhorn (we were both born in 1928). Bill’s father, Heinie Lawhorn, taught me to sail.
“Caeser Mattei was the high school choir director. On one occasion, he directed the choir at the funeral of Bobby Walker, the young son of William Walker, the high school principal. The funeral was in the old Methodist church.
“Larry Price was a neighbor of the Lawhorns. The Skidmores owned the lumber yard on 1st Street (Firestone). My father, Otto Hansen, designed homes from his office which was then in the lumberyard building. My father was a Kiwanis member.
“I believe that the Wardmans lived next door to my family when I was born and where we first lived on north La Reina Street. Dr. Welcome was our doctor until Dr. Steeres arrived in town. Dr. Steeres was our neighbor on La Reina before moving to the Ball Mansion on Cherokee Drive.
“Rearding the article in the newsletter of November 2018, Judith McKellar was a legend in her own time. Her name was a part of our family vocabulary and Wallace McKellar was our florist. I’m not sure what relation Wally was to Judith. I rememer the Willeford mansion on north Downey Avenue because I lost a wheel from my Model A rounding the corner from Florence.”
Bill stated that good memories from the distant past are fun to contemplate.
Bobbi Bruce is a docent with the Downey Historical Society.
The festival attracted an estimated 35,00 people annually.Read More
Eight Downey campuses were highlighted for their efforts with low-income black and Latino students.Read More
The service club’s 1920’s-themed fundraiser raised money for their charitable efforts.Read More
A dangerous high-speed car chase and shoot out ended with Tuesday night’s murder suspect in custody and in critical condition.Read More
DOWNEY — Downey Police on Thursday released video footage of the man who shot and killed a liquor store clerk in an attempted robbery Tuesday night.
Gurpreet Singh, 44, was shot several times and died behind the counter at ASL Liquor, located at Paramount Boulevard and Telegraph Road. Singh was the store’s co-owner.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect — a slim Hispanic man — enter the store and brandish a silver handgun. He flees after shooting Singh.
The shooter appears to be a Hispanic man in his teens or 20s, with a slim build.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to call Downey Police.
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