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Friday morning report, Aug. 15
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

Five things to know this Friday morning: 

1.) Do you know this woman? Detectives say she used stolen checks to illegally obtain cash from banks in Downey and Paramount. Anyone who knows her identity is asked to call Detective Sotomayor of the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station at (562) 863-8711.

 Fox Sports says new Warren High football coach Raul Lara is “reason to get excited” for the upcoming high school football season. Fox Sports

 USC linebacker and 2012 Downey High grad Jabari Ruffin is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during practice Sunday.

“This is very unfortunate news about Jabari, but I know he will rehab well and come back strong next year,” Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian told ESPN. “And I know our team will step up in his absence.” ESPN

The Columbia Astronomers will be meeting at the Columbia Memorial Space Center tomorrow at  7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome. There will be a presentation given on rocketry and its importance to space exploration, followed by free telescope viewing.

Three residents — Sean Ashton, Dr. Shahira A-Malek and Robert Kiefer — are running to replace Mario Guerra on the City Council this November; Fernando Vasquez is unopposed.

Ashton is a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is a member of Downey’s Green Task Force, appointed by Councilman Roger Brossmer.

“As a council member, the community and safety of our residents will always come first,” Ashton wrote in a candidate statement filed with the city clerk. “If elected, I would prioritize improving the condition of our streets, keep Downey police and fire departments, and always support the services that Downey residents and businesses deserve.”

A-Malek is not a newcomer to local politics. She ran for the District 5 city-wide seat in 2008, coming in third place behind Gary DeRemer and winner Luis Marquez.

“I studied theology and I believe that religions, churches and good educations positively affect our lives,” A-Malek wrote in her statement. “Therefore, I will support churches and schools to have after-school programs to help prevent violence, crime and teenage pregnancies utilizing the great abilities of our retirees.”

Kiefer, who is endorsed by Guerra, owns his own printing business and is chairman of the Downey Planning Commission.

Along with Councilman Alex Saab and realtor Lourdes Cotaya, Kiefer was co-chair of the “No on Measure B” committee that helped defeat the controversial charter amendment earlier this year.

“One of the things that makes Downey different is that we have our own school district, police department, and fire department,” said Kiefer. “I realize we pay extra to have these things but I, and I think many other residents, think it’s worth it.”

Published: Friday, August 15, 2014, WEB ONLY
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