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Five things to know this Thursday morning:
1.) KTLA aired a short segment Tuesday night on alleged hazing at Downey High School involving the band. The report seems rushed, and is raising more questions than answers (at least around town). KTLA
2.) The Sacramento Bee reports that Councilman Mario Guerra is getting support from the national Republican State Leadership Committee, part of an effort to “ invoke a trio of scandals involving California Democratic lawmakers to eliminate the party’s grip on the statehouse.” SAC BEE
3.) With Downey now an official host city for the 2014 Special Olympics World Games, officials have scheduled a Sept. 4 planning meeting to coordinate the large-scale volunteer effort. The meeting is from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center.
Downey will host up to 125 Special Olympic athletes next summer, plus their families and trainers. As a host city, Downey will provide accommodations, training facilities and transportation to local attractions.
City officials are counting on local service clubs, businesses and residents to help in the effort.
“Due to the large commitment of being an official Host Town we are inviting any Downey organization, business or resident that may be interested in supporting or volunteering their time for a worthy cause to this planning meeting,” officials said.
4.) I interviewed City Council candidate Sean Ashton this week. The story will be up later this afternoon, but a quick preview: he supports keeping Downey police and fire (“Once we give it away, we won’t get it back”), was opposed to go-go dancers, and says the city is dropping the ball on infrastructure. “We have the prettiest islands and the worst streets. Some things I just don’t see the logic in.”
5.) Bellflower and Lakewood have been announced as finalists for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s 2014 Most Business-Friendly City Award. Other finalists include Glendale, Palmdale and Santa Clarita for cities with populations over 65,000.
Pico Rivera is a finalist in the category for smaller cities. They are up against Artesia, El Segundo, Glendora and Vernon (yes, Vernon). LACEDC