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Five things to know this Thursday morning:
1.) The Planning Commission approved Club DB Lounge’s request for go-go dancers but with a string of conditions to be determined at an Aug. 20 public hearing. “I fundamentally disagree that this will take Downey in a negative direction,” said Commissioner Matias Flores. “The evidence doesn’t support that.” Story.
2.) DUSD is giving the public an opportunity to examine proposed art history and world languages textbooks. The materials can be reviewed in the second floor lobby of DUSD headquarters until Aug. 18.
3.) The Downey City Library will host a blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross on Thursday, Aug. 7. The drive is organized by Jerry Rivas, who recently graduated from Downey High and has taken an internship with the Red Cross as he prepares to begin school at UC Irvine.
4.) Dale Ronald Eckert, a longtime Downey resident and aerospace worker, died July 3. Eckert worked for Rockwell, McDonald Douglass, Boeing and RocketDyne over the course of a 40-plus career that was interrupted for two years when he was called to serve in Vietnam. Services are Monday at Riverside National Cemetery.
5.) Griffiths Middle School students recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they toured several government buildings, the battlefield of Gettysburg, and Arlington National Cemetery. While at Arlington, three students (John Paul Castaneda Cedeno, Hannah Austin, and Gisele Garcia) were able to participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.