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Five things to know this Thursday morning:
1.) New palm trees showed up on Firestone Boulevard over the weekend, drawing mostly positive reactions from residents.
“We just passed by them today,” resident Lovona Langham wrote on the Patriot’s Facebook page. “They will be SO much prettier than ordinary trees and bushes. A nice new feel to a busy street.”
“I like them, but I must add that they have already taken out some really pretty trees (on Bellflower) by the Downey Landing (and along Lakewood Blvd, as well),” wrote Patty Meraz. “I’m not happy about that one bit.”
2.) The city has released additional details on the World Cup viewing party taking place Sunday, July 13: it will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Downey Avenue, in the heart of downtown. There will be urban soccer courts, interactive water activities, food trucks, game booths, and a whole lot more. Also a beer garden.
3.) Effective this past Tuesday, the price to reserve picnic shelters at Downey parks is $26 per hour for Downey residents and $39 per hour for commercial businesses. The fees were approved by the City Council as part of the 2014-15 budget.
4.) Local historian D.J. Waldie has a guide up at KCET “for the politically perplexed in L.A. County.”
5.) Downey residents who want to purchase an animal license must now go directly to SEAACA.
City Hall previously accepted payments for new animal licenses, but as part of an effort to centralize services, residents will now be asked to go directly to SEAACA. City Hall will continue to accept renewal payments through the end of August.
For questions, call SEAACA at (562) 803-3301.