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Five things to know this Tuesday morning:
1.) The Wet Bar is appealing the Planning Commission’s denial of a live entertainment permit, which would have allowed it to host DJs, karaoke and mariachi bands, much to the dismay of local property owners.
The City Council was scheduled to hear the appeal today, but the public hearing has been rescheduled for Aug. 26.
Last May, dozens of residents protested the Wet Bar’s application for a live entertainment permit, complaining of loud noise and drunk, rowdy customers. Planning commissioners voted 3-2 against the permit.
Residents complained recently after receiving notice of the appeal that listed an incorrect Aug. 6 public hearing date. It’s unclear if that was the reason for the public hearing’s postponement.
2.) Council members tonight will consider nominal pay raises for 27 employees, including top positions such as the city attorney and assistant city manager.
The proposal from Irma Youssefieh, director of human resources, would provide eligible workers with 2 percent across-the-board salary increases effective April 1, 2014, with another 1 percent hike July 1, 2015 (except for the police and fire chiefs).
In a staff report, Youssefieh said the salary raises are appropriate after the city reached agreement on new labor contracts with the Downey City Employees’ Association — Miscellaneous Unit.
The salary raises would cover executive management (assistant city manager, city attorney, city clerk, community development director, parks and recreation director, public works director and finance director); middle management (assistant to the city manager, building official, city planner, computer system manager, deputy director of public works, human resources director, emergency preparedness director, executive director of Columbia Memorial Space Center, finance manager, management analyst, principal accountant, principal civil engineer, recreation manager, senior accountant, senior civil engineer, senior human resources analyst, senior management analyst, social services manager, superintendent of physical services, superintendent of water and sanitation, and system/network engineer); and confidential/exempt workers (public information coordinator, chief deputy city clerk, deputy city clerk and secretary to the City Council).
3.) The Downey Police Department is sharing an alert from Southern California Edison, warning residents of a new telephone scam. Nixle Alert
4.) There is a Healthy Downey meeting at 12 p.m. today at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center (inside the Downey Room).
5.) Services will be held Thursday for Jasmine Cornejo, a Cerritos College soccer player who died unexpectedly last week. CerritosFalcons.com