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Five things to know this Tuesday morning:
1.) The City Council tonight will hear an appeal by the Wet Bar, whose application for a live entertainment permit was rejected by the Planning Commission last May.
The Wet Bar, located on the southwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Imperial Highway, originally received an operating permit in 2012 to operate as a casual bar and lounge. But the bar expanded and earlier this year began hosting live bands, which violated its permit.
City officials recommended the Wet Bar be allowed live entertainment but with a litany of conditions, including increased security and a sound-measuring device accessible by city planners.
Dozens of residents protested, however. At least 76 residents signed a petition urging denial of the application, and another 50 residents submitted letters of opposition.
On a 3-2 vote, planning commissioners agreed that live entertainment was a bad idea at the Wet Bar, at least right now.
“I know exactly what I voted for (in 2012), and it was a lounge,” Commissioner Matias Flores said at the time. “What they’re asking for is basically to allow a nightclub, and I’m not comfortable with that.”
The City Council can override the Planning Commission’s ruling.
2.) Also tonight council members will discuss new design standards for Downey’s 7,000 street signs, which have to be replaced to meet new state standards.
“The current street name signs do not meet the required retroreflectivity standard and, therefore, are difficult to read, particularly at night,” Public Works Director Mohammad Mostahkami wrote in a staff report. “All public agencies are mandated to retrofit their existing traffic signs by 2018, including street name signs, with retroreflective sheeting material in order to enhance their visibility and readability during nighttime hours especially for the vision impaired.”
Here’s a link to the proposed designs, though they’re in black and white.
3.) The Downey Police Department announced it will host a drug take-back event Saturday, Sept. 27, in the department’s west parking lot. Flyer
4.) Warren High School students and staff will be pushing an airplane — yes, an airplane — from the Warren campus to its new home at Downey High School today at 10 a.m. The Cessna 210 will likely have a police escort, so expect delays if you’re in the area.
5.) SEAACA announced it has received a grant for 20 “Thundershirts,” innovative jackets that use gentle pressure to calm pets and ease their anxiety.
“In 80% of dogs who wear Thundershirts, they relieve fear of thunder, separation and travel anxiety, hyperactivity, leash pulling and more,” Thundershirt officials said in a statement.