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Five things to know this Tuesday morning:
1.) A coyote was spotted on Florence Avenue across from Wilderness Park yesterday. (I actually took the picture.) A good reminder to keep an eye on your pets, particularly if you live near a riverbed.
2.) National Night Out is tonight from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Civic Center. There will be free barbecue, information booths, a gardening workshop, arts and crafts for kids, a bicycle workshop, and more. Downey police officers will also be present to chat or address neighborhood concerns. FLYER
3.) A mosquito sample taken in Downey has tested positive for West Nile virus. “People may think mosquitoes are just annoyances, but in Downey and surrounding communities, they can pose a very serious threat to our health,” said Mayor Fernando Vasquez. Residents are urged to use insect repellent and eliminate dirty, stagnant water around their homes.
4.) The Norwalk City Council tonight will consider extending City Manager Mike Egan’s contract through 2019. If approved, Egan would be paid a base salary of $218,500, with annual cost of living adjustments. Egan currently pays half of his 8 percent member contribution toward CALPERS, but would pay the full 8 percent beginning July 1, 2016.
5.) Mayor Pro Tem Luis Marquez is in the middle of a trash dispute in Huntington Park, with council members there accusing Marquez of wining and dining Huntington Park’s mayor to land a waste hauling contract.
On July 28, the Huntington Park City Council held a special meeting where they added United Pacific Waste (UPW) to its list of eligible waste haulers, and at the same meeting, awarded the city’s lucrative trash contract to UPW.
Vice Mayor Karina Macias voted against the deal and issued a press release Monday, accusing Mayor Rosa Perez of improperly steering the waste hauling contract to UPW.
“It has been rumored with the 10 bidders that Mayor Rosa Perez has developed a personal relationship with UPW CEO, Michael Kandilia,” the release says. “They have been seen together at public venues such as Contract Cities Conference, Independent Cities Conference, and other local events where Mr. Kandilian and UPW consultant Luis Marquez (Downey Council Member) allegedly purchased Mayor Perez alcoholic beverages and meals. A complaint and photograph was sent to city staff/consultant by bidder CR&R regarding their inappropriate lobbying actions in violation of the bidding process.”
Macias was scheduled to hold a press conference Monday night, before the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting.