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Tuesday morning report, July 15
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

Five things to know this Tuesday morning:

1.) The DUSD board of education meets at 5 p.m. today. Here’s the agenda (PDF).

2.) Dorothy McFall, a former volunteer with the Downey Childre’s Theatre, died July 8 at Washington Township Hospital in Fremont. Born Feb. 14, 1920, Dorothy and her husband, Bob Austin, moved to Downey in 1950. Dorothy was a piano and voice instructor, and both her daughters were regulars on the television show “Faith of our Children.”

Dorothy helped coordinate stage productions with Downey Children’s Theatre, while also volunteering with The Young Americans and Kids Next Door. A full obituary will appear in this week’s paper.

3.) Cerritos College board of trustees member John Paul Drayer has filed for re-election. Drayer, who was born and raised in Bellflower and attended Bellflower and Downey schools, is completing the term of former Assemblyman Bob Epple, who died in 2011.

Drayer  says he is running on a platform of “balanced budgets, offering over 600 more affordable classes, and an open door policy listening to all staff, students, and community members to help us move the college forward.”

According to the Press-Telegram, Cerritos College was recently warned by a state accrediting agency that “interference by the Board of Trustee’s majority has placed the college in jeopardy. The district has provided numerous trainings for the board, but their behavior remains unchanged, the commission found. The behavior of the board must align with eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, commission policies, and be in accordance with its own policies and state laws, according to the commission.”

4.) Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is on a “fact-finding” trip to Central America this week, where she is exploring California’s options in response to the recent influx of undocumented children crossing the U.S. border.

“This is a crisis we can’t ignore,” Garcia said in a statement. “In order to address it, we need to know what is causing this large exodus of children.”

Garcia is making the trip with other lawmakers from the California Legislative Latino Caucus and state senate. She will make stops in El Salvador and Guatemala before returning Saturday.

5.) Palmer, a 1-year-old tan and white terrier mix, is SEAACA’s Pet of the Week. He is “easy going and mellow,” and already neutered. To see him in person, visit SEAACA during animal viewing hours, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. His impound number is 14-28923.



Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, WEB ONLY
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