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Five things to know this Wednesday morning:
1.) On a 5-0 vote, the City Council agreed to pay Stay Gallery’s rent an additional three years, using about $75,000 from the Art in Public Places fund. “I see them as a cultural hub not only for downtown, but for the entire city,” said Councilman Roger Brossmer. “I think we have something very special there.”
2.) Also at the council meeting, Councilman Mario Guerra laid into the Downey Firemen’s Association for serving the city with another lawsuit last Friday, the same day Mark Gillaspie was sworn in as fire chief. Guerra called the lawsuit “politically motivated” and “naive”; he also implied Mayor Pro Tem Luis Marquez was leaking private conversations from city council closed sessions to the fire union. “If you don’t like the Downey Fire Department, don’t work for the Downey Fire Department,” Guerra said.
3.) The city is hiring a part time municipal law clerk intern, with pay starting at $15.48 per hour. Details
4.) As we reported last week, the Downey Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its executive director position. Details
5.) The Living Tree Foundation, a nonprofit that serves returning U.S. troops, will host its Blue Star Family Day Saturday, Sept. 27, at Downey High School. The event will include opening ceremonies, live music, food vendors, military vehicles, a military tribute, and more.