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Five things to know this Wednesday morning:
1.) According to Mayor Pro Tem Luis Marquez, Downey police officers issued 25 fireworks-related citations July 4, each carrying a $2,000 fine.
“The fines didn’t quite have the desired effect,” admitted Councilman Roger Brossmer, adding that the amount of illegal fireworks in his neighborhood were “not as bad” as last year but closer in proximity to his home.
“It was going nuts,” added Mayor Fernando Vasquez. “It was fireworks galore…Clearly the fines are not enough.”
“Twenty-five doesn’t seem like very many compared to the tremendous number of illegal fireworks that were exploding all around the city,” resident Kathy Perez wrote on the Patriot’s Facebook page. “I called DPD because my neighbors’ party guests drove us inside after repeated explosions set off my daughter’s car alarm and we feared for our safety. They continued their barrage for two hours. Their “fun” definitely trespassed on our right to enjoy our holiday. Rude and disrespectful people who broke the law! I know that the pd was overwhelmed with calls, but something needs to be done to stop this extremely dangerous and horribly upsetting activity to continue.”
2.) The City Council approved the contract with consultant New City America to begin work on forming a business improvement district downtown. New City America completed a similar project in Glendale and came to Downey highly recommended by Porto’s Bakery.
3.) Caribbean band Upstream performs tonight at Furman Park, starting at 7 p.m.
4.) The city is conducting a survey related to bicycling in Downey. Lots of questions about bicycle lanes, bicycle safety, etc. Click here to give your input.
5.) “Downey Walmart” was trending on Twitter for a little while Tuesday, but turns out it was for a Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man action figure being carried exclusively by Walmart. (You can exhale now.)