LivingHelp Golf Tournament this Friday

An announcement in last week's issue about the LivingHelp Center's annual golf tournament included an incorrect date. 

The tournament will take place Oct. 21, not the 28th as stated in the article. 

All other details remain the same: cost is $135 per player and includes green fees, golf cart and buffet dinner. Golfers can also purchase mulligans and raffle tickets. 

Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon at the Rio Hondo Golf Club. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available and range in price from $60-$1,000. 

For more information, call Jim Miller at (562) 928-3539 or Dennis Pagenkopp at (562) 928-1429. 

Walking tour of historic Downey set for Oct. 22

The Downey Conversvancy will lead a walking tour of historic Downtown Downey next Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. 

The tour will begin at Firestone Boulevard and Downey Avenue, and will provide an overview of the historical and cultural landmarks downtown. 

The tour lasts about two hours; participants should bring walking shoes and bottled water. Cost is free.

Here's a link to the photographs that will be used during the tour. Download it to your smartphone so you can follow along.

Why we reported the Luis Marquez story

The Downey Patriot doesn't deal in tabloid journalism. How many times before yesterday have you read in the Patriot stories of another person's extramarital affairs? 

But the story surrounding Councilman Luis Marquez was too big and too important to ignore, and its reporting was necessary for a couple of different reasons: 

1.) Marquez is a public figure, a two-time mayor of Downey. Details of his life that could impact his ability to serve as a City Council member are crucially important to Downey citizens. 

After word of the allegations against Marquez leaked, Marquez skipped Tuesday's City Council meeting and cancelled a planned community forum. There's no doubt the story was impacting his ability to serve, and residents have a right to know that.

2.) Not only does Downey call itself a Character Counts city, council members voted to inscribe the six "pillars of character" – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship – inside council chambers. It renamed street segments after the six pillars of character and basked in the positive publicity.

When City Council members willingly boast of being people of such high moral character, shouldn't they be challenged when those values are breached? I believe the answer is yes. 

3.) In his statement, Marquez specifically requested an opportunity to "publicly" apologize to his wife and children. This article gave him that opportunity. 

The article written by Alex Dominguez avoided a lot of the innuendo and unfounded allegations spouted by a Cerritos tabloid last week, which has a history of throwing muck against the wall and hoping something sticks. 

To be clear, we're not saying the allegations in the Los Cerritos News story are untrue, only that there is no evidence to support the claims. At its most basic level it's a story of he-said, she-said.

Like any other story published by the Patriot, it's up to Downey residents to read the article and do with the information what they will. It's the newspaper's job to inform as fairly and objectively as possible.

Wednesday morning report, Oct. 12

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Councilman Luis Marquez has cancelled his Oct. 19 community forum at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. He was also a no-show at last night's City Council meeting. 

2.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce is conducting a short survey related to Measure S, the proposed half-cent sales tax increase Downey voters will decide on next month. 

Click here to take the survey. 

3.) The latest Neighborhood Watch newsletter is out

4.) The Don Knabe Wellness Center officially opens at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center today. The new facility is a milestone for the Rancho Rising 2020 project.

Grand opening festivities begin at 11 a.m., including remarks by L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe. 

5.) Downey firefighters will visit the Downey City Library at 10:30 a.m. today to read some of their favorite books, demonstrate how to put on protective gear, and give a tour of the fire engine. Children and their caretakers are invited. 

Editor's note: I'm going to take a break from these daily briefs. Finding time to compile these posts has been difficult lately, especially with election season in full swing. I feel the quality of the posts has suffered as a result. Hopefully after the election, when things calm down, I can start again. (I'll still posting items on the blog, though.)

Monday morning report, Oct. 10

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

Photo by John Zander

Photo by John Zander

1.) Thanks to everyone who attended the Patriot's inaugural City Council debate last Friday at the Downey Theatre. It took an incredible amount of work to produce, so it was satisfying that many Downey residents chose to attend, making all the work worth it. 

More importantly, I hope residents learned about the candidates running for office. 

We're working on getting video of the debate posted online, and I'll post a link when that happens. 


2.) The nation's first disability pride parade was held yesterday in Downey. The event was the first of its kind anywhere in the country. 

Here are photos taken by former mayor Mario Guerra. ABC-7 covered the event as well but, as you can see from the screenshot, took a different angle. 

3.) There's still time to participate in Downey's Dia de los Muertos altar and trunk altar contests. 

Click here for details; deadline is Oct. 14.

4.) The Downey Conservancy is sponsoring a walking tour of historic Downtown Downey on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 9 a.m. 

The tour will provide an overview of the historical and cultural landmarks downtown. Bring walking shoes and a bottle of water. 

Participation is free. 

5.) Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis has its annual golf tournament today at the Rio Hondo Golf Club.

It's too late to golf, but join us for dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.; cost is $40 for a Mexican buffet. There's also going to be some pretty cool raffle prizes.

Thursday morning report, Oct. 6

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The authors behind "Sharing Stories: The Ties that Bind," the popular memoir series that appears weekly in the Patriot, will be at the Rio Hondo Event Center at 11:30 a.m. today to celebrate the release of a new book anthology. 

"Sharing Stories: Global Voices Coming Together" features select stories that were published over the past three years. The book was published Los Nietos Press, in associated with the Downey Patriot. 

Admission to today's event is $22, which covers the cost of lunch.

2.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Let's Do Lunch" mixer at the new Green Olive restaurant at the Promenade today. 

Admission is $20 at the door and includes food. The event begins at noon. 

3.) HomeStreet Bank at the Promenade will be offering free document shredding this Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

CDs, newspapers, phone books, VHS and cassette tapes, newspapers, and hanging file folders also can be safely disposed of at no cost. 

4.) Congratulations to Michael Chirco, who was installed last night as president of Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis.

Chirco is also a board member with the Downey Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with Gangs Out of Downey. 

5.) The Downey Gateway food court at Downey Avenue and Firestone Boulevard is for sale. Asking price: $16.525 million. 




Wednesday morning report, Oct. 5

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) A developer is proposing to build six townhomes on an empty piece of land in downtown Downey. Planning commissioners will consider the development application tonight.

According to a staff report, CEDG Inc. wants to build the three-story townhomes on a vacant 10,500 sq. ft. parcel at 8117 2nd St., directly across from the post office. 

 The homes would range in size from 1,770 to 1,943 square feet and feature between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 baths with an attached two-car garage. 

City staff recommended the project's approval. 

2.) Planning commissioners will also revisit a plan to build 14 condominiums on Foster Road at the southern Downey limit. 

The project was temporarily put on hold this summer after objections from area residents. 

3.) I can't believe this is even a thing, but the creepy clown trend has hit Downey. 

If you haven't heard of the clown attack craze, here's a primer. It's basically people dressing up as clowns and chasing after people, pretending to attack. 

Creepy clowns are already popping up in Downey, though most threats appear to be hoaxes.

4.)  Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez will be speaking at Latina Empowerment Day, taking place this Friday at the Embassy Suites. 

Put on by HOPE (Hispanics Organized for Political Equality) and the National Latina Business Women's Association, the conference will feature workshops on a variety of topics, including leadership, technology and wealth. 

Registration is $25; sign-up here or contact Natasha Tadros at (213) 622-0888 or 

The conference begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

5.) The Downey Symphony has signed up for a Smile account with Amazon.

Go to, choose the Downey Symphonic Society as your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate a percentage of the sale back to the symphony.


Tuesday morning report, Oct. 4

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Gangs Out of Downey meets at 7:40 a.m. in the second floor training room at City Hall. 

This Friday is GOOD's annual golf tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Ricky Galvez Scholarship. The tournament is sold out, but there are still opportunities for sponsorships or to attend the dinner. 

For details, contact Mark McDaniel at 

2.) A Downey couple was convicted last week in the death of their infant daughter, who was found beaten and malnourished. 

The baby was discovered unresponsive on New Year's Eve 2013. The L.A. County Coroner's office determined she died of blunt force trauma. 

Here is coverage from KTLA

3.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce has contracted Stay Studio -- the same group of people behind Stay Gallery -- to produce the Downey Christmas Parade. 

This year's grand marshal is... wait for it... Don Knabe.

4.) A new real estate company is moving into the northeast complex at Lakewood and Firestone boulevards. 

Realty One Group will take the second floor space above Farmers and Merchant Bank and Starbucks. A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 20. 

5.) St. Pius X. St. Matthias Academy is asking for prayers after a sophomore student was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness. 

Wednesday morning report, Sept. 28

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Gangs Out of Downey is hosting a Public Safety Forum tonight at the Barbara J. Riley Center, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

A panel of expert speakers will engage in conversation about crime trends in Downey. Some of the panelists include representatives from the Downey Police Department, Downey Unified School District and L.A. County Probation, along with other community leaders who lend a hand in keeping Downey safe.

Mark McDaniel, president of GOOD and a lieutenant with Downey PD, will moderate.

2.) DUSD Superintendent Dr. John Garcia will host his first "Coffee with the Superintendent" of the new school year at 6:30 p.m. tonight at school district headquarters, 11627 Brookshire Ave. 

It's an opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts or concerns directly with the man in charge of Downey schools. 

3.) All items were approved at last night's City Council meeting, including the proposed civilian volunteer program within the Downey Police Department. 

Volunteers will be unarmed and are not authorized to take enforcement actions, said Capt. Stephen Garza of the Downey Police Department. 

Total cost to get the program off the ground is about $66,000, which will be used to purchase two new patrol vehicles. Two patrol cars will be taken out of service, repainted and re-purposed for use by the civilian patrol. 

4.) A Downey woman is raising money to bury her infant daughter, who died yesterday during a planned open heart surgery. 

5.) Joslyn Davis is selling a Downey t-shirt with proceeds benefiting TLC.

Tuesday morning report, Sept. 27

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for Village Walk, a new development of 28 townhomes at 3rd Street and La Reina Avenue. 

"Housing is integral to the development of Downtown Downey," said Mayor Alex Saab. "This is part of the puzzle we've been envisioning having downtown for many years."

Each of the homes will be three stories tall. The first model homes are expected to be completed by April, and the entire development could be finished by December 2017.

The project is being built over a city-owned parking lot the City of Downey sold to developer the Olson Company last year for $700,000.

2.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight inside council chambers at City Hall. Here is the agenda

Most notably, council members will consider the creation of a civilian volunteer program at the Downey Police Department. 

Volunteers wouldn't actually patrol streets. Instead, they would support police officers and administration by providing traffic and crowd control, answering phones, checking on homes when residents are on vacation, fingerprinting children at public events, and generally serving as an extra set of eyes and ears. 

While volunteers would donate their time, the program isn't free. The cost to implement and supervise the program is budgeted at $66,000, plus an additional $27,000 annually for maintenance. 

In a staff report, Police Chief Carl Charles doesn't sound too excited about the program, writing that a volunteer program is "feasible," but that in its current state "the Department does not have adequate staffing, budgeted funds, or equipment to properly implement, maintain, and manage a Volunteer Program, especially considering current responsibilities such as the new Park Ranger Program currently being developed." 

3.) Councilman Sean Ashton is requesting the council take a stand against Prop. 57, which would increase parole chances for felons. 

4.) CareMore is holding a meet-and-greet event at 2:15 p.m. today at PIH Health. 


5.) Not a bad idea, though I'd invite Yasiel Puig also.

Monday morning report, Sept. 26

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) A fire near the San Gabriel Riverbed temporarily knocked out power to several Downey homes yesterday. A reader tweeted us the above video. 

And last week, firefighters knocked down a "suspicious" fire at Warren High. 

"The building was evacuated as firefighters extended hose lines and ventilated the smoke from the structure," the department reported on Facebook. "The cause of the minor fire was determined to be intentional."


2.) There's now a stop sign heading into the Promenade from the Lakewood Boulevard entrance.


3.) I second this tweet.


4.) Warren High band took home a bunch of awards at a competition at West Torrance High School over the weekend. 

The Bears walked away with three first place awards (Auxiliary, Percussion and Band), and sweepstakes awards for Visual Effect and High Music Effect. 

Photo courtesy Claudia Cano.


5.) Frank Jimenez was installed as president of the Downey Kiwanis Club on Saturday (this is the afternoon club).

Photo courtesy Alex Gaytan.


Thursday morning report, Sept. 22

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The 710 Freeway will be shutdown this weekend between the 5 and 60 freeways; the closure begins 10 p.m. Friday and lasts through 4 a.m. Monday. 

The closure is part of a $120 million pavement rehabilitation project


"The real choke point will be on the 710, north of the 105 freeway — folks who travel any farther than that are advised to exit once they get to the 5. Detour signs will be posted, but if drivers make it past the 5, they'll have no choice but to exit on Olympic Boulevard, make a right on Eastern Avenue up to 3rd Street to get back on the 60 or 710."

Additional closures are expected through December.

2.) Tonight's meeting of the Downey Sister Cities Assoc. has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Pina's Pizza.

3.) Downey band New American are releasing their latest album, "Being Cognizant is Tired," and have scheduled an Oct. 28 release concert at The Safari in downtown L.A. 

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

4.) South Gate is celebrating a "major milestone" in its project to widen Firestone Boulevard over the Los Angeles River.

From a press release: 

"In the late evening hours of September 14, 15 and 16, construction crews completed the installation of concrete girders on the widened bridge pier supports.  The girders will provide support beneath the new bridge deck and form the framework of the soon to be expanded bridge.

This is a major milestone as the contractor is now beginning work to complete the bridge deck. Construction is proceeding on schedule and is expected to be completed in Summer 2017."

5.) Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church has a new pastor. 

Bishop Oscar Solis installed Monsignor Lorenzo Miranda last Saturday. Miranda is a Stanford graduate who was in medical school at UCLA before deciding to become a priest. 

"He is a very spiritual and fun-loving person," church officials said. "Since he came to our parish, you can see him riding his bike on the streets of Downey at 5:30 a.m. every morning." 


From left: associate pastor Ambrose Ugoji, Bishop Oscar Solis, Monsignor Lorenzo Miranda and deacon Leo Pinal. 


Wednesday morning report, Sept. 21

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) A down payment assistance seminar scheduled for this afternoon at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center has been cancelled. 

The seminar will go on as scheduled this Saturday at noon. Here are details

2.) The Planning Commission tonight will consider a request to build 39 condominium units on a vacant 1.66-acre parcel of land in north Downey. 

If approved, the units would be built on Telegraph Road at Tweedy Lane. Each residential unit would be three stories with attached 2-car garage, and measure 1,561 to 2,100 square feet. 

Twenty-one of the units are proposed as 3-bedrooms, while the remaining 18 units would feature four bedrooms. 

Here is the staff report, which includes artist renderings of what the complex would look like. 

3.) A man shot and killed at a Bellflower bar Sunday night has been identified as 28-year-old Downey resident Roger Bravo. 

No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

4.) Downey Unified has announced plans for a college fair Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Downey High. 

There will be free information workshops, raffles, and giveaway bags to the first 1,000 students. 

The fair is open to all K-12 students. 

5.) A 24-year-old Downey man was critically injured after crashing into 11 parked cars in South Gate over the weekend. 

The man's name was not publicly released and police are investigating the cause of the crash. 


Tuesday morning report, Sept. 20

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The Downey Coordinating Council announced it will dedicate its Oct. 5 meeting to the proposed sales tax increase Downey voters will decide on this November. 

"Come and hear some of the pros and cons of this measure from their representatives," says Cleola Brown. 

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Barbara J. Riley Center. 

2.) A new meditation class is meeting Tuesdays at Wilderness Park. 

Sitting meditation starts at 6:30 p.m. Participation is free and all ages and skill levels are welcome. 

3.) PIH Health has announced three additions to its Board of Directors: Charlotte Weaver, Jeff Hamar and Patrick Monroe. 

Weaver holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology and is active in health IT policy and legislative efforts. 

Hamar is president of a Santa Fe Springs-based flooring company. He has served as president of the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors and serves with several other volunteer organizations. 

Monroe is president of Rose Hills Company, and has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations. He holds an executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University. 

4.) Speaking of PIH, the Whittier campus has become the first hospital in the state to begin selling California Lottery tickets. 

Powerball, MEGA Millions and SuperLotto Plus tickets can be purchased in the hospital gift shop; scratchers will be available soon.

5.) Mayor Alex Saab and Councilman Sean Ashton comprise a subcommittee to oversee the south Rancho development. 

Monday morning report, Sept. 19

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

Photo courtesy Mayor Alex Saab

Photo courtesy Mayor Alex Saab

1.) Check out the new signage that went up over the weekend marking Downey's Orange Estates neighborhood. 

The signs were an early initiative of Mayor Alex Saab. 

"This not only recognizes the historical name of that area as orange groves, but will also give a sense of pride and ownership and subsequently keep property values up," he said.

2.) After reports of scams in Orange County, the Downey Fire Department is reminding business owners that it doesn't charge for mandatory fire inspections. 

"Please know fire inspectors will never ask for payment during annual business fire prevention inspections," the department posted on Facebook. "Report any suspected fraud to Downey Fire Department at (562) 904-7345."

3.) Local historians will join for a discussion on Downey's 60th anniversary this Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Downey City Library. 

Larry Latimer will moderate, along with former mayors Bob Cormack and Diane Boggs. They'll also be joined by historian Jim Stecklein. 

In addition to the talk, a collection of historic Downey images will be on display. 

4.) Speaking of Downey history, Downey High alum Lash Stevenson has great essays on historic Downey on his personal website (links at the top of the page).

5.) The Stonewood Apartments, an 11-unit complex located near Stonewood Center (obviously), has hit the market with an asking price of $2.1 million. 

Rents at the complex are relatively cheap, with a two-bedroom unit going for an average of $1,050 per month.

Thursday morning report, Sept. 15

Five things to know this Thursday morning:

1.) Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez will be at the Downey Association of Realtors this morning to speak on the proposed sales tax increase on November's ballot. 

The talk begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Parking is available in the back. 

2.) The Downey Sister Cities Assoc. meeting originally scheduled for today has been rescheduled for a week from today, Sept. 22, at the Embassy Suites. 

Dinner starts at 5 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6. 

3.) Downey Unified announced it has been named an exemplar school district for 2016-17 following a June accreditation visit from P21 (The Partnership for 21st Century Learning). 

Downey was one of only seven school districts in California to receive the honor. 

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Board of Education President D. Mark Morris. “We have been patiently waiting for this announcement and now that we have heard the great news, I want to accredit it directly to our amazing teachers, administrators and staff.”

A full story will be posted online later today.

4.) Former Assemblyman Tom Calderon will serve prison time after pleading guilty to money laundering and bribe charges. 

"Citing Calderon’s significant health problems, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder showed some leniency, ordering Calderon to serve only the first half of the sentence in prison," the L.A. Times reports. "For the second half, Calderon will wear an electronic monitoring device and live under house arrest."

5.) Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is hosting her U.S. Service Academies Workshop this Saturday at the Downey City Library. Details in the tweet.


Wednesday morning report, Sept. 14

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Huge congratulations to former Downey Patriot staffer Jackie Mejia, who has accepted a job as social media editor at Fusion and will relocate to Miami. 

"Thank you to all my family, friends and colleagues for believing in me and my wildest dreams, and for always encouraging me to aim higher and dream bigger," she says. "I'll be packing up a lifetime of memories and friendships when I leave to Oakland for training this Sunday, and then head directly to Miami from the Bay on the 26th of this month."

Fusion is owned by Univision and Mejia, who was previously with KNBC-4, will work directly with Jorge Ramos. She is a graduate of Warren High and the University of Missouri.

2.) Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed several pieces of proposed legislation yesterday, including AB 1561,  a bill by local Assemblymember Cristina Garcia that would have eliminated sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Brown also "rejected bills to suspend taxes on things like museum materials and animal blood. He rebuffed a measure offering income tax relief to homeowners who got relief on their underwater mortgages."

Garcia wasn't happy about the decision. On Facebook, she said Brown would end up "on the wrong side of history." 

3.) Jimmy John's is hosting a fundraiser this Friday at Stay Gallery to support the family of fallen Downey police officer Ricky Galvez. 

Pre-order tickets are $10, or $15 at the door. The event is from 6-10:30 p.m. 

Jimmy John's says the fundraiser is the first of its "Give Back to the Community" events. For details, contact Angel Duran at (323) 439-7044 or email

4.) Mariscos Choix is opening a second location in Pico Rivera.

5.) Planet Fitness is hosting a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. today. 

Tuesday morning report, Sept. 13

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight inside council chambers at City Hall. Here is the agenda

There are lots of interesting agenda items, including a $172,879 proposal to slurry seal the southeast quadrant of Downey. 

If approved, 41 street segments would receive slurry seal coating, which fills in pavement cracks and smooths out the roadway. Doug Martin Contracting Co. of La Habra was the lowest qualified bidder.

2.)  Council members also will consider equipping the Rio Hondo Event Center with wireless internet capabilities. 

Wifi would cost about $19,163, and would allow wireless internet at the banquet center, Hacker's restaurant, the pro shop, outdoor patio and in the driving range. 

After initial set-up charges, the annual cost would be approximately $4,045. 

3.) The city will be shutting down 2nd Street for something called the Downey Art Festival. 

According to a staff report, the festival takes place Sunday, Oct. 2, and will feature art displays, music and food trucks. It's a joint event between the City of Downey and the Downey Arts Coalition. 

4.) Downey has scheduled two meetings to offer details on its down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers. There are only enough funds to help 10 families, so don't procrastinate. 

I also posted more details on Facebook.

5.) Here is a nice round-up (though not all-inclusive) of the sales tax increases L.A. County voters will decide on this November.

Monday morning report, Sept. 12

Five things to know this Monday morning: 


1.) Gangs Out of Downey is rebranding and has unveiled a new logo. 

The logo was created by Ric Jara and Big City Wraps -- the same company contracted by the Lakers and L.A. Kings -- and incorporates GOOD's core values, which are education, prevention, intervention and collaboration. The goal was to create a new, sleek logo that would accurately represent GOOD as a modern organization and also show well on t-shirts and merchandise. 

Current GOOD President Mark McDaniel was the driving force behind the new look. 

2.) Alex Gaytan of Downey Kiwanis is in need of supplies for a reading room he is opening at Abbot Elementary in Lynwood. 

"We are looking for donations for school supplies primarily for students from 1st - 6th grade. If you can make a donation please message me and I will pick it up or you can drop it off at Downey High School to be delivered to Mrs. Ramirez in room R-3," he wrote on Facebook. "We are also accepting monetary donations to purchase more furniture, please help."

3.) A filmmaker is trying to raise $24,000 for a documentary about the 1956 CIF championship football game between Downey High and Anaheim. 

A full story will be posted on the Patriot's website later today, but details are on a GoFundMe page. Above is the trailer for the proposed documentary. 

4.) Downey firefighters were in New York City yesterday for a 9/11 remembrance. 

5.) St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy will holding a "grand reunion" for graduates Oct. 22 from 5-11 p.m. 

Graduates of St. Pius or St. Matthias from any year are invited. There will be campus tours, dinner, an alumni hall of fame ceremony, live music and dancing.

To register or for more information, contact Gabriela Santos, director of development & alumni
relations, (562)861­-2271 ext. 2205 or