Five things to know this Friday morning:
1.) The owner of El Rodeo nightclub in Pico Rivera has agreed to plead guilty to money laundering and is expected to serve 25 years in federal prison.
Edgar De Dios Fragoso is accused of using the club to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds from drug sales.
2.) Bilingual children's author and recording artist Jose-Luis Orozco will headline a free show at the Downey Theatre tomorrow at 11 a.m.
The event is the Downey Library's "End of Summer Blast" and includes free games, face-painting, and an interactive concert.
3.) Here's a cool photo by John Zander of the Embassy Suites grand re-opening on Wednesday.
"Downey Embassy Suites has been a strong community partner including being an active member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," said Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab. "Interesting that almost 30 years ago, when Embassy Suites first announced they were building in Downey at what was once the former All American store site, many residents were vocally opposed to it. Today, Embassy Suites is an important member of our community and we are grateful for their large investment in our City."
4.) Downey football opens its season tonight in a non-league contest against San Pedro. Warren's season begins next week when the Bears host St. Paul.
5.) Construction is underway at Rio Hondo Elementary. The school PTA posted photos on Facebook.