Friday morning report, June 5

Five things to know this Friday morning: 

1.) Low-income Downey residents can have their pets neutered at no-cost, thanks to a grant secured by the Lucy Pet Foundation. 

To schedule an appointment, call (855) 499-5829 or email 

2.) Warren High senior Whitney Pemberton has been awarded the TJ Peacock Award for most inspirational athlete. Whitney bounced back from surgery last year to have a stellar softball season.


3.) Authors Christopher Lynch and Jill Amadio will be at the Rio Hondo Event Center on June 27, part of an authors' luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Downey City Library. 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in the Friends' Store in the library. Tickets include lunch and a book. 


4.) The Downey Unified School District honored its longtime employees last week, and also recognized 15 workers who are retiring. 

Retiring employees include Jeffry Collier, Virginia Gandara, Cheryl Hallam, Louis Jaurequi, Elva Laguna, Rita Ortiz, Rodolfo Ortiz, Lillian Raggett, Karen Reneau, Linda Rounds, Dolores Silva, Jim Tallo, Suzanne Trujillo, John Vande Brake and Jeffrey Young. 


5.) Starla Stephens, a resident of Downey for over 30 years, passed away on May 23 after a very short battle with lung cancer. 

She had never been a smoker, and her sudden diagnosis and passing occurred within the same week. A full obituary appears in today's print edition.