Friday morning report, Sept. 4

Five things to know this Friday morning: 

1.) First Presbyterian Church of Downey has voted to welcome Rev. Maricarmen Campos Castro as their new pastor. 

Castro has been an ordained Presbyterian teaching elder for 13 years, serving in Los Angeles, Houston and Huntsville, Ala. She has performed missionary work in Latin America, Europe, Afrida and the Mideast. 

She begins her ministry in Downey on Sept. 15 with a 10 a.m. service. 


2.) The city of Downey has volunteer opportunities for students looking to fulfill volunteer hours. 

High school students can assist in department such as Building and Planning, Engineering, Human Resources, Purchasing, and the Parks and Recreation administration office. 

Both middle school and high school students can also volunteer at special events or with youth programs at local parks. 

To apply, fill out the volunteer interest form and return it to the Parks and Recreation office. 


3.) The Living Tree Foundation is bringing back its Blue Star Family Day, a festival honoring families with loved ones in the military. 

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 2-6 p.m. in the Downey High parking lot. There will be live music, food, vendors and exhibitors, a kids zone, military vehicle displays, and more. 

Admission is free and the public is invited. 


4.) California's Board of Equalization has updated its list of the top 500 sales and use tax delinquencies.

Two former Downey car dealerships, Lincoln-Mercury and Used Car Factory, are listed


5.) Downey Police will be conducting a DUI and driver's license checkpoint at an undisclosed location tonight.