Wednesday morning report, Sept. 16

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) I'm not sure I understand the mainstream media's fascination with Downey. Apparently it's shocking that Latinos can be upwardly mobile, buying homes and contributing to their neighborhoods, and becoming active participants in their local government.

Last month, the L.A. Times called Downey "the Mexican Beverly Hills." Next up is Al Jazeera America, which visited Downey to talk politics with the locals: 

"A majority-white suburb whose economy was powered by aerospace engineering in the 1980s, Downey is now known as a thriving community made up of first and second-generation immigrants who have climbed into the middle class."

Um, thanks? 

Among the quoted are former mayor Mario Guerra, creative director Gabriel Enamorado, and Bastards co-owner Nick Velez.

Guerra and Velez were also quoted in the Times' story. 

2.) After attending a Downey City Council meeting, Cerritos College Board of Trustees member Zurich Lewis got the idea to implement invocations at college board meetings.

But not everyone loves the idea. 

“I opposed this idea because this is a secular place of academia and it’s not common practice, at best it will make many people uncomfortable,” Dean of Liberal Arts David Fabish told the Talon Marks newspaper

3.) The Planning Commission tonight will consider approving plans for Downey Nissan's new dealership on a portion of the former All-American Home Center lot on Firestone Boulevard. 

According to a staff report, the lot would measure more than 45,000 square feet. 

Also on the agenda are proposals to operate a fitness and nutrition center at 8813 Imperial Hwy.;  to allow L.A. Buns to serve liquor and have live entertainment;  and to open a massage parlor at 9216 Lakewood Blvd. 

4.) The Downey Rose Float Association is selling tickets to its "Parade of Winners" event Oct. 25 at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

Tickets are $125 and include a chance at 50 prizes, the grand prize being $10,000. Only 250 tickets will be sold. 

Ticket-holders also receive lunch for two. For tickets, call Mike Prokop at (562) 760-5250.

5.) Bellflower is a top 5 finalist for the title of Most Business-Friendly City in L.A. County. 

The cities of Bellflower, Carson, Lakewood, Palmdale, Pasadena and Santa Clarita are finalists for the population 67,000 and over category, and the cities of Azusa, Commerce, El Segundo, Pico Rivera and Vernon are finalists in the population under 67,000 category.

Winners will be announced Nov. 12 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.