Monday morning report, Aug. 22

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) Today is the first day of classes at OLPH School. After dropping off their kids, parents are invited to enjoy donuts and coffee in the hall. 

2.) The Downey Symphony has announced a Sept. 18 "Afternoon in Paris" fundraiser at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

The evening includes live music, wine, three-course dinner, and auctions (live and silent). 

To receive an invitation, email Pat Gil at 


3.) It was a busy weekend in Downey, including for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.

She's pictured above at the Columbia Memorial Space Center's "Rocket Fever" event with Executive Director Ben Dickow and Mayor Alex Saab; at Gangs Out of Downey's barbecue and backpack giveaway at Golden Park with GOOD President Mark McDaniel; and at the grand opening of the new Green Olive at the Promenade, with owners Sam and Guadalupe Sarofeem. 

4.) A memorial service for former DUSD principal Craig Bertsch will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. in the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills. A lunch reception will immediately follow at the nearby Swiss Park Banquet Center. 

5.) Su Casa, the non-profit organization that works to end domestic violence, is looking to hire an executive director. Info here.