Monday morning report, Aug. 24

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) Downey Federal Credit Union won the inaugural "Battle of the Businesses" benefiting the Downey YMCA. 

The four-day tournament saw teams competing in a variety of events, including bowling, miniature golf, an indoor relay (eight laps in the pool, a seven-mile bike ride, and a three-mile run), volleyball, dodgeball, and less intense games like Jenga, Pictionary and a bean bag toss. 

Besides DFCU, other teams included Century 21 My Real Estate, Financial Partners Credit Union, Downey Adult School, Prudential 24 Hours, Bank of the West, and both Kiwanis clubs. 

The Y has pictures and videos on its Facebook page. (Full disclosure: I was co-chair of the event.) 


2.) Stauffer Middle School's robotics team made the qualifiers at their first VEX scrimmage. 

The photo above is courtesy teacher Tri Tansopalucks, who reports that the Spartans also won the Sportsmanship Award. 

3.) Lt. Mark McDaniel of the Downey Police Department will be guest speaker at the Downey Chamber of Commerce's City Affairs meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9. 

The public meeting begins at noon at Farmers & Merchant Bank. 

4.) The city of Downey is hiring ambulance drivers. The position is part-time and pay starts at $9.10 per hour (!). 

There are also openings for transit drivers, code enforcement officers, and more. 


5.) Downey Unified School District has unveiled a new look, created by the team at Stay Gallery. 

"This new brand reflects Downey Unified’s vision for the future," DUSD said on Facebook. "Most prominent is the path that Downey Unified provides for our students in order to reach a bright and promising future."