Monday morning report, Dec. 21

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) D. Mark Morris was sworn-in as president of the Downey board of education last week. He replaces outgoing president Tod Corrin. 

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia administered the oath of office to Morris, Corrin and Donald LaPlante, all of whom were re-elected last month. 


"It has truly been an honor to be president this last year," said Corrin. "We are all here for the same reason, to serve our students, and that makes it such a pleasure to be a part of such an amazing group." 

2.) Spanish-language news station Estrella TV profiled Councilman Luis Marquez and his rise from undocumented immigrant to mayor of the city of Downey. 


3.) The Downey Rose Float Association hopes to win another trophy at the Tournament of Roses Parade. From the Herald-American:

“Our theme is ‘Exploring the Everglades,’” said Kelley Roberts, 46, the Downey Rose Float Association’s chief float builder, who helped decorate his first float at age 10."

Roberts estimates 12,000 to 15,000 varied colored flowers will be pasted on the float, such as orchids and roses. He estimated a cost of $38,000 for materials, since all the labor is voluntary."


4.) The 20-20 Draft House is looking for two men that allegedly skipped out on their tab. 


5.) Ireland's Special Olympic athletes have been nominated for the RTE Sport Team of the Year award. Voting is being conducted through text messaging (although U.S. residents are not eligible to vote). 

Ireland's 88 Special Olympic athletes earned 82 medals at the World Games this past summer, including 26 gold medals. 

"This has been an amazing year for Team Ireland and with your help we can end 2015 with another well-deserved award for our highly dedicated team who worked very hard," Special Olympics Ireland said in a statement.