Monday morning report, Dec. 7

Five things to know this Monday morning:

1.) The city of Downey will light its Christmas tree tonight outside City Hall. Festivities are from 6-8:30 p.m., with the actual tree-lighting at 6:30. 

The event includes live entertainment, a snow area, arts and crafts, and a visit from Santa Claus. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Admission to the is free. 


2.) Yesterday's Downey Christmas Parade drew thousands to Downey Avenue yesterday.

The only complaint seemed to be that it was too long and that Santa Claus was on a car, not a float. But everyone seemed to have a good time. 

Side story: A friend lost her purse at the parade, but it was found by a family that returned it intact. That was really nice. 


3.)  The Pico Rivera Walmart opened last month (just in time for the holidays, natch), but Congresswoman Linda Sanchez says she remains "disappointed by the lack of action Walmart has taken to accommodate all of its displaced employees.  Specifically, I am troubled that the majority of workers who organized and protested have yet to be rehired or transferred to another location."

Here is her full statement


4.) Funeral services were held in Downey last Friday for 23-year-old Nohemi Gonzalez, a Cal State Long Beach student killed in the Paris terrorist attacks last month. 

Gonzalez was the only American killed in the attacks that left 130 dead. 

KTLA covered the funeral


5.) 24 Hour Fitness officially became the first tenant to open at the Promenade last Saturday. 

"After a very tough and emotional two weeks for the City of Downey, I am happy to announce that the 1st business at our new 77 acre Promenade at Downey has opened," Mayor Luis Marquez wrote on Facebook. "I was honored to be part of the grand opening of the new 24 Hour Fitness Sports Club and welcome them into our beautiful City. I was joined by my City Council Colleagues, the Downey Chamber of Commerce, city staff and our community. It's the first day and the place was already jammed with people working out."