Monday morning report, Feb. 1

Five things to know this Monday morning:

1.) Hakeen Fairweather, a track and field athlete and 2012 Warren High alumnus, is raising money as he attempts to qualify for a spot at the Olympic Trials.

"Track season is fast approaching and unfortunately my financial situation has worsened," Fairweather wrote on a GoFundMe page. "I have been working, training, and trying to stay afloat ever since my mother was laid off her job after 20 plus years. I found out in November that we were in jeopardy of losing our home and I was ready to hang up my spikes and never touch the track again.

"Even within all of these financial hardships, my mother pushes me everyday to train and follow my dream of becoming an Olympian."


2.) Today is the last day to sign up as a contestant in the Miss Downey Pageant.

Applications are online at downeyrose.org and can be turned in today between 5:30-6 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church. Contestants will immediately practice for the pageant from 6-7:30 p.m.

For questions, call Jennifer DeKay at (562) 714-5658.


3.) Consumer Affairs ranked Downey No. 5 in California for fewest speeding-related deaths. (Scroll down on the page to view the stats.)


4.) Bellflower preservationists are fighting a Downey man's plan to subdivide a 20,000 sq. ft. property into separate 10,000 sq. ft. lots.

"Residents of the area west of the San Gabriel River between Flora Vista Street and Alondra Boulevard, said the plan by developer Torsak Thanaritiroj, of Downey, sought a waiver of the 35-foot rear yard setback, leaving no room for livestock and gardens which dot the section of southeast Bellflower," reports the Herald-American.

5.) As of today, Prudential 24 Hour Real Estate is now known as 24 Hour Real Estate.

Located at 8635 Florence Ave., the office is owned by Mel and Rita Berdelis.