Monday morning report, Jan. 25

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) The city of Downey is asking residents to complete a short survey related to disasters and emergency preparedness. 

The survey is part of the city's efforts to update its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

"Revising the plan allows the City to reduce the costs associated with disaster response and recovery by implementing hazard mitigation strategies," officials said. "Residents are asked to please complete this short survey which assesses the community’s level of concern for a variety hazards such as earthquakes, flooding, and terrorism."

You can take the survey here

2.) Dozens of high school student volunteers filled a couple tons worth of sandbags Saturday, helping Downey prepare for upcoming El Niño storms (if they ever come). 


3.) The fire department will hold a badge-pinning ceremony at 12:30 p.m. today for newly-promoted fire engineer James Hayes. 


4.) Twin brothers Paul and Peter Martini, graduates of Downey High, were profiled in Forbes magazine after securing $35 million in funding for their cybersecurity venture iboss. 

From Forbes: 

"After turning down more than half a dozen acquisition offers over the years, the Martini brothers finally accepted $35 million from Goldman Sachs, in what will eventually be a total $50 million Series A round that will value the company at around $500 million."

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"iboss’ signature feature is its data anomaly detection, which specifically looks for hackers stealing sensitive information by detecting suspicious data transfers. Instead of an firewall that keeps hackers out, iboss prides itself on finding abnormal communications within, where a hacker may be downloading something valuable."

Thanks to Ryan Johnson for the link. 


5.) A Chinese restaurant is for sale (asking price not disclosed). Here is the Craigslist ad

The restaurant appears to be located on Firestone, just east of Rives. I always thought it was a donut shop.