Monday morning report, July 11

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) The race for the City Council district 3 seat grew more crowded over the weekend, with Art Montoya and Louis Morales formally announcing their intentions to run. 

Morales had been an expected candidate for months but officially confirmed the news in an email. 

"The city has seen tremendous growth and progress since I have been serving on the Planning Commission where I have served as commission chairman twice and led in the approval of the city's award-winning Downtown Specific Plan," said Morales. 

"The city is in the midst of an economic development renaissance with approved Planning Commission projects throughout the city that are now being completed."

Montoya is a surprise addition to the city council race. Born and raised in Downey, he is a worker safety specialist for Walt Disney Company and previously interned for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and the Downey Patriot. 

"As a lifelong resident of District 3 and a proud product of Downey Unified School District, I feel strongly that District 3 needs a council member who will prioritize public safety, strengthen our city services, and work to improve and expand library, parks, and recreation programs," Montoya said. "I am running because I believe all members of our community should have access to the same opportunities that helped make me the individual I am today."

Full stories on both candidates are coming later today. 

2.) Downey's Stephanie Catañeda was one of 25 students statewide chosen for a California Latino Caucus Foundation scholarship. 

From a press release:

"Winners were selected from the highly competitive pool of applicants, and evaluated using the following criteria: academic performance, personal statements, extracurricular activities, leadership positions held, special awards and honors received, and work history. Each winner will receive a $1000 scholarship for educational purposes."

Catañeda will attend UC Irvine in the fall. 

3.) The Downey Theatre is seeking vendors for its Dia de los Muertos Festival taking place Sunday, Oct. 30. 

4.) Downey Daily Photos says what a lot of us know to be true about the Downey Promenade: it's more shopping center than promenade. 

5.) Downey's Finest, a weekly networking group that meets Mondays at the Rio Hondo Event Center, joined the Downey Chamber of Commerce and will host a formal grand opening July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. 

Admission is $5. There will also be 50-50 raffles, with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.