Monday morning report, July 25

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) Blanca Rochin was installed as president of Soroptimist International of Downey yesterday, taking the reins from Mia Vasquez. 

Blanca's board includes Dorothy Pemberton and Adria Jimenez (presidents-elect), Melissa Delgado (treasurer), Bev Mathis (assistant treasurer), Alex Gamez (programs vice president), Mia Vasquez (fundraising chair), Petra Castillo and Sharon Olivito (directors), Nina Smart (recording secretary), Linda Haines (corresponding secretary), and Chris Ciatti and Georgetta Bostean (village directors). 


2.) Lloyd Vernis and his team at the Pride Barbershop in Downey gave 108 free haircuts yesterday as part of a homeless outreach effort by L.A. On Cloud 9. 

The haircuts were completed in only three hours, a new record for the volunteers.

"This is the most gratifying record I've ever broken thanks to my team and everyone that helped us make this possible," said Lloyd. "Words can't explain how much this hits home being able to do this in my old stomping grounds neighborhood, MacArthur Park."


3.) The Downey City Library will be reorganizing select collections Aug. 5 "to improve user experience." Ask a librarian if you need help finding something. 

On a related note, Downey resident Kathy Perez wondered on Facebook why the gold album collection donated by Richard Carpenter is no longer on display.

Kathy's post isn't set to public, so I can't share it, but she recommends putting the collection on display in the Downey Theatre, which will host a Carpenters tribute show Aug. 13. 


4.) The Downey Library is bringing back its "mini Comic Con" this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Among the panelists is DC and Marvel animator Chuck Patton, who won a 1997 Emmy Award for his work on the animated series "Spawn."


5.) Are Republican Latinos being ignored again? PBS asked the question and interviewed former Downey mayor (and California Republican treasurer) Mario Guerra as part of the discussion.