Monday morning report, June 13

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) Hearts are still heavy this morning after this weekend's terrorist attacks in Orlando, Fla. Here is some local reaction: 

Mayor Alex Saab: Our country will never waiver to hate or terror. The flags in Downey have been lowered to half mast in honor of the victims of this senseless and unthinkable crime in Orlando. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this act of violence.

Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez: Today's senseless and terrorist act has no room in this world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families from Orlando. Our City will be lowering all of its City and American flags at half-staff. 

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia: My heart breaks for ‪#‎Orlando‬, the ‪#‎LGBTQ‬ & Latino community. I'm getting ready to head to ‪#‎LAPride‬, reminded that we need to unite against those that want to divide.

Moravian Church of Downey: I invite your prayers for the people of Orlando, and specifically, the victims and families involved in the horrific mass shooting there. I believe that God weeps at this act of terror and hate, even as God cries for all of us to come together to bring an end to such violence and hatred. I believe that God calls us to respond to terror and hate with hope and love.

2.) Interesting story from KCET: "Is Los Angeles a City of Immigrants?"


"For those of us who are seen as immigrants, how long are we immigrants -- for how many generations? Do Black people get to be immigrants? Where are indigenous people in this narrative?

"These questions matter because all too often, only people of color are considered immigrants, while the settler colonial migration of white people from Europe to the Americas, and westward from the East Coast, goes unremarked. In fact, the phrase “L.A. is a city of immigrants” typically excludes white people from its imagination of place, casting them as neutral and natural occupants of the land. In doing so, it implies that “immigrants” (read: people of color) are perpetually new arrivals."

3.) The Downey Police Department is asking residents to "remain vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood."

"We are requesting that if you see anything that seems suspicious to you, please call the police immediately. Be prepared to explain why the activity is suspicious or unusual, and to give detailed descriptions of the suspicious persons or vehicles. This information will assist the responding officers as they arrive to investigate."

4.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce posted video to its Instagram page of last week's grand opening of the El Chavo Store at Stonewood Center.

5.) Friends are reporting that longtime community leader Linda Kennedy died over the weekend. 

Kennedy was a retired director of curriculum and instruction from the Downey Unified School District and was active with the Mary R. Stauffer Foundation.

She was an original board member of the TLC Family Resource Center, and was also active with the Assistance League of Downey. She was a board member with the Downey YMCA as well.