Monday Morning Report, May 4

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) Five years after Downey and other area cities sued the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, alleging the district illegally raised its rates, the WRD will pay $9.1 million in a negotiated settlement, the Whittier Daily News reports.

“Cerritos, Downey and Signal Hill will receive $4 million as payment for attorney’s fees. That money must go into their water funds.

“The district also agreed to pay $5 million for water projects for the same three cities. The projects “must have regional benefits, reduce reliance on imported sources of water or enhance water security in the basin,” according to the written settlement.

“Bellflower will receive $100,000 in reimbursement for its attorney’s fees.”

The involved cities are expected to release a statement today. WDN

2.) Photo blog has launched a new series titled “Humans of Downey,” a spin-off of a similar idea in New York.

“It stems from reading a blog by a photographer in New York who wanted to photograph and document his location of 10,000 New Yorkers. He soon added quotes from his subjects to let his readers in on all these faces that were hiding their stories.”

The first installment is Here.

3.) ABC Adult School in Cerritos is raffling a new, custom-designed website on May 22.

To enter, email along with your name, business name, and phone number. Put “Raffle” in the subject line.

The free raffle is a promotion for the adult school’s web and graphic design classes.

4.) Downey resident Maria E. Dominguez, a dietitian at a local convalescent home, died April 3 at age 80.

Born in Hachita, New Mexico, she moved to Los Angeles in 1950 and worked at J.J. Newberry’s. After marrying Manuel Dominguez, they moved to Downey where they raised their four children.

A memorial service will be held June 6 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Tucson, Ariz., where she had relocated in her later years. A full obituary will appear in this week’s newspaper.

5.) Letter to the editor from Alexa Davis, who writes about nearly being run over at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Old River School Road:

“I attend Yolie’s Fitness Class on the corner of Firestone and Old River School Road. Occasionally I like to walk from my house to class. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve almost been run over while I’m in the crosswalk. This morning was no exception. I was almost hit three times crossing Firestone at the signal.

“Cars making a right turn going east onto Firestone from south Old River School Road completely ignored that I was in the crosswalk with the right to cross. Second car followed but at least he acknowledged I was there by flipping me off and went right on by while I’m stopped in the crosswalk.

“By the time the third vehicle came upon me, I was madder than mad, so I stopped and screamed out ‘Stop!’ A friend was waiting in her car at the light and witnessed everything that happened. My witness told me that the man in the third vehicle looked at me like I was some wild banshee. Well, guess what? I was some wild banshee knowing I came very close to being run over.

“And seeing on the news that in today’s society drivers do not stop for human beings they’ve run over, I needed to vent in not only yelling at that third driver but also by writing this letter in hopes that one of those three drivers reads this and feels bad enough to slow down and stop for pedestrians.”


Looking ahead:

Monday, May 4:
Optimist Club of Downey Golf Tournament, Rio Hondo Golf Club

Saturday, May 9: 
Kids Day, Apollo Park

Monday, May 18:
Downey Adult School golf tournament, Rio Hondo Golf Club, noon

Monday, May 25:
Memorial Day commemoration, Downey Cemetery, 11 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7:
Downey Greek Festival, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church