Monday morning report, Nov. 30

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) City Hall is closed today for the funeral of Downey police officer Ricky Galvez. Services begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. 

KCAL-9 is scheduled to air the funeral live. Services will also be live-streamed here

More than a thousand people attended a rosary for Galvez last night at the Downey Theatre, including police officers from around the country. More than half a dozen officers traveled to Downey from New York. 

Galvez was 29 when he was fatally shot in a botched robbery attempt outside the police station Nov. 18. Police say he was on-duty at the time of the shooting. 

Three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 17. 


2.) A man driving on expired tags refused to pull over and led police officers on a chase last week that ultimately ended in Downey. 

The pursuit started on the 5 Freeway near Ditman Street last Wednesday at about 6:35 p.m. The driver fled onto the southbound 710 Freeway and exited Imperial before ditching his vehicle near Birchdale Avenue and Springer Street in Downey. 

The driver -- who was not publicly identified -- was caught after a brief search. 


3.) Work on the Downey Rose Float Association's entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade is well underway, as evidenced in this cool time-lapsed video taken Nov. 20.


4.) St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy is hosting an open house Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with tours every 15 minutes until 12:30 p.m.


5.) A small army of volunteers planted more than 30 trees and plants at Treasure Island Park on Saturday. 

The volunteers were led by Alex Gaytan, with help from local students. Here is a photo gallery of their work.