Thursday morning report, Aug. 18

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Downey Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez is quoted in this story from Southern California Latino Policy on what it takes to be an effective public executive. 

An excerpt: 

Mayor Vasquez also underscores the importance of realistically managing expectations. Whether a public executive is delivering updates on staffing to the elected officials or engaging with residents, taking a strategic approach to communication can set up appropriate expectations and pave a smooth path forward. No elected official wants to “be reading about something for the first time on the front page of the paper,” he says.

2.) Courtesy of DUSD, here are photos from yesterday's first day of school. The kids actually look pretty happy.

3.) Here are the winners of Downey's home beautification awards.

"Each winner had a different look with their properties and it was nice to see some of the things that the city council has approved (like drought tolerant landscaping and artificial turf) being used," said Councilman Sean Ashton. "Congratulations to all of the award winners!"


4.) The L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Special Enforcement Bureau, more commonly known as SWAT, were awarded Citations of Valor last night for their actions during the hostage incident at Chris 'N Pitts last year. 

5.) This Saturday will be a busy one in Downey: it starts at 10 a.m. with Rocket Fever at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, then a barbecue and backpack giveaway at Golden Park starting at 3 p.m., and Music and Brewfest at Bastards from 5-10 p.m.