Thursday morning report, Dec. 10

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) A 49-year-old dockworker from Downey and another man are accused of "defrauding the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 13’s medical plan of $225,000 for chiropractic services that either were not provided or unnecessary," the Press-Telegram reports

Sergio Amador and David Gomez, of San Pedro, created three medical management companies that billed the Pacific Maritime Association Welfare Plan for medical care. 

"The indictment alleges that when some dockworkers sought chiropractic treatment at the clinics, they were asked to sign their names on multiple sign-in stickers. Amador and Gomez allegedly then used the sign-in stickers to create chart entries that falsely indicated the workers had received chiropractic work on dates when no such services occurred."

The two men were arrested Monday. Here's the press release from the Department of Justice.


2.) With the Rose Parade just three weeks away, it's crunch time for the Downey Rose Float Association. They need help this Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at the barn, 13030 Erickson Ave. 

"Come down, help us get ready for decoration week and see the progress of the float."


3.) Cinemark has its soft opening tonight with a VIP reception that begins at 6 p.m. It's a private event, but Cinemark released hundreds of tickets that are being distributed throughout the community (the Patriot gave away 40 on Facebook). 

The theater opens to the general public Friday. 


4.) The Downey YMCA is selling gift memberships to benefit needy families. 

You can purchase a full YMCA membership or program certificates (swim lessons, dance, camp, etc.) which the Y will donate to a deserving family. 

The YMCA is also accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to the local community through the Downey Police Officers Association. 

For more information, visit the YMCA or call (562) 862-4201.


5.) California will take 35 years to repay Lakewood $9.3 million, and the city is "obviously not happy."