1.) LAPD released a video from Downey police officer Ricky Galvez's funeral last month. It's moving, tasteful and incredibly well done.
It's also incredibly heartbreaking.
2.) Students at Spencer Williams Elementary held a "dollar dance" yesterday, raising money for Galvez's family.
Principal Terri Medina invited Downey Police Cpl. Mike Pope and Officer Lofquist to attend and kids donated $1 to dance with them in the school gymnasium.
"The kids had a great time dancing and showing off their dancing moves," said Cpl. Pope. "After the dance, all of the kids faced us and sang, "God Bless the USA", which brought tears to everyone's eyes.
"I want to personally thank Mrs. Medina for putting this together and supporting the Downey Police Officer's Association. We had such a great time talking to the kids and they were so supportive as well!"
Students ended up raising $681.
3.) Downey has the fourth highest-paid City Hall in Los Angeles County -- behind West Hollywood, San Gabriel and Santa Monica -- and not everyone is thrilled.
"But just to show that the income of residents apparently has little to nothing to do with the income of public servants, Downey and Inglewood — the definition of blue-collar middle class on the one hand, relatively poor on the other — come in fourth and fifth on the survey," writes the Pasadena Star-News editorial board. "Not San Marino. Not Beverly Hills."
4.) Downey and Warren high school students teamed up to collect nearly 5,800 letters to Santa Claus.
The letters were deposited into the Macy's Believe mailbox last Friday. Macy's promised to donate $2 for every letter to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making the total amount raised almost $11,600.
The students were part of the campus's Make-A-Wish Clubs.
5.) Poet Trista Dominqu will debut her new book, "So Cali," tonight at Stay Gallery. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m.
You can read more about Dominqu here.