Thursday morning report, Feb. 4

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce posted a photo album from yesterday's Vallarta grand opening. It's Vallarta's 48th store. 

"Today was a great day for Downey as we welcomed ‎Vallarta Supermarkets‬ Store #48," said Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez. "Congratulations to the Gonzalez family for believing in Downey and for showing what humble beginnings, hard work and vision can do in America."

2.) In one of the photos the chamber identifies Michael Calvert as its new executive director.

Alrighty then.

The chamber has been notoriously bad at public outreach in recent years, but you would think the hiring of a new executive director would warrant some sort of formal announcement, be it a press release, or at the very least, a Facebook post. 

3.) Soccer standout Estela Sanchez signed a scholarship offer yesterday to play at UC Santa Barbara. 

Estela, a senior at Warren High, was named to the Press-Telegram's Dream Team last year. She was named Freshman of the Year at Warren in 2012. 

4.) Today marks the 33rd anniversary of Karen Carpenter's death. Here is an interview with author Randy Schmidt, who speaks about a book he wrote on Karen. (Thank you to Kathy Perez for the link.)

Downey Federal Credit Union has become the first major sponsor of the Gangs Out of Downey luncheon, taking place March 9 at the Rio Hondo Event Center. L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe is the keynote speaker.