Thursday morning report, Jan. 21

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) I received this email from an anonymous Downey resident: 

"For several months now I have noticed a sticky substance on the mailboxes in front of the Imperial Highway post office. I have almost broken my arm trying to disengage my letters from the openings of these drop-off boxes. So I started entering the facility figuring this would be a safer bet against these mail "fishers."

"On Monday, the MLK holiday, I entered only to find the indoor drop box was sealed. So I had to take my chances and deposit my mail in the sticky outdoor box.

"Are there no security cameras? Can we please bring these criminals to justice?"


2.) Have you noticed the new 60th anniversary insignia popping up around the city? They were created by Monrovia-based The Sauce Creative Services. They also make beanies. 


3.) Fire dispatcher Marylou Perez is retiring after 39 years of public service. 

From the fire department's Facebook page

"Marylou began her fire service career in 1977 with the City of Westminster Fire Department and joined the Downey Fire Department Joint Powers Communications Center in 1996. She also worked for Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, and Anaheim Fire Departments.

"Thank you for your service to the cities of Downey, Compton, La Habra Heights, Montebello, Santa Fe Springs, and Vernon. Congratulations on an outstanding career, Marylou!"


4.) The Downey Kiwanis Club is having their meeting tonight at Starfish Sushi. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and all are invited. 


5.) Downey resident Jason Barquero has been hired to host a bi-weekly video/podcast for Dodgers Nation. Here's the first episode

Barquero is the public address announcer for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and came close to being the PA announcer for the San Diego Padres.