Thursday morning report, Jan. 28

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Out of 454 cities and communities, Downey is ranked the 350th most boring suburb in California. 

Does this make Downey an exciting city? Isn't suburb synonymous with boring? So many questions. (Thanks to Mario Guerra for the link.)


2.) After 10 years at the Downey YMCA, Beth Crawford is leaving for a new position at the Glendale Y. 

Crawford will be chief operating officer in Glendale. She will continue as associate executive director at the Downey Y until this Sunday. 

Her departure is a big loss not just for Downey, but the entire community. She was an active volunteer, a member of Downey Soroptimist, and president-elect of the morning Kiwanis club. She will be missed. 


3.) The Columbia Memorial Space Center is hosting an "Astronaut Commemoration" event today and Saturday. 

From a press release: 

"Come remember the astronauts of the Challenger, Columbia and Apollo I, all of whom were lost on our trek to the stars. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, an event strongly connected to the Space Center and honored at the Center's Challenger Learning Center. To recognize the courageous endeavor of the Challenger crew, [the space center] will be dedicating a portrait in the CLC on January 28th." 

Admission to the space center is $5 (free for members). For more details, call (562) 231-1200 or visit their website


4.) I find the following tweet hard to believe:

5.) A Downey man is accused of robbing a woman in Alhambra last week. 

According to the Pasadena Star-News, 25-year-old Gabriel Acuna is accused of approaching the woman outside a market as she placed her two-year-old child inside a car.

Acuna allegedly brandished a handgun and fled with the woman's purse. He was arrested shortly after.