Thursday morning report, June 16

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Grocery Outlet, the discount grocery store that took the former Fresh & Easy location at Downey Avenue and Firestone Boulevard, opens at 8 a.m. today. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., with complimentary lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grocery Outlet will also be making donations to FoodHelps and Gangs Out of Downey.


2.) A DUI and driver's license checkpoint is scheduled for tomorrow at an undisclosed location in Downey starting at 8 p.m. 


3.) Former mayor Mario Guerra posted on Facebook an apology letter he received from Fr. John Higgins, of St. Raymond's Catholic Church, after Higgins voluntarily turned over Guerra's personnel files as part of the Downey Firemen's Association's lawsuit against the City of Downey. 


4.) Assemblymember Cristina Garcia has an op-ed in TIME magazine about California's "antiquated rape law." 

"Sexual penetration without consent is rape. It is never invited, wanted or warranted. Rape is rape, period. By defining rape in California as “an act of sexual intercourse,” we have created a loophole in our system through which we already know one too many rapists has passed."


5.) Yesterday's Planning Commission meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for July 6.