Thursday morning report, June 23

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The Long Beach Press-Telegram had a story yesterday about "cities that provide generous health care and other perks to their employee — sometimes nearly twice the amount of base salaries and largely unknown to taxpayers." 

The story derives from data released by the non-profit Transparent California, which found that cities used overtime, sick pay and other benefits to pad employees' salaries. 

Of the 60 L.A. County cities survey, Downey had the fifth highest average employee compensation at $150,129.


2.) Assemblymember Cristina Garcia's legislation to eliminate sales tax collected from sales of feminine hygiene items is advancing through the Senate. 

“Fundamentally this is about gender equity and leveling the field,” Garcia said in a news release. “Every month, for 40 years of our lives, we are taxed for being born women. Every month of our adult life we are taxed for our biology. Every month we are told our periods are a luxury, while also being told they are something to be ashamed of and we must hide. Let me be clear, on biology, periods are not luxuries and they are definitely not something women should be ashamed of, period!”


3.) Downey’s Rio Hondo Golf Club will host the 2016 U.S. Kids State Open Junior Golf Championship next week, June 27-28. 

The California State Open will consist of 210 of the best junior players in the Western United States, as well as some top international players. 

Golfers will range from ages 5-14. Rio Hondo Golf Club was chosen to host the tournament “due [to] its excellent course condition and its continued support of junior golf,” officials said. 

Spectators are welcomed at the event. For tournament times and more information, call the golf course at (562) 927-2329.


4.) A local gadfly who is a familiar presence at Downey City Council meetings, where he is known for hostile outbursts and incoherent rants, was caught with a blade at a Los Angeles City Council meeting Tuesday. 

Police say Armando Herman was carrying the 2-inch retractable blade at a meeting of the L.A. Public Safety Committee. 

Herman also had with him a stuffed teddy bear dressed in a swastika-decorated hood. 

Herman reportedly told officers he didn’t realize he was carrying the blade and apologized. He was not arrested. 


5.) I've always been fascinated by this home located at 10343 Brookshire Ave. Check out the pictures on Zillow. 

It's on the market for $1.1 million.