Thursday morning report, March 24

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The city of Downey has several new job openings, including swim instructor, cashier, and recreation leaders. Apply here

2.) Time is running out to opt into Downey's Emergency Transportation Program.

For $60 per year, the optional program covers the cost of ambulance services for the entire household. Emergency medical services are always free, but advanced life support transportation can cost up to $5,000.

3.) Downey High cheerleading won first place at the USA Spirit Nationals over the weekend, while Warren High cheer took first place at the SHARP Elite State Championships. 

4.) Downey resident Kathy Perez did some research after reading that the first "Cinderalla Home" built by Jean Valjean VanDruff in 1954 was located in Downey. 

" I found a website and contact information for Mr. VanDruff, not knowing if it was still current or if Mr. VanDruff was still alive," Perez wrote on Facebook. "I was so excited when I received a reply from the man himself, but dismayed when he couldn't remember the address, just the cross streets."

Turns out the home is located on Lubec Street and remains largely unchanged. Perez's full story is posted on Facebook, in the Downey Historical Society group. Unfortunately it's a closed group so I can't link to it, but if you're on Facebook, it's worth a read. 

5.) The Downey Bicycle Coalition announced they will hold a meeting April 3 at Denny's at 10:30 a.m. If you're interested in bicycling in Downey, you'll want to attend.