Thursday morning report, Sept. 15

Five things to know this Thursday morning:

1.) Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez will be at the Downey Association of Realtors this morning to speak on the proposed sales tax increase on November's ballot. 

The talk begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Parking is available in the back. 


2.) The Downey Sister Cities Assoc. meeting originally scheduled for today has been rescheduled for a week from today, Sept. 22, at the Embassy Suites. 

Dinner starts at 5 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6. 


3.) Downey Unified announced it has been named an exemplar school district for 2016-17 following a June accreditation visit from P21 (The Partnership for 21st Century Learning). 

Downey was one of only seven school districts in California to receive the honor. 

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Board of Education President D. Mark Morris. “We have been patiently waiting for this announcement and now that we have heard the great news, I want to accredit it directly to our amazing teachers, administrators and staff.”

A full story will be posted online later today.


4.) Former Assemblyman Tom Calderon will serve prison time after pleading guilty to money laundering and bribe charges. 

"Citing Calderon’s significant health problems, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder showed some leniency, ordering Calderon to serve only the first half of the sentence in prison," the L.A. Times reports. "For the second half, Calderon will wear an electronic monitoring device and live under house arrest."


5.) Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is hosting her U.S. Service Academies Workshop this Saturday at the Downey City Library. Details in the tweet.