Thursday morning report, Sept. 22

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The 710 Freeway will be shutdown this weekend between the 5 and 60 freeways; the closure begins 10 p.m. Friday and lasts through 4 a.m. Monday. 

The closure is part of a $120 million pavement rehabilitation project


"The real choke point will be on the 710, north of the 105 freeway — folks who travel any farther than that are advised to exit once they get to the 5. Detour signs will be posted, but if drivers make it past the 5, they'll have no choice but to exit on Olympic Boulevard, make a right on Eastern Avenue up to 3rd Street to get back on the 60 or 710."

Additional closures are expected through December.

2.) Tonight's meeting of the Downey Sister Cities Assoc. has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Pina's Pizza.

3.) Downey band New American are releasing their latest album, "Being Cognizant is Tired," and have scheduled an Oct. 28 release concert at The Safari in downtown L.A. 

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

4.) South Gate is celebrating a "major milestone" in its project to widen Firestone Boulevard over the Los Angeles River.

From a press release: 

"In the late evening hours of September 14, 15 and 16, construction crews completed the installation of concrete girders on the widened bridge pier supports.  The girders will provide support beneath the new bridge deck and form the framework of the soon to be expanded bridge.

This is a major milestone as the contractor is now beginning work to complete the bridge deck. Construction is proceeding on schedule and is expected to be completed in Summer 2017."

5.) Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church has a new pastor. 

Bishop Oscar Solis installed Monsignor Lorenzo Miranda last Saturday. Miranda is a Stanford graduate who was in medical school at UCLA before deciding to become a priest. 

"He is a very spiritual and fun-loving person," church officials said. "Since he came to our parish, you can see him riding his bike on the streets of Downey at 5:30 a.m. every morning." 


From left: associate pastor Ambrose Ugoji, Bishop Oscar Solis, Monsignor Lorenzo Miranda and deacon Leo Pinal.