Thursday morning report, Sept. 8

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Tacos Baja celebrates its grand opening with a 3:30 p.m. ribbon cutting today. From 3-6 p.m. all tacos and fish ceviche will be only $1. 

The restaurant is located at 12623 Lakewood Blvd., which was previously the beloved El Coraloense. 

2.) Cerritos Regional Park will be renamed after outgoing L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe. 

The park, which is the largest in Cerritos, is actually owned by L.A. County, so it was the County Board of Supervisors that voted to rename the facility Don Knabe Regional Park. 

3.) Real 92.3 radio personality Big Boy will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow night at Club DB Lounge. 

There will also be surprise guest appearances. For more information, call or text (562) 745-4646. 

4.) Thefts of catalytic converters continue to rise throughout the country, with thefts in California highest among all 50 states, reports the L.A. Times.  

From the Times: 

"Lieutenant Tim Torsney, of the LAPD’s Devonshire division, said thieves steal the converters because they contain small amounts of precious metals — like platinum, palladium and rhodium — they can then sell to unscrupulous salvage yards. Those metals can sell for $1,000 an ounce, and thieves can make $150 or more per stolen converter.

The Prius is particularly targeted, Torsney said, because the converter is easily accessible.

“We’ve seen them removed by crews in less than a minute,” he said.

The NICB said an “aggressive” thief can steal 10 to 15 converters a day, and placed the recycling value of the converters at $20 to $240 each.

The replacement costs substantially more. A nearby auto repair shop charged Peyrot $2,700 to replace the converter and build a steel cage around it to discourage further theft."

5.) The L.A. Times takes a closer look at Commerce, which is facing "another problem that has plagued the region: Government dysfunction. Neighbors like Bell, Vernon and South Gate have been rocked by highly publicized corruption scandals. And Commerce is now also having its own struggles."

More from the story:

"Commerce was founded in 1960 when frustrated residents opposed a move by Downey to annex the industrial parts of town but exclude the neighborhoods, which Downey officials considered too expensive to serve, said Charles Elliott, who was commissioned in the early 1990s by Commerce to write the town’s history.

With a geographic area that is mostly industrial and only a few thousand residents, the city snatched up a tremendous tax base and set about building all those libraries and parks they couldn’t get from county officials.

According to Elliott’s book, the leader of the city’s Industrial Council declared that Commerce would be a “model city” with “no corruption, no gambling and vice, no payoffs, no blackmail.”

Those words wouldn’t stand the test of time."