Tuesday morning report, April 19

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The Downey Police and Fire Foundation will honor its police officer and firefighter of the year today. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

The fire department's honoree is Capt. Frank Culhno. He was nominated by his peers "for his selfless dedication to the grieving family of Battalion Chief Brian Wolf during the aftermath of Brian's death."

The police officer of the year is the late Ricky Galvez, who was tragically killed last November. 

I don't know if tickets are still available, but you can try calling Yvonne Blumberg at (562) 904-2301.


2.) Meanwhile, firefighter Kerry Kony will be recognized by the local American Legion as its 2016 Public Service Award recipient. 

Kony will receive the award at a recognition dinner tonight. 


3.) A suspected drunk driver crashed into a Downey home Sunday, causing significant damage to the house. 

The female driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.


4.) California Fish Grill opens today at the Promenade. 


5.) An L.A. Times analysis found that thousands of Los Angeles apartment buildings are at-risk of collapsing in the event of a major earthquake. 

The report only examined properties within L.A. city limits, but notes that wooden "dingbat" style apartment buildings (like those found in Downey) are at particular risk of collapse. 

From the Times: 

"The soft-story design was praised as an affordable and efficient way of providing parking and multiple housing units on a relatively small lot, said Alan Hess, an architect and historian who specializes in California modern architecture.

"Accommodating a population boom and the blossoming car-centric culture, these buildings sprang up both in undeveloped spaces in the city and more suburban areas.

"They were definitely meant to be mass housing with a lot of the amenities that people expected in the 1950s and 1960s coming from California. There are decks, there are balconies, there are accessibility to the automobile — parking their car right under their unit basically," Hess said. "In that sense, they were well-designed for the purpose. They met the need and they were extremely popular both with renters as well as with builders, who could build them pretty easily and cheaply."

"Also known as "dingbats," these buildings were considered modern and are an iconic snapshot of a very particular time in Los Angeles, Hess said. Many today are beloved for their charming retro feel. The design phased out in the 1970s and '80s — replaced by taller multi-unit buildings that provided even more housing on a smaller piece of land."