Tuesday morning report, Aug. 16

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) A Downey man is one of several victims allegedly scammed by Westerminster travel agent Abdel Rojas, who is accused of taking customers' money and never booking their travel plans. 


Carlos Gomez, of Downey, had been doing business with Rojas for about nine years, and even considered him a family friend.

He had planned a vacation with 14 other family members to Cancun through Rojas, but when he called the airline to change his flight, he discovered it had never been booked. The same thing happened with the hotel he and his family were planning to stay in.

“We ended up losing everything at the same time,” he said.

The ordeal cost him $19,000, Gomez said.

2.) The new Green Olive restaurant at the Promenade opened for invited guests over the weekend, and officially opens to the public tomorrow. 

"The details in the restaurant including the menu, design and drinks are superb," says Mayor Alex Saab. "I am proud to see a Downey resident investing in our community and succeeding. Over 65 new jobs and a unique dining experience."

The restaurant's original location at Lakewood Boulevard and Gallatin Road will remain open. 

3.) Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia's proposal to eliminate taxes on feminine hygiene products  has passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, bringing it "a step closer to bringing gener equity to our state tax code," Garcia said. 

The measure, jointly authored by Garcia and Republican Ling Ling Chang, would exempt tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and menstrual sponges from state sales and uses taxes. 

4.) The Downey Police Department posted photos on Facebook of its gym, which was decorated in memory of fallen officer Ricky Galvez. 

5.) Ruby's Diner is now hiring full-time workers for its new Promenade location.