Tuesday morning report, Aug. 25

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Linda Saldana, who is challenging Donald LaPlante for a seat on the Downey board of education, has released information about her campaign

"Downey Unified School district has made tremendous strides and I want to be a part of this continuing growth and success within the district.  Every child deserves the best education and I will work closely with parents, teachers, and administrators in order to achieve this goal."

Saldana also has a website and is hosting a fundraiser Thursday at the Lock and Key. 

Read Christian Brown's recap of the school board elections. All candidates are invited to send me updates on their election campaigns. 


2.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Here is the agenda

Perhaps most interesting, council members will consider starting exclusive negotiations for the development of a hotel at 9066 Firestone Blvd. (across the Stonewood Center).

Kamla Hotels Inc. is proposing to build a SpringHill Suites by Marriott on the vacant, city-owned property. If negotiations are successful, the site would be sold for $2.525 million, its appraised value as of last April. 

As proposed, the hotel would be four stories tall with a rooftop bar, indoor pool and spa, business center, more than 3,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and up to 150 rooms. 


3.) On the consent agenda is the 2014 General Plan, which is 48 pages detailing Downey's economic development successes. The plan is black and white online, but still interesting to read. 


4.) As part of a lawsuit settlement, Bellflower voters will consider a switch to a "by-district" electoral system. 

From Arnold Adler at the Herald-American

"Bellflower currently holds its municipal election in the spring, but this year’s election was canceled because no one filed to challenge the three incumbents — Santa Ines, Ray Dunton and Ronald Schnablegger — who were up for re-election.

"A switch from at-large voting to voting by districts has been made at Cerritos College and is in the planning stages in the city of Whittier following court rulings and acceptance by voters there.

"Neighboring Downey has long voted by district (with one at-large seat) and has seen a number of Latinos on the council, including two currently serving."


5.) Awesome aerial images of the Promenade shopping center under construction. Trust me, check them out. Thanks Larry Latimer for the link.