Tuesday morning report, Aug. 9

Four things to know this Tuesday morning: 

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

It seems like a fairly routine meeting with zero public hearings or administrative reports scheduled.

Greg Welch will receive the Mayor's Distinguished Citizen & Business Award, and presentations will be made to retiring public works employee David Chavez. The CHP is also scheduled to be on hand to present its 10851 (Stolen Vehicle) Awards. 


2.) Fire Chief Mark Gillaspie is requesting the City Council spend $12,500 from its reserve fund to purchase ballistic vests and helmets for firefighters. 

"As first responders, the Fire Department currently does not have adequate ballistic protective equipment readily available," Gillaspie wrote in a report to council members. "Because any of the fire department's first responders are likely to respond to active shootings, ballistic vests and helmets need to be assigned to each daily sworn position (21)." 

Gillaspie also requested 125 personal trauma kits for Downey police officers for an additional $12,500. 

"The leading cause of preventable death in victims of penetrating trauma is hemorrhage," Gillaspie wrote. "Early hemorrhage control, rapid victim extraction, and expedited emergency transportation to definitive care increases patient survivability of mass casualty victims." 


3.) The Downey City Library is in line to receive $65,030 in federal funds to install a laptop kiosk station with 18 laptop computers. 

Council members need to approve the grant, which requires a $4,500 match. 


4.) A police chase yesterday ended in the Northgate parking lot on Telegraph Road.