Tuesday morning report, Dec. 15

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Alex Saab will be sworn-in as mayor of Downey tonight. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. inside council chambers. 

Former mayor Mario Guerra will do the invocation, and Saab's children will lead the flag salute. Eileen Garrido was asked to sing God Bless America. 

After taking the oath of office, Saab will give his mayoral address. These speeches sometimes contain juicy announcements (like when David Gafin announced BJ's restaurant several years back), so stay tuned. 

Saab's term as mayor coincides with his expected re-election campaign. 


2.) Operation Christmas Child announced that Downey residents helped pack 8,600 shoeboxes with gifts, which will be distributed to needy children around the world. 

The project is put on by Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization. Calvary Chapel Downey is a large supporter. 

3.) A group of Downey High students visited the Country Inn assisted living home on Myrtle Street over the weekend to sing Christmas carols and interact with residents. 

Here are more photos from Alex Gaytan, advisor of the Downey High Key Club. 


4.) Downey-based nonprofit Save the Brave is collecting toys to benefit local needy kids. 

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at several locations, including Bastards, the Lock & Key, Pride Barbershop, the Law Offices of Blanca Pacheco, Starfish Sushi, Avenue Press, and Downey Crossfit. 

Last day to drop off toys is Dec. 21. 


5.) A church property near Warren High School is for sale. Asking price: $1.25 million. 

The property is located at 11555 and 11543 Paramount Blvd., and measures approximately 8,000 sq. ft. It was recently remodeled

Edward Cox of Prudential California Realty is the listing agent.