Tuesday morning report, Jan. 12

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Big City Council meeting tonight, as council members will discuss whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Here is the staff report.

Although medical marijuana dispensaries can legally operate under California laws, federal law still considers marijuana to be an illicit drug.

The council is under a March 1 deadline to prohibit medical marijuana cultivation and delivery, if that's what it chooses to do.


2.) Council members also will consider a required public art project for Downey Gateway.

The art piece isn't a statue or sculpture, but is described as "laser cut metal panels suspended on steel cables between two buildings." 

The online staff report is black and white, so it's hard to get a good look at what the panels would look like. 


3.) Assemblymember Cristina Garcia's controversial proposal to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products is drawing strong rebukes. 

Under Garcia's plan, sales tax wouldn't be collected on items such as tampons and feminine wipes. This would cost California an estimated $20 million annually. 

"Basically we are being taxed for being women," Garcia said. 

One person opposed to eliminating the tax is former Downey mayor Mario Guerra. 

“How can we take the $20 million that it would cost and put it to women’s equity issues?” Guerra told the Whittier Daily News. “The net benefit doesn’t meet the symbolism of what she’s trying do. You can’t just give a $20 million tax credit to a class.”


4.) Downey Sertoma Club has moved its meetings from Cafe N Stuff to the executive meeting room at the Rio Hondo Event Center (next to Hackers). 

The service club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. 


5.) Mayor Alex Saab will be recognizing businesses and community members with the new Mayor's Distinguished Service Award. 

Award winners will have "demonstrated extraordinary leadership and exceptional service in an effort to make our community and world a better place." 

The recognition is open to Downey residents, people who work in Downey and Downey businesses. 

Nomination forms are available on the city's website