Tuesday morning report, Jan. 26

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The City Council tonight will consider extending an agreement with a consulting firm that is analyzing the feasibility that Downey voters would approve a local sales tax increase. 

According to the agreement, the consultant would conduct a telephone survey of local residents to gauge support in a bump of the local sales tax. City officials privately said the increase would likely be half a cent.

The consulting firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates already conducted an initial survey and reported "positive results." The firm was paid $9,500 for the first phase of the study and will be paid $17,250 for the second phase, which includes the telephone survey.

"If at any point the Council determines the ballot measure is no longer feasible, desirable or viable, the City may terminate the agreement," the staff report states. 


2.) Council members are expected to reduce the size of the Green Task Force from 10 members to five.

The committee, which is tasked with recommending sustainable practices in the city, has struggled to meet due to lack of quorum. 


3.) Downey pitcher Bobby LaFromboise was designated for assignment by the Angels yesterday. 

The Angels took LaFromboise, a 29-year-old left-handed reliever, off the 40-man roster to make room for 23-year-old second baseman Ronald Torreyes. 


4.) Volunteers will count Downey's homeless population tonight. It's not too late to sign-up


5.) Downey residents Frank and Joy Himes have been missing for two days, family members said. 

According to family, the couple was last seen Sunday at 10 a.m. They drive a red 2012 Toyota Prius.

Frank suffers from Alzheimer's and Joy has dementia. Anyone who spots them is asked to call the Downey Police Department.