Tuesday morning report, July 12

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Gangs Out of Downey meets at 7:40 a.m. in the second floor training room at City Hall. 


2.) The Downey City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Looks like a very routine meeting, with zero public hearings or administrative reports listed. Here is the agenda


3.) El Chavo Store opened at Stonewood Center last month, becoming the first physical retail space dedicated to the Spanish character Chespirito.

Here's a press release, which was published in an Arkansas newspaper of all places. 


4.) A Downey couple who own property in Whittier are in hot water after their building was red-tagged by the city, allegedly because the property was illegally converted from commercial space to residential units. 

The building's tenants now need to find a new place to live, and city officials want Hector and Francisca Irbe to pay relocation costs. 

"City officials also sought a court order Thursday to appoint a receiver who would help relocate residents in the 20-unit complex at 12724 Whittier Blvd. and 12719 Oak St.," reported the Whittier Daily News. 


5.) L.A. Weekly reminisces when L.A. County was the dairy capital of the world

"The cities of Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Paramount, Artesia and Cerritos earned the nickname “L.A.’s Milk Shed,” with hundreds of dairies and 100,000 cows. Faced with encroaching development, dairymen formed and incorporated their own city — known as Dairy Valley — which passed zoning laws that were beneficial to dairying.

"At the time of its 1956 incorporation, Dairy Valley was home to 3,500 people, 118 dairies and 80,000 cows. In 1967, by the time the area had become suburban, it was renamed Cerritos. By 1974, Cerritos was home to 21 dairies with 7,000 cows; by 1980, the last large dairy had closed, the Los Angeles Times reported that year."