Tuesday morning report, July 14

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The city appears to be making progress on securing a hotel for property it owns at 9066 Firestone Blvd., next to Dunkin' Donuts. 

Tonight's City Council agenda includes a closed session conference between Downey officials and land developers. Among those listed are CDC Hotels and Associates, and Kamla Hotels. 

Downey has been recruiting to have a major hotel developed at the site, and is specifically requesting between 120-200 rooms with a large meeting room and rooftop lounge. 


2.) Often a contentious topic, the City Council will consider awarding its police towing contracts to United Towing and Titan Towing. The issue is set for a public hearing. 

United and Titan already provide service to the police department, though the contracts expired June 30. 

The police department impounds 1,300 vehicles per year, according to a staff report.


3.) Council members also will consider selling city-owned property at 9303-09 Elm Vista Drive for $750,000. The property would then be developed into seven townhomes exclusively for low-income, first-time homebuyers. 

The city purchased the land in 2007 for $1.05 million using low- and moderate-income housing funds.  

Partnership Housing Inc., a subsidiary of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, would handle the development.


4.) Former mayor Mario Guerra will be guest speaker at a July 20 meeting of Downey's Finest, a local networking group. 

Guerra is expected to discuss local economic developments. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

5.) Andrew and Lana Wahlquist, founders of the Downey Arts Coalition, spent two weeks backpacking in Europe recently with their three kids, Leif (4), Mary (11 months) and Peer (7 - not pictured because he's behind the camera). 

"We toured around The Netherlands, Germany, Brussels, and Paris," says Lana. "Our kids are now expert travelers!"