Tuesday morning report, July 21

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Ireland's Special Olympics World Games delegation arrives in Downey late tonight. 

The 130-member collection of athletes and coaches is staying at the Embassy Suites, and begins practicing tomorrow morning. A welcome concert is also planned for tomorrow night. 


2.) Stay Gallery announced it has raised more than $150,000 since October 2014.

The non-profit organization hopes to raise an additional $50,000 by the end of this year to reach its goal. 

"By providing various avenues for students to think, learn, and play creatively, we can build the foundation for the City of Downey to become the creative capital of Southeast Los Angeles."


3.) Rev. Tim Fearer, interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Downey, has left the congregation.

"Thank you all so much for a tremendous 2+ years of walking together as a church family. As I said on Sunday, June 28th, I’ve been blessed to be your Interim Pastor," Fearer wrote in the church bulletin. "We’ve all grown together. I believe you as a congregation are in a stronger place now..."

Fearer says he is joining ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.


4.) The northwest property at Florence Avenue and Paramount Boulevard -- where Tacos El Gavilan and Hometown Hardware & Garden are located -- is for sale. Asking price: $6.5 million. 

Jeff Worthy has the listing


5.) A Hesperia city council member has an interesting idea to reduce crime and public drunkenness: ban the sale of single-serving alcoholic drinks. 

From the L.A. Times

"Hesperia is one of a growing number of cities across the country talking about such bans as a way of reducing crime and public intoxication. Washington D.C. imposed a ban years ago, prompting protests from some grocery store owners who said it was unfair.

"San Bernardino imposed a ban in 2010. Researchers at UC Riverside reviewed San Bernardino crime data and found areas with more liquor stores — including ones that devoted significant space to single-sale alcoholic beverages — had higher crime rate. They concluded banning single sales would reduce crime."