Tuesday morning report, July 26

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Here is the agenda

One of the agenda highlights is a proposal, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), to revive the city's first-time homebuyer program.

If approved, Downey would commit $353,000 in federal funds over a three-year period to provide deferred loans up to $30,000 to qualified homebuyers. The NHS would match the loan for a total of $60,000. 

The loan carries a 3% interest rate over a 30-year term and would have to be paid in full if the property is sold. 


2.) Police Chief Carl Charles is requesting the City Council pull $500,000 from reserves to purchase and install 25 license plate readers throughout the city. 

An additional $158,398 would be withdrawn from the police department's assets forfeiture fund to complete the purchase.

The license plate readers alert police to stolen vehicles or criminal suspects. In the last 12 months, Downey Police recovered 52 stolen vehicles and arrested 44 felony suspects thanks to the readers.  


3.) Brookshire Avenue between Firestone and Florence, and also betweenGardendale and Imperial, is set to be receive street improvements. 

The project is going out to bid with council approval. 


4.) REAL 92.3 FM radio personalities Big Boy and Louie G will be at Club DB Lounge this Friday night.

Scheduled to perform is Problem, who will perform his new single "My Squad."


5.) The Downey Rose Float Association has announced plans for a "Family Fun Night" joint fundraiser with Downey Relay for Life. 

The even takes place Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. Presale tickets are $30 ($10 for kids under 10), or $30 at the door for all ages. 

The outdoor event includes dinner, dessert, music, dancing, games and other family-friendly activities. 

For tickets, call or text Sue at (562) 889-1828 or Jennifer at (562) 714-5658.