Tuesday morning report, July 7

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The Pasadena Star-News profiles the Porto family, labeling them bastions of the American dream. The story ran July 4.

"People don’t realize that when immigrants come here, it is still a land of opportunities, because of where they came from,” Betty Porto is quoted as saying. "The American Dream is there, you just have to go out and grab it. There’s people coming across the border every day who are going to make it.”


2.) OBGYN Dr. Manuel Chon and pediatrician Dr. Bala Venugopal have been named Attending Physicians of the Year. 

Both doctors practice out of Pioneer Medical Group's Downey office and are educators in PIH Health Hospital Downey's Family Medicine Residency Program.

The Attending Physician of the Year Award recognizes a rotation instructor that "offers the best training, insight, and mentorship to the residents."

The award is voted on by residents and interns. Dr. Chon was chosen by first-year interns, and Dr. Venugopal was chosen by second and third-year residents. 


3.) A comedy night and all-you-can-eat barbecue fundraiser to benefit Warren High's football team will be held Tuesday, July 14, at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

Tickets are $25 and include dinner and performances by up to three comedians. The event is from 6-8 p.m. 

For tickets, contact Judy Carrillo at (323) 806-5260 or carrillojudy_lopez@yahoo.com, or Alexandra Gomez at goalamos@yahoo.com or (562) 879-4306 (after 3 p.m.).


4.) Cerritos College announced that its accreditation has been reaffirmed after it was sanctioned last year. 

The Accredditing Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) placed the college on "warning" in July 2014, and said the campus would need to complete corrective actions to meet accreditation standards. 

A three-member evaluation team made a follow-up visit to the campus on April 13, and found that Cerritos College made the changes necessary to bring it into compliance with accreditation standards. 

"We are pleased the Commission recognized the efforts made by the entire campus to address all recommendations and ensure our students continue to receive an outstanding education at Cerritos College, said Dr. JoAnna Schilling, vice president of Academic Affairs and accreditation liaison officer.


5.) A Downey resident is offering free wood chips, useful for gardening.