Tuesday morning report, March 22

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Here is the agenda for tonight's City Council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. 

Tonight's big issue is whether to move forward with a ballot initiative that could increase Downey's sales tax. Council members also will consider forming a subcommittee to investigate a memorial for fallen officer Ricky Galvez, and a resolution urging harsher penalties for illegal street racing.


2.) Parks and Recreation director Arlene Salazar is leaving Downey for a new job in Pico Rivera. 

Salazar will definitely be missed, as she was the driving force behind many of Downey's signature events over the past few years, including the World Cup party downtown, the Tour de Downey, and Special Olympics World Games hosting duties


3.) Blanca Pacheco has been named Woman of the Year by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia. 


4.) Byron Dillon has been selected as Downey's 2016 Older American of the Year. He will be recognized at the April 12 City Council meeting and by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on May 5.


5.) Here are photos (courtesy of Downey Unified) of Stauffer Middle School's presentation at the Project Lead the Way national summit this past weekend.