Tuesday morning report, Nov. 17

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The Downey Arts Coalition and Downey Symphony is seeking artists to participate in the Jan. 23 symphony performance at the Downey Theatre. 

Art must be related to the concert's theme: "Tempest: A Storm of Life, Nature and the Human Condition." 

For consideration, submit images of your artwork to ej@downeyarts.org. 


2.) The TLC Family Resource Center is accepting sponsorships for its fourth annual Healthy Downey 5K, which takes place Feb. 27 at Apollo Park. 

Sponsorships range from $50 (bronze) to $501 (platinum). Here is more information


3.) From the Los Angeles Downtown News: "Recalling the Life of John Gately Downey." 

"Los Angeles had no banks when it was a new American city in the 1850s, and local merchants often stored cash and loaned money at exorbitant rates. Downey and McFarland came to hold title to the 17,600-acre Rancho Santa Gertrudes by foreclosing on a note for a small sum that went unpaid and ballooned into a huge debt. The town of Downey was placed on the rancho in 1873. Downey acquired other holdings over time."

Thanks Larry Latimer for the link.


4.) The Downey Fire Department has a new paramedic unit, a 2015 Dodge 4500 diesel Road Rescue ambulance. 

"This is the third new ambulance purchased within the past two years," the department posted on Facebook. "Reliable apparatus and equipment are vital for effective fire & rescue emergency services."

Photo is courtesy Downey Fire Department. 


5.) More than 2,100 people attended Downey Unified's college fair at Warren High School last week. DUSD has a photo gallery online