Tuesday morning report, Oct. 6

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is warning that the 5 Freeway will be closed overnight Oct. 17 for bridge repairs. 

A fire broke out at a transient encampment under the Rio Hondo River last July, damaging the bridge. 


2.) I got this cool email from Downey resident Fariba Hafezizadeh:

"I have been a resident of Downey for over 20 years. My sister and I had planned a hiking trip to Hawaii for many years. Our goal was to  hike 10 miles per day for seven days and climb to  the top of Koko Head Trail.

"We had to climb 1,100 Stairs to get to a machine gun bunker that was built in WWII. My goal was to take my Downey Patriot with me. As I was climbing with my newspaper hanging from me, I had no doubt I would make it, and I did.

"I was taught  there is nothing that I can not do if I set my mind to it."

Sara Mislang and Celine Bautista.

Sara Mislang and Celine Bautista.


3.) Two Downey kids were winners in the L.A. County Fair's annual Karaokefest 2015 held Sept. 19.

Sara Mislang won first place for her rendition of "Superwoman" by Alicia Keys. Celine Bautista, a second-grader at Rio San Gabriel Elementary, won third after singing "How Great Thou Art" by Carrie Underwood.

Both girls competed in the children's category.


4.) The California School Employee Association, CSEA Downey 248, has endorsed Linda Saldana for Downey school board. 

Pamela Martinez, president of the Downey chapter of the CSEA, said Saldana "will bring new energy to our District and has the students' best interests in mind." 

CSEA Downey 248 has more than 650 members that are employed with the Downey Unified School District. 


5.) Speaking of the Downey school board, the Downey Patriot will be hosting a candidates forum Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. 

The forum will be an opportunity to meet the candidates for Downey school board and hear their positions on local issues.