Tuesday morning report, Sept. 27

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for Village Walk, a new development of 28 townhomes at 3rd Street and La Reina Avenue. 

"Housing is integral to the development of Downtown Downey," said Mayor Alex Saab. "This is part of the puzzle we've been envisioning having downtown for many years."

Each of the homes will be three stories tall. The first model homes are expected to be completed by April, and the entire development could be finished by December 2017.

The project is being built over a city-owned parking lot the City of Downey sold to developer the Olson Company last year for $700,000.

2.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight inside council chambers at City Hall. Here is the agenda

Most notably, council members will consider the creation of a civilian volunteer program at the Downey Police Department. 

Volunteers wouldn't actually patrol streets. Instead, they would support police officers and administration by providing traffic and crowd control, answering phones, checking on homes when residents are on vacation, fingerprinting children at public events, and generally serving as an extra set of eyes and ears. 

While volunteers would donate their time, the program isn't free. The cost to implement and supervise the program is budgeted at $66,000, plus an additional $27,000 annually for maintenance. 

In a staff report, Police Chief Carl Charles doesn't sound too excited about the program, writing that a volunteer program is "feasible," but that in its current state "the Department does not have adequate staffing, budgeted funds, or equipment to properly implement, maintain, and manage a Volunteer Program, especially considering current responsibilities such as the new Park Ranger Program currently being developed." 

3.) Councilman Sean Ashton is requesting the council take a stand against Prop. 57, which would increase parole chances for felons. 

4.) CareMore is holding a meet-and-greet event at 2:15 p.m. today at PIH Health. 


5.) Not a bad idea, though I'd invite Yasiel Puig also.