Wednesday morning report, March 16

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Jack in the Box, which recently closed its restaurant at Firestone and Woodruff where it will be replaced by a Raising Cane's, is seeking to open a new location at Firestone and Pangborn. 

If approved by the Planning Commission tonight, the new Jack in the Box would be located directly across from McDonald's, on property currently occupied by a carpet store and single-family home. Both properties would be razed to accommodate the Jack in the Box. 

Here is the staff report. 

2.) Mariscos Choix is seeking permission to expand its live entertainment. 

Restaurant owner Raul Gonzalez wants to be able to start live entertainment at 4 p.m. (instead of 6 p.m.) on Thursdays and Fridays; have amplified music; have up to four musicians at one time (up from three); and be able to charge for live pay-per-view events. 

3.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its board of directors. There are currently four vacancies. 

To be eligible, you must be an active member of the Downey chamber and in good standing. Deadline to apply is March 25. 

Contact the chamber for more details. 

4.) There is a neighborhood watch block captain meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Barbara J. Riley Center. 

Downey’s emergency manager, Andrew Stevens, will introduce the “5 Step Neighborhood Preparedness Program.” Block captains will learn how to use this outreach program to effectively organize and prepare their neighborhoods for emergency incidents and disasters. 

Block captains will have an opportunity after the presentation to discuss specific concerns related to their neighborhoods. 

To RSVP, or for more information, contact neighborhood watch coordinator Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374 or

5.) Nice little story about Downey native Lash Stevenson, who operates a barbershop in San Mateo.