Wednesday morning report, Aug. 10

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) City officials called yesterday a historic day for Downey as L.A. County Supervisors voted to develop 70 acres of the south Rancho campus into a sports complex. 

“Playing fields are a sorely needed amenity in the southeast communities,” Supervisor Don Knabe said. “I know these facilities will be used by kids and adults of all ages for years to come.”

Headquarters for L.A. County probation and Internal Services would also move to the site, along with a Sheriff's crime lab and Metro transit station. 

The total project is anticipated to cost $468 million. The entire City Council -- minus Roger Brossmer -- and city manager Gilbert Livas attended yesterday's county supervisors meeting, along with youth soccer players and coaches.

2.) Check out the artwork that was installed on the exterior of the Downey Theatre yesterday. Photo courtesy Mayor Alex Saab

3.) Speaking of the Downey Theatre, this Saturday's tribute show to the Carpenters is getting pretty good press coverage. 

Here's a story from KCAL-9, NBC-4, and two stories from the Tolucan Times (here and here).

4.) A 24-year-old Bell woman accused of killing her grandmother attended Downey schools, according to former classmates. 

Investigators say Sarah Montoya "snapped" and strangled her grandmother last month. She then allegedly fled to Mexico with her four kids, where she was captured. 

5.) Ceviche del Rey is hiring servers. Email resumes to