Wednesday morning report, Aug. 3

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) For the first time this year, West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito sample taken in Downey. 

Officials with the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District also confirmed West Nile virus in samples taken from Pico Rivera, Glendale and Lincoln Heights. 

Year to date, West Nile virus has been found in 98 mosquito samples and 31 dead birds within the Vector Control District's service area. 

"Whether you're concerned about West Nile virus or Zika, the solution is the same," said LEvy Sun, the district's public information officer. "Residents must get rid of standing water around their home, and wear insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites." 

West Nile virus is primarily found in birds, and is transmitted between birds and to people and horses by mosquito bites. 

According to the CDC, "most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness."


2.) The Downey Police Department has announced increased traffic enforcement operations in August. 

From a press release:

"Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

"Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners."


3.) The Downey Police Department has announced the date of its next "Coffee with a Cop" event: Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 6-8 p.m. at the new Starbucks at Imperial and Paramount. 

DUSD has also announced the date for its "State of the Schools" breakfast: Friday, Oct. 7, from 7-9 a.m. at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. 


4.) PIH Health has been awarded a $100,000 grant "to bring together community based organizations and foster collaboration to address identified community health needs and reduce health disparities."

“We are grateful to the California Community Foundation for their support,” said James R. West, PIH Health president and chief executive officer. “These funds will allow us to facilitate collaboration amongst local community organizations to further improve the health and well-being of those living in our communities.”


5.) The Downey Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight inside council chambers at City Hall. 

Only one item is on the agenda: a request from the Arco at Lakewood and Florence to add pumping stations, reconfigure its car wash entrance, and expand its mini-mart by 60 square feet.