Wednesday morning report, Aug. 5

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The four-member Latin band Conganas will perform tonight at Furman Park starting at 7 p.m. 

Conganas performs a variety of salsa, cha cha, rumba and cumbia music, and its members hail from Chile, Cuba, Venezuela and the United States. Here's a sample:


2.) The Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. and commissioners will consider adoption of the 2014 General Plan Annual Progress Report. 

The 144-page document outlines Downey's success (or failures) in implementing the goals and policies of the General Plan. It's an interesting document and worth a read

Assuming the plan is accepted tonight, it will then be forwarded to the City Council for formal adoption. 

3.) Planning Commissioners will also consider amending the Downtown Specific Plan to allow businesses to meet their on-site parking requirements using off-site parking. 

Parking downtown can be tight at times, but the goal is to get consumers to park once and walk the entire downtown. 

4.) City medians that do not use recycled water have received signage apologizing for the brown turf. 

5.) Former Downey city attorney Carl Newton died July 17. A cause of death was not revealed

In addition to being Downey's city attorney for a while, he also was an advisor to the Planning Commission.