Wednesday morning report, Feb. 24

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The City Council delayed a decision yesterday on a proposed $90,000 fireworks show to commemorate Downey's 60th anniversary. 

As proposed by staff, the fireworks show would occur Saturday, July 2, and last about 20 minutes. The fireworks itself would cost $20,000, but ancillary costs -- including staffing at $17,500 -- pushed the final total closer to $90,000. 

City staff members will investigate ways to bring down the costs, possibly through fundraising or cutting back on an accompanying festival. 


2.) Councilman Sean Ashton is hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Barbara J. Riley Center. 


3.) Hoping to rebound from a lackluster 2015 season (by his standards), Downey's Evan Longoria is taking a step back as leader and focusing more on himself. 

From the Tampa Bay Times

"Reporting to Rays camp Tuesday after a busy offseason — highlighted by his marriage to longtime mate Jaime Edmondson — the veteran third baseman and unofficial captain revealed significant changes to his physical training and mental approach in hopes of reviving his production and the team's chances to win a championship.

Most significant, he is backing away from the leadership role that he personally took on last spring after the team lost several key veterans, as well as manager Joe Maddon. He makes the stark admission that the burden wore him down and ultimately impacted his performance."


4.) Downey Daily Photos is now on Instagram


5.) In case you don't follow the Downey Patriot on Facebook, here is a heartwarming story about a boy attending a school dance.