Wednesday morning report, Jan. 27

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The missing elderly couple that vanished Sunday was found safe yesterday and returned home. 

Family members said Frank and Joy Himes, both 80, were found by Downey police Tuesday afternoon in their Toyota Prius. According to a post on the Crime Watch of Downey Facebook page, the pair received a police escort home. 

Frank suffers from Alzheimer's while Joy is battling dementia. 


2.)  Starting this month, City Council agendas will now feature QR codes for easy document access. 

QR -- or Quick Response -- codes are digital readable codes, similar to bar codes, that can be scanned using a smartphone or tablet device. When scanned, the code directs users to a webpage embedded in the code, rather than having to conduct a manual search. 

The QR code on Downey’s agenda will direct the public to current and past agendas, as well as supporting staff reports and other pertinent information, officials said. 

“One of my goals as mayor is to promote open and transparent government and these new QR codes will help provide residents with direct access to city documents and information,” Mayor Alex said Saab. “By doing this, not only are we embracing technology, but we are making it easier for our residents to stay informed and learn about what’s going on in our city.”


3.) L.A. County will hold a meeting in Downey tonight as part of a countywide parks needs assessment. 

Residents are invited to attend and share "what they believe the priorities for park and open space should be." 

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the TLC Family Resource Center, 13220 Bellflower Blvd. 


4.) Vallarta Supermarket has announced it is almost ready to open. The grocery store will hold a vendor reception Feb. 2 from 5-7 p.m., and a ribbon-cutting Feb. 3 at 7 a.m. 


5.)
The Downey Rose Float Association is hosting a murder-mystery dinner fundraiser Feb. 20 at the Downey Elks Lodge. 

Cost is $50, or $40 if paid before Feb. 15. Call Jennifer at (562) 714-5658 for tickets.