Wednesday morning report, Jan. 6

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Assemblymember Cristina Garcia is igniting some controversy after introducing a bill that would eliminate sales taxes on feminine hygiene products. 

From the Sacramento Bee

"The bill would cost the state about $20 million in tax revenue, Garcia said. If it passes, tampons would join a list of products already exempt from sales and use taxes in California, including prescription medication, candy and farm equipment. A California bill to remove sales taxes for diapers stalled last year." 

2.) Lauren Martinez is the new Miss Downey, taking over from Alexis Gomez

The Downey Rose Float Association didn't explain the change, other than to say Martinez "has taken over the responsibilities of Miss Downey 2015." 

3.) Skateboard shop Active is getting ready to open at the Promenade, but in the meantime they've been out in the community, hooking up young people with free merchandise. 

4.) Doty Middle School principal Brent Shubin has been hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest last month. Friends are raising money to help support his family.

5.) Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's district office has new office hours, which are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.