Wednesday morning report, July 1

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The L.A. County Board of Supervisors honored the city of Downey yesterday in recognition of its Special Olympics host town program. 

City manager Gilbert Livas, Mayor Luis Marquez, Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab, Councilman Sean Ashton, Parks and Recreation director Arlene Salazar, and recreation manager Sonya Meacham accepted the award on Downey's behalf. 

2.) Administrators from the English Training Center in Shanghai, China, along with the Character Counts director from the Josephson Institute, visited Gallatin Elementary this week to learn how the Downey Unified School District implemented Character Counts across all its campuses. 

Students from Gallatin's Character Council led a campus tour and explained why Character Counts education is important to Downey schools. 

3.) The Downey Police Department's latest Neighborhood Watch quarterly newsletter for April-June is now available

4.) Concerts in the park return tonight with country band Southern Caliber performing at Furman Park starting at 7 p.m. 

Lawn chairs and blankets are OK, but umbrellas and pop-up structures are prohibited. 

5.) The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m., and topping the agenda is a request from Planet Fitness to open at the former Lincoln-Mercury dealership.