Wednesday morning report, July 13

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) 80's cover band Knyght Ryder performs at Furman Park, starting at 7 p.m. Bring blankets, chairs and cash to buy food from the Downey Rose Float Association. 

2.) Space is still available for the Downey YMCA's Mammoth Lakes camp, taking place July 31 through Aug. 5. 

The camp is open to kids in grades 8-10. Activities include rock climbing, hiking, fishing, camping, river inner tubing, campfires, and more. Cost is $295, but $100 scholarships are available for the first 10 kids to sign up. 

Contact Monique Zavala at the Y for more details: (562) 862-4201 or

3.) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was at the Columbia Memorial Space Center yesterday to promote their upcoming performances in Southern California but also to "show kids how a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education can be fun."

"It was a nostalgic moment and reminded me of that child we all have in us," Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez wrote on Facebook, where he also posted pictures

4.) Everything on last night's City Council agenda passed unanimously, with Mayor Alex Saab absent. 

In his public comments, Councilman Roger Brossmer again asked staff to explore options to make all fireworks illegal in Downey. 

"It appears we are unable to really do anything to stem the tide of illegal fireworks," Brossmer said. "That's not a knock on our police department. We have 114,000 residents in Downey, and it appears there were 114,000 illegal fireworks going off....It was a constant rumble of illegal fireworks."

"I am open to options." 

5.) Councilman Sean Ashton announced he is holding a "Coffee with the Councilman" event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Cafe tu Gusto, 12012 Paramount Blvd., located in the strip mall near Shakey's.