Wednesday morning report, June 1

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The Planning Commission tonight will consider plans by ALDI to construct its long-discussed grocery store on Lakewood Boulevard, just south of Firestone. 

If approved, the grocery store will measure 18,557 square feet and be constructed on a vacant 1.76-acre parcel. 

ALDI is proposing to combine 12 lots into a single property, which is what the Planning Commission will consider tonight. 

2.) Also on the agenda is a request by OnStage Dance Center to open a children's dance studio and fitness center at 11711 Woodruff Ave. 

OnStage Dance Center currently operates out of a studio on Paramount Boulevard, but moving to the Woodruff location would offer more space, said owner Elizabeth Gomez. 

The Woodruff property is currently zoned for manufacturing. 

3.) Several Downey residents (including myself) received a survey in the mail yesterday asking "What are your priorities in Downey?"

The survey appears to have been sent by the City of Downey, and is surely connected to the proposed increase to the local sales tax

The questionnaire received by residents is far from neutral. 

"By increasing our sales tax by one-half cent, a potential measure would provide $9 million for Downey annually that could not be taken by Sacramento," the survey reads. "An independent citizens' oversight committee would guarantee all funds are spent properly." 

The survey asks residents to rate the importance of a city-run police and fire department; enhancement of police services "and put more officers on the street"; "protect parks, youth and senior programs"; and "repair streets and sidewalks." 

No matter where you stand on the issue, it seems inappropriate to spend public tax dollars on trying to sway public opinion. This isn't education, this is lobbying.

I've put in a request to find out how many mailers were sent, and how much they cost. 

4.) Downey Unified secured a $6 million grant "for helping prepare students for high-demand careers," reports the Press-Telegram

5.) Downey Daily Photos has nice images from Monday's Memorial Day tribute at the Downey Cemetery.