Wednesday morning report, June 17

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe's website features a profile on the Downey Conservancy and an interview with its founder, George Redfox. 

The article has a nice rundown of the Conservancy's accomplishments, which sometimes isn't obvious considering so much of Downey's history is being continually demolished.

"It’s refreshing to see our community care so deeply about preservation,” said Knabe. “While Los Angeles and its many surrounding cities are young compared to many parts of the country, we have some remarkable landmarks and structures. I’m thankful we have citizens documenting these pieces of history and ensuring many generations can enjoy the structures in the years ahead.”

2.) Tonight's Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. 

3.) John Zander's photography class at the Barbara Riley Center begins at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Cost is $65 for the six-week class. 

Sign up by calling (562) 904-7223, or arrive to tonight's class a few minutes early to register. (I've taken this class, and I highly recommend it if you have a DSLR camera.)

4.) In an effort to address America’s growing shortage of health workers, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard has introduced a measure that would create grants for internationally-trained health professionals who legally reside in the U.S. but do not work in the health field.

“Our health care system is rapidly approaching a crisis, because there are not enough qualified health professionals to meet the medical needs of the American people,” said Roybal-Allard.  “The PATH Workforce Integration Act addresses this shortage by providing guidance and assistance to the many foreign-trained health professionals who are legally residing in the U.S.  My bill will help these professionals to pursue health jobs that match their skills, education, and expertise.  If we want America to have a health workforce large enough to care for our growing population, it is critical that we secure increased participation from our country’s foreign-trained health professionals.”

5.) June 10 marked the one-year anniversary of 15-year-old Eileen Garrido's third heart surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Eileen, who lives in Downey, has already raised thousands of dollars for her own foundation, and she's trying to raise even more. 

"As you know, Eileen continues to do her foundation work and speak and perform in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Children’s Miracle Network," said her father, Carlos Garrido. "To celebrate the one year anniversary of her surgery, she started a campaign called “A New Day” in which she wants to raise $8,000 for the Heart Institute at CHLA this month. This amount added to what she raised last year before her surgery will total $16,000 in celebration of her 16th birthday. It’s her way of saying thank you for saving her life!"

Click here to donate or to learn more about Eileen. The above YouTube video chronicles Eileen's journey over the past 12 months.