Wednesday morning report, June 22

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Laurie Tyler of Financial Partners Credit Union will be sworn-in as president of the Downey Chamber of Commerce today. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. at Los Amigos Country Club. 

Tyler takes the baton from Cindy Kovach of U.S. Bank. 

Tickets are $35. For details, call the chamber at (562) 923-2191 or email 

2.) Councilman Sean Ashton will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Barbara J. Riley Center. 

If you have questions or concerns about the city, this is the time to be heard. It's also a good opportunity to learn about new developments in Downey.

3.) Here is a great L.A. Times op-ed on how "Metro's transit plan gives short shrift to L.A. County's working-class cities," including Downey. 

State Sen. Tony Mendoza has introduced legislation that would expand Metro's board to better represent the Gateway Cities. 

From the Times: 

"The Metro board currently has 13 voting members. Five are L.A. County supervisors and four are members of the Los Angeles City Council. The remaining four voting members directly represent the residents of the 87 cities in Los Angeles County that account for 51% of the population. This imbalance is reflected in Metro’s decision-making and priority-setting, such as its two-decade delay of the Eco-Rapid line. Mendoza’s bill (SB 1472) would, among other things, add five more members to the Metro board from those 87 cities. This is not a local issue, and it’s certainly not a power play, but rather an update to the original state legislation that created Metro in 1992 that will provide better representation for those who live in smaller, under-served cities."

4.) Boeing struck a deal with MemorialCare Health System for a customized health plan option in California for almost all of Boeing’s employees and their dependents in the Long Beach, South Bay and Orange County communities. 

In addition to MemorialCare Health System, PIH Health, PIH Health Hospitals in Whittier and Downey and PIH Physicians medical group are part of the partnership.

Here's the story from the OC Register. 

5.) An empty parcel of land at 8603 Imperial Hwy. in Downey is available for $799,000. From Loopnet: "This is perfect opportunity for an investor to purchase a ready-to-pull-permit-project to build 4 brand new townhomes."