Wednesday morning report, Nov. 18

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) News that Taco Bell would save its original restaurant building in Downey made the news cycle yesterday.

The Orange County Register broke the story (Taco Bell is headquartered in Irvine) and I received an email from a Taco Bell executive shortly thereafter. "I know you’ve played a significant role in raising the awareness from the very beginning, so this is hopefully a long time coming," he said.

Here is coverage from Los Angeles Magazine, NBC-4, and Curbed

Curbed probably had the best line of them all: "Taco Bell, now a massive international corporation, hasn't forgotten where it came from: a humble taco shack in Downey."


2.) Jacquie Wells Emerson, Eric Hipple and Robert Raszkowski, MD, were installed in Warren High's Hall of Fame yesterday. 

Emerson ('64) was a drama teacher at Warren, while Hipple ('75) was an NFL quarterback and Raszkowski ('59) was a physician and president of the South Dakota State Medical Association. 

Photo courtesy Downey Unified School District. 


3.) FoodHelp, a food bank operated by Downey First Christian Church, will be distributing turkey vouchers this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. 


4.) In an op-ed for the Press-Telegram, L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe says Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is able and willing to help war veterans who can't get care from the VA. 

"As both patients and medical staff at Rancho Los Amigos know, the hospital’s technological advancements in rehabilitative medicine have outpaced these long-awaited physical renovations, which will secure Rancho Los Amigos’ future as a top-ranked hospital for Los Angeles County residents including those among us who gave the most — our brave, wounded veterans.

"The soldiers and sailors who fought for our country in Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan deserve the best care we can possibly give them.

"If the VA can’t meet that obligation, we’ve got the capacity, we’ve got the skill and we’ve got the will."


5.) The Paramount Unified School District appears poised to hire Dr. Ruth Perez as its new superintendent. 

Perez was superintendent of Norwalk-La Mirada USD before leaving last year to become a deputy superintendent with L.A. Unified. The Paramount school board is expected to ratify Perez's contract Dec. 9, and Perez would begin Jan. 4.