Wednesday morning report, Nov. 4

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) All incumbent Downey school board members were re-elected to office yesterday. Here is my story

The closest race was in area 5, where D. Mark Morris held off challenger Vanessa Rodriguez by only 30 votes.

The most intriguing race was in area 4, where Linda Saldana launched a formidable -- but ultimately unsuccessful -- campaign to unseat longtime board member Donald LaPlante. Even if Saldana (195 votes) had received all of Maria Avalos' votes (112), she still wouldn't have beaten LaPlante (328).

Voter turnout was abysmal. In area 5, for example, there were 6,915 eligible voters but only 224 people bothered to cast a ballot. 

2.) Vallarta supermarket is hosting a hiring event today for its Downey store. 

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Progress Park in Paramount. There will be on-the-spot interviews. 

3.) The Downey Unified School District will be hosting a college fair Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Warren High from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Representatives from nearly 60 colleges, universities and careers will be on-site. The fair is open to all DUSD students. 

4.) Stauffer Middle School's annual Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens will take place Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event, which is now in its 31st year, begins with bingo at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5. 

The event is open to all Downey seniors. 

5.) A group of concerned Downey residents, led by Marisol Alarid, are collecting new and gently-worn coats to distribute to needy Downey children. 

Coats can be dropped off at several locations, including the Barbara Riley Center, the TLC Center, Joseph's Bar and Grill, and Vanity Blowout and Makeup Bar. 

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