Wednesday morning report, Oct. 21

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) The Helpful Honda folks were at the pumpkin patch next to CVS pharmacy on Florence Avenue last Saturday.

They gave away pumpkins, carried pumpkins to customers' cars, and posed for photos. 

2.) The Downey Patriot is hosting a candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. 

Candidates for school board will answer questions in a discussion moderated by Christian Brown. 

Candidates include Tod Corrin, who is unchallenged in trustee area 2; Willie Gutierrez and Claudia Medina in area 3; Maria Avalos, Don LaPlante and Linda Saldana in area 4; and D. Mark Morris and Vanessa Rodriguez in area 6. 

The forum is free and open to the public. 

3.) The Downey Sister Cities Association meeting, originally scheduled for tonight, has been re-scheduled for tomorrow. 

The group will meet at the Embassy Suites restaurant at 6 p.m. Arrive at 5 p.m. if you plan to have dinner. 

4.) The Planning Commission tonight will take another crack at an application from the Epic Lounge and L.A. Buns requesting it stay open until 2 a.m. with live entertainment. 

Planning commissioners don't seem to object to a 2 a.m. closing time, but requested that owner David Devis develop a security plan. Devis proposes having three licensed security guards on duty, and using scanners capable of detecting phony IDs. 

5.) Mayor Luis Marquez will be at Porto's Bakery on Nov. 14 from 10-11 a.m. to chat with residents