Wednesday morning report, Oct. 5

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) A developer is proposing to build six townhomes on an empty piece of land in downtown Downey. Planning commissioners will consider the development application tonight.

According to a staff report, CEDG Inc. wants to build the three-story townhomes on a vacant 10,500 sq. ft. parcel at 8117 2nd St., directly across from the post office. 

 The homes would range in size from 1,770 to 1,943 square feet and feature between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 baths with an attached two-car garage. 

City staff recommended the project's approval. 

2.) Planning commissioners will also revisit a plan to build 14 condominiums on Foster Road at the southern Downey limit. 

The project was temporarily put on hold this summer after objections from area residents. 

3.) I can't believe this is even a thing, but the creepy clown trend has hit Downey. 

If you haven't heard of the clown attack craze, here's a primer. It's basically people dressing up as clowns and chasing after people, pretending to attack. 

Creepy clowns are already popping up in Downey, though most threats appear to be hoaxes.

4.)  Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez will be speaking at Latina Empowerment Day, taking place this Friday at the Embassy Suites. 

Put on by HOPE (Hispanics Organized for Political Equality) and the National Latina Business Women's Association, the conference will feature workshops on a variety of topics, including leadership, technology and wealth. 

Registration is $25; sign-up here or contact Natasha Tadros at (213) 622-0888 or 

The conference begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

5.) The Downey Symphony has signed up for a Smile account with Amazon.

Go to, choose the Downey Symphonic Society as your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate a percentage of the sale back to the symphony.