Wednesday morning report, Sept. 2

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Emily, a 1 1/2-year-old terrier mix, is SEAACA's Pet of the Week. Emily enjoys walks, but likes to be held and pampered even more.

Emily (ID No. 16-04926) is already spayed and is ready for immediate adoption. To adopt Emily, or others like her, visit SEAACA during animal viewing hours.

2.) The average price of a one-bedroom apartment in Downey rose 14.3% since last year to $1,200, according to a recent study

The report by the rental website Zumper indicates that monthly rent in Downey still falls below the state average of $1,600 for a one-bedroom unit. 

3.) The Planning Commission tonight will consider a request from an Arco gas station to replace its service bay with a 1,600 sq. ft. convenience store. 

The gas station, located at 9093 Imperial Hwy., is proposing to knock down the service bay and replace it with a stand-alone, contemporary-style convenience store with a Type 20 liquor license (beer and wine for off-site consumption).

Staff has recommended the project's approval. 

4.) Robert Eugene Nicholas Sr., a Korean War veteran and member of Downey Elks Lodge No. 2020, died Aug. 21 after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer's disease. 

A memorial service will be held Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, with private interment to follow. A full obituary will appear in this week's paper. 

5.) The Downey Symphonic Society is hosting a "Great Gatsby" themed garden party Sunday, Sept. 13, from 3-7 p.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center. 

Tickets are $75 and guests will enjoy live jazz from USC's Brass Quintet. There will also be champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a three-course dinner inspired by a 1920's menu from the Waldord Astoria Hotel. 

All proceeds benefit the Downey Symphony and its Music in the Schools program. For tickets, email Pat Gil at