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Band, color guard performing Friday

DOWNEY – Warren High School’s band and color guard will hold a “Parent Preview” Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Warren stadium. This will be the […]

Downey fire union alleges harassment in latest lawsuit

Relationship between Downey firefighters and City Hall is further strained after fire union files lawsuit against city claiming retaliation and breach of contract.

Downey High School’s new engineering building, pictured above, will be open for a community open house next Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with official ceremonies at 6 p.m. Guests can tour the facility and get a first-hand look at some of the new technology being implemented in Downey schools. 
The 19,500 sq. ft. building is two stories tall. The first floor includes four labs, a regular classroom and eight work bays. This will be the main site for all Career Technical Education (CTE) engineering programs, including automobile repair, product design, a Project Lead the Way engineering class, a robotics lab, and a technology engineering class. 
The second floor will also be used for advanced physics courses. 
A second open house will be held Sept. 24 to celebrate the grand opening of Building A and William H. Walker Hall. This building is in the final stages of completion and will house new technology-equipped classrooms, removing 30 bungalows from the campus. 
The grand openings come at the closing stages of Measure D, a school bond measure that was passed by voters in 2002.
The Class of 2030

Today’s students are learning the skills necessary for a 21 Century workforce.

‘Poetrypalooza’ comes to Downey

DOWNEY – Running informally for several years, “the green salon” evolved into a Downey Arts Coalition event to simplify the monthly meeting of local artists, poets, musicians, and […]

This rare 1890 photograph of Los Nietos Valley Land and Water Association was taken of the northeast corner of what is today Firestone Boulevard and Downey Avenue. This is where Stay Gallery and Simply Elegant stand today. The famous “Indian Joe” sits at left. Harvey Gray stands in the doorway, and the bewhiskered Dave Smart leans on a porch post. Smart and Gray were officers of this real estate venture. Benbrook’s saloon is on the corner. This photo will be on display during “‘The Avenue”: Historical Photographs of Downey Avenue,” which opens this Friday, Aug 22 at 8PM @ Stay Gallery. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer and Downey Historical Society
Bringing back Main Street (Downey Avenue)

Progress is being made on Downey Avenue, but still a long road ahead of us.

It’s official: Downey becomes Special Olympics host city

Downey will host approximately 100 Special Olympic athletes next summer.

Police expands canine force

DOWNEY – The Downey Police Department has expanded its canine program with the addition of a new canine handler, Cpl. Ed Hano, and his police service dog, Dani. […]

St. Pius has record enrollment

DOWNEY – One year after becoming a co-ed high school, St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy was forced to establish a waitlist after reaching a record number […]

‘50s sock hop at senior center

DOWNEY – Cafe Quill at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center is hosting a 50’s-style sock hop Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 […]

DUI checkpoint next week

DOWNEY – The Downey Police Department will hold a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Downey next Friday, Aug. 29, starting at 8 p.m. […]

Coming Home: Nick Velez

DOWNEY –  “The Iraq War began in 2003 and that motivated me” states Nick Velez about his reason to join the United States Marine Corps. Nick’s military interest […]

Downey First Christian Church in Ecuador

On July 24, a group from Downey First Christian Church flew out to Ecuador on a short-term mission trip. The team stayed in a church (El Recreo) near […]

Historical society lines up guest speaker

DOWNEY – Longtime Downey resident Pat Kearns will be the guest speaker at the Downey Historical Society’s Sept. 25 meeting. Kearns was born on St. Patrick’s Day 1933 […]

Summer of cycling update

Downey drivers ignorant concerning rights of cyclists on public streets.

Library has books up for auction

DOWNEY – The Friends of the Downey City Library holds monthly silent book auctions in order to raise money to help support the various programs of our local […]

Used tire collection Sept. 6

DOWNEY – City Hall will be collecting used tires Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents of Downey, Cerritos, La Mirada, Norwalk, Pico Rivera and […]

Free business workshop

DOWNEY – Tax-411 in Downey is hosting a free small business seminar this Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 7-9 p.m. Guests will learn how to start a business; the […]

The Mansells in Ireland

Steve, Bonnie, Marilyn and Lee Mansell are traveling Ireland and took this picture at the Cliffs of Moher. “Here we are holding the Patriot with my husband’s brother […]

January 11, 1923 to August 17, 2014
Wilbert G. Lidtke

Wilbert G Lidtke (Bill) returned to his heavenly father on August 17, 2014. He was 91. He passed away peacefully in his Downey home of 60 years looking […]

The Baezs fished in Mexican and Southern California waters

Humberto Baez (of South Gate), Ricky Baez (of South Gate), Jose Baez (of Downey) and Joseph Baez (former Downey resident) are pictured catching yellowfin tuna off the coast […]