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An open letter to Mario Guerra: Downey still needs you

Dear Mario: I’m hoping you read this letter. I know you’re a faithful reader of the Patriot, but just to be sure I’ve got your attention, I’ve placed […]

Photo by John Zander
Eight years later, Mario Guerra says goodbye

Two-term councilman reflects on eight years as a city representative.

Ernie Brace, Vietnam POW, dies

DOWNEY – Ernest Brace, a civilian who was captured during the Vietnam War while flying supplies for the CIA and who later tapped code through a wall to […]

For Meg Zeleny, music is what defines her

Music director of Downey Master Chorale, finds motivation and inspiration in music.

Carlo’s Pizza marks 50 years

DOWNEY – The Downey Conservancy congratulates Carlo’s Pizza House on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in business. A celebration marking the event will be held this Sunday, […]

Man gets 12 years for stabbing

DOWNEY – A 38-year-old Downey man that fatally stabbed another man earlier this year was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison. Deputy District Attorney Don Syn said […]

Jennifer DeKay, Carl Charles, Mark Gillaspie
Rain or shine, Downey Christmas Parade this Sunday

Christmas Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Downey Avenue; Jennifer DeKay is grand marshal.

Otha Derek performs at the Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive in 2013.
Stay Gallery brings back Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive

DOWNEY – Stay Gallery will host its second annual Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive, in partnership with TLC Family Resource Center, and presented by Financial Partners Credit Union, on […]

Photo courtesy Downey Historical Society
Downey Conservancy urges re-use of Cadillac site

Plans underway to demolish former Cadillac dealership at Studebaker and Florence.

Miguel Esquitin: nothing is impossible

Downey High defensive back makes up for small stature with maximum effort.

Stacy Chukwumezie (10) celebrates after a touchdown.
Stacy Chukwumezie: always quiet before the storm

Downey High wide receiver hopes to bring Downey another championship.

What are you thankful for?

TonyaAndAdileny Sanchez: I am thankful for my lil blessing God sent me. Raider Tommy: I am thankful that as of today my mother, Rose Ann Garcia, is cancer […]

For $500,000, Benihana agrees to come to Downey

City Council offers $500K in economic incentives to bring Benihana to Downey.

Rick Rodriguez, right, with his wife, Lupe, and John Casillas, branch manager at the Downey Farmers and Merchant branch.
Rick Rodriguez presented Gratitude Award

DOWNEY – Downey resident Rick Rodriguez was one of 13 people honored by Farmers & Merchants Bank at its “California’s Strongest People You Can Bank On” awards ceremony […]

Police officer from Downey earns Medal of Valor

DOWNEY – Downey resident Brian S. Lopez, a LAX police officer, has been awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions Nov. 1, 2013, when a man opened […]

Louie Anderson, Rita Rudner coming to Downey

Comedians will perform together at Downey Theatre as part of 2014-15 season.

Mayor Fernando Vasquez thanks a veteran for his military service at a Veterans Day ceremony last week. Photo by John Zander
Mayor’s Corner: news and updates from Downey’s mayor

Hello Downey! It’s great to connect with you once again through my Mayor’s Corner article. I hope you find these articles to be informative and that you enjoy […]

A-Malek: low voter turnout is disappointing

Physician and City Council candidate says she plans to stay involved in the community.

Tommy Lasorda addresses U.S. troops at a USO event Tuesday. Photo by Greg Waskul
Thanking our troops during the season of Thanksgiving

Troops enjoy early Thanksgiving dinner ahead of deployment.

Coming Home: Jose Balan

DOWNEY – Jose Balan reminisces about his first notion of becoming a part of the United States Armed Forces. “Military service was always something I wanted to do […]

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