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Former rap producer finds a new calling helping others

Music artist Tito Rodriguez not only produces music, but charity efforts for the poor.


Photo by John Zander
Coming Home: Clarence Roshell

DOWNEY –  Security is second nature to Clarence Roshell, currently employed as the Assistant Vice President of Operations at RMI International. Roshell’s career of serving to protect began […]


Sean Ashton
INTERVIEW: city council candidate Sean Ashton

Ashton, a fifth grade teacher, is one of three candidates seeking to replace Mario Guerra.


082814-04-01
City Council rejects live music for south Downey bar

Wet Bar’s request for live entertainment permit denied after noise complaints.


Photo courtesy Food Network
Norwalk family competing on Food Network show

NORWALK — Growing up in a household dominated by females, Javier Crespo Jr. says it was only natural that his formative years were mostly spent in the kitchen, […]


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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.


Stay Gallery on Downey Avenue opened in 2012, with funding from the city of Downey. Pictured above is a poetry group that meets monthly at the gallery. Photo courtesy stay gallery
City Council to keep funding Stay Gallery

City will subsidize gallery’s rent for next three years using public art funds.


Police make arrest in double-homicide

DOWNEY – Downey police have arrested a man in connection with a double homicide that occurred in front of a taco restaurant in Downey last year. Henry Gutierrez, […]


Photo by John Zander
Coming Home: Richard ‘Rocky’ Rodriguez Jr.

DOWNEY – No man gets left behind. That has been the ongoing motivation for Richard Rodriguez Jr. or better known as Rocky. Wanting to become a G.I. Joe […]


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Ex-bank manager faces more charges

DOWNEY – A Downey woman sentenced last week for her role in a 2012 East Los Angeles bank robbery is now facing charges of insurance fraud. Aurora Barrera, […]


Sean Ashton, Shahira A-Malek, Robert Kiefer
Open seat on city council draws 3 candidates

Sean Ashton, Shahira A-Malek and Robert Kiefer seeking to replace Mario Guerra.


Gabriel Orozco, left, ran for City Council in 2012, losing to Alex Saab. Photo by Eric Pierce
Former city council candidate Gabriel Orozco arrested twice Sunday

DOWNEY — Gabriel Orozco, a candidate for Downey City Council two years ago despite nearly a half dozen DUI arrests, was arrested twice Sunday after an alleged altercation […]


Mark Gillaspie became Downey’s ninth fire chief after he was sworn-in by City Manager Gilbert Livas last Friday. Photos by John Zander
Downey Fire Department has a new leader

Mark Gillaspie started as a volunteer firefighter in Downey 25 years ago.


Chamber of Commerce executive director resigns

Carlos Cruz’s abrupt resignation leaves chamber searching for new executive director.


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Interview: Barney Santos

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is Barney Santos, a social media expert […]


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Coming Home: Javier Becerra

DOWNEY – Rewind almost 31 years ago: Javier Becerra was on his way to an Army recruiting office with his brother who was about to enlist. With no […]