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New problem downtown: lack of parking

DOWNEY − Business owner Sherry Watson  is proud to say she’s worked in Downey for nearly 36 years. But that pride began to sour last year when Watson […]


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Students win first place for volunteering

DOWNEY – Downey High School’s KIWINS Club recently returned from the California-Nevada-Hawaii district convention with an assortment of trophies and awards. Seven members attended the convention in San […]


Photo by John Zander
State of the City address brims with optimism

DOWNEY – Mayor Fernando Vasquez painted an optimistic outlook on Downey’s future Thursday, saying local tax revenue continues to climb with several economic development projects still on the […]


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Downey High student injured in Orland bus crash

Three Downey High School students were on the bus that crashed yesterday in Northern California on its way to Humboldt State University. One student was injured but is […]


Photo by Greg Waskul
Students speak about their passions in oratorical contest

DOWNEY – Imagine you’re a high school student and your assignment is to deliver a four-minute speech in front of two former city mayors, a leading philanthropist, your […]


Senior warns against scam

Editor’s note: below is a letter the Patriot received from a Downey resident, who says he was scammed by a person offering to seed his lawn:


Sophia Gonzalez is surprised with her own copy of “Downey Doodle-icious,” an art piece by Don Lamkin. Photo courtesy Downey Art Vibe
Young art fan surprised with gift

Downey artist Don Lamkin donates art print to his youngest fan.


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Credit union packaging food for local needy

DOWNEY − In an effort to address the rising rate of food insecurity statewide, Downey Federal Credit Union is starting at home — determined to package 27,000 meals […]


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Priscilla Flores named Woman of the Year

DOWNEY – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has named Priscilla Flores “Woman of the Year” for the city of Downey. Flores was born with muscular dystrophy, which involves muscle weakness, […]


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L.A. County may take over Norwalk Golf Center

NORWALK − Norwalk officials moved one step closer last week to striking a deal with the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department that could lead to a […]


Elementary school principal Jose Hernandez (left) admires sculpture by Jorge Del Toro. The two Downey residents will be visiting schools in China as part of a sister-schools, cultural/educational exchange program. Photo by Carol Kearns
Downey residents join delegation to China

DOWNEY – This Saturday, two Downey residents will embark on a 10-day educational/cultural exchange program to China. Jose Hernandez, principal at Anton Elementary School in Los Angeles, will […]


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Dial-A-Ride drivers place third in state competition

DOWNEY – A team of Downey transit drivers placed third in the All-State Paratransit safety rodeo, a competition where drivers from across California test their safety and driving […]


Volunteers spent an entire Saturday spurcing up the St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy campus, including painting a block wall. See the “before” picture below. Photos by John Zander
High school gets a campus makeover

Hundreds of volunteers help beautify campus of St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy.


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Mayor’s corner: News & notes from the mayor

Greetings Downey! I first want to start off by encouraging you all to take the time to make sure you are prepared for when a larger earthquake may […]


Crime Report

Thursday, March 20 At 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at a home in the 11900 block of Susan Avenue after a neighbor observed two […]


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Tchaikovsky to open symphony concert

DOWNEY – In 1812, when Napoleon withdrew from Moscow after the disastrous Russian Campaign, Peter Tchaikovsky composed music to commemorate the great Russian victory, and he pulled out […]


Downey library marking national library week

DOWNEY – The Downey City Library is planning several events next week as it celebrates National Library Week from April 7-12. Author Jill Stowell will discuss her book, […]


Senate candidates raise big money

Tony Mendoza, Mario Guerra lead in fundraising for 32nd State Senate district.


Mayor Fernando Vasquez, Downey resident Javier “no invite” Lizarde and Southeast Network VP Ricardo Perez at a March Madness viewing party.
UCLA alumni group takes in March Madness

DOWNEY – The UCLA Alumni Los Angeles Southeast Network (“Southeast Network”) has brought UCLA fans together in recent weeks to enjoy the NCAA basketball competition, known as “March […]


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Messiah Lutheran dedicates new playground

Children’s playground built in memory of former teacher Elaine Lopez.