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Downey remains at center of L.A. County library world

L.A. County library system is headquartered in Downey, unbeknownst to many.

Downey Fire goes digital

Paramedics begin using iPads to electronically store patient records.

Councilman Mario Guerra has been a big supporter of bicycle use in Downey.
Bicycling in Downey during National Bike Month

Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Week create plenty of opportunities for cycling.

Police department opens training center

DOWNEY – The Downey Police Department last week officially opened its new use-of-force training center, where police officers can test and practice techniques, decision-making and judgment skills with […]

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Irish artist to exhibit in Downey

DOWNEY – An art exhibit by Irish artist Anne Rigney opens Friday night at Stay Gallery in Downey. Rigney comes all the way from Roscommon County, Ireland, the […]

TJ Peacock was able to fulfill a dream, caddying for Jack Nicklaus, before TJ died in 2007.
Comedy show to benefit brain cancer foundation

DOWNEY – The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood is hosting a comedy fundraiser Sunday, May 18, with proceeds benefiting brain cancer research. The event is a fundraiser […]

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Downey's Diego Ramirez joins battle against MS

DOWNEY – Downey resident Diego Ramirez is literally painting himself orange as he raises money for multiple sclerosis research. Ramirez got behind the cause after a close friend, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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 […]

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.