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Marka Larkin at the 2014 Downey Christmas Parade. Photo by Eric Pierce
Larkin steps down as parade chairman

DOWNEY – Longtime volunteer Maria Larkin has retired from her post as chairman of the Downey Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade committee. Larkin chaired the committee for 14 […]

Cristina Garcia finalist for Rising Star Award

DOWNEY – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced Wednesday that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is a 2015 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star […]

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Lock & Key helps raise thousands for charity

DOWNEY — Downtown Downey bar and restaurant Lock and Key Social Drinkery participated in the 15th annual Dux in Tux fundraiser sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks last month, […]

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Students pack 25K meals for typhoon victims

DOWNEY – Hundreds of students gave up their Saturday on Jan. 31 to pack approximately 25,000 meals for hungry families in the Philippines still struggling to recover from […]

Crime Report for week of Feb. 6

This week’s Crime Report, provided by the Downey Police Department. SATURDAY, JAN. 31 At 12:30 a.m., a Patrol Officer was on routine patrol in the area of Downey […]

Funeral services will be held Saturday for Raniyah Simoons, who died last week. She was 7.
Dance studio mourning death of 7-year-old student

Raniyah Simmons died last week after suffering an ashtma attack; funeral services are Saturday.

The Embassy Suites said it is spending millions of dollars to update public areas in the Downey hotel. Photo by Pam Lane/
Embassy Suites spending millions to renovate property

Hotel announces multi-million dollar renovation of lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms.

Proposed legislation would prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors

DOWNEY − Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced AB 216 that would make it illegal for stores to sell non-nicotine vaping/electronic cigarette devices to anyone under the […]

In Bellflower, Spanish classes are growing in popularity

BELLFLOWER – The kindergarteners sit entranced as their teacher launches into a classic fairy tale, perfectly tracking each stage of the familiar story of the Three Little Pigs. […]

Crime Report

Friday, Jan. 23 At 6 p.m., officers responded to the Krikorian parking structure (8200 3rd St) regarding a robbery investigation. Officers met with the victim who reported an […]

Downey Mayor Luis Marquez, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Mayor’s Corner: first message from Downey’s newest mayor

Greetings Downey! As your new mayor, it is my pleasure to be able to connect with you through our great community newspaper, the Downey Patriot.  I am happy to […]

Paramount Boulevard fire

The man accused of intentionally burning down a Paramount Boulevard office complex last year has accepted a plea deal and will serve three years in prison, authorities said. […]

Kevin MacDonald leaving Arc

DOWNEY – Kevin MacDonald, the longtime executive director of The Arc – Los Angeles & Orange Counties, has accepted a job leading Culver City-based Westside Regional Center. MacDonald’s […]

Bellflower school district shifts to smaller class sizes

Bellflower Unified drops class sizes by about eight per class in grades K-3.

Warren High PTSA wins wager

DOWNEY – The numbers are in and Warren High has beaten rival Downey in the schools’ PTSA membership competition. The schools wagered that the PTSA president with the […]

Exhibit of Ukrainian revolution comes to Downey

“Road to Freedom” features authentic artwork and artifacts from the Ukraine.

Rio Hondo College to offer bachelor’s degree

Whitter campus is one of 15 junior colleges permitted to begin offering 4-year degrees.

Hoping to engage residents, Norwalk hires communication consultant

Norwalk looks at ways to reach residents and increase civic engagement.

Downey wins award for fiscal budget

DOWNEY – For the first time in the city’s history, Downey has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year […]

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Warren High club plans women's empowerment conference

DOWNEY − A small women’s club at Warren High School is stepping outside the four walls of the classroom in two weeks, hosting its first ever empowerment conference […]