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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, […]


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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 […]


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The trip of a lifetime

From Croatia I then spent time in Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic and Greece with some friends before making my way solo to my last stop in Istanbul, Turkey. […]


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Coming Home: Calvin Spencer

DOWNEY – Calvin Spencer knew he wanted to join the military since his freshman year of high school. Specifically, he wanted to join the Marines and be in […]


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Mexican American Bar Association’s inaugual golf tournament

More than 150 judges, prosectors, public defenders, private attorneys, and supporters participated in the Mexican American Bar Association’s inaugual golf tournament at the Rio Hondo Golf Club last […]


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Message from the Mayor

Hello Downey! I’m excited to be able to reach out to all of you once again through my Mayor’s Corner articles.  I know, it’s been some time since […]


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Victor Koast to exhibit at Stay Gallery

DOWNEY − Artist Victor Koast will be showing new paintings and illustrations in his first ever solo exhibit at Stay Gallery, titled “Good Karma.” The opening reception will […]


Unlicensed contractors caught in sting

ARTESIA – Twelve unlicensed contractors were caught in an undercover sting operation conducted by the state licensing board in Artesia last week. In all, 97 people were arrested […]


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Sister Doherty’s life behind bars

Sister Teresa Doherty brings hope and healing to youth behind prison walls.


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On the coast of Croatia

My next stop after Pamplona was Nice, France where I met Marisol, a friend from home who would be joining me for two weeks in Europe. We decided […]


Furman, Apollo parks getting new walking trails

City Council Roundup: Furman Park will get new trail before year is over.


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Downey High grad conducts flight training with Marines

EL CENTRO – Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 conducted flight training at the Naval Air Facility  in El Centro on July 16. This training was […]


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Cerritos College’s accreditation in jeopardy

Accrediting commission accuses college board of trustees of interference.


Cristina Garcia asks for patience in state of the state address

Assemblywoman says state finances are improving, but she’s “worried about small businesses.”