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‘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.

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 […]

Photo by John Zander
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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photo by John Zander
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 […]

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 […]

Photo by Christian Brown
Sister Doherty’s life behind bars

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