Archive for September, 2011

T-storm at the Taste

Posted on 30. Sep, 2011 by .

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Just a few hours before the Taste of Downey, a freak thunderstorm is moving toward the city. South Gate is getting drenched and the storm is headed east, according to news reports. The National Weather Service predicted a slight chance for thunderstorms during its late morning forecast.

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County offers head start for small businesses looking for government contracts

Posted on 30. Sep, 2011 by .

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More than 250 small business owner’s showed up to a workshop offered by Supervisor Don Knabe’s office Thursday where they were anxious to learn about a new program that gives them a big advantage on bids for county contracts. It was the area’s first county workshop since the supervisors voted to increase the county’s small-business […]

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Police looking for man accused of having sex with 13-year-old girl

Posted on 30. Sep, 2011 by .

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Police are looking for a 36-year-old man accused of having a months-long sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. According to the Downey Police, Enrique Vasquez Rodriguez would sneak off with the girl for sex without the knowledge of her parents. After the girl’s parents found out about the relationship, they called the police. The relationship […]

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Another reason to be skeptical of public transportation

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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I considered taking the Metrolink train to Don Knabe’s Safe Surrender 10-year-anniversary celebration in Los Angeles on Wednesday, so I drove down to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs train station. But I couldn’t park my car because I didn’t have a permit. No problem, I thought. There were hundreds of empty parking spaces. I asked the […]

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Youth organization ready to relight fuse on cigarette war

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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DOWNEY – Armed with  jars filled with 4,000 cigarette butts, a team of Downey youths are again pushing for a law that would ban cigarettes at area parks. About 20 children from the Kiwanis Green Team met at the Downey City Library on Wednesday to discuss strategies and talk about the sheer amount of cigarette […]

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Military publishes feature on Downey Marine

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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A Downey Marine is charged with maintaining and fabricating guns. The military puts these out from time to time to help citizens keep track of our fighters.  

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Guerra offers olive branch to artists, calls for art subcommittee

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by .

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DOWNEY — It looks like the city might end up having an art committee after all, albeit a much smaller one. Councilman Mario Guerra at Tuesday’s council meeting asked the city’s staff to look into creating an art in public places subcommittee made of two council members. The subcommittee would meet with local artists and […]

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After 10 years, Knabe looks back at 87 children given up to county’s Safe Surrender program

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by .

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With her 6-year-old daughter Tessa leaning on her shoulder, Donna Leavitt couldn’t stop crying. Tessa’s biological mother six years ago left her newborn baby at Los Angeles County Fire Station 15 in Whittier and never came back. As Leavitt on Wednesday watched a video presentation of families that adopted children through the county’s Safe Surrender […]

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