Archive for July, 2012

Civil Grand Jury report: Downey had highest-paid employee among cities examined

Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by .

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DOWNEY – A just-released Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury report found that Downey had the highest paid city employee of any charter city in the county during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Downey paid then Fire Department Chief Jeff Turner $406,000, which was $66,000 more than the Torrance city manager, the next-highest paid employee of […]

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Plain Jane bandit serial bankrobber hits Downey B of A

Posted on 30. Jul, 2012 by .

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DOWNEY – The Plain Jane Bandit struck at a Downey Bank this afternoon, according to the FBI. The unidentified woman has hit six other banks since July, according to reports from federal authorities. A woman matching Plain Jane’s description at  2:15 p.m. tried to rob a Bank of America branch located at 10010 Paramount Blvd. […]

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Civil trial date set for killing of Michael Nida, family adds attorney to legal team

Posted on 30. Jul, 2012 by .

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DOWNEY – A federal judge has set a trial date for what will likely be a multi-million-dollar civil case filed by the family of a man shot to death by Downey Police. The case of Michael Nida of South Gate will be heard in a Los Angeles federal courtroom May 7. Nida, a father of […]

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Gafin, Guerra take first shot at trying to wrangle city budget numbers

Posted on 30. Jul, 2012 by .

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DOWNEY – With city officials saying they were caught off guard by a nearly $9 million deficit during the last fiscal year, a special budget subcommittee last week took on the seemingly impossible task of creating a way to give the City Council and the public real-time budget numbers that would alert policy makers to […]

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Reader: Man following female joggers

Posted on 29. Jul, 2012 by .

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This came from a reader, who said a creep followed her and her sister: I have news on an attempted abduction. A man tried to abduct my sister off the street. She was jogging on vista del rosa when he pulled along side of her and motioned for her to get into his car. She […]

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Fullerton Councilman shows up at march to support family of Michael Nida

Posted on 28. Jul, 2012 by .

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DOWNEY – Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker was among about 150 activists who showed up Saturday morning to bring attention to the October fatal shooting of Michael Nida. Nida, a married father of four, was unarmed when he was shot in the back by a police officer. The night Nida was shot, police were responding […]

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Bad rollover wreck has 605 Freeway nearly stopped in both directions

Posted on 28. Jul, 2012 by .

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SANTA FE SPRINGS – A bad rollover wreck on the north 605 Freeway just south of Florence Avenue has traffic nearly stopped in both directions. A gray Chevy Silverado rolled over about 8:54 a.m., crashing so hard that debris was thrown into southbound lanes, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada. The truck eventually […]

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After emerging from bankruptcy, Downey Regional replacing conference center

Posted on 27. Jul, 2012 by .

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DOWNEY – In order to comply with earthquake-related building guidelines, the leadership of the Downey Regional Medical Center plan to knock down the hospital’s old conference center and build a new one in its place, according to the agenda for Wednesday’s Planning Commission. The approximately 3,700-square-foot building at 11500 Brookshire Ave. would replace a round […]

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