Here’s what happened to the Downey Beat

Oct 09, 2012 5 Comments by

Hey everyone, this is Ben Baeder, the publisher, writer and salesman for

I haven’t written anything for a while because I got another foster son. I’ve been swamped rearranging my house and doing all the other things associated with the change. He’s a family friend and a wonderful young man, and he really needs a lot of love right now.

With the demands of having another job, a foster son, and my own three children, I can’t keep going. I’m sad to say that it’s officially dead.

I recently jotted down all the things I need to do during the week, and there’s not enough time to produce decent stories.

I really loved doing the website. If anyone from town wants it, please give me call.

If you’re an advertiser, I’ll be in Downey this week to refund your money.

Downey is a great city. Thanks to everyone who helped me. You all were great.


Ben Baeder


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5 Responses to “Here’s what happened to the Downey Beat”

  1. Lana says:

    Oh so sad! Your family’s gain is Downey’s loss. But you are following a higher calling, and that is so admirable.

  2. Mike loyal reader says:

    Thank you for your many years of service The City of Downey will miss you.

  3. Tim says:

    I have not followed your site but I was just looking for information about the
    City of Downey. I have testing and am going through the interview possess
    With Downey police department on Thursday the 8th. Your site gave me vital information about the city in preparation for my interview. Thank you for your service and good luck to you and your family.

  4. Dana Gabbard says:

    Understandable reason and sorry no one can carry the baton further, evidently. Good luck and thanks for all you did (here & back at the old SGV Tribune).

  5. Lars Clutterham says:

    This is late, Ben, as I’ve been out of town for a month, but let me add my compliments, regrets, and best wishes to you as you approach the new joys and challenges in your life. The Downey Beat did provide a great alternative voice to news in Downey, and your contribution will be missed. At the same time, it sounds like your new life will be an exciting one. So best regards as you move on to the next chapter.

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