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Three landmarks in Downey, California include the first Taco Bell, Johnie's Broiler and a historic McDonald's restaurant. The first Taco Bell was opened in 1962 by Glen Bell in Downey. Johnie's Broiler was originally called Harvey's Broiler, and was a dive restaurant and a coffee shop. It has been filmed in movies, sitcoms, commercials and even music videos. The historic McDonald's was opened in 1953 as the third franchised McDonald's built. Today, it is the oldest surviving McDonald's.
Local Newspapers: Downey Patriot, Herald American Courier
Local Sports Teams: LA Avengers (AFL), LA Clippers (NBA), LA Dodgers (MLB), LA Galaxy (MLS), LA Lakers (NBA), LA Kings (NHL), LA Sparks (WNBA)
Local Colleges: State UniversityCollege Health Enterprise
Zip Codes associated with downey, california: 90240, 90241, 93550
Towns/Cities near downey, california : Norwalk, Whittier, Huntington Park, Compton, Bellflower, Lynwood
DOWNEY - A Vietnam veteran is hoping the Downey community can reunite him with a long lost friend and shipmate. Arthur Robert Traendley wrote to the city clerk's office recently, hoping to be put in touch with Stephen Lee Huddleston, whose last known place of residence is Downey. Traendley and Huddlestone served together on the U.S.S. Wexford County in 1968 during the Vietnam War. If anyone knows of Huddleston's whereabouts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive Arthur Traendley's phone number.Esther A. Uva
Esther Uva was born on April 7, 1943 to Pasquale and Marie Terrameo in Chicago, Illinois. When Esther Uva was 11 months old, her mother and father moved to Downey, California where Esther attended St. Pius X high school in Downey. Esther married Tony Uva on May 9, 1964 and they bought their first home in Downey and raised 3 children, Carrie, Michael and Marie in Downey. She especially loved being the Vice President for San Trifone Society at St. Peter's Italian Church and enjoyed planning for such events as the "Day at the Races".After nearly 40 years, Johnny & Co. to close Saturday
DOWNEY - A Downey institution of nearly four decades will be closing its doors for good this Saturday after the last lock of hair is cut and the last head of curls is blow-dried. Gomez-Pratt had served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital Guild, and as a grand marshal at the annual Downey Christmas Parade. It was Gomez-Pratt who guided the move of Johnny's to its current location on Downey Avenue in the 1980's and had the building remodeled. ' Art Savala, Mark Biri, and Debi Pugh.Fire erupts at downtown senior living facility
SAN DIEGO - A fire erupted Friday morning inside a four-story senior living facility in the East Village, displacing several residents and injuring at least one person. The fire at the 200-unit Potiker Family Senior Residence at 525 14th St. was reported just before 8:30 a.m. Firefighters knocked down the blaze about 20 minutes later, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. One resident was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, Downey said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.Who was Albert Ball?
After its construction, the Ball mansion was one of the most prominent homes in Downey, situated in the midst of the family's vast orange groves. Prior to her death, Birdella Ball sold the home on June 15, 1944 to a Downey physician and his family, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Steere. The Steeres had been in Downey about 10 years at the time as Dr. Steere was involved with the ownership of Downey Community Hospital, now Downey Regional Medical Center. Currently, the property is gated and all construction has ceased.Temple Citya s annual Camellia Festival kicks off Friday
TEMPLE CITY >> The city's Camellia Festival will kickoff this weekend with Food Truck Friday, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. Las Tunas will be closed off to vehicle traffic. "We're having a Veteran's celebration at noon Sunday to honor some of the city's Veterans because it's the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII," said Fish. An all-year mini Temple City High School reunion will also be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the park by the wine and beer garden, back for a second year. All the events are open to the public.OPINION: Keeping the public's trust at all times
Trust is the foundation that allows an individual to cast their vote in the first place. According to the Pew Research Center the decline in trust, satisfaction and confidence by the public of their elected leaders continues to fall steadily. Three State Senators have been indicted in the last year, while locally you have area councilmembers lying to constituents on a regular basis. At all levels of government. Mario A. Guerra is former mayor of Downey, past president of Independent Cities and a board member of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.Imperial Elementary students recreate - Downey Doodle-icious'
DOWNEY - Last Friday, Kiwanis of Downey and Stay Gallery visited Imperial Elementary School to gift the school the finished mural created by one of its third grade classes. The mural was created by students while participating in Stay Gallery's "Downey Doodle-icious" Field Trip Program. The field trip program presents students with a tour of Downtown Downey, including stops at area landmarks such as City Hall, the Avenue Theatre, the Rives Mansion, Porto's Bakery, and Stay Gallery.Downey to place donated defibrillators around city
DOWNEY - CareMore donated 10 automated external defibrillators to the city of Downey last week, devices that can make the difference in a person surviving sudden cardiac arrest. "Our goal is keeping the community healthy and safe, same as the Downey Fire Department," said Conrad Villafuerte, vice president and general manager of CareMore. Brain damage occurs after 4-6 minutes, with few resuscitation attempts succeeding after 10 minutes. City officials are currently projecting the first AED installation date to take place late March.Donald Burns, resident and volunteer, passes away
DOWNEY - Donald L. Burns passed away Jan. 22 with his family by his side. Born Dec. 1, 1939 to Paul and Marguerite Burns in Glendale, Don grew up in Hawthorne and went to Leusinger High School in Lawndale. Don and Helen moved to Gresham, Ore., in 1995. He was an active member of "Friends of Johnie's", which was instrumental in saving the Harvey's Broiler structure from being demolished in 2007, which now stands as Bob's Big Boy. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Noah's Bark Pet Rescue.Planning Commission considers subdividing Albert Ball estate into four lots
City staff have already green lit the proposal by owner Gloria Campuzano after a historic research evaluation by the city found that the estate, located at 8572 Cherokee Dr., has no historic significance. Campuzano, who also owns Gloria's Cocina Mexicana in Downey, said she often dreamt of living on the property. Designed in Spanish Colonial style by famous Los Angeles architect H.H. "I really want to live there and I worked hard to purchase that land," said Gloria Campuzano, who estimates construction could start in a couple of months.L.A. County cat owners will be required to spay and neuter their pets
The approximately 1 million residents of unincorporated areas are already required to neuter their dogs, and the county provides vouchers to subsidize the cost for low-income dog owners. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said she wanted to see a similar program for cat owners. "I'm strongly for it," she said, referring to the spay-neuter mandate. The supervisors also asked the Department of Animal Care and Control to look at ways to provide low-cost services to cat owners. Follow Abby Sewell on Twitter at @sewella for more county news.OPINION: Why Alan Clayton is wrong to leave out other Latino candidates
Alan Clayton is misinformed, or at the least ill-advised, on who is considered a viable candidate to succeed Supervisor Don Knabe upon his exit from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016. Clayton's argument is based upon the thesis that the next supervisor representing the 4th District should be Latino. Guerra also came close to upsetting Mendoza in last year's State Senate race despite an enormous disadvantage in registered voters and campaign funding, as Guerra was outspent nearly 3-1 by Mendoza in the race.West Covina Will Either Get a Porto's Bakery or Strip Club
Fans of Porto's Bakery, the insanely popular Cuban bakery operation with outlets in Glendale, Burbank, and Downey, is close to acquiring a new location in West Covina. However, the deal isn't signed yet, with a snag in the real estate acquisition. However, Porto's is asking the city of West Covina for a tax revenue sharing deal to help allay the initial $10 million dollar investment that the bakery is planning to making on the property. How many food concepts could pull its weight around with municipalities like that?Downey police plan DUI checkpoint
Downey police officers plan to conduct a checkpoint on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to catch impaired drivers or motorists who are on the road without a valid driver's license. The checkpoint is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday and continue until 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in Downey. Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested a single person for driving under the influence of marijuana at a checkpoint that took place Friday night until early Saturday morning near the crossing of Artesia Boulevard and Virginia Street in Lakewood.Cats escape mandatory licensing in Whittier
"I was surprised to see that the county was asking us to license cats," said Newcomer. The city is required by the state to provide animal control services, which it does by contracting with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Juan Ubarrio, manager of the county's animal shelter in Downey, 11258 S. Garfield Ave., told the council the chief benefit of licensing is returning lost pets to their owners. "The good feedback we get is when pets are reunited with their owners," said Ubarrio. And that's what the council did 5-0.Toastmasters open house
DOWNEY - Downey Toastmasters Club 587 is hosting an open house Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. in room 116 at First Baptist Church of Downey. Toastmasters offers communication and leadership skills to help with job interviews, business presentations, teaching, public speaking, and more. Special guests at the open house include Jamal Thomas, who will speak on "How to Prepare for a Speech," and two surprise guest speakers. For questions, call Marisol Montano at 417-0441.
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