Hey Downey, whereas I’m inspired by the persevering with climbing vaccination numbers in our metropolis, I’m involved we’re inching nearer to experiencing a fourth surge of the Coronavirus. This fourth surge is because of the extremely transmissible and aggressive Delta variant impacting the unvaccinated inhabitants.
A reminder to all of us that this pandemic is just not over. Over the previous three weeks, the variety of hospitalizations throughout Southern California has tripled, primarily impacting unvaccinated people. Deaths amongst seemingly wholesome people who contracted Covid-19 are being attributed to their unvaccinated standing.
Presently, there may be nice concern all through the healthcare group that the rise in variants and the resurgence of the unfold of Covid-19 will proceed if individuals stay unvaccinated.
The newest figures launched by the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being (replace from 7/16) point out the vaccination charge for Downey residents 16 years of age and older is now 69.3%. For adults 65 years of age and older, it’s now 89.2%. I hope you’ll take into account a vaccination. Our purpose in Downey is to surpass 75% earlier than the tip of summer time and the return to fall and flu season.
Please name the L.A. County Division of Public Well being Vaccine Heart at 833-540-0473. The decision heart is open every day from 8:30 am to eight:30 pm. Data is out there in a number of languages by calling 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. For extra info, please go to VaccinateLACounty.com.
Replace on Public Security and Pace Enforcement
As your Mayor, Public Security is one in all my largest priorities. Since taking workplace, I’ve been working carefully with our Downey PD and have requested to extend pace enforcement and deal with avenue racing actions, together with these doing donuts on numerous parking tons round our metropolis. I’m blissful to report that our 2nd quarter numbers are as follows:
Road Racing Element, from April to June: the division issued 334 Citations. There have been 11 arrests and seven automobiles impounded. These caught doing donuts have their automobiles impounded for 30 days.
Division-Extensive Visitors Citations Issued: 3,678
At our resident’s request, there was an Etched Catalytic Converter occasion, and 114 vehicles have been assisted.
There was additionally a DUI Checkpoint: 997 automobiles have been screened, leading to 6 DUI arrests, 13 area sobriety exams administered, there have been additionally 29 citations issued for unlicensed drivers, 7 citations for driving with a suspended license and, 13 automobiles have been impounded.
If there may be avenue racing in your neighborhood, please report it to Downey PD. When you should report a non-emergency difficulty, please contact the Downey Police Dispatch at 562-861-0770.
I’m additionally blissful to report the Downey Police Division Espresso with a Cop occasions are again. They held their first occasion final week on July 14, Mayor Professional Tem Pacheco and I had the pleasure of attending. I encourage you to get entangled and attend to attach with our officers.
Additionally, relating to Public Security, lots of you’ve gotten contacted the Metropolis Council by way of telephone, emails, and letters relating to Downey’s stance on L.A. County’s District Lawyer George Gascon. Your messages haven’t fallen on deaf ears. We’re conscious 23 cities throughout Southern California have taken a vote of no confidence. Out of respect and consideration to one in all our council colleagues at the moment working for D.A. Gascon, we won’t be discussing this matter till someday within the fall. As your Mayor, I would like you to know I hear you, we hear you, and we’re right here to serve our constituents and reply your considerations. We’re at the moment working with our Downey PD on a Public Security City Corridor. Extra to come back within the subsequent few weeks. Please keep tuned.
Infrastructure Enhancements, Road Rehabilitation, and Public Works Replace
Through the 2nd quarter of this yr, we’ve got rehabilitated 1.5 miles of pavement alongside Previous River College Highway from Arnett Road to Imperial Freeway.
Moreover, building of landscaped medians and pavement rehabilitation alongside Telegraph Highway from east to west metropolis limits is at the moment underway. This can be a joint challenge with the Metropolis of Pico Rivera and Downey because the lead company. The contractor has accomplished the set up of raised concrete medians and repaved the phase between Paramount Boulevard and the west metropolis restrict. The contractor is now engaged on the phase between Paramount Boulevard and Lakewood Boulevard.
Lastly, throughout our final council assembly on July 13, the council awarded a building contract to Hardy Harper, Inc. for the rehabilitation of 62 residential streets within the southeast a part of the town. Apart from rehabilitating roughly 8.5 miles of asphalt pavement, this challenge can even substitute broken or uplifted sidewalks, curbs, and gutters and assemble People with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb entry ramps.
Live shows within the Park Proceed at Furman
We now have had a terrific turnout for the Twilight Summer season Live performance Sequence on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Attendance has elevated steadily from roughly 500 individuals to about 700. These live shows will proceed by August 11. Subsequent week, July 28, we’ll welcome Stone Soul, an 8-piece Basic Soul, and Motown tribute band. August 4 shall be CONGANAS, the Latin Jazz group. And to shut out our season we may have the Downey Symphony on August 11. I stay up for seeing you there.
Fourth of July and Unlawful Fireworks Citations
This vacation is all the time a busy one for our Police Division. This yr, together with over 120 requires unlawful fireworks, there have been three reviews of fires. PD issued 38 citations for possession of unlawful fireworks. At one location, there have been 375 lbs. seized. Strict enforcement and crackdown of unlawful fireworks will proceed. There are steep fines for possession, beginning at $2,000 and as much as $3,500 per quotation. Please contact our Downey Police Dispatch at 562-861-0770 to report unlawful firework exercise.
The Arts in Downtown Downey
Keep Gallery has reopened and is at the moment exhibiting the works of 18 artists from the larger L.A. space, together with Downey locals. The exhibit titled “Unidos” highlights the impression of Covid-19 on these gifted artists. It’s a should see! Keep Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-2 pm. Let’s help our native artists. For more information, go to their web site at stayarts.org