East Edition

Shields retires, rehired in Whittier

WHITTIER — Fran Shields, who has been employed by the city’s parks, recreation and community service department for more than 40 years; and has served as its director since March 1, 2012, has retired. But she didn’t have long to wait for her next job. The City Council March 24 immediately appointed Shields interim director through Read More…

Herald American

Downey approves plans for new Starbucks

DOWNEY — The Planning Commission has approved plans for the construction of a new Starbucks with an outdoor dining area and a drive-through lane at 7954 Imperial Highway. City Planner William E. Davis said a vacant restaurant building, formerly Bakers Square, would be demolished and a 1,850 square foot facility would be built for Starbucks facility in Read More…

Herald American

Downey approves trash rate increase

DOWNEY — Residents and businesses will see slight increases in their trash hauling bills following City Council approval March 24 of a 1.58 percent hike for residential customers and a .75 percent increase for commercial properties. Both took effect April 1. The trash rate for homes and properties of up to four units will increase Read More…