Raytheon selects Downey as location for its Public Safety Regional Technology Center
Defense, homeland security
Downey, Calif.—Raytheon Co. announced today the selection of the city of Downey as the location for its Public Safety Regional Technology Center, which the company plans to open in the next three months.
Occupying 27,000 square feet and employing up to 150 people, the new center will serve as the focus of Raytheon's civil communications business in the western United States and provide test and research facilities, training, and maintenance and logistics, customer and systems support, according to the company.
"The selection of Downey will centrally locate our new center in the greater Los Angeles area, enabling easy access by local public safety professionals to test and certify current and future technologies," said Dan Crowley, president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems.
"This latest investment, along with the UCLA Center for Public Safety Network Systems announced earlier this year, further underscores Raytheon's commitment to the public safety market and the region," he said.
In January, Raytheon announced that it had entered into a letter of intent with UCLA to form a strategic relationship with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science for the establishment of the UCLA Center for Public Safety Network Systems.
Raytheon committed to initially contribute $1 million during three years.
The mission of that center is to bring together academia, industry and public safety agencies to provide technical leadership, a collaborative forum for research as well as the establishment of standards for public safety networks.
Raytheon's Public Safety Regional Technology Center "will establish a research capability tailored to public safety needs and will include a consortium of communications experts from academia, industry and public safety agencies,'' according to the company.
Raytheon, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, specializes in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.
Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., the company employs 72,000 people worldwide.
WESTWOOD, Calif.—A funeral will be held Friday for Edgar Lacey, a starting forward on UCLA's 1965 NCAA championship team who quit the squad in 1968 after being benched during a landmark game against Houston.
Lacey died last week at the age of 66, said UCLA Sports Information Director Marc Dellins, who did not have further details.
The funeral will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Chapel in Downey, located at 12808 Woodruff Ave.
LOS ANGLES, Calif. — In a major case of academic poaching involving crosstown rivals, USC has lured away two prominent neuroscientists from UCLA with a promise to expand their internationally renowned lab, which uses brain imaging techniques to study Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism and other disorders, it was reported today.
Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Laurence “Larry” B. Frank has been named as the new president of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College by the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees.
Frank will assume his duties on July 1, 2013. The downtown Los Angeles community college serves 27,000 students each year with a primary focus on career-technical education. The board of trustees approved the selection at its regular meeting on May 1, in what was termed “a rigorous search guided by LACCD Chancellor Dr. Daniel LaVista.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A grand jury indictment unsealed today charges a man with murdering two women and one man and injuring two other people during a shooting spree last October at a business and a home in Downey.
Jade Douglas Harris, 30, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to 10 felony counts, including three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, four counts of kidnapping for carjacking and one count of being a felon with a firearm.
The South Los Angeles Power Coalition will host its third annual South Los Angeles People’s Convention Dinner on the Economy and Education tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Juanita Tate Community School, 123 W. 59th St., Los Angeles.
The event will bring together more than 100 South Los Angeles residents and community activists to develop a collective vision around the economy.