Uncle Frank claims Owen Silvera Memorial

first_imgLEADING RIDER Anthony Thomas yesterday combined with champion trainer Wayne DaCosta to boot home three winners, his fifth in two days, pushing him to 55 for the season -19 clear of Shane Ellis atop the jockeys’ standings. Thomas, who rode two winners on Saturday, lit up yesterday’s 10-race meet with a three-timer including UNCLE FRANK in the Owen Silvera Memorial feature race at a mile. One of three DaCosta runners in the five-horse field, UNCLE FRANK chased BIRDIE MY LOVE into the lane and afterwards outbattled his rail-running stablemate, RADICAL, in a stirring stretch duel from a furlong and a half out. MARVELLOUS MARVA, the favourite, with Mellisa Ward astride, finished third under an indecisive ride from the female apprentice, who was forced to check the five-year-old mare in tight quarters turning for home and again when challenging a furlong out. Set down on the outside after changing lanes, MARVELLOUS MARVA had too much to do and had to settle for third, denying Ward a second trophy win aboard the grey with whom she had won the Mark My Word Trophy on May 23. Thomas, who had earlier won the first of his three races for DaCosta with DYSFUNCTIONAL, returned to close the jockey-trainer three-timer with WINTER IS COMING in the final race of the day.last_img read more

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GTT increases speeds at no extra cost to its business customers

first_imgGTT on Saturday announced that it is increasing broadband Internet access speeds to its business customers for the same price currently paid. The increase in speeds is subject to a customer-by-customer analysis, where physical plant upgrades may be required; but, in some cases, customers will enjoy up to thrice their actual speeds.GTT continues to make substantial investments in its subsea cable network, the core Internet network in Guyana, along with improvements in its access network to businesses and residents.The present upgrade for business customers is another benefit from these investments. The telephone company, in a release, has stated that in addition to providing the highest quality and most affordable broadband service in Guyana, it provides the best mobile plans and devices for businesses.The telephone giant is urging the public to contact local representatives on 226-7777 or business@gtt.co.gy to discuss a GTT communications package that would enable the public to ‘Do More’.last_img read more

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Services set for Moran

first_img Her musical specialty was piano. She studied piano for 10 years under Margatet Lohmann at Whittier College. Moran dedicated 50 years of her professional life to the field of musical education. As a 30-year member of the the Whittier Musicians Club, she opened her home nany times for concerts and numerous other gatherings. Also a very active swimmer, Moran was a regular swimmer at the Whittier YMCA for 30 years. Married to Thomas Moran for 54 years, they both were totally dedicated to their family. She shared later years with her dear friend Dave Davies. She is survived by her four children: Mike Moran, Paul Moran, and Matthew Moran, all of Whittier, and daughter, Laurel Fryer of Santa Barbara, and six grand children. WHITTIER – A funeral will be held Saturday for Elsa Moran, former president of the Music Teachers Association of California, who died Tuesday following a stroke. She was 89. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. at Hermosa Gardens Cemetery, 900 N. Meridian Ave., Colton. Born March 21, 1918, Moran grew up in Colton. She came to Whittier to attend college, graduating from Whittier College and then continuing her musical education at Cal State Fullerton. Her funeral Saturday will be followed by a service of remembrance at 2 p.m. at her Whittier home, 5328 Magnolia Terrace.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Premier League opening weekend – Where to find live streams

first_img1 Premier League opening weekend – Where to find live streams This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukManchester United v Tottenham, Saturday, 12.45pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Two of last season’s top five, a pair of managers who love to attack, plus Manchester United have new signings aplenty on show. Still, they didn’t need all their fancy Sch- players like Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and, erm, MemphiSchdepay to paddle Spurs’ bottom 3-0 in March. Tottenham have strengthened their defence in the summer, but their lack of chances in that loss at Old Trafford (it was 89 minutes until they had a shot on goal) is a concern. Can they get a better supply line to the big Kane up front? We can’t wait to find out.Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Saturday, 3pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)It’s not a glam fixture, but the debut of possibly the smallest club ever to play in the Premier League is a heartwarming occasion. Yep, get ready for a whole world of being patronised, Bournemouth fans, as Eddie Howe’s plucky Cherries welcome Aston Villa to Dean Court, their 11,700-seater stadium. It’s also an early battle between two probable rivals in the survival race and a chance to see Danny Dyer – in his BAFTA award winning role as Villa manager Tim Sherwood – strut around like a nawty peacock on the touchline. Luvvly.Norwich v Crystal Palace, Saturday, 3pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)A lot to like in this game, because Carrow Road will be a bouncing, yellow-and-green hub of excitement as Norwich make their welcome Premier League return. It also pits a hotshot young manager in Alex Neil against a super-hot young manager (in his own mind) Alan ‘Austin Powers’ Pardew, who’s done some slick transfer business this summer. Connor Wickham is likely to make his debut and Yohan Cabaye (if fit) in particular is usually a pleasure to watch in a fixture that we fancy almost as much as Pards fancies himself.Everton v Watford, Saturday, 3pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Two managers who start the season already under pressure. Roberto Martinez, yet to prove that he can construct a Premier League-class defence, and Quique Flores, who’s yet to prove he can even manage Watford. The Hornets have 20 different nationalities and counting in their squad, which is cheeringly diverse. But, given their host of new signings, instant cohesion seems unlikely. The more stable Everton should take three points here. “Watford will come with a belief that they can compete with anyone,” says Martinez.Leicester v Sunderland, Saturday, 3pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Well, something had to be bottom. Sorry Mackems, but your team were dire to watch last season – and Dick Advocaat had to be begged out of retirement to take the managerial job. Leicester went one worse, digging up the decrepit remains of Claudio Ranieri – because apparently Jose Mourinho doesn’t find this league easy enough, so why not just give him six points right off, eh Foxes? That said, Leicester were fun to watch last season. Expect a 4-3 thriller at the King Power and rancid egg running down Sport’s face for placing this 10th. You’re welcome.Chelsea v Swansea, Saturday, 5.30pm (live on talkSPORT, and live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)They’re deserved title favourites, but Chelsea have had a surprisingly rubbish pre-season. Not just the loss to Arsenal, but also shipping four against New York Red Bulls – and is Diego Costa actually fit? Because his stand-ins look craptacular. Of course, we all expect Jose Mourinho will just crank his Blue Machine into life when games actually matter, but they don’t have it easy first up. Swansea were the quiet success story of 2014/15: if the champions are off the boil, they could take advantage.Arsenal v West Ham, Sunday, 1,30pm (live on talkSPORT, and live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)?Bit of an arse of a first match for new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. West Ham have lost their previous 10 games against Arsenal, which is a pretty ordinary record by any standard. That said, an early-season London derby is still a lively affair – especially now the Hammers have a stylish Frenchman of their own in Dimitri Payet. It would just be quite an Arsenal Thing if they were to go from the high of besting Chelsea 1-0 to failing to win against a new-look West Ham, like a hurdler flying out of the blocks only to clatter into the first obstacle.Newcastle v Southampton, Sunday, 1.30pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)In a league full of teams challenging for the title, aiming for the top four or scrapping for survival, here’s the match they’re billing as: The Battle Between Two Sides Who Will Finish Somewhere Between Seventh and 14th. Oh, that’s harsh! Southampton have thrilled us with their footy in recent seasons, while Newcastle are always an engrossing soap opera – and it’ll be interesting to see how Steve McClaren’s yo-yo managerial career goes next. But this game likely won’t produce the opening weekend’s big talking point.Stoke v Liverpool, Sunday, 4pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Like a big-time heavyweight going into an immediate rematch against a gnarled warrior who’s just knocked them spark out, Liverpool return to the Britannia Stadium: location of the end of last season’s 6-1 walloping. Frankly, Liverpool still look a bit chinny, with question marks hanging over their goalkeeper and defence – but they have a puncher’s chance with Christian Benteke leading a new-look attack that might also feature Danny Ings. Stoke, meanwhile, are forging a team of Barcelona rejects. Will it be a repeat or revenge?West Brom v Manchester City, Monday, 8pm (live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Not the most competitive challenge on paper for one of the title favourites, what with Manchester City having done the double over West Brom for the last three seasons. Tony Pulis is, however, a wily old fox who’s pulled down many a big club’s big pants, which makes this interesting – as does the (likely) competitive debut of £49m man Raheem Sterling for his new club. He’s shown flashes of superb form in pre-season, but this is a step up. The Baggies had a man sent off after 89 seconds against City in March, but conceded only three. Disciplined.last_img read more

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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino appeals against ban by Football League

first_imgFOOTBALL LEAGUE STATEMENT: Massimo Cellino pic.twitter.com/l34jb8Qyo0— EFL (@EFL) October 28, 2015 Massimo Cellino 1center_img Leeds owner Massimo Cellino will appeal against his latest Football League ban, it has been confirmed.Earlier this month Cellino was banned for a second time for breaching the Football League’s owners’ and directors’ rules following a conviction for tax evasion this year.The Italian served his previous ban from January until May, having been found guilty of failing to pay VAT on a yacht.Cellino, who has three further criminal cases against him still outstanding, had until October 28 to appeal against his latest ban subsequently submitted the necessary paperwork ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.If he is unsuccessful, the 59-year-old, who took over at Elland Road in April 2014, will be unable to take part in the day-to-day running of the Sky Bet Championship club, forcing him to pass control to someone else.The Football League has yet to confirm the length of any ban, but it is thought it would end in June 2016 – 12 months from the date of his conviction when it will be spent under English law.last_img read more

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Benefits of border crossing draw more upscale crowd

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Juan Manuel Guillermo was a year away from a law degree. Then his son got sick.The 9-month-old needed expensive intestinal surgery, so instead of finishing school, Guillermo headed north in hopes of joining his brother toiling in the sun-scorched fruit fields of California.“I wanted to get settled as a professional and be with my family … I never in my life thought I would go,” Guillermo, 22, said recently from the border city of Tijuana after his fourth unsuccessful attempt to cross into the United States.While many Americans associate Mexican immigration with poor, rural laborers, a large number of those seeking work in the United States these days are better-educated and hail from relatively well-to-do, middle-class backgrounds in the city. The 30-year-old, interviewed at a migrant shelter in Tijuana, said he would try to sneak into the United States and join friends in Nevada.“They told me that in Las Vegas I could earn $35 an hour repairing refrigerators,” he said.It’s hard to find any Mexican family – rich or poor – that doesn’t have relatives or friends in the United States.Even Felipe Calderon, the former energy secretary who leads the latest polls as the presidential candidate of the ruling, pro-business National Action Party, often mentions on the campaign trail that he has a cousin and brother-in-law there. He has refused to name them or divulge their legal status.Life for many Mexican professionals changes drastically when they cross the border. Some of the doctors, dentists and nurses who migrate see patients in their apartments because they don’t have the necessary certification or visa to work in hospitals or clinics.Of the estimated 10.6 million Mexicans – both legal and undocumented – who live in the United States, nearly 700,000, or about one in 15, have college degrees, said Rodolfo Tuiran, President Vicente Fox’s deputy secretary of social development until last year.He said migrants from major metropolitan areas, including the country’s three largest, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, are heading north at rates faster than their counterparts from many rural regions.A report published in April by Georgetown University and a Mexican government think tank found that Mexican migrants in the United States on the whole are slightly better educated than the average Mexican, who stays in school only through the eighth grade.“Their social and personal characteristics – including education – help them cope with the risks and costs of international mobility,” the study said.Wayne Cornelius, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, said middle-class families began heading north in droves after the peso collapses in 1982 and 1994 wiped out many people’s life savings.Cornelius said Mexico’s falling birth rate would eventually drive wages up in Mexico and help reduce migration but that it would be decades – if not generations – before any real impact is felt.“The problem is getting worse,” he said. “And that’s not going to change for a long time.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMany set aside years of training and education to illegally clean houses, take seasonal landscaping jobs or accept positions at meatpacking plants – all of which pay better than most white-collar work in their homeland.Many obtain visas to work, study or join family members already there. Hundreds of thousands do not.“Before, we saw only rural people with little education,” said Efrain Jimenez, vice president of a Los Angeles group serving migrants from the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas.“Now we see young professionals or those who, after years of working (in Mexico), haven’t been able to save up much money and look for other options.”That was the case for Jose Alvaro Lopez, whose three years of trade school and degree in appliance repair got him a job that paid only $100 a week in his native Ensenada, 45 miles south of the California border.last_img read more

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Lack of respect

first_imgSherman OaksScam, or ostrich?Re: “Global warming scam” (Your Opinion, Aug 3):James Glass writes, “Hundreds of actual scientists around the world dispute this conclusion (global warming) … It’s a scam, and you are a charlatan.” While many would like to discredit the concept of global warming and its causes by citing these “hundreds” of “actual scientists,” there are thousands upon thousands of scientists who feel differently.Some of these “actual” scientists have been shown to be pseudo scientists at best. Those who follow them, and the conservatives who promote them are like the ostrich sticking its head in the sand. Sorry, James Glass, we don’t have those 10,000-100,000 years to present the evidence you demand in order to take countermeasures.– Arnie MooreSherman OaksSinister denialRe: “Global warming scam” (Your Opinions, Aug. 3):James F. Glass claims that hundreds of scientists share his denial of global warming and says it’s nothing more than a scare-tactics scam to raise taxes, increase bureaucracy and reduce freedoms, etc. He says this in spite of the fact that he is clearly outnumbered by hundreds more in the worldwide scientific community who categorically agree that there really is a crisis and that we must act now.It’s tempting to dismiss this man as being nothing more harmless than a member of the Flat Earth Society. But his denial appears to be based on something far more sinister than that. Glass, like our myopic president, is typical of those who selfishly think only of ways to protect big business and themselves by killing all environmental regulations.– Richard McCurdyBurbankBlind support of IsraelRe: “Muslim council’s bias all too clear” (Their Opinions, Aug. 1):As the recent Middle Eastern violence flared, the Muslim Public Affairs Council gathered the media on July 23 and categorically stated our abhorrence at Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s targeting of Israeli civilians. Targeting civilians violates basic tenets of Islam. Despite plugged ears, our condemnations are clear.Would David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks be able to condemn Israel’s murderous campaign against Lebanese and Palestinian civilians? Highly doubtful, since blind support of Israel has trumped basic human rights.But anyone who dares to speak out against Israel does so at their own peril. In the U.S., you can criticize God, you can criticize Jesus, but you dare not criticize Israel. If so, be prepared to be called “extremist,” pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-God. The imbalance is breathtaking.– Omar RicciChair, Muslim Public Affairs CouncilLos AngelesGibson’s sincerityOf course the Jews will accept Mel Gibson’s apologies. We expect anti-Semitism. We grew up with it. We are pleasantly surprised when we witness the absence of it. It comes with the territory when 3 percent of the world`s population produces 90 percent of the brain power.It is to America to whom he should direct his apologies and for Americans to decide his sincerity. He accepted America`s hospitality and became a billionaire as a result. Then, in a drunken stupor, he expresses his true virulent feelings about the equality of man, the basis of our democracy. Mel’s got his money; he doesn`t need the Jews in America. The Jews may accept his apologies but not one Jew really believes he is sincere.– Bernard LehrerVenturaIgnored racial slur“While it is politically incorrect to say that all Muslims are terrorists, unfortunately, it’s true that all terrorists are Muslims.” This anti-Muslim statement was made on Bill O’Reilly’s show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” by the Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Dan Gillerman, on July 16, 2006.This accusation, that all terrorists are Muslims and that terrorism is strictly a Muslim phenomenon, is outrageous. Yet not one part of the media challenged Gillerman to apologize, but rather, the entire media simply ignored it. How is it that Gillerman’s comments went completely unreported while Mel Gibson’s comments made front-page headlines?– Mohammad AlhinnawiTarzanaCheap shotRe: “Illegal hoops” (Your Opinions, Aug. 2):I do not see how Betty Jenkins can go from the illegal basketball hoops story to bashing illegal immigrants. There is no logic to your connection, but your hatred for us immigrants is obvious.Immigrants have been blamed for everything bad in this country, while turning a blind eye to all the sacrifices and contributions we have done. I ask that people think twice before bashing us immigrants.– Victor Ordo?ezSan FernandoBalancing outRe: “Our youths are spoiled about draft” (Their Opinions, Aug. 3):Thomas Sowell made some interesting and I feel valid observations in his column. Having served voluntarily in the Army from 1960-63, I do not favor reinstating the draft, but I wonder if the seemingly uncontrollable numbers illegally immigrating to the United States in the South would in part be offset by large numbers illegally heading north to Canada in an effort to avoid the draft?– Ralph L. MyersWest HillsIt is our houseRe: “Look who’s falling short on decorum” (Aug. 3):Eric Garcetti is quoted as saying “Emily Post wouldn’t even invite these people over. We bring them into our house every day.”Therein lies the problem. The chambers are not “their” house. I am under the impression that as citizens of Los Angeles, the chambers aRe: “our” house. And I truly believe we have more manners.– Marianne C. MelleinEncinoThe Kennedy clanRe: “Star treatment” (Our Opinions, Aug.3):Although I agree with your editorial, the only real star treatment in this country is extended to members of the Kennedy family. Most recently, think Patrick Kennedy. He was not alcohol tested, was driven home by the police, and it was called addiction to prescription drugs. The ultimate star treatment, of course, was given to Teddy Kennedy at Chappaqquidick.– Diane NewtonNorthridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesNo more termsRe: “L.A.’s defiant council” (Our Opinions, Aug. 2):Wendy Greuel would like four more years’ eligibility as councilwoman for Sherman Oaks. The voters in her district would be better served by voting her out of office. Greuel brings big-time developers, big-time projects along with big-time congestion and traffic into Sherman Oaks. The unwanted Best Buy project, the Barone’s development purchased by developers from Dubai of the United Arab Emirates for $1 billion, and another blunder soon to come, known as the Water Gardens development. All of this, while apartment to condominium conversions and mansionizing go unabated in Sherman Oaks.But these are her special interests, not the residents of Sherman Oaks, where, by the way, she does not live. Don’t be fooled by Wendy Greuel.– Robert E. Simon Our elected officials of late have shown their contempt for the people they represent from the trash collection fee to even not allowing the people they represent to speak. Then to show their utter lack of respect for those who speak on issues of interest in Los Angeles, they let a former councilwoman, Jackie Goldberg, speak as long as she wanted on a totally unrelated topic.To add insult to injury, they now tell us that they are so stupid that they cannot learn to do their jobs in less than three terms so we should give them an extra term, and more pay. I don’t think so. What can we do as voters to hold these people accountable for their actions? Voting them out every four years is not enough. We need to be able to fire them before their terms are up.– David WhitelawEagle Rocklast_img
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Immigrant defies the odds to build a beautiful future

first_imgRESEDA – Twenty years ago, Maria Villalobos fled Bolivia with $900, her young son Jaime and hope for a better future. Her ex-husband had run off, the bank where she worked went bankrupt and her country’s economy was in shambles. She had a friend in North Hollywood, a place to stay and not much else. But even that sliver of hope didn’t last long, when she overstayed her welcome at the friend’s home, and her money ran out. She walked to the nearest church, Pentecostal Assemblies of God, and appealed for help. The pastor got her lodging with a friend, who helped get her a job in a garment factory. Villalobos, trained as an accountant in her native country, suddenly found herself working for 20 cents a garment. She never complained. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“If I didn’t work hard, I couldn’t pay my bills, I couldn’t send my son to school,” she said. “I said, I have to do this.” And she did. Making a better life for Jaime became her relentless focus. She moved on from garment-making and took a job as a nurse assistant in a convalescent home, working double shifts and running home in between to make sure he’d done his homework. On Sundays, she took him to church, then went back to work. She still held a tenuous grasp on English, so she taught herself the language through movies and books. Though her workday began at 7 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m., she found time to study at home. When she had days off, she took Jaime fishing. “She’s amazing, man, really, really amazing,” he said. “I have no clue how she did it. I used to look at her W-2s. She was earning $12,000, $14,000 a year, but she found a way to do it.” By the time Jaime, now 25 and working as an insurance broker in Orange County, graduated from high school, Villalobos was ready for another change. She went to cosmetology school and got a job in a salon. For another six years, she worked layering locks just so, learning how to transform a bad haircut into something flattering. She saved her money, bought a condo in North Hills, then traded up to a house in Reseda in 2000. Two years later, she sold the home when the market got hot and put the money in the bank. Recently, she invested the money to become a partner in the Golden Scissors Salon in Reseda. After years of laboring with her hands – which she still does – she now calls herself president and chief executive officer. “When I heard her story, her anguish, it was tough,” said Mark Wasson, her partner in the salon. “I grew up here, not wanting for anything, so I can’t imagine going through all the things she did. … I get tears in my eyes sometimes when I hear her story.” The two plan to run Golden Scissors not just as a business, but as an exercise in social responsibility. They want to offer English tutoring for employees and health insurance, possibly expanding into franchises or additional locations. Villalobos wants to build the business around women like her, women who persevered. “In the beginning, I was thinking of going back,” she said. “If I’d had the money, I would have left, but I realized I had to stay. Back there, there’s no way to get ahead.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mayor’s vision

first_imgRe “Mayor details plan to make L.A. more business-friendly” (Oct. 6): It’s such great vision that Mayor Villaraigosa says “we need to let business do business” and the “city needs to do less in the way of regulations and more in the way of cooperating and working with business.” It would be so much greater for the city’s economy and housing if he used the same concept for rental-housing policies. Affordable housing would be preserved, skilled jobs would boom, the tax base would be invigorated. The taxpayers would not be bled $100 million a year for an “affordable housing trust fund” or even have to think about a ballot item like Measure H for another billion dollars. – Victor N. Viereck AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsValley Village Global enough Re “Villaraigosa ready to sell L.A.” (Oct. 7): Mayor Villaraigosa states “We have to be a global city,” yet he follows that by saying “This city is home to the second-largest populations of 30 nations of the world and it’s growing.” Isn’t that global enough. What is he thinking? Obviously he has his mind on things other than working on our city. – Lois Rochetti West Hills Unlawful trip Re “Villaraigosa ready to sell L.A.” (Oct. 7): If Mayor Villaraigosa would take the time to understand the constitutional obligations of his office to the people of California and the United States, perhaps he would reconsider his unlawful trip to China and the Far East. Under Article I, Sect. 10, it states clearly that “no state shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederation …” The Constitution, which he has pledged to uphold, also states that “No state shall without the consent of Congress … keep troops or ships of war in time of peace, or enter into any agreement or compact with another state or with a foreign power.” Which Constitution is he looking at, the one from the United States or his own personal agenda? – Richard Diradourian Montrose Gubernatorial debate Re “Angelides fails to gain ground in debate” (Oct. 8): The so-called “debate” was a complete fiasco. What can one learn from these public displays of attacks on each other? Where were the meaningful answers to the questions posed? All I learned from the display of schoolboy tactics was that I don’t like either candidate and I am likely to vote for an independent. – Irving Leemon Porter Ranch Term limits Re “Special interests promote Prop. R” (Oct. 6): Big companies are putting large amounts of money in that “concrete jungle” – downtown Los Angeles. It doesn’t surprise me that they are bankrolling a campaign that’s raised $144,500 so far in support of extending the term limits of the City Council. They don’t want to get rid of the fat cats. They have them eating out of their hands. They have them trained and on a leash. As Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Association, said: “They’re looking to protect their investment.” How true. When is the San Fernando Valley going to get its share of the city’s money? They are going to clean up that concrete jungle and all we will end up with is the homeless that they have no shelter for. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Devil is in the details Re “Prop. 90 hammer can’t fine-tune law” (Their Opinions, Oct. 5): In attacking Prop. 90 relating to the power of eminent domain in California, Bob Scott points out a problem that is all too common with ballot propositions – they use a cannon when a BB gun would do. Often this is because those behind the proposition use a pretty face to disguise a hidden agenda. On their face, many propositions and bond issues sound great but the devil is in the details and often they include many provisions that create more problems than they solve such as in Props. 90 and 83 (the so-called “Jessica’s Law”) or in bond issues that include a lot of pork for funding special-interest projects, such as Props. 1B, 1C and 84. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades Cardenas responds Re “Time to remember” (Your Opinions, Oct. 5): William P. Mouzis’ opinion stating my office had not been responsive to his inquiries is inaccurate and misdirected. I have taken a solid stand on alleviating noise at Van Nuys Airport by spearheading the city legislation that supports phasing out all Stage 2 jets. I have clearly supported Part 151 and 160 studies imposing stronger noise controls. The Master Plan had languished for 13 years until I stepped in and did it within the first two years of my term. Maybe his real frustration should be directed to the FAA. The federal agency needs to implement the phaseout immediately and work more closely with local leaders to improve the residents’ quality of life. – Tony Cardenas Councilman, District 6 Bush isn’t running Somebody needs to tell the leaders of the Democratic Party that President Bush is not running for office in the state of California. They seem to be of the opinion that all they have to do to defeat a Republican candidate is to tie him to a president that “everyone” dislikes. Many of us are also very tired of being lectured by union spokesmen and -women with strong dislikes and big want lists. – Joe Bott West Hills Balanced Bill Re “Clinton’s birthday gift to Fox” (Viewpoint, Oct. 8): A Republican congressman resigns in disgrace after confessing to inappropriate e-mail correspondence with minors (which he vowed to protect from online predators). The speaker of the House was warned by the congressman’s own aide about this disgusting behavior years before and did nothing about it. Right-wing politicians are embroiled in scandal all year and Bill O’Reilly congratulates Chris Wallace on his “hit job” on Bill Clinton, asking why he didn’t do more to capture Osama bin Laden? Didn’t O’Reilly say sometime last week that those in the media need to stop hyperpartisan reporting? Can you say “hypocrite”? If O’Reilly is really fair and balanced like he wants us all to believe, he would be more judgmental of the conservatives we all know he admires so much. – Kyle Laurent Newhall Great teachers Re “Top educators put young minds first” (Sept. 30): I guess that the “Sweet 16” results mean that outstanding teachers do not work in LAUSD – right? It must figure that great teachers will come from communities where the population is middle class or above, where children have the right environment to foster learning, and where college-educated parents get involved and take the time to nominate teachers for awards. Maybe the true test of a great teacher is the willingness to work in an area where children and parents have limited education and English skills, where parents do not have the time to get involved, where children come to school hungry and wearing the same clothes for days, and where resources are scarce. Outstanding teacher awards are great, but they are not the only measure of success. My hat is off to the hard-working teachers in LAUSD. – John Horn Granada Hills Felons and bullets Re “Study: L.A. felons can buy bullets” (Oct. 6): Why is a violent convicted felon on the street anyway? If he were incarcerated, there would be no worry of him buying ammo. – Daniel G. Mattera Thousand Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. TUESDAY Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Glenda at (661) 259-3422. Volunteer training class, 1-4 p.m. at the William S. Hart Museum, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Second of four sessions. Call Sabina Miller at (661) 254-4584. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Tutor Time, 17150 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Business seminar, titled “How to Invest in Real Estate,” 6:45-8 p.m. in the Newhall Room at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (818) 388-6133 to R.S.V.P. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Canyon Country Advisory Committee will meet, 7-9 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call Al Ferdman at (661) 713-9344. World War II Veterans from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Tuskegee Airmen will speak, 7 p.m. at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4918. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. THURSDAY Planned Giving seminar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 27710 N. The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3023. Medicare lecture will explain Medicare Part D, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444 .160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association Law Appreciation Day, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $50. Call (661) 287-3260. Information meeting for students interested in traveling to China, 6 p.m. in Room R-206 in the library at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call Sherrill Pennington at (661) 362-3717. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. last_img read more

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