Busy week for Bike Club continues with mountain bike race

first_imgVancouver’s Tyson Koempffer placed second in the race with a time of 37:03 and Gary Hilderman rounding out third place at 37:42.The busy week continues for the Blizzard Bike Club, whose members will be racing in another Baldonnel time trial Thursday evening, then will participate in the Fort St. John Triathlon Sunday, June 2.For more information on the local Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the Club’s official website.- Advertisement –last_img

La Mirada returns incumbent to office

first_imgVoter turnout was 10.3 percent. Dames, 69, and Malkin, 62, were elected to fourth terms, while Jones, 59, was elected to his third term. This should be Malkin’s last four years on the council. During the campaign, he said he doesn’t plan to run again. The results were not a surprise, Dames said. “It’s very difficult to beat an incumbent,” he said. “An incumbent would almost have to screw up.” LA MIRADA – Concluding a no-frills campaign, voters on Tuesday returned incumbents Pete Dames, Steve Jones and Hal Malkin to the City Council, where each will serve another four years. The three defeated 28-year-old substitute teacher Mark Del Pino, who ran a youth-oriented campaign. He had called for more diversity on the La Mirada City Council and said his youth would have brought a different perspective to the body. He also had hoped to overcome a lack of name identity through use of his MySpace Web site, some signs and word of mouth. He favored creating more park space and new recreational programs for youngsters not into sports. Malkin received 2,098 votes and 31.4 percent of the vote, Jones, 2,037 and 30.4 percent, and Dames, 1,951 votes and 29.1 percent. Meanwhile, Del Pino was limited to 591 votes and 8.9 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday. In addition to win, you need to be visible and contribute to the community.” The last incumbent to lose in La Mirada was Ken Jones in 1986. Jones had some advise for Del Pino. “If he’s really serious (about running), he needs to do some volunteer work or apply for a commission,” he said. Challengers also have it difficult because things are going well in La Mirada, Jones said. “Our challenge is to remain vigilant to make sure things keep going well.” Malkin said the goal during the next four years will be to complete projects, such as the aquatic center, move of Home Depot and a new residential project on Alondra Boulevard. “We’ve got a lot of stuff on the plate,” Dames said. The three incumbents each spent between $1,500 and $1,800, choosing not to raise any money. Instead, they relied on money left over from past campaigns. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Battling bias

first_imgWHITTIER – When he asked his landlord if he could pay his $750 rent on the second Wednesday of the month instead of the first, Ricardo Castro didn’t think he was asking for much. After all, he wasn’t asking for a rent reduction, the Whittier man said. “I was just asking for time,” Castro said of his request more than a year-and-a-half ago to his landlord at the Whispering Fountains Apartments on Washington Avenue, where he has lived for two years. Castro, 57, is disabled with myriad ailments, including Bell’s palsy, diabetes, hypertension, gallstones and arthritis. He is on a waiting list for a liver transplant. His monthly Social Security check does not arrive until the second Wednesday of the month, and his $458 pension check, which arrives on the first of the month from his former job working in a factory, was not enough to cover the rent. The stress from dealing with his landlord, and his inability to have his rent date changed – even after Castro produced medical and financial records backing his claim – negatively affected his health, he said, especially his Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes the facial muscles to weaken or become paralyzed. “I thought I was having a stroke,” Castro said of the reoccurrence of the disease, which sent him to the emergency room last summer with symptoms of partial facial paralysis, slurred speech, headache and disorientation. After reading a story about a case similar to his in a newspaper, Castro contacted the Housing Rights Center, a private, nonprofit, housing-rights organization. “What Mr. Castro was asking was not unreasonable,” said Frances Espinoza, executive director of the Housing Rights Center. She said that the incidence of disability-based discrimination complaints has increased in the last four years. “Ten years ago, housing discrimination based on race accounted for the highest number of complaints,” Espinoza said. “Now, that’s No. 3.” The trend is not a local one. For the second year in a row, according to a report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing discrimination based on disability and race topped the list of reasons why individuals filed complaints. Of the more than 10,328 discrimination cases filed nationwide, 40 percent were based on disabilities, while race-based discrimination accounted for 39.1 percent of the total, according to the report. California led the nation with the most complaints filed last year by those alleging housing discrimination based on race or disability. The state had 1,313 housing discrimination complaints overall last year, said HUD spokesperson Shantae Goodloe. Texas was second with 939, followed by Florida with 574 complaints. In Castro’s case, after the center’s demand letter was rejected, the group filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this year. A settlement between Castro and his landlord was reached March 22. The agreement allowed Castro to pay only $458 of last month’s rent, which will allow him to catch up financially and start paying the whole amount as of April 1. David Moring, attorney for Meadow Limited Partner, which owns Castro’s apartment building, said his client never sought to discriminate against the disabled. “It’s not a problem of disability,” he said. “It’s one of budgeting.” He explained that Castro, like all tenants, signed a lease agreement. Any change in the rental payment to accommodate one tenant would result in an “administrative nightmare,” he said. As for Castro, he will continue to try to meet the due date, or pay a $25 late charge. “I’m not trying to cause trouble,” said Castro. “I like living here; I like my neighbors. I just can’t understand why it can’t be changed.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

Teacher agrees to plea bargain

first_imgOrozco said the city is pleased with the settlement. “Adults and faculty should not be facilitating that kind of activity,” she said. “\ we didn’t want this particular set of facts to keep him from teaching, but that’s not our decision to make.” Mills has been on paid administrative leave from PHS following the Dec. 20 incident and has been working daily at the district offices, said PUSD Assistant Superintendent George McKenna. Charges were filed against Mills on Dec. 22. Substitute teachers have handled Mills’ math classes, which is standard procedure, McKenna has said. As of Monday afternoon, no decisions had been made as to Mills’ future in the district, though McKenna said Mills could be reinstated at the school since the crime to which he pleaded no contest was a misdemeanor. He said it would be up to Pasadena High School Principal Derick Evans whether Mills would continue coaching football in the fall. Evans did not return two calls Monday. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Pasadena High School football coach Kevin Mills pleaded no contest Monday to disturbing the peace for allowing two teens to fight on school grounds in December. Mills, who has long coached the Pasadena Bulldogs and who also teaches mathematics, faces a year of probation at an Aug. 22 sentencing hearing for allowing his nephew, Michael Harrison, 16, to fight with John Muir High student Johnny McCann. Harrison is on the school’s football team. Mills was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. But he agreed to a reduced charge of disturbing the peace, also a misdemeanor, as part of a plea bargain, said Pasadena’s Chief Prosecutor Connie Orozco Monday. “This is sort of a hand slap, an acknowledgment that he shouldn’t have allowed these kids to fight,” she said. “We didn’t necessarily want to end a career over this.” last_img read more

A calm Halloween night for the local RCMP

first_imgAside from the call of a man down on the steps of the St. Martin’s Anglican Church, which Cpl. Shelkie maintains of significance, there were no other incidents that she says stand out.“As far as anything having to do with Halloween or anything like that, there was nothing of note,” Cpl. Shelkie explained.This doesn’t mean it was a crime free night however, as Cpl. Shelkie does acknowledge some of the calls received, albeit nothing out of the ordinary for a Friday night.- Advertisement -Some of the calls include reports of sexual assault, public intoxication, possession of a drug, loss of properly and issues pertaining to metal health to name a few.Cpl. Shelkie says the take-away from this experience indicates residents’ going out on the town get “the message” the RCMP continues driving home.“I really think the message is getting out to people that there’s safety on many levels,” Cpl. Shelkie concluded. “Safety for the children first of all in the evening, and than safety for the adults as well; if they’re going out to celebrate the occasion that they’re getting the message ‘don’t drive and drive’, and that they’re making wise choices about how to get home.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery appointed Arsenal manager

first_imgWenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League — 37 points behind champions Manchester City — and failing to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal will be wary of the turmoil at Manchester United after the departure of long-serving manager Alex Ferguson in 2013 but said the choice of Emery was unanimous.“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal’s website.“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the decision to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous.“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” he said.“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”Emery, 46, left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital.The Spaniard, who will be unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates later on Wednesday, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal.It follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past yearBefore moving to France in 2016, Emery had a significant track record of success Spain, winning three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla.Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the past five seasons but have consistently failed to mount a credible title challenge since they were last crowned Premier League winners in 2004.Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups during his time in charge, his crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.The club will be desperate to re-establish themselves among the Premier League elite.Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals earlier this month meant Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Gunner? Unai Emery looks set to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal managerLONDON, United Kingdom, May 23 – Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates.last_img read more

Not easy making signings in January -Emery

first_img0Shares0000Emery was speaking after the 3-2 defeat to Southampton on Sunday at St Mary’s, where Hector Bellerin was forced off at half-time with what appeared to be a calf problem.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 17 –  Arsenal head coach Unai Emery admits he could struggle to address their growing injury crisis in defence during the January transfer window.Emery was speaking after the 3-2 defeat to Southampton on Sunday at St Mary’s, where Hector Bellerin was forced off at half-time with what appeared to be a calf problem. The Saints had twice taken the lead through Danny Ings, although they were pegged back by goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan on each occasion, before Charlie Austin’s late winner halted the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Emery was forced to field a makeshift defence with Laurent Koscielny starting his first league game of the season, alongside Stephan Lichtsteiner, while Nacho Monreal featured at left-back after Sead Kolasinac complained of a tight thigh prior to kick-off.Both Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi were unavailable through suspension, and the north Londoners were exposed at the back for all three of the hosts’ goals.Bellerin is expected to be sidelined for “some weeks”, but Emery isn’t confident of rectifying the situation next month when the transfer window reopens.“I don’t know now because we don’t have a lot of possibilities in January, but maybe we can think of someone to sign to help us,” the Spaniard said after the match.“[But] only if we think they are the player that can give us good performance. It’s not easy. I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it’s not a big possibility with players.“The club is working and only if some player can help us with a high level [will we make a signing].”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Residents want change in Caltrans road project

first_img“We’re finding out about this thing last,” said Carrie Scoville, a member of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council who led discussions at Tuesday night’s informal meeting. Caltrans representatives were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting, but Caltrans spokeswoman Maria Raptis said that the agency tried to inform residents about the landscaping work before it began. “We did go door-to-door handing out fliers to those who are most impacted by the project,” she said, defining that group as the “immediate neighbors.” Scoville and the approximately 10 residents, most of whom live adjacent the area being landscaped, suggested that, among other things, Caltrans plant low-maintenance vegetation, notify neighbors before work is done, put down fabric to guard against wind and water erosion and prioritize work to plant near houses first. “Caltrans now knows that we exist,” Scoville said, noting that agency representatives are taking another look at their plans after getting negative feedback from residents at an Aug. 14 neighborhood council meeting. By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER A small group of San Pedro residents dissatisfied with Caltrans handling of the ongoing planting and irrigation project along SR-47 and the 110 freeway met and suggested changes in the plan earlier this week. The goal of the $2 million overhaul is to improve the roadside landscaping, both functionally and aesthetically, on Route 47 from Gaffey Street to Harbor Boulevard, and on Route 110 from Gaffey Street to Channel Street. Clearing of the old plants and brush – which neighbors say was neglected for years – began this summer and upset residents who say they were not informed of the plans. Raptis confirmed that the plans are being modified slightly. “I wouldn’t say it’s being revamped, but we are changing the placement of the trees,” she said. “Some \ want shade and some want the view, so we’re going to be placing them differently.” As for implementing the suggestions made by those at Tuesday’s meeting, Raptis said they are open to ideas but must also abide by agency conventions. “Community input is very important to Caltrans in all of our activities, but there is a balance to what we must achieve,” she said. The Caltrans project will be discussed at the Sept. 11 Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in a new location at the Port of Los Angeles High School auditorium. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Pedophile suspect found in Thailand

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Bingo! We’ve got him,” police Maj. Gen. Wimol Powintara said. Neil was being driven to Bangkok, about 130 miles away, Wimol said. Wimol declined to give details of the arrest, saying a news conference would be held in Bangkok later in the day. Shortly before the arrest, Wimol said police rushed to the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday night after receiving credible information that Neil had fled there. Residents said they had spotted the Canadian near the home of a Thai man who police say had helped Neil to meet boys in the past, Wimol said. Neil lived in Thailand from 2002 to early 2004, police said. By Sutin Wannabovorn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK, Thailand – A Canadian schoolteacher suspected of pedophilia was arrested today in northeastern Thailand after an international manhunt that included the release of his unscrambled Internet photos to the public. The suspect, 32-year-old Christopher Paul Neil, had been hiding in the town of a Thai friend who used to arrange some of his sexual liaisons with boys, police said. Thai authorities issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Neil after determining that he may have sexually abused boys in Thailand, in addition to the dozen Cambodian and Vietnamese boys, some as young as 6, whom Interpol suspects he abused. At Thailand’s request, Interpol also issued an international wanted persons notice for Neil. The so-called “Red Notice” from the France-based international police agency was to be circulated worldwide requesting the subject’s arrest so he can be extradited. The Thai arrest warrant was based on the testimony of one boy, who said he was lured to Neil’s apartment in Bangkok by a Thai man, Wimol said. The boy was one of three Thai youths, aged 9, 13 and 14 at the time, who contacted police Wednesday after seeing Neil’s photograph on television. They claimed he had paid them to perform oral sex on him in 2003, Wimol said earlier, adding that the Canadian allegedly also had sex with at least one other underaged male. The boys said the suspect showed them pornographic images on his computer at his apartment in Bangkok, and paid them each $16 to $32, Wimol said. Neil has taught at various schools in Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam since at least 2000.160Want 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


first_imgA shop assistant thought she was going to be killed when two men robbed her shop.Shauna Cooper was left terrified and fearing for her life when two men robbed Munchies confectionary shop in Buncrana.One of two brothers appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with the robbery of the shop on February 15th, 2011. Richard McDonagh, 31, had pleaded guilty to the charge.His brother Francis has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.Ms Cooper, who was then 23, was working in the shop when the two men arrived.Francis McDonagh pushed her back when she tried to stop the men from coming behind the counter.Ms Cooper told investigators “I was fearful for my life and that he was going to hit me. I had visions in my head that I was going to be killed and didn’t know if they were going to pull a gun or a knife.”The men eventually grabbed the till drawer which contained €200 and fled the scene, pulling boxes down as they went to block Ms Cooper from following them.The Gardai were alerted and the two men were caught a short time later as Ms Cooper identified them.The court heard that Richard McDonagh, of Castle Avenue, Buncrana, was out on bail for other alleged offences and had 49 previous convictions.Defence barrister Fiona Crawford said her client had battled with a drug and drink addiction but was now clean for seven months and was attending a programme in prison.Judge John O’Hagan described the robbery as a shocking, scary and frightening experience for Ms Cooper.“She didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said.Judge O’Hagan sentenced McDonagh to two and a half years in prison and backdated it to November, 2012 when he was first put in custody.SHOP ASSISTANT THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO BE KILLED DURING HOLD-UP was last modified: January 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaFrancis McDonaghGardaiLetterkenny Circuit CourtMunchiesRichard McDonaghShauna Cooperlast_img read more