Ayo says La Salle move not for money, denies signing lucrative contract

first_imgWhat upset him the most, however, was the contract rumors have hurt his reputation since leaving for Taft.“It seems like I’m doing this for money, but that’s not the case. I’m doing this because I love basketball, this opportunity, and I just want to win,” he said. “I have enough and I have a simple lifestyle. I’m a politician and it’s my reputation that’s getting destroyed. That’s my plea because all of those talks are not true.”Ayo hopes that speaking out on the issue will finally put the talks to rest as he would rather focus on his current job with the Green Archers.“It’s not my fault that I’m here in La Salle. I’m grateful that I’m here because when La Salle hired me, I didn’t have any plans on coming back here in Manila. In spite the fact that a lot of things have been said about me, I forgive them all,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I just signed a contract with La Salle last September that will expire this December. But we have an arrangement with the managers,” he said after La Salle failed to defend its crown and settled for a runner-up finish in UAAP Season 80 on Sunday.Ayo also finally addressed the reported lucrative deal that sent him packing from Letran to La Salle, saying that the supposed three-year, P9-million contract was nothing but a hoax.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I just want to clarify it to you guys because since I went from Letran to La Salle, I’m bothered by the messages I’ve been receiving about the contract I signed with La Salle. That’s not true,” he said.The fiesty coach also said that he didn’t necessarily need a contract to continue assuming his duties for the Green Archers. “It’s ok for me if I don’t have a contract because I trust the bosses.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Aldin Ayo mum on rumored transfer to UST Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLa Salle coach Aldin Ayo set the record straight and said that while his contract with La Salle is ending this month, that doesn’t mean that he’s going anywhere.At least for the next few months.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more



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Lowly-ranked Russians, Saudis meet to kick off World Cup

first_imgInjuries disrupted Russia’s World Cup preparations, with forward Alexander Kokorin and defenders Georgy Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin sustaining severe knee injuries earlier this year.That forced Cherchesov into some late shake-ups. Expect Fyodor Smolov to start up front and for more tinkering with the defense. Cherchesov abandoned his usual three-man backline with wing-backs in favor of a four-man defense against Austria last month, but Russia lost 1-0 and failed to register a shot on target.VINTAGEThe average age of players in the Russia and Saudi Arabia squads is almost 29 — among the oldest in the tournament — and each boasts a pair of players with more than 100 international appearances.For the Russians, there’s captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with 105 caps, plus the 38-year-old central defender Sergei Ignashevich (121).Osama Hawsawi has played 135 times for Saudi Arabia, and midfielder Taiseer Al-Jassim has 132 caps.DOPING SHADOWRussian football was embroiled in the country’s doping scandal, with whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov claiming his Moscow laboratory covered up failed drug tests.Rodchenkov has said one player benefited from the cover-up, but didn’t identify him or specify whether the player made Russia’s final 23-man World Cup squad.Defender Ruslan Kambolov, who was in the preliminary squad, was investigated by FIFA over alleged doping, but lawyers said FIFA dropped the case. FIFA hasn’t confirmed that. FILE – In this June 8, 2018 fiel photo Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari, right, duels for the ball with Germany’s Joshua Kimmich during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany, in preparation for the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)MOSCOW — The World Cup is set to start and finish with games at the opposite ends of the spectrum.The lowest-ranked teams at the tournament will meet in the opener Thursday when Russia hosts Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which is also venue for the July 15 final.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nigeria’s bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup unis LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ CLASH OF COACHESJuan Antonio Pizzi and Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov bring very different personalities and coaching tactics to the tournament.Pizzi won the 2016 Copa America title with Chile using an all-action style with constant pressure on the opposition. He’ll struggle to replicate that with a Saudi team he took over after it had qualified for the World Cup.Cherchesov favors a more defensive approach. Cherchesov, known for his prickly demeanor in interviews, responded to questions about what he’d say to Russian fans who are nervous about their team’s poor form by saying he’s “no psychologist, to go around calming people down.”RUSSIA’S REPLACEMENTSADVERTISEMENT The No. 70-ranked Russians got an automatic spot as tournament host and the Saudis, at No. 67, have the lowest ranking of the 31 countries which secured places via qualifying. They’re the longest of long shots to reach the final.The home team will likely need to win to have a realistic hope of advancing from Group A, and is expected to have Russian President Vladimir Putin in the crowd for support as it bids to end a winless streak of seven games. Only one World Cup host nation has failed to get past the group stage — South Africa in 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe other two teams in the group, Egypt and Uruguay, boast star forwards in Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez who could cause major problems for the Russia and Saudi defenses.The Saudis lost their last three games but remain upbeat at their first World Cup appearance for 12 years. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more



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Guyana fires back at Venezuela for denying military shooting

first_img–  cautions against destabilisation of diplomatic relationsThe Guyana Government has expressed grave concerns about the Venezuelan Government’s staunch denial of the shooting incident which almost claimed the lives of four Guyanese.Approximately two weeks after the alleged shooting incident in the Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), the Venezuelan Government has denied that the shooting occurred, maintaining that officers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces did not open fire at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officers as is being reported locally.Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips officially announced on May 30, 2016, that workers attached to GGMC came under fire from the Venezuelan Army whilst they were patrolling an area along the border.The Guyana Government had since dispatched a Note Verbale to the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveying its gravest concern over this incident, and calling on the Venezuelan Government to desist from such provocative and dangerous actions on the border.However the Venezuelan Government issued a media release, denying that the incident ever occurred.Responding to this development, the Guyana Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement Sunday evening, registering its deepest concerns over the fact that the Venezuelan Government did not find the courtesy to formally respond to the claims, but to instead choose to strongly deny the allegations, especially in light of the diplomatic situation.According to the statement, the Venezuelan Government’s stance flies in the face of direct reports which the authorities of Guyana received from the victims as well as the explanation which the representatives from Guyana’s military received from the Venezuelan army Corporal In Charge of the six troops who were involved in the incident.“The Venezuelan authorities would have done well to have checked with the troops in question at the observation post, La Boca, on Ankoko Island who had furnished Guyana’s investigators with an explanation which the Government of Guyana believes and which it has found to involve unacceptable behaviour because it assumed that they had rights of policing the river which is in Guyana’s territory,” the statement posited.The Foreign Affairs Ministry reminded that in the past such incidents led to the loss of lives.“It is irresponsible to brush off this incident, an occurrence which the Government of Guyana continues to hold as being completely reprehensible” the government stated.In this regard, the Guyana Government reiterated that it categorically dismissed the claims by the Venezuelan Government that Guyana’s actions are part of an international media campaign to destabilise their country.Furthermore, the Guyana Government re-emphasised that Venezuela must desist from such provocative actions on Guyana’s border since such acts could only lead to destabilisation of relations between the two countries.Recently, President David Granger had expressed confidence that the situation will not escalate into an international conflict, noting that it was just a localised matter: “It is localised…It was a local incident and we are not saying that there is no fault but my information is that the rain was falling very heavily and there might have been some misunderstanding with the boat that was taking the officials….”Nonetheless, Granger made it clear that the matter is still unacceptable.This is not the first time there has been tension at the Guyana/Venezuela border. In September last year, the Venezuelan military dispatched heavily armed troops as well as a gunboat and other heavy artillery to the Cuyuni area.Then in December, a Venezuelan helicopter landed at the Kaikan Airstrip, in the said Region Seven.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have been tense over the past few months because the Bolivarian Republic continues to lay claim to over 2/3 of Guyana’s territory, even though an 1899 Arbitration panel awarded the disputed Essequibo region to Guyana.In February 1966, just before Guyana was granted Independence, in Geneva, Switzerland, the governments of British Guiana, the United Kingdom and Venezuela signed an agreement to resolve its contentions, but Venezuela has sporadically raised the controversy it created.The controversy was reignited by Venezuela when the Guyana Government granted access to the US-based oil exploration company ExxonMobil, allowing it to drill for oil in the Stabroek block offshore Essequibo.The Venezuelan Government was peeved at this move and made direct contact with the oil company, urging it to discontinue its drilling activities in the area. Saying it had no part in the territorial issue, the oil company went ahead with its drilling.President Maduro later issued a decree on May 26, 2015, which purported to ratify maritime sovereignty over waters within 200 miles including the entire Atlantic Ocean off the Essequibo Coast as well as part of Suriname’s maritime territory and an area which is under dispute with Colombia.Guyana has been seeking UN help in resolving the issue and has sought a juridical settlement if the UN process fails.last_img read more



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Dental records may help ID female body as missing teen

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALIFORNIA CITY – Kern County coroner’s investigators on Tuesday sought dental records needed to establish the identity of a decomposed female body found Sunday in California City near where a missing teenage girl was last seen two weeks ago, a police official said. Jamesha Terry, 14, who lives in the area, was last seen about 3:45p.m. March19 at the Aspen Mall on Bay Avenue near 82nd Street, California City Police Lt. Steve Colerick said. The body was found in an open field in the 21000 block of Neuralia Road, Colerick said. Colerick said the body was decomposed beyond recognition, and it was difficult to determine the victim’s age. Kern County investigators assigned to the case attended Tuesday’s autopsy in Bakersfield. They sought help from the FBI in producing Terry’s dental records. “For the sake of the family and (Terry), I pray that it’s not her and that she’s still alive,” Colerick said.last_img read more



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Chapa Dimba na Safaricom heads to Coast

first_img“We expect a highly competitive set of matches from what we have seen with the eight teams so far. I urge people to turn up in large numbers to support their favorite teams,” said Michael Karanja, Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast Region Co-ordinator.Out of a total 98 teams that participated in the qualifiers from the Coast Region, four boys teams; Kaya Stars, Young Muslims, Young Gunners and Yanga will join four girls teams; Kaloleni Starlets, Kwale Queens, Emmaussians and Malindi Action in the regional finals.The second of the scheduled eight regional finals will begin with coaching and scouting clinics on Thursday and Friday to be attended by over 100 Chapa Dimba coaches from North Eastern, Eastern, Central and Coast regions.The clinics will be conducted by certified La Liga Coaches and will involve theoretical lectures and on-field sessions.The players will also be taken through life skills and mentorship sessions on the weekend of the competition before taking to the pitch in the evening.The winning teams will walk away with Sh200,000 each and a chance to represent the region in the national finals set for June 2020. The runners up will pocket Sh100,000 with a host of individual prices set to be won.In the first regional final, Garissa’s Berlin FC successfully defended their North Eastern regional title after beating Al Ansar 2-0 at the Technical Training College Grounds (TCC) in Garissa in a repeat of last season’s final.After the regional finals, an all-Star team comprising of 16 girls and 16 boys will be selected to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga Football Academies.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shimanzi Youth players celebrate after clinching the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Coast region boys’ title on April 8, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – The battle for the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom glory heads to Mombasa County this weekend where the Coast regional finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Bomu Stadium in Changamwe.Reigning Champions Shimanzi Youth and Changamwe Starlets were both bundled out of the tournament at the group stages paving way for new champions to be crowned.last_img read more



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Supervisors to weigh legal report of indicted Orange County Sheriff Carona

first_imgSANTA ANA – Orange County supervisors will weigh a legal report today regarding the status of Sheriff Michael Carona, who placed himself on a leave of absence to work with his attorneys to prepare for his upcoming federal trial on corruption charges. The report was prepared by County Counsel Ben de Mayo in response to a request by the Board of Supervisors. It explores the legal issues surrounding Carona’s authority to declare himself on leave and name Undersheriff Jo Ann Galisky acting sheriff. Carona was indicted on Oct. 30 along with his wife, Deborah Carona and attorney Debra Hoffman, who is described in the 10-count indictment as the sheriff’s long-time mistress. Prosecutors claim the Caronas and Hoffman sold access to the sheriff’s office for tens of thousands of dollars and gifts, including a boat, pricey watches, tickets to the World Series and a Las Vegas boxing match. Additionally, the state constitution sets out that promised compensation is a protected right, according to de Mayo. De Mayo also said the Board of Supervisors has no power to direct the manner in which the sheriff’s statutorily prescribed duties are performed or to appoint deputies for him. “The under-sheriff is a general deputy” who may have “certain powers in cases of the absence or sickness of his principal…,” de Mayo wrote, quoting a court decision. But because Carona is still the department head, Galisky is not the “acting sheriff” but remains undersheriff. “There is no formal title “Acting Sheriff” because Sheriff Carona still holds the office of Sheriff-Coroner,” de Mayo wrote. “His 60-day absence is voluntary and is not a legal impediment to his ability to exercise his duties as Sheriff. Sheriff Carona retains the complete discretion to return to his duties at any time during this voluntary `leave of absence,”‘ de Mayo wrote. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champCarona, who is not accused of using public funds for personal use, is set to go on trial before a jury on June 10. Supervisors asked the county counsel to explore the county’s legal obligation regarding the payment of Carona’s salary during a leave of absence. Supervisor Chair Chris Norby has said leaves of absence are voluntary and employees are not paid. He said the supervisors had been deluged by phone calls and e-mails from constituents concerned about the issue. De Mayo quoted both court precedent and the California Constitution in addressing whether supervisors can deprive Carona of his salary under a self- imposed leave of absence. “There is no provision in the law for depriving an elected officer of his or her salary during the officer’s temporary absence from his or her duties on account of personal reasons,” de Mayo wrote, citing case law. last_img


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AMAZING PICTURES OF COUNTY DONEGAL FROM 1959

first_imgHorn Head, 1959THEY are snaps which have evoked a lot of memories since we shared them on our Facebook page over Christmas.A family picture at Cnoc Fola, Gaoth Dobhair, in 1959.Well here’s some more from around the county taken by Scottish photographer Douglas Campbell. When he died in 2007 at the age of 94, his son Duncan inherited his photographic collection.This contained 35,000 colour slides, assembled over half a century, documenting his travels and observations. By June 2012, Duncan had brilliantly digitized his fathers transparencies and made them available to the world via Flickr. This included two visits to Ireland by Douglas, his wife Kathleen and their children in 1958 and 1959 which you will find at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedouglascampbellshow/collections/72157608241465536/ …Enjoy….and if you have old snaps you want to share, email them to info@donegaldaily.com. Include as much information as possible. That snap from Bloody Foreland in 1959 Derrybeg, Gaoth Dobhair in 1959A thatched cottage in Killybegs in 1959Another snap from Horn Head by Douglas Campbell. Taken in 1959 Working in the fields of north Sligo in 1959Shipquay Street in Derry in 1959The Foyle, Derry City, 1959 AMAZING PICTURES OF COUNTY DONEGAL FROM 1959 was last modified: December 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:1959Bloody ForelandDerryDouglas CampbellDuncan CampbellHorn HeadKillybegspictures of Donegalsligolast_img read more



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DD SPORTS NOTICE: NORTHWEST 10K AGM WILL TAKE PLACE EARLY NEXT MONTH

first_imgNorthwest 10k AGMThe AGM of the Northwest 10k will take place on Thursday 11th December at 6.30 in the Mount Errigal Hotel.  DD SPORTS NOTICE: NORTHWEST 10K AGM WILL TAKE PLACE EARLY NEXT MONTH was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AGMathleticsNorhtwest 10kNoticesSportlast_img



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GARDAI TO DIG UP SHALLOW GRAVE AS SEARCH FOR MARY BOYLE INCREASES

first_imgGardai are to excavate a shallow grave in their search for missing Donegal girl Mary Boyle.Mary was just six when she went missing at Cashelard outside Ballyshannon in 1977.Gardai have visited the lands in recent weeks where Mary was last seen as they reviewed the case. Despite being reported to Gardai on three different occasions, the area of land has yet to be dug up.Mary’s twin sister Ann said she also wants the area examined as she said she has always believed Mary was never moved from the mountain where she disappeared.In recent weeks a team of officers under Assistant Garda Commissioner Kieran Kenny have taken fresh statements into Ireland’s longest running missing person case.The Sunday World newspaper has today published a special supplement on the case. They interview the last person to see Mary alive – her uncle Gerry Gallagher.Ann said she never believed child killer Robert Black, long claimed to be linked with the case, was ever involved in Mary’s disappearance.Ann said “I believe she is on the mountain. And I am sure the truth is closer to home.”Ann said she had never heard claims about a shallow grave and the fact that it had not been searched.However, she said if there is such a location then it should be searched immediately. GARDAI TO DIG UP SHALLOW GRAVE AS SEARCH FOR MARY BOYLE INCREASES was last modified: March 24th, 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:CashelardGardaiMARY BOYLEsearchshallow gravelast_img read more



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Mayor’s spending survey a lesson in sharing the blame

first_img He just wants the neighborhood councils to help him decide which it’s going to be. The bonus is that they then can share in the blame when the rest of the city’s residents complain about the gaping holes in the concrete. Just consider the verbatim (as in, I didn’t make it up) wording of the question seeking advice on increasing the size of the Los Angeles Police Department: “Do you think Los Angeles should: (Please select one) Expand the force by over 1,000 officers over 4 years by raising the countywide sales tax by one-half percent (which could also fund fire and gang prevention/intervention programs). Expand the police force by over 1,000 officers over 4 years through a combination of budget efficiencies and an increase on the countywide sales tax less than one-half percent. Expand the force by over 1,000 officers over 4 years by cutting back on library hours, recreational services, street maintenance, tree trimming and other city services. Expand the police force by 400 officers over 4 years by freezing the level of spending on (ALL) other city services including fire, parks, libraries, streets, and housing at their current service level and funding. Maintain the police force at its current size of 9,300 police officers. The “tough choice” on trash disposal is similar. It gives only three rather limited options: raising the monthly trash disposal fee by $7, raising it by $28 over four years, or keeping it at its current level and paying for it by cutting other services while the city falls apart. These are choices? How about the one that asks about finding money by taking the $75-a-month cell-phone allowance away from trash truck drivers and making them call their brokers on their own time? Still, you have to give the mayor credit for being straight-forward about it. The budget survey makes it clear that Villaraigosa’s got some set ideas about what to do with the city. Now we all know what they are. “We tried to treat them like true partners,” Marcus Allen, deputy chief of staff for Villaraigosa, said of the neighborhood councils. “We tried to get them enough information to understand the real choices the mayor has to struggle with.” I talked to a handful of neighborhood council board members to get their take on the budget survey and compare it with previous years under Mayor James Hahn. They all agreed that the survey was definitely shorter than last year’s. Other than that, Marty Woll, president of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, said there was little difference. “I found it a little disappointing, primarily because it’s the same guns-or-butter questions as last year – but in shorter format,” Woll said. “… It will give them some idea about community priorities, but it will not address the big issues. And the big issues are all related to how money is spent.” The idea of not having the full skinny on the city’s income was a factor for Pacoima Neighborhood Council President Edwin Ramirez. He liked that Villaraigosa started his process earlier than Hahn did, and feels like the mayor is asking for real advice, not just reaching out to make nice with the community. However, it’s hard to make tough choices without knowing what the financial consequences are. “I’m not saying it’s bad,” Ramirez said. “But the truth is, to make a better, more educated recommendation we really need to understand what the funding sources are.” We’ll see next year how these “tough choices” turn out. Meanwhile, the budget process showed the city’s hundreds of neighborhood council members a lot about the city’s new mayor and his administration. And no one can put a price tag on that. Mariel Garza mariel.garza@dailynews.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 B) Make residents pay extra to fix them, but don’t ask permission. C) Make residents pay extra to fix them, but tell them it’s for something else nice, like helping orphans. D) Let the streets rot if residents aren’t willing hand over more money. OK, the exact wording is slightly different and more bureaucratically inclined. But as far as I can tell, the Mayor’s Office has decided that the city needs to raise more money by hiking fees or reviving the half-percent sales tax proposal, or the city’s going to hell. Welcome to Los Angeles’ “Budget-a-palooza 2005,” the exciting event where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa seeks guidance on how to spend $6 billion in city revenue next year. Villaraigosa is asking neighborhood councils to share some of his pain by making “Tough Choices for a Better Future.” I know that’s what he’s asking because that’s the official subtitle of the mayor’s three-page budget survey that was handed out last weekend to members of the city’s 86 neighborhood councils. Among the four “tough choices” is how should the city fix its many broken sidewalks: A) Make residents pay extra to fix them, but ask them nicely. last_img read more



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