Van Dijk heads winner on Liverpool debut, late goals give Man United 2-0 win over Derby

first_imgLIVERPOOL 2 EVERTON 1Virgil van Dijk made a dream start to his Anfield career, scoring the winning goal on his debut for Liverpool, as they beat city rivals Everton 2-1 in a pulsating FA Cup third round tie on Friday.The Dutchman, signed last week from Southampton for a reported fee of 75 million pounds ($101.7 million), rose inside the area to head home an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain corner in front of the Kop end in the 84th minute of what had been an enthralling Merseyside derby.“What a night. It was thoroughly deserved, it felt amazing to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family,” said Van Dijk.“Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player. To score a goal is even more special.”Liverpool looked to have been frustrated after Gylfi Sigurdsson brought Everton level in the 67th minute after a brilliant counter-attack from Sam Allardyce’s side.That looked to have produced a repeat of the Premier League clash between the pair in December when Everton grabbed a 1-1 draw despite their rivals having had many more chances.But Van Dijk, bought to shore up Liverpool’s weakest link, the centre of their defence, proved his value at the other end of the field with his strength and aerial power delivering the killer blow.After a frenetic start, Liverpool had taken the lead through a 35th minute penalty from James Milner after Everton defender Mason Holgate had pulled down Adam Lallana in the box.It was in many ways an old-school derby with plenty of strong challenges, a high-tempo and end-to-end rhythm but it was Juergen Klopp’s side who created the greater openings.Everton’s Wayne Rooney, who had been booked in just the seventh minute for a late lunge on Joe Gomez, was substituted in the 52nd minute, probably to save him from the risk of a red-card as he looked close to loosing his cool.Gomez headed wide at the back post when he had been left unmarked at a 54th minute corner and a minute later Lallana poked the ball wide after being sent clear through on goal.Everton keeper Jordan Pickford produced a fine parry to keep out an Andy Robertson blast at the near post.The Toffees looked to have made Klopp’s men pay for failing to make the most of those chances with Sigurdsson’s cool side foot finish.But the world’s most expensive defender had other ideas.MANCHESTER UNITED 2 DERBY COUNTY 0Late goals by in-form Jesse Lingard and fit-again striker Romelu Lukaku helped Manchester United to reach the FA Cup fourth round as they ground out a 2-0 home win over Championship (second-tier) side Derby County on Friday.The visitors looked likely to force a replay before Lingard struck with a first-time shot in the 84th minute for his fourth goal in as many games after a fine brace in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Burnley and another in a 2-0 win over Everton.Lukaku, who returned from a head injury and came on as a halftime substitute for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, broke away and powered his shot past goalkeeper Scott Carson at the death as Derby threw men forward in search of an equaliser.The outcome pleased United manager Jose Mourinho, who praised Lingard and Carson after he produced a barrage of superb saves.“It was a great shot by Jesse Lingard in the top corner, he’s in a moment of confidence where things go well for him,” Mourinho told the BBC.“He’s a good professional and a fantastic kid in the dressing room.“I was feeling that we were close to scoring and we never stopped trying. But when you get past 80 minutes and the goal hasn’t come, you fear the second match. But the team kept trying so I knew the goal could arrive.”United had missed a string of chances as Lingard hit the post with a fierce arrowed shot several minutes before he broke the deadlock and Marcus Rashford also found the woodwork with a glancing header in the opening half.Carson kept out an array of stinging long range efforts, including three from Paul Pogba as United struggled to find a way through a resolute and well-organised visiting defence.Pinned back for much of the contest, Derby launched several dangerous raids as defender Marcus Olsson and midfielder Tom Lawrence came close for the Rams, who finally cracked in the closing stages.Carson was left clutching thin air as Lingard unleashed a swivelling shot into the top left corner from 18 metres and with Derby throwing caution to the wind, Lukaku raced clear to score his 16th goal for United in all competitions.last_img read more

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Criteria…

first_img…for GECOM’s chairTo choose a new Dalai Lama for Tibetian Buddhists, Grand Lamas scour the land interviewing young boys to discern who might be the last Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. Now you know this can’t be easy…and it takes years. But at least they have some criteria – including which direction the smoke blew when the last Dalai Lama was cremated! You won’t be surprised, dear reader, to discover the process takes years.Well, it’d appear we’re in a similar process of reading smoke signals to select the next chair of GECOM. After the PNC’d gamed the electoral system for two decades by having a Judge as the Elections Chair, President Carter, as the referee, had brokered a deal between the PPP and PNC to add “or any other fit and proper person” to being a Judge to select the Chair. Everything was hunky dory for another two decades until now.Prezzie, who though “sober as a judge” but NOT a judge, had been nominated once by the PNC’s Hoyte, suddenly decided he only wanted judges to be proposed by the Opposition. Some unkindly persons suggested he wanted to return to the days when the PNC routinely rigged election with a Judge guarding the “sanctity of ballots”. But your Eyewitness didn’t think Prezzie would do that, would he?Anyhow, after a painful period of the lawyers on both sides hurling explications and hermeneutical exegeses of esoteric words like “or”, “other” and “fit” (“persons” seemed to be uncontested!) Prezzie decided to issue the criteria for the GECOM Chair. Some naïve (or battle weary) souls breathed a sigh of relief – but not your (jaded) Eyewitness. And he’s now vindicated.Since the person proffered by the Opposition must be “not unacceptable to the President”, Prezzie appeared reasonable to at least signal “where he was coming from”. But he stated, “The individual must not be an activist of any form (gender, racial, religious, etc); that the person must have no political affiliation; and that the person should have the general characteristics of honesty, integrity, faithfulness, and diligence.”Whew!! And here your Eyewitness though finding a Dalai Lama was tough!! “No activist of any stripe need apply!” Would a person like Prezzie who’s taken a firm stance for Reparations, justice for African Guyanese and their culture, etc, be rejected as an “African activist”? “NO political affiliation”? Does such a political unicorn exist in divided Guyana? Forget “honesty, integrity, and diligence”…how the heck does one ensure “faithfulness”??But what the heck. Didn’t Caesar divorce his wife – not because she was unfaithful – but that even an accusation could be made against her?In Guyana, GECOM’s Chair must be purer than Caesar’s wife.…for firing Town ClerkWhat’s going on here? Bulkan can beat up on Linden Town Clerk Jonellor Bowen by revoking her appointment – but not Royston King? Between Bowen and King, who’s been more “disruptive” and “disrespectful”? King was not only dissed the other City Councillors and the Deputy Mayor, but even Bulkan on several occasions. Not to mention the Cabinet on the request to suspend the Parking Meter Contract. All Bowen did was to object to the high-handed attitude of the Linden Mayor…something others have also pointed out.So, we wonder if it’s because Bowen is female? When a male like King makes his point forcefully, he’s showing “leadership” qualities. But when a female does the same, she’s being “disrespectful” and even “hysterical”! But it’s also clear Bowen doesn’t have the godfathers in the PNC like King does when even Bulkan can’t touch him.But Bulkan has revealed why he and the Cabinet have refused to comply with the law and launch the Local Government Commission.They can “do what dey want wid” Local Government!!…for curfewRamjattan quite portentously announced as to how he was mulling bring down the curfew against bars opening, to 12 midnight.Until Harmon bitch-slapped him something silly!! Ouch!! Silly man thought he had authority!!last_img read more

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F2 Logistics turns back Foton, bags PSL Grand Prix semis berth

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee02:14Carpio 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 The Cargo Movers will face in the best-of-three semis the winner between the PLDT Power Hitters and the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers whose series also went the distance.It was a sorry loss for Foton which strung up three successive wins to erase F2 Logistics’s twice-to-beat advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ F2 Logistics survived a tough stand put up by Foton to prevail, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, Thursday night and formally clinch semifinal spot in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.Forced to a rubber-match by the resurgent Tornadoes, the Cargo Movers this time didn’t take chances and took full advantage of the absence of Foton import Milagros Collar who injured her right thigh.ADVERTISEMENT Student first, athlete second: Celine Domingo divides time between volleyball, thesis workcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

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Govt takes major step to push forward with constitutional reform

first_imgDraft legislation on the Constitutional Reform Bill was tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, paving the way for the establishment of a Constitutional Reform Consultative Commission to guide this long overdue process.This move is seen as a major step to assist with constitutional reform, something that the coalition Government promised to deliver during its election campaign.Following the first reading of this Bill in Parliament, the draft will be sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional Reform for consideration and report. According to the draft bill, the Consultative Commission will be made up of 15 members. The establishment of this commission will allow for some 100 countrywide public consultations. The bill allows for President David Granger to appoint two constitutional law experts. Eleven of the other members will be nominated each from the parliamentary parties; trade union movement; organisations representing Guyanese youths; the Guyana Bar Association; the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers; Christian, Muslim, and Hindu organisations and the National Toshaos Council.The bill states that if any entity fails to make a nomination, the President shall appoint a member to represent that entity after due consultation.The six criteria for selecting membership of the Commission shall include experience, knowledge of Guyana’s Constitution, commitment, academic expertise, and practical expertise.Further, the Commission will be tasked with assisting the Standing Committee in the Committee’s review of how effectively Guyana’s Constitution has been working and to ascertain the views from Guyanese through consultations in the 10 Administrative Regions.The Consultative Commission on Constitutional Reform will be funded by the Consolidated Fund, and donations and contributions from international agencies.Constitutional reform was a hot topic during the 2015 General and Regional Elections campaign, with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition promising to undertake the task. As part of the reform process, Government had touted major changes to the governance structure, including separate elections to elect a President and National Assembly members; the capping of presidential powers and changes to the composition of service commissions.The Constitutional Reform Steering Committee that was established would be responsible for effecting the changes to the Constitution when Government finalised its decision on the reforms.The Committee, which comprises former Director of Transparency International and Attorney Gino Persaud, Professor Harold Lutchman, former Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond and was chaired by Attorney and former AFC Executive Member Nigel Hughes, was established by the Sub-committee on Parliamentary Affairs reportedly without consultation with the parliamentary Opposition.In fact, former General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee had explained shortly after the Commission was established that the Party was not invited to field any representative to the Committee. He noted that the Party viewed the persons appointed as “APNU/AFC hacks” and “residents of Office of the President”.Moreover, he maintained that the PPP was proud of its accomplishments as far as constitutional reforms piloted back in the 2000s were concerned.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that while the PPP has an open mind about constitutional reform, it was concerned now about the daily breaches of the Constitution, and law and order.He said he did not understand why Guyana should be pursuing a new round of constitutional reform when the Government did not appear to respect the provisions agreed on in the past.last_img read more

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Lake Balboa school honors Daniel Pearl

first_imgThe school program, outgoing magnet coordinator David Jay said, will ensure that students remember Pearl more for his work than for his murder. “It gives them a role model,” he said. “He had ideals and he remained true to them. He had courage in all that he did.” 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! LAKE BALBOA – Danny Pearl never wrote for his high school newspaper. When the reporter – murdered by terrorists while on assignment for the Wall Street Journal in Pakistan in 2002 – roamed the halls of Birmingham High School, there was no paper. Back in 1981, an English class was the closest thing the violin-playing teen could find to journalism. It was enough to get him hooked. His alma mater has changed dramatically over the years, adding a paper, a film studio and television production facility. On Wednesday, it took things one step further and renamed its entire magnet program the Daniel Pearl Journalism and Communications Magnet in his honor. “Danny’s name is not on a building as a gravestone,” said his mother, Ruth Pearl. “It’s a cornerstone, a marker for where new journalists can grow.” Birmingham’s magnet program dates back 14 years and boasts an enrollment of 500 students in writing, editing, film and animation classes. In addition to the name he lends to the coursework, Pearl’s legacy also serves as inspiration to the students. “He was tolerant and courageous,” said Emmanuel Ponce, 18, of Panorama City, a senior who works on the school’s television station. “He never gave up, never went back. He stood for bravery and I think that as students, we could all learn from that.” At the Wednesday morning ceremony, family and admirers remembered Pearl as a sensitive, empathetic chronicler of the ignored, forgotten and marginalized. He could, they recalled, make the most boring story pop with enthusiasm or coax a quote from the most reticent source. The son of an Israeli and an Iraqi Jew, Pearl traveled extensively in the Middle East, drawing on his background to spin tales of Iranian carpetmakers, the Queen of Sheba, and ultimately, terrorism. As he investigated alleged links between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani government, kidnappers calling themselves the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty grabbed him. A week later, Feb. 1, 2002, they murdered him in an anti-Semitic propaganda video circulated on the Internet. last_img read more

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Sort these five things and Arsenal could really challenge for a title next year

first_img 3. Find Laurent Koscielny a reliable defensive partner – As with signing a striker, this has been said before, too many times. Arsenal’s options in central defence are frighteningly weak. Laurent Koscielny might be one of the better defenders in the Premier League, but those who stand beside him at his club aren’t so. Would Per Mertesacker or Gabriel get into one of the mid-table sides in England’s top flight? Probably not. The Gunners’ coaching staff seems to put a players’ technique and ability on the ball ahead of other characteristics, such as leadership, and this has to change. 5 2. Sort out their centre forward issue – It’s getting boring to say this now, but Arsenal really do need a proven centre forward leading their line. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of contract in the summer, so why not bring him in? Yes, he’d upset everyone, he might demand huge wages, but arrogance in the side is exactly what the Gunners need. It’s almost impossible to think that such a player would be offered a deal by Wenger, and this is everything wrong with their transfer policy. Neither Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck or Theo Walcott will fire the club to glory. 5 5 5 5 1. Address their mentality – check out four more things Arsenal must do to challenge for the title next season by clicking the arrow above, right – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have won various honours for club and country, but since arriving at the Emirates, their winning mentality has diminished. And this is no coincidence. The negative feeling in and around the Gunners’ camp is contagious. There is absolutely no character among the Arsenal players. A lot of that is down to the fact that, besides perhaps Petr Cech (who, remember, arrived only last summer), there are no leaders in the team, with few willing to step up when it matters. Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Swansea City last weekend confirmed Arsenal’s failure in challenging for the Premier League title.Only Tottenham Hotspur are mathematically in with a chance of pipping the Foxes to glory, in what has been yet another campaign of immense frustration for the Emirates faithful.WHY ARSENAL, NOT TOTTENHAM, ARE THE REAL PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE BOTTLERSThe Gunners sat top of the table from from December 28 until January 24, leaving many pondering whether this season could really be theirs.Predictably, though, Arsene Wenger’s side, despite being the only club to do the double over Leicester, bottled it.So, taking this on board, talkSPORT has examined five things Arsenal must do over the summer to really challenge for the title next season – check it out by viewing the slideshow above. 4. Confirm Arsène Wenger’s future, is he leaving at the end of next season? – Whether the club’s supporters like it or not, their club’s French manager is staying put until at least the end of his contract, which expires in the summer of 2017. Disgruntled fans spending thousands to watch their team each week deserve to know the situation and shouldn’t be kept in the dark over his future. So whether he is leaving next summer or extending his stay, make it public. 5. Leave the banners at home – it’s embarrassing – On this note, give it a rest with the protesting, it’s embarrassing. Few would disagree that a change in management is needed at Arsenal but the fact is Arsène Wenger isn’t getting sacked. So get over it. The players’ job of challenging for the title is made even more difficult than it need be through the negative atmosphere from their so-called support. It is frustrating to constantly fall behind in the Premier League and the Champions League, but such attitude isn’t helping. And criticism is falling on deaf ears, anyway.last_img read more

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COUCH TO 5K IS BACK AT LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE

first_imgThe Couch to 5K programme is back at at Letterkenny Community Centre!Due to the success of the last two Couch to 5K races, a new Couch to 5K programme will commence on Monday 2nd September at Letterkenny Community Centre running track.This 9 week programme requires no running experience which makes it ideal for complete beginners and everyone is welcome to attend. Classes take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm priced at €2 per class. COUCH TO 5K IS BACK AT LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE was last modified: August 29th, 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:COUCH TO 5KLETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRElast_img read more

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Edison rate hike delayed by heat

first_img“Energy is one of those products that you use first, then pay for later,” he said. “That means you have control over how much you use. “You can do little things. Turn the air conditioning on and the lights off. Make sure the drapes are closed in the morning so the house doesn’t heat up during the day.” The PUC approved a series of three Edison rate increases this year totaling as much as 55 percent, depending on usage. The hikes were retroactive to January, though Edison agreed to spread the payments over the year. The revenue is needed to expand and renovate the state’s power system, Edison says.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After summer electric bills skyrocketed following a January rate hike and a July heat wave, Southern California Edison is postponing a previously approved rate hike until the first of next year. The four-month grace period does not apply to Southern California Edison’s business customers, which include schools, hospitals and other institutions. Edison provides electricity to the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, where July and August temperatures topped the 100-degree market on more than 40 days. “We had heard from customers they were experiencing challenges because of the extremely hot summer,” Edison spokesman Marlon Walker said Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe increase applies only to medium- to high-use customers and was approved by the state Public Utilities Commission, which also allowed for the postponement. The rate hike that took effect in January left rates the same for lower-use customers, but raised them 34 percent for midrange use and 57 percent for high-range use. The rate hike delayed from Aug. 1 until Jan. 1 will again leave rates the same for lower-use customers, but will raise them an additional 2.2 percent for miduse customers, 12.8 percent for higher-use customers and 52 percent for the highest-use category. Overall, it is a 6 percent increase, Edison says. Walker said Edison pays more for energy on high-use days. Thus, the utility urges customers to conserve and to avoid using power during the hottest part of the day. last_img read more

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Gossip: Sterling and Hazard stalling on new deals, Arsenal ace to leave and more

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester City star Raheem Sterling will delay contract talks until after the World Cup, and the stall over a new deal at City could alert Real Madrid, who showed an interest in the winger two years ago. The England star has two and a half years remaining on his current £180,000-a-week deal. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are facing a battle to keep hold of star forward Eden Hazard. The Belgian is said to be holding off from signing a new club-record £300,000-a-week deal in the hope of piquing the interest of Real Madrid. The 26-year-old does not want to harm his chances of a move to Madrid by agreeing a contract of more than two years at Stamford Bridge, and contract talks are expected to resume at the end of the season. (The Times)Theo Walcott’s ten-year spell at Arsenal could be coming to an end, with the Gunners happy to let the 28-year-old leave if a suitable offer is made in January. West Ham and Southampton are reportedly interested in the winger. (The Sun)Manchester United manager is confident the club can wrap up a £50million deal for Tottenham defender Danny Rose either in January or in the summer transfer window. (Daily Mail) Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero believes Liverpool’s Germany midfielder Emre Can would be the perfect fit in the Italian club’s side. (Liverpool Echo)West Ham are facing a battle with Real Madrid to sign Russian striker Fyodor Smolov. The 27-year-old has impressed with a fine brace in a 3-3 draw with Spain last month and six goals in his last five games for Krasnodar. (Daily Mail)Newcastle may have to pay a hefty sum if they want to sign Besiktas star Cenk Tosun. The 26-year-old’s impressive run of form means Besiktas bosses appear to have upped their demands from £20m to £88m. (Newcastle Chronicle)Dani Ceballos could be prepared to leave Real Madrid in search of more game time,  with Arsenal and Tottenham said to be interested in the Spain Under-21 international. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:‘I needed a new challenge’ – Michael Emenalo dismisses claims that fall out over transfers led to Chelsea exitExclusive: ‘Antonio Conte will be just fine at Chelsea’ – Michael Emenalo tells Blues fans not to worry about manager’s futureExclusive interview: Roy Hodgson pleased with Crystal Palace progress and hails Ruben Loftus-Cheek impact‘He’s a buffoon, how stupid do you have to be?’ – Joey Barton slams FA chief exec Martin Glenn over Gareth Southgate comments‘He shouldn’t have said that’ – Sam Allardyce reacts to FA chief insisting Gareth Southgate’s England job is safe regardless of resultsLiverpool preparing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bid as Daniel Sturridge looks set to leave – Transfer reportTottenham will allow Danny Rose to join Manchester United if they receive £45million – ReportsReal Madrid ‘interested’ in Liverpool goal machine Mohamed Salah, claims Egypt head coach Hector Cuper 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

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LAUSD alleges money panel of mayor a ‘sham’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It’s a sham ballot measure committee,” said attorney Fredric D. Woocher, who represents the coalition that filed the complaint. “(The public) doesn’t want their elected officials receiving $500,000 from individuals with business before the city. (The public) doesn’t want you to be beholden to these people.” But attorney Stephen J. Kaufman, the treasurer of the committee, said it was formed as a “general purpose committee,” so could spend contributions on legislative efforts, as well as ballot measures. “The mayor formed the committee expressly for the purpose of promoting and supporting ballot measures and legislative efforts, and that is exactly how it has been used,” Kaufman said. “The fact that the mayor’s education reform plan ended up as legislation and not as a ballot measure doesn’t change the basic purpose for which the committee was formed.” He also contended state law allows the committee to be used for any political, legislative or governmental purpose, “and that’s exactly how this committee is being used.” Officials at the Ethics Commission declined to comment and a spokeswoman at the D.A.’s Office said they had not yet received the complaint. Nathan James, the spokesman for the mayor’s committee, said the charges are baseless. “It is an outrage that the school district would use money intended to serve the children of LAUSD to file a frivolous complaint based on a fundamental misreading of state law,” James said. Woocher said there are criminal penalties for willful violation of the law, including fines and up to three years in prison. He said the coalition wants to see the money spent on ballot measures, or the committee disbanded and the money returned to the contributors. The coalition is the same one that has filed suit challenging the legality of AB 1381. The City Council voted Wednesday to spend up to $100,000 to hire outside lawyers to help the city attorney defend Villaraigosa against the legal challenge. Opening briefs in the case are due Monday, in advance of a Dec. 15 hearing on the case. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A coalition led by Los Angeles Unified has filed a complaint with city, county and state agencies, claiming Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa set up a sham political committee to circumvent campaign finance laws in promoting his education-reform bill. The 34-page complaint – filed with the city’s Ethics Commission, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the state FPPC – seeks an investigation into the Mayor’s Committee for Government Excellence and Accountability. The panel collected more than $1.1 million from 10 donors – mainly prominent developers with business in the city – from February through June. The complaint says the committee was created to promote and support ballot measures, but spent only $30,000 for that purpose and an estimated $116,000 for lobbyists and other expenses related to Assembly Bill 1381, which gave Villaraigosa significant control over the school district. last_img read more

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