Neighborhood-systems scholar will head agency

first_img“The passion she brings to this endeavor – I think it puts us in a very, very unique position at a time where we’re at a crossroads in terms of how our neighborhood council movement is going to progress.” Tharp expects to begin work March 12 after her expected confirmation by the City Council. While her specific salary will not be announced until she is confirmed, Villaraigosa’s staff said she will receive between $128,000 and $192,000 a year. Villaraigosa also announced that he’s named BongHwan Kim as assistant general manager of DONE. Kim is executive director of the Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services and a member of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission, which is conducting a yearlong review of DONE and the neighborhood councils. Tharp and Kim will take responsibility for a $4.3 million budget and a 51-member staff that organizes and oversees the sometimes-troubled system of 88 neighborhood councils. The former general manager, Greg Nelson, retired last April and was succeeded by interim chief Lisa Sarno. She tried to address long-standing complaints about neighborhood council elections, conflicts of interest and finances, but some members quit because of what they perceived as her heavy-handed management style. The seven-year-old council system is also undergoing an analysis by the Neighborhood Council Review Commission to determine what works, what doesn’t and what needs to be changed. Tharp and Kim garnered praise from some neighborhood council leaders. “They get it,” said Jill Banks Barad, president of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. She sat on an interview panel that recommended Tharp and Kim as the top two candidates. “They understand we don’t need another bureaucracy. They need to streamline the rules and procedures that are so burdensome to neighborhood councils.” City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who heads the Education and Neighborhoods Committee, said she worked with Tharp in the late 1990s when the city adopted the charter changes that created neighborhood councils. “I really know and respect Carol,” Hahn said. “I think if she really listens to what neighborhood councils would like to see happen and takes her cue from them, she can lead them into a very strong future.” kerry.cavanaugh@ dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A USC administrator who wrote her doctoral thesis on the city’s budding neighborhood councils was tapped Monday to head the agency that oversees Los Angeles’ system of grass-roots democracy. Carol Baker Tharp, deputy director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at the University of Southern California, has spent years studying, training and mentoring L.A.’s neighborhood councils. “It’s like I’ve been preparing my whole life for this job, and now I’m here and it feels fabulous. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing,” Tharp said at a news conference announcing her appointment as general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tharp has the enthusiasm and expertise to help neighborhood councils achieve their potential. last_img read more

Auto Racing Etc.

first_imgRichard Childress Racing is off to a great start to the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Kevin Harvick won the Daytona 500. Jeff Burton has a pair of top-five finishes in the first two races of the year – third at Daytona and fourth at California Speedway – and is second in the Cup standings. Rumor has it that RCR will only get better when the Car of Tomorrow is introduced for the fifth race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway. That’s mainly because word is spreading that RCR is working harder to develop the Car of Tomorrow than the other teams. Burton finds that rumor humorous. “You think Hendrick has been hanging out at the lake?” Burton said Wednesday from Bristol Motor Speedway, where Cup teams are testing the Car of Tomorrow, which will be used in 16 of the 36 Cup races this season. “You think Roush hasn’t been working on it? There are a handful of teams missing their crew chiefs, a result of penalties handed down by NASCAR when cars failed inspection for the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth, winner of the California Speedway race on Sunday, was without his crew chief, Robbie Reiser, for the race. Harvick has been in a similar situation. His crew chief was suspended by NASCAR last year when one of his cars failed inspection. “You leave him out of there, it’s not a plus by my means, I can promise you that,” Harvick said. “You leave him out of there three, four weeks, things start to fall apart a little bit as you run across situations you haven’t been in before.” 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

College flair for uniforms

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Hundreds of players in the Simi Youth Baseball organization put on new uniforms Saturday for spring opening-day games. Instead of having names of major league baseball teams, the new uniforms use college teams. Mike Fine, the president of Simi Youth Baseball, said the change will cut uniform costs and encourage the young baseball players to start thinking about college. “It will save money, but if we get these kids to start thinking about college, that’s our No. 1 goal,” Fine said. “It’s a win-win,” said Eric Rose, who has two sons in the Simi Youth Baseball PONY group. “The league will save over 30 percent in uniform costs and now our ballplayers will be looking up to college players as role models.” The fields, at 497 Irvine Road, are home to about 600 PONY baseball players. The group’s Web site is http://simiyouth.com. 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

Wenger not giving up on top-four

first_imgWenger’s side have reached the last-32 of Europe’s second-tier club competition, where they face Ostersunds in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday having won 3-0 in the first leg.But the Frenchman won’t be following the same path as Manchester United, who won the Europa League in 2017 to secure a spot in the Champions League, after finishing sixth in England’s top flight.The north Londoners are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with 11 games to go, but Wenger hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet.“He [Jose Mourinho] did that much later in the season, when they were in the semi-final, so we are not as far as that, we have to focus on the Premier League,” the 68-year-old said.“It [the Europa League] is one of the priorities we have but there’s a long way to go. We have to get through tomorrow and then see who we get if we get through.“We will focus to do well but ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“He [Jose Mourinho] did that much later in the season, when they were in the semi-final, so we are not as far as that, we have to focus on the Premier League,” the 68-year-old said.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still believes their best route to a Champions League return lies in qualifying via the Premier League this season.The Gunners finished outside the top-four last term for the first time under Wenger’s stewardship when they came in fifth, which meant Europa League football for 2017/18.last_img read more

Another Games cycle for the Phinney name?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHe might want to consider long sleeves. There could be a lot of Olympics talk in the Phinney household over the next few months because one of the most-storied families in American cycling has a budding star quickly making a name for himself. Taylor Phinney is proving the power of genetics. His father is Davis Phinney, the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France and an elite pro rider for two decades. His mother is Connie Carpenter-Phinney, a four-time national champion and the gold medalist in the inaugural women’s Olympic road race 23 years ago. So it can hardly be surprising that their 17-year-old son is already a junior world cycling champion – and now is a USA Cycling elite track nationals gold medalist as well. Phinney beat Brad Huff by a little less than two seconds in the 4-kilometer final Thursday night at the ADT Event Center in Carson. Not bad, considering the kid never raced on a velodrome before Thursday. CYCLING: Junior world champ has an Olympic pedigree – and talent. From staff and wire reports Davis Phinney held out his right arm to illustrate his point. “See? Talking about the Olympics still gives me goose bumps,” he said. “It’s a really nice end to a really good season,” he said. “I’m glad I was able to cap it off.” He won’t turn 18 until a month before those Olympics. Results like Thursday’s certainly suggest he’ll be ready. “My whole motivation to get into doing the pursuit is to see if maybe I can qualify for the Olympics in ’08,” Taylor Phinney said. “So we decided to come out here, and it’s exciting. My first pursuit. I like it.” It’s easy to see why Phinney is considered one of USA Cycling’s brightest hopes for the future, with eyes of trying to find a spot on the Olympic team destined for Beijing next summer. “When you walk around as an Olympian, that’s pretty good,” said Davis Phinney, a 1984 bronze medalist. “When you walk around as an Olympic gold medalist, that’s even better. “So we wanted to instill that spirit, that honor and what it’s like being an ambassador for your country in him.” With parents like his, some might think Taylor Phinney was raised on a bike. They’d be wrong. He didn’t begin riding competitively until 18 months ago, then won 23 races in his first year. He never pedaled on a velodrome until four weeks ago, and wound up stunning a field filled with seasoned pros. The pursuit is a 16-lap event on the 250-meter track, with two riders starting on opposite sides. It’s a race against the clock, not the other rider, but that didn’t stop Taylor from catching his opponent during Thursday’s heats – while he clocked the fastest final-kilometer time among qualifiers for the final. “I know what I’m capable of,” Taylor Phinney said. “I just haven’t proven it on the track to myself.” That is, until Thursday. Four elite titles and two U23 stars-and-stripes jerseys were claimed late Wednesday night at the venue. Michael Blatchford (Cypress/Cody Racing) won the elite men’s 250-meter time trial and Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./T-Town Express) won the women’s 500-meter time trial. Stephen Hill (Winston, Ga./East Point Track Club) earned a national title with a 1:06.011 in the men’s kilometer time trial. Reseda’s Matthew Post placed 12th overall, but his time of 1:10.842 as a 22-year-old earned him the U23 national title in the event. In the only national championship category team event on Wednesday, the Slipstream foursome of Colby Pearce (Boulder, Colo.), Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.), Michael Friedman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Mike Creed (Colorado Springs, Colo.) clocked 4:20.220 in the men’s 4-kilometer team pursuit.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

GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers were 2,16,18,23 and the match 3 winner was Karen mc hugh. Next weeks jackpot is €3,780. Sellers this week are Eunan McBride and Charlie gallagher.Membership is now being taken by the club registrars Paddy Mc Connell (086 3155111) and Thomas Simmons (087 2063018) and the club would like to encourage anyone who has yet to register for 2012 to do so.There is a variety fundraiser “giggles and good tae” taking part in the clubhouse hall this Friday the 16th at 8pm, a great nights entertainment is lined up and your support would be greatly appreciated. The Zumba classes are finished until later in the year.Speedy recovery to james pat mc daid who hurt his wee finger against st michaels at the weekend.Best wishes to Straithemoire N.S pupils Caoimhe Gallagher, Jade Farrell and Rebecca Bradley who will be participating in the Ulster final of the INTO handball competition in Belfast next weekend, also to the girls football team who qualified for the semi final in Cumann na mbunscoil.  The annual Mass will take place in the clubhouse on Monday 19th March at 8pm. Well done to the Senior team on their win in the Gaeltacht on Sunday against St Michaels. Unfortunately the Reserve team suffered a defeat on Saturday against Termon Senior team. Can all members please check their attics/sheds for the set of jerseys that may have been put away with the Christmas decorations.All bookings for the Hall and clubhouse rooms must be made through Karen McHugh.     GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: March 13th, 2012 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS WINDFALL ON LOTTO EUROMILLIONS

first_imgJohn with his chequeYoung Donegal man, John Gallagher, was on top of the world today when he picked up a cheque for €41,096 at National Lottery HQ.The 28 year old won the prize when he match five numbers in last Friday’s (15 November 2013) EuroMillions draw.“I checked my ticket on Friday night. It must’ve been about half two. I couldn’t believe I had five numbers. “I even woke up my Mam to double check the ticket,” smiled the Carricknamohill native.John bought his lucky €3 Quick Pick ticket in Hegarty’s Centra on the Main Street in Killybegs, Co. Donegal, only deciding to play after hearing his friends chat about the €100 million Superdraw jackpot.A player in Spain won that magnificent prize.John plans to buy a new car with his windfall and looks forward to celebrating his good fortune at Fawlty’s Bar in Killybegs.   DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS WINDFALL ON LOTTO EUROMILLIONS was last modified: November 19th, 2013 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:euromillionsJohn GallagherKillybegslottolast_img read more

DD LOCAL: SHENANIGANS IN BURTONPORT

first_imgDD LOCAL – BURTONPORT (send your news to info@donegaldaily.com)1. Shamrock ShenanigansThis St Patricks weekend there will be Shamrock Shenanigans happening on the Old Railway Walk in Burtonport. One of the local Leprachuans there has promised one lucky family “A POT OF GOLD”. Yes you heard right “A POT OF GOLD”. Being a mischevious Leprachuan however he is obviouslly not going to just hand it over to you. So…. Come along to Burtonport at your families convienience between 10o Clock on Friday 14th & 7pm Monday 17th March and take part in his FAMILY FUN TREASURE TRAIL. Entry forms with further instructions can be picked up at the service station at Burtonport crossroads from Friday morning. And may the luck of the Irish be with you 🙂  St Patricks day Community CelebrationsSt Columbas Community Centre, Burtonport is holding its 9th annual celebration of Irish Culture this St Patricks day between 12 – 2. On offer on the day is a great combination of food, Irish stew, music, marching bands, Irish damcing and fun raffles many of which are free. As usual this is a BRING & SHARE event where we encourage everyone to bring along some homebaking/ biscuits etc to share with everyone on the day. Entry is free but there are plenty of ways to spend your money if you have some. All funds raised this year will be devided equally between The Local Lifeboat fund, The Burtonport Festival & St Columbas Community Centre.  Playmatters Tue 18th MarchThere will be no ArTBoX session at Playmatters on Monday 17th of March due to St Patricks day but there will be a session held on Tue 18th March to support a FREE PARENTING ADVICE session being offered by Parentstop @ 11 o clock in the CDP building, Chaple road, Dungloe. The parenting session will be concentrating on fussy eating and the development of social skills such as sharing. All parents are welcome to come along. DD LOCAL: SHENANIGANS IN BURTONPORT was last modified: March 10th, 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:DD LOCAL: SHENANIGANS IN BURTONPORTlast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 13th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains last week once again kept farmers out of fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12th. Continued rains last week halted fieldwork, and farmers are getting more anxious about the state of their crops. Wheat and hay are over-mature in some areas, and some field crops have ponded areas as well as extensive yellowing. Berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary but all other producers are extremely concerned. Wheat is ready to be harvested but the overly saturated fields are making it nearly impossible. Elevated scab, vomitoxin, and sprouting levels have been reported. Livestock producers are reporting very muddy pastures, causing joint stress on animals, as well as damage to the fields. Hay quality has plummeted, dry weather and sunshine are needed so farmers can bale dry hay.current_oh 713last_img read more