VALLEY GLEN – Reacting to recent gang violence, about 250 people packed into Grant High School’s auditorium Wednesday to discuss ways of preventing and fighting crime in their neighborhood. Organized by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the town-hall meeting included speakers that included Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Jim Morris, who advised residents to keep an eye out for graffiti, often an early warning sign for gang violence. “They (gangs) start to go to war with each other, at first with paint cans, then with guns,” Moore told residents. “Graffiti vandalism is not an art. It’s a gate to a life of destruction.” Vowing to fight back, Greuel said recent escalating gang violence threatens the Valley’s quality of life. “These gangs intend to make us feel unwelcomed and unwanted in our own neighborhoods. They prey on our fears,” she said. (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Defined by the neighborhood council, Valley Glen is roughly bordered east to west by Hazeltine Avenue and the 170 Freeway and north and south by Vanowen Street and Burbank Boulevard. Greuel emphasized the importance of police Chief William Bratton’s “broken window” approach to fighting crime. “It’s predicated on the belief that stopping larger crimes means focusing on smaller crimes, such as graffiti, illegal dumping, truancy, you name it,” she said. “Those are some things that can truly change a neighborhood.” Greuel said she’s organizing a “graffiti weekend,” during which community members can paint over graffiti. She also wants people to call the city’s 311 city service line to report graffiti. She said graffiti proliferation, in which taggers and gang members often write cryptic messages to each other, can lead to deadly consequences. “In North Hollywood in February, two taggers kept crossing out (each others monikers),” Greuel said. “That led to one of the taggers getting killed. They’re interrelated, graffiti and gangs.” Before the meeting, several dozen Valley Glen residents marched and circulated a petition advocating gang injunctions, allowing property owners to evict known gang members, an increase in Gang Unit patrols by the LAPD and support for hiring additional officers. “It doesn’t mean we want gang violence in other neighborhoods – we don’t,” said Terry Anderson, Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council vice president. “But at the very least, let’s hold the fort and protect the areas where the gangs haven’t taken over … These incursions into Valley Glen are new.” email@example.com
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Thursday lashed out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for abandoning the grand-alliance and forming a government with the BJP, terming it a “betrayal of the people of Bihar.”Ms. Mayawati said the people of Bihar had voted against the “Modi wave” and handed a full-majority to the “secular” parties. That mandate should have been honoured for its full term of five years, she said here in an official statement.The four-time former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the political developments in Bihar were “not good signs” for democracy in the country.She alleged that the regular “misuse of the state machinery for power” by the “power hungry top leadership of BJP” had become a threat to democracy.“The turn of events in Manipur and Goa, and now Bihar, are evidence that under the Modi government the future of democracy is under threat,” Ms. Mayawati said.She hit out at the BJP for “running an open campaign to prove its opponents corrupt” in order to divert people’s attention from its failures, mistakes and corruption.This is “not just highly condemnable but also a threat to democracy,” Ms. Mayawati said, appealing citizens across the country to step forward and save democracy from becoming weak.Though there has been no official response to the quick political developments in Bihar from the Samajwadi Party, its president Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter on Thursday to provide a hint of what he thought.Mr. Yadav tweeted two lines from a famous Hindi song from 1965 Bollywood film ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile.’ The film stars Shashi Kapoor and Nanda.The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted in Hindi font: “Na na karke pyar tumhi se kar baithe. Karna tha inkar magar ikrar tumhi se kar baithe. Bihar Today.”In the song, the two actors talk about eventually falling in love despite their initial denials and assertions that they would not fall for each other.While UP CM Yogi Adityanath congratulated Mr. Kumar and Sushil Modi (deputy CM Bihar), UP Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh said the “homecoming” of the JDU chief would usher in “ache din” for Bihar.
There will be some new voices being heard through your TV speakers during the Final Four and NCAA Tournament national championship game this season. CBS announced Tuesday morning that longtime Final Four broadcaster Jim Nantz will announce the two semifinal games and national title bout with Bill Raftery and Grant Hill. Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr announced the 2014 Final Four, while Nantz, Kerr and Clark Kellog had announced the previous three. Nantz has called every Final Four since 1991. CBS Sports and Turner Sports name Bill Raftery + Grant Hill game analysts for 2015 NCAA #FinalFour + National Champ, http://t.co/iQT6iITpOR— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) February 3, 2015Raftery and Hill will join team of Jim Nantz and reporter @tracywolfson to call games together throughout 2015 NCAA Tournament— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) February 3, 2015This season’s Final Four will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 4, with the national championship game occurring on April 6. We’ll be filling out brackets in no time.
zoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Panorama, completed its sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise in December 2019.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Panorama had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested the ship’s technical, mechanical and navigation systems.With the scheduled debut in Long Beach on December 11, the vessel will become the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.“Carnival Panorama is a wonderful addition to the fleet and she passed all of its maneuvers and tests with flying colors,” said Carnival Panorama Captain Carlo Queirolo.Following an inaugural three-day voyage to Ensenada, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach on December 14.
“I’m just really excited to be a part of the District team and the Lone Wolf Team. I had a chance to meet everyone over here at the Office and at the Golf Course. I’m excited to be a part of that brand and team.”Mayor Rob Fraser says he is looking forward to seeing Galay and the new team work together.“Thank you very much for taking the position and we’re looking forward to you and the team, there’s a new team there at the Golf Course, so we’re interested in how you are going to gel them together and we’re interested in your new ideas. Welcome, and thank you.”Prior to this position, Galay was General Manager and Lead Pro at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a recent District of Taylor Council Meeting, Council introduced the new General Manager for the Lone Wolf Golf Club.Ryan Galay was hired by the District as the new General Manager for the Golf Course, replacing Dave Callum.Galay says he is very excited to join the Lone Wolf Team as a General Manager.