Rockets win without Harden, rout Magic

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES “Everybody knows we can score, but people underestimate that when we do lock down, we lock down. Today made that point. We held them to 12 points in the first quarter.”Houston shot 44 percent (15 for 34) from 3-point range while Orlando shot 19 percent (6 for 31).“When you’re not making shots, everything in the game gets harder,” noted Magic coach Frank Vogel. “You press a little bit more, your focus on the defensive end slips a little more and we’ve got to overcome that.”RECORD-BREAKING PACEThe Rockets are well on their way to breaking their own records, set last season, for 3-point attempts (40.3 per game) and 3-pointers made (14.4 per game). “I don’t go out and tell a guy we’ve got to get 45 threes up,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t care. It could be 20. Depends on how the other team plays you. But we will not run a play that is set up to get a 15-foot shot.”TIP-INSRockets: The game was only the third missed by Harden in the last four seasons. … After getting 10 points and five rebounds, Nene left the game with a bruised right knee.Magic: F Jonathon Simmons left the game in the second quarter with back spasms and did not return.UP NEXTRockets: Host Golden State on Thursday night. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina DeRozan scores 35 points as Raptors beat Bulls OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) celebrates after scoring a 3-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. The Rockets won 116-98. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — James Harden’s strained left hamstring figures to be a problem for the Houston Rockets. It wasn’t a big deal Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.Gerald Green scored a season-high 27 points, Clint Capela had 21 points and eight rebounds and the Rockets (27-9) got by without the NBA scoring leader in routing the Magic 116-98.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “This was a good day. We’ve got Golden State (Thursday) so ask me tomorrow,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’ll try to hold the fort down until we get James back.”Green made his first five 3-point shots and finished 7 for 10 from behind the arc for the Rockets, who were never behind and led by as many as 28 late in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, with 17 points each, were among six Rockets in double figures and that did not include Chris Paul, who had eight points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.“We’e still trying to get healthy,” Paul said. “We’re still waiting for Luc (Mbah a Moute) to get back and obviously James is out for a while, but it’s by committee right now for us.” Magic: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 16 points after missing his first eight shots. Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja added 14 each in Orlando’s 12th loss in 13 games.The Magic missed 16 of their first 18 shots and fell behind by 15 points before the end of the first quarter. A scoring burst by Hezonja kept them in the game in the second quarter but they could get no closer than nine.Capela scored on a layup, a dunk and two free throws during the Rockets’ 15-5 spurt at the outset of the second half, turning the game into a rout at 70-46.In his first start and only his fourth game with the Rockets, Green produced his 27 points on only 15 shots.“Chris (Paul) did a great job of getting me going early,” Green said. “My rhythm felt really good and I was able to knock down shots.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Minister Ngafuan Extols Two Outgoing Ambassadors for ‘Excellent’ Ties of Friendship

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has showered praises on two distinguished outgoing Ambassadors accredited to Liberia from South Africa and La Côte d’Ivoire, respectively, for their “remarkable and outstanding” roles played in cementing the existing relationships between their countries and Liberia.Minister Ngafuan made the assertion last Friday at a farewell reception held in honor of South Africa, Ambassador Masilo Esau Mabeta and Ivorian Ambassador Kapieletins Soro’s.Minister Ngafuan expressed deep gratitude to the two Ambassadors for the cordial relations, and for working to expand the cooperation between their countries and Liberia. He said the ties between Liberia and South Africa, and La Côte d’Ivoire has grown even stronger, especially during the tenure of the two outgoing Envoys.While thanking the South African Ambassador for his instrumentality in ensuring that South African visas are issued in Monrovia, Minister Ngafuan said the country will miss him, “because he came with special thoughts in his own ways to achieve his goals, to which other government officials can attest. He knows all the villages, towns, counties across Liberia. So thank you very much for what you have done,” Minister Ngafuan told Ambassador Mabeta.While bidding the two Envoys farewell on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Minister thanked both for serving their respective countries well. By that, they have also served the continent well, and by serving the continent well, you have served mankind well.The Foreign Minister also paid special homage to Ambassador Mabeta’s wife, adding that she has been an integral part of all he husband success.He said under Ambassador Mabeta’s tenure, the relations between Liberian and South Africa have grown to a new level, especially with the issuance of South African visas in Liberia which, he noted, have considerably reduced the financial burden on Liberians. Also hailing the cordial relationship between Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire, the Foreign Minister recounted Ambassador Soro’s excellent role in cementing the ties of cordiality between the two countries.He added that Ambassador Soro has worked closely with Liberia in solving most of the growing challenges, especially the cross border crisis between both nations, which he said was addressed through the quadripartite frameworks, which led to the holding of several meetings between the two sisterly countries and brought together their two Heads of State and government along with the two UN Missions in both countries.He stated that due to the mutual cooperation and commitment of Ambassador Soro, some of the obstacles facing the two nations’ relationships were brought to a peaceful settlement, which helped to avoid potential crisis in the region. He stressed that while the border crisis was at the state of escalating, the two countries’ presidents and their foreign ministers had to work “very hard” at improving the security situation along their common borders.For his part, Ambassador Soro thanked officials, who turned out to grace what he called special occasion. He specifically thanked Minister Ngafuan for the personal and official assistance his Ministry rendered him while he was on his tour of duty in Liberia.He also hailed the hospitality of the Liberian Government and people for the manner in which his country’s refugees’ issues were managed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stores pull pet food off shelves

first_imgIn the midst of a nationwide pet-food recall, local stores and animal shelters have yanked products from their shelves and veterinarians report a deluge of calls from worried pet owners. About 100 brands of widely distributed dog and cat food have been implicated, and the number grows daily. PetSmart, Petco and Wal-Mart are among the chain stores that have tossed out products in Santa Clarita, and the Lancaster animal shelter has taken similar steps. “As soon as we found out, we became proactive,” said K. “Beau” Beauregard, manager for the Lancaster Animal Shelter, which has dumped 132 cans of dog food and 551 cans of cat food since mid-March. The shelter’s roughly 300 animals show no signs of illness, he said. “They had been drinking excessive amounts of water and urinating a lot,” he said of the dogs. “One of the major things to understand is that probably millions of pets ate the food, and thousands have been affected. We don’t know. Is it just dosage? Have the ones who’ve eaten a lot gotten sick, or are small batches more toxic than others?” (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are signs up on the shelves and suggestions for alternative brands we know haven’t been affected by the recall,” PetSmart spokeswoman Michelle Friedman said. Wal-Mart red-flags registers for items that might have escaped detection. “When the cashier scans the item, there will be an alert that pops up to (tell) the cashier that this is a recalled item,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jami Arms said. At the Petco store in Saugus, about five brands of canned wet food and pouches of some wet-food samples and snacks were dumped. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, four companies have voluntarily recalled products: Menu Foods Inc.; Nestle Purina PetCare Co.; Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc.; and Del Monte Pet Products. Menu pulled the lion’s share of items. The FDA suspects wheat gluten from China contaminated the foods. Dry food bought from vendors is said to be safe, but one local animal shelter dumped hundreds of cans of donated food. Saugus veterinarian Gregory Ehrman treated two dogs that reportedly ate tainted food, but he was unable to help a cat that died. last_img read more

La Liga potentially plans academy in E. Africa

first_img0Shares0000La Liga East Africa representative Oliver Dodd delivering a presentation during a press briefing. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – Spanish League management company La Liga says they might consider opening a football academy in East Africa, probably in either Kenya or Uganda as it seeks to expand its Community Social Responsibility program.Though no definite timelines on the plan, La Liga’s East Africa Representative Oliver Dodd says pending opportunity and availability of investors, there is potential to add on another academy on top of the 10 that have already been set up by the Spaniards. “Our scouts have been here and they have told us there is great potential and the talent here is fantastic. We need to get them training early under good structures for them to secure their football futures,” Dodd said during a media forum on Wednesday.He added; “The time frame depends on a lot of things including opportunities in the region and getting potential investors. We are looking at either Kenya or Uganda and most probably we can have it here in Kenya.”La Liga up to date has trained almost 120,000 players and 9,500 coaches have also earned a piece of the La Liga pie in terms of expertise and capacity building.-League growLa Liga says it is determined to see to it that football in the region grows and especially the Kenyan Premier League with whom they have a signed partnership.“In every country we go, we want to ensure that La Liga is the second most followed league. Our aim is to make the local leagues the most watched and the most supported. We have signed partnerships all over Africa and we are glad that is paying off,” Dodd further stated.Biggest of the benefits the KPL has picked from the partnership with La Liga is the broadcast deal with production company Media Pro who signed a three-year contract at the beginning of the year to produce matches and in turn distribute to local channels.The league managers and club officials have also benefited from capacity building with La Liga organizing a seminar on management and digital marketing.-Assisting clubsDodd further stated that La Liga will continue assistant clubs in the Kenyan league to get the best out of their brands.Further from the KPL, La Liga two months ago signed a partnership with telecommunication company Safaricom for the second edition of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Tournament which has already rolled on across the country.Four top players from each of the eight regional finals will have an opportunity to travel to Spain for a training camp as well as a series of friendly matches with youth teams across the European country.“We hope that through this partnership, the Kenyan game will grow because our insistence is on developing the young talent and this partnership with Safaricom is a great way of doing that,” Dodd further stated.The La Liga representative also shared on the successes the La Liga CSR programs have had over the years and how the management of La Liga has changed and consequently improved the clubs in the top two leagues in Spain.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Michel Platini’s FIFA presidency hopes are ‘completely damned’

first_imgUEFA president Michel Platini’s ambitions of assuming the same role at FIFA are ‘completely damned’ following his provisional suspension, according to Inside World Football journalist Andrew Warshaw.Platini, along with incumbent Sepp Blatter and former secretary general Jerome Valcke, has been handed a 90-day ban by football’s governing body, which could be extended for a further 45 days.The former France striker is under investigation for alleged unauthorized dealings with Blatter but still harbours hopes of running for president after the Swiss chief announced in June of his intention to stand down next year.But Warshaw believes the appeals process is far too complex for Platini’s presidential candidacy to be recognised and formally submitted before the October 26 deadline.“Platini cannot fulfil his dream of taking over at FIFA unless this suspension is somehow lifted before the October 26 deadline for nominations, which is highly unlikely,” Warshaw told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“Appeals take time at FIFA and unless there is some sort of legal procedure which we don’t know about, Platini’s hopes of taking over at FIFA are completely damned.”last_img read more

DD Motoring: A look back on Ireland’s great rallying achievements

first_imgThis week our motoring correspondent Brian McDaid looks back on rallying legends; from Craig Breen, Vincent Bonnar, Seamus Mc Gettigan, and father/son duo Sydney and Kris Meeke.“I will never fully come to terms with losing you, Ted. You were my right hand; You were my view to the road up ahead, your voice will always be in my ear when I put on my helmet, I will never forget you. You were the best, and no one will ever come close. I have to continue this dream for us both.” – Craig BreenThe words of Craig Breen this week remembering and missing his former navigator,the late Gareth Roberts who lost his life in a rally in Sicily. Four years on after the crews massive accident and Craig would like nothing more that to share his highest success in his rallying career this weekend with his team mate Gareth Roberts (TED). Advertisement Craig said, “I knew he was there with me in spirit.”Craig Breen and his welsh navigator the late Gareth Roberts affectionately known as “Tod” celebrating a win in their Ford FiestaIn a PC world that we now live in, you could say Craig’s interview at the end of the last stage, of the Rally of Finland, could have been better managed, but his team mate on his journey through his rallying career was the one he humbly and sorrowfully wanted to remember on that special day for Craig Breen.The Waterford native and Circuit of Ireland winner had his best result to date by finishing on the podium at the weekend in a rally which is considered to be the best Rally in the world. Advertisement Two of the bestThe kings of rallying were always the “flying fins,” Ari Vatanen being the one that landed here to Donegal in ’78 to win our event. The Finish rally drivers are considered to be the best rally drivers and are good no matter where they go in the world. They hold the record for the most home wins on the home event, winning it 53 times in it 60year history, So this might give you an idea how special it was to have drivers from this island doing so well in Finland.Craig Breen recorded his first ever podium finish in in world rally by finishing third. It’s the greatest result for Ireland on a normal day but last weekend was no ordinary weekend in rallying, Craig Breen was third over all and his team mate Kris Meeke won the rally outright. It’s the things dreams are made of.Limits, No LimitsAs a young fellow growing up in Donegal, known that I would never be able to afford to go rallying I had to settle for a parallel life in my imagination. In the real world I had to settle for a battered up Ford Cortina Mk3 that my father owned. In the dream world we sanded down and painted the wheels, fitted spotlights, removed the air filterto make the car look , feel and sound like something more special than it really was. Coming home from watching a rally and particularly the servicing I was always drawn to preparation and attention to detail that Sydney Meeke did to cars that he prepared .I remember one particular Donegal rally in the service area of the Milford Mart, Sydney Meeke was looking after Vincent Bonner’s RS1800 , Sydney was the man that looked after that car since it left The Ford Works Factory Team where it was built originally for Russell Brookes as a wide track Monte Carlo Rally Spec car for the World RallyingChampionship. . I first seen this beautiful car on a very wet Galway International Rally in the hands of the great Bertie Fisher and Austin Frazer. A couple of years down the road and this works car was completely rebuilt for the ’83 Donegal Rally. Sydney Meeke had taken everything was was good about this world rally car and then made it “Donegal proof.” Meeks’s first Donegal local heroes Vincent Bonnar and Seamus Mc Gettigan celebrate the win on the on the bonnet of their Ford Escort in ’83. On the windscreen behind them Sydney Meeke, Kris Meeke’s fathers name is proudly on display,  it was also his first Donegal win as a rally car specialist.Now it was sitting in the service area and Vincent Bonnar was looking for more power. We didn’t hear the conversation but the word on the “grape vine” that day was that Bonnar wanted the rev limiter that protected the engine removed. Vincent believed that he could take on the competition if he had a few more revolutions of that sweet sounding RS1800. Maybe Sydney Meeke always went to the Milford Inn for his dinner in them hazy days of the Donegal Rally. But that day we believed he was heading to Milford Inn to make a phone call to Italy to have a chat with Vincent’s brother and business partner known to all as the “Dude.”World Rally winner Kris Meeke pictured about ten years ago in Donegal with Ciaran Larkin and Tony Kelly pictured as he helped set up Toni Kelly Honda for a forthcoming Rally. Photo Brian McDaidIn the days before good mobile phones and good network service. Meek returned with a step a lot faster than he went up. The white smoke went up from Rome via the Milford Inn, as the Dude elected to go with his brother, Vincent’s wishes and take the limiter off. Meeke’s worry now for the rest of the weekend, was that the white smoke from Rome did not develop into a darker shade of blue of a blown engine and retirement. That summer Vincent Bonnar and Seamus Mc Gettigan went on to become the first winners of their home event and it also was Sydney Meeke Motorsports first overall victory on a Donegal International Rally.Over the years we have watched the progress of Sydney’s son Kris through his career, his raw talent could have done with the odd “rev limiter” here and there, but like the late and great Colin McRea , who believed that one day Kris would be where he is now, winning world rallys’ , both of them knew that sweet spot between 9/10s and 11/10s that few of us will ever reach.So many times the word would come through of Meeks’s high position on a World event to be followed by the disappearance of his name from the leader board. I have had this argument so many times wondering if he would not have been better trying to get home in 5th overall than going out of a rally. At the high level that Kris Meeke was competing over the last decade he never could rest on a finishing position. He always was on the fringe of a team or on a team that may have been on the fringe of competition. 11/10’s was the only way for Meeke , “no limiter.”At the end of Last year Meeke’s career hung on the negative side of hope. Kris re-modelled more works cars than his father Sydney ever did in his workshop in Dungannon, Citroen were losing the battle to VW who had developed the Polo which was winning rings round them. Citroen decided they were not going to contend the world championship this year but were going to work on the development of a new car for 2017. They were going to do a handful of rallies just to see how the developments of their car was coming along, And Meeke was the raw talent they needed to develop their car.Toni Kelly with Kris Meeke on the notes as they set up Toni Honda Civic for the forthcoming Killarney Rally. Photo Brian McDaidThis reminds me of a yarn that was told about a farm near home now covered with a housing development. The farmers son was more interested in repairing the family tractor than doing any farming. They lived at the top of the hill and the son would freewheel the tractor out the barn door and down the hill minus a bonnet or exhaust and would kick start it on the hill, the old Fordson would fire up with a roar, or would end up getting a tow back to the shed. One day his mother was out feeding the hens and she seen a small aeroplane flying overhead. She continued to feed the hens never lifting her head and said, “would you just look where that son of ours is now.”We are very proud of young Meeke, Flying so high in Finland this weekend. This development year by Citroen is to date the best year of Kris Meeke’s rallying career. He is still driving at 11/10’s as the times on the famous stages in Finland will tell. Kris and his co-driver Paul Nagle have done so well., “I had so much enjoyment competing on the rally, It was like driving a quad I drove around the fields at home as a boy growing up, dreaming of becoming a rally driver. Paul Nagle my navigator had to read the notes of every stage and get to the finish line before me to make our success an outright victory. Kris said.He is to the future , wishing Kris Meeks and Craig Breen all the best in their future career.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: A look back on Ireland’s great rallying achievements was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaiddd motoringmotor sportson the roadrally driversrallyinglast_img read more

Kathleen among first to answer call for pioneering female gardaí

first_imgAn accomplished Donegal woman has been honoured this week during the 60th Anniversary celebrations of women joining An Garda Síochána.Veteran Garda Kathleen Kelly (nee McFadden) from Gaoth Dobhair was one of the first 12 females to join An Garda Síochána 60 years ago this week.Garda Kathleen McFadden. Photo: Garda Síochána DonegalIn July 1959, following a long-running campaign by civic groups and with the support of the then Garda Commissioner and Government, 12 women joined An Garda Siochana and were allocated to Pearse Street Station. Since then, women have made a crucial contribution to the organisation as well as society. Kathleen’s trailblazing policing career led her to meet her husband, retired Chief Superintendent Tim Kelly. Together they have five children.A special commemoration took place in Dublin today to celebrate the women who have served in An Garda Síochána over the last 60 years. The event was attended by some of those first 12 female Gardaí, but Kathleen Kelly received a special surprise in her home instead.Donegal Garda members, including Inspector Shaun Grant, Sergeant Elaine Gordon, and Gardaí Martina Fowley and Grainne Doherty, visited Mrs Kelly and her family to present her with a commemorative gift. The visit was a chance for Kathleen and members to look back on her many years in the force and to pay tribute to the precedent she has set for many local women.Kathleen Kelly honoured on 60th Anniversary of Women Joining An Garda Síochána. Photo: Garda Síochána DonegalPhoto: Garda Síochána DonegalGarda Commissioner Drew Harris has today praised the first cohort of female gardaí as brave and inspiring pioneers. Speaking at the event in Dublin, Commissioner Harris said: “Sixty years ago these pioneers of policing in Ireland took the brave and honourable step of becoming a Garda and, in doing so, not only helped protect the communities they served, but also inspired many other women to follow in their footsteps.”There are currently 3,780 females making up 27% of Garda members. This is above the European average for female representation within police services. In addition, 26% of the Garda reserve are female and 76% of Garda staff are also female.Commissioner Harris added: “We have come a long way since the first 12 women joined An Garda Síochána in July 1959. Female representation within the ranks of An Garda Síochána is strong. Women perform duty across the whole range of operational units and bureaus. Every day the women of An Garda Síochána make a positive difference to individuals and the communities this organisation serves across the country and further afield.”As part of this, Commissioner Harris said An GardaSíochána would be establishing a Women’s Network to support and encourage women in the advancement of their careers in the organisation.Kathleen among first to answer call for pioneering female gardaí was last modified: July 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:garda siochanakathleen kellylast_img read more

Global Hawk team lauded

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Evans subsequently won the Maintenance Group Civilian Employee of the Month and the Wing Civilian Employee of the Month awards. The Wing award is the highest level for such awards. “I couldn’t have done this alone,” said Evans, an employee of Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector. “I’ve been successful because of the support I get from the entire Northrop Grumman team, both in the field and at home.” He attributed the award to the fact that he took the time to teach Air Force personnel not only about aircraft maintenance but also about launch and recovery procedures. Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector is a subcontractor to the Integrated Systems sector on the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration for the Navy, providing professional operations and maintenance services. The Northrop Grumman Global Hawk maintenance team has been named Maintenance Team of the Month three out of six months at the wing level. The U.S. Air Force honored an Air Force/Northrop Grumman maintenance team and a Northrop Grumman employee for outstanding support of the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance plane. The service named the Air Force/Northrop Grumman team July Maintenance Team of the Month at the Central Air Force level for its support of the Global Hawk deployed as part of the War on Terror. The team was praised for its success maintaining the system in a mission-ready state. The Air Force also named Eddie Evans, a Northrop Grumman Technical Services aircraft mechanic assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration team, Civilian Employee of the Month for an aircraft maintenance squadron. Through three deployments, the Global Hawk has successfully completed more than 225 missions and more than 4,900 combat flight hours. The Global Hawk flies at more than 60,000 feet for more than 35 hours at a time. During a single mission, it can provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information in near-real time over 40,000 square miles – approximately the size of the state of Kentucky. 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

Examining the LAUSD

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Other city leaders have endorsed Chick’s involvement, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and six members of the City Council. This week, the council will take up a measure encouraging Chick to undertake the study. All of which seems to have LAUSD officials feeling uneasy. Publicly, they say they’re open to a Chick audit, but they complain that her price tag – $800,000 – dwarfs the $200,000 they’d planned to spend. And it does. But getting a handle on how the district spends its billions is a job worth doing well, one likely to save a lot more money than it costs. This is hardly the place for district spendthrifts to suddenly get miserly. Still, it’s easy to understand their concern. After decades of being largely ignored to do as they please, LAUSD officials find themselves under sudden scrutiny from City Hall. Villaraigosa, Chick and council members have clearly come to realize that education is an issue the public cares – and worries – about deeply. Last week, the Rand Corp. issued some preliminary findings from a forthcoming study examining major reform proposals for the LAUSD – from direct mayoral control to breakup and other suggestions. City leaders eagerly await the returns. There’s one point that education reformers, teachers unions and the city’s political leaders all agree on: Something is wrong with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and we need to get to the bottom of it. United Teachers Los Angeles has long maintained that the district spends money inefficiently, pumping up a bloated bureaucracy instead of providing adequate support to classrooms. In its last contract, the union secured a commitment from district officials to conduct an audit of LAUSD finances. That small concession could result in huge gains for the people and families of Los Angeles – if the audit is truly independent, thorough and transparent. Given the district’s history, many are rightfully skeptical. Enter Laura Chick, the tough-as-nails city controller, who has unearthed all kinds of waste in her audits of city departments. Chick wants to sic her investigators on the LAUSD, an enormous task for which she would be uniquely qualified. Change appears to be coming to the LAUSD. But it must begin, as Chick has noted, by answering the question: “What is the LAUSD doing, and how can it do it better?”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