Bartomeu would only consider his future at Barça if there is a wash at Camp Nou

first_imgJosep Maria Bartomeu is living his most convulsive moments as president of FC Barcelona. Not even comparable to January 2015, when he was forced to advance elections after the open rifirrafe between Luis Enrique and Messi. Now the situation of the club and the president in particular is much worse: indicated by disastrous sports planning, which has left the team with only 16 players available, throwing a coach mid-season when he was a leader in LaLiga, firing the budget of the Espai Barça from 600 to 800 million without passing it through the Assembly, accused of allegedly paying a million euros to a company to monitor social networks and incidentally defame people from the Blaugrana environment, faced with part of its directive because are considered systematically none and forced to go down every two to three to put out a fires, like the one of technical secretary, Eric Abidal, who accused the players of “working little” in training with Valverde and yesterday because of the controversy of defamatory accounts in social networks, with two captains directly affected, Leo Messi and Gerard Piqué. Some explanations, those of the president, who did not quite convince part of the workforce, as we advance exclusively in AS. However, today, Bartomeu remains adamant in finalizing his term, which expires in June 2021. Aware that the team is the only one that allows him to keep his head afloat, the president grabs like a nail burning to the possibility of conquering a double, League and Champions. Although in any case the feelings are not the best: the team lost the lead at the second week that Quique Setién was on the bench in Barcelona and returns to Europe with the casualties of players as important as Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba or Ousmane Dembélé.As they say from their environment, the president feels strong to move forward against all odds. But it also seems obvious that a sports debacle in the coming weeks, whether with a blunt defeat against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu or a premature elimination in the Champions League, could end up precipitating events. Especially if later comes a massive response from the partner in the form of a cloth at the Camp Nou and pointing to the box and more specifically to Bartomeu. It would be then, as happened to Joan Gaspart, that the leader would rethink his future. Until then he has decided to endure, despite who weighs him.last_img read more

Fajardo, Beermen make it 3 straight with rout of Dyip

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury clears ex-wrestler CM Punk in defamation lawsuit Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter to cruise past Columbian, 129-117, and stretch its winning streak to three in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.June Mar Fajardo showed why he’s the four-time MVP after posting 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field and 18 rebounds to lead the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Alex Cabagnot added a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Renaldo Balkman also had a his way with 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists.“Every time we’re facing Kia, I’m really worried because we have a history against this team. Even in the preseason or elimination round, we always have a hard time winning against them,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, whose squad evened its record to 3-3.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 crownAustria had every right to feel concerned especially with Columbian only down by five early in the fourth quarter.But that’s also when the Beermen turned on the jets. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fajardo scored nine during a 16-4 run by San Miguel that made it, 113-96, with 5:46 left.The Dyip had no answers for the 6-foot-10 Fajardo, who scored whenever he wanted to.John Fields and Rashawn McCarthy, who was part of the controversial trade that sent the rights to the No. 1 overall pick to San Miguel, had 19 points apiece for Columbian, which dropped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more

Sime Darby Employees Cry for Gov’t Protection

first_imgSime Darby security officer, Tamba, undergoing treatment at the SDPL hospital.In order to live peacefully and continue their business activity in Western Liberia, workers of Sime Darby Plantation-Liberia (SDPL) have added their voice to citizens of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties by appealing to the government and lawmakers from those counties to provide security protection for the company.For now, the company is basically operating in the two counties, but the call was made following an attack on five security officers of the company by some unknown persons.The incident was reported recently when over 30 men, suspected of being armed with cutlasses and other deadly weapons, allegedly attacked and wounded five of the company’s security guards. According to reports, the alleged robbers had gone to steal palm brunch from the plantation when they reportedly attacked the security guards.In recent times, allegation of stealing has been going on at the plantation, until a forth night ago when officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) raided the area and made a number of arrests. But the suspects are yet to face court prosecution.“We the citizens of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount want the government to protect this investment,” Madam Sarah Askie, a resident of Bomi, said while other citizens expressed similar concerns.“You can not have such huge investment in these two counties that is not fully protected from marauding armed men, so let the government come and institute some measures to instill fear in the minds of anyone wanting to steal the company’s palm,” Lewis Keadi said.Anthony Tamba, one of the security officers who was recently wounded by some unknown persons, said  that they want government to allow them to carry batons and handcuffs in order to protect themselves and the company’s facilities.Tamba believes that in the absence of approval from government, they are afraid that those things could happen in the future.It can be recalled that attacks at the plantation is not the first time. In recent past, a security officer was shot at by people who had reportedly gone to steal palm brunch. The victim was admitted at a local clinic for treatment . But reports from the plantation say the first victim has been transferred to another health facility apart from the one operated by SDPL management.One of the employees, Rufus Jenkins, henceforth called on the government to ensure that protection of the investment is done in a business way. “As you know, this government told the entire world that it is investment friendly and will do everything to protect investments. But as it is for now, let our representatives from here take the lead,” Jenkins said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NWJHL – regular season stats

first_imgThe 2008/09 regular season now in the books, and playoffs are set to begin this week. Regular season final standings: Team                                           GP      Points      Wins      Losses      Overtime Losses- Advertisement -Whitecourt Wolverines               35         64           32             3                    0 Fort St. John Huskies                  35         48           23            10                   2 Peace River Navigators               35         43           21            13                   1 Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks          35        42            20           13                    2 Grande Prairie Wheelers             35        38            17           14                    4 Beaverlodge Blades                    35        28            13            20                   2 Slave Lake Wolves                      35        23           11            23                    1 Sexsmith Vipers                           35         6             3             32                    0Awards: Whitecourt’s Rodney Lavioe wins the scoring title, scoring 91 points on the season (46-45). Lavoie finished 22 points ahead of second place finisher Aaron Dumas of Beaverlodge.Advertisement Whitecourt’s Ryan Demharter wins the league’s top goaltender award.Whitecourt’s Darcy Charrois wins the top defenceman award.Huskies:Attached below are Moose FM’s final Huskies regular season stats.Advertisement Playoffs:(1) Whitecourt vs. (8) Sexsmith (2) Fort St. John vs. (7) Slave Lake (3) Peace River vs. (6) Beaverlodge (4) Dawson Creek vs. (5) Grande Prairie-Playoffs start as soon as Wednesday – with Fort St. John’s first game on Friday Feb 20th, at the North Peace Arena.-First Round matchups are the best-of-five games, with semi-finals and finals as a best-of-seven.-Visit Mike Feeney’s blog at for some playoff predictions, talk, and more.Advertisementlast_img read more

KFC on board with martial arts championship

first_imgAs the Korean International Martial Arts Guyana (KIMAG) gears up to host its third annual Guyana South America Undiscovered Championship, KIMAG Chairman Roland Eudoxie has specified a number of plans that will be featured at the martial arts extravaganza, slated for July 20-22.The event, which will be held at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue, will not only feature a Health and Business Expo but also showcase a Tang Soo Do Seminar facilitated by KJN Eric Kovaleski and Tae Bo Fitness Training under the supervision of KJN Billy Blanks.It is the hope of KIMAG that these efforts will go a long way towards strengthening and creating a top-notch developmental programme for the martial arts arena. KIMAG anticipates that the Guyana South America Undiscovered Martial Arts Championship will serve as a hub for the popularisation of martial arts as it was working closely with the Government of Guyana, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the Private Sector to create a lasting strong and effective partnership.As part of that mandate, KFC Guyana has come on board as a major sponsor of the three-day event, which will be held under the theme “Bridging Boundaries, Uniting and Discovering Potentials”.In a small presentation ceremony at the company’s head office, KIMAG Chairman Eudoxie stated that KFC was willing from the start to offer support to this initiative. As such, Korean International would like to thank KFC for coming on board and the Chairman noted that the sponsorship would definitely add to the success of the event in July.KFC Guyana Marketing Manager Livasti Bhooplall has indicated that the fast food giant was excited to be associated with youth development.“Martial arts and sports in particular are avenues that instil discipline in our youths and we wish Korean International the very best with the competition,” she said.In addition to the monetary support of this initiative, KFC will also offer five youths the opportunity to benefit from a martial arts training programme, in Guyana.last_img read more

ICE raids net gang members

first_imgThe top three gangs targeted Friday – the Vineland Boys, Barrio Van Nuys and Canoga Park Alabama – also yielded the most arrests. In addition to the San Fernando Valley, ICE agents made arrests elsewhere in Los Angeles and in Palmdale. They would not give a breakdown of where the 29 arrests took place and specific details of each arrest but the crackdown comes after ICE agents set up a special task force earlier this year to work with LAPD detectives and gang officers in the Valley. Agents regularly comb through Los Angeles County gang databases to identify illegal immigrants. ICE agents said while the LAPD might offer intelligence on gangs, ICE officials decide which individual offenders to go after. “The process is looking at anybody who is foreign-born and involved in gang activity,” Schoch said. Drops in gang crime The LAPD has credited the efforts with drops in gang crime in areas such as the Northeast Valley. “There is a misnomer that criminals are somehow getting a pass, that their immigration status is not of interest to law enforcement. It is,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley’s highest-ranked policeman. Operation Community Shield was launched by immigration officials in February 2005. Under the program, agents have arrested more than 5,000 gang members and associates nationwide from 500 different gangs. About one-quarter of those were arrested on criminal charges. The remainder faced deportation. In Los Angeles, there have been more than 800 arrests made under Operation Community Shield, with about one-third of those criminal arrests, Schoch said. In Friday’s sweep, two of the 29 will face criminal charges including Jorge Torres, 32, an alleged member of the Project Boys. Torres, who has been convicted of drug charges and assault on an officer, has been deported five times. He’s facing federal charges for re-entry after deportation, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Moore said that although officers work with immigration officials, the LAPD follows Special Order 40, a policy prohibiting the police from inquiring about a witness’s or suspect’s immigration status. Still, immigration advocates say the relationship is too cozy. “The LAPD has to be mindful of what kind of message it’s sending out,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “If they are doing high-visibility operations, in highly immigrant-populated communities and they are seen with ICE, the message that comes out is police work with immigration,” Salas said. “That means for some, `(If) I talk to police, I talk to immigration.’ They are alienating the people they are protecting.” Enforcing laws Salas said many immigrants complain that ICE agents identify themselves as “police” when they knock on doors, instead of saying they are immigration agents who have the power to deport them. ICE officials say they’re not required to identify themselves specifically unless they are serving a search warrant. There were no search warrants served in Friday’s raids. The raids come amid growing pressure to enforce laws against the 12 million foreigners living illegally in the United States. Earlier this week, immigration officials announced the arrests of 1,300 illegal immigrants in Southern California, its largest operation targeting criminal immigrants and those who defied deportation orders. Across the country, immigration officials have been raiding homes and workplaces, including McDonald’s restaurants and meatpacking factories. As Congress has failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform, advocates on both sides of the issue have made their presence known. Here in Los Angeles, Judicial Watch, a conservative group, sued the LAPD last year, challenging Special Order 40. In the pending lawsuit, the group maintains that the LAPD is spending taxpayer money to enforce a harmful policy. It cites a case in which officers were prevented from asking the immigration status of a Mexican national motorist who later committed two robberies and tried to rape a woman in front of her 5-year-old son. (818) 713-3329160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“The key thing is to recognize we’re dealing with people with criminal histories,” Schoch said. “They’re really threatening our immigrant communities.” Friday’s effort, with LAPD officers serving as off-site backup in case of trouble, targeted 90 individuals who are documented gang members living in the country illegally. Some are accused of committing spousal abuse and property crimes, while others have ignored deportation orders, Schoch said. Of the 29 arrested, one was a woman and three were “collateral arrests,” or people not directly targeted in the sting. Agents said they are labeling those three as gang associates. About 25 percent of those targeted Friday are legal residents who have forfeited their right to remain in the country by committing crimes, Schoch said. In the largest operation of its kind in the San Fernando Valley, 240 federal agents on Friday rounded up 29 foreign nationals belonging to more than a dozen gangs that prey on the immigrant community, officials said. The early morning raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the Valley and surrounding communities were part of the agency’s Operation Community Shield, a nationwide crackdown on transnational criminals. In a similar series of raids last month, ICE arrested nine foreign-born members of the Langdon Street gang – operating in the North Hills area, said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in Los Angeles. While only two of the 29 people arrested Friday face criminal charges apart from being in the country illegally, authorities said many of those detained had criminal histories. last_img


first_imgDONEGAL captain Michael Murphy will be fit in time to face Cavan in the Ulster Senior Football Championship after surgery on an injured knee was ruled out.Murphy was injured in the defeat to Dublin at Croke Park last weekendDoctors at the Sports Surger Clinic in Dublin did carry out tests – but ruled out the need for surgery. Surgeon Ray Moran has ruled out a return for the league game against Armagh, putting the Glenswilly player on a six week rehab programme.Doctors found that the DCU student didn’t sustained any damage to his cruciate or knee cartilage.In January, Murphy had a corrective procedure to cure a groin injury.  GAA: MURPHY WILL BE BACK TO FACE CAVAN was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: MURPHY WILL BE BACK TO FACE CAVANlast_img read more

TV, film writers white, male

first_imgIt’s hard enough to become a successful film or television writer, but the odds are exponentially harder if you are not a white male, according to a report to be released today by the Writers Guild of America. The report shows that ethnic minorities make up a mere 10 percent of the television writing work force and women make up only 27 percent. In film, women are at 18 percent and ethnic minorities just 6 percent. “The guild is not surprised by these findings, our members live these findings every day,” Chuck Slockum, the WGA’s assistant executive director, said Tuesday. “The goal of this report is to raise awareness of the current state of affairs. What we’d like to see is a more diverse work force.” The study, “Catching Up With a Changing America?” places the blame for the imbalance squarely on “institutionalized barriers” that continue to stymie diversity. “We’re talking about an industry structured in a particular way, a very insular industry based on personal contact and comfort,” said the report’s author Darnell M. Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “When you have traditionally a group of writers, white males, as the dominant group without any intervention, they are likely to hire people they are comfortable with and have worked with before.” Patric M. Verrone, president of of WGA, west, called on television networks and movie studios to take notice of the disparities and make a greater effort at social integration within the professional writing community. “As a white TV showrunner over 40 married to a TV writer of color, I have experienced the hiring phenomenon first-hand from many perspectives over almost two decades,” Verrone stated in the report. “It is abundantly clear to me that diversity in hiring requires a firm commitment on the part of decision makers to actively seek out and read the work of writers who are women and people of color.” While the 2004 numbers are slightly better than 1998 levels – when the last report was commissioned – in some areas, they were actually worse than they were seven years ago in others. “What stands out is the sense of deja vu, we are seeing the same patterns over and over again,” Hunt said. “There have been pockets of promise here and there but nothing to suggest that we are really turning the tide.” The WGA report, which is now slated to become a regular undertaking, highlights some television shows that have a writing staff that is more than 50 percent female. They include: Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine” (64 percent), UPN’s “Eve” (62 percent) and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (56 percent). The 3 percent gain made by minority television writers since 1998 is largely due to the African-American themed UPN sitcoms including “Eve” (71 percent), “Second Time Around” (69 percent), “Cuts” (63 percent), “Girlfriends” (56 percent), “All of Us” (43 percent), and “Half and Half” (31 percent). But, the report states that the overall jump for minority television writers raises the issue of typecasting. During each year beginning with the 1999 television season, between 39 percent and 47 percent of all employed minority writers tracked by the WGA worked on minority-themed sitcoms. Meanwhile, not only are white males getting most of the jobs, they are also better paid, according to the WGA report. After nearly reaching parity in 2002, the gap between earnings for white males and female writers in television continued to widen and reached nearly $12,000, with white males averaging $90,041 and females averaging $78,422. Things are even worse for women on the film front. The median earnings of female film writers in 2004 averaged $65,966 versus $84,963 for white males. The gender wage gap varied depending on how long a woman has been in the WGA. The gap between annual earnings of ethnic minority television writers ($72,325) and their white male counterparts ($90,041) has grown to nearly $18,000. For film writers, the gap is smaller (about $12,500), with white males averaging $84,963 and minorities averaging $72,500. “Television is better than film, not wonderful, but better than film,” Hunt said. “Film tends to be uniformly bad for women and people of color.” The statistics in the report are from WGA-covered work and do not, Verrone said, cover an “enormous amount” of writing done for reality shows, independent films, and such cable channels as Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Telemundo, and the Discovery Channel, among others. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Cops get tough with gangs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After two gang-related homicides this month, the LAPD fought back with a widespread gang sweep. A task force of 84 officers from six agencies raided 54 locations, performing probation- and parole-compliance searches and serving some warrants. The searches stretched from Palmdale to Hollywood, although most of them took place in Panorama City and North Hills, where the peace between two local gangs involved in the drug trade shattered in recent weeks. The task force arrested 22 gang members, a dozen on felony charges and 10 on misdemeanors. Officers confiscated three handguns and a sawed-off shotgun. “This wasn’t a one-time thing,” Mission Area Capt. Kirk Albanese said. “This is going to be an ongoing effort until we get this under control.” The task force had the goals of suppressing violence and pumping gang members for information on the homicides that occurred Oct. 2 and Sunday. The raids also painted a picture of the depths of the problem of gang violence in the area. NORTH HILLS – Gabriel Andrade saw them coming, just a little too late. Andrade – whose gang name is Gizmo – was standing in front of his apartment building in the 8600 block of Columbus Street before sunrise Friday when a team of officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the county’s Department of Probation approached. Gizmo dropped something in the back of a pickup truck, then turned and ran. But the apartment’s security gate was locked. At 5:16 a.m., an LAPD task force aimed at suppressing gang violence in Panorama City and North Hills had its first target. In the bed of the pickup truck, police found a .38-caliber handgun. In one apartment, officers arrested a 15-year-old for violating terms of his probation by associating with known gang members. Despite a gang sign sketched into the door of the apartment, the boy’s father said he had no idea his son belonged to a gang. “Every time we’re closing a door, we’re leaving a family behind,” said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley Bureau’s commanding officer. “We’ve talked to them about why we’re there. We can only hope that the mother or father will take some follow-up action.” Just down the street, a family of seven sat in the living room while officers searched the house. Two brothers, both gang members in their early 20s, were cuffed. Their mother held a newborn baby on her lap. Pictures of a family member in a Marine uniform decorated the living room wall. A team of officers from the Mission Area gang unit – one of six teams performing searches – spent nearly nine hours searching apartments, nearly all of them on the same street. They stopped at most apartment buildings – many of them with broken windows or light posts and covered with graffiti. In one building, one of the feuding gangs taunted the other with a picture of a bicycle – in gang graffiti, that’s saying they’re nothing more than migrant workers, officers said. In some buildings, members of the two gangs lived side by side. Officers found the sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun under the couch of an apartment on Columbus Street. “That weapon is for one purpose – to kill,” Albanese said. “It is illegal to possess, and it is typical of the kind of weapon you’d find in the gang lifestyle.” Two brothers, both gang members in their late 20s, lived in the apartment. Two girls, ages 14 and 16, were also inside. All four were arrested – the brothers for probation violations and illegal possession of a firearm, and the girls for truancy. “Parents need to take more responsibility to find out where their kids are staying,” said Officer Rudy Perez of the Los Angeles School Police Department’s gang unit. “We came in contact with two girls hanging out with two 27-year-olds with a sawed-off shotgun. The parents had no idea.” The day ended where it began – at Andrade’s apartment building. Earlier that morning, officers searched the apartment of a gang member but found nothing that violated his parole. Over the next eight hours, though, his name surfaced in interrogations about the homicides. The officers took him in for questioning. “We had several new developments (in the homicide investigations),” Lt. Tom Zak said. “Several investigative elements confirmed what was already suspected. The investigation remains ongoing. “This will definitely make a difference, at least for the short term. If nothing else, we got four guns off the streets.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.comHOW TO HELPPolice are investigating an Oct. 2 slaying in the 8700 block of Burnet Avenue and a homicide Sunday in the 8700 block of Memory Park Avenue. Anyone with information should contact Mission Area homicide detectives at (818) 838-9810. 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

County to increase patrols at parks

first_imgConcerned that gang members are taking over about 20 county parks, a Los Angeles County task force has put together a plan to spend $1.5 million to increase police patrols and to create a new division to patrol Pasadena-area parks. The Report on Gang Task Force Recommendations by Chief Administrative Officer David E. Janssen came out earlier this month. The only Whittier-area park on the list was Amigo Park, which is near the far western edge of the city near the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in the heart of the turf of the Jim Town street gang. Despite Amigo Park being put on the list of problem parks, there have been few reports of violence there the last year, said Capt. Sam Morales of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety, who is the commander for area patrols. “We’ve kind of put extra patrol on that park,” he said. “We’ve been paying more attention. It’s kind of calmed down a little bit over there.” Countywide, the report proposes an Office of Public Safety base be opened somewhere in the West San Gabriel Valley area. The report also calls for 14 new officer positions, several of which would be dedicated to the Whittier area. The patrol increase is in response to concerns from Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke that parks all over the county were getting a reputation for being dangerous. “We had people call us saying they have been trying to have baseball practice, and that they felt the gang members were intimidating them,” said John Hill, Burke’s chief of staff. In addition to increased patrols, the county also plans to kick off a campaign to convince people to tell the authorities of problems at the park, according to Sheila Ortega, spokeswoman for the county’s parks and recreation department. The campaign would include an eagle mascot – Seemore the Eagle – that would be used to help children feel comfortable reporting what goes on at parks, she said. And the county’s Probation Department has notified all people on probation, by phone or in person, that they will be found in violation of probation if they hassle or intimidate other park users, according to the county report. Exactly when the majority changes would take place still must be decided, said Judy Hammond, a spokeswoman for the county’s executive office. The report is being passed around to different county departments. “We don’t think it will need to go to a vote of the supervisors,” she said. “If people from all the departments in the task force approve the plan, we’ll implement it.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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