“Those teams down there in the standings, L.A., Dominguez Hills, UC San Diego, are good,” Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky said. “This is a tough conference.” The Broncos (12-4 overall, 8-3 CCAA) had trouble with the Golden Eagles (6-10, 3-8) and trailed as late as 6:57 to go on a Vincent Camper free throw that made it 60-59. POMONA – One player had a career high in points and another had a season high in points, but that doesn’t guarantee anything in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, even when you’re one of the top teams and you’re playing one of the bottom teams. Cal Poly Pomona got 31 points from senior Dion Cook and 15 from senior Luis Pulido and the Broncos survived with a 77-75 victory over Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday night at Kellogg Gym. Cal Poly came back and took an eight-point lead, but needed to make some big free throws down the stretch. Pulido made two with 56.2 seconds to go to make it 74-68, and Larry Gordon made two others with 20.8 seconds left to make it 76-72. The Golden Eagles’ final points came on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Broncos, ranked No. 2 in the West Region, now have their toughest stretch of the season. They play at No. 4 Humboldt State, defending conference champion Sonoma State and No. 1 Cal State Bakersfield in a six-day span beginning next Thursday. “It would be great to come out of that with a couple of wins,” Kamansky said. email@example.com (909) 483-9364 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The U.S. women’s soccer team, fresh from winning the prestigious Four Nations Cup, will open its domestic schedule heading to the World Cup with a game April 14 against Mexico in Foxborough, Mass. Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich fired coach Felix Magath and brought back his predecessor Ottmar Hitzfeld, who guided the German club to the Champions League title in 2001. BASKETBALL: Furniture dealer Hilton Koch bought the Houston Comets, making the four-time WNBA champions the league’s fifth independently owned franchise. The WNBA Board of Governors approved the sale. BOXING: Former world champion boxer Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga has been arrested on fraud charges in Managua, Nicaragua. He was being held in Leon, 50miles northwest of Managua, after Ramiro Sandino, a used car dealer in the city, accused the boxer of failing to pay him $56,000 for four cars. HORSE RACING: With Barbaro’s death still fresh on everyone’s mind, Del Mar officials broke ground on an $8 million Polytrack surface designed to dramatically reduce the number of catastrophic injuries sustained by thoroughbreds. Synthetic surfaces will be mandatory at major race tracks in California by the end of this year. Del Mar will be the second track in the state to install one, following Hollywood Park. Last summer, 18 horses had to be euthanized at Del Mar, 10after being injured during races and eight after breaking down during training. Valid’s Valid, the even- money favorite despite not having won in 20 months, beat Rey Lake by one length in the $59,800 feature at Santa Anita to break an eight-race losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Dubai-based consortium pulled out of a proposed $882 million takeover of Liverpool of the English Premier League on Wednesday, clearing the way for an American businessman to buy the storied soccer club. Dubai International Capital, owned by the ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, called off negotiations with the five-time European champions after hearing that the board of directors was considering a rival bid from George Gillett Jr., owner of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. “We are very disappointed to be making this announcement,” DIC executive chairman Sameer Al Ansari said in a statement. Liverpool has won a record 18English league titles and is planning to build a new 60,000-seat stadium.
“Taking care of the health benefits for the retirees of our community is very important,” said Gregg Rademacher, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association. “This includes retirees in our community who work for the county of Los Angeles. And it’s encouraging to see our Board of Supervisors addressing this important matter.” In addition to setting up the trust fund, county officials expect to enter negotiations with employee unions in 2009 to negotiate whether to scale back health benefits for employees. Ramon Rubalcava, director of research and policy for Service Employees International Union, Local 721, which represents more than 50,000 county employees, said the union agrees a trust fund is a responsible move. “Pre-funding allows money to be dedicated and by investing it you will have an additional revenue source,” Rubalcava said. Only a handful of government agencies across the nation have so far proposed setting up trust funds to pre-fund their retirees’ health care costs. But the issue has gained urgency as the annual taxpayer tab for teachers’ and state workers’ pensions and health benefits has soared from $1billion to more than $5billion since 2000, eating into government services and requiring tax and fee increases. Currently, the county spends $348million a year on retiree health care costs. That figure is expected to swell to $1billion by 2016, according to a recent report. Meanwhile, the taxpayer contribution for the county’s pension system has more than tripled, from $278million in 1997 to $856million last year, according to LACERA documents. Still, the pension fund is in better financial shape. Since 1997, the total value of the pension fund has grown from $23billion to $40billion. And the fund, which was 83percent funded in 2004, is now 95percent funded. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Faced with a growing tab for government workers’ pensions and health care costs, Los Angeles County officials are expected today to recommend that the Board of Supervisors set up a trust fund to help fund the health care portion. The trust fund would be used to begin pre-funding the massive liabilities the county faces to pay for its retirees’ health care costs – estimated at $13billion to $20billion. Although former Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen suggested that the county put a $400million surplus into a trust fund, no figure has been agreed upon yet. “The trust fund is a mechanism to help mitigate the impact of the unfunded liabilities for retiree health care benefits,” Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This is the first step to address this issue and it’s a very positive step.” Former Assemblyman Keith Richman said Fujioka’s plan is prudent. Richman is gathering signatures to place an initiative on the November 2008 ballot that he says would save taxpayers $500billion over 30 years by raising government workers’ retirement ages. “Beginning to pay for retiree health care on a regular basis and paying down the debt is an important and fiscally responsible thing to do,” Richman said. In recent months, government agencies across California have been in negotiations with employee unions to scale back health benefits to address an estimated $48billion to $100billion in unfunded liabilities. Some cities and counties are considering reduced health care benefits for new employees.
This Thursday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.
FRIDAY Informational meeting for students interested in traveling to Spain this summer for Spanish immersion, 2-3 p.m. in the library at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3530. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Transitions to Parenthood seminar, 10 a.m.-noon in the Greeley Building at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8607 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Woodplay of SCV, 17459 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference, 8 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $55. Call (661) 259-3874. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Business Wake-up Seminar will discuss “Recognition: Do the Right Thing,” 8-10:30 a.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Call (661) 702-6977. Pros Networking Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24210 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (877) 242-9384. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Baywood Dental Group, 24121 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. All Valley Le Tip Network will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Brother and sister Daniel and Maia Griffiths, age 8 and 6, said it was the roasted corn and the funhouse that they were looking forward to. Inside the home crafts venue people marveled at the eggshell craft display. Pat Boddi sat at a table piecing together eggshell jewelry pieces that dazzled in shimmering pinks and violets. Boddi, who represents the California Tri-County Egg Artists, has been working with eggshell crafts for 18 years. She said while the process of piecing together the Rhea and Goose eggshells is time consuming – one recent project took her 6 hours – it’s also extremely rewarding. Boddi received a first-place award this year for a golden scepter with a metallic blue egg jeweled with purple and white jewels. Inside the Youth Expo building, the artwork of preschoolers and high schoolers was displayed side by side. From spider-laced cupcakes to quilts and blankets, children of all ages are encouraged to submit artwork, and they are judged with a Danish system that leaves most kids with an award of some sort. “It’s like a little city that comes to life,” said Pam Doss, assistant superintendent for the Youth Expo. “The day after the fair is always a sad day – it’s like the little city dies,” she said. The 131st Ventura County Fair Seaside Park, Ventura Through Aug. 13; gates open at 11 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends and on Tuesday. INFORMATION Who: Where: When: Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for kids 6-12 and seniors 62 and up; children under 5 and seniors 100 and up are free.160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.For Ventura County resident Darlene Farwell, it was the country table settings that caught her eye. “There is so much creativity and so much talent,” Farwell said. Farwell has been attending the fair since she moved to Ventura four years ago. The fair offers numerous food stand options, including this year’s new addition, Los Angeles staple Pink’s Hot Dogs. The fair also has two separate carnival ride areas – one for young children and a midway area with rides for the entire family. VENTURA – Clear blue skies and coastal breezes were just one of the reasons people flocked Saturday to the 131st Ventura County Fair. “We like to call this a country fair with ocean air,” said Craig Underwood, president of the board of directors 31st District Agricultural Association. Running through Aug. 13, the fair offers everything from farm animal judging to a flower displays, free concerts, including one by the classic rock group Foreigner, and even pig racing. “The essence of our fair is tradition and history,” Underwood said as he explained the decision for the “Heart of the Country” theme chosen for this year’s fair.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’On Wednesday, the Mortgage Bankers Association had even better news. Its survey had the 30-year rate at 6.25percent, up from 6.18percent. So is this a good time to refi? “Absolutely. This month is a good time to look,” said Keith T. Gumbinger, vice president of rate tracker HSH Associates in Pomptom Plains, N.J. Holders of adjustable rate loans may have also bought some time, too, because Gumbinger thinks this environment could persist for a while. That’s because the Federal Reserve Board, after 17 consecutive rate hikes dating back to the middle of 2004, has indicated it might be ready to stop. “Rates have eased up because the market has decided the Fed and the economy are working in sync to make sure inflation does not become a problem,” Gumbinger said. And money can be saved, according to the following scenario worked out by Philip E. Lipp, president of AllWest Mortgage in North Hollywood: We’ll start in June 2004, the month that the Fed started cranking up rates, which had fell to near, if not historic, lows. In June of that year, the median price of a previously owned single-family house in the San Fernando Valley hit a then-record $505,000. One popular loan product, especially with prices that high, was a hybrid adjustable. One such product had a low fixed rate for three years and then adjusted. The rate then was 4.80percent and assuming a 10percent down payment the monthly mortgage was $2,383, according to Lipp’s calculation. When adjustables adjust they are capped at a minimum of 2percent and higher, depending on the product. If the going rate matched last week’s Freddic Mac rate, the interest would jump to 6.8percent and the payment would increase to $2,963. Refinance the loan balance with an interest rate similar to last week’s and the payment drops to $2,724. It’s a savings of $239 a month. “You might want to take a shot at it,” Lipp said of refinancing. Some homeowners already are. Refis increased 17.5percent last week from the prior week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. “Refinance applications continue to increase as mortgage rates have declined to their lowest levels since the beginning of the year,” Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s senior director, single-family research and economics, said in a statement. Whether it’s the right time to refinance is an individual situation. But a little homework can be a money-saving exercise. Interest rates in various parts of the country can be found at www.hsh.com. The site also features a payment calculator. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A refinance window of opportunity has opened and it should be good news for anyone holding one of those adjustable time bombs of a mortgage. Some say that rate is going to adjust and the payment will explode. A chance to mitigate that financial damage arrived last week in interest rate surveys from two sources, which offer some hope. Freddie Mac reported on Thursday that the rate on a 30-year home loan fell to a seven-month low, dipping to 6.30percent from 6.31percent the week before.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The man then went to the 8600 block of Cedros Avenue where he stole a wallet from the pants of an adult. “This man is brazen and dangerous. Fortunately, these types of incidents are rare,” said Lt. Paul Vernon. “None of these victims were physically harmed, but we need to catch him quickly before he does harm someone.” Police encouraged anyone with information on the man or the crimes to call Mission Division detectives at (818) 838-9972 or (818) 838-9800, or the 24-hour toll-free number (877) LAWFULL (529-3855). Police on Sunday asked the public’s help in finding a man they say brazenly broke into three homes and sexually assaulted sleeping children. Police said the man, described as black in his early 20s and possibly wearing his hair in cornrows, assaulted the children within one hour in a three-block area in North Hills and Panorama City. The man first entered an unlocked window at 2 a.m. Saturday at an apartment in the 8900 block of Columbus Avenue where a 7-year-old boy was asleep. The man took several pictures with his cell-phone camera before the boy’s sister scared him away. He then entered another apartment on the same block where he picked up a 6-year-old boy from his bed. As the boy was being moved, his 9-year-old sister woke up and screamed. The man tried to take off the girl’s pajama bottoms before the children’s grandmother scared him away, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Daniel James could be worth £30million in the summer, according to former Wales international John Hartson.James scored his first goal for Wales on Sunday in just his second appearance as they beat Slovakia 1-0. Daniel James scored his first Wales goal on Saturday And Hartson now believes the fee Leeds were going to pay for James could treble in the summer.“He’s got a bright future,” Hartson told talkSPORT at the launch of the BT Sport Pub Cup.“He scored a goal in his second cap where he was starting on the left-hand side. He has ridiculous pace and played well against Manchester City in the FA Cup.“He was almost out of the door and was up at Leeds signing for £10million and he brought him back.“I think that will treble now with the market the way it is.” Getty Swansea youngster Daniel James is starring for club and country 3 The Swansea City winger has impressed in the Championship this season where he has scored twice and got four assists.The 21-year-old particularly caught the eye against Manchester City in the FA Cup when his devastating pace helped the Welsh club go 2-0 up before going on to lose 3-2.Leeds United chased James throughout the January transfer window and a deal was in place for him to move there.He had his medical on deadline day but the deal collapsed when Swansea failed to sign off on the move. 3 3 John Hartson was speaking to talkSPORT at the launch of this year’s BT Sport Pub Cup. To enter your team in the BT Sport Pub Cup go to www.btsportbusiness.com/pubcup . Entries close on Sunday 31st March.
Two weeks after his inauguration, President Trump’s recent policy decisions are having some unexpected side effects. In North Carolina and across the country, they’re fueling an unprecedented level of public engagement.Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood report millions of dollars in fundraising and thousands of new members. Mike Meno, communications director with the ACLU of North Carolina, said the historic support will help his group carry out its mission through this new administration.“Groups like the ACLU are going to do what we can, as always, to hold the government accountable, to work through the court system,” Meno said. “But in order to do this work, we really rely on the support of our members.”According to Meno, membership nationally has doubled since the election, to more than 1 million ACLU members across the country. Groups like his will use the donation dollars to advocate for people who might be adversely affected by President Trump’s executive orders, in Congress and in court.Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has seen a 15 percent increase in online donations, and applications from volunteers have increased from a dozen a month to more than 100. Communications manager Sarah Eldred said that with an energized base, the organization has renewed strength.“People are getting engaged in ways that do last a long time, so they’re starting volunteer opportunities where they’re engaging their neighbors, and they’re throwing house parties and meetings,” Eldred said. “And it’s going to be a long fight, but I think our volunteers so far, from what we’ve seen, are in it for the long haul.”Meno said he believes many people are re-learning a valuable lesson about the importance of taking their views beyond the ballot box.“More and more people are realizing that in a true democracy, our role as citizens doesn’t simply end when we cast our ballots on Election Day,” Meno said. “And that it’s absolutely necessary that ‘We the People’ hold officials accountable.”In addition to donating and volunteering, people are turning out at protests and marches. More than 500,000 attended the Women’s March On Washington, and 17,000 were at the sister march in Raleigh.A big crowd is expected on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street March in Raleigh, which will involve more than 200 organizations.