Making like a tree

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LISA Sarno was never supposed to be the long-term head of Los Angeles’ Department of Neighborhood Empowerment – just an interim, short-term placeholder. But even that, it turns out, was too long. Prompted by complaints from members of the city’s neighborhood councils, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has removed Sarno from the position. He’s yet to name a new temporary replacement, but in the meantime he’s put Sarno in charge of overseeing his “million trees” initiative. She must be thrilled. Planting umpteen saplings in our concretized desert landscape must seem easy compared with sowing the seeds of democracy in the city’s barren and corrupt political climate. It’s likely Sarno is no more responsible for her failings at DONE than was her predecessor, Greg Nelson. It’s a thankless job, trying to motivate and lead quasi-governmental bodies that are destined for frustration due to their lack of authority and funding. So Sarno has moved on to (literally) greener pastures, free from the limitations of DONE. Too bad the same can’t be said for the neighborhood councils themselves.last_img read more

Guardiola ready to back players in racism walk-off

first_img0Shares0000Walk-off support – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Pep Guardiola has said he would back his players if they ever found themselves compelled to walk off during a game in protest against racist abuse.The Manchester City manager was talking following the scenes that marred Chelsea’s 2-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby on Sunday. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reported he was subjected to racist abuse by home supporters which resulted in the Premier League’s anti-racist protocol being initiated for the first time.Those measures could have seen players leaving the field — a stance Guardiola insisted Monday he would support should it happen in a game involving reigning English champions City.“Of course. I support my players, I support the initiative,” Guardiola told a news conference.– ‘Day-by-day battle’ –“What happened, you have to battle day by day. It’s not about one club or one person or anything specific that happened. I said many times, in the football world it is more in vision because every game, every week, every day, a lot of actions happen.”The Catalan added: “It is a battle we have to fight it every day, in schools especially, in the families at home to try to make a better society in the future for the next generation.“It is a battle day-by-day. Of course, all the initiatives, it happened for the players and the federation, we are going to support.”Guardiola has been an outspoken anti-racism advocate in his time in the English game but believes the issue extends far beyond football and may never be fully defeated.“I don’t think it will be completely eradicated. We have to fight but we will need a lot of time to eradicate it,” he said.“It was a problem that’s happened for decades, centuries. Now you can visualise it more because the media is closer and more up front about the problem.“It has happened for a long time. We have to fight, again and again, especially for the little kids, in the schools. Of course, if it happens be strict to avoid these kinds of persons to avoid it happening.”– Kompany endorsement –Meanwhile Guardiola, who expects to be without Sergio Aguero, David Silva and John Stones for Friday’s visit to Wolves, also responded to comments from former club captain Vincent Kompany who urged City to sign his old boss to a long-term contract.“If I was in a deciding position at City now, I would do everything I can to keep Pep for as long as I can. He is truly the best,” said Kompany.“To say anyone will ever come near, it is speculating in a ludicrous way.”Guardiola is under contract until after the end of the 2020/21 season and has repeatedly insisted he will see out his current deal, despite reports that he has a ‘break’ clause which would allow him to leave City following the conclusion of the current campaign.“This season is the fourth season and one more, next season will be five because I’m trying to stay here next season too,” he said.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager added: “That’s a long time. I’m incredibly good here.“To sign a contract you have to see how it works and if I deserve it,” explained Guardiola, whose side are 11 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.“We’ve increased our levels a lot and the expectations are higher. We’ll see if we can handle it. It’s not just my desire. Now we have a little break with the family over Christmas and we have time to think about the future.”0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Will I ever be happy?

first_img 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! When was the last time you were happy? I muse on the thought constantly.I acknowledge that I am not unhappy, far from it actually. And I do not find myself lacking in joy because I am not accepted by my “peers,” but actually because I think constantly about my future.Will I have a happy marriage? Will I contribute to the lessening of ignorance in people, in my children? Finding myself so occupied with all these thoughts and an eternity of homework, I do not allow myself the opportunity to relax and bask in the gift that is life.I spend more time at school than I do at home; I only go home to sleep, and even then I dream about school situations constantly.For example, last night I had a dream where I was in Las Vegas with my advanced placement biology teachers. For some reason, I won $999 on a slot machine, and I dreamed I would be able to share it with my classmates so we could pay off our multiple AP tests.Yes, multiple, I kid you not.I am taking five AP classes this year. I have seven periods in school, one of which is a zero period. Other than my news staff class, my only other non-AP class is drill team – the pride of PiHi, of which I am president, rank leader and captain of the first-ever High Kick team.A loaded plate, I say!Despite my lack of sleep, and every engaged waking moment, I believe I have an uncommon appreciation for my life – especially for a teenager, and perhaps even among adults.Whenever I do see my mom, I embrace her for as long as I possibly can. I tell her ardently that I love her, wishing to engrave it in her mind, and I cherish her presence in my life because I believe life is too short.I appreciate my health infinitely – the fact that I am able to walk, to express my thoughts coherently, to do everything that a human being with all God-given liberty should and could be able to do.I appreciate that I have a love of nature and wish to become one with it, despite the fact that I live in Southern California and the infernal smog comes between me and my ambitious goal.I long for the day when I find peace and am able to transmit that serenity to those surrounding me and coexist in harmony and happiness.But if I am not experiencing that now, how will I ever? Christina Hernandez, 17, is a Pioneer High School senior. She plans to attend college and major in aerospace engineering, and hopes to work for NASA or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.last_img read more