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Santa to make an appearance at Christmas Gala

first_imgThe gala will include the club’s skaters from Precanskate to senior groups performing their individual solos and group numbers.Also from 4-5 p.m. St. Nick himself will take to the ice, allowing those in attendance the opportunity to skate with him.The event will also be selling hot chocolate and popcorn to help raise money for the club, and admission into the event is by donation.- Advertisement –last_img

Neighborhood revival?

first_img“Now neighborhood councils have a very loud voice,” says Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who heads the Education and Neighborhoods Committee. A louder one, at least. We just hope that the city’s leaders will be listening.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARCH could mark the beginning of a revival of Los Angeles’ seven-year-old neighborhood councils system, which has lagged under weak leadership and lack of City Hall support. Or not. It all depends on whether the city’s elected leaders follow through on several recent decisions, and do so with the proper care and feeding the councils need to grow into a legitimate outlet for citizen participation. The first good decision was the launching of a pilot program in which neighborhood councils get to review land-use proposals before they go before the Planning Commission or City Council. This is a major concession, since neighborhood council participants had asked for pre-involvement for years instead of hearing about problem developments when it’s almost too late. New developments greatly affect the city’s already impacted neighborhoods. It makes sense that stakeholders in the community have a say in the proposals. The second decision was the removal of Lisa Sarno as general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. The third was the appointment of Carol Baker Tharp to replace her. Tharp, a scholar of neighborhood participation at the University of Southern California, has been involved in the creation and development of the city’s neighborhood council system since before it appeared on the ballot. Her knowledge of neighborhood participation in Los Angeles and elsewhere makes her uniquely qualified to know what works, and what doesn’t. And what hasn’t worked – for L.A.’s communities, anyway – is the deliberate undermining of neighborhoods by City Hall. This series of changes gives the city the tools to forge a revival of its dysfunctional neighborhood council system, which some have suggested dismantling. last_img read more

KCB hit with purge as three are suspended

first_img0Shares0000Happier times: KCB FC head coach Frank Ouna (left) with team trainer Humphrey Oyango and assistant coaches Ezekiel Akwana and Elvis Ayany during a past training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – The management of Kenyan Premier League side KCB have hit the club with disciplinary measures, suspending assistant coaches Ezekiel Akwana and Elvis Ayany for promoting disunity in the team.The bankers who earned a return to top flight after three years have picked only one point off five games from a 0-0 draw with Bandari but have lost the remaining four to stay bottom of the 18-team log. According to a letter delivered to the three by club chairman, they will be suspended indefinitely and are barred from accessing the team’s facilities at Ruaraka until such a time as the management deems fit for their return.Akwana and Ayanya have been accused of failing to work as a unit in the technical bench while Ayany who is the club captain has been gravely accused of inciting the older players against the new recruits hence the club’s poor performance.“Our investigations have revealed that the KCB technical bench is not working as a unit which has contributed to the poor performance of the team. It has been noted with concern that you have contributed to this lack of unity of purpose within the technical bench,” the letter to both Ayany and Akwana read.KCB FC head coach Frank Ouna passes instruction to players during a past training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOrenge’s letter read; “During the meeting, it was established that there is a lack of unity of purpose in the current KCB football team as evidenced by the various camps in the team. The lack of unity has been the major contributor of poor performance in the team,”“It is further noted that as the captain of the team, you failed in your responsibilities to unite the team and opted to incite the older KCB FC players against the newly recruited players.”Orenge has not had much playing time this season despite being the club captain and sources intimate that there had been growing displeasure that the newer players were being trusted more by head coach Frank Ouna.Akwana’s suspension however has raised eyebrows especially noting that he had been personally handpicked by Ouna when he was appointed to assist him in the side. Ayany had been the interim coach before Ouna’s arrival having taken over after John Kamau’s sacking.The bankers spent big in the transfer window to rake in an almost new team in entirety, but the investment in the playing unit has not translated to results on the pitch.Ouna’s men play on-form Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos on Sunday and hope for a turn-around in results with the club’s management said to be demanding big of the club.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more