first_imgFAVORED FLAGSTAFF RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG WIN IN 1:22.64ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–With an avalanche of late money coming his way, the John Sadler-conditioned Flagstaff ran accordingly, as he stalked the early pace and rallied four-deep turning for home en route to a 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff got seven furlongs in 1:22.64.Fourth behind a dueling threesome that consisted of stablemate St. Joe’s Bay, Law Abidin Citizen and McKale, Flagstaff was never threatened by the late running Roadster, who flew to be second.Off at even money in a field of six older horses, Flagstaff, a 6-year-old gelding by Speightstown, paid $4.00, $2.40 and $2.20.Owned by Lane’s End Farm and Hronis Racing, LLC, Flagstaff, who is out of the Gone West mare Indyan Giving, notched his first graded stakes win and improved his overall record to 11-5-3-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $403,785.Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, ran out of real estate, finishing one length in front of stablemate McKale. Off as the second choice with Mike Smith up at 2-1, he paid $3.00 and $2.60.McKale, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-1 and paid $4.00 to show while finishing one half length in front of Law Abidin Citizen.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.04 and 1:09.54.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img It was Iriga-Navy’s third win in 10 matches, and one that came back-to-back after it downed Akari-Adamson (25-18, 26-24, 25-23) the day before in Imus, Cavite.The Fighting Warays dropped to 4-5 after the Lady Oragons avenged their first-round defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJoanne Bunag chipped in 12 points, and Grazielle Bombita and May Madulid added 10 each. Getting its stride late in the conference, Iriga-Navy picked up its second straight win with a four-set stunner over Tacloban Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.With veteran Nene Bautista scoring 13 points, the Lady Oragons scored a 25-20, 15-25, 27-25, 25-24 triumph over the Fighting Warays at Batangas City Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT Sterner PGT test for Lam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

first_imgThis article is part of an LIB Life five part series to promote Liberia’s already decaying cultureBehsao, Western Liberia – The center of Behsao, Liberia’s second ‘culture village’ dedicated by President William R. Tolbert more 15 years ago, is dominated by a tree that stands over the grave of King N’jola, one of the kings who sold land to the freed African Americans hoping to settle in present day Liberia.Beneath the tree, a neglected historical rock, grass covered presidential residence, a palava hut shaped museum, and stage lie in ruins – all testaments to the neglect that resulted from Liberia’s prolonged civil war.If resurrected Behsao could be an ideal tourist hotpot in Liberia, with roads leading to the village dotted with palm trees and swamps.On a trip to the village a few months ago, a sprightly old man greeted us in his 80s, Morris Beysow, who welcomed us to the village. Elder Beysow led us to the town hall, where he lectured on the relevance of culture in modern Liberia.The last surviving generation to descend from King N’jola, and a former superintendent of Kendeja, Elder Beysow said modern Liberian society has failed to respect the cultural practices of their forefathers“It is shame that for a nation to sell its pride in the name of development. It’s a shame for a nation to classify its traditional practices as negative when these practices served as the center of civilization that the citizens boast of today,” bemoaned Mr Beysow.An early 1950s graduate of the Poro Society, the old man wondered why the new generation of Liberians continues to value western culture and traditional practices over those of their forefathers.“The unwillingness of Liberians to learn their cultural and traditional values has made them lose their identity as a people, leaving them exposed to foreign ones, which is now exhibited by the number of violent acts they are engaged in,” he said.While the cultural icon blamed the government for the neglect of our ancestral way of life, he also heaped blame on traditional leaders for not actually performing their duties as is given and expected of them.“The absence of cultural festivals such as the fire festival and harvest festival is evidence enough that the traditional leaders are at sleep and need to wake up as soon as possible to save the next generation from totally losing its identity,” he said.As we walked from the town hall to King N’jola’s grave, which lay between the museum and the hall, elder Beysow said the festivals are the occasions traditional leaders use to teach the traditional and cultural norms to the youth, narrate history about great peoples of the past, among other things.“I cannot do much any longer. I’m just appealing to the traditional leaders to make teaching the youth our culture a priority. And government needs to persuade historians to document the indigenous cultural history for everyone,” advised Mr Beysow.He blamed the increase and spread of indiscipline and violence in Liberia on the lack of culture and tradition, adding that such attitudes pose a serious threat to the nation’s present and future.Content with living among his people, who regard him as a fountain of wisdom, elder Beysow said that it is a total disgrace for young people of this generation not to know about Liberia’s ancient “female-warrior,” Madam Suakoko, or how Behsao came into existence. Mr Beysow used our visit to appeal to government to make Behsao the national culture village since Kendeja is no more “because the village was declared as the national second culture village by a sitting president.”“You cannot take the culture village to a place that does not have historical value. All government needs to do is transform Behsao into a vibrant national cultural center in place of Kendeja,” added elder Beysow.Elder Morris Beysow, who is the oldest surviving person in Behsao, took us on a tour to show us a few sacred sites in the village, including graves of the great king’s ancestors and descendants. The gravesite is where the town hall and the museum are built.“My father’s and other generations of children were buried here with the exception of three of my uncles who were buried on the outskirt of town,” he said before we parted ways.It goes without saying that a country that forgets and neglects its past will not have a clear picture of where it is heading. Liberia’s developmental trajectory after 168 years leaves much to be desired. To say that a neglect of its cultural and traditional past are reasons enough would belie the role played, and continue to be played by corruption, something that could have been averted were we to value our traditions and culture, which decry such tendencies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…Wants gov’t restore citizensThe Board of Directors of the Faith and Justice Network within the Mano River Basin countries is deeply concerned about the increasing economic hardship being caused by the unprecedented shortage of Liberian Dollars on the market.This situation, according to a release, is leading to frustration among Liberians during the start of the festival seasons, especially among ordinary citizens. It has also instilled fear in the public, reduced investors’ confidence in the market and as well as their desire to trade.The Faith and Justice Network (FJN), a faith-based organization committed to fostering a just peace society within the Mano River Basin Countries; views the unexplained shortage of the Liberian Dollars on the market as a factor decreasing public trust in the CDC-led government’s ability to meet the achievement of the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) for its citizens.FJN has observed with grave concern, the increased level of poverty and anger prevailing in every community as the direct result of the inability of commercial banks to make complete payments on legitimate customers’ withdrawal.According to the release, an immediate intervention is needed in order to alleviate the rising economic hardship in the country. The Government through President George Weah, and respective ministries and agencies must speedily intervene by taking concrete actions to stabilize the cash flow of the local banknotes to meet up with costumers’ requests.It is evident that the current development challenges facing our nation should be overcome sooner than later. Concrete efforts must be exerted by respective government functionaries to faithfully translate the promises contained in the PAPD into action for all.On the other hand, FJN categorically advises against the hasty printing of new banknotes at this time when issues highlighted in the Kroll and Presidential Investigation Team (PIT) reports surrounding the alleged “missing L$16 billion” and the US$25 million mop-up exercises are yet to be conclusively addressed by the government.“The Economic Management Team must be made accountable to the citizens before requesting the Legislature for approval to print new banknotes,” the release said.Therefore, FJN admonishes and calls on the Legislative and the Executive branches of Government not to proceed with the printing of new money without first addressing the recommendations, and issues highlighted in the Kroll and PIT reports.The government must first tighten the monetary policy to reduce the inflation that is fast eroding the living standards of the poorest Liberians, and take prudent measures to safeguard financial sector stability.Finally, Faith and Justice Network remains grateful to the Most High God, our international partners, civic society organizations and all patriotic Liberians who continue to contribute to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the motherland.We urge all citizens and sundry to be assured of our fervent prayers for the progress of the nation during these advent seasons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Early marketing studies by Cook Hill have found that single-family detached homes would be the most profitable for the city. He said that estimates of the proposed 1,000 home units that PXP plans to build on the 480 acres of land will generate anywhere from $5-$7 million annually in redevelopment taxes. The market price for the homes, depending on their size, is estimated from $400,000 to $2 million, Witt said. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 MONTEBELLO – Officials representing Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) Tuesday presented the latest information on proposed development of the Montebello Hills, located on the northern tip of the city and one of the last open spaces left in Los Angeles County. “We are in the very beginning of the plannig process,” said Norman Witt, senior vice president of Cook Hill Properties, LLC – the developer hired by PXP. He assured those in attendance that the project would not infringe on their lifestyles. He said that the natural and manufactured open spaces will serve as buffers to surrounding neighborhoods. last_img read more

first_imgNearly 4 million people have left Syria since the start of its civil war in 2011, which played a key role in ISIS revival—because as one of several groups fighting Syria’s Shia dictator, Bashar al-Assad, the largely Sunni Arab Terrorist Group was allowed by his free world adversaries to operate with relative impunity.Now many of these adversaries are today, with France taking the lead, ramping up efforts to destroy the Islamic State terrorist group.But Mr. Trudeau has told other G-20 leaders, he still has plans to withdraw CF-18 fighter jets — committed by the Harper government to a hitherto restricted military campaign in Syria and Iraq—and concentrate instead on training others in the region, to fight ISIS. In this country and others, Friday’s violent attacks in Paris have triggered an increase in the debate on the Syrian refugee question, with those already resistant to accepting them hardening their position.However, that group does not include the new Prime Minister of Canada, and he has used the G-20 summit in Turkey to reaffirm his position to fast-track a plan to bring 25,000 refugees from the war torn Middle East country into Canada, by the end of year.This despite the fact ISIS has claimed responsibility for the mass murders in Paris, and French authorities say last month, at least one of the terrorists responsible, entered Europe through Greece as an asylum seeker using a faked passport.- Advertisement -As a result, some Canadians are now calling for a Syrian refugee ban, and locally, a petition is being sent to Prince George/Peace River/Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm calling for a referendum on the issue in this area.Fort St. John resident Bailie Hambrook started the online petition noting Northeast BC is going through ‘an economic downfall’ and arguing all the people of Canada should be asked if they favor accepting the refugees, or instead, an alternative form of supporting them.However, some like Vancouver Island-based refugee advocate Bruce Bryant-Scott are already supporting the Prime Minister’s plan.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Watch this! Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks on as Leganes defender Raul Garcia clears the ball © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 27 – Barcelona conceded twice in 68 seconds and Real Madrid were three down at half-time as La Liga’s two title favourites were each stunned by surprise defeats on Wednesday night.Barca’s 2-1 loss to relegation fighters Leganes was the greater shock but Madrid’s beating was more emphatic, blown away 3-0 by Sevilla after a torrid 39 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. For both, it was their first defeat of the season and for both, defensive fragility was the key factor, which will be a major concern with the second round of Champions League games to come next week.By the end, Atletico Madrid, who had cruised to victory over Huesca on Tuesday and play Real on Saturday, were the biggest winners. After a stuttering start, Diego Simeone’s side will jump above Real with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu.Sevilla can be a formidable opponent on their own patch but few expected Leganes to inflict what was only Barcelona’s second league defeat in 17 months.“We are in a very difficult moment that was unexpected,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.Gerard Pique committed the decisive error, his fluffed clearance allowing Oscar Rodriguez to score Leganes’ second goal in two incredible minutes at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.Nabil El Zhar had nodded in an equaliser moments before and by the end Philippe Coutinho’s sumptuous early volley was reduced to little more than a footnote.After drawing at home to Girona on Sunday, albeit with 10 men, Valverde’s selection also came under scrutiny, after he opted to rotate for the second time in three days.Against Girona, it was Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti on the bench and just as they all had to be called upon in the second half at the Camp Nou, so were Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba this time.“Of course the coach is responsible, a losing coach always feels responsible,” Valverde said.“But obviously it is easy now to talk about the rotations – in the end, matches are analysed on results – but you can’t win the league with only eleven players.”Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and then Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League four days later but one point from two of La Liga’s lesser opponents is a concern.So is the form of Pique, who was also at fault against Girona and will almost certainly start against Spurs, with Umtiti suspended.“You have to judge the whole team, not individuals,” Sergio Busquets said.“There are no excuses. We have to concede fewer goals and be more solid. Today the league isn’t lost but we might miss these three points at the end of the season.”Real Madrid, who were just kicking off as Leganes closed out, could have pulled three points clear at the top but instead were three down at half-time for the first time in a league game since 2003, also against Sevilla.Twice Jesus Navas sped away on the counter-attack, and twice he found Andre Silva, the first time with a deliberate cut-back, the second when his shot was palmed out for a rebound.Wissam Ben Yedder added a third six minutes before the interval, volleying in from close range after the Madrid defence had pushed out.“We had a bad first half,” Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. “Especially a bad start, when they scored two goals and set the tone for the game.“We have to pick ourselves up, we have another important game in three days so we congratulate Sevilla and recognise we have not played how we wanted.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY — A new refinery northeast of Edmonton is facing more delays and won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen as designed until early next year.Construction was completed on the $9.5-billion Sturgeon Refinery in the fall of 2017 and it began producing diesel shortly thereafter from synthetic crude that had already been partly upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.It was to begin processing oilsands bitumen in early 2018 but has been stymied by issues with equipment including its gasifier, a unit designed to break down the heavier parts of the bitumen barrel to make hydrogen for the refining process and carbon dioxide for use in stimulating conventional oil and gas wells.- Advertisement -Spokeswoman Vanessa Goodman says the refinery has been running tests on a repaired gasifier unit during the current refinery maintenance shutdown that began in September.However, while the tests showed the unit works, the refinery plans to continue to process synthetic crude when it restarts next month, with bitumen processing expected to follow early in 2020.The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 per cent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the Alberta government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.Advertisement “We were able to collect data to determine if any additional improvements need to be made (to the gasifier),” said Goodman.“There will be another test period early in 2020.”Goodman says the refinery was producing about 35,000 barrels per day of diesel before the shutdown began.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2019.Advertisement Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Ben Mee celebrates his goal against Chelsea Ex-Manchester City youngster Ben Mee handed his former side a huge boost in their race for the Premier League title as his goal saw Burnley hold leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.It had looked like the Blues were on their way to a victory at Stamford Bridge when the in-from Branislav Ivanovic struck his fourth goal in six games from an Eden Hazard cut-back.But Jose Mourinho’s men lost their discipline as the game wore on and after watching the usually reliable Nemanja Matic receive a red card for throwing Ashley Barnes to the ground following a challenge from the Clarets striker.With Chelsea down to ten men, Sean Dyche’s side capitalised and Mee powered home a header from a Kieran Trippier corner to give Burnley a share of the spoils and leave Mourinho fuming about two dropped points and some turned down penalty appeals.Meanwhile, Manchester United’s seven game unbeaten run has come to an end after they were defeated 2-1 by Swansea City in the Premier League.The Jacks’ early pressure nearly got the opening goal but Ander Herrera, in a rare start, did well to stop Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal-bound effort from crossing the line.And the Spanish midfielder, who Louis van Gaal has been reluctant to start in recent weeks, proved his worth further as he gave the Red Devils the lead, sweeping Angel di Maria’s cute pass into the far corner.But Man United were undone by their hosts moments later as Ki Sung-Yueng forged his way into the box and flicked a header into the net from Jonjo Shelvey’s left-wing cross.And with 17 minutes to go Shelvey’s rifled long-range strike was deflected past a stranded David De Gea when Gomis, in trying to get out of the way of the shot, got his head on the ball.United’s defeat allowed Arsenal to move above them into third place as the Gunners dispatched London rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.The visitors grabbed the lead with just eight minutes on the clock with Santi Cazorla converting a spot-kick after Danny Welbeck was felled by Eagles defender Papa Souare.And in first half stoppage time Arsene Wenger’s men doubled their lead as Olivier Giroud, whose form has been excellent since his return to fitness, scored his 50th goal for the club with a tap-in after Julian Speroni clawed away a Welbeck shot.Mesut Ozil hit the bar as they looked to extend their lead further but their first half double was all Arsenal needed to claim all three points, even when Glenn Murray tapped in a late consolation strike.Tim Sherwood’s first game in charge of Aston Villa ended in a defeat as Victor Moses hit injury time winner from the penalty spot for Stoke.Scott Sinclair, on loan from Manchester City, had put the Villans ahead before Mame Biram Diouf headed home a Steven Ireland cross to eqaulise for Mark Hughes’ Potters.And following a mistimed Ron Vlaar challenge, which earned the Dutchman a red card, Moses stepped up and converted from the spot to hand Stoke a 2-1 win.Queens Park Rangers’ bad away form continued as they lost 2-1 to Hull City.Nikica Jelavic’s volley from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick put the Tigers a goal to the good and QPR’s task got even harder when Joey Barton was given a straight red card after 32 minutes for a below the belt jab on Huddlestone.Chris Ramsey’s side showed their resolve though and Charlie Austin headed home the in-form Matt Phillips’ cross six minutes before the break.But January summer signing Dame N’Doye was the match-winner again for Steve Bruce as he headed in his second goal in two games.And at the Stadium of Light it ended 0-0 between Sunderland and West Brom.An early Sebastian Larsson free-kick crashed into the side netting as Gus Poyet’s men looked for an early goal and Adam Johnson saw a goal disallowed before the break too.But in the end neither side could grab a winner as they continue to glance over their shoulders at the relegation scrap below them. 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In those key five minutes of early 2000, the two Valley leaders had essentially ended the Valley’s decades-long battle over mass transit and launched what would become the Metro Orange Line. “It was like winning the lottery,” said Yaroslavsky. “It brought it to life.” The $330 million busway across the Valley opens next weekend, part of the latest trend in mass transit being watched nationwide. Many Valley residents are still upset that it’s a bus, not the train they had been promised for 20 years, ever since Los Angeles County voters passed the half-percent sales tax in 1980 – and another one in 1990 – for transportation. But by the time Hertzberg was calling Yaroslavsky from the governor’s office in 2000, the Valley’s hopes for a train had long dimmed. NIMBYs had protested rail lines in their neighborhoods, and by 1997, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was forced to shut down rail construction following the Red Line construction fiascoes of the 1990s. The Valley was left with nothing but two laws that virtually prevented rail: a state law mandating that any line down Chandler Boulevard be a subway and a county law banning MTA from building subways with sales taxes. Hertzberg, Yaroslavsky, then-Mayor Richard Riordan and others returned from Curitiba in 1999 promoting the busway to a jaded public. “It was almost like this was the last chance,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. Yaroslavsky told a group of transportation leaders recently that he originally had no interest in the Curitiba trip, skeptical of the foreign system. “Within 15 minutes of seeing their bus system, all of us looked at it and said, ‘This makes sense for Los Angeles,”‘ he recalled. On the trip back home, he sketched out a Valley system on an airplane napkin. His napkin map – and the $265 million Hertzberg secured that day in the governor’s office – provided for three busways: the Orange Line, as well as connecting north-south lines along Van Nuys Boulevard and Canoga Avenue. But the other lines got shelved with state budget cuts, and the MTA had to borrow against a promised state reimbursement for the Orange Line. As building continued, so did opposition. Resident Diana Lipari – whose group Citizens Organized for Smart Transit successfully sued to shut down the project before winning a $300,000 settlement from the MTA – still opposes the line, saying the MTA should have concentrated on beefing up the Valley bus system. “It’s a waste of money,” said Lipari, a real estate agent. “You’re not going to get people out of their cars, off the freeway and onto the bus.” In the end, said longtime Valley activist Gerry Silver of Encino, other Valley residents give the busway “lukewarm” support, not because it’s the best route, but because it takes the pressure off alternatives – such as double-decking the Ventura Freeway. “Everybody just realized it was a compromise,” he said. “There was no money to do anything else.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com Memories of those who made busway The money man Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg Hertzberg became “fixated” on finding traffic solutions after having campaigned on the issue when he first ran for office in 1995. When he saw the chance to fund the Orange Line, he seized it. “It was one of the most magnificent moments of my time in public service,” he said. “We brought a transit system to the Valley.” The big-picture planners The MTA’s Kathleen Sanchez and Kevin Michel Michel and Sanchez sketched out the 14-mile route through the Valley, one of two like it nationwide, turning what has been a nearly century-old rail line into the Orange Line and its adjacent bikeway. “We are breaking new ground in some ways,” said Michel, the MTA’s director of Valley planning. “We are giving people an option to get out of their cars and use transit.” The busway builder The MTA’s Roger Dames Dames, a civil engineer and Army veteran who’s designed everything from nuclear power plants in the United States to an industrial complex in Saudi Arabia, managed the Orange Line through thick and thin. Obstacles he’s hurdled include soil contamination, a court-ordered work stoppage and last winter’s near-record rainfall. “Every project tends to have challenges when you’re out on the surface going through a big city,” said Dames, the MTA’s project manager. “Since I’m also a resident of the San Fernando Valley, it’s something that makes me feel good to be able to contribute to something that makes the Valley a better place.” The green-light guru The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s Sean Skehan An electrical engineer who built the computer system for the city’s traffic lights in his garage about a decade ago, Skehan was the guy to call to figure out the signals for the busway. “How can we do it in a way that won’t disrupt the whole traffic network in the Valley? That became part of the challenge,” said Skehan. The solution? He built a new software program to synchronize the lights. The bosses of the buses The MTA’s Richard Hunt, Gary Spivack and George Trudeau The Valley operations trio has spent months training the drivers about where to slow down, where to speed up and how to make sure the buses run on time. They’ve got decades of combined experience at the MTA. “It’s an opportunity,” said Hunt, the MTA’s Valley general manager. “People in this organization can really look back at the end of the day and say, ‘We did this.”‘ The political powerhouse Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Yaroslavsky recently joked he could count on one hand those who joined him in the often lonely battle for the busway. He believes the Orange Line can be a prototype for transit in Los Angeles. “This is another busway along life’s precipitous course, or it’s a revolution,” he said. “Our charge is not to solve the traffic problem for Los Angeles County. We can’t solve the problem. We have too many cars. But what we can do is offer people an alternative to the parking lot that is the 101.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bob Hertzberg, on deck as Assembly Speaker-elect, was in the governor’s office fighting to get transportation funds for the San Fernando Valley when he stepped aside and called Valley Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. He whispered into the phone: “How much do we need?” He was asking about the Valley busway after the two had recently returned from a trip to Curitiba, Brazil, where they were won over by that city’s renowned system of mass-transit busways. The supervisor gave him a figure. Hertzberg got it in the budget. last_img read more