MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Before the game Terry Stotts said the outcome of the Pelicans’ finale against the Spurs was unlikely to have an impact on how Portland approached the Jazz. New Orleans won 112-98.“Like I told the team, winning the division is a big deal. It’s always going to be there. It’s always going to be in the rafters, the banner will be up in the practice facility,” Stotts said afterward. “It’s been an up and down season, but I’m really pleased with the way we played tonight. We played well, and have some momentum going into the playoffs.”Dante Exum, who left Utah’s victory against the Warriors the night before with leg soreness, played for 20 minutes with six points.The Blazers went up 39-27 on McCollum’s reverse layup in the second quarter and led by as many as 16 points in the first half. Portland led 55-41 at the break and Lillard led all scorers with 19 points.No Jazz player was in double figures. Mitchell struggled in the first half, going 3-for-13 from the field.McCollum wrestled a rebound and got the jumper from close in to give the Blazers a 67-50 lead. Lillard’s layup ended the third quarter with Portland 80-59.Portland extended the lead to as many as 24 points, but the Jazz closed with within 85-74 with 7:39 left on Mitchell’s layup and a free throw. Lillard came back in the game and made three jumpers to push Portland’s lead to 91-76.“This group’s had an excellent season. They year isn’t over,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We have a chance to play in the post-season. That’s something that these guys have accomplished.”TIP INS:Jazz: Derrick Favors played in his 500th game with the Jazz. He’s the 12th player in franchise history to reach the milestone. … It was Gobert’s 31st double-double of the season. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Damian Lillard had 36 points and 10 assists and the Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-93 victory over the Jazz Wednesday night to earn the Northwest Division title.With the win in the regular-season finale, Portland claimed the third seed in the Western Conference and will play the sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in the opening round.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 crown“One game and we’re playing for the third spot and the division championship,” Lillard said about the team’s motivation against the Jazz. “And that’s something to be proud of it. That’s something to care about and to play for. We worked too hard not to go and get that, especially on our home floor.”The Jazz, who saw a six-game winning streak snapped, fell to the fifth seed. They’ll face No. 4 Oklahoma City on the road to open the playoffs. The schedule had not been set. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, drives to the basket past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Blazers won 102-93. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers already knew their opponent for the first round playoffs, and they had already locked up home-court advantage.But they were still inspired for their regular-season finale against the Utah Jazz.ADVERTISEMENT Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell, who the night before set the new single-season record for 3-pointers with 186 — breaking Lillard’s rookie mark — was 1-for-8 from the perimeter but finished with 17 points.Ricky Rubio also had 17 while Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who were coming off a 119-79 victory at home against the Warriors on Tuesday night.“We rushed a little bit. We weren’t all on the same page at times,” Mitchell said. “We were really taken off our course. When they get into you, you gotta get the guy off you and make the play. Over time that really disrupts you.”CJ McCollum had 19 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 24 points in the second half.For both teams, the game was all about seeding because the first-round playoff matches were determined earlier in the evening. The Blazers secured home-court advantage for the first round for the first time since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lakers cap off 35-win season with beating of Clippers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trail Blazers: Maurice Harkless told reporters before the game that it was unclear if he’d be able to return in the first round. Harkless had arthroscopy on his left knee on March 28. … Evan Turner won the team’s Maurice Lucas Award as the player who best represents Lucas’ spirit in his contributions off and on the court.FOCUSING ON THE OPPONENT: Both teams were already talking about the first-round matchups.“It’s just a different style of basketball going into the playoffs, especially with that team (the Thunder),” Derrick Favors said. We just know it’s something we’ve got to be prepared for, be ready for. We’ve got to be mentally strong going in and just be ready to play, but also have fun and enjoy it.”Lillard noted that Portland split the regular season series with the Pelicans.“They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had. We had a bad third quarter,” Lillard said. “But they have Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, E’Twaun Moore, they’ve got a lot of guys that make them a dangerous team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments
– 3 murder accused granted bailClose to two months after several samples from the decomposed body of murdered British teen Dominic Bernard were sent to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago for DNA testing, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been informed that they are now ready for pick-up.British teen Dominic BernardThe Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) further related to Guyana Times on Tuesday that arrangements were currently being made to have the officer who took the samples for testing uplift the results. “We are hoping to get it (report) within the next few days,” Blanhum stated.In February, samples taken from the body believed to be that of the missing British teenager were sent to the twin-island republic to confirm the identity of the body, which was found in a shallow grave at Alness Village, Corentyne, Berbice, the previous month.The 18-year-old Bernard came to Guyana late last year to spend some time with his Godbrother Aaron Hing of Kildonan village, Corentyne. However, he mysteriously vanished and his body was found three months later, a few villages from where he was expected to spend his time.After the teen had been reported missing by his father in January, local Police launched an investigation which led to the arrest of Hing and his friend, Staymon George. The duo subsequently confessed to beating and burying the young man.They reportedly took some £2000 and the teen’s camera and video making equipment, some of which they allegedly sold while they disposed of others.They later admitted that they had collected the teen from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on October 14, 2015 and on their way to Berbice, they stopped along Sheriff Street where they ate and drank a few beers.As investigations continued, the Police arrested Jameel Sinclair who subsequently took law enforcement officials to an area behind Nurney Village and pointed out where he buried the teen’s camera and its components. Sinclair admitted that he was promised payment to hide the teen’s belongings on the night he was fatally beaten.Shortly after, the Guyana Police Force charged Hing, 22; George, 23; Krystal Thomas, 20; Sinfinee Henry, 39, and Sinclair, 20, for the murder. They were remanded to prison on the indictable charge.However, on Tuesday, Thomas, Henry and Sinclair were granted bail by the High Court after an application was filed on their behalf. The petition was heard and granted by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Demerara High Court. Bail was granted in the sum of $300,000 each on the condition that they report to the Whim Police Station every two weeks, beginning this Friday if bail is paid.
The advent of social media has changed the world and people’s thinking forever. From serving as a source of social interaction to information dissemination and a platform for democratic advancement, social media is now a silent weapon that will either help or ruin your chances into that dream job, writes Zubah Kollie Yennego, Jr, a Liberian and Youth Activist.You have all of the qualifications and did a very good interview, but you were not hired. Have you ever wondered about some of the reasons? Technology is greatly advancing, and there are lots of advances or discoveries moving alongside its progression. One of those developments is the emergence of social media. According to Statista, Facebook is placed first with 1.35 billion users, China’s Qzone with 629 million, followed by LinkedIn with 332 million, Instagram 300 million and Twitter 284 million users. These statistics evidently indicate that the social media possess a huge number of users or followers. These users or followers can be put into two categories. The first category of users posts various contents ranging from pictures to texts, videos, personal information, résumés, and the likes. While the first category of users is involved in information sharing, the second category of users checks the posted contents from the first category of users. For this paper, the first category of users is considered as the job seekers, job applicants or candidates and the second group of users is classified as employers, hiring officers or human resource professionals. Among these networks, Jobvite survey shows that 79 percent of respondents assert that they hire via LinkedIn with 26 percent through Facebook and 14 percent via Twitter. My concern here is the usage of social media by both job seekers and employers.Due to the population and the nature of contents being posted on these social networks, employers or hiring officers have turned to these networks to conduct some background checks on job seekers. There is a debate in the circles of human resource professionals on the legality of such background checks by recruitment officers since indeed they rely on the use of social networks. Even amid this debate, human resource officers continue to use social media to conduct background screenings. In the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2013 Survey which gathered information from its member institutions on the use of social media for job recruitment, the survey shows that 77 percent of companies that responded used the social media. In another survey, Careerbuilder.com interviewed 2,303 hiring officials and HR professionals about the reasons for the incorporation of social media into their hiring process. It was discovered that 37 percent of employers used the social media to screen potential job applicants. A report released by the Jobvite (2014 edition of its annual recruiting survey) shows that 93 percent of hiring officials assessed an applicant’s social media profile prior to hiring. The data also revealed that 51 percent of hiring officers considered applicants due to what they found, but 61 percent decided not to hire.What does this signal to job seekers? What are employers or hiring officers searching for that cannot be found during the job interviews or on the résumés? Many job recruiters carry the ideology that on résumés or during job interviews, applicants will always display their best character or experience. Do employers search for the negative or positive character of the applicants or both?Employers are usually in the professional habit of recruiting the best applicants who possess both job-fit competence and good character. Since the social media to some extent provides pieces of information that exhibit the true character of a person, recruiters are now running to the social networks to gather genuine information. Do you post videos, pictures and texts on your social network platforms with the thought that a potential employer will do a search on you? To a larger extent, you share those posts with an open mind not with the thought that hiring officers will search your profile. So usually, you present your true-self. This is the genuineness that employers search for. Jonathan A. Segal, a contributing editor to HR Magazine indicated in his article (Social Media Use in Hiring: Assessing the Risk) that employers use background checks to get the clearer picture of the applicant more than what the interview unveils. Jonathan further argued that social media check is one way to enhance background screening in deciding whether an applicant should be hired. In addition to the research done by careerbuilder.com, it discovered that hiring officers browse applicants’ social media profiles to assess the actual character and personality of the applicants. When hiring officers search the profile of applicants, they do not go in pursuit for the negative personality of the applicants. They browse profiles in order to ensure that the applicant is the best fit for the job. This involves the applicant fitting into the institutions’ corporate culture and whether he/she exhibits some forms of professionalism. In the same research done by careerbuilder.com, 65 percent of employers responded that candidates’ profiles are perused in order to discover whether they possess professional character. Additionally, 51 percent wants to know whether the applicant is the best fit for the company culture. When employers search, they find videos, pictures, text, résumés and the likes that can either be positive or negative for the applicant. In the survey by careerbuilder.com, it was further found that 34 percent of employers did not hire a job candidate due to provocative or inappropriate pictures and information posted on his or her profile. 45 percent resolved not to hire because of drinking and /or drug use on his/her social network profile. Other reasons were poor communication skills, discriminatory comments connected to gender, religion, race or qualifications that were not genuine. In spite of these discouraging outcomes, social media also serves as a market place for candidates as it is not all about the negatives of the candidates that employers look for. Through candidate’s profile, employers also find valuable information that works in favor of the candidate. Hiring officers discover information like volunteer experience, contents that display professional image, good communication skills and pieces of information that support the qualification and competence of the applicant, and the likes. What can Job Seekers do to improve their Social Network Profiles in order to suit recruiters?Recruiters understand that no one is perfect. But it is positive to try as much as possible to detach doubts from your social media profiles. This means, exercising prudence and good judgment in what you do on social media. To a large extent, your engagement on social media is a reflection of yourself. It will either help to sell you on the job market or discourage employers from hiring your services.Do not Badmouth People and/or Complain friends or colleagues on Social NetworksIt sends a bad signal to your would-be employer when you badmouth others. It speaks to the mind of the potential employer that when you are hired, you will always complain at job and badmouth your colleagues and/or bosses. These are against the spirit of professionalism and teamwork in a good working environment.Do not Display Your Huge Partying CharacterIt is not bad to post an occasional drink picture on your profile, but the constant posting of pictures that depict your alcoholic drinking habit, use of drugs and or illegal substances is obviously detrimental to landing you a potential job. Employers will not want their institution to be associated with any employee who drinks alcohol a lot and take pride in posting such information on social media. Take it this way, how will you feel when you see your boss always posting pictures of himself drinking alcohol?Do not Post Nude or Inappropriate ContentsPosting such contents does not exhibit professionalism. Job recruiters are searching for a job-fit candidate and additionally want an applicant that is professional in his or her activities. Have a Good Usage of GrammarEmployers look for well-rounded employees. The use of good grammar or the display of good communication skills speaks to the employer that the applicant is an asset and can articulate his or her ideas well. So, always review your grammar on social media except your post is meant for a specific group of speakers or just for the fun with a tag. Do not Post Pictures of Extremist BeliefEmployers will not want to hire a candidate that holds allegiance to an extremist group. It even gives a negative image to the organization if the extremist related candidate were to be hired. So posting contents of such will ruin your chance of securing a job. Political AffiliationExcept you will want to work with a specific political institution or organizations that require you to have a political affiliation, it is advisable not to state any political attachments in as much it is your freedom to do so. But remember, freedom is not absolute and in the context of developing countries, your political affiliations can be both positive and negative depending on where you find yourself. Take into serious consideration that many organizations and companies in the private sector are non-partisan institutions. Even in government, many ministries, agencies, corporations reject candidates with association to certain political party. Therefore, these institutions will not want to hire an applicant that has a political attachment even though this might be in violation of your right to association and choice. But again, you might not be told why you were not selected as that qualified candidate for the job.Consistent Curriculum Vitae or Resume Ensure that the resume or CV presented during application and the ones on your social media profiles are consistent. If there are deviations, it tells the employer that you are not sincere about your experiences and accomplishments. So, always update your CV and make ensure its uniformity in your dealings. Regular updates of CV are necessary since indeed from time to time, things add to your life and experience.Adjust Your Privacy SettingsAdjust your privacy settings on your social networks to limit tags and open access to your profile, photos, videos, comments and other contents. For instance, you may be tagged in an inappropriate content; your settings can help stop that content from appearing on your profile. This is somehow a difficult personal choice in limiting access to your profile. But again, think about the negative consequences of inappropriate postings/images you are tagged in.Way ForwardThe good and bad sides of social media are evidently in abundance. From the context of employment, social media is now that power weapon at the disposal of employers. It serves both as a reference point of confirming your suitability or unsuitability for a job. In this age of technology and the advent of social media coupled with its daily widespread use globally, it is far too easier for employers to search on the character and personality of a potential employee or a job seeker through the use of social media. What is found on your social media profile or account could be a contributing factor to deciding your employability. From the series of surveys conducted by different groups and involving Human Resource Managers, it is clear that a positive image or portrayal of yourself on social media builds your chances in getting that dream job. On the other hand, a negative image of yourself does nothing but shut the doors of employment with employers who are concerned of your damaging social media character. This is why exercising professionalism and a sense of responsibility on social media is important as employers are now doing background checks on jobseekers. It is good to avoid negative posts including gossips, badmouthing and complaining about colleagues. Also, avoid posting nude images or inappropriate contents and constantly making grammatical mistakes even though it is social media. While your political affiliation is your freedom, it is advisable as a professional to keep cool on your political association – that is, if you are not into the domain of mainstream politics. Consistency in your CV always matters. So ensure that your CV presented to employers is consistent with the profile information you choose to mention on your social media account. Sharing information, connecting with friends and opening your social media profile to anyone is good, but make sure to control your settings, especially so restricting access to contents on your account and other tags someone might want to link you to. Observing these simple steps should be advantage to you as a job seeker whose potential employer will admire for your professionalism and responsibility, having demonstrated your competence and qualifications for a job. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A humanitarian action for children, through the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its Guyana office, has received Gy$105 million (US$500,000) to fund the provision of water and sanitation hardware, assist the Education Ministry to build schools’ capacity, and promote hygiene for Venezuelan migrants.Emergency Officer of UNICEF Guyana, Ian JonesTo combat issues such as child abuse and child labour among the Venezuelan migrants, Emergency Officer of UNICEF Guyana, Ian Jones is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying, “We are supporting the Ministry of Social Protection with surge capacity so that they can develop their human resources in these areas; and with the NGO Blossoms, we are looking to have one-stop shops for reporting on child abuse. So it’s a case where we are looking to build up the capacity, and then the incidents will be reported through the regular systems.”Jones added that a spike in the number of incidents reported would be noticed when the capacity is built with the number of child abuse or child labour reported; but it is not necessarily an increase in such cases, just that a facility is now available for these issues to be reported.He added that the focus is on 12,000 migrants, 4,800 of which are children living in Regions 1 through 7.Although data-tracking metric-surveys are in place to know how many migrants have been registered, they are unable to give a figure of how many migrants are living in Guyana at this time. This, he said, is because all the migrants are not coming through the main points of entry at Charity, Essequibo.Venezuelan migrants are coming to Guyana mainly from Delta Amacuro and the Bolivar state.This information was shared at the 2018 annual review of the joint annual work between the Guyana Government and UNICEF on Thursday last, where Jones said the agency’s main focus is on capacity building for all agencies involved in addressing the issue of Venezuelan migration to Guyana.Through this initiative, one of UNICEF’s focus is to improve host communities in light of the influx of Venezuelan migrants.
Judges from the Communities in Bloom organization will be visiting Fort St. John soon. On July 20th, two judges will evaluate the City. Fort St. John is in the 10,001 to 20,000 population category, along with communities like Huntsville, Ontario and Summerland, BC. Communities in Bloom is a non-profit organization, which is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. – Advertisement -It fosters community involvement with focus on the protection and promotion of green spaces in urban settings. The results will be announced at the National Awards Ceremonies, hosted this year by the City of Vaughan, Ontario, on October 2nd and 3rd, 2009.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – About 250 firefighters are battling a brush fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon near 47th Street East and Mt. Emma Road. The blaze started about 3 p.m. and had grown to about 100 acres within two hours. No structures were reported threatened but some horses were evacuated, fire dispatch officials said. The cause has not been determined and there are no injuries were reported.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The old Cocoanut Grove nightclub, spared the wrecking ball as part of a plan to use it as an auditorium for a school being built at the site of the historic Ambassador Hotel, appears doomed after all. In a blow to preservationists, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted 7-0 on Tuesday to tear down most of the nightclub because tests show it is too weak to withstand an earthquake. “Maybe it’s not the ending everyone would have hoped for, but it’s the ending that we’re at because of the poor structural condition. We had to change our plan,” construction consultant John Kuprenas said. The Los Angeles Conservancy said the school district broke its promise to the community. “In my mind, this issue is really probably more about accountability for LAUSD – that if you say you’re going to do something, you do it – than the nitty-gritty of what are the issues of preservation of the Cocoanut Grove,” conservancy Executive Director Linda Dishman said. Ten months ago, construction began on a large K-12 schools complex on the site of the hotel where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. The 1,000-room hotel was razed over objections from conservationists, but planners promised that the Cocoanut Grove would stay and be an auditorium. Now, only the east wall, the circular entry and a portion of the glass west wall of the nightclub, as well as the coffee shop, will remain. Demolition of the other three-quarters of the club will begin next month.
Tottenham transfer target Toby Alderweireld (right) Running the rule over Toby Alderweireld, WhoScored.com assesses his suitability for Spurs. For more Tottenham stats, check out WhoScored.com…It’s a transfer that performed many U-turns over the weekend, but it finally appears to be nearing a conclusion.No, this news isn’t regarding David De Gea and his anticipated move to Real Madrid, nor does it relate to Morgan Schneiderlin, who is tipped to leave Southampton this summer, though it does concern the latter’s team-mate last season.Toby Alderweireld is currently locked in the middle of a transfer tug of war between Tottenham and Southampton. An administrative error by Atletico Madrid means Saints, where the player was on loan for the 2014/15 campaign, feel they are entitled to the permanent signing of the Belgium international for a cut-price £6.8m fee and their continued pursuit of the defender comes as little shock to those associated with the club.Unsurprisingly, the club are desperate to secure his services, so much so that should the player move to another team this summer, they are prepared to take legal action against Atletico after the Spanish club failed to cancel Alderweireld’s buy-out clause in time.Southampton believe they have a contract with Atletico that makes Alderweireld’s season-long loan permanent for £6.8m unless they are paid around £1.5m to cancel that agreement. They may be forced to take this route, with Spurs seemingly heading the queue in the race to secure the defender’s services.In his first Premier League campaign, Alderweireld gained a respectable WhoScored.com rating of 7.07 and formed part of a defence that was among the tightest in England’s top tier last term.Only Chelsea, with 32, shipped fewer goals in the Premier League last season than Saints’ 33, in what was also an impressive debut campaign at St Mary’s for manager Ronald Koeman.The Dutchman secured the services of Alderweireld initially on loan last summer and he was impressive alongside Jose Fonte at the heart of the back line. Indeed, Southampton’s goal difference was a respectable +21 in the 26 league games the centre-back started and that figure dropped to zero in the 12 games he did not.Understandably impressed with Alderweireld in his debut season in England, Mauricio Pochettino has identified the Belgian as the ideal player to solidify his back line.Spurs shipped a whopping 53 league goals last season, one of the worst returns in England’s top division. As expected, Pochettino has moved to strengthen accordingly this summer, securing the services of Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier from Cologne and Burnley respectively.The Argentine is now hopeful a deal to take Alderweireld to White Hart Lane can be completed sooner rather than later as pre-season preparations get underway.The Belgian suits the demands of Pochettino, with his pass success rate standing at 80.2 per cent, a respectable return given his average number of passes per game (42.6).Clearly capable of playing the ball out of defence, he matches Spurs’ possession football and short passing style of play, a strength of theirs statistically calculated on WhoScored.com.No Saints player averaged more clearances per league game than Alderweireld’s 5.5 last season, highlighting his ability to be in the right place at the right time to clear any danger.With Spurs hoping to secure a top four finish next season, a player of Alderweireld’s calibre is exactly what they need in their quest to guarantee a place in the 2016/17 Champions League.Defence was understandably the first port of call for Pochettino to strengthen this summer, as highlighted by Spurs’ acquisitions so far, and Alderweireld could be considered to be the final piece of the puzzle needed to complete the north London side’s back line.For more stats on Southampton and Tottenham target Toby Alderweireld, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 1
Discounted Valley summer power rates are only fair THE Los Angeles City Council is considering an idea that would actually extend some fair treatment to the San Fernando Valley for a change – and wouldn’t you know, various city leaders and insiders are already griping about it. The idea is that when the Department of Water and Power raises electricity rates, the Valley will get a modest break a few months of the year. After all, the Valley can get beastly hot in the summer – remember the 119 degrees last year? – and it wouldn’t be fair to make Vals pay a fortune just to achieve the same level of comfort (and safety) as the rest of Los Angeles. But fairness has never meant much to those over the hill who are doing all the complaining. They say it’s wrong to make the rest of L.A. “subsidize” the Valley. Yet they’ve rarely complained about the countless instances of the Valley being forced to subsidize the rest of L.A. – literally for decades. For example, the Valley pays about 10percent more in taxes than it gets back in city services. Developers who want to build downtown or in Hollywood or elsewhere in the city get huge tax breaks, subsidies and taxpayer-provided upgrades to infrastructure while the Valley gets almost no help. And police response times in the Valley are much worse than in the rest of L.A. because city officials have consistently deprived the Valley of an adequate number of cops. The reason for these and numerous other examples of unfairness, city officials say, is because most of the city’s middle class lives in the Valley, so it has less crime and less need. Valley residents have fought for years with little success to get a fair deal from City Hall, a fair share of city services. But if we accept this logic, then why shouldn’t it apply to cheaper electricity? The Valley is hotter than the rest of Los Angeles. It needs more air conditioning in the summer, thus it also needs a cut in electricity prices. If Los Angeles is the great experiment in misguided municipal socialism that city leaders envision it to be – from each according to his ability, to each according to his need – why shouldn’t the Valley get discounted power, just as South L.A. gets disproportionate police representation? Or downtown gets subsidies for developers? Or the Westside will likely get a colossally expensive subway to the sea? What about our needs? City leaders can’t have it both ways. If the Valley is going to continue to pay the city’s bills, it ought to be entitled to some of the breaks, too.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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