Marco Djuricin scored the only goal of the game 1 Brentford ended a 50 year wait to beat QPR in the Championship’s west London derby at Griffin Park on Friday night.QPR were unlucky not to find themselves in front after the first 45 minutes after Massimo Luongo hit the post twice in the space of five minutes.But it was Brentford who took the lead through Marco Djuricin ten minutes into the second half.And that was how the game finished meaning the Bees leapfrog their local rivals in the Championship table with their fourth consecutive victory.It was a slow start by both sides but it was Brentford who had the most control of possession in the early exchanges.Despite the lack of clear-cut chances, there was a sense the game could boil over at any moment and it nearly did after 22 minutes when Alan McCormack kicked out at Clint Hill, something the defender took exception to, with both men receiving yellow cards.QPR’s Daniel Toszer then suffered the same fate when he cynically cut down McCormack as a Brentford tried to breakaway.Rangers continued to grow into the game as Matt Phillips and Tjaronn Chery having efforts on the Bees’ goal.Luongo then struck the Brentford goalframe twice in five minutes, first when his header from Phillips’ cross hit the bar, and then again just before half time when he cut inside before unleashing a low, curling shot against the post.Rob Green made a great save from Alan Judge between Luongo’s bad luck but still it somehow remained goalless at the break.Brentford stormed out of the blocks after the break as Djuricin was denied by Green from point-blank range.However, not to be deterred Djuricin got his goal on 56 minutes when he got in front of his marker to score from six yards after a low cross from Alan Judge to send Griffin Park into overdrive.Charlie Austin was immediately brought onto the pitch following a spell out injured and was straight into the action as quick thinking from Brentford goalkeeper David Button stopped the England international in his tracks.But that was the closest Austin got to a sniff at goal as the game petered out and Brentford recorded their first win in the fixture since August 21, 1965, when they won 6-1.
“It was just the scariest moment I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said the boy’s father, Kelvin Alarcon. Nicole Alarcon said she was in the driveway of her home with her son, Andrew, when a 12-year-old neighbor passed by with the dog. The dog ran at Andrew, wrapped his leash around the two of them, knocking them to the ground. The dog grabbed the boy’s head in its mouth and bit down, shaking the boy back and forth as if he were a toy. “I thought my son was gone,” she said. “I thought my son was dead.” Alarcon’s husband heard her screams, ran out of their 131st Street home and grabbed the dog in a chokehold, cutting off its air passage as he pulled on his jaw to release it from his son’s head. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City The dog ran. A Hawthorne Animal Control officer, police and paramedics arrived. Andrew was taken to County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where doctors stitched his ear back on in reconstructive surgery. The boy is expected to fully recover, perhaps with a scar or two. Dodger, meanwhile, was quarantined at the county animal shelter in Carson. On Thursday, when the 10 days to check for rabies were up, the debate began: Would the dog be released to a bull terrier rescue organization for rehabilitation or would he be euthanized? Andrew’s mother believed the decision was simple: Put the dog to sleep. “It’s going to do it again,” Mrs. Alarcon said. “I can only imagine what type of strength this dog is going to have as an adult. The dog has demons. Something is not right in its head.” The dog’s owner, who didn’t want to be identified, also wanted her pet put to sleep. She called Dodger a danger, saying he had earlier showed signs of strange behavior toward children. “The dog did not do that as an accident,” she said. “How could I ever say ? I want the dog back? I could never do that. I wouldn’t be a normal human being if I said I wanted that dog back.” Figuring she had to put the dog to sleep when the quarantine ended, the owner called Hawthorne Animal Control. A woman named Debbie told her a bull terrier rescue organization was taking the dog, and she needed to sign over her ownership rights. “They said the dog will live a happy life with this rescue group,” she said. “I wanted the dog put down. I want that clearly known to everyone. My intentions were to make it completely right.” The city’s decision to give the dog to the rescue group did not sit well with Mrs. Alarcon or Shelly Gomez, director of the Manhattan Beach-based Noah’s Bark organization, which rescues animals and puts them up for adoption. Gomez said releasing Dodger to the terrier group was wrong because the animal could eventually be placed in another home and pose a danger. “It was a completely unprovoked attack,” Gomez said. “It came up behind this little boy, grabbed this boy by the head and viciously shook him.” The campaign to stop the dog’s release began in earnest Thursday. Mrs. Alarcon, the dog’s owner and Gomez all sought to change the city’s decision, calling and visiting the shelter and contacting the Daily Breeze. None of them understood why someone at the city had decided to spare the animal. “Are they ridiculous? What are they thinking?” Mrs. Alarcon said. “If they give this dog away, they are going to have more problems than they have now. The dog needs to go to sleep. It’s going to do it again.” County animal-control spokeswoman Brenda Sanchez said the decision on whether to release the dog or put him down rested entirely with Hawthorne Animal Control officials. By midafternoon, the Hawthorne officials arrived at a decision. Lisa Miller, who oversees Hawthorne Animal Control, said a bull terrier rescue organization had contacted the office. The dog is a puppy, the organization argued, and could be rehabilitated. Nevertheless, the decision was made at 3 p.m. to destroy Dodger. The Alarcons and the dog’s owner believe it was the right call “for everybody’s sake.” “We don’t want it to happen again, especially to a child,” Miller said. The dog’s owner, meanwhile, said she feels no guilt. “The conclusion of it,” she said, “is do we take a dog or do we take a child?” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Dodger the white bull terrier spent Thursday in his dog run at the Carson shelter, not knowing that a lot of people were trying to decide his fate. Two weeks earlier, the 6-month-old puppy was out for a walk when he locked his mouth and teeth around the head of a 2-year-old boy in Hawthorne, biting down so strongly he tore most of the child’s left ear from his head and came close to slicing into his carotid artery.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“If we delay, we put at risk our continued economic growth and future scientific discovery.” At the core of his call to action is that we encourage students – from preschool through college – in their mathematics and science studies. If we do this, the outcome will be an increase in the number of elementary teachers who love mathematics and science, high school math and science teachers, health-care workers, scientists and inventors. What will Whittier College, in our own back yard, do to address this enormous challenge? The answer lies in harnessing and strengthening the commitment, creativity and cooperative efforts that have long been a part of the town/gown relationships between the college and the community. Our economic and social histories are intertwined, and our futures will continue to be connected through collaboration on issues ranging from the Uptown Specific Plan to the education of our children. More than one in 10 Whittier residents with a college degree graduated from Whittier College. More than 200 graduates from our education program are teaching your children in local schools. And Whittier students and employees spend an estimated $6 million annually in the city of Whittier. But what does this have to do with John Glenn’s challenge to the nation? Whittier College is poised to work with the community on this issue. Indeed, at a recent “College and Community” event, conversations buzzed with ideas for future collaborations. We are one of the few national liberal arts colleges to be designated an official Hispanic-Serving Institution. Our Latino students (a little more than one-quarter of our student body) not only attend, but graduate, and many of these students pursue careers in health care and science. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, we provide a unique education for all students on campus and, thanks to our community partners, off campus as well, reflecting the “practical idealism” of our Quaker founders. We can become a national model for college/community cooperation to address the pipeline issue for careers in health care, mathematics and science. Whether tutoring children to use computers at the Boys & Girls Club, working with Los Nietos schoolchildren on math skills, advising Rio Hondo College students who want to transfer to Whittier College to become teachers, or planting native species in the Puente Hills, our students learn alongside your children. Our “Students in Free Enterprise” developed a marketing plan to raise money to send local children to Yosemite National Park for a week. One of the most meaningful experiences I had was listening to second-graders at Lydia Jackson School present the books they had written with their “reading buddies” from Whittier College. Last year, the generous support of the McCabe Foundation helped us support more than a dozen students at the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier and the Fifth Dimension after-school learning program. And more than 100 students recently attended demonstrations by Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer Michelle Thaller in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. Drive by the college on Painter Avenue, and you will see a college on the move – the construction of a renovated/new Campus Center. In a few years, we plan to begin construction of a renovated, new science facility. We know that students best learn science by working side-by-side with faculty engaging in research. And we are building strong science programs and new science space that will facilitate this collaborative work. We will have a center where students – from chemistry, biology, political science, and other areas – can discuss health-care issues and policy. And as part of the college’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment (Sharon Herzberger is one of more than 300 leaders of institutions to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment), students, faculty and local schoolchildren will work together on environmental issues that impact our region. And we hope to receive funding to support a center for science education. These centers will position the college in a leadership role in educating students – especially Latinos – for careers in mathematics and science, whether that be K-12 teaching, health care or research. We look forward to expanding our partnerships in the community as we embrace this challenging – and exciting – opportunity. Susan D. Gotsch, Ph.D., is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Whittier College. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: The right to write the following column was bought in a silent auction last fall to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier. WHEN the Soviet Union launched Sputnik on Oct. 4, 1957, we in the U.S. shared the fear that our science education had fallen behind. A recent New York Times article describes the following years as “heady times” for science education. However, a half-century later, we face similar challenges. John Glenn – former astronaut, senator and chairman of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the 21st Century – stated: “We as a nation must take immediate action to improve the quality of math and science teaching in every classroom in this country.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It’s a troubling trend in large part because the supervisors have taken strong steps to decrease legal costs. The fundamental reason we insisted that the county counsel hire a litigation cost manager was to get a handle on our legal fees. “County counsel said they heard our message loud and clear, but these numbers indicate the opposite.” The findings come shortly after the supervisors approved a $450,000 wrongful-termination settlement for the county’s former litigation cost manager. Agoura Hills attorney Robert Nagle, who helped cut the county’s litigation costs by nearly 50 percent, from a high of $109 million in 2002-03 to $75 million in 2004-05, alleged in a letter to the supervisors last year that County Counsel Ray Fortner’s office hid information about rising costs. “(We) are very concerned that there is a backsliding into a lack of oversight in the monitoring of legal costs,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Los Angeles County’s total legal costs jumped 17 percent from $86 million in 2005-06 to $101 million last fiscal year, just shy of a record high reached several years ago, officials said Friday. The $51 million in settlements and judgments was 20 percent higher than the average paid in the past five years and 32 percent higher than the previous year. The disclosure is expected to be presented to the Board of Supervisors this month, but some already expressed concern. “Supervisor Gloria Molina is very concerned that these costs went up for another year in a row,” said Roxane Marquez, Molina’s spokeswoman. “There needs to be an independent investigation as to why this guy was terminated. The decreased costs during his tenure suggest he was doing precisely what he was hired to do.” Litigation Cost Manager Steven H. Estabrook, who replaced Nagle, said the County Counsel’s Office is working to bring the costs down. “They are making sure the fees we are paying are appropriate to outside counsel,” Estabrook said. “Efforts are also being undertaken to make sure the cases are being properly managed, the proper amounts are spent on settlements and the right cases are going to trial.” In the report, Estabrook said the supervisors approved 238 lawsuit settlements last fiscal year totaling $36 million. Ten of the cases involved amounts of more than $1 million and contributed to more than half of the total value of all settlements. Settlements included $2.8 million for former jail inmate Jose Beas, who was severely beaten by other inmates, and $1 million for the family of Chadwick Shane Cochran, a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death after he was left unsupervised. The supervisors also approved $1.8 million in a case involving a sexual assault by a sheriff’s deputy and a $1.8 million medical-malpractice suit in which a baby died. The total amount paid in settlements for the year includes $11.7 million for settlements made in prior years, including $2.5 million paid to attorneys overseeing a consent decree. The number of cases the county took to trial dropped from 38 to 24 last fiscal year, 15 of which the county prevailed in. The amount of money spent on legal fees and outside law firms totaled $50 million last fiscal year, 6 percent more than the prior year. Estabrook said the County Counsel’s Office fees and costs have increased as in-house services have replaced some of those previously provided by outside law firms. “The increase in in-house fees is also attributable to upward adjustments of in-house billing rates brought about by annual increases in salaries and employee benefits,” Estabrook wrote. [email protected] (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It is the worst traffic bottleneck in Los Angeles. And after more than eight years of debate and study, the City Council on Wednesday approved an $11.3 million plan to create a reversible lane during rush hours through the Mulholland Tunnel on Sepulveda Boulevard. At any given time of day, the three-lane Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel separating the San Fernando Valley from West Los Angeles carries nine times the usual amount of traffic in one direction or the other. But under the plan, city officials will reconfigure the lanes to add a southbound lane in mornings and a northbound lane in evenings to accommodate traffic flows. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Message boards will be installed in both directions and special lights within the tunnel will be installed to inform motorists when the lanes are open. The tunnel also will be connected to the city’s electronic-monitoring system so traffic can be reviewed constantly. Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Jack Weiss hailed the project, saying they had been working for years to get homeowner groups and neighborhood councils to back the project. “When you’re leaving the city and going to the Valley during rush hour, it makes no sense to require drivers to go from two lanes to one lane,” Weiss said. “It is a bottleneck without any purpose. A reversible lane will provide great improvement for drivers from the Valley and to the Valley.” Rosendahl said the reversible lane is part of overall improvement efforts along Sepulveda Boulevard from the tunnel to Wilshire Boulevard. Other parts of the program designed to improve traffic flow include creating right-turn pockets, lengthening left-turn lanes and creating a bicycle path. Officials said construction is expected to begin in June 2008 and take one year. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Just as the bottle of sherry was the sole survivor of its companion goldleaf bottles labeled Solera – Vintage 1844, Santiago & Gross, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain – so, too, Bill Scavo recently became the last of a circle of 26 friends who met for lunch over a period of 25 years at the Whittier Elks Lodge. And, one by one, they were gone. Ironically, it was Scavo who originally came into possession of the rare bottle of sherry and came up with a long-term plan for getting rid of it. He estimated that, through the years, he had probably purchased well over $1 million worth of spirits for his restaurants so he knew a little bit about their relative worth. “I used to go to the old Sunset Swap Meet,” said Scavo. “About 30 years ago at the swap meet, I saw an old couple drive up in a car. Among the things they unloaded was a case full of wine and other bottles. I asked the woman what she would want for them. She said she wanted $5 for the whole case. I offered her $2 and she took it. This bottle of sherry was in the case.” A red sherry, bottled 163 years ago in Spain, was recently uncorked in Whittier. On Nov. 1 the venerable sherry was poured into glasses and sipped by a small gathering of old men for lunch at the Whittier Elks Lodge. It was a solemn occasion, in a way, yet savored heartily with rich conversation and respectful laughter befitting the mission of such a fine bottle of sherry. The host of the event was longtime Whittier resident, World War II veteran and local Elk Bill Scavo, 89, retired owner-operator of several large banquet-style restaurants that bore his surname in Commerce, Downey and Long Beach. He said he couldn’t venture a guess as to its value but an auctioneer once said he believed it could fetch around $500. For the next five years, it existed languorously in the Scavo home to the distraction of Bill’s wife, Lola, who urged him to drink it or dispatch it in some other way. So, 25 years ago, he came up with the plan to invite his circle of friends into a “sole survivor” pact, with the ultimate survivor to be given the bottle of sherry to share with his new circle of friends. Here is the original circle of friends: Bill Scavo, Wally Cullis, Gus Carras, Jake Calkins, Joe Knott, Teery Kilman, Earl Moon, Vern Haims, Norm Schartoff, Bob Bradley, Leroy Ankenman, Elmer Lee, Russ Wessburg, Vaughn Smith, Bill Sevold, Malcolm Lincoln, Dick Riley, Leroy Ray, Johnny Fulco, Al Zito, Bill White, Ernie Vargas, Chuck Urbaur, Don Sperry, Warren Lynd and Jim Schaffer. Several weeks ago, when Whittier resident and Elks member Jim Schaffer died at the age of 89, Scavo became the sole living member of the old circle of friends and, thus, the rightful uncorker of the bottle of sherry. “What are the odds that it would be me, who originally donated the bottle of sherry, who would also be the sole survivor?” asked Scavo, rhetorically. “I’ve lived a charmed life, and I don’t know why. I survived two airplane crashes and one train wreck during (World War II).” He was an aerial photographer in the Pacific Theater. Scavo said he opened the bottle of sherry on Oct. 30 to make it ready to drink by straining out the residue from the bottom of the cork that he knew must have begun disintegrating over the years. Scavo will turn 90 in May. A little more than a year ago, Bill and his twin brother, Vic, had a big party at the Elks Lodge to mark their 88th birthday. Vic also still survives but is in a rest home now. Scavo called for a gathering of his new circle of friends for lunch at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 1. Besides Scavo, those who came and sat around a large round table were: Joe Salvador, a World War II Army vet and 52-year resident of Whittier; Roger Cossette, 79; Ernest Flament, 81, of Whittier; Paul Riccobon, 87, of La Habra Heights; David Lynd, 53, son of deceased member Warren Lynd; and Phil Wintner, 90, of Whittier. Wintner is one of Whittier’s living legends, well-known for his natty personal appearance and local historical activism. On this day, these men were part of Scavo’s new circle of about 10 friends who meet for lunch on a fairly regular basis at the Whittier Elks Lodge. Joe was selected to deliver a eulogy in the memory of Schaffer, and as a tribute to the old circle of friends he described Schaffer as “a religious man of honor who always held true to his word.” So, after waiting 163 years, the sherry was finally poured by Scavo around the table. Glasses were held high and then put to the lips of the new circle of friends who drank in fond memory of the bygone circle of old friends. Bill Bell is former editor of the Whittier Daily News. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Financing issues have dogged entry-level buyers since early 2007, but they spilled over into the middle and upper-tier markets in the last few months,” said association president president William E. Brown. He noted that the sales decline at the higher end of the market last month contributed to the “significant” decline in the statewide median price. And even well-qualified borrowers had difficulty securing financing. Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, said further weakness in sales is expected over the next several months. As the sales and price slide intensified, inventory quadrupled to a 16.3 month supply last month, up from 6.4 months for the same period a year ago. This is how long it would take to deplete the supply at the current sales pace. Home sales and prices tumbled across most of California in October as the credit crisis continued to roil residential real estate markets, a trade association said Wednesday. Last month sales plunged 40 percent statewide from October 2006 and the median house price declined 9.9 percent to $497,110, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. The association computes sales on an annualized basis, which means that if the market matched October’s pace all year, 265,030 houses would change owners. Los Angeles County, the state’s biggest market, endured a similar drubbing. Sales here fell 42 percent from a year ago and the median price sank 8.6 percent to $533,070. Even though more homes hit the market, the median number of days it took to sell a single-family home was 59.3 days in October, up slightly from from 56.5 days a year ago. Last month 30-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 6.38 percent, not much different from 6.36 percent in October 2006, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 5.68 percent last month compared with 5.56 percent in October 2006. In a separate report generated by the association and DataQuick Information Systems, 13.9 percent, or 41 out of 296 cities and communities, showed an increase in their respective median home prices from a year ago. [email protected] 818-713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The restaurants are expected to open in mid-2008 in the mall’s “lifestyle” wing. Hot pastrami sandwiches and microbrewed beer represent the newest planned additions for a growing menu of tenants at Del Amo Fashion Center’s outdoor “lifestyle” wing. Two weeks ago, Jerry’s Famous Deli began construction at its planned location, just below the Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley. And within a month BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, known for its deep-dish pizzas and beer from its microbreweries, will begin construction just to the south of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBoth restaurants will likely open sometime in mid-2008, said Sam Carpenter, Del Amo’s marketing director. “What we envision is the whole area facing Carson Street will have outdoor seating,” Carpenter said. “Jerry’s has a patio. BJ’s should have a patio. That whole area will shift and sort of revitalize in terms of being an outdoor scene.” The open-air promenade still has two smaller spaces that Del Amo hopes to lease soon, with one of them a restaurant location, Carpenter said. “We have one more restaurant site directly under Lucky Strike,” he said. “We are in negotiations with several different restaurants, but until the lease has been signed I can’t say.” Del Amo opened the $300 million open-air wing in September 2006 as a more modern draw for today’s shoppers. The 285,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space includes an 18-screen AMC theater, Urban Outfitters, Eddie Bauer, Starbucks, several restaurants and other hip or artsy businesses. The new Jerry’s Famous Deli will have about 8,300 square feet of space, not including a patio, said Ami Saffron, executive vice president of the Studio City-based deli company. The restaurant will be able to seat about 200 patrons inside with about another 80 on the patio, Saffron said. Jerry’s expects to open at Del Amo around June, Saffron said. The deli company, which has eight locations in California and three in Florida, had spent the past few years remodeling its restaurants, he said. “Now we’re looking to open one or two a year,” Saffron said. “And Torrance looks like a great area for us.” Saffron and other Jerry’s officials visited Del Amo’s outdoor wing numerous times during the day, night and weekends to gauge the location’s suitability. “It looks like they’re on the right track as far as bringing it up to date and keeping up with what other shopping centers are doing,” Saffron said. “It’s very well run and maintained. It’s got a great vibe.” The Jerry’s executive added that the foot traffic, especially from the bowling alley and movie theater, will help the deli’s business. The company’s Studio City flagship deli is also beneath a bowling alley, he said. An official at BJ’s did not return a call seeking comment. Last month, BJ’s opened its 68th restaurant in Austin, Texas, according to the company’s Web site. The company already has 39 locations in California. BJ’s operates several microbreweries that provide handcrafted beers to restaurants throughout the chain. Manny Herrera, who sells $200 designer jeans at Metro Park on the outdoor promenade’s second level, welcomed news of the two planned restaurants. “That would be great,” said Herrera, the store’s manager. “The restaurants that are here now are pretty good. But anything else can only increase traffic here.” Herrera said he had expected Del Amo to fill up its lifestyle wing quicker. “But I can’t complain because it’s been filling up,” Herrera said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
His assailants then drove off. Gilbert Hernandez was arrested an hour after the stabbing when he showed up at a hospital with superficial stab wounds, Salazar said. “Officers saw he matched the description,” she said. She said Thomas Hernandez was arrested that night as he was leaving his residence. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – An Ontario man is accused of fatally stabbing a man outside a bar while his nephew allegedly joined the attack. Prosecutors charged Gilbert Hernandez, 37, of Ontario with one count of murder. They also alleged that he personally used a dangerous weapon, a knife, to commit the offense and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury upon Gabriel Ramirez, 29, of Whittier. Thomas Hernandez, 24, of Whittier was charged with one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Ramirez was stabbed Nov. 30 outside the Slam Dunk bar at 14226 Whittier Blvd. and later died. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe cause of death was multiple stab wounds and has been ruled a homicide, according to a coroner’s spokesman, Capt. Ed Winter. The Hernandezes were arraigned Tuesday in Whittier Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. They are due back in court on Tuesday. Gilbert Hernandez was being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Saugus in lieu of $1 million bail. Sheriff’s booking records show Thomas Hernandez is out on bond. An argument sparked the early morning encounter but Whittier police still don’t know what the dispute was about. The three men went outside. One of the assailants stabbed Ramirez several times in the body and head. Whittier police spokeswoman Diana Salazar said that while Ramirez was down, the other man kicked him.
Peter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman has been buying homes and leasing them back to families so the banks don’t get them.Peter Casey, a successful businessman in the world of recruitment who argues for ethical ways of doing business, has saved several families from eviction.The executive chairman of recruitment company Claddagh Resources, has bought several homes just before they were reposessed by banks. And then he leased them back to the occupants so they weren’t left without a roof over their heads.“Before the banks foreclose, I buy the property and enter into a long-term lease [with the occupants], so they don’t put up the for sale sign,” said Casey.He says he works with an estate agent who identifies families in trouble and then helps out.It’s understood he bought around 14 such properties in last year alone. “I bought one last week, the banks were foreclosing on this lady and now the neighbours don’t know,” he said.“Don’t get me wrong, I make a decent return on them. I’m getting around 7.5% or 8% yield.“The banks could easily have been doing this themselves,” he insisted.But the way he works allows people to stay in their homes and pay affordable rent. It works for both sides.Casey’s recent book, The World’s Greatest Company – Tata, focuses on a company which employs 300,000 people and is chaired by Ireland’s richest man Cyrus Mistry. Mistry’s mother Patsy Perin Dubash is from Dublin and is married to Pallonji Mistry and they all hold Irish passports.The family owns 18.4% of Tata, while 66% is owned by philanthropic trusts. The company has businesses in seven sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. It also owns the Jaguar luxury car company. Tata became Claddagh’s biggest client in the last decade after a former Ernst & Young executive who Casey had worked with joined Tata.The book began as a 15-page information manual about the company. However, the project expanded and Casey gained extensive access to the very private company. Casey was impressed by its ethos of doing good deeds.“Every employee in Tata is required to sign the Tata code of conduct, it would blow your mind”. “If every director in Ireland had been forced to sign it, we would never have gotten into the mess we’re in,” said Casey. “And every politician should be forced to sign it.”Casey is also setting up a company which uses cloud-based video technology for the recruitment sector in Letterkenny.Casey, who divides his time between Atlanta in the US and Derry, also tries to invest in ethical stock.“I sold all my Apple shares when I realised they pay minimum wage in most countries where they could get away with it,” said Casey. “They could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in China by paying $1 more an hour.His own company Claddagh Resources, is based in Lisfannon, although he mostly lives in Atlanta.DONEGAL-BASED BUSINESSMAN BUYS HOMES TO STOP BANKS RE-POSSESSING THEM was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:banksDonegal DailyPeter Casey