Santa Anita Park And Golden Gate Fields To Temporarily Close To The Public In Response To COVID-19;Races To Continue With Licensed PersonnelARCADIA, CA – With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close to the public effective immediately.Both tracks will continue live racing as scheduled with personnel licensed by the California Horse Racing Board in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected to the action via our 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests back again soon.
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 60th win: Pacquiao KOs Matthysse for WBA welterweight title Questions were raised on whether he can still fight. Pacquiao answered with his fists, dropping Lucas Matthysse thrice en route to his first knockout win in nearly a decade.It was a throwback performance by Pacquiao, who regained his world champion status after winning the WBA welterweight title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: 60th win: Pacquiao KOs Matthysse for WBA welterweight title “I am surprised I knocked him down in the third round,” said Pacquiao, who chalked up his 60th win and bagged his 12th title, as the predominantly Filipino crowd at Axiata Arena cheered. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (C) celebrates his victory against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse after their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—It took one year and 13 days since Manny Pacquiao fought and his keenly-anticipated ring return on Sunday was worth the wait.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao put the boxing world on notice: He’s back.RELATED VIDEO Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The plan was to finish the fight early and Pacquiao delivered on Sunday.Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse reacts after he was knocked down by Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANPacquiao needed only seven rounds to put away the dangerous Matthysse, who was knocked down for the final time late in the seventh round. Referee Kenny Bayless didn’t even bother to finish the count as he stopped the fight at the 2:43 mark.READ: Pacquiao plans ‘to finish the fight early’ vs Matthysse The first knockdown in the third round came out of nowhere after Pacquiao caught Matthysse with a left uppercut and a right straight. The other knockdown came about a second or two later after Pacquiao hit Matthysse on the left side of his head with a crisp jab.Pacquiao wanted to prove his doubters that he still has it after spitting his last four fights, including a controversial loss to Jeff Horn last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
When Williams returned to the tour last season, she often was asked to rate herself in comparison to how good she played in the past. She has no interest in that sort of comparison now.“I don’t want to give myself a ranking anymore. I think it gives me too much negative expectations. I always expect to reach the sky, and anything below it is not good enough for me,” said Williams, who’ll face 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard next. “I don’t know. I just know that I’m going in the right direction. I feel like I’m in the right direction. We’ll see.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES United States’ Serena Williams prepares to hit a forehand return to Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia — This was quite a return for Serena Williams. Almost as if she never left.In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant — and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September — Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in the first round Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Williams, meanwhile, is pursuing an eighth title in Melbourne and 24th Slam trophy overall, which would equal Margaret Court — whose career spanned the amateur and professional eras — for the most in tennis history.“I have been going for the record (for) what seems like forever now,” the 37-year-old Williams said, “so it doesn’t feel any different.”How lopsided was this?Williams needed all of 18 minutes to wrap up the first set, ceding just five of 29 points along the way.The American, a former No. 1 who is seeded 16th on account of playing only 24 matches in 2018, never faced a single break point and compiled a 22-7 edge in winners.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I kind of like to jump in the deep end and swim,” Williams said in an on-court interview after the 49-minute workout, “and see what happens.”She hadn’t dipped her toe in Grand Slam waters since New York, where everything devolved after Williams was warned for getting coaching, then docked a point for breaking a racket and eventually docked a game for calling the chair umpire “a thief” during the final.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 ChrissWhen that match was mentioned by a reporter during Williams’ news conference Tuesday, as part of a question about whether coaching should be allowed during matches at majors, she replied, “I, like, literally have no comment.”Truth be told, the match against Maria was not much of a test for Williams, given that the 74th-ranked German entered with an 11-15 record in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments, only once has made it as far as the third round at any major and owns a total of one career WTA title after a dozen years on the tour. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Jesus keeps up scoring spree as Manchester City dump Wolves “Maybe,” Maria said afterward, “I was a little bit overwhelmed.”Just a little bit.The two players have homes near each other in a gated community in Florida — “We do sometimes barbecue together,” Maria said — and their daughters — Williams’ is 16 months old; Maria’s is 5 years old — share play dates.“I think the last time I was here, I was actually pregnant and playing at the same time, which is insane,” Williams said. “It was kind of weird walking back on — by myself, this time.”Other seeded winners Tuesday included No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, No. 12 Elise Mertens, No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova and No. 17 Madison Keys among the women, plus No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 8 Kei Nishikori, No. 11 Borna Coric and No. 12 Fabio Fognini among the men.Both Nishikori, who had dropped the opening two sets against qualifier Kamil Majchrzak, and Fognini advanced when their opponents retired mid-match.Those scheduled to player later Tuesday included No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep.Two years ago, no one knew Williams was carrying her child while winning her 23rd major to break a tie with Steffi Graf for the most in the half-century professional era. Her baby, Olympia, was born on Sept. 1, 2017, and Williams was off the tour until last March. Her Grand Slam return came at the 2018 French Open, where she reached the fourth round before withdrawing with an injured chest muscle, and was followed by runner-up showings at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Because of a health scare after giving birth, Williams wears compression stockings during matches to try to make sure she doesn’t get blood clots again.On a humid afternoon with the temperature topping 90 degrees (32 Celsius) Tuesday, Williams wore a green leotard of sorts — she called it a “Serena-tard” — and while her dangerous serve produced only two aces, her other, considerable, tools were in working order. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
As the Guyana Amazon Warriors readily prepare for the upcoming Caribbean Premiere League (CPL), they will be in high spirits after the announcement that they are the first place winners in the inaugural Independence Day Float and Costume Band Parade, semi-costume category.01The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Education Ministry.With rags, flags and heavy rhythm, those on the Amazon Warriors truck gained loud cheers and support from the gyrating revellers as the truck drove along the parade route.Christopher Barnwell, Paul Wintz, Assad Fudadin, Stephen Jacobs, Akshay Persaud, Devendra Bishoo, Reon King, Anthony Bramble, Veersammy Permaul, Coach Roger Harper and Assistant Coach Esan Crandon were among those who gyrated with the Warriors in the parade.The runner-up spot in the semi-costume category went to the Association of Ex-Guyana National Service.In the full costume large category, copping the first place was communication giant Digicel, while Region Three was placed second and Honest Illusion and Preston Paul came in third.Additionally, in the full costume medium category, coming in first place is the Communities Ministry, in second place the Public Health Ministry and in third position – the Natural Resources Ministry.The full costume small category saw Region Nine picking up first, the Finance Ministry second and the Guyana Ex-Police Association, third.Meanwhile, the semi-costume medium category was won by Dem Village Guyana Inc and the small category by Jumbo Jets Auto Sale.The Public Infrastructure Ministry came out victorious in the individual male category while Umobile won in the female category.Crowned queen of the parade was the Education Ministry and as king was the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Among those winning in categories such as float-commercial, float-non commercial and float revellers are the Agriculture Ministry, the Communities Ministry and the Education Ministry.Olympia Small-Sonaram copped the best designer prize while Neilson Nurse came in second.A total of 29 groups registered and participated in the jubilant Independence Day Float Parade.The Parade started at 11:00h from Stabroek Market with the Childrens’ groups and moved along Brickdam with the last band; Public Infrastructure Ministry, arriving at D’Urban Park at approximately 19:00h.
Dreaming of living as a professional musician by making money in the industry depends on several factors. One of these factor is having a loyal fan base who can take you from just being a mainstream artists to a more professional musician who makes money from his work.Why is a loyal fan base necessary?A large fan base is necessary at some point for an artist to gain fame quick, but it is a loyal fan base that determines how long you will still in the industry. And the success you will accumulate.A person who is not a loyal fan can purchase your work and lose appetite for it quickly, making that artist to be forgotten soon.“Think about how many artists have been ‘the next big thing’ only to be forgotten soon after,” said Tom Hess, a touring guitarist, recording artist and a former member of the band Rhapsody of Fire from 2010 until 2013.However, loyal fans will have value for your product including buying your CD, merchandise and attending all of every concert because they need your autograph frequently as possible.While it is true that CDs and ITunes sale has drop drastically in the music industry around the world and streaming services is taking the music, making music almost free and giving little compensation to artists, a loyal fan base solve the problem of not making money from your music.For international artists like Beyoncé, Abele and Taylor Swift they continue to make millions of dollars through the sale of CDs and downloads despite the decline in CDs and download sales.But these women power to attain such a status is accumulated through their loyal fan base, who are willing to support them in everything.“If you want to make money with your music, a smaller number of dedicated fans are more valuable to you than large number of casualfans,” said Tom Hess.Also, the author of wired magazine Kevin Kelly said: “1,000 loyal fans are enough for an artist to earn a comfortable living. Let’s say you have 1,000 real fans, each spending U$100 per year on your music and merchandise that would equal U$100 per year of income.”How to Grab Loyal FansAs veteran Liberian music critic Ernest Bruce put it fans are the real investors in the music industry, and artists have the service to give. So to keep in direct contact with people who begin supporting your career at the early stage is essential to convert them to loyal fans.Making these newly converted fans feel that they are part of the artist career development, it makes them grow the trust and loyalty over time toward that artist’s career.The direct contact can be archived via social media, autographs signing and free exclusive items. And when this is done, a fan never regrets to support all your work, talking about your music to colleagues and defending you in the midst of criticism.Tom Hess added: “So rather than aiming for becoming an overnight sensation with just one single, aim at creating just 1,000 true fans.This is a realistic goal to achieve, and it will help you make money with your music while maintain a stable music career. You can always grow and expanded from there.”To learn more about how to build a loyal fan base read one of our previous articles: How to Build a Fan Base: Strategy for Liberianartist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Antonio Margarito’s defense of his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt against Paul “The Punisher” Williams should be a heck of a fight – assuming it takes place. Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions in Sherman Oaks secured the rights to promote this fight by winning a purse bid last week of just more than $1.5 million. Goossen signed Margarito and Williams to contracts Monday, with the fight set in either late May or early June. Two possibilities for a site are Los Angeles and Las Vegas. There could be a problem, however. Bob Arum, who promotes Margarito, said his fighter did not have his permission to sign to fight Williams. Moreover, Arum said he was expecting Margarito to challenge Miguel Cotto for his World Boxing Association welterweight belt June 9 in NewYork City. Cotto is also promoted by Arum. “He has a contract with us, an exclusive contract with us,” said Arum, chairman of the board of Top Rank Inc., of Margarito. “We didn’t participate in the purse bid because they (Margarito’s co-managers) told us not to because they were fighting Cotto. It (Margarito-Williams) may be a done deal as far as (Goossen) is concerned, but these people have no authority to sign a contract because they’re under an exclusive promotional agreement with us.” Sergio Diaz manages Margarito, along with Francisco Espinosa. He said that they only signed to fight Williams because they couldn’t come to an agreement with Arum for a fight with Cotto. Team Margarito also had concern that if it didn’t pull the trigger on a fight with Williams, it would lose that fight as well as the WBO belt because Williams is the mandatory challenger. “We did what Bob told us to do, that was to take Paul Williams,” Diaz said. “We weren’t happy with the terms that we were getting for Cotto and he said to go fight Paul Williams, and that’s what we did.” Arum said Tuesday he was going to take immediate action to prevent that fight from happening. He said he was on the brink of filing a lawsuit against Margarito, his co-managers and Goossen. Goossen was in Selden, N.Y., this week to promote a card that was televised Friday by ESPN2. Before he left Tuesday, he said he would also be visiting the Manhattan offices of Showtime and HBO to discuss the television rights to Margarito-Williams. He scoffed at Arum’s threat of legal recourse. “All I can tell you is, Bob’s entitled to do whatever he wants to do,” Goossen said. “We’re proceeding exactly per the WBO rules. Nothing more, nothing less.” Margarito, of Tijuana, is 28. He is 34-4 with 24 knockouts. Williams, of Augusta, Ga., is 25. The left-hander is 32-0 with 24 knockouts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It was a very close game, but they hit some big shots down the stretch.” The Falcons (14-14) held a seven-point, second-quarter advantage before Valencia (19-7) rallied to take its first lead at 31-30 with eight seconds remaining in the half on a basket by Christina Tantoy. A 3-pointer by Roach early in the third quarter helped the Falcons regain the advantage, but the Vikings responded with a seven-point run – capped by a Tantoy 3-pointer – to take a 40-35 lead, and Valencia never trailed the rest of the way. “We’ve been a second-half team all year, and maybe that was the difference,” Valencia coach Jerry Mike said. “That comes from our seniors, and they showed that. I think we were a little more poised at the end.” Charise Hall, one of nineseniors on Valencia’s roster, scored all eight of her points in the final 11 minutes, and Brooke Sansone’s layup capped a 9-2 run over a four-minute stretch in the fourth to give the Vikings their biggest lead at 59-48 with 2:46 left. Sansone finished with 15points, and junior Chelsey Hastigan led Valencia with 16. Alexis Balina added eight for C.V., which made three of 14shots in the final six minutes. – Erik Boal OTHER DIVISION I GAMES: Hart 54, Poly/R 30: Tatianna Thomas scored 18 points as top-seeded Hart of Newhall defeated Poly of Riverside (14-13) in first-round action. Britney Fitchpatrick added 10points for Hart (25-2). Redondo Union 49, Saugus 31: Joylyn Ichiyama scored 18 points as second-seeded Redondo Union beat Saugus. Courtney Price scored a team-high nine points for the Centurions (15-13.) DIV. I-AA Moorpark 72, Dominguez 41: Laura Barker had a game-high 27 points, and Megan Natelson added 12 for the 10th-seeded Musketeers (24-3) in the first-round win. DIV. II-AA Notre Dame 51, Nordhoff 40: Alexis Glassman scored 20points to lead Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks to a victory over host Nordhoff of Ojai (17-9). Zaina Akeh added 10 points for the Knights (21-8). Chaminade 55, Fillmore 48: Anna Simmons had 19points and five steals, and Erin Dautremont had 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Chaminade of West Hills (20-7) to a victory over Fillmore. Harvard-Westlake 61, Beverly Hills 50: Nicole Hung had 23 points and eight rebounds as Harvard-Westlake of Studio City defeated visiting Beverly Hills (17-11). YoYo Greenfield added 13points, and Amanda Horowitz had 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (21-6). La Canada 77, Wilson 46: Joy Lelo had 22 points, 10rebounds, six steals and fourassists as La Canada defeated visiting Wilson of Hacienda Heights (18-9). Emily Ballard scored 18points, and Lauren Tson added 14 points for the Spartans (17-10.) DIV. V-AA Flintridge Prep 58, Duarte 43: Laurel Myers had 17 points, and Megan Musashi added 16 for second-seeded Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (22-3) in the second-round victory over visiting Duarte (12-13). DIV. V-AA L.A. Baptist 66, San Gabriel Academy 20: Andreanna Marshall had 24 points and seven steals as host L.A. Baptist of North Hills defeated visiting San Gabriel Academy in a second-round game. Christina Cherry added 12points and 19 rebounds, and Ariana Chayan had 13 points and eight assists for the top-seeded Knights (18-6). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With 18 victories and an overtime loss to top-seed Hart of Newhall during the regular season, the Valencia High girls’ basketball team was considered a sleeper in the Southern Section Div. I-A playoff draw after receiving the seventh seed. But the Vikings’ postseason run almost didn’t survive the first round Saturday night, thanks to one of the division’s most underrated players in Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta senior Molly Roach. Roach finished with a game-high 24 points but scored only three in the final six minutes, as Valencia’s depth wore down the visiting Falcons in a 59-54 victory. “It’s hard to beat a good, senior-laden team at their place, but we almost did that,” said Crescenta Valley coach Jason Perez, who received 13 points from senior Kayla Hornor.
She also cites the need to sort out how the proponents will safety and effectively transport gas from this area to the west coast and then process and export it overseas.Finally she puts forward what she calls the ultimate test for the proponents – finding a market that is willing to take their product at a price that will cover their costs. Roslyn Kunin and Associates, without buying into the specific numbers, supports government claims that LNG has the potential to create thousands of jobs in the near future.The lead economist – a recipient of the Order of Canada – also supports the Premier’s argument that because natural gas is the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, LNG could result in major global environmental benefits.She uses China as an example of a country that isn’t concerned with environmental effects while extracting natural resources.- Advertisement -“They are using some very dirty carbon-based fuels – primarily coal,” says Kunin. “…The place is terribly, terrible polluted, and if they were to move from coal, or even oil, to LNG; they would be able to get the energy they need – nobody is saying we should turn off all the lights – and they would do it at a much, much lower environmental cost than using carbon-based fuels.”However, she also says while LNG development is an enviable goal, proponents must provide the answers to several questions before it can become a reality.She includes among them the ability to reach meaningful agreements with First Nations, making them true partners with real economic benefits and opportunities for employment and contracting.Advertisement
That approach pleased Sinatra, who first saw Bishop perform in the early 1950s, at the Latin Quarter in Manhattan. Sinatra asked him to open for him at Bill Miller’s Riviera, a club in Fort Lee, N.J. Soon he was regularly opening for Sinatra and known as “Sinatra’s comic.” He also began getting jobs in first-rate clubs even when Sinatra was not on the bill. He got laughs one night when, in the middle of a performance at the Copacabana in Manhattan, Marilyn Monroe suddenly appeared, swathed in white ermine. Bishop was quick. “Marilyn, I told you to sit in the truck,” he said. Another time he told an audience how he had gotten a small role in the movie “The Naked and the Dead.” He “played both parts,” he said. Joey Bishop was born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb in the Bronx on Feb. 3, 1918, the fifth child and third son of Jacob Gottlieb and the former Anna Siegel, immigrants from Eastern Europe. When Joey was 3 months old, Jacob Gottlieb moved his family to Philadelphia, where he worked odd jobs and ran a bicycle shop. Bishop’s sitcom, “The Joey Bishop Show,” about a talk-show host, had a rocky run: first broadcast on NBC in 1961, it was canceled in 1964, then taken over by CBS until that network also canceled it, in 1965. ABC then asked him to create “The Joey Bishop Show” in real life as a late-night response to Carson’s show. It had its debut in April 1967.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Joey Bishop, the long-faced comedian and last surviving member of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra’s celebrated retinue of the 1960s, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach He was 89. There were multiple causes, said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan. Bishop was the least flamboyant of the Rat Pack and no match for the others – Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra himself – in their dedication to hell raising. But he shared in their phenomenal success in the early 1960s, when they headlined music and comedy shows in Las Vegas, appearing at the Sands, and made such movies as “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Sergeants 3.” When John F. Kennedy, a friend of Sinatra’s and a brother-in-law of Lawford’s, was elected president in 1960, Bishop was master of ceremonies at the inaugural ball. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bishop, a regular guest on television as a stand-up comedian, eventually had his own TV shows: a sitcom in which he played a talk-show host and later his own actual talk show, appearing on ABC in a short-lived challenge to Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” His sidekick on the set was a young Regis Philbin, now a host of his own syndicated morning talk show, “Live With Regis and Kelly.” In his vigorous years, when he was known as “the Frown Prince” and his income and fame were substantial, Bishop indulged himself in a Rolls-Royce and a speedboat. But he seemed happiest when he was playing golf with his fellow comedians Buddy Hackett, Phil Foster and Dick Shawn. And unlike the others in the Pack, he remained married to the same woman, the former Sylvia Ruzga, for 58 years, until her death in 1999. They had a son, Larry, who became a comic actor and is now a director and producer. Bishop is also survived by two grandchildren and his companion, Nora Garabotti. Bishop suggested at times that though he was grateful for all that Sinatra had done for his career, including seeing to it that he got roles in Rat Pack movies, he felt that he was more the mascot of the Pack than a full-fledged member. A 2002 biography of him, by Michael Seth Starr, was titled “Mouse in the Rat Pack.” “But even the mascot gets to carry the ball, too,” Bishop said, and many sources credit him with writing bright material for the rest of the Pack. Bishop had a talent for ad-libbing, often using his catchphrase, “son of a gun!,” as an all-purpose interjection. He refused to memorize jokes. “The kick is to think quickly,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1966. “It’s a great kick.”
SANTA ANA – County supervisors have dumped revised standards that allowed Sheriff Mike Carona to hire two men who would not otherwise have qualified as assistant sheriffs and were later caught up in the same corruption probe that led to his indictment. The board voted unanimously to revert to earlier standards that, among other things, call for applicants to have two years of divisional command experience at the rank of captain or equivalent. The experience can be gained at another law enforcement agency, according to Supervisor John Moorlach, who introduced the measure. The previous standards were changed by the board on Dec. 15, 1998, at Carona’s request when he was first elected to office, Moorlach said. Carona is on a 60-day paid administrative leave while he works with his defense team to fight charges in a 10-count indictment that also name his wife, Deborah, and attorney Debra Hoffman, who is referred to in the indictment as Carona’s long-time mistress. Prosecutors claim the Caronas and Hoffman sold access to the sheriff’s office for tens of thousands of dollars and gifts, such as a boat, pricey watches and tickets to the World Series and a Las Vegas boxing match. Carona is not accused of using public funds for personal use. Jaramillo and Haidl both pleaded guilty last March to filing fraudulent and false tax returns in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Jaramillo also pleaded guilty to honest-services mail fraud. Jaramillo admitted that Haidl paid off Jaramillo’s lease on a Mercedes- Benz, and Jaramillo filed a series of Statements of Economic Interest that failed to report, among other things, money, gifts and loans he received from the businessman. Prosecutors said Haidl admitted making illegal payments to Carona and Jaramillo. During today’s board meeting, Supervisors Chair Chris Norby called for a report by county counsel, in two weeks, on the paid leave of absence on which Carona placed himself. The questions include: — what a leave of absence means; — can that leave of absence be suspended at any time during that 60-day period, or is it 60 days starting from the time it was announced; — what is the status of an acting sheriff or is there such a position, and — how does leave of absence differ from administrative leave. Norby said employees who go on administrative leave are normally placed on that status involuntarily, and because of that, it is given with pay. The employee, after whatever issue has been investigated, is either brought back with pay or dismissed. But a leave of absence is generally requested by an employee with the understanding it is always without pay, Norby said. “The implication always is that it is done for some personal issue that is not covered by the employee agreement, Norby said. “If a department head grants themselves a leave of absence, they’re acting both as the requestor and the grantor, and it adds an interesting twist.” Norby asked that the county counsel explore the legal obligation of the county in terms of payment during leaves of absence and how it might apply to an elected official. “Certainly we’re getting e-mails and phone calls daily on this, asking that the board take appropriate action, and whatever appropriate action has to be limited by what our legal responsibilities and our limitations, as well,” Norby said. After the meeting, Moorlach reiterated his preference for Carona to resign, but said he “would be more than happy to sign a recall petition” if it comes to that. He called it “the honorable thing to do.” “That would allow us to run the department and get someone to get it back in shape” by improving departmental morale, he said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Carona told the board then that the changes were minor; would facilitate a smooth transition for the sheriff’s department; and allow the new sheriff the necessary autonomy to select his executive management team from the broadest pool of qualified candidates. Neither George Jaramillo and Don Haidl, who he chose for assistant sheriff posts, would have qualified under the previous standards. Jaramillo had served as a sergeant at the Garden Grove Police Department. He was promoted to lieutenant to settle litigation stemming from a discrimination complaint, but retired as part of the settlement without ever serving one day as a lieutenant. Haidl, a wealthy businessman, had no law enforcement background. He was named assistant sheriff in charge of the reserve program, but was not paid, Moorlach said. The board approved the changes unanimously, and they go into effect immediately, Moorlach said.