Reports – Manchester United in talks to sign Barcelona star Neymar

first_imgManchester United have entered into talks to sign Barcelona forward Neymar, according to reports.The Red Devils have missed out on several stars in recent days with targets Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi joining Chelsea and Man City, respectively, this week.The Sun believe Manchester United, who are in the hunt for a ‘surprise’ new striker, have made a move for the Brazil star as they hunt for a marquee signing.Neymar, 23, would become the focal point at Old Trafford, which he may relish after playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.But it appears there is still plenty to be done after Man United chief executive Ed Woodward’s discreet move for his signature, especially as his buyout clause is reportedly £137.8million. 1 Barcelona star Neymar last_img

Pedro ‘regrets’ Chelsea move, Everton will let Lukaku leave for the right price, and John Terry set for Qatar move? – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea winger Pedro has reportedly told friends, including team-mate Cesc Fabregas he regrets leave Barcelona to sign for the struggling Blues, and would jump at the chance to return to the Catalan club, according to reports. (Fichajes)Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Barca forward Neymar, with the La Liga giants set to offer the Brazilian a new £500,000-a-week contract – making the 23-year-old the third highest player in the world behind team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Sun) The agent of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed he was told by manager Roberto Martinez that he is willing to sell the 22-year-old if a  ‘good offer’ is made. The Belgian has been linked with a £40million move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will make a move to sign 27-year-old Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega  when the window opens, having been impressed by the Argentine in the Champions League group game between the two sides. (The Sun) Anderlecht’s 18-year-old striker Aaron Leya Iseka is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s number one target for the Jnaury transfer window. (TuttoMercatoWeb) Former Barcelona maestro Xavi has told struggling Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney that he should think about dropping into a deeper role if he wants to prolong his career. (FourFourTwo) Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has confirmed he is interested in signing Blues captain John Terry at Qatari club Al Arabi, but admitted he has not had any contact with the defender, or the club, over a potential transfer. (Evening Standard)Devante Cole – the 20-year-old son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole – says he left Manchester City because the club do not give young English players a fair chance. (Daily Mail) And here’s the latest headlines…Hot and cold Wayne Rooney ‘not himself’, former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen tells talkSPORTWill Chelsea’s players run through brick walls for Jose Mourinho? ‘No’, insists Dietmar HamannExclusive – Jose Mourinho is still the right man for Chelsea, insists Carlo CudiciniManchester United on red alert as talkSPORT told ‘Cristiano Ronaldo WILL return to the Premier League’ by ex-teammate and close friend Jose SemedoArsenal and Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu will not leave Bayer Leverkusen ‘for any less than £29m’Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid chasing £23m Manchester United-linked Lucas BigliaExclusive – In-form Jamie Vardy can play his way into England’s Euro 2016 starting line-up, claims ex-Leicester striker Kevin PhillipsWest Ham’s dynamic duo Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini likened to PSG and Barcelona superstars by Pedro ObiangDavid Beckham wants former PSG teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join new MLS franchiselast_img read more

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama not punished by Ronald Koeman despite third red card

first_img Victor Wanyama 1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman did not punish Victor Wanyama despite picking up a third red card of the season last weekend.The 24-year-old will miss Saturday’s trip to Swansea after being shown a straight red card for a challenge on West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.Wanyama will miss a further four matches as it was his third sending off this season – all of which have come since November – but Koeman believes the midfielder was unlucky to be dismissed this time.“We did (discipline him) after the second yellow card (in the 1-0 defeat to Norwich in January) but we did not this time,” he said. “I think Victor was a little bit unlucky.“In my opinion, that red card was totally different to the second yellow, for example, against Norwich. In my opinion, that was more of a stupid foul.“Now he was unlucky because his intention really was to play the ball. He missed the ball and the referee took a hard decision.“One day later I saw a tackle from (Mathieu) Flamini against Bournemouth and it was yellow. Maybe that tackle was more red than the tackle of Wanyama.”Wanyama was understandably disappointed and frustrated with a red card that Koeman believes the midfielder needs to learn from.“He was angry, he was disappointed because he knew about the five-match suspension,” he said“He was really showing to be disappointed and he said to me that he was unlucky because his intention was to play the ball.“I have sympathy for honest players and Victor is one of them.“His intention is to play the ball but it was his third one and he has to learn. If you don’t learn from this, then you never learn and he has to learn that sometimes you cannot take that risk.“We always tell defenders ‘stay on your feet, do not make that tackle’ and he is strong enough to use his body to win the battle.”Saints welcome Matt Targett and Steven Davis back from injury for their game with Swansea, but Koeman is frustrated that Wanyama will not be part of the side.“(I am) very disappointed,” he said.“First of all, for the player by himself and also for the team because he is an important, key player for the team, who is normally always in the line-up.“He is suspended for five games and it is a long time but we have to accept and, like in other positions in the team, we have enough competition to replace Victor.”last_img read more

Henry’s future up in the air

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHenry, listed as questionable on the injury report, was back at practice Friday for the first time since injuring his leg against Indianapolis last week. “If there is no setback with where he’s at, he will play,” Shanahan said. However, Broncos receiver Javon Walker will not play against the Chargers, Shanahan said. Walker still has swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. He thought he’d be ready for the Pittsburgh game Oct. 21. The Broncos have a bye week after San Diego. Shanahan said Henry dropped by his house Thursday night and they chatted about the incident for around an hour. But he couldn’t go into details about the conversation per NFL policy. Henry was granted a temporary restraining order in Suffolk County (N.Y.) Supreme Court to prevent the league from using a urine specimen against him and to prevent the league from disclosing the test results. But an appellate court vacated the order, according to court papers filed in Brooklyn federal court. From news services Travis Henry returned to the field Friday for practice amid uncertainty over his future with the Denver Broncos. Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher, is trying to prevent the league from suspending him over the results of a drug test, according to federal court records. He said he couldn’t comment on the case on the advice of his attorney. Henry plans to play Sunday against San Diego. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan thought that was a strong possibility, as long as Henry’s injured right ankle and knee are up to it. A Newsday report said Henry claims the league violated its substance abuse policy by not allowing his experts to be present for testing of his urine sample, according to the court report. Around the league Steelers: Wide receiver Hines Ward will miss his second game in a row Sunday because of a right knee injury. Nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) and safety Troy Polamalu (rib cage cartilage) did not practice all week and are listed as questionable. Bills: Receiver Peerless Price’s season is likely over after he was scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a disc in his neck. Giants: Defensive end Osi Umenyiora missed his second practice because of a sore left knee. Umenyiora and receiver Plaxico Burress (ankle) were listed as questionable for Sunday. Redskins: Receiver Santana Moss (groin) didn’t practice and is listed as doubtful for Sunday against Detroit. Chargers: Rookie wide receiver Craig Davis could miss Sunday’s game at Denver with a sprained ankle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Oracle offers $6.7 billion for BEA Systems

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It is apparent to our board … that BEA is worth substantially more to Oracle, to others and, importantly, to our shareholders than the price indicated,” William Klein, BEA’s vice president of business planning and development, wrote in the rejection letter. In a response to BEA’s board, Oracle President Charles Phillips said he had contacted Klein to set up negotiations in hopes of sealing a deal by Monday. But BEA canceled a meeting scheduled for Friday morning, Phillips said, and then Klein told him BEA had little interest in pursuing discussions. “We are available to proceed immediately with a process that would lead to a friendly transaction,” Phillips wrote. He reaffirmed the $17-per-share offer, “provided that the BEA board and management team do not institute any measures which reduce the value of the company.” Industry analysts believe BEA might be able to escape Oracle’s clutches by finding a white knight. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who is using his 13.2percent stake in BEA to push for a sale, sent a letter Friday to BEA Chairman Alfred Chuang supporting the board’s decision to spurn Oracle’s offer. SAN FRANCISCO – Pouncing on a vulnerable rival, Oracle Corp. has offered $6.7billion to buy BEA Systems Inc. in its latest bid to trump SAP AG and IBM Corp. in an increasingly intense business software battle. Oracle unveiled its $17-per-share cash offer Friday, one day after BEA rejected it as inadequate, according to a letter BEA released a few hours after Oracle’s revelation catapulted its stock to a new 52-week high. BEA makes “middleware,” products that help software applications run more smoothly on top of databases, while Oracle makes business management and database software. Oracle’s bid represented a 25percent premium over BEA’s closing stock price Thursday. Icahn urged BEA either to put itself on the auction block or to negotiate an alternative deal at a “compelling” price. SAP, IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. are considered the most probable candidates to vie for BEA. “There should be competition for this one,” predicted Forrester Research analyst Ray Wang. “IBM and HP need BEA a whole lot more than Oracle does.” SAP, IBM and HP all declined to comment on the speculation. BEA shares soared above Oracle’s bid Friday, reflecting investors’ expectations that other suitors will emerge or that Oracle will sweeten the pot. The stock rose $5.20, or 38percent, to finish Friday at $18.82 after reaching a new 52-week high of $18.94 earlier in the day. BEA’s cold shoulder seems unlikely to deter Oracle, whose opportunistic and acquisitive chief executive, Larry Ellison, has shown he doesn’t back off easily once he is on the takeover prowl. In 2003, Oracle launched a hostile bid for PeopleSoft Inc. and then spent the next 18 months overcoming its rival’s staunch resistance before completing the $11.1billion acquisition at $10.50 per share, 66percent above Oracle’s original offer. That deal began a shopping spree at Oracle designed to create a one-stop shop for business applications software and better position the company to surpass Germany-based SAP in the sales of software that automates a wide range of administrative tasks for businesses. Oracle has spent $25billion on 30 acquisitions in the past three years. In a Friday research note, Goldman Sachs analysts Sarah Friar and Derek Bingham said they believe Oracle can afford to pay more than $20 per share, or about $8billion, for BEA and still make money off the deal. Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst David Hilal predicted that Oracle will up the stakes, writing in a Friday research note that it’s unlikely the $17-per-share bid represents the company’s “best and final” offer. Redwood Shores-based Oracle has been stalking San Jose-based BEA for years, only to be rebuffed in its overtures. Now that Icahn is involved, Oracle “smells blood in the water,” said Bill Swanton, vice president of research for AMR Research. Icahn, a billionaire with a history of forcing poorly performing companies to sell or reorganize, disclosed his BEA stake a month ago. Founded in 1995, BEA is considered a valuable asset largely because it has about 15,000 customers who generate more than $600million in annual revenue for software maintenance and upgrades. BEA hasn’t been seeking a sale but appears to be backed into a corner. Besides facing pressure from the tenacious Icahn to sell, it has been dealing with an accounting mess tied to its mishandling of stock option grants. The problems have prevented BEA from meeting regulatory deadlines to file quarterly and annual financial reports and created uncertainty that contributed to a sharp decline in its stock price. In the backdrop to Oracle’s bid for BEA, Oracle and SAP at are loggerheads as they tussle for market share. After deriding Oracle’s acquisition strategy as misguided, SAP entered the takeover fray early this week to pay $7billion for Business Objects SA, a maker of software that helps companies analyze their internal data. That deal countered Oracle’s $3.3 billion purchase of Hyperion Solutions earlier this year. Cowen and Co.’s Peter Goldmacher is among the analysts who believe SAP won’t let Oracle devour BEA without a fight. “We believe that if SAP lets (BEA) get away, its weakening position in the software pantheon will accelerate as it is increasingly relegated to niche vendor status,” Goldmacher wrote in a Friday note.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2nd bust, same as the 1st

first_imgBy Dale McFeatters Remember March 10, 2000? Neither do a lot of other people. That’s the official end of the dot-com boom and the start of the dot-com bust. The bubble burst that day. A lot of companies with wildly inventive names that promised “the next big thing,” whatever that was, disappeared, leaving behind fancy open-plan offices and recreational equipment. They all shared grandiose dreams and no revenues. Unfortunately, the hard rules of economics still applied. Did we learn from this experience? Of course not. We’re Americans. We like booms, so much so that we quickly forget the inevitable chastening bust. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Railroads, oil wells, transistors, holding companies, conglomerates, traction companies, aerospace companies, Florida real estate. We love this stuff. Not that people don’t profit from booms and busts. A lot of people profited big from the Gold Rush but it wasn’t the prospectors but the people who sold stuff to them. Did the prospectors learn from this? No, they rushed off to Alaska. Many analysts believe that it was pent up demand for another boom that led to the bubble and subsequent bust of the subprime mortgage market and the consequent housing slump. “Subprime,” it turns out, is a fancy way of saying, “You ain’t gonna get your money back.” The very astute business writer Allen Sloan analyzed one subprime offering by a respected investment banking house. Wait until you hear it. You’ll be kicking yourself, asking, “How did I miss out on this?” It would be like getting in on Enron in September 2001. The company sold shares in a package of second mortgages, largely on homes in California. A second mortgage means that someone else is first in line to get the money if there is a foreclosure. The homeowners’ average equity was 0.17 percent (20 percent is a standard down payment on a conventional “prime,” so to speak, first mortgage, but where’s the fun in that?), and in over half the loans, the borrowers’ incomes or assets had never been verified and neither was whether they were even living in the homes. Inevitably, this particular investment, and many others as well, tanked in dramatic, bustlike fashion. So what is the next highly speculative investment for capital in search of excitement? Do the words “Silicon Valley startup” and “initial public offering” do anything for you? Yes, the dot-coms are back and beginning to form a bubble. The New York Times reports that Facebook, which it delicately calls “financially unproven,” is being valued by investors at $15 billion. This time, however, investors vow that things will be different. Right. They were undeterred by eBay’s admission that the $3.1 billion it paid for Skype was way too high, by about $1.4 billion. Once again the investors are flocking to startups that have no revenues or even prospects for revenues. One entrepreneur, according to the Times, “says that the company was not currently focused on making money and that no one in the company was even working on how to do so.” Talk about a business plan. Another entrepreneur said he and others “had begun to think that the financing game is best played by avoiding actual revenues – since that only limits the imagination of investors.” And what do you call an investor who overlooks the fact that the company doesn’t actually do anything to let his imagination run wild? How about “sucker”? March 10, 2000. It seems like only tomorrow. Dale McFeatters is a Washington-based editorial writer and columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Writers Guild takes strike vote

first_imgBalloting will conclude today on a strike authorization vote by the Writers Guild of America. Results of the voting are expected to be announced tomorrow. The guild’s contract expires Oct. 31. A strike authorization vote does not necessarily mean a strike will occur. The writers are seeking higher pay for movies and television shows sold over the Internet and residuals for shows created for the World Wide Web and other new media. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.What had been the major impediment to reaching a new agreement — a proposal to revise the decades-old residuals system — was dropped Tuesday by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the movie studios and television networks. There has not been a major entertainment industry-wide strike since a writers strike in 1988, which lasted five months. last_img read more

Joey Bishop, comic, Rat Packer dead at 89

first_imgThat 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.” last_img read more

Work results trump tenure

first_imgYou should also keep you eyes and your options open. Perhaps there is a transfer opportunity, or perhaps your network can help you net a better job. Q My manager told me that the company is monitoring employee Internet use, and that I am spending too much time surfing the Net. I get my job done, and I resent this intrusion into my privacy. Besides, doesn’t management have anything better to do? A Rather than wondering if management has anything better to do, the real question is whether you have anything better to do, such as your job? If you can get your job done with time to spare, your next step is to check and upgrade the quality of your work, and let your manager know you are done. As long as you are being paid, you should be spending the bulk of your time working, not surfing. Although a growing number of employers are letting employees do some personal chores online, this varies from one company to another. It is also important to note that although such policies can create a convenience for the employees, these policies subtly induce employees to spend more time at work. Either way, it appears that you have crossed your company’s policies in this area. As for the privacy issue, most employers have policies stating that equipment such as the phones and computers are company property, and the company has the right to monitor all Internet activity and e-mail. You should expect your actions in this area to be monitored at the company’s discretion. Your manager has given you a clear message, and if you do not heed it, you are likely to be surfing the net on your own computer in search of a job. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Dealth With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at [email protected] 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 This raises one overarching question: How important is it for you to promote excellence? Most successful managers today have an excellent answer. Q I cannot stand my manager who happens to be an owner of the company. He can be friendly, but he can instantly become mean and insulting especially in front of others. Whenever I see his name on an e-mail to me, or whenever he wants to see me, I feel nauseous. I have tried to talk to him, but I’m never comfortable. How do you deal with someone like this? A Your manager’s tendency to be mean and insult you, especially in front of others, is classic bullying. And the fact that he can occasionally be friendly makes this even more sinister. His moments of friendliness can drop the guard of unwary employees, and then his berating behaviors are even more hurtful. It is actually more difficult to deal with people who run hot and cold than to deal with those who are generally one way or the other. When you do not know if you are going to be dealing with Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde, it is difficult to know how to prepare and how to react, whether it’s for a meeting or an e-mail. As a result, you feel nauseous. You are not going to stop this bully from being who and what he is. Nonetheless, you should act assertively and stand up for your beliefs, since bullies do not typically like to confront people who stand up to them, whether literally or figuratively. Q I plan to promote one of my employees to a new position in my department. I have one individual who has been here for four years, and she expects the promotion. I have another employee who has been here for one year but is more qualified and does better work. The longer-term employee will be very upset if she does not get the promotion, and she can create many problems throughout the department. Who do you suggest I promote? A If you promote the longer-term individual, take a look at what else you are promoting. First, you will be promoting a value system that places primary emphasis on loyalty and dedication, rather than productivity and performance. Secondly, there is a less obvious factor that you will be promoting if you go with the longer-term employee. You are concerned that she will be upset and disruptive if she is not promoted. If this is part of your rationale for promoting her, you are essentially rewarding this threat. If you do so, you can expect other employees to use her strategy when they seek promotions. It can be helpful to take a look at your focal point as a manager. Managers who focus on the past are more likely to rely on how long an employee has been with the company. At the same time, managers who focus on the future are likely to rely on how effective an employee has been with the company. last_img read more

Supervisors dump revised standards that led to hiring of OC Sheriff Carona’s buddies

first_imgSANTA 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. last_img read more