Southland Conference Track Athletes Compete at 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 2019 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships wrapped in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend with six Southland Conference student-athletes from five member institutions competing at the meet. Of the Southland’s six performers, none finished outside of the top-20 individuals within their respective events. UIW’s Sarea Alexander grabbed 13th-place honors in the women’s long jump, while Sam Houston State’s Clayton Fritsch capped an impressive weekend with a seventh-place finish in the men’s pole vault.Denim Rogers and Tay Nance represented Houston Baptist as the school’s first-ever athletes to compete at the national meet. Nance registered a 15th-place finish in the triple jump, completing a 39-01.25-foot (11.92m) leap on her final attempt. Nance recently finished her HBU career with her fourth-consecutive trip to the NCAA West Preliminary meet this past May in Sacramento, Calif. Rogers rounded out the HBU duo’s weekend with a 12th-place finish in the decathlon event, scoring 7,314 points. Rogers’ performance was highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the decathlon high jump (6-05.5 ft/1.97m) and a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 400m (49.24) and 110m hurdle (14.49) events.Alexander’s 13th-place long jump performance came on her second attempt of the afternoon Saturday, where she completed a 20-05.75 (6.24m) effort, a feat which topped her initial leap by over five inches. The UIW jumper is coming off an impressive senior campaign in which she was named a NCAA First Team All-American, the first in program history to do so. She took sixth place in the long jump at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in addition to claiming Southland Conference outdoor titles in both the long jump and triple jump events.Northwestern State’s Micah Larkins closed out his weekend with a 20th place finish in the 100m dash. Larkins, who concluded his NSU career this spring, crossed the finish line with a 10.46 clip in his second-ever appearance at the national meet. His performance narrowly missed an automatic qualifying bid to the semifinal round, falling just 0.05 seconds short.Fritsch provided the top finish among Southland competitors, tying for seventh place overall in the men’s pole vault. His finish came on a 17-11-foot (5.46m) jump on his first attempt Saturday afternoon. The vaulter is coming off his sophomore season for the Bearkats, where he nabbed All-America honors following a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Since completing the latest NCAA season, the Sealy, Texas, native has embarked on an action-packed summer where he took gold in the pole vault for Team USA at the 2019 U-23 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Championships in Queretaro, Mexico (July 7).Rounding out the Southland competitors at the meet was Southeastern Louisiana’s D.J. Ruffin, who represented the Lions in the long jump. Ruffin took 16th place overall with a 25-0.0-foot (7.62m) mark on his second attempt. The senior closed out the 2019 Southland indoor season as the men’s Athlete of the Year in addition to being named the Outstanding Field Events Performer. The SLU student-athlete competed in multiple running and field events for the Lions, nabbing gold medals in both the indoor high jump and long jump events at the conference meet in Birmingham, Ala.last_img read more

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James Harden, Rockets overwhelm lowly Cavaliers

first_imgIt’s Harden’s 15th straight game with at least 30 points, his franchise-record 13th game with 40 points this season and the seventh in the last nine games as he has carried the team with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out with injuries.Ante Zizic came off the bench to score 18 for the Cavaliers, whose season-long skid extended to 12 games.“We just couldn’t stop them,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “They were raining 3s all over the place. They broke us down off the dribble. They are in a rhythm now and playing very good basketball.”Harden needed less than 2 1/2 quarters to reach 30 points on Friday night, hitting a 3 with 7:41 left in the third to give him 32 points and push Houston’s lead 91-58. He joins Kobe Bryant (16 games in 2003) as the only players to score 30 points in at least 15 games in a row since the 1972-73 season.About three minutes later, he pushed his total to 40 after he was left wide open to drive into the lane for an easy layup to make it 99-68. Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter to give him his sixth triple-double this season and the 41st of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Later, Harden was asked if Tucker deserves dinner for helping him get his triple-double.“I took P.J. to dinner, movies, Europe,” Harden said laughing. “I take P.J. everywhere with me. He gets enough already.”UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Rockets: Visit Orlando on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Harden played just 29 minutes and 34 seconds, and made eight 3-pointers to extend his NBA record to 12 games in a row with at least five.“The step-back 3s, he’s perfected that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s got 16 3s and they’re all step-backs. I don’t know how he does it … everybody knows what he’s doing and he still gets them off, and they’re kind of open. They’re not forced, so he’s just an incredible player.”Clint Capela added 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting after making just four of 16 field goals in a loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Harden and fellow starters Capela and Tucker also sat out the fourth quarter with Houston up 113-81 entering the fourth. Even with the trio watching the final quarter from the bench, the Rockets maintained a huge lead and their 141 points were a season high and the most Cleveland has allowed this season.TIP-INSCavaliers: Rodney Hood returned after missing the last three games with a sore left Achilles tendon. He had six points, two assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes. … Cedi Osman had 15 points and Collin Sexton added 14. … Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Jones added 12 points each.Rockets: Paul missed his 10th game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Gordon missed his sixth straight game with a bruised right knee. … It’s the sixth time this season Houston has scored 70 points or more in the first half.DATE NIGHT?Tucker boxed out a couple of Cavaliers and avoided grabbing the ball to help Harden collect his 10th rebound on Friday night. Tucker joked that Harden might owe him for the move.“Dinner, movies. I need a date,” Tucker joked. 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(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets still have a way to go to reach their goal of earning the top seed in the Western Conference.But it seems far more attainable than it was just a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29 minutes — the first player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes played — to lead the Houston Rockets to a 141-113 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for their eighth win in 11 games.“I think we’ve all had that in the back of our mind. It was just a far reach earlier in the season,” Harden said. “Now it’s pretty close. We’ve just got to continue to do what we’ve been doing. Playing well, taking care of opportunities like this tonight. Just continue to get better, strive to get better.”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 ChrissThe Rockets, who were in 14th place in the West in early December, are 4 ½ games out of first place and tied with the Clippers for fifth.After the Cavaliers got a 117-108 win in the first meeting with Houston this season, the Rockets were determined to take care of business this time around. They did that, racing out to a 28-point lead after scoring a season-high 77 points in the first half behind 24 points from Harden. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Domantas Sabonis sharp again at MSG as Pacers beat Knicks Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Look Who’s Criticizing the UN!

first_imgFor many years Eritrea was part of Ethiopia. After going through a series of colonizations, including Italian until World War II, and the British, who captured Eritrea in 1941 it became federated with Ethiopia in 1952. Eritrea became an Ethiopian province in 1962. A civil war broke out against the Ethiopian government, led by rebel groups who opposed the union and demanded independence for Eritrea. When in 1991 the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front deposed the country’s communist dictator Mengistu Haile Merriam, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, without Mengistu’s troops to battle against, gained control of Asmara, the Eritrean capital, and formed a provisional government. In 1993 a referendum on Eritrean independence was held, supported by the United Nations and the new Ethiopian government. The voters opted for independence and Ethiopia recognized Eritrea’s sovereignty on May 3, 1993 and sought a new era of cooperation between the two countries.But this did not last. The two countries soon started fighting each other over border demarcations. The United Nations later accused Eritrea of attacking Ethiopia.But after achieving sovereignty, the leadership of Eritrea’s war for independence soon turned on its people, its neighbors, and its own professed ideals. Isaias Afwerki, the guerilla commander and now Eritrea’s president, proved repressive, authoritarian, with a penchant for war. After its liberation from being a province of Ethiopia, an Eritrean constitution was adopted but never implemented. Elections were never held, and civil liberties never fully allowed. Skirmishes with Yemen and Djibouti ensued, as did a temporary break in relations with Sudan. Years later Eritrean announced support for Islamist rebels in Somalia, for which the United Nations Security Council in 2009 imposed an arms embargo and other sanctions on Eritrea.The grave and persistent repression of President Afwerki against his own people has quickly and effectively changed the hopeful tide that Eritrea’s newly found sovereignty had begun. In the beginning, hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, scattered all over the world, especially in Ethiopia, returned home to help rebuild their country. But President Afwerki turned against his own people, beating them, jailing them without trial for years and murdering them for no reason. This has once more proven the truism of a headline Time Magazine published in 1975: “In Africa, things always go backward.” Today and over the past several years, most of the same Eritreans who flocked back to help rebuild their newly sovereign nation have been fleeing the country, seeking refuge anywhere they can be welcomed, even if in the most excruciating conditions. Thousands, especially young, bright Eritreans, are fleeing the country every month, when they can get away, but many, especially those trying to go to Ethiopia, are shot on the spot.Worse yet, thousands of Eritreans are drowning in the Mediterranean in a fatal attempt to enter Europe.United Nations has lately been very critical of the Eritrean Government over it’s mistreatment of it’s citizens; but that government has been heavily critical of the UN for this.How can an African leader, particularly President Afwerki, be so mean-spirited, so inhumane, so wicked to his own people? What is he trying to accomplish? There is nothing he can do to gain anyone’s respect around the world—nor do we think he even cares. But to what avail? Why would a leader be determined to take his own country through the dark ages of despair, hopelessness, retrogression and death, in the same way Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor did Liberia?We call on the United Nations, all the leading governments of the world—the United States, the People’s Republic of China, the African Union, the European Union—to bring pressure to bear on President Afwerki and Eritrea to change their ways, return to sanity and stop mistreating their own people. If they refuse, then economic and trade sanctions should be imposed to intensify the pressure.Maybe that will work but failing that, pressure should continue to be mounted against this despicable regime until positive change can come about.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ecowas Fashion Week Honors Junda Morris Kennedy

first_imgEcowas Fashion Week has honored Liberian Fashion designer and promoter Junda Morris Kennedy as ‘Fashion Icon Facilitator’ at the just-ended Ecowas fashion week in Benin, Cotonu. Junda has said that winning the honor will help to shine light on the emerging Liberian fashion industry. Liberia has many creative people that could benefit from a vibrant fashion industry; but only if they have the proper education so that the industry can produce garments for export under the AGOA Art.“My plan for the Liberian Fashion Industry is huge. I would like to see the first Liberian fashion designs degree program introduced in the country, and I have engaged Professor Lovette Azango of Cuttington University, designer Chris Collins and many top fashion educators on this project. We are working on getting logistics to make this dream a reality.” She added that another part of this plan is to see quality-produced garments, made by Liberian fashion professionals, available for costumer in and out of Liberia.“Buyers are interested in sourcing garments from Liberia in large quantities. But the problem on hand is the lack of a market structure to enable them get orders filled out in a timely manner,” Mrs. Kennedy noted.“I will use this award as a platform to launch the Liberian Fashion and Arts Council, an institution for Liberian creative professionals,” she says, adding that the organization will provide advance training in career guidance and opportunities, education, training and resources, work-life-dream balance, among others.“I truly appreciate this recognition. To all Liberian fashion professionals out there this one is for you and the journey has just begun. Thanks for believing and allowing me to be the voice for the Liberian industry,” she posted on Facebook after winning the award.Mrs. Kennedy explained that if the fashion industry gets the needed support from government and the public in general, the industry would be on par with the rest of the continent, providing revenues for the country.“I asked every Liberian to kindly support fashion products made from the industry,” she added.Apart from fashion, Mrs. Morris has ventured into promoting Liberian music, recently teaming up with Nigerian DJ Oladex and music promoter Afrique Carib to produce a mix tape called “Liberia Meets Naija.” But it has not been released yet.“Liberian music and fashion are dear to my heart,” says Mrs. Kennedy. “Young artists coming on the scene in Liberia are absolutely talented; all they are lacking is money and proper mastering of their skills. But trust me the tables are turning,” she concluded.Liberian Fashion designer Chris Collins, who showcased his designs at last year’s Ecowas Fashion Week, was also recognized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Koffa Taskforce Sends 11 to MoJ

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Individuals who have been CLEARED:In furtherance of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) Report Compliance Review Exercise, the Special Presidential Taskforce (SPTF) says it has taken a series of interim actions on the implementation of the reports as recommended by the Public Account Committee (PAC) of the Legislature.Minister Jonathan Fonati Koffa, who chairs the SPTF, said that following a comprehensive compliance review process, the Taskforce has referred 11 individuals and six institutions in the GAC report to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for further investigation and prosecution.“There were a number of individuals who were inadvertently listed or who provided the required documentation and have been cleared from further process,” Minister Koffa said.He, however, noted that the review exercise continues on individuals and institutions who have requested for more time to provide documentation on funds spent under their respective tenures as indicated in the GAC reports. They are given until the end of June to conclude the process.The below listing contains names of individuals and institutions that have been referred to the MoJ for prosecution, cleared, and those pending review by the compliance office of the SPTF:Names of individuals who are requesting for one month extensionlast_img read more

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Murder accused further remanded

first_img…extradition proceedings to begin on FridayGuyanese fugitive Troy Anthony Thomas, who is wanted for the December 11, 2011 murder of Keith Frank in Richmond Hill, New York, USA, was on Tuesday further remanded to prison after he reappeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.According to United States Government representative Stacy Gooding, the US Government produced statement bundles with information relating to Thomas, which contained evidence as it relates to the murder of Frank. These documents were handed over to the court.Guyanese fugitive Troy Anthony ThomasGooding related that the statements were in favour of Armila Glasgow, who is responsible for the tendering of documents on behalf of the US.The court also heard that Simeon Reid and Eon Alanzo, two senior members of the Guyana Police Force gave statements regarding the case.Thomas is represented by Nigel Hughes, Bernard De Silva and Darren Wade.Attorney Hughes asked that the court provide a printed document in relation to the extradition treaty and the methodology that will be used.The matter was adjourned to March 22, 2018 to begin the extradition proceedings and March 23, 2018 for additional statements and to discuss statements on the matter.Thomas was arrested after an intelligence-led operation by ranks of the Guyana Police Force, which commenced on January 31, 2018, after an arrest warrant was issued by the US.Thomas was being hunted by the New York Police Department, and a wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Frank after an altercation outside a South Richmond Hill party.It was then disclosed by US law enforcement agents that Thomas had fled the country to Canada within hours of his alleged crime.Shortly after, the man reportedly travelled to Guyana before the wanted bulletin which was issued by the US had reached Interpol. He will likely be extradited to the US to face charges for the crime he is accused of committing.last_img read more

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Horst concludes third leg of Crashed Ice series

first_imgHorst was also set to compete in the team event, a race he and his fellow team, Living the Dream, won at the last race in Saint Paul, Minnesota. However, the team race event was cancelled so racers could have more time to practice on the unique indoor track in Landgraaf. Overall, Horst finsihed 29th out of a total of 66 individual racers. The next Red Bull Crashed Ice event for Horst is March 2, being raced in Lausanne, Switzerland.- Advertisement –last_img

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Trash fee plan met with mixed reaction

first_imgPolice Chief William Bratton, who supports Villaraigosa’s plan, has been working political circles to beef up the number of L.A. cops, which now stands at 9,200. But recruitment efforts over the last few years have fallen short. Many would-be officers are being lost to the military, others can’t meet basic skills tests and and other law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting from LAPD ranks. Bratton said by setting aside money specifically for hiring, the force could improve recruitment and eliminate hiring freezes that discourage applicants. Barbara Whiteside, a 71-year-old homeowner from North Hollywood, said the argument hardly convinced her. “How can we know, that this is actually going to get us more cops.” The increase would take effect in July, bumping the monthly trash fees from $11 to $18, then to $22 the next year and up again to $26 the next year and capping out at $28 by 2010. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe proposal would raise $127 million by 2010 and would be earmarked for more cops. But Villaraigosa said he can’t guarantee the City Council – which must ultimately approve the plan – would not alter his plan. Still, some Sun Valley homeowners – who have been watching the politics of trash for years – praised the idea as a long-overdue solution for an area facing a spike in crime. Though overall, violent crime fell from 2005 to 2006 in the northern portion of Sun Valley, the southern area has seen a rise in violent crime. Manuel Sanchez, a 61-year-old retired aerospace worker, said that public safety is a top priority. “What is a few dollars? We spend that money on things every day anyway. We need more police and we just don’t have enough.” SUN VALLEY – Less than a mile from the Bradley Landfill, residents reacted with mixed emotions to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposal to more than double homeowner trash fees to pay for 1,000 police officers. Under the plan, fees would jump from $11 to $28 by 2010. “It stinks,” said Michael Andre, a 53-year-old retired shipping clerk and lifelong San Fernando Valley resident, who said he’s been frustrated for years by the city’s trash policy. “There is no guarantee that this money is not going to be used for the police. It can go in some politician’s pocket.” last_img read more

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Liverpool’s Mo Salah on three-man shortlist for FIFA best player award

first_img 2 Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for FIFA’s men’s player of the year award.There is no place on the shortlist for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who has featured in the top three for 11 straight years. 2 Messi was runner-up in the prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo, like Messi, is a five-time winner, and has reached the top three alongside Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Modric and Salah, the Egypt and Liverpool forward.Messi’s subsequent wins came in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, while Ronaldo won the title in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.The award was first introduced as the FIFA world player of the year prize (1991-2009), before becoming the Ballon d’Or (2010-15) and subsequently part of FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards.Ronaldo won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2017-18, finishing as top scorer in the competition and had Modric as a team-mate. Mohamed Salah scored 32 goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season Modric and Ronaldo played a key role in Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League success Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final, which France won, while Salah’s goals propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final, which Real won.Norway and Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany and Lyon, and Marta, of Brazil and Orlando Pride, have been shortlisted for the women’s prize. Marta has won it on five occasions.The men’s coach prize features former Real boss Zinedine Zidane, France’s World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps and beaten finalist Zlatko Dalic, of Croatia. Pep Guardiola of Manchester City was not shortlisted.Holland’s Sarina Wigman, Lyon’s Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women’s coach prize.The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France’s Hugo Lloris, Denmark and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium and Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea.The 10 nominees for the Puskas Award of best goal features overhead kicks from Wales captain Gareth Bale and Ronaldo – for Real against Liverpool and Juventus, respectively – and Salah in the Merseyside derby.last_img read more

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Something new under the sun

first_imgLIVERMORE, Calif. – Here in the sunny suburbs east of San Francisco, voters are being offered a chance to make their city a national leader in solar power at a time of growing anxiety over soaring energy prices and global warming. A measure on Livermore’s ballot Tuesday would allow housing developer Pardee Homes to build what it claims will be the country’s largest completely solar community, with 2,450 new homes equipped to harvest the sun’s energy. “This is an incredible opportunity to create a model community with the most energy-efficient homes we can provide,” said Carlene Matchniff, a vice president for the developer. “It sets a high standard for green building.” But there’s a catch: Livermore voters must agree to allow construction on hundreds of acres of protected open space and absorb more than two square miles of picturesque grassland within city limits. Residents in nearby Antioch, Brentwood and Pittsburg vote Tuesday on similar developer-sponsored measures expanding city limits to add housing, but those measures have wider community support. The former ranching town of Livermore, about 45 miles east of San Francisco, has become one of the Bay Area’s outer suburbs. Situated along Interstate 580, the city of 75,000 residents is also home to a burgeoning wine industry and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, known for nuclear weapons and energy research. Measure D would incorporate 1,400 acres of ranch land where residents have fought off developers for more than three decades. Five years ago, voters approved an open-space initiative that restricted development in that area and others. To entice voters, Pardee offered to build a 130-acre sports park, preserve 750 acres as open space and provide land and funding for a badly needed high school. About 450 acres would be set aside for the new homes backers say will help ease the region’s housing shortage. “It’s probably the best project Livermore’s seen in decades, if ever,” said council member Lorraine Dietrich. “It adds amenities to the community at no expense to the taxpayer, and it enriches the balance of housing choices available.” Pardee, a division of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate, has vowed to make the Livermore Trails community a national example for sustainable living. Every new home would have rooftop solar panels that could lower electricity bills 50 percent to 60 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Homeowners would be credited with excess energy they generate. Officials from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Energy Commission support the solar project because it would help promote energy efficiency. But Mayor Marshall Kamena and the City Council’s “slow-growth” majority oppose the plan. Opponents say the measure could open the 14,000-acre North Livermore area to more development and destroy endangered species habitat, including a flowering plant called the palmate-bracted bird’s beak. Critics accuse Pardee of trying to buy off voters with perks and they’re skeptical about the company’s solar promises because the ballot measure doesn’t provide many specifics. “The project is classic sprawl,” said Mike Daley, conservation director for the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay chapter. “They are going to create so much pollution and devastation in the North Livermore Valley that no environmental group is supporting it.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Opponents, including environmental groups and the majority of the City Council, are fighting the measure they claim will swallow open space, encourage sprawl, destroy habitat and clog traffic on one of Northern California’s most congested freeways. “The bottom line is they want to build 2,450 homes outside the city on sensitive lands,” said David Reid of the Greenbelt Alliance. “All the solar panels in the world don’t make that environmentally friendly.” Los Angeles-based Pardee Homes has been waging an expensive campaign to persuade Livermore’s 44,000 registered voters to approve Measure D, which it sponsored. Pardee officials expect to spend about $3 million on a campaign that includes television and radio ads. Opponents, by contrast, expect to spend about $150,000. The election is being closely watched to see if a developer can use the ballot box to change land-use regulations and bypass the traditional planning process as well as the City Council. last_img read more

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