first_imgFOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW, THERE ARE THREE ‘LIVE’ HORSES IN THE LAST RACE, BUT SANTA ANITA’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT REMAINS UNSOLVED, AS 12 WINNING TICKETS EACH PAY $3,752 SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME ON SATURDAY IS AT 11:30 A.M., GATES OPEN AT 9:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–For the second day in a row, there were three “live” horses going into the eighth and final race in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, and once again the elusive wager remained unsolved, as #1 Posterize (9-1), #7 Red Clem (27-1) and #3 Jack’s Reign (59-1), all failed to win and finished fourth, seventh and 10th respectively.With $82,532 in “new” money wagered today, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool was $128,156.  Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 12 consolation winners, each worth $3,752.With an 11-race card on tap Saturday, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will begin with race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:07 p.m. PT.Special early first post time tomorrow is at 11:30 a.m. and admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. For additional information please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Torres knocks out Osenio, Kelly scores stunner in ONE prelims

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Photo from ONE ChampionshipAlso, Edward Kelly hardly broke a sweat as he scored a three-hit combo knockout of Meas Meul.The Team Lakay featherweight fired a pair of solid punches and immediately nailed the high knee to the Cambodian’s jaw, stunning the challenger and prompting the referee to call for the bell at the 21-second mark of the first round.It was an emotional victory for Kelly, who finally achieved success in front of his home crowd.“Last time, I trained really well and I ended up with a loss. I was really disappointed,” he recounted. “But now, this is what happened. I’m so happy, not just for myself, but for my team and I hope my teammates will also get the win.”Kelly bounced back from his loss to Emilio Urrutia back in August to rise to 10-4, while Meul suffered his first defeat and dropped to 8-1.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In the other preliminary fights, Rajinder Singh Meena (9-7) made quick work of Zhang Ze Hao (2-1), making his Chinese foe tap out to his guillotine at the 42-second mark of the opening round.Indonesian strawweight Adrian Matehis (4-3) submitted Eddey Kallai (0-3) with a rear-naked choke at the 4:15 mark of the first round to keep his Malaysian foe winless in the promotion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Torres punctuated her emphatic win by pummeling Osenio with strikes to take the knockout victory 40 seconds into the match, the fastest victory in the women’s division of ONE Championship.Triumphant in the clash between the Filipinas, the undefeated Torres (4-0) now looks on to bigger things, saying she’s willing to take on all comers in her continuing journey in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m thankful to God that He gave me this win and I also am grateful for my coaches who put their trust on me,” she said in Filipino. “I’ll just accept whatever ONE gives.”Osenio, meanwhile, remains in search of her first win since returning to the cage as she fell to a 2-4 record. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJomary Torres continued her sensational ascent to the top of the women’s atomweight division as she knocked out April Osenio in the preliminary matches in ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 21-year-old Zamboangueña wiggled her way out of the Team Lakay bet’s armbar on her right arm, lifted Osenio and slammed her to the mat.ADVERTISEMENT Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Resolving the Issue of Dual Citizenship in Liberia

first_imgFor the last decade, I have practiced primarily United States Immigration and Nationality Law.  I have read and analyzed the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia as well as the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.  As part of my immigration law practice, I have counseled and advised a number of clients of different nationalities and ethnicities on the issue of dual citizenship and maintaining the citizenship of their respective countries.  I have followed closely with great interest the dual citizenship debate in Liberia.   It is reported that Liberian Senate hopefuls Robert A. Sirleaf and George M. Weah are citizens of the United States.  Critics argue that the Liberian Constitution and statutory laws do not allow for dual nationality and if Mr. Sirleaf or Mr. Weah American citizens, they cannot hold public offices in Liberia. Supporters of dual citizenship argue that due to the Liberian civil crisis, many Liberians were forced to acquire foreign nationalities in order to survive and take care of their families in Liberia and overseas.  Supporters argue that it is against Liberia’s national interest to deny natural born Liberians the chance to participate in the reconstruction of the Liberian society solely on the fact that they acquire foreign citizenships.  The purpose of this article is to briefly discuss in what scenario does the Constitution allows for dual citizenship and laws affecting the automatic loss of Liberian citizenship. I will briefly discuss whether a United States citizen stands to lose her American citizenship if she serves in a foreign government.What does Liberian law say about the automatic loss of citizenship?Sections 22.1 and 22.2 of the 1973 Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia lists several acts that results in the automatic loss of Liberian citizenship by a Liberian national. A person loses his Liberian citizenship automatically when she (1) obtains naturalization in a foreign state, (2) takes an oath or declares allegiance to a foreign stat, (3) enters the armed forces of foreign state unless the President authorizes it, (4) votes in a political election in a foreign state or (5) formally renounces her Liberian nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of Liberia in a foreign state.  The Government of Liberia is under no obligation to institute any proceedings to nullify and cancel a person’s citizenship in regards to the aforementioned acts.In 1984, four years after the military coup d’etat and the suspension of the 1847 Constitution, a new Constitution was adopted. This new constitution became effective in January of 1986 after President Samuel Doe took office.   The 1986 Constitution at Article 27(a) stated any that person who was a Liberian citizen when the constitution came into force continued to be a Liberian citizen.  Most importantly, the Constitution provided that no Liberian shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right without due process of the law. Due process means that before any person is deprived of a right or before that right is taken away, the Government must provide the citizen with notice that informs the person of the decision or activity that will affect his rights, must give her the opportunity to contest or complain and the provide her the opportunity to appeal the decision if she is not satisfied with the grievance procedure.It is here that the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law and the 1986 Constitution clash.  The Aliens and Nationality law provides no due process for those Liberians who are adjudged to have lost their Liberian citizenship when they acquired foreign citizenships.  This is contrary to the provisions of the new constitution regarding due process.  Article 95 of the 1986 Constitution states that “Notwithstanding this abrogation, however, any enactment or rule of law in existence immediately before the coming into force of this Constitution, whether derived from the abrogated Constitution or from any other source shall, in so far as it is not inconsistent with any provision of this Constitution, continue in force as if enacted, issued or made under the authority of this Constitution.” (emphasis added).  Therefore, where the 1973 Aliens and Nationality law is inconsistent with the constitutional provision of due process, then is no longer valid or enforceable.  However, any determination of whether or not a law is constitutional is made by the Supreme Court of Liberian.  Therefore, unfortunately for supporters of blanket dual citizenship, until the law is struck down by the Supreme Court or until the Liberian legislature repeals or amends it, the President has to enforce the law.  I am of the opinion that the 1973 Aliens and Nationality law is unconstitutional and should be struck down by the Supreme Court.In what context does dual nationality exist in Liberia?Contrary to many reports, dual citizenship exists in Liberia within a limited context. The Constitution provides no requirement for the renunciation of Liberian citizenship where both parents at the time of a person’s birth are or were Liberian citizens and that person acquired another citizenship as a result of birth in that country. So, in the context of individuals born in the United States to Liberian parents, the Liberian Constitution does not require them to renounce their American citizenship acquired by birth.  Article 28 of the Constitution only mandates that if a person acquires another citizenship by virtue of the other parent’s citizenship, then they are required to renounce the other citizenship at the age of 21 in order to keep the Liberian citizenship.What happens to Liberians who acquired foreign citizenship when the Liberian Constitution was suspended?Liberians who acquired foreign citizenship during the years the Constitution was suspended (1990-1997 & 2003 to January 6, 2006) can argue that the laws affecting citizenship did not and do not apply to them.  In 2011, in the case of MPC et. al, v. NEC et al, the Supreme Court of Liberia addressed the issue of whether the drafters of the Liberian Constitution intended to exclude otherwise qualified Liberians, who through no fault of their own, were forced to leave Liberia because of war and conflict only to become refugees in other countries or who left Liberia prior to the civil war but were forced to remain outside the country because of the conflict, from seeking the Presidency. Speaking for the Court, Chief Justice Johnnie L. Lewis opined that none of the drafters of Liberian Constitution, especially as it related to Article 52(c) residency requirement for a presidential candidate, could have known, let alone considered the intervening cause of the devastating armed civil conflict and its implication on the lives of Liberian citizens.  The Court found that it would have been illogical to insist that the writers or drafters of the Constitution contemplated or intended that Liberians, faced with the devastating civil war, would remain in Liberia, because, at some point in the future they may want to run for the office of President or Vice-President.The Court also noted that between 1990 and 1997 and from 2003 to January 6, 2006, the Liberian constitution was suspended. The suspensions occurred because the running of an orderly government system became a practical impossibility as a result of the various civil wars and crises.  Liberian citizens should not be barred from contesting the 2011 presidential elections on account of the suspended Article 52(c), a non-governing law during the periods of war as well as constitutional suspension without offending the principle of ex post facto articulated under Article 21 of the Liberian Constitution.This same legal rationale can also be applied to Liberians who acquired another nationality or citizenship as a result of the unforeseen civil crisis and during the periods of suspension of the Liberian Constitution and Liberian laws.  After all, how can the provisions of the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law and the 1986 Constitution be applied to them when the laws of Liberia were suspended.  The same arguments raised before the Supreme Court and were found convincing can be used to argue that the the1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, a non-governing laws during the periods of war as well as the constitutional suspension without offending the principle of ex post facto articulated under Article 21 of the Liberian Constitution.Does the United States allow dual citizenship and can a natural born or naturalized United States citizen serve in the government of Liberia, without loosing her United States citizenship?The United States has generally looked with disfavor upon United States citizens maintaining dual nationality.  Several United States Supreme Court decisions have raised the age old concerns of that dual nationality or citizenship brings.  However, the United States Supreme Court has also recognized that dual nationality is “a status long recognized in the law” and the “mere fact that he asserts the rights one citizenship does not without more mean that he renounces the other”. Thus, a United States citizen (natural born or naturalized) is not precluded from dual nationality that is obtained:Through naturalization in the United States when the foreign state does not divest its citizens of their citizenship upon naturalization in a foreign country;Through birth in the United States to nationals of a foreign country that follows principles of jus sanguinis (citizenship by blood); orThrough naturalization of a United States citizen in a foreign state that does not require the United States citizen to renounce United States citizenship or the United States citizen was found not to be expatriated.Now, assuming that Mr. Sirleaf or Mr. Weah are United States citizens and one of them is elected as Senator, do they lose or forfeit their United States citizenship? No.  The United States Immigration and Nationality law provides that a United States citizen, whether by birth or naturalization, shall not lose his United States citizenship if she serves in a foreign government and acquires the nationality of the foreign state or takes an oath or form of allegiance to the foreign states, if she did not intend to relinquish United States citizenship.ConclusionIn order to obtain closure on this matter, Liberians affected by the application of the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, or Liberians challenging the failure of the National Elections Commission to enforce the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, should pursue this matter to the Supreme Court of Liberia.  However, regardless of how this current dual citizen debate plays out in Court or in the public square, Liberians must find a more permanent resolution on this issue.  We can begin by looking at how other nations, such as Israel, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, dealt with the issue of dual citizenship.  For example, the nation of Israel recognizes dual citizenship but requires dual nationals to first revoke their foreign citizenship under the laws of that country before serving as Ambassadors, Knesset members or in other sensitive posts. The Republic of Ghana recognizes dual citizenship and like Israel restricts dual nationals from being appointed to specific offices until she first renounces her foreign citizenship.  A South African who by formal and voluntary act acquires a foreign citizenship, automatically loses her South African citizenship unless they apply for, and receive permission to retain their South African citizenship before acquiring the citizenship of another country.  However, in the case of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nigerians holding dual citizenship are not barred from contesting elective posts in Nigeria provided that the person holding the dual nationality acquired their Nigerian nationality by birth.  These are just a few of many examples that we as Liberians can study, and analyze as we begin to chart our own course. * Citizen of the Republic of Liberia. Admitted as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the United States Supreme Court; the Court of Appeals of the State of Maryland; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits; and the United States Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businesswoman strangled to death during robbery

first_imgDead: Nalini Persaud, called “Nalo”An Albouystown, Georgetown businesswoman was on Thursday morning strangled to death, while her husband was beaten after four masked gunmen invaded their home. Dead is 58-year-old Nalini Persaud, called “Nalo”, of Lot 161 James and Nonpareil Streets, Albouystown. Her lifeless body was discovered in the upper flat of her home with a rope tied around her neck. Her husband, 59-year-old Mahendra Rampersaud has been hospitalised as a result of the injuries he sustained at the hands of the bandits who invaded their home. Guyana Times understands that the perpetrators entered the premises by ripping out a board from the northern wall of the lower flat.Rampersaud recounted that he and his wife were asleep when they were awakened by two gunmen who warned them not to scream. According to the man, he was taken into the grocery shop in the lower flat of the premises where he was bound to a chair and his mouth covered with duct tape. He was further instructed by one of the bandits that if he cooperated, no harm would come to him or his wife. This newspaper was told that while the businessman was in the lower flat, his wife, who was still in the upper flat of the house began screaming. This prompted one of the bandits to place a lasso around her neck before escorting her to the lower flat where she was instructed to turn off all of the lights in the home. The woman was then taken back upstairs where she was strangled to death. The robbers ransacked the house and carted off an undisclosed sum of cash and jewellery.Rampersaud relayed that he was left bound for hours until a customer showed up at about 06:00h to purchase cigarettes and found him. Upon seeing the man bound, the customer alerted the couple’s son, who lives in the same yard. The son and his wife rushed over and found Persaud’s lifeless body in the upper flat. Guyana Times was told that bandits had previously attempted to rob the couple but their son went to their aid, causing the robbers to flee. Police have since launched an investigation into the murder/robbery.On Sunday last, Somdat Ramgobin, 46, also known as “Rakesh”, was killed when bandits invaded his Parika Backdam home. According to the dead man’s sister, her brother had just closed his grocery business for the night at around 21:00h when two men entered the premises.The men then proceeded to call out to Ramgobin who responded, and was immediately attacked with a glass bottle and beaten to his head and body. The duo then demanded cash and was given $600,000. Unsatisfied, the men then demanded jewellery and after being told that there was none, they took Ramgobin to a bedroom in his house where they shot him to his chest. The bandits then quickly made good their escape in a white motorcar which was said to be parked outside. That matter is also presently being investigated.last_img read more

UCLA basketball notes: Aboya may sit this out

first_imgResults of the tests were negative, and he could play against the Huskies, but the question is whether coach Ben Howland wants to rest his only productive backup low-post player. “I didn’t even know about it until after I got on the bus after the game,” Howland said before the test results were known. “I would say right now he’s doubtful for (Washington). We’re going to err, just like we have with all injuries, on the side of caution.” Causing more concern is Aboya’s past health issues. He already had two surgeries on his left knee, and one on his right knee. Junior Lorenzo Mata and sophomore Luc Richard Mbah a Moute both will start at center and power forward, respectively, as usual, but if either gets in foul trouble, the game could change dramatically. Aboya is averaging 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game, and also brings energy and toughness to the court. Wright, a sophomore, is averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, and Keefe is averaging one point and 1.6 rebounds per game. Both could play key roles today when No. 2 UCLA plays Washington because Alfred Aboya, the Bruins’ top backup at center and power forward, is hobbled by a sprained left knee. Aboya was injured in the first half against Washington State, although he did finish the game. An MRI was performed and Washington’s team doctors examined him. SEATTLE – UCLA backup center Ryan Wright blew a defensive assignment that led to a dunk. He then failed to catch a pass under the basket, and subsequently committed a foul. It was a heckuva 42 seconds for Wright, and the only ones he played in Thursday’s 53-45 win at No. 13 Washington State, but also 42 seconds more than power forward James Keefe played. center_img What’s at stake: UCLA already clinched the Pacific-10 title, and it appears would have to lose in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament as well for its No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to be in jeopardy. So what’s at stake for the Bruins today? “Momentum,” Howland said, “Playing against a really good team that’s 16-2 at home, seeding for us for the NCAA Tournament, an opportunity for them to get in the NCAA Tournament.” 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

The Warm Up – Sunday, August 3

first_imgMax Rushden is joined by David Prutton for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.Joining the boys on today’s show is former Charlton and Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose and Notts County manager Shaun Derry.last_img

Sunderland land defender in £2m deal

first_img1 Sunderland have completed the signing of Celtic right-back Adam Matthews for a fee of £2million.The Black Cats confirmed the deal on Friday night, a little more than 24 hours after agreeing a fee with the Scottish champions.Head coach Dick Advocaat said on the club’s website: “We know that we need quality players to improve competition for places in the side, so Adam is a welcome addition to our squad and we are very pleased to welcome him to Sunderland.”Matthews, who joined Celtic from Cardiff in 2011, had been linked with a number of clubs and at one point appeared set for a return to his native Wales.He made 42 appearances for the Bhoys last season and picked up a fourth Scottish Premiership winners’ medal in the process.“Adam is a player we have been tracking for some time,” Sunderland sporting director Lee Congleton said. “Even though he is only 23 years old, he has a wealth of experience, and I am sure he will continue to improve under the leadership of Dick Advocaat.”The arrival of the Wales international continues a busy few days for the Wearside club, who completed a permanent deal for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on Wednesday night and then tied up key midfielder Lee Cattermole with a five-year contract extension.In addition, they are understood to be maintaining interests in Zenit St Petersburg’s Belgium international defender Nicolas Lombaerts and Dutch striker Jeremain Lens, who plays for Dynamo Kiev. Adam Matthews last_img read more


first_imgUrris Ridge is one of Ireland’s classic coastal ridges and the venue for this year’s Donegal Mountain Rescue Team Fundraiser.The team are running a guided walk which will take place on Saturday 22nd June.The walk will last approx 3 ½ hours, starting at the Grotto on Mamore Gap and ending at Fort Dunree. For safety reasons, this walk is limited to the first 150 people to register. Walkers will be split into 3 groups with the following start times: Group 1 – 20.00hrs Group 2 – 20.30hrs Group 3 – 21.00hrs For Safety Reasons:* Children under 12 years old are not permitted* Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult* Consumption of alcohol is forbidden * Pets are not permittedMandatory Equipment Requirements* Good hiking boots / footwear NO TRAINERS* Hat & Gloves* Water * Food (sandwiches, fruit, chocolate and energy bars)* Torch (head torch or hand)* Waterproofs (jacket/trousers) No Jeans/ Denim Fort Dunree Military Museum have kindly given us the use of their carpark and facilities to enable us to run the event. Fort Dunree will be the only connection point for the shuttle service taking you to the start of the walk. Road access to the start of the walk will be restricted to shuttle buses and emergency vehicles only. To register for the walk and get your start time, please contact Donegal MRT on 087 6502 746 Price also includes shuttle service & light refreshments at the end of the walk.DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM PLANNING URRIS RIDGE MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT WALK was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM PLANNING URRIS RIDGE MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT WALKlast_img read more


first_imgCOPYRIGHT Clive WassonCOPYRIGHT Clive WassonCOPYRIGHT CLIVE WASSONCOPYRIGHT CLIVE WASSONCOPYRIGHT CLIVE WASSONCOPYRIGHT CLIVE WASSON COPYRIGHT CLIVE WASSONCOPYRIGHT Clive WassonCOPYRIGHT Clive WassonCOPYRIGHT Clive Wasson                                       PICTURE SPECIAL: A huge crowd turned out for the Ballyraine 5K which took place yesterday evening in glorious sunshine.The weather has been fabulous in Donegal over the last few days and that brought a huge crowd of participants and spectators out in force last night for the annual Ballyraine 5K.Above are a selection of images taken from last night’s event.Pictures were taken by Clive Wasson. ATHLETICS: BALLYRAINE 5K – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kBallyrainenewspicture specialSportlast_img read more

Valley backed school bonds

first_imgSan Fernando Valley voters dealt a death blow to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to reform state government but joined the rest of Los Angeles in overwhelmingly approving a nearly $4 billion school construction bond issue on last Tuesday’s ballot. A ballot analysis released Monday showed the Valley was in line with the rest of the state in rejecting Propositions 74-77, the four reform measures Schwarzenegger pushed, as well as Proposition 73, which would have required parental notification for a minor’s abortion. Experts said the statewide results reflect the strong influence of the Democratic Party, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting Schwarzenegger’s reforms. The city doesn’t track voter registration, but Los Angeles County figures show the Valley has 252,626 registered Democrats, 94,482 Republicans and 88,725 who declined to state a party, based on state Senate districts. Statewide, the registration is roughly 6.8 million Democrats, 5.5 million Republicans and 2.8 million who decline to state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think what the governor did was bring labor together better than any Democrat has been able to do for decades,” Democratic political consultant Kerman Mattox said. “He brought together a perfect storm of opposition.” By placing measures affecting teacher tenure and the expenditure of union dues on the same ballot, Mattox said, Schwarzenegger actually brought together factions to fight all of his reform measures. And the powerful showing by teachers and union supporters probably helped the Los Angeles Unified School District win strong approval of Measure Y, the school bond proposal. “I don’t think, without the teachers and the education establishment working as it did, that the measure would be approved otherwise, certainly not as widely as it was,” Mattox said. Measure Y received 66.7 percent of the vote citywide and 66 percent in the Valley. It needed 55 percent approval to pass. “I think what you are seeing is a change in the Valley – that it is no longer the Republican stronghold it once was,” said GOP consultant Allan Hoffenblum. “The Valley has become more Democratic over the years and more Latino. And Latino voters have shown themselves supportive of education.” The only area of the Valley not to support Measure Y was in City Council District 12 in the Northwest Valley, where 17,483 voters said yes and 17,532 said no. It received wide support in every other district. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 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