ONE fighter Batolbatol passes away

first_imgRocky Batolbatol. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMixed martial arts fighter Rocky Batolbatol passed away on Sunday after figuring in a road accident in his hometown Cagayan de Oro. He was 32.Formal medical reports have yet to be released on his untimely demise.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Signed under the ONE Championship umbrella for the past three years, Batolbatol has registered a 5-3 record since transitioning from boxing to the world of MMA.His last fight was on May last year where he submitted to Christian Lee at ONE: Kingdom of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Batolbatol was scheduled to fight Indonesian Sunoto Peringkat at ONE: Conquest of Kings this July before the card was cancelled.In a statement, ONE Championship expressed its grief following the tragic news, which read: “ONE Championship is deeply saddened by his untimely passing. The organization extends its sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Rocky Batolbatol during this very difficult time.” Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Australian tennis star Tomic says he has no love for the game 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Batolbatol’s fellow fighters also paid him a tribute, with Jenel Lausa writing: “Sana nasa magandang kalagayan ka na ngayon, ‘tol. We miss you so much. God bless. Alam naman namin kasama ka na ngayon ni God.”(I hope you’re in a better place right now, brother. We miss you so much. God bless. We know that you’re with God now.) IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Aces finally win, take down Beermen to end 14-game slide

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bridgeman scored only two points on 1-of-4 shooting from the field with six turnovers in 21 minutes.And while Alaska ended its struggles, San Miguel is just dealing with its own after dropping its second straight game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Alaska finally put an end to its longstanding woes with a 90-79 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at AUF Gym in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Aces snapped their franchise-worst losing skid at 14 games and chalked up their first victory in the season-ending conference after a 0-7 start.Buck Henton delivered 36 points and 15 rebounds while Calvin Abueva added 13 points and nine rebounds for Alaska, which looked like the formidable team it was once before its downward spiral.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It was the Aces’ first taste of victory since April.Arwind Santos had 29 points and nine rebounds as he carried much of the load for the Beermen, who drew a disappointing outing from new import Terik Bridgeman.last_img read more

Bumgarner breaks hand when hit by line drive, needs surgery

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Albert Pujols hit his first spring training homer for Los Angeles. Jake Smolinski finished a single shy of hitting for the cycle for Oakland.CUBS 4, BREWERS 3Ian Happ hit his sixth homer. Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs, six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings and also hit an RBI double.MARINERS 5, WHITE SOX 5,James Shields struck out three in three shutout innings. Dan Vogelbach hit his sixth homer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Craig Dedelow had a tying three-run drive in the eighth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ELSEWHERE AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUESDODGERS 10, ROYALS (SS) 0Clayton Kershaw stretched his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings with 6 2/3 innings in his final tuneup for Thursday’s opener against San Francisco. He allowed a leadoff single to Jon Jay and no other hits. He struck out four and walked none in his first appearance since turning 30 on Monday. Ricky Nolasco, who signed with Kansas City on March 7, allowed eight runs, five hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings in his first start.RED SOX 5, YANKEES 0Aaron Judge hit leadoff for the first time in his professional career and went 1 for 4. Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Boston’s Sam Travis hit his sixth home run and Ivan De Jesus Jr. had three hits, including a home run.CARDINALS 5, METS 1Michael Conforto went 1 for 4 as a designated hitter on his first big league game action since surgery Sept. 6 to repair a tear in the posterior capsule in his left shoulder.PHILLIES 8, PIRATES 2Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer and a grand slam after entering with a .167 average in 48 at-bats. Aaron Nola allowed four hits in his last outing before his first opening-day start, at Cincinnati.ORIOLES 6, RAYS (SS) 1 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments “It’s just a downer. This was a short day. I feel for him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Obviously, we know what he means to us, but where he was, how well he’s thrown the ball all spring. Unfortunately, you’ve got to deal with these things. But this one certainly was a downer today because we were all getting ready to go to San Francisco and now we’ve got to make some adjustments.”After six straight seasons with double-digit wins, more than 200 innings and 30-plus starts, Bumgarner went 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season and threw just 111 innings.Bochy wasn’t ready to say whether right-hander Johnny Cueto would move into the No. 1 spot and pitch Thursday’s opener at the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Jeff Samardzija has a strained pectoral muscle that will shut him down for at least a week and likely force him to start the season on the disabled list.“This is horrible news for us,” Bochy said. “There’s nothing else we can do now except push on.”Cheslor Cuthbert hit a solo home run off Bumgarner and had four hits. Pablo Sandoval hit his third homer for the Giants.ADVERTISEMENT Villanova 3s shoot down West Virginia pressure Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the second consecutive season, the San Francisco Giants will be without injured ace Madison Bumgarner for a while.Bumgarner broke a bone in his pitching hand Friday when it was hit by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield during a spring training game.ADVERTISEMENT Baltimore opening-day starter Dylan Bundy yielded one run and five hits in five innings, and Chris Davis and Trey Mancini hit two-run homers. Kean Wong, a brother of Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, had a pair of hits for the Rays.RAYS (SS) 6, BLUE JAYS 5Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ allowed two hits in four scoreless innings. C.J. Cron had three hits, and Rays closer Alex Colome fanned one in a perfect sixth.TIGERS 11, BRAVES 3James McCann doubled twice and drove in five runs. Detroit’s Norris gave up three runs — two earned — three hits and four walks in five innings. Anibal Sanchez made his second start for Atlanta, allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings. Freddie Freeman hit his second homer.ASTROS (SS) 2, TWINS 2Ryan LaMarre’s double leading off the ninth inning was the first hit for Minnesota and Tanner English followed his first homer. J.D. Davis hit a pair of solo homers, raising his total to five.ROCKIES 8, REDS 2Homer Bailey, picked to start the Reds’ opener, allowed consecutive homers in the fourth to Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. Bailey, limited to 26 starts over the past three seasons because of injuries to his forearm and elbow, gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.ATHLETICS 4, ANGELS 2 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ LATEST STORIES The Giants said X-rays showed the 28-year-old fractured the fifth metacarpal on the outside of his left hand. Bumgarner said the timeline for recovery is four to six weeks and he will have a pin inserted into his pinkie Saturday.“It’s tough. But I can handle it,” Bumgarner said. “These guys can handle it. This obviously was not what I was expecting out of my last start. But it happened and I can deal with it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, missed nearly three months with a shoulder injury last season after a dirt bike accident on April 20 during an off day in Colorado.His latest setback is a huge blow to the Giants as they try to rebound from a surprising last-place finish in the NL West with 98 losses. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

Access to main venue won’t be a problem–Phisgoc

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Coaches, officials and spectators are expected to number thrice as much when the Games are held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Infrastructure developer MTD Philippines’ project director Rear Adm. Miguel Rodriguez said the construction of the facilities is “53 percent complete.”That includes the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium and the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center, as well as the Athletes Village, River Park and bikeways and jogging paths.ADVERTISEMENT The agency in charge of building the main hub of competition for the Southeast Asian Games in New Clark City later this year assured on Tuesday that ample access to the venue would be available for the influx of athletes, officials and spectators.Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) deputy director general Arrey Perez said that among the measures they are taking is the construction of a 12-kilometer access road from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) straight to New Clark City.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “By the first week of October, we will have a six-lane access road from the nearest link in SCTEx,” said Perez, also the mayor of the Athletes Village and head of security service.The colorful opening and closing ceremonies, highlights of regional multievents, will be held at the new facility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFree bus rides from the neighboring towns of Bamban and Capas in Tarlac, and Angeles in Pampanga will also be provided.Organizers are expecting more than 10,000 athletes to see action in the Games, most of them will be in New Clark City, which will stage 20 events, including main attractions track and field and swimming. Subplots galore in NBA All-Star Game Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

CFL Graduates 30 Primary School Teachers

first_imgKolor with some graduates after the occasion.The Christian Foundation-Liberia (CFL), a humanitarian organization, on January 21 graduated 30 in-service teachers, who had been undergoing training for the past 10 months.The teachers, who were declared qualified and trained to teach primary school level  by executive director James G. Kolor, obtained grade “C” certificates in teaching.He said the training was conducted in two localities – Ganta (cluster one) and Saclepea (cluster two) – in line with government’s set  curriculum for teacher education.Since its establishment in 2006, Kolor said CFL has trained over 2,000 Liberians to be proficient teachers.He said, the intention of CFL is to ensure that there are qualified teachers in classrooms to take the education system from where former President Sirleaf once described as a “mess” to best.Recently, the CFL graduated 68 teachers in Grand Gedeh County as part of the same In – Service Teacher Training Program.The guest preacher, Rev. Eleazer Gbengar, challenged the graduates to put acquired skills to practice and try to bring about change in the school system.He said although it can be very difficult for teachers, they should, however, be mindful how they deal with students, and stop taking bribes, even in the form of test fees.“Taking bribes from students breeds corruption and if it continues we will not see any change in our society,” warned Rev. Gbengar.“Sometimes, people will tell you something negative when you try to bring about a change in the attitude of the students. Just be focused and note that change can begin with one person,” he admonished.The graduation which took place in Saclepea was attended by scores of education officials and other local government authorities.Executive director Kolor urged the new government to appoint people who know the education system in Liberia and have passion for the job to serve as minister and deputies in the Education Ministry.He said most of the past ministers were not acquainted with the situation teachers and students are faced with in the hinterland, “so as a result, some of the policies they made could not help the education system move from ‘mess’ to best.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM duty-bound to respect Guyana’s Constitution – FITUG

first_imgThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) on Friday said that the acting Chief Justice, Roxane George’s rulings on the no-confidence motion and other challenges that arose out of its passage, have addressed several weighty issues and undoubtedly brought much-needed clarity to the several differing views which emerged in the days post-December 21, 2018.Acknowledging Government’s intention to appeal the High Court’s decisions as well as to continue to “operate as normal”, FITUG posited that this should not be the case especially given the Chief Justice’s rulings.“It seems respect for the Constitution, our nation’s supreme legislation, has gone out the window, so to speak. The Federation recalls, that President David Granger, in his message in the APNU/AFC 2015 manifesto, committed: “…to bring an end to …constitutional abuse by the President, Cabinet and executive branch of the Government”. Today, the very matter the President vowed to bring an end to is distressingly taking place by a Government he leads,” it noted.The union umbrella-body went on to say that as it stands, the clock is ticking and the 90-day deadline for elections looms.“It is now incumbent on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which is duty bound to respect to the Constitution, to inform the public of its state of readiness to abide by the constitutional clock. The seeming hemming and hawing by the elections body needs to be brought to an end and elections machinery needs to be kicked into high gear. Our country can ill-afford the constitutional stalemate that could very well emerge should the Elections Commission be unable to fulfil its responsibilities. We believe that the Government, rather than procrastinating, should abide by (the) will of the National Assembly which has been buttressed now (with) the Chief Justice’s rulings,” the union said.last_img read more

Local farmers continue to wait for a dry spell as rain continues to pour

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the recent amounts of rain coming down in Fort St. John and the surrounding area, local farmers are itching to go when it comes to the harvesting of crops.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says while most of the crops are fairing this wet spell pretty well, some fields have spots where it is flooded out.Kassian also adds that the rain needs to stop in order for the fields to dry out and allow for the crops to mature before harvest.- Advertisement -“Crops are looking good, there are some areas where the crops are getting drowned out but overall, the crops are looking good. This rain needs to stop and we need some sunshine so it can get the crops developed.”According to Kassian, he doesn’t recall a summer like this when Fort St. John saw this much steady rain for a period of time.If the rainy period does stop soon, Kassian expects that the pea harvest will begin in late August or early September.Advertisement While the cash crops are taking a bit of a beating during this time, Kassian says the hay producers are also struggling to get hay cut and off the field before it continues to mature and lose nutritional value as feed for the livestock.According to Environment Canada, for August and the remainder of the summer season, we can expect to see slightly cooler temperatures but with lower amounts of rain.last_img read more

Gor youngsters eager for Goodison chance

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia youngsters Eliud Lokuwam and Raphael Asudi in training at Everton’s facility in Finch Farm on November 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 6 – When record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia take to the field to take on English Premier League side Everton in a friendly match on Tuesday night, two players will hope to at least get a few minutes under their collars.Striker Eliud Lokuwam and left-back Raphael Asudi are two of the youngest players in the team at 20 and 19 years respectively and on their maiden overseas trip with the team, they will hope to fulfil a lifelong dream of playing on an English Premier League ground. “Being here is the biggest thing first of all. When I saw I would be travelling with the team, I couldn’t help my excitement. This was my first time ever on a plane and it being to come to an English Premier League ground made it even better,” Lokuwam told Capital Sport.“It wasn’t so strange on a plane though. It was my first time ever but I realized, it’s not so much different from taking the buses to Mombasa. It was very exciting though,” the Turkana-born striker further joked.Gor Mahia youngsters Eliud Lokuwam tries to keep up with the cold on his first day of training at Everton’s facility in Finch Farm on November 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAsudi who has to fight for a place in the team with new signing Shafik Batambuze and Wesley Onguso also took his first ever trip outside the country, and on a plane, and he notes playing on match-day will be a huge thing for him.“I came into the team hugely unknown, but look at me now. I am in England with the team for the friendly. I feel very privileged also noting that I am still very young in the team,” the French student at the Alliance Francaise said.He added; “I know it is tough because competition is very high in the team, but I will be happy if I get a chance to play. Even if I won’t, the experience enough has been great for me. I have learnt a lot in these few days we have been here.”The two have amassed several minutes in the Premier League thanks to head coach Dylan Kerr’s rotation policy at the club due to congestion of fixtures, with Lokuwam having scored twice in the league.Gor Mahia youngsters Eliud Lokuwam on his first day of training at Everton’s facility in Finch Farm on November 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It has been a steady rise and I am really thankful. I have worked hard and I thank the coach because I played some matches this season. This is only the beginning and I am hopeful if I work harder I will get more chances,” the Finance and Economics third-year student at Kenyatta University further stated.The striker joked that he took some time to get used to the weather but now that he has, he is enjoying his stay in Liverpool.“Eh, it is very cold. I have never felt this way before. You know even where I come from, (Lodwar), it is very hot. But we have coped. What makes it warmer is knowing that you are on the same training ground the likes of Sigurdson (Gylfi) and Walcott (Theo) use. It is very exciting,” Lokuwam joked.Gor Mahia youngsters Eliud Lokuwam on his first day of training at Everton’s facility in Finch Farm on November 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe striker started off playing for army side Laikipia Airbase where he was born before playing for Kenyatta University’s team when he started school three years ago.The two now hope, if they are given a chance, they will impress and probably a scout sees their work and earn a chance to probably get a deal outside the country.“We leave all that to God. If we get a chance, we will impress and then from there wait to see what will happen. But no pressure, the most important thing is that we are here and we are learning,” Asudi stated.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Liverpool, United Kingdom- 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal on ALERT as Barcelona considering selling £29m midfielder

first_imgArsenal have been put on alert after it emerged that Barcelona are considering placing Arda Turan on their transfer list.Turan signed Luis Enrique’s side last summer but was only allowed to make his debut in January due to their transfer ban.The Turkish midfielder managed just nine La Liga starts since then and reportedly grew frustrated by his lack of opportunities towards the end of last season.And now, according to Marca, Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for the 29-year-old and will accept a fee lower than the £29m they paid Atletico Madrid for him last summer.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tried to sign Turan before he jumped ship to Barca and it is understood that the Frenchman is keen on making another attempt to land him. Arda Turan in action for Turkey 1last_img read more

Public election funds urged

first_img “We have a restrictive ordinance,” she said. “It does make you work hard.” Weste had raised $48,000. Councilwoman Marsha McLean said the concept is interesting and deserves public debate. But before she weighs in, McLean wants to scrutinize the pros and cons and the performance of clean-campaign measures elsewhere. “I have long been an advocate for placing a cap on money spent for local campaigns,” she said. “It does cost way too much money to run (for office).” McLean had raised nearly $22,000. McLean said grass-roots campaigns can run further on less money because they are fueled by people power. McLean took umbrage at comments questioning the ethics of current officeholders. “I have a problem with people stepping up there who are saying all politicians, simply because we are elected, are corrupt,” she said. “Just because we don’t rush to put the (item) on the agenda in two weeks doesn’t mean we’re not interested in the debate. This discussion is going on all over the state and the country, and we want to be sure when we do debate it we have all the information available.” Councilmen Cameron Smyth and Bob Kellar are not up for re-election at this time. Kellar is not opposed to talking about reform, but he would focus on money from political action committees rather than individual contributions. “People have a right to make individual contributions,” he said. “If there was a way we in Santa Clarita could have some kind of situation in place whereby no (political action committee) money would be acceptable in a local election – I don’t know if it’s legally doable, but I might support it.” Smyth, hoping to succeed state Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said he would need to read the group’s proposal fully before commenting on it, but he has a philosophical problem with public funding of campaigns. “That creates a myriad of issues,” he said. “I would like to choose which candidate I choose to support. I don’t want my tax dollars to fund candidates I don’t support.” He said the spending restrictions often do not hinder people who do not rely on others for funding. “These things don’t address wealthy candidates, people who can fund their own campaigns,” he said. “It limits contributions candidates can receive, and opens the door for individually wealthy candidates. You can’t restrict their spending.” Proponents of the clean-money measure locally say it creates a level playing field. Since 2000, a voluntary clean-money system has funded legislative campaigns in Arizona. Self-described conservative Republican state Sen. Ron Gould, who ran his first Arizona campaign under the clean-election program, said he was dissatisfied with it and is running his current campaign the traditional way. He sees two big problems with the clean system. “You have appointed bureaucrats in control of your campaign finance system,” Gould said. “It’s been a problem because they’ve been partisan.” He said the system does not take the lobbyists’ money out of play because groups still make outside expenditures. “You get matching money up to a certain point, but there’s a cap on matching money and it hasn’t really changed the way lobbyists interface with legislators,” he said. Gould had served as a Lake Havasu city councilman before entering the state body and said the same problems apply at the city level. In Santa Clarita, decisions on which issues will land on the council’s agenda are made by City Manager Ken Pulskamp the week before the meeting, spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – City officials have not yet said whether they will explore a public campaign finance plan requested by a group of residents, but Santa Clarita City Council members are giving the matter some thought. The issue seems to be a mixed bag among the trio of council members up for re-election April 11. Councilman Frank Ferry, who toiled over the city’s failed attempt to levy a $25-a-year special parcel assessment to fund open space and park purchases, questioned whether the public would embrace such a measure. “Now you’re asking people to tax themselves to support candidates they may never philosophically agree with or vote for,” he said. Ferry had raised $108,000 for April’s race, as of Feb. 1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Feb. 14, members of the Santa Clarita Valley Clean Money for Better Government Committee asked City Council members to consider campaign finance reform. The maximum contribution for individuals and businesses alike in Santa Clarita elections was raised from $250 to $360 in 2003. Ferry had suggested increasing the cap to $1,000 to align it with the state limit. He says transparency allows voters to decide how they feel about the source of the money. “To me, disclosure’s the key,” he said. “One hundred percent, and sooner rather than later.” The nonprofit California Clean Money Campaign proposes providing qualified candidates with money deemed adequate to fund their campaigns, in return for the candidates promising to reject other contributions. Candidates would qualify for public funding by collecting a set number of $5 contributions from people in their district to prove they have support, and by promising not to accept other private funds. Additional money would be available – up to a cap – if the “clean money” candidates are being outspent by privately funded candidates, proponents said. Mayor Laurene Weste said the city already has a strict campaign finance law, and an earlier attempt to regulate contributions from political action committees failed because it violated constitutional rights to free speech. last_img read more