The city’s second “gridlock tiger team” was unleashed in the San Fernando Valley on Monday morning, ticketing and towing vehicles along an 8 1/2-mile stretch of Ventura Boulevard. Tiger Team II, composed of five Department of Transportation traffic control officers and three tow trucks, will prowl Ventura from the San Diego Freeway to Topanga Canyon Boulevard to enforce existing parking laws and keep traffic moving during early morning rush hour. “Every morning, commuters deal with the frustration of bottlenecked and gridlocked traffic,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “With this team in action, the commute along Ventura Boulevard will be a little easier for Valley residents.” In July, the City Council approved heftier fines for motorists who park in 23 so-called “anti-gridlock zones” during rush hour. The fine for parking in a red zone typically is $65, but the ordinance hiked the fine to $140 for motorists who illegally park in red zones during peak commuting times. A second offense costs violators $290. Jenny Dalir, who works at an investment firm in Tarzana, thinks rush-hour ticketing and towing might help alleviate drivers’ frustration on the busy boulevard. “That would be great because I think lots of people don’t like (that people park illegally),” Dalir said. Villaraigosa unleashed the first tiger team along a 14-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in June, resulting in tickets for more than 17,000 drivers and about 5,100 towed vehicles, according to the Mayor’s Office. Not everybody is thrilled with the news, though. McKenzie Volpone admitted she has occasionally parked illegally in the early morning – but for good reason. “From 6 to 7, traffic hasn’t really started yet,” Volpone said. “Starbucks is just opening. You need that fix of coffee.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada’s forest ministers wrapped up two days of meetings in the Yukon this week, calling for more work on wildfire management.The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers has released a document including a ten year review of Canada’s wildland fire strategy.BC’s Forests Minister, Steve Thomson says, in the wake of what has occurred this spring in Fort McMurray, it’s become apparent a cohesive, national strategy is needed to prepare governments and communities for the risk of major wildfires.- Advertisement -The ministers also received an update on the talks with the Americans aimed at renewing or replacing the now expired Softwood Lumber Agreement.Earlier this year, the two sides agreed to work toward a new deal in a 100 day negotiating period, but it will end later this month, and so far there’s nothing to suggest a successful conclusion to the talks is near at hand.Again we note the 2006 agreement, which ended five years of court battles and returned four billion dollars in duties collected by the Americans on Canadian producers expired October 12th of last year.Advertisement However, it includes a standstill clause preventing the US from launching new trade action against Canadian producers for one year after the expiration date.Still the US Lumber Coalition, which represents American producers, has suggested in the absence of a new agreement the US could, “Eventually have no choice but to use our rights under US trade laws, to offset the unfair advantages provided to Canadian industry.”American industry groups have long claimed Canada subsidizes its lumber production and the 2006 agreement was reached to regulate Canadian softwood exports to the US the value of which, although down substantially from where it was that year, was still three billion dollars as late as 2014.
Back in 1995, Chelsea Football Club were not a member of the European elite.In fact, the west Londoners were an average Premier League side and the Stamford Bridge faithful could only dream of challenging the best.An 11th place finish in the 1994/95 season saw the Blues’ hierarchy decide that Glenn Hoddle’s squad was in need of fresh impetus.Adding experienced players to their squad, it was hoped, would lead to silverware, and Mark Hughes fitted the bill.The 32-year-old striker had won a host of trophies during his second stint at Manchester United, while his spells with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the 1980s were testament to his proven quality at the top level.After leaving Old Trafford for London for a £1 million fee, ‘Sparky’ found the net on eight occasions during his debut season in blue, but the club could only repeat their 11th place finish in England’s top flight.But times were changing at the Bridge, and Hughes had found himself lining up alonside Ruud Gullit, who had been one of the best players in world football over the previous decade.When Hoddle left to take the England job in the summer of 1996, Gullit was installed as player-manager, and used his influence across the continent to bring in several big names.Hughes worked brilliantly alongside Italian maestro Gianfranco Zola, and former Juventus captain Gianluca Vialli (fresh from lifting the Champions League trophy), as the club secured their first major silverware in 16 years, winning the FA Cup at the expense of Middlesbrough.More silverware was collected next season in the form of the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup, with Hughes playing a key role in both successes.But the Welshman was by then entering the twilight of his playing days, and joined Southampton for £650,000 in 1998 after 95 appearances and 25 goals in the Premier League for Chelsea. 2 Classic Transfer: Chelsea sign Wales striker Mark Hughes from Manchester United in June 1995 2