GIVEN the way Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has made himself a shill for an LAX-area hotel workers’ union – even to the point of driving business way from the city – we can only assume he’s angling for some prestigious job in Big Labor. And that’s just as well, because Garcetti has damaged his ability to serve as council president beyond repair. It’s unconscionable to think that Los Angeles’ second-most powerful leader would actively try to steer business away from the city. But that’s exactly what Garcetti has done. At the request of UNITE Here, the union that’s trying to organize workers at various hotels around Los Angeles International Airport, Garcetti wrote a letter last week to groups looking to come to L.A. for conventions. In the letter, he urged potential customers to boycott the LAX Hilton in particular and cast doubt on LAX-area hotels in general, citing potential labor unrest, including protests that could shut down nearby streets. These are all taxpaying companies that hire a lot of people and provide valuable services. But singling out Hilton – one of a major companies that still maintains global headquarters in this anti-business city – is beyond belief. Hilton owns 10 hotels here. The LAX Hilton alone pays $5.6 million a year in taxes. Compare that to the massive tax giveaway that Garcetti and his colleagues engineered for a new luxury hotel near the convention center – itself the worst white elephant in city history, gobbling up tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to cover its losses. For an elected official to deliberately try to harm an employer and taxpayer is outrageous, especially when city leaders regularly complain that they lack the funds to pave roads or adequately staff the police department. Worse yet, though, is the ripple effect of Garcetti’s letter. With his note, Garcetti has sent out word that Los Angeles officially sides with labor disruption and opposes the interests of those who provide jobs and invest in the community. He might just as well have told convention planners to take their business to Anaheim or Las Vegas, which is probably what they’ll do. What makes Garcetti’s conduct especially galling is that he was instrumental in agreeing to give $300 million in public subsidies for to the luxury hotel near the Convention Center. Why should taxpayers subsidize the convention business when the City Council president undermines it? Tourism is vital to the Southland economy, bringing in $13 billion a year. It is our golden goose, yet Garcetti is trying to kill it. This is unacceptable from an elected leader who should be working to strengthen our economy, not undermine it. It’s more than just an error in judgment. It’s a reflection of backward priorities. Garcetti should resign as president of the council, and if he doesn’t, the council should remove him. But don’t count it. This is a council that has not shown any more concern for the people of Los Angeles and the well-being of the community than has the man it elected as its leader. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
This Is Clemson Hype VideoMuch to the chagrin of Florida State fans, the Clemson Tigers have been predicted by many, including the media, to win the ACC in 2015. If star quarterback Deshaun Watson can stay healthy, those predictions just may turn out to be right. Earlier this offseason, a YouTube user named @joemac413 put out an incredible four-minute hype video to tease the 2015 for fans. It’ll have Tigers supporters ready to run down the hill with the team this September. Is this the year Clemson finally breaks through and competes for a national title?
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0Shares0000Manchester City’s Fabian Delph and David Silva show the strain of their shock defeat to Lyon © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 20 – Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta admitted his side had only themselves to blame for their shock 2-1 defeat against Lyon on Wednesday.With City manager Pep Guardiola serving a touchline ban, it was Arteta in charge as the Premier League champions suffered a dismal start to their Champions League campaign. Tipped as favourites for the European title, error-prone City were well below their best.First-half goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir punished mistakes from City duo Fabian Delph and Fernandinho.“We saw two very different halves. We conceded many counter-attacks and at this level you get punished,” Arteta said.“If you give cheap goals away it is difficult.”Despite their sloppy performance, Arteta was adamant City would have been worthy of a draw if they had snatched an equaliser.“In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents’ half and created many chances,” he said.“I still believed we could do it. We reacted really well. On another day we could have come back.“The subs affected the game but sometimes it is too late.“It is disappointing. We are usually strong at home. Now you have to go and win away from home.”City are the first English team to lose four successive Champions League matches, a run that includes last season’s three knockout-stage defeats against Basel and Liverpool.Bernardo Silva’s second-half strike gave City hope of a fightback, but their inconsistent efforts spluttered out.Silva admitted City had lacked their usual high tempo and desire.“The first half we were not at our best. We didn’t press with the same intensity we usually do,” he said.“They scored two goals, then in the second half we tried to go after the result.“We were not good enough. And unfortunately we did not want to start this way in the competition but it is what it is and we have to look to the next games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate congratulates his players after their dramatic win over Croatia © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Gareth Southgate hailed England’s maturity and resilience as Harry Kane fired his side into the Nations League semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 win over Croatia on Sunday.England were on the brink of relegation to the second tier of the competition after Andrej Kramaric gave Croatia the lead against the run of play in the second half at Wembley. But Southgate’s vibrant young side pulled off a stirring escape act in the closing stages to gain a measure of revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia earlier this year.Jesse Lingard came off the bench to poach England’s equaliser and captain Kane was on hand to turn in the winner with five minutes left.England’s fightback took them to the top of Group A4, above Spain and relegated Croatia, and they can look forward to playing in the last four in June next year.“I’m hugely proud. We’ve grown together. We’ve improved every step,” Southgate said.“This was another big occasion. There was plenty of pressure on the game but we coped really well.“We had good chances and should have been ahead. Then we had to show resilience to stay in the game. We saw the game through with some maturity.“They should be very proud of what they have done. This is a significant step for us.”It was a cathartic moment for England, who have made a habit of suffering painful defeats against Croatia, with this year’s World Cup woe following the 2007 loss that cost them a place at Euro 2008.More importantly, the performance provided further tangible proof that Southgate is building a team capable of challenging for the major prizes after years of under-achievement.Southgate and his players have changed perceptions of the England team among a previously jaded sporting public over the last year and the Three Lions coach took pride in the jubilant response of fans to their victory.“The most pleasing thing was the connection with the fans. I haven’t heard Wembley like that for years,” he said.“We’ve given the fans some memorable days and nights this year. That energy really came back to the team when we needed it at the end today.”– Close to perfect –England’s appearance in the semi-finals of the Nations League, which are set to be held in Portugal next June, offers another chance to reach their first major final since 1966.Following the 3-2 Nations League win over Spain in Seville last month, this tournament has been a serious statement of intent from Southgate’s team and they will go into 2019 with great expectations.“We know where we sit, we aren’t perfect but we are improving,” Southgate said.“Slowly we are starting to beat those top teams. We have learned so much from this year, because you have to be close to perfect to beat those teams.”Despite dominating the first half, England fell behind in the 56th minute.Kramaric was allowed time and space to turn in the area and the Hoffenheim forward took full advantage, clipping a shot that deflected off Eric Dier and looped over Jordan Pickford’s despairing dive.But England kept their composure, equalising in the 78th minute when Lingard tapped-in from Joe Gomez’s long throw.England’s deserved winner arrived in the 85th minute.Ben Chilwell curled over a teasing low free-kick and Kane timed his run to perfection, guiding his shot past Lovre Kalinic from close-range.Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic claimed his side had paid the price for their exertions in Thursday’s win against Spain.“It was very difficult for us to recover after the match against Spain. We don’t have such a big squad,” he said.“In the last 15 minutes we lost concentration, which could be down to our condition physically.”Referencing a popular England fans’ song, Dalic backed Southgate’s team to fulfil their potential soon.“They have a young and fast team. It’s coming home, very soon!,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)