Le Tour de Filipinas postponed due Mayon eruption

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netPutting premium on safety, the ninth installment of the Le Tour de Filipinas has been postponed due to the looming eruption of Mayon Volcano.The organizers of the event said the rescheduled date is yet to be determined.ADVERTISEMENT As of posting, Albay has been reportedly declared under the state of calamity. Alert level 3 is still hoisted over the volcano with close to 25,000 people evacuated from 29 barangays within the 6-kilometer radius.The cyclists path is centered around the area of the volcano and in nearby provinces of Catanduanes and Sorsogon.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 folkThe International Cycling Union and participants of the race have already been informed about the postponement. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater, Phoenix seek 3rd straight wins, joint 2nd spot Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 View commentslast_img read more

“Stop Squandering the People’s Resources”

first_imgPhebe Referral Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County. -Baptist Prelate tells lawmakersReverend Samuel B. Reeves Jr., Senior Pastor of the Providence Baptist Church, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, called on lawmakers to “stop squandering state resources at the detriment of ordinary Liberians” they represent and focus on promoting healthcare and education.Rev. Reeves made the statement when the Providence Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the historic Providence Baptist Church, presented 700 gallons of fuel to the struggling Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County.The Phebe facility is the only Referral hospital in central Liberia. It has been in darkness for weeks due to the lack of fuel to run the generators. The situation, according to media reports, has  caused doctors and nurses to use Chinese made lamps to cater to the influx of patients.At the presentation, Rev. Reeves who chairs the Board of the Providence Foundation, said it is heartbreaking to see national leaders, especially members of the legislature, parading with thousands of gas coupons in their pockets, while some essential areas, including the health sector are heavily challenged.He said government resources are limited, and as such, they should be used wisely to benefit everyone including marginalized groups.Reeves described the donation as the Foundation’s own way of contributing to the smooth operations of the hospital in these difficult times in the country.He added, “The donation is part of the Providence Foundation’s community outreach programs geared to the transformation of underprivileged people in society.”According to Rev. Reeves, the gesture is a step towards the forging of a genuine partnership between the church and the Phebe Hospital.He assured the hospital administration that the Providence Foundation will always contribute to the needy, including the Phebe Hospital.Responding, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, Phebe Hospital Medical Director, expressed gratitude to the Providence Foundation for the donation, which he described as timely.Sibley said if the hospital can continue to receive the needed attention from the public and religious community, its difficulties will be history.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pee Wee Black Sox off to Provincials this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Pee Wee Black Sox are heading to Trochu, Alberta this weekend to compete at the Pee Wee A Provincial Championships.North Peace minor Baseball president Forrest Liddicoat says that the Pee Wees have had a phenomenal season playing in the Pee Wee A Tier 1 division, finishing with a 4-1-1 record. The Black Sox finished in 2nd in the northwest division to qualify for provincials.The Black Sox will be competing at Pee Wee Provincials this weekend, facing off against the Westlock Wild, Mayerthorpe Mets, and St. Paul Storm on Friday and Saturday. After Saturday’s games, the top three teams in each pool will advance to the provincial finals, which take place on Sunday.- Advertisement -Liddicoat says that the team has progressed incredibly well considering this is the team’s first year playing in the league.last_img read more

Update: Chetwynd RCMP release more details about Friday’s Plane Crash

first_imgThe Transportation Safety Board has been advised of this incident. The Chetwynd RCMP, the South Peace Collision Reconstructionist and the BC Coroners Service will work together to establish what the causal factors were in this crash.Anyone with any information, or who might have witnessed the aircraft in trouble, prior to the crash, are asked to contact the Chetwynd RCMP at Tel# (250) 788-9221. For the original story on this crash, Click HereIf you have any photos or information about the crash you’d like to share with Energeticcity.ca, e-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comPhoto:  This is a photo of the plane that crashed Friday afternoon south of Chetwynd.  This was taken in 2007 over Alaska.Advertisement View Chetwynd Plane Crash in a larger mapUPDATE:  The RCMP released more information Saturday morning on the crash Friday afternoon.Further details are emerging from the single engine plane crash, which occurred at approximately 2:15 pm on Friday June 12th, near Chetwynd, B.C.- Advertisement -Two men were in the light single engine plane, when it crashed. The pilot, a 61 year old man from Kelowna, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the aircraft was a 56 year old man from Kelowna. He was able to call for assistance, exit the plane and walk out to the nearby highway to meet police. He was then transported to the hospital, where he was treated for minor head lacerations. He was released from the hospital late Friday night.The names of the two men are not being released at this time. The two occupants of the plane were not related to one another, however were co-owners of the aircraft.The plane was a GiaStar, a single-engine, two-seater light aircraft. The men were travelling from the Northwest Territories to Kelowna when the crash occurred. The plane had landed in Dawson Creek for fuel, approximately forty (40) minutes prior to the crash.Advertisement The preliminary investigation has revealed the aircraft experienced sudden and severe propeller trouble before crash. The men had flown past Chetwynd and had decided to circle back to land at the airport. The situation deteriorated, and they considered an emergency landing on Highway 29 South. Due to factors yet to be determined, they were not able to land on the highway, and subsequently crashed off the highway near Curtis Road, approximately 10 km south of Chetwynd.The aircraft flew over a house and garage, then crashed into grove of tall poplar trees. The terrain where the plane crashed was a grassy uphill slope.Police investigators continue to interview any witnesses to the crash and examine the crash site.Little information is known at this time as to what caused the aircraft to crash and further details will emerge as the investigation continues.Advertisementcenter_img last_img read more

Peaking Amazon Warriors square off against dwindling Stars

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…– Delport ready for battleA well-oiled Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) will be seeking to take advantage of the out-of-sorts St Lucia Stars and maintain their grip as table-leaders; when the two sides collide under lights at Darren Sammy National Stadium in Gros Islet St Lucia from 21:00h tonight.Shimron HetmyerThe Shoaib Malik –led Amazon Warriors has bounced back from defeat to the Barbados Tridents at Providence to dish out a sound thrashing of the Jamaica Tallawahs in Lauderhill to claim their place as table-toppers again. They will now want to fortify their stronghold over the other franchises by taking full advantage of the Stars who after making their highest score against Barbados Tridents 226 last Friday, also a CPL record, fell for the third lowest score against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (69) in their next game four days later.Shoaib MalikWhen the two sides met earlier in the tournament, the Amazon Warriors won by three runs in a low-scoring encounter at the Providence National Stadium in match four thus setting up a good rematch for the books at the home of the fading Stars. At Providence, the hosts made 141 for 4with Luke Ronchi top scoring with 42 while Qais Ahmad bagged 3/15 from four overs before the Stars choked in the small chase. Rayad Emrit picked up three wickets including Captain Kieron Pollard and Rahkeem Cornwall with successive balls in over number 19 which left Keemo Paul with 16 to defend in the final over. The Stars tried but were restricted to 138 for 7 when their overs ran out.With Shimron Hetmyer fresh off his maiden hundred in the previous clash against the Tallawahs along with scores of 79, 22 and 21, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will be hoping for some more magic from their leading run-scorer against the dwindling Stars.Andre Fletcher and Kieron PollardSkipper Shoaib Malik after making a few positive starts, broke his first shackle on his way to a possible big score when his 50 in the last match played a key role during his century partnership with Hetmyer against the Tallawahs. With no big partnership yet, openers Luke Ronchi and Chadwick Walton could use this encounter against the Stars to forge a proper foundation at the top, paving the way for Hetmyer and company.Guyana’s lower-middle order still remains a bit hazy with Jason Mohammed getting slightly better with every innings but needs to up his firing rate and Guyanese left-hander Sherfane Rutherford having a mixed tourney following his top-score of 48 in Guyana.Cameron DelportSouth African professional, Cameron Delport has joined the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad in St Lucia following his stint in England’s Vitality T20 Blast with Leicestershire and could start ahead of either Mohammed or Rutherford while his cover, the impressive off-spinner Chris Green makes way.With a consistent wicket-taking barrage of bowlers, few worries in that department will bother the Warriors. Their frontline spinners; Imran Tahir, Green, Devendra Bishoo all have wickets under their belts while the seamers Emrit and Paul have been making inroads with veteran Sohail Tanvir likely to return to the squad after missing out in the last match.Despite their woes, the Stars have been putting in work as they showed they were capable of reaching 200 with ease. The last game against the Patriots was a complete reverse of what occurred compared to when skipper and centurion Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Rakeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons who top-scored with 45when they last met, all fired in the past. If the aforementioned batsmen click then Guyana could either chase 200-plus runs or they could likely gun down a big target.Their bowlers will play a key role in the match because of their misfortunes in the past which led to the team losing despite making a match-winning total. New Zealand pacer Mitch McCleneghan is their best bowler and could be the X-Factor against the likes of Hetmyer should they square off.Dynamic Afghan teen spinner Qais Ahmad, who had 3 wickets in the first encounter versus Guyana, will also play a big role for the Stars along with fast-bowler Obed McCoy who has been important to the Stars upfront. The Amazon Warriors, with 6 points from four games sit at the top but are closely trailed by the defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs also with six points.The Warriors have much to play for and as much to lose should the Stars, in their seventh match and penultimate at home, spring an upset as they are almost certain that their Hero CPL 2018 campaign is almost over. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Fort St. John Relay for Life participants not deterred by wet weather

first_imgThe Fort St. John Relay for Life was held on Saturday in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Even though the weather was not cooperating in the morning and throughout most of the afternoon, it didn’t damper the spirits of organizers or participants.Event organizer Brenda Baumeister said a huge benefit of the event is that the money raised stays within the northern part of the province.“We’ve had a lot of participants, there’s over 100 people here. We’re out here to raise money for awareness for any of our cancer people that need help with travel. We also have our Kordyban Lodge in Prince George, some of that [money] goes to there. What we raise in the north stays in the north.”- Advertisement -As for why she got involved, she was encouraged to take part at the time by a friend named Sherry Loney. Baumeister’s parents have also battled cancer in the past.“When I started Relay for Life eight years ago it was kind of just to help out. Both of my parents had cancer. They’ve been cancer free for a fair amount of years now. I said ‘you know what guys, we need to do this for them’ I told my family. I have a passion for this.”She also stressed the importance of helping not only survivors, but ones who have also been recently diagnosed with cancer.Advertisement The fundraising goal for this year’s Relay for Life was pegged at $50,000. Overall $50,347 was brought in for the cause.last_img read more

Juventus lining up shock move for Chelsea flop

first_img Juan Cuadrado 1 Juventus are lining up a surprise bid for Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado should their move for Schalke 04 star Julian Draxler fall through.The reigning Italian double winners have approached the Colombian’s representatives over a switch to Serie A this season while Juve wait on a deal for Draxler.As talkSPORT told you first on Wednesday, the Germany World Cup winner is the subject of a final offer from Massimiliano Allegri’s men but the Bundesliga outfit are determined to retain the playmaker’s services.Failure to land Draxler will see Juve step up their interest in winger Cuadrado – who came off the bench to make a rare appearance for the Blues during the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend.However, the 27-year-old, who spent most of last season on loan at Fiorentina, is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of Barcelona star Pedro imminent.Cuadrado, who cost Jose Mourinho’s men £23.3m earlier this year, is likely to be available for a cut-price fee before the conclusion of the transfer window.last_img read more

Outsourcing America

first_img 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 Amid all the recent controversy bedeviling the LAUSD, it’s nice to see a story spotlighting some of the “good guys.” My daughter is a student at Stagg Street Elementary in Van Nuys, and the LA’S BEST program there has been a blessing. The instructors are all wonderful, hard-working individuals whose pride in their job and love of children really show. A well-deserved “hats off” to some hometown heroes. – Sarah Wade Van Nuys Uncontrolled spending Re: “Big spenders” (Editorial, Feb. 15): Uncontrolled spending of DWP money should surprise no one. Only a couple of years ago, our ex-mayor, having been denied 300 million additional dollars for law enforcement, just happened to find $305 million in the DWP that “no one knew was there.” Re: “Port plan blasted by GOP, too” (Feb. 22): Excellent idea putting our ports under the management of the United Arab Emirates. While we are at it, we could put our prison system under the management of the Russians. The school system managed by the Pakistani, the postal system by the British, and the immigration system managed by Mexico. We should outsource America. – Robert Fragale Tujunga LA’S BEST Re: “An LAUSD success story” (Feb. 23): Hook that up with the $23 million recently found in Parks and Recreation that “no one knew was there,” assume that most agencies are equally out of control, then ask yourself why you keep voting for new bond issues and more government programs. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth Heart of the USA Re: “Cohen’s legacy is on line” (Sports, Feb. 23): While sipping my morning coffee, the words of Steve Dilbeck abruptly intruded into the beauty of the day. Sasha Cohen, who is becoming a one-word name in the world, recognized for her youth, beauty, excellence, enthusiasm, courage, hope and more, all wrapped up in a petite woman with a vision. I disagree with Dilbeck’s statement: “(she) will cement her reputation as someone unable to withstand the pressure.” Ringing the death knell for this 21-year-old is not the tone of heart of the USA. We pull for our own. Sasha has already accomplished so much; she shines as a new star on the horizon. I would suggest Dilbeck purchase a new pen or hang up the one he is using, and take a breather. – Carolyn Grissom La Crescenta Ratings hype Each day I read a new comment about how the Olympics are being trounced in the ratings race. I have not missed a single moment of the Olympics, which far surpasses any other TV viewing. If there is something else I want to see, I tape it (yes, tape … I hate TiVo). And doesn’t anyone besides me have picture in picture? I can watch Olympic events and “Idol” or whatever at the same time, easily switching back and forth. I find the media’s bombastic comments about the Olympic Games just another way to pile on and bash America. I am not buying it. – Elayne Barnett Valencia Existing housing In the Feb. 23 “Mayor pitches housing funds” article, it’s so ironic how Mayor Villaraigosa can continue supporting a double-standard rental-housing policy while asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger to include funding (from the taxpayers) for “affordable housing” in the governor’s infrastructure proposal. While reducing business taxes to encourage new business in Los Angeles, city policies continue to discourage and penalize maintenance of older apartments, as evidenced by a taxpayer funded study reported March 1, 2003. He would rather tax the public to provide housing than maintain and improve existing housing and the tax base through private investment. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Sharing the shaft Re: “Park this plan” (Editorial, Feb. 22): Your editorial left out the “word on the street” that, although this project is to benefit Toluca Lake, Councilman (Tom) LaBonge, who represents Toluca Lake, refused the “shaft” in his council district (where he has parks and also miles of land along the side of the 134 Freeway. He wants to give the “shaft” to Studio City and take one of our two parks away from our Studio City children to play in. I say, give him back the “shaft” and let him and the city figure a way to do it in his district. – Marilyn White-Sedel Studio City Earthquakes and hospitals Re: “Hospital quake danger” (Feb. 20): The comments made about me by a labor union lobbyist relative to efforts of the California Hospital Association to pursue prudent public policies as hospitals improve the seismic safety of their buildings was insulting. CHA has long supported the public policy objective embodied in the state’s hospital seismic safety law. Hospitals should be operational following a serious earthquake. The problem comes in funding these capital improvements. The cost of this unfunded mandate exceeds $50 billion – an amount so enormous that it dwarfs the ability of even the most financially sound hospitals to pay for it. And, the majority of California hospitals are not financially strong. Policy-makers must prioritize the mandates and expectations being placed upon hospitals. Is retrofitting every hospital building in the state in anticipation of an earthquake that may or may not cause serious damage more important than steps to immediately improve quality and access to care? It should be noted that not one patient has died from a hospital building failure in 35 years. – C. Duane Dauner President California Hospital Association. Lest ye be judged Re: “Judge’s order spares killer” (Feb. 22): While California quietly arranges with the Michigan State Prison System to have Dr. Kervorkian pay future visits to San Quentin when he is needed, I believe we can do more to make our murderers more comfortable in their final moments. That chamber could do with a bit more color and perhaps light music and a soft pillow. We’ll need a comfortable chair for Judge Jeremy Fogel, who will certainly want to be there to ensure that the process is not cruel and unusual punishment for a man who brutally attacked a 17-year-old girl with a hammer, then raped, tortured and finally murdered her. – Dale Blackwell Granada Hills Crowded freeways Sitting in yet another freeway traffic jam today, and watching all the cars speed by in the diamond lane, I couldn’t help but notice the incredible number of trucks that were clogging up the freeway. I believe it is the trucks that cause the traffic jams. Why don’t we turn the diamond lane into a trucks-only lane, whereby all trucks must use that lane, clearing the other lanes to accommodate more automobiles, thus increasing and facilitating more traffic flow? We could give the truckers a higher speed limit, say 85 mph since they would not have to worry about some moron in a car cutting in front of them and causing an accident. I think this would be much easier and cheaper than building or expanding more freeways. – Gary Haskins Eagle Rock Historical inflation It is interesting how inflation has affected the cost of doing business from biblical days to the present day – 30 pieces of silver 2,000 years ago has soared to 30 million, 300 million or 3 billion dollars. Everyone should connect the dots. – Martin Schiechl Woodland Hills Real love story I keep reading that “Brokeback Mountain” is such a great love story. Bah! If you wish to see a real love story showing courage, loyalty and love, then I suggest you go and see the film “Eight Below.” Here’s a film showing love, courage and loyalty and it’s between a human and animals. I highly recommend it to all. – Adelbert Acevedo Northridge We pay more Last weekend I traveled back to Pennsylvania for a family funeral. The fuel prices there were $2.05. Why are folks in California paying so much more? Any answers? – Barbara Valiensi Woodland Hills 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

Moviegoing back in a big way

first_img“Meltdown” is the biggest 2006 release so far, crossing the $150 million mark in domestic box-office grosses on Monday. Still, no other movie this year has reached even $100 million. Those coming closest include “Failure to Launch” ($83.2 million), “The Pink Panther” ($82.2 million), “Eight Below” ($80.2 million) and “Inside Man” ($75.2 million). This weekend will see the release of three films with commercial potential: the thriller “The Sentinel” starring Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria, the satire “American Dreamz” which stars Dennis Quaid, Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore, and the horror film “Silent Hill.” “You can’t argue that moviegoing is in a slump when (`Meltdown’) opens at $68 million in March,” said Gray. “Moviegoing is still a national pastime.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818)713-3758160Want 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 eventIn 2005, weekend box office revenues ended up trailing 2004 levels for 19 consecutive weeks, a dubious record that began in February and did not end until mid-July. The industry was never able to make up the deficit, and year-end tickets sales ended up more than 5 percent behind 2004’s. “We’re back!” John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, said Tuesday. “But it’s important to remember the cyclical nature of the business. Throughout history, we have had short-term ups and downs that constitute segments of long-term growth. That’s why we believe some pundits overreacted last year to the declining numbers.” The 2005 decline led to widespread speculation that moviegoing was becoming less appealing to people who have an unprecedented array of entertainment options that include watching DVDs on elaborate home theaters. There was also rampant debate over whether the moviegoing experience itself – with higher ticket prices, expensive concessions and commercials airing before the previews – or the quality of the movies being offered was responsible for the slump. “The recent upswing in the box office definitely indicates that everyone saying it was the movies was right,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “When you release things that people want to see, they will go. The movies themselves have to be compelling.” The summer movie season doesn’t start for a few more weeks but box office receipts for 2006 are already up by 5.38 percent from levels in the same period of 2005, when the industry was mired in a record slump. Crowd-pleasing hits “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Scary Movie 4” have led the charge, with “Scary” setting an Easter weekend record of $40.2 million and “Meltdown” achieving the biggest March opening in history ($68 million). As a result, ticket sales are up 2.2 percent from the same time a year ago, and weekend box-office receipts have been up for four consecutive weeks. The current roll began with a terrific March 24 opening for “Inside Man,” the bank-heist thriller starring Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen that surpassed expectations by grossing $29 million in its first three days. “It got the ball rolling and set the tone. `Ice Age’ took it to a whole new level. Then `Scary Movie’ solidified this advantage we now have over last year,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. last_img

Eyesore spurs furor in laid-back town

first_imgVAL VERDE – An overgrown lot where a dozen cars, commercial trucks, trailers and a boat have sat idle and in disrepair for years has raised the furor of residents in this bucolic rural town that tends to attract a live-and-let-live lifestyle. Local leaders have urged Los Angeles County officials to enforce zoning laws on the property south of San Martinez Road and east of Saint Lawrence Street – zoned for residential use but described by some as an illegal tow yard. County Department of Regional Planning inspectors have responded with citations and have even referred the case to the county for possible legal action, but the vehicles remain, and some have become restless. “There are other zoning violations of various degrees in Val Verde, but this is the most visible and aesthetically offensive violation,” Bruce Van Wetter, who represents this village of 1,500 in the canyons west of Interstate 5 on the Castaic Town Council, said in a statement Monday. On Monday, nearly a dozen cars and trucks, a boat and two trailers remained on the property in various states of disrepair, along with a “For Sale” sign. Jim Stephens, president of the Val Verde Civic Association, a forum for local issues, said county officials need to take a tough line. “They can cite all they want, but that’s not enforcement,” he said. “They have to get the sheriffs out there.” Stephens said he is leery of too much regulation – most residents chose to live in Val Verde to live free and away from the restraints of urban living. But when a property becomes an eyesore to the community, action is needed. “The way we live in general is we’re tolerant up to a point,” he said. “If somebody’s not happy, if it’s something that’s going to actually be destructive, then it actually has something to do with the community. “The standards of this community do not include used car lots and dumps.” Noyes, who investigates all zoning complaints for the District Attorney’s Office, said such cases are becoming more commonplace in the north county as development encroaches on once-rural areas. “Civilization is moving in in these areas, and there is a conflict,” he said. “People are less tolerant of trashed-out properties. “Val Verde has become a nicer community with people fixing up their homes. It’s moving fast and blazing to civilization.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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 event“I don’t understand why the county doesn’t approach this violation in the same manner that the brush clearance is enforced. … Without visible improvement, the residents of Val Verde continue to enjoy this eyesore and possible negative impact to their property values.” The lot’s owners, Jose Santa Cruz and Rosalia Villalobos of Montebello, could not be reached for comment Monday. They have been cited three times since March 2005, planning officials said. Violations include the maintenance on a vacant parcel of a motor home and a boat or boat trailer. Also, at least one car and two commercial vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds were parked there. The owners were fined $562 in June for noncompliance for ignoring the order, and the case was turned over about a month ago to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for a potential criminal complaint. A conviction could mean up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000 for each day in violation. Michael Noyes, a deputy in charge of code enforcement at the District Attorney’s Office, said the case remains under investigation, and that he will decide whether to resolve the case in conference or file charges. last_img read more