Bonds is stung by being `fired’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I did, and then I got fired,” Bonds told a group of about 450 people in the audience. “Shame on me, huh?” Bonds, who broke Hank Aaron’s home run record with No. 756 on Aug. 7, was told last month by Giants owner Peter Magowan that he would not be brought back for a 16th season in San Francisco. Bonds, dressed in a dark suit jacket and tie, entered to a roaring standing ovation and repeatedly drew loud applause from an adoring crowd through the nearly 90-minute forum. They chanted, “Bar-ry! Bar-ry!” One person hollered, “We love you.” Others took pictures on cell phone cameras or sported shirts with Bonds’ No. 25. Yes, this was a glorified pep rally in a swanky downtown San Francisco hotel featuring five ovations and two of those standing – for a star baseball player who didn’t even stick around when his team paid tribute to him with a video presentation during the final home game of the year. Outside the ballroom where he spoke, Game 1 of the World Series showed on a TV. “I don’t have fans in San Francisco – this is my family,” said Bonds, who used to bounce around the clubhouse at Candlestick Park as a boy while hanging out with his late father, Bobby, and Hall of Fame godfather Willie Mays. From news services Barry Bonds is just a tad bitter about his departure from the San Francisco Giants. The 43-year-old home run king heard a long list of his accomplishments read during a special speaking forum Wednesday night hosted by the Commonwealth Club, then was asked by KGO Radio host Ray Taliaferro if he’d really reached all those feats. Fourteen All-Star game selections. A record seven NL MVPs. Eight Gold Glove awards. When Taliaferro asked about Bonds’ many splash-hit home runs, the slugger replied, “They call it McCovey Cove, but I’ve rewritten it a little bit.” That part of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field arcade of the Giants’ waterfront ballpark is named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Bonds, who just completed his 22nd major league season, has 762 career homers. Taliaferro read select questions from members of an audience that included actor Danny Glover, one asking Bonds whether he would play for $5 million and bat fifth for San Francisco if that were an option for 2008. “I told Peter Magowan, `If I’m a part-time player, I’m still better than your full-time player, and it’s a wise idea to keep me,”‘ Bonds said. “We still have time. Things might change.” Bonds also said that if he were running the franchise, the Giants would have won a World Series by now. They fell five outs short in 2002, and one thing the slugger is still missing on his remarkable resume is a championship ring. “They’ve been here since 1958,” Bonds said. “We’d win a World Series. I know the game so well. I can see talent. I know exactly what I’d be looking for.” Is the club any closer to winning it all? “I can’t answer that. I don’t work there anymore,” Bonds quipped, then howled in laughter. “My philosophy in sports is you don’t break things up. You add to it.” He soon added: “I’m rooting for the Giants. I’m not rooting against the Giants. This is my hometown.” A move to the American League as a DH would be the logical next step for Bonds, whose balky knees and age have contributed to him being a step slow in left field lately. “I would consider DHing for the Yankees. Unfortunately, the Yankees have two DHs, so that dream would never happen,” Bonds said. “I’m out enjoying my life. I don’t know at this point what my plans are in the future.” Red Sox to the Ravine? The Dodgers are attempting to negotiate one and possibly two exhibition games with the Red Sox to be played at Dodger Stadium next spring. The games would be a final tuneup for the Dodgers before they begin the regular season on March 31 against San Francisco. A Dodgers source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Red Sox’s visit hinges on several factors. The Angels, who traditionally conclude the spring with a three-game exhibition series against the Dodgers, have released a spring-training schedule that shows them playing only one game with the Dodgers on March 27 at Angel Stadium. That leaves March 28-30 still open on the Dodgers’ spring schedule. The Red Sox are tentatively scheduled to begin the regular season against Oakland earlier that week in Tokyo, but that isn’t set in stone. If it happens, a one- or two-day stopoff in Los Angeles on the way back from Japan might help alleviate jet lag before the Red Sox begin the more conventional portion of their regular-season schedule. The Red Sox are one of the league’s biggest drawing cards, meaning an appearance at Dodger Stadium theoretically would create a financial windfall for the Dodgers, who didn’t come close to selling out either of this year’s home exhibitions with the Angels. The Dodgers still are under consideration to play at least one spring-training game in China in early March. Dodgers promote Watson Dodgers player development director DeJon Watson was promoted to assistant general manager for player development. Watson, 41, just completed his first season running the club’s minor-league operations. The move gives General Manager Ned Colletti three assistants in Watson, Kim Ng and Logan White. “I’m still going to do the player development stuff, but I will spend more time with the big-league club than I did this past season, especially during spring training,” Watson said. “During the season, I will see the club a lot more at home and also catch the club on the road as I’m doing my minor league stuff. And I’ll also spend a lot more time with Ned.” Also, the Dodgers promoted Todd Tomczyk to assistant trainer, replacing Stan Johnston, and hired Brendon Huttman as strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Jarrow. Johnston and Jarrow were not retained after the season. Meanwhile, the club also named Sue Falsone physical therapist, making her the first female ever to occupy that position for a major-league club. Lifetime Achievement Award honors O’Neil One of the game’s most beloved ambassadors, Buck O’Neil was posthumously honored by the Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award named in his memory. Commissioner Bud Selig was on hand for the announcement at Fenway Park before the World Series opener. O’Neil, a Negro Leagues star and the first black coach in the majors, fell two votes shy of induction into the Hall of Fame during a special election in February 2006. He died last October at age 94. “His impact on the game has been enormous,” Selig said. “He’s now in Cooperstown where he belongs.” A statue of O’Neil will be erected inside the museum, and the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a worthy recipient no more than every three years. “I don’t think this is necessarily trying to right a wrong. I think we’re just trying to honor a person,” said former Cincinnati Reds star Joe Morgan, vice chairman of the Hall of Fame. “There are a lot of people who are not elected to the Hall of Fame that the public, myself included, think should be in. It doesn’t mean that we should try to go out and fix something.” An astute spokesman for the Negro Leagues with a light-up-the-room smile, O’Neil gained worldwide fame in 1994 after historian Ken Burns featured him in the documentary “Baseball.” Yankees could hire manager this week The New York Yankees could hire a new manager by the end of this week. “It’s possible,” Hank Steinbrenner said, adding that the process could extend longer. “We want to get it done as soon as possible.” Hank, son of owner George Steinbrenner, spoke on his way into Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., before first-base coach Tony Pe a became the third candidate to interview for the job that opened when Joe Torre quit last week. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi interviewed Monday and bench coach Don Mattingly on Tuesday. Mattingly is considered the favorite. Mattingly has been a coach for the Yankees for four seasons, the first three as hitting coach. Teams aren’t allowed to announce moves during the World Series, but the Yankees could ask Commissioner Bud Selig for permission if they’d like to name a successor on off days Friday or Tuesday. Hank Steinbrenner said last week the team planned to consider five or six candidates but the Yankees may limit the field to the original trio. “It’s starting to look more and more that way,” he said. Staff writer Tony Jackson contributed to this notebook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Monsignor is suspended over talk of gay sex

first_imgVATICAN: In a hidden-camera TV interview, the priest told a visitor he “didn’t feel he was sinning.” By Frances d’Emilio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said Saturday it has suspended a monsignor from a senior post at the Holy See after an Italian TV program using a hidden camera recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful. “Higher-ups are evaluating the situation with the necessary reserve and with the obligatory respect for the person involved, even if this person has erred,” Lombardi said. Vatican officials “had to intervene decisively and with the severity required by conduct not compatible with priestly service and with the mission of the Holy See,” he added. While the Vatican rarely comments on individual sex scandals, this case directly touched the Holy See, apparently prompting the confirmation of the report. Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin. Stenico said to call back later in the day when he would have more to say, but later attempts to reach him were not successful. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted him as saying he had sent his superiors “a dutiful memo” about the case. Milan daily Corriere della Sera had previously reported that a young man had contacted La7 and said he had been in contact with several priests on chat lines popular with gay men. Corriere said La7 then filmed encounters between the man and priests with a hidden camera. A woman identifying herself as a producer for La7’s “Exit” program declined to comment about the case, saying only that the program could be seen on the network’s Web site. In the program, the faces of those speaking with the young man are obscured and their voices altered so they would not be recognized. The man La Repubblica identified as the Vatican official can be heard saying that “he didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men and asking his visitor if he liked him.160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Vatican did not identify the monsignor by name. But Monsignor Tommaso Stenico confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he had been suspended from his post at the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, an office that aims to ensure proper conduct by priests. “Don’t condemn me,” Stenico said, adding that the program “was done fraudulently” because it used a hidden camera. In the program on private Italian network La7, a man identified as a priest is heard saying that he “didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men. Rome daily La Repubblica reported Saturday that Vatican officials recognized the monsignor’s office in the background of the program, which aired Oct. 1. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said the Italian monsignor was suspended while the case was under investigation. last_img read more

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SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE

first_imgBroadcaster Gay Byrne has said smiling more is the key to the Donegal tourism industry attracting more visitors in the years ahead. Broadcaster Gay Byrne launching the Donegal Tourism Brochure and app at Glenveagh Castle today.The former Late Late Show presenter was speaking as he launched the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app for 2015 at Glenveagh Castle today.He said he had spoken to a number of connected people before the launch and all of these had one word of advice – smile. “The secret is to smile. What people don’t realise is that very often we Irish don’t smile at eachother. We are very good at smiling at strangers.“Other nationalities tend not to smile. They’re grumpy in their service……They don’t do it very well unless they are well paid to do it.“But the ability we have in Ireland is not necessarily to smile at each other.“Just the little welcome we have for eachother – “How young doing?”, “Is there anything we can do to help you?”, “Are you having a good time?” That’s what people appreciate. “When you realise that everybody who comes here is your advertising agent because they are going back to everyone to tell them what they have found.“If they found a welcome and smiling and hospitality then that’s it. Smile – the welcome counts for everything,” he said.Gay and wife Kathleen Watkins have a holiday home outside Dungloe and have been coming to their retreat for almost 40 years.He said the weather in Donegal could be very different from anywhere else in Ireland.He admitted that because he has a holiday home in Donegal, he knew very little about the rest of Ireland. Mr Byrne was presented with Donegal Pens made by the McGarvey Brothers from Loughanure.He praised the foresight and wonderful presentation of the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app.County Manager and chairman of Donegal Tourism Mr Seamus Neely also addressed the launch.He stated “this 58 page brochure beautifully captures many images that display the diversity and majesty of Donegal. It sets out an array of activities, places of interest, and services that are available to potential visitors. Over 20,000 copies of this brochure have been printed and distributed worldwide and a PDF version has also been circulated to many tourism providers for inclusion on their websites”. He added “the new app will serve to assist visitors by providing a first class mobile friendly interface with www.govisitdonegal.com . With travellers using their mobile devices on the go to find out information, this app will let them access up to the minute information that is available on the website through their mobile devices”.The brochure uses over forty different themes and headings from popular activities, such as Surfing, Golf, and Angling; to unique Donegal amenities and resources, such as Local Produce, Islands and the Gaeltacht, and Festivals, to allow the reader to easily plan their visitThe photography is captivating and demonstrates the strengths of Donegal as a major player in the tourism sector. The themes are all complemented with useful information and contacts for whatever your interest may be and it brings to life a strong visual image of Donegal for the potential visitor. The brochure also offers the visitor six recommended touring routes for different regions of the county in addition to the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way route that has been rolled out in recent months.Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland said the 2014 figures for tourism in Donegal showed an increase of up tot 8% on 2013.Vice-chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan remarked that people often said that Donegal was a long way away.“I would ask them where it is a long way away from? I’m slightly biased but I think we have the most beautiful county in Ireland and the increase in our visitor numbers year on year is showing that other people think that as well,” he said.For more information on the brochure or app, log onto www.govisitdonegal.com or download the Donegal Tourism app from Google play store or the app store.SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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 County CouncilDonegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelaunchlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY PUB ‘THE BREWERY’ UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

first_imgThe Brewery Bar in Letterkenny.EXCLUSIVE: It has been confirmed this evening that well known bar and restaurant “The Brewery” on Letterkenny’s Market Square is now under new ownership, effective immediately.The sale is understood to have occurred off market.It’s understood that some strong local business personalities are involved in the new ownership structure and the bar is expecting large numbers over the course of the weekend, as punters attempt to establish the identity of the new owners. It is understood that the new owners will be on the premises this evening. LETTERKENNY PUB ‘THE BREWERY’ UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP was last modified: November 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:letterkennysoldThe Brewerylast_img read more

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Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, April 3

first_imgWelcome to episode three of our brand new European football special.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading football journalist to take a closer look at events in Spain, France, Germany et al. European football expert Mark Langdon, of the Racing Post, returned to join Danny in the studio, as club football returned following a busy international break.They look at:El Clasico and La Liga – Did Zinedine Zidane prove he is the Real deal?Serie A – game, set and Juve. The Old Lady go six points clear following Napoli’s defeat.The race for third and fourth in Germany, with a review of the rest of the Bundesliga.The Finnish equivalent of Leicester City and much more.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img read more

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‘It’s everything I’ve dreamed about’, says Leicester hero on title

first_img The Foxes skipper has been at the heart of his side’s dominance this season 1 Wes Morgan insists he does not feel any nerves despite being on the brink of claiming an ‘unbelievable’ Premier League title with Leicester.The Foxes skipper will lead his side out at the King Power Stadium against West Ham on Sunday knowing victory will move them 10 points clear at the top of the table.Three wins from their remaining five games will secure the title for a side that only narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season, in what has been one of the most remarkable top-flight campaigns in recent memory.The sense of achievement is beginning to dawn on the former Nottingham Forest defender, but Morgan says the job is not done yet.He told the Daily Mail: “There’s still work to be done, but it’s a big, big possibility. I can’t deny that. It’s in our hands. We’ve got the chance to win the games to make it happen, to finish as champions.“As a kid, it’s all I dreamed about: playing in the best league in the world, becoming a champion and lifting that trophy. So I can see the end, definitely, and I want to make the dream a reality.“To be in this position is unbelievable. It’s everything I’ve dreamed about. To be at a club like Leicester and saying, ‘We could be champions’, is incredible. We’re not there yet, but we’re very close.”Second-placed Tottenham could yet have a say in the title race and, if Leicester lose against the Hammers, they will close the gap to four points with victory over Stoke on Monday night.The 32-year-old Morgan, though, claims he is not feeling the pressure with games against Swansea, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea also on the horizon.He said: “It’s surreal now. You’re in the moment and you’re just kind of going along with it.“When it’s all over, maybe it’ll dawn on me. There are no butterflies though, that’s just the way our team are. It’s more like, ‘Let’s do this’.“I know there are going to be some twists and turns before the end of the season and I need it to be mathematically certain before I can give that final tick: champions.”last_img read more

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‘Saturday can’t come quickly enough!’ – Wes Morgan on Leicester’s title win

first_img1 Wes Morgan will collect the Premier League trophy this weekend Wes Morgan hailed Leicester’s remarkable Barclays Premier League title triumph as the best feeling of his career.The Foxes were crowned top-flight champions for the first time in the club’s history after Tottenham were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea on an evening of high drama at Stamford Bridge.Leicester captain Morgan was watching events unfold at striker Jamie Vardy’s house with a number of his team-mates as the party turned to delirium at the final whistle.Christian Fuchs was also among the guests and the Austria international posted a video on Twitter showing the group celebrating wildly as the title was confirmed.Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki and plenty of others also shared the moment while a number of supporters gathered outside the gates of Vardy’s house.Former Nottingham Forest defender Morgan, though, managed to reflect on a stunning season which has seen the 5,000-1 outsiders upset the odds.“It’s the best feeling of my career and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team,” he said.“Everyone’s worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions and deservedly so.“I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers. People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong. This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”He added of receiving the trophy against Everton at the weekend: “Saturday can’t come quickly enough. I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy.”last_img read more

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Spain v Turkey: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img3 Turkey have failed to beat Spain in 52 years and it is the two nations’ first meeting in a major tournament. They last met in a World Cup qualifier in April 2009 – Xabi Alonso and Albert Riera scoring in a 2-1 win for the Spanish, Semih Senturk scoring for Turkey. A number of Premier League representatives past and present are set to feature for Spain, including David De Gea, Gerard Pique, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas.  What they saidSpain defender Jordi Alba told a press conference of chief string-puller Iniesta: “We know the influence he has in the game.“There’s no need to dodge the subject. He’s important for us. Regardless of where he plays he’s key in the national team and in his club.“When we’re stuck, he sums up all the conditions to create danger. He’s a different player to the rest. We’re lucky to have him as a team-mate.”Turkey captain Arda Turan – Alba’s Barcelona team-mate – told Euro2016.com of their opening game:  “We don’t have many players who have played at this level.“It’s natural that it might have affected us. I hope those nerves won’t affect us this time. Spain are the favourites – they will have more of the ball – but, they will still only play with 11 players like us. We’re going to fight until the end.“We’re going to try our hardest to get a point – if we can do that, our chances of going through are very high.”Confirmed team news:Spain XI: De Gea, Juanfran, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta, Silva, Morata, NolitoSubstitutes: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Bartra, Koke, Lucas, Pedro, Bellerin, Thiago, San Jose, Bruno, Aduriz, Sergio RicoTurkey XI: Babacan, Gonul, Topal, Balta, Erkin, Tufan, Inan, Ozyakup, Calhanoglu, Yilmaz, TuranSubstitutes: Kivrak, Kaya, Calik, Sahin, Tosun, Sahan, Koybasi, Malli, Sen, Mor, Ozbayrakli, TekinLIVE on talkSPORT: Spain v Turkey – click here for commentary from Allianz Riviera – at 8pm (BST) on June 17, 2016. Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTSpain will be hoping to continue their defence of the European Championship trophy with victory against Turkey on Friday. Vicente del Bosque’s men – winners of the tournament in 2008 and 2012 – got their Group D campaign underway with a narrow 1-0 victory over Czech Republic. After finding it tough to break the deadlock against a tough Czech side, the Spanish finally won it three minutes from time, when Andres Iniesta’s floated cross was headed home by Gerard Pique. In the other group clash, Turkey started with defeat against Croatia, as Luka Modric settled the tie with a stunning volley. LIVE on talkSPORT: Spain v Turkey – click here for commentary from Allianz Riviera – at 8pm (BST) on June 17, 2016.Here is how their group looks ahead of the clash: Spain v Turkey: The Group D clash is live on talkSPORT – 8pm kick-off center_img 3 3last_img read more

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Battles brew over bond proposals

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s massive $222.6 billion public works program is about to undergo some legislative surgery. If it survives, it may not look a whole lot like the initial proposal when it comes out of the operating room.The governor’s plan to sell $68 billion in bonds to help pay for his program faces competition from lawmakers and interest groups looking for money for earthquake safety improvements for hospitals, new parks, affordable housing and high-speed rail.They say their projects shouldn’t be shut out by the governor’s proposal, which would virtually tie up the state’s ability to borrow money by selling bonds for the next 10 years.Schwarzenegger also is likely to run into opposition from lawmakers worried about the amount of money he wants to borrow and about his proposal to place bond measures on ballots as far into the future as 2014.Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said the governor’s legislation will face alterations “just like any other bill.”“You bring them in the front door,” he said. “They come out the back door – if you’re lucky. And there’s a lot of changes that take place in every room that they’ve gone into. That’s going to be the case here.”Lawmakers waived rules Thursday to speed up consideration of Schwarzenegger’s proposals, but they also cleared the way for a two-house conference committee to consider competing bills as well.Committee hearings are tentatively scheduled to start the week of Jan. 23, Perata’s office said.Schwarzenegger’s program would provide money for highway and transit improvements, school and university facilities, flood control, water supply projects, jails, prison upgrades, courthouses and certain other state facilities.“Different people may come up with a different mix,” said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the governor’s Department of Finance. “This is the governor’s determination about what the critical needs are for the state.”The money to pay for the program would come from a combination of existing state revenue and new sources, including the bonds, private investments and anticipated federal funding.The governor also seeks a constitutional amendment that would limit how much the state could sell in bonds by capping debt payments at 6 percent of general fund revenue. That could have the effect of preventing the state from selling bonds to pay for projects not covered by Schwarzenegger’s plan.“It will basically fill up bonding capacity,” Palmer said.That has prompted criticism from advocates for other programs.“The health care infrastructure has to be discussed in this broader question of making infrastructure improvements,” said Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles.He’s pushing a bill that would authorize the sale of $5 billion in bonds to make seismic safety improvements to public and nonprofit private acute care hospitals.According to the California Hospital Association, about 40 percent of hospital buildings could collapse in a major earthquake.Environmentalists complain that the governor’s package leaves out money to expand parks, preserve open space and pay for other environmental programs, although it does include some money for improvements at existing state parks.“People overwhelmingly support open space and parks. And as land increasingly gets more expensive and more and more people come into California, they will need places to recreate and enjoy the outdoors,” said Jim Metropulos, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club.Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, an Agoura Hills Democrat who has a bill that would authorize an unspecified amount of bonds for a variety of environmental projects, says she will try to “green up all the bonds” with environmentally friendly provisions, such as solar energy systems for schools.“You can put in environmentally friendly measures that are also good for the economy in the long run across all the different bonds,” she said.Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, have their own infrastructure bond measures that include money for various housing programs, including housing near transit terminals.“We believe that if the overall effort here is to try to address California’s present and future needs, we need to bring housing closer to where people work,” Perata said.He also said he doesn’t like the idea of lawmakers voting this year to put bond proposals on the ballot in elections beyond 2008. Schwarzenegger’s plan includes bond measures for the ballot in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.“If you push it out too far, I think people are going to say, `I’m not going to do that,”‘ Perata said.High-speed rail supporters want bond funding to begin building a 700-mile system that would link the state’s major cities with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 mph.There’s already a $9.95 billion bond proposal on the November ballot that would help pay for a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But Schwarzenegger wants that measure dumped to clear the way for his proposals.Perata’s bond bill would take a step-by-step approach. It would remove the $9.95 billion proposal from the ballot but provide $1 billion that could be used for right-of-way for high-speed rail tracks.Alan Miller, executive director of the Train Riders Association of California, says the state should emulate Mexico, which is building a $12 billion high-speed rail line between its two largest cities, Guadalajara and Mexico City.“If there’s really a vision, a change in the way Californians get around, it’s not to build more roads,” he said. “It’s to spend at least as much Mexico is spending. Otherwise, we’re going to be the one that looks like a third-world nation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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