first_imgKINGSTON:Road race veterans Rupert Green and Arieta Martin secured the respective male and female 5K titles at the Running Events 5K at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on Sunday.Green, who represented Double Marchers club, won in 16:07, beating arch-rival Shawn Pitter of Body By Kurt (16:25). Ronique Williams, unattached, was third in 17:00.”I had to work very hard for this victory,” said Green. “Pitter had a huge lead on me, and I had to chase him all the way to the 3k, but once I got in front, I maintained my pace and the lead to the finish.”Martin, who also represented Double Marchers, stopped the clock at 20:50, followed by Karlene Blagrove, who clocked 21:59. Ina Daley was third in 22:16.She was doing the course for the first time.”I am pleased with my effort today. I am just coming off an injury, and I executed my race plan properly. The course was a tough one with a lot of inclines, but I enjoyed testing myself out there today,” exclaimed Martin.The 5K walk for the men went to Lenworth Hunter, while Paula Sinclair took the female equivalent.Worthy causeProceeds from the event will go towards the Wortley Home for Girls and, according to board chairman Raphael Sangster, the initiative is a welcome one at this time.”On June 29, we had a fire, which destroyed our dorms at the girls’ home, and it was the idea of Mr Alfred Francis to stage a 5K to raise funds to assist in the rebuilding of the dorms.”So I must say thanks to the Running Events team for their kind gesture, and we hope the success of the event will go a far way in helping us to get back on track at the Wortley Home for Girls,” said Sangster.Race director Francis believes the event was well received by the over 900 participants who came out to support the cause.”Even though August is a tough month to stage road races, we decided we had to put this event on to assist the charity, and we are pleased at the turn out and proud of the initiative.”Keisha Bowla-Hines of Trinidad & Tobago was pleased with her first road race on Jamaican soil.”My family came to Jamaica on holidays, and I went on the Running Events Limited website and saw that they had a race, so I decided to compete, and I must say that it is a fantastic event for a worthy cause,” said Bowla-Hines.last_img read more

first_imgBut hope springs eternal, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Task Force on Jobs and the Economy is developing a recommendation that would call for a new charter reform commission to help make the city more business-friendly. What’s more, one of the task-force members, David Fleming – who led the previous charter-reform effort and the San Fernando Valley secession movement – is proposing some pretty enticing reforms. For starters, Fleming is reviving a proposal to break L.A. up into boroughs, like New York City. This idea was last proposed around the time of secession, but once the L.A. power and money machine crushed that effort, they could comfortably ignore the idea of sharing power with the people. If the city were to be divided into boroughs, the Valley and other regions could at last get the attention and fair share they’ve been denied under the downtown-dominated system of today. Fleming also hints that with boroughs could come the breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “In some cities with boroughs, they each have their own school district,” he says. “I don’t see why that couldn’t work here.” IF at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? Well, maybe. Perseverance may be a virtue, but so is having the good sense to know when to quit. Should we just quit trying to reform Los Angeles City Hall by taking baby steps? By all measures, the seven-year-old charter reform in the city of Los Angeles has failed. We were promised local control, but instead got impotent neighborhood councils. We were promised an end to the City Council’s fiefdom-like control of local development, but got more of the same. We were promised a responsive bureaucracy that didn’t require council prodding to do its work, and got no such thing. Now there’s an idea worth pursuing! Let the arrogant puppet masters be forewarned: We won’t be fooled again.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