MOST READ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Injuries galore in Seahawks’ Thursday night victory 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The two were instrumental in the Pirates’ last ditch rally as they cut the 91-82 deficit with 35 seconds remaining to just four, 91-87, with 20.2 left before Bolick and Potts canned the insurance freebies to seal the game shut.The Scores:SAN BEDA 94 – Tankoua 27, Bolick 24, Potts 15, Mocon 11, Soberano 9, Tongco 4, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Abuda 0, Presbitero 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 87 – Perez 25, Nzeusseu 14, Ayaay 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ibañez 6, Santos 5, Pretta 3, Serrano 0, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 22-21, 45-50, 64-64, 94-87. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda shrugged off a slow start and dealt Lyceum its first defeat of the season, 94-87, to take Game 1 of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Showing their poise in the championship round, the Red Lions corrected their error-prone ways in the first half to inch closer to claiming their 10th title in 12 years with a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I stick to the brand that we are still the underdogs. We just only won one game. It’s not yet over and we still have to win one more game,” he said. “I just give credit to my players. We were down by more than 12 points and they never gave up. People said the heart of LPU is really big, but the heart of my players were really big as well.”Davon Potts added 15 points and four rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and nine boards in the win.San Beda recovered from a 57-45 deficit to start the third quarter as Bolick and Tankoua commandeered a 16-3 blast to take a 61-60 lead late in the third period, setting up the close finish.With the game tied at 80, the Red Lions once again leaned on Bolick, who exuded veteran poise and drained the crucial buckets.Newly minted Most Valuable Player CJ Perez fired 25 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Mythical Team member Mike Nzeusseu got 14 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Donald Tankoua was the rock once again for San Beda, pouring 27 points, 20 rebounds, and two assists but it was Robert Bolick who came through in clutch for the Red Lions, who finally defeated the Pirates after three tries.Bolick fired nine of the Red Lions’ last 11 points including the gutsy off-the-glass trey with 1:28 to go. He finished with 24 markers, four boards, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Beda can finish the job off next Thursday in Game 2, still at the Big Dome.Despite the win, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the Red Lions remain as the underdogs in this series. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Baylor was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career, and holds the all-time record for most points in an NBA Finals game (61).Baylor was the first player in NBA history to score more than 70 points in a game. He scored 71 against the New York Knicks on Nov. 15, 1960.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bryant provided his message to Baylor via video.“I’ve stole so many of your moves, it’s not even funny,” Bryant said.West held back tears when speaking about the friendship between him and Baylor. The two played together in Los Angeles.“This is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met in my live,” West said.Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977. He made the NBA All-Star team 11 times, and won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 1958-59, the same year he was Rookie of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT “I certainly appreciate all the wonderful things people have said about me,” Baylor said. “But without the wonderful teammates, (this) certainly wouldn’t have been possible. I’d just like to thank my teammates.”The Lakers selected Baylor first overall in the 1958 NBA draft. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in 14 seasons for the franchise, including the first two when it played in Minneapolis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVarious Lakers alumni spoke during Baylor’s ceremony, including O’Neal, Johnson, West and Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson said Baylor put entertainment into the NBA, and will always remember that Baylor set the Finals record for single-game points against the Boston Celtics on the road.“You did some things that Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Kobe (Bryant), myself, we couldn’t do,” Johnson said. “I tried to do it. I just couldn’t hang that long in the air.” View comments Elgin Baylor stands next to a statue, just unveiled, honoring the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers great, outside Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, April 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES — The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.Baylor’s statue became the sixth that decorates the front of Staples Center, joining Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Resilient Spieth rallies, stays in contention at Masters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback
…as Govt uses 1 seat majority to pass motionAt Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly, Government used its one seat majority to pass a motion that extends the ceiling for the State to guarantee debts, to up $50 billion, for any project upon which the Government wishes to embark upon.The parliamentary People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition has described the move as a “surreptitiously” one, since the “most dangerous” motion was presented last that evening.According to the Opposition, the passage of the bill paves the way for Guyana to once again be on the road towards “financial and economic bankruptcy.”In a statement on Saturday, the Opposition reminded that back in 2014, while the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was in Opposition, it had rejected a motion to raise the debt ceiling to the required level with respect to the Amaila Falls Hydro Project and as such, the project was killed.“We must emphasise that in relation to the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, the PPP Government was not guaranteeing a debt but was guaranteeing contingent liability; that is, the Government would have only become liable if GPL refused to buy the power or pay for the power bought under a Power Purchase Agreement,” the Party stated.It went on to point out, however, that Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday informed the House that the debt ceiling is being raised to guarantee a $30 billion liability which is being incurred to fund the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).“We have already been told that this funding is being collateralised by the assets of GuySuCo, now held by NICIL (National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited). If this is so, it begs the question of why the need for a Government guarantee. The assets which will be collateralised are valued far in excess of 30 billion dollars,” the Opposition questioned.The PPP further noted that the Finance Minister boasted of securing very concessionary interest rates from Republic Bank Limited. However, the Party said the Minister failed to disclose that loans that are fully collateralised and further secured by a Government guarantee, attract far lower interest rates than those he boasted about. This, the Opposition noted, is so because the risk is de minimis.“The question that must be asked of Republic Bank is; would it be prepared to extend the same terms and facilities to another borrower with similarly strong collateral? Or, is there some quid pro quo arrangement in place between this bank and the Government. What is certain, however, is that by this motion, the foundation has been laid for large-scale borrowing without parliamentary scrutiny,” the missive further detailed.It continued by saying that as was done under the Forbes Burnham/Desmond Hoyte regimes, the nation will only learn of the bankruptcy when it is too late.The parliamentary Opposition went on to say that the debt accumulated from 2015 to 2018 plus the 30 billion from Republic Bank, coupled with the US$900 million which will be borrowed from the Islamic Development Bank, doubles the total debt which the PPP had left after 24 years in Government.
A 21-year-old man made an appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday, and stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge of rape committed on a 15-year-old schoolgirl.Mario Bruce is accused of engaging in sexual penetration of the child between August 21 and August 22, 2018, at Princes Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown. Bruce was released in $300,000 bail. The case was adjourned to November 12, 2018.
Sugar estates closure tragedyBy Andrew CarmichaelImagine how you would feel if your child or a random child comes to you and asks for something to eat and you cannot provide that, just imagine. Your stomach would begin churning and that overwhelming feeling of sadness would encompass you, right? Well, that is exactly what Eon Collymore and his wife Melissa Sinclair go through almost every day of the week.Melissa Sinclair and her children in their home with holes in the floorCollymore, 35, and his 25-year-old wife are parents to four very young children and were wounded by the fall of the sugar industry. Three of the seven days of the week the couple’s children; ages one, three, five and eight-year-old, would go to bed with very little or nothing to eat. They would wake during the night and ask their mother for something to eat but would eventually have to resort to drinking a cup of water and return to bed.The duo was employed at the Skeldon Sugar Estate but were handed the dreaded redundancy letters in December 2017.Avanish Singh with his brother and four children watching televisionThey pondered their next move in what they described as a dead economy and are still pondering their next move some 10 months later. Collymore was employed at the estate as a cane harvester for 16 years, while Sinclair worked in the fertiliser gang for a few years.Now the family goes days without food and live in a house which is halfway completed after the dreams of building their own home were shattered mid-construction. Collymore took a small loan to start construction of their home and shortly after, his service at the estate was severed.So far, he has received half of his severance package and that would have gone directly to the bank to pay for the loan. Construction on the house is now stalled as the father works odd daily jobs to provide food on the table – a task, he says, he is failing at miserably.Two of the four window openings to the 10 by 22-foot wooden structure have old zinc sheets nailed to seal them. The other two window spaces have curtains on them with no added protection. Inside the building is a mattress and a kerosene stove. Some of the boards on the floor have missing parts and a sheet of plywood covers them. The situation is so dire that the man cannot afford to construct a door at the back of the building.He explained that initially he would purchase a few pieces of wood when he received his wages from the estate and would construct piece by piece his Lot 65 Number 77 Housing Scheme, Corentyne home but now he cannot even do that since he would work a maximum of four days per week.The single door leading to the building at the end of a ladder is still to be constructed. Collymore cannot raise the money to build a door for his house. Food is the number one priority for his family.“I bought some cheap wood from the sawmill just to start this house,” Collymore told Guyana Times.He said it is not only recently that life has become harder in the Corentyne, but rather stated that it started about a decade ago, slowly intensifying with the closing of the estates, thus crippling the Berbice economy. The man, who says he feels defeated, said he would leave his family – vulnerable to elements and bandits – for days and go to various villages seeking employment but would often return home with little or nothing at all.“I does work all over. Sometimes I does be at the sawmill and sometimes by the koker with a man and help him to bring out wallaba pickets.Sometimes I gone and fetch up the coast but right now the paddy work get stiff because they bring in grain carts. Since the estate close down, sometimes you catch day work, sometimes you ain’t catch nothing,” the dejected man said.Sinclair said she used to operate a small mobile confectionary business but since the estate’s closure, that business became even tougher resulting in her shutting up shop. Now she sits at home wondering when her dreams of owning a proper home would come through.Because of their dire situation, Sinclair would quite often beg her pensioner mother for food for the children. “Sometimes we eat salt and rice. That is how we survive. Sometimes my children wake up in the night hungry and all I can do is cry. Right now, I need a lot of help. I am punishing a lot, because it isn’t easy to raise four children without a job,” she said was tears settled in the eyes.The children remain in school after being away from the first week and then went with slippers on their feet. However, neighbours have assisted the children with school shoes.Additionally, when the Government decided that they should downsize the sugar industry and ignore the advice of the multimillion-dollar Commission of Inquiry into the state of the sector, they did not put a plan in place to cater for those who were rendered jobless.Those, particularly, feeling the brunt of the closure are the men and women in Berbice. Because of the limited economic opportunities in the country, the majority of the workers are yet to find jobs – 10 months later.Avinash Singh, 31; and his 33-year-old brother are two such persons, who are still battling desperately to find employment so that they can send their children to school, take care of their families and provide assistance to their 66-year-old father, who has limited mobility. They both lost their jobs at the Skeldon Estate in December of 2017 when they were made redundant.But like a story out of a gloomy book, the brothers are now dependent on their father to take care of himself as well as their families. The family survives on his $19,500 per month pension.The brothers live with their father at Number 76 Village, Corentyne, in a small house. The family shares the living room and verandah to sleep. Two chairs decorate the living room, which also acts as the dining room at mealtime. The kitchen has one table on which the stove and all the other kitchen utensils rest. The house is kept clean, but it is the television which the children are forced to view in place of lunch and sometimes also for dinner that keeps them going.Avinash’s day entails cooking, cleaning and taking care of the four children – ages four, six, seven and eight years old. He said his elder brother would have attempted joining the fishing industry but because of the high incidence of pirate attacks, he left.Both he and his brother are separated from their wives.“Without a job and without money and have a family to look after, certain times you does get frustrated and you could do anything to get money because you don’t want to wake up in the night and your kids tell you that they are hungry and you don’t have anything to give them,” he said.“It is hard to send the kids at school because of no job and don’t have money and when the kids go to school, the teachers always get something that they want money… My father does get pension and he does buy the month grocery fo we from he pension money. My father supporting we right now with he pension because we don’t have a job right now,” Avinash said.
1 Liverpool to spend £37m on Miralem Pjanic? Liverpool scouts have been keeping an eye on Italy’s Serie A, in particular Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more…Name: Miralem PjanicDate of birth: 02/04/90Born: Bosnia and HerzegovinaClub: RomaPosition: MidfieldInternational: 56 Bosnia and Herzegovina caps, nine goals (correct as of 18/02/15)What’s the latest?During his trip to Rome, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to have held talks with Roma director of football Walter Sabatini over the possible transfer of Miralem Pjanic. The deep lying playmaker could be the man to take over from Steven Gerrard in the middle. However, the Reds will apparently have to stump up £37m to land him, though Liverpool value the 24-year-old at around £25m.Did you know?1) As an academy player at Metz, Pjanic stood out and offers from fellow European clubs flooded in, with an official offer from Dutch club PSV the first to come through his post box. He stayed put and made his debut as a 17-year-old against PSG in 2007. He eventually took Juninho Pernambucano’s no.8 shirt, though admitted he phoned the Brazilian free-kick maestro and asked permission to wear it.2) A year later the teenage prodigy moved to Lyon and he also made his international debut in 2008, donning the Bosnia shirt for the first time and rejecting France and Luxembourg, who he represented at youth level after moving there as a baby after his footballer father, Fahrudin, found work to subsidise his semi-pro career.3) His talent for passing, supreme vision and wonderful technique was becoming increasingly evident. In a 2010 Champions League last 16 clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu his well taken goal cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener and eventually knocked the Spanish giants out, with Lyon progressing thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win.4) As well as his great technique on the ball, operating in his preferred role behind the attack, Pjanic has also displayed free-kick mastery – clearly training with Juninho paid off.5) He has been capped by Bosnia 56 times and at the 2014 World Cup in his nation’s first ever appearance at the tournament he played in three games and scored once, in a 3-1 win against Iran.What is being said?Miralem is a great player; he is very talented and has all the qualities to succeed [in the Premier League.]– Stoke and Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir BegovicHis goal [against Milan] was one of which you only see once in your life– Roma forward Adem LjajicPjanic is our little prince. I always liked him and have a real weakness for him, both for the way he plays and the rapport we forged– Roma captain Francesco TottiVideo evidence:
Harry Redknapp described running his wife over as a ‘nightmare’ during Sunday night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.The football legend has already won plenty of fans over with his appearance in the Australian jungle, leaning out of a car window in the first episode. latest PAYBACK ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Redknapp was leaning out of a car window for much of the episode – to the delight of fans Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Nick hopped in the driver’s seat, leaving Harry to navigate and retrieve tokens from the orifice containing mud crabs and spiders.As the pair travelled, Harry said: “I used to think I was a good driver but I had a nightmare and ran over my wife one day. Most Popular Football Stories However, it was his recollection of a series of events which left his wife Sandra requiring surgery which got the nation talking.The former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur boss accidentally ran over his wife’s foot in 2016 after not realising her foot was still stuck in his Range Rover.Mrs Redknapp was rushed to hospital following the incident, undergoing emergency surgery which thankfully proved to be successful.The incident was brought up on I’m A Celebrity during the Hell Holes task, which saw Harry team up with Nick Knowles to drive around in a jeep to collect tokens. revealed “She got out the car and I thought she’d crossed the road and I pulled forward and she fell into the road and a bus stopped literally yards away.“The most amazing part of the story probably, my grand-daughter is sitting on top of the bus and sees all of this. Unreal.” The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “I’ve never seen I’m A Celebrity…” Harry’s got no idea what he’s let himself in for! 🙈 See more here: https://t.co/wK76SbbCBW #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/UlB5J95lRy— I’m A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 17, 2018Nick and Harry managed to complete the trial first over fellow campmates Fleur East and Anne Hegerty, meaning they had the first choice over the next set of teammates.The pair had a choice between Hollyoaks actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer or Inbetweeners star Emily Atack, with Nick and Harry opting for Malique. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 Harry and his wife Sandra meet Prince Charles 2 gameday cracker
Kevin McHugh celebrates his goal with Sean McCarron – Picture by Gerard McHugh.A stunning effort from the edge of the box by goalpoaching machine Kevin McHugh puts Finn Harps on top of the Airtricity First Division.Freezing temperatures and s swirling breeze made conditions difficult at Finn Park as Harps went up against fancied Longford Town.Niggly fouls throughout saw the referee issue no less than eight yellow cards including six for the home side. Longford, with a certain former Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie playing in midfield, started the brighter despite losing to players early on to injury.Harps went ahead in the 22nd minute when Killea striker McHugh picked the ball up on the edge of the area.The striker twisted and shook off a couple of tackles before unleashing a super left-footed drive into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the delight of the vast majority of the 700 or so fans.Harps protected their lead until the break but Longford emerged the hungrier and almost leveled just a minute after the restart. Keith Cowan gave away a free and Keith Gillespie rattled the crossbar before David O’Sullivan headed over the crossbar from the rebound.Tony Cousins’ side dominated in midfield for spells but failed to break down a stubborn and determined Harps back four.Gillespie was lucky not to get the line with an over-the-top challenge on Cowan for which he got a yellow.Longford did continue to probe the openings and may have felt they deserved an equalizer.Indeed they had appeals for a penalty turned down when McGonagle pulled down O’Sullivan. The referee decided it was outside the area as Longford protested.The resulting free kick found the head of Brian McCarthy who found the net but was ruled out for a foul.Longford pressed right until the death but the Donegal side stood solid.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Damien McNulty, Keith Cowan, Thomas McMonagle, Matthew Crossan; Michael Funston, Aaron O’Hagan, Shaun McGowan, Marc Brolly; Kevin McHugh, Marc Brolly. Subs: Paul McVeigh (Brolly, 80 mins), Tommy Bonnar (O’Hagan, 84 mins). Unused: James Doherty, Mark Forker, Johnny Bonner, Michéal Doherty, Shaun Patton. Longford Town: Chris Bennion; Noel Haverty, Brian McCarthy, William McDonagh, Willie Tyrell; Colm James, Keith Gillespie, Mark Salmon, Daniel Purdy; David O’Sullivan, Michael Isichei. Subs: Etanda Nkololo (Haverty, 5 mins), John O’Hanlon (Isichei, 14 mins) David O’Neill (Purdy, 79 mins). Unused: Chris Deans, Gary Cronin, Gavin Doyle, Paul Hunt.SUPER STRIKE BY MCHUGH PUTS BATTLING HARPS TOP was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 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:finn harpsKevin McHughLongford Town
The city originally sought to encompass 150 square miles, but the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County nixed the plan, granting it a little more than 39 square miles and leaving out Castaic, Val Verde and what is now Stevenson Ranch. Over the years, the city has completed 25 annexations, increasing its area to about 53 square miles. Some of the issues still being tackled are 18 years old, or even older. The city could be nearing the end of a 20-year fight to keep Elsmere Canyon, just outside Santa Clarita in county territory, from being turned into what its opponents say would be the world’s largest garbage dump. The canyon was omitted from the city plan in 1987 because of the landfill proposal. “The culmination of that fight will be when the state waste management board certifies the document that removes Elsmere Canyon as the county’s No. 1 location for siting of a new landfill,” said Councilwoman Marsha McLean. “The county has realized siting a new landfill in an urban area is next to impossible.” McLean is hopeful the California Integrated Waste Management Board will certify the document by spring. For years, the city has sought to improve the deteriorating Newhall business district. Last month, the City Council approved the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which will provide a template for long-term rejuvenation of a 50-block area. In 2006, a Newhall North Specific Plan could emerge. Its domain could include an area north of the Community Center, south of the Circle J Ranch development and east of San Fernando Road. It could include frontage properties on the west side of San Fernando Road. Casden Properties LLC would be the dominant landowner in the area. The developer plans some 1,000 homes at the mouth of Placerita Canyon. Looking ahead, Garasi says he sees the city becoming more politicized as it ages, which is not necessarily a bad thing. “I think people are interested in getting involved with the city. They not only want to serve the city and the residents, but they may have some future political goals,” he said. “I think it is beneficial; as people get involved with politics at a higher level, they can benefit the city.” He noted how the city’s first mayor, now U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, has done well by his first constituents. And current Mayor Cameron Smyth announced in September he will run for the state Assembly seat being vacated by Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. Smyth will seek his party’s endorsement in the June primary, with the general election set for next November. On Tuesday, Smyth is due to pass the mayoral baton to Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste. !dtpo st!Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 firstname.lastname@example.org w=18.5IF YOU GO The city will throw a birthday tea and scrapbooking party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Remember When … Scrapbooking, 23407 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Guests can help assemble the pages, and are invited to bring photos for the project. For information, call (661) 255-4939. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Santa Clarita has expanded through annexations, births and general growth, swelling from a population of about 110,000 when it incorporated Dec. 15, 1987, to nearly 170,000 today. Businessman Lou Garasi served as chairman of the city feasibility committee. In 1986, naysayers said the city did not have enough of a tax-revenue base to support itself. “We had had almost 40 years of neglect we had to overcome, with parks, roads, infrastructure,” he said. “I’m very pleased in the last 18 years we made a strong beginning. I believe the city will eventually be able to catch up with itself.” Carl Boyer, who was mayor twice, in 1990 and 1996, was elected to the first council, then re-elected once. He said Santa Clarita’s founders had no idea they were forming “the largest city ever.” “We had no idea what we were doing,” he said. “If we had any idea how big a venture it was, probably we would have tried to go for something much smaller in area and population.” SANTA CLARITA – The city turns 18 years old this week, a coming of age that draws the line between immaturity and glancing at the future. In recent interviews, some of Santa Clarita’s founders said they’re proud of the city they helped create, but want more. They want what they originally sought, the entire Santa Clarita Valley – particularly the land west of Interstate 5 – unified under one local government. “I don’t think 18 is an adult,” said Jan Heidt, the mayor pro tem, on Santa Clarita’s first City Council. “I think the city is really in their teenage years. I don’t think they’ll come of age until the county lets them annex west of the freeway.” Heidt served as mayor two times, in 1993 and 1998, and served as a councilwoman through the City Council’s sixth term.