Neff is being challenged by Rick Brandt, a 30-year-old resident with a passion for philanthropy and volunteerism, who says he plans to help the borough “evolve and grow in the 21st century” with improved communication. During a Feb. 25 interview with The Two River Times, Neff said he and the council are monitoring the Fort Monmouth situation, but his focus remains on challenges within the borough itself. “I’m concentrating on the challenges that are of immediate importance to our residents. And it’s not always sexy. It’s bread-and-butter stuff. And it’s our job, mine and the council, to work together and make sure we don’t break the back of the taxpayer while addressing these concerns,” Neff said. This includes his runningmates Donald Galante andcouncil president CorinneThygeson, who are also upfor re-election. “My church has a smartphone app you can download and watch sermons if you happen to miss one. This is inexpensive technology we should be offering our residents because they aren’t always able to make every meeting. We should make it easy for them,” Brandt told The Two River Times. LITTLE SILVER – The race for Little Silver’s Republican mayoral candidate will be decided at the June 4 primary, when two borough men with strong connections to the community face off. “I want to aggressively go after grant funding. There are literally millions of dollars in grants that are sitting out there for communities just like Little Silver. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s something we’ve had a lot of success with at Lunch Break and, if done correctly and assertively, there’s an opportunity to bring significant revenue into the community as well as stabilize taxes,” Brandt said. “It really is a significant expense and the county will not put them in. They always leave it up to the town and that puts a burden on the community. But the council is prepared to dig in and take on some limited debt to get these types of projects done,” Neff added. “And that’s unique to Little Silver. While other towns bond for capital projects, we’ve worked to put ourselves in a position to get it done in the most cost-effective way possible.” Brandt said he also has infrastructure on his mind, but hopes to approach funding for capital projects and beautification initiatives in a different way, and believes his work in the nonprofit sector, including a position on the board of trustees for Lunch Break in Red Bank, could be a big help. Brandt said he is also taking aim at the massive Fort Monmouth redevelopment project. “It’s a unique scenario. The shore area is basically getting a new town put in and it’s happening right next to us. We should be more heavily involved in those discussions because there will be a significant impact to Little Silver, both good and bad. We need to be proactive not reactive,” Brandt said, noting concerns about potential overflow traffic coming through the borough. Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff has announced he’ll make a run for his third consecutive four-year term and has received a full endorsement from the Little Silver Republican Party, as well as backing from all sitting members of the borough council. Neff said sidewalks and curbs can be the most expensive part of any roadwork project and several of the county roads cutting through borough neighborhoods are in need of both, which can be problematic. The mayor pointed to theupcoming hearing on LittleSilver’s affordable housingsettlement, as well as schoolfunding reforms needed atthe state level, as at the topof the list of priorities. Rick Brandt But no topic was morepressing for Neff than localinfrastructure, including theinstallation of sidewalks andcurbing in various parts ofa community known for itsfoot traffic. In order to better understand community needs, Brandt said he has embarked on a journey to knock on the doors of all 2,498 Little Silver households. During those conversations with homeowners Brandt said he is collecting data and, after approximately 850 doors, he is beginning to see trends, though he is not ready to speak about his findings. Despite the effort and Brandt’s service time on the recreation committee and shade tree commission, Neff said it’s experience that sets these two candidates apart. The fort’s Oceanport Avenue entrance is located less than a mile away from the Little Silver train station and Brandt believes the time is now for the borough to get involved in the revitalization efforts of the 1,127-acre parcel and its approximately 1,000 standing structures that stretch across portions of Eatontown, Tinton Falls and Oceanport. “It’s important to have someone in place with a real sense about how government works; with a desire to make people happy, but an understanding that you can’t be successful at that 100 percent of the time,” said Neff. “There are going to be tough decisions you need to make. I’ve helped make those decisions with over a decade of service in our municipal government. That experience is an enormous advantage.”
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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said Monday via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice.The demand for the out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — appears to have been issued by Football Federation Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” said Bolt.“So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Fifa 98’s Usain Bolt is seen during an exhibition football match between France’s 1998 World Cup’s French football national team and FIFA 98 composed with former international players, to mark the 20th anniversary of France’s 1998 World Cup victory, on June 12, 2018 at the U Arena in Nanterre, near Paris. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia.The 100m world record-holder quit athletics last year and is yet to be offered a deal by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, where he is currently on trial.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested.Their legislation defines an athlete as a “person who competes in sport” if “the sport has an anti-doping policy”.The eight-time Olympic champion, who dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, is now bidding to become a professional footballer.He made his case on Friday by scoring two goals for the Mariners in a pre-season friendly.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his dream.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Djokovic wins a record fourth Shanghai Masters title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments
View comments The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Asia organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Bedia said he watched the Azkals in the 2018 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup campaign where they lost to Vietnam in the semifinals. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBedia said the Azkals should focus on their defense. “The weakness really is the defense because some of them are a little bit older now. I think we need fresh legs to move forward and faster,” said Bedia, who was several times honored as “Mr. Football” by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum He gave an extra lesson on football along with the keys to the game. In personal development sessions, Bedia and BOHFA officers gave the participants plenty of advice on technique, tricks, shooting, dribbling and spontaneity. Kcovein Esterado, 11, Grade 6 pupil at Holy Name University, said that he was happy with the training.“I am in the team of Panglao Dolphins. And I really like soccer so joined the Panglao Dolphins . And now I enjoy myself in the tournaments and practices,” he said. Erich Warnke, 13, had been a football fan since he was 3.A Grade 11 student at Victoriano D. Tirol Advanced Learning Center, he said the training taught him many things. “I really enjoy this program because of our Australian coaches … and we are going to learn more about football,” he said. Bedia also brought and gave football equipment, shoes, socks and balls to the children from poor families.The PDFT which hosted the free clinic has 40 boys who regularly practice every Saturday at the town’s plaza. The visit of Bedia boosted the club’s enthusiasm to continue the sports despite the lack of full support from the government.Alma Esterado, president of PDFT, said the football clinic in Panglao was considered an historical event in sports. “We are actually wishing that you now, one of them, many of them, will be included in the Azkals. Well, Mr Bedia is a pre-Azkal guy , he is really the legend, we are honored and really humbled hat we are chosen,” said Mitchell Leones, the founder of PDFT. After the clinic, an educational scholarship would be awarded to the best participant to study in Manila for free. He also wished that through the clinic, BOHFA, through its president Edmar Thaddeus Simpao, hoped to produce great players. “With this beautiful game in football, we can help them refresh their attitude and teach them how to behave and focus on their beautiful life. Hopefully, we can find some of these kids one day that represent Bohol to play for the country,” said Bedia. Bedia was born in the football hotbed of Barotac Nuevo town, Iloilo, in 1962. At 13, he was playing football using coconut drupe which was wrapped with cloth in Barotac Nuevo. He played for the Philippines’ National Team for 13 years and was the country’s most feared striker. He was voted “Mr Football” of the Philippines in 1981, 1983 and 1984 by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. At 24, he was recruited by an Australian professional team, the Brisbane Olympic United Football Club.From 1986 until now, he remains in Brisbane with his wife Maria Theresa Salazar Bedia and their six children. /cbb Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 The Philippines, which is in Group C, will be pitted against South Korea on Jan. 7 at Dubai’s Al Maktoum Stadium. The clash promises to draw a large crowd, especially from the estimated 500,000 Filipinos in Dubai. Next, the Azkals will face China on Jan. 11 and Kyrgyzstan on Jan. 16 which is anticipated to be an energized match. “I know we are behind in the competition but you know the ball is round. And the Azkals have a strong team this year. We have a good chance. We hope they keep on scoring,” Bedia said. Bedia was in Bohol over the weekend to mentor around 100 children from different parts of the province under a free football clinic which he is conducting with the Bohol Football Association (BOHFA) and Panglao Dolphins Football Team (PDFT).ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 90-year-old cycling champ fails doping test, loses crown LATEST STORIES Football legend Elmer “Lacknet” Bedia, who is known as “Mr Football Philippines,” personally mentored 100 kids during his free clinic held in Panglao town, in Bohol province. INQUIRER VISAYAS / LEO UDTOHANPANGLAO, Bohol, Philippines — Retired Filipino-Australian football legend Elmer “Lacknet” Bedia is optimistic about Philippine Azkals’ chances in its debut in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. “For sure we have a good chance in the Asian Cup after 63 years of absence,” Bedia told the Inquirer while in Bohol province on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,I would like to point out how Orwellian the APNU/AFC Government is operating. In the most recent of their moves, we have the Department of Information (DPI), led by Imran Khan, emulating the ministry of truth.His latest piece on March 10 is captioned “The current political situation – why we are here”. This piece was an epitome of fake news. Imran Khan stated: “We are here not because of democracy or any lack of confidence in this coalition Government.” First newspeak point, the Government lost a vote of confidence, which means the National Assembly voted that they have no confidence in the Government.By our Constitution, the Government needs to call the election within three months of the successful passage of the motion. Bill 14 of 2000 when 106 was amended; clause five alters Article 106 to provide for “the resignation of the Cabinet and the President following the defeat of the Government in the National Assembly on a vote of confidence. Although defeated, the Government shall remain in office for the purpose of holding an election.”Imran Khan further went to speak about “putting the nation in jeopardy” and “holding Guyanese hostage.” He was trying to imply that these are the actions of the Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo, however, Khan should realise the “party” has all the power. Big brother Granger can call an election at any time after the vote of no-confidence.Khan has a duty as the Head of the Department of Information (DPI) to only provide information. I didn’t realise his department is now the ministry of truth. Guyana seems to be plunged into 1984. I won’t be surprised if we see billboards around town with these slogans, Editor: “war is peace,” “freedom is slavery,” “ignorance is strength” “dunce is smart”.Yours truly,Nalinie Singh
– crash victim calls for help in locating unknown perpetratorAfter his car was hit by an unknown perpetrator last Sunday, 26-year-old Ganesh Persaud is now seeking further assistance from both the Police and public-spirited persons in locating the errant driver.The Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident related to Guyana Times that he was on his way home at about 21:30h on Sunday last when the accident occurred.The damaged Toyota Raum after the accidentPersaud explained that while driving his Toyota Raum bearing registration number PRR 7706 along the East Coast of Demerara, another vehicle crashed into him at Good Hope and drove away. Persaud said as a result of the impact, he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a nearby heap of sand.“I was heading from East to West. I was at Good Hope and I was heading to Nonpareil and at the junction of Lusignan where the golf course road is, as I was approaching the road a car hit me… and the car hit like from the middle of my vehicle and he sent me off the road. When I drove off the road I went up to a pile of sand where it turned over,” a concerned Persaud said.Public-spirited persons, who witnessed the incident, assisted in getting Persaud out of the damaged car but the still traumatised man related that even though he sustained no serious injuries, his worries have not ended since he is calculating the expenses to be incurred for fixing the damages his car received during the accident.A report was made to the Vigilance Police Station and an investigation has since been launched. Persaud told this publication that efforts to locate the driver who slammed into him proved futile. According to the victim, he spoke to Police ranks on the progress of the investigation but they were only able to obtain blurred footage of the accident.“After the vehicle turned over I was basically hanging with the seat belt in the vehicle…public spirited persons helped me out of the vehicle…just a small footage the Police sent me but from what I can gather, there’s not much you can get from the video because apparently the street light was not working,” he related.Nevertheless, Persaud is asking anyone with information which may help in locating the individual to contact the nearest Police station or contact him on telephone number 656-0148.
1 Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Dynamo Moscow forward Aleksandr Kokorin, according to reports in Russia.Both Premier League clubs are desperate to boost their attacking options and the Russia international is out of contract next summer.Moscow want to keep hold of Kokorin but are reportedly ready to listen to offers for the 24-year-old rather than let him leave for nothing in the future.While divisional rivals Zenit Saint Petersburg have made their interest known in the striker, United and Spurs are now set to rev up their pursuit of the former Anzhi star.And, according to Russian news agency TASS, both English sides are ready to show their hand in the coming days.Kokorin, who joined the Belo-golubye in 2013, has a release clause of £13.5m – a value which could tempt a big-name suitor to sign him during this transfer window. Aleksandr Kokorin
USC officials said they will respond today to a new offer of a long-term lease from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission aimed at keeping the Trojan football team from moving to Pasadena’s Rose Bowl. The commission sent the offer to USC Thursday, a day after a closed- session meeting. Coliseum General Manger Patrick Lynch declined to provide details of the offer, saying on Wednesday: “It’s our intention to keep the negotiations confidential.” The offer includes a compromise on the key issue — control of the stadium — the Daily News reported. The commission is seeking to form a partnership with USC in selling naming rights to the stadium that would pay for much of its renovation, according to the newspaper. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“They are proposing to put in $100 million by selling the naming rights,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a commission member, told the Daily News. “We are looking at selling the naming rights and believe we can get more than that.” USC’s lease to play its football games at the Coliseum ended with its Dec. 1 game against UCLA. Negotiations for a long-term lease were proceeding well until early October, when the commission notified USC it would need to raise rent by 10 percent — $108,000 a year — to cover costs handed down by the state, according to the Daily News. An impasse ensued, prompting USC to begin negotiations with Pasadena’s Rose Bowl for a one-year lease, beginning with the 2008 season, with an option for a second. Rose Bowl operators unanimously agreed Dec. 6 to delay making an agreement with USC, citing the need for UCLA, which has used the Rose Bowl as its home football stadium since 1982, to comment on a possible contract. USC has played at the Coliseum since 1923, the year the stadium opened. “Our goal remains to secure a viable improvement plan for the Coliseum,” James Grant, executive director of the USC Media Relations Office, said Thursday. In June, USC officials made two offers to the Coliseum Commission, including a 75-year master lease that would have given the school control of the Coliseum, including all naming and broadcasting rights. In exchange, USC would have spent $100 million renovating the stadium. That offer was rejected by the commission because it would have given USC the power to veto any effort by the NFL to return to the Coliseum, reduce the number of charity events held there and provided the university with all of the stadium’s advertising revenue, Lynch said. “What happens if USC decides it doesn’t want a certain group to perform or appear?” Yaroslavsky said. “There would be no ability for the public to have a say.” One impediment toward reaching an agreement with USC is that the Coliseum Commission still needs to finalize its lease agreements with the state, which owns the Coliseum. The commission could know as soon as tomorrow how much the state plans to charge for rent, the Los Angeles Times reported. Yaroslavsky is optimistic about a deal being reached. “The sooner they get back to the table, the sooner we can resolve all of this,” Yaroslavsky said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
St. Eunan’s College young team continue to impress.The Letterkenny boys overcame Our Lady’s College, Castleblaney on a score line of 8 – 12 to 2 – 6 in Garvaghey, Co. Tyrone.St. Eunan’s got off to a whirlwind start with 2 goals and a point in 5 minutes and playing with the wind they led by 5-5 to 0-2 at half time. Two goals by Emmet O’ Boyle put the Sentry Hill boys in charge after excellent running by Keelan Collier from midfield.Keelan grabbed his own goal in the 16th minute after another excellent solo run and placed it in the corner.Castleblayney got 2 points and staged a revival but found the Eunan’s difficult to break down as Oran Brogan, Jack Gallagher were in control in defence.Shane Monaghan finished off a great move to score another goal in the 18th minute involving 5 players with Callum Friel very prominent in attack. St. Euan’s finished off the half with points from Jack Alcorn, Matthew Whoriskey and Shane Monaghan. In the second half, with the assistance of the wind, Castleblaney started well and but a after 2 points St. Eunan’s scored two goals through Callum Friel and Shane Monaghan and the game was over as a contest.Two more goals by Shane Monaghan after great work by Jack Roarty , Seimi Breslin and Cian Mc Monagle(Captain) as they were controlling the game from midfield and setting up the opportunities.Throughout the game Sean Collum, Conal Mc Dermott and 1st year Oisin Mc Daid never gave the opposition the opportunity to stamp their authority with numerous turn overs and breaking at speed. Ciaran Quinn commanded the goals and late points from Adam Durkin, Josh Hay and Ben Gallagher gave St. Eunan’s College an emphatic victory.St. Eunan’s College Team:Ciaran Quinn, Sean Collum, Oran Brogan, Oisin Mc Daid, Cian Mc Monagle (Captain), Jack Gallagher, Conall Mc Dermott, Jack Roarty, Jack Alcorn, Matthew Whoriskey, Keelan Collier, Seimi Breslin, Emmet O’ Boyle, Calllum Friel, Shane Monaghan.Subs. Noel O’ Donnell, Peadar Mc Geehan, Alan Gallagher, Josh Hay, Conor Hughes, Calvin adoo, Conor Cassidy, Sean Pascal, Ben Gallagher, Sean Mc Ginley, Adam Duncan, Sean Mc Veigh, Danny Toye, Jake Kelly, Nathan Plumb and Sean Mc Ginley. St. Eunan’s College now play St. Pius Magherafelt inn the next game of the group.Emmet O’ Boyle, Matthew Whoriskey and Callum FrielGAA: St Eunans U15s overcome Our Lady’s of Castleblaney was last modified: October 15th, 2016 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)
Teachers from Coláiste Na Carraige protest at the Junior Cycle changes.Teachers from Donegal joined colleagues in a lunchtime protest over Junior Cycle concerns outside school gates around the country yesterday. The protest was organised by second level unions TUI and ASTI.Co. Donegal TUI Chairperson Noel Rodden said teachers will always support positive change that guarantees improvement. “However, we are gravely concerned by the potential for damage posed by the new Junior Cycle proposals. Even at this late stage, there is an unacceptable lack of information about how the new Junior Cycle will work in practice and how it will be resourced.“The move to school-based assessment raises serious questions regarding the validity and reliability of student results. In addition to this, overlapping assessments will increase the pressure on students. There is also a risk of deterioration in the pupil/teacher, teacher/parent relationship if teachers are to mark their own students for certification.“As educators and practitioners, we believe that student achievement in the new Junior Cycle must be externally assessed and nationally certified by the State Examinations Commission.“Rushed change for which adequate preparation has not been made can cause irreparable damage to the education system and the educational experience of students.’ Detailed below are a range of specific concerns teachers have over the proposed changesWhy are teachers concerned about the changes to Junior Cycle?• There is an unacceptable lack of concrete information about how the new Junior Cycle will work in practice and how it will be resourced.• Meaningful engagement and negotiation with teachers and their unions has not taken place.• The system is simply not ready for change of such magnitude after six years of slash-and-burn austerity cuts to school resourcing and teacher numbers. • The planned discontinuation of external assessment/moderation puts standards at risk• The move to school-based assessment raises serious questions regarding the validity and reliability of student results.• School-based certification will lead to unfairness and a lack of consistency in standards.• Schools that cannot offer a broad curriculum or high visibility short courses will suffer. This means small schools, schools in rural areas and schools in disadvantaged areas will suffer. • Some existing subjects could be downgraded or marginalised.• There will be problems regarding the management, storage and security of assessment related materials.• There is a real threat of an increased, bureaucratic workload that will deflect teachers from their core teaching role• Principal teachers will experience a significant increase in administrative workload.• The multiplicity of overlapping assessment events will increase pressure on an already overstretched and overworked teaching population. It will also significantly increase the pressure on students.• The proposed changes take no account of the existing heavy workloads of teachers, including work being completed at home. The planned changes will result in further encroachment into teachers’ personal/family time.• If teachers are to assume the role of marking their own students for certification, TUI is concerned that there will be a deterioration in the pupil/teacher, teacher/parent relationship.• The terminal examination is a motivating focal point. Its removal may demotivate students.• The removal of a terminal state examination at Junior Cycle will impair student capacity to choose subjects for Senior Cycle and will remove the experience of sitting a state examination.DONEGAL TEACHERS HIGHLIGHT SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER JUNIOR CYCLE CHANGES was last modified: March 12th, 2014 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)
Cameras to catch motorists who run red lights will be installed at up to 32 Los Angeles intersections under a $12 million contract approved Friday by the City Council. Despite concerns about the bid process, the council unanimously signed off on the deal, which could run for five years. “My reservations are still there but in light of the fact that we need to put something into place I’m going to support moving forward,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, a former traffic cop. Councilman Greig Smith, a reserve LAPD officer, echoed the sentiment, saying he is still worried about the financial viability of the contractor, Nestor Traffic Systems. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Questions about Nestor’s finances have dogged the process for months. Officials with the Rhode Island-based company acknowledge that the firm has been losing money but say it has been investing in new products it hopes will lead to profitability. Some other California cities, meanwhile, have questioned the efficacy of photo enforcement. Fresno ended an arrangement with Nestor this summer because of such concerns. Los Angeles Police Department officials, though, contend that collisions dropped 18 percent at the 16 city intersections that got red-light cameras in 2000 as part of a pilot program. That test run ended this June, and while the cameras remain at the intersections, drivers have not been ticketed for months. Zine caught flak from colleagues after some media outlets reported that he exposed a secret by mentioning that the program was dormant, when in fact that information had already been made public. On Friday, Zine and Smith both said they were disappointed that the city did not call for another pilot program to evaluate Nestor’s product alongside that of Redflex Traffic Systems. Redflex’s cameras scored a close second when the LAPD evaluated bids, but officials said they chose Nestor because its technology provides for multiple images of drivers, which increase the chances of convictions. “I and the Los Angeles Police Department are confident we selected the most qualified contractor,” said Capt. Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy did express regret to Smith and Zine that the pair never received a response to a letter they sent the Police Commission last year calling for another pilot program. The commission went along with the recommendation of the LAPD, McCarthy said, which was that another pilot program was ill-advised because it would have led to even longer delays. As accusations and rumors flew throughout the protracted process, both Nestor and Redflex engaged City Hall lobbyists. Redflex contributed money in 2004 to campaign funds for Zine and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Zine was passionate in saying such factors did not influence his decision. “I’m not carrying anyone’s water,” he said. “What I’m remembering is all those fatal crashes that I visited and all those death notifications that I’ve made during my 37 years with the Police Department.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!