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May 14, 2020
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Diego López faces the challenge that resists him

first_imgDiego López will live today his sixth duel against Barcelona with the blue and white shirt and in the previous five he has received 14 goals. The last in Cornellà-El Prat, last year, does not keep excessive good memories because Espanyol fell 0-4, Leo Messi scored two goals and is scored a goal in his own door. Diego López will try to leave history behind a Barcelona that is choking him today. In addition to having scored 38 goals, it is the second set against which he has won the most losses (11). Only Madrid has won more times (12). Diego López, who ends the contract at the end of this season and is now free to negotiate with any other team, is focused solely on helping Espanyol seal the salvation. And everything happens to show its best version. Leaving his goal to zero against Barcelona is something that would give him wings at the motivational level and, in addition, catapult his team. Of course, it is a subject that has pending before the Catalans. He has faced in Primera in 17 games and the balance is two wins (with Villarreal and Real Madrid), four draws and 11 losses. And in them he only left his goal zero once. It was with Villarreal, the 2011-12 season (0-0). With the yellow set he wore, but he also had to suffer the greatest culé punishment because that same course suffered a 5-0, on day 2, at Camp Nou. Diego López has a challenge today against Barcelona: leaving his goal to zero. The Espanyol goalkeeper suffers when he faces the Catalans, and that is the team that has scored the most goals in Primera (38). Diego wants to claim, dry Barça, and yesterday, through his Twitter account, he was in charge of putting the spotlight on today’s clash: “Maximum difficulty, total motivation. It’s time to be together. Come on, Espanyol“he said.last_img read more

January 14, 2020
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Musicians Mobilize to Minimize Corruption

first_imgAs Liberia enters its second decade of peace, its music industry continues to gain popularity. Artists like Takun J have a national following and have leveraged this platform to speak out against injustices at all levels of society. The Accountability Lab, an OSIWA partner, has been working with Hip Co (the genre of Liberian urban music) musicians in Liberia to promote integrity and combat corruption. With an overwhelmingly young population, almost half of whom are under the age of 18, Liberia’s Hip Co stars are uniquely positioned to raise awareness of key social and political issues.Takun J, responsible for two of the biggest Hip Co hits of the year, recently served as a judge for the Lab’s Integrity Idol campaign, an ongoing initiative seeking to highlight high-performing civil servants, while Amaze, an upcoming Hip Co star, has been the public face of the #CorruptionMustGo musical campaign undertaken with the support of OSIWA that seeks to harness Hip Co to combat corruption by teaching that “corruption starts in the home.”On a recent Friday evening, the University of Liberia’s (UL) auditorium was packed with a raucous group of students ready to hear Amaze, a business student at UL, set their weekend off. The Student Unification Party, UL’s oldest student government body, had just celebrated its 45th year of existence earlier in the day and a vibrant atmosphere of activism charged the campus of one of West Africa’s oldest institutions of higher learning, situated just across from Liberia’s Legislature, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs which also hosts the offices of the President of Liberia.Before the screening of the music video for “Corruption, Corruption” (the centerpiece of #CorruptionMustGo) a number of protocols were observed in typical Liberian fashion. Daniel Woart, President of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), which co-hosted the event, noted that “for 168 years we have been lagging behind.” He observed that ULSU’s cultural programming has typically revolved around the production of the government-funded Miss University of Liberia Pageant and that the Union would increasingly do more to recognize talented student artists with a social message.As a prelude to the musical festivities, Kloh Hinneh, of SMART Liberia, another OSIWA beneficiary working with the Accountability Lab, gave an advance screening of a short dramatization on the many challenges that UL students endure to register for classes. The clip concludes with an alternative ending, showing a student successfully registering for classes online via mobile phone, a scenario that received thunderous applause. With the support of OSIWA and the Accountability Lab, SMART Liberia, a student-run organization, is undertaking a quick impact project on the need for timely and updated government websites, a commitment that the government of Liberia has made as part of its membership in the Open Government Partnership.As thoughts of dysfunctional websites (the UL website has not been updated since 2011) faded, the beats kicked in. Amaze performed “Corruption, Corruption,” a song that highlights the importance of good parenting in forming a society where individuals conduct their public actions with integrity. The video for the track was filmed at the Ducor Hotel, which served as the seat of the interim government in the early 1990s during Liberia’s civil war – and was subsequently looted and destroyed. Its shell looms over Monrovia’s skyline, a glaring reminder that much remains to be accomplished as part of Liberia’s postwar reconstruction.A range of performers followed Amaze. Nasseman, Liberia’s most popular reggae musician performed his pan-African anthem, “All Africans.” Nasseman warned the student audience that it will take decisive action to break the cycle of graft, stating that “corruption brings separation and it is because of separation we have corruption.”As the students filed out of the auditorium, the atmosphere was animated, with spirits charged by several hours of high-tempo performances. With student activists like Amaze and Kloh taking the initiative to push for accountability and more effective implementation of policies, the future of Liberia will likely achieve separation from the unfortunate legacies of its past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Governor seeks billions for state prison reform

first_imgNORCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a prison for low-level offenders and drug addicts Tuesday while campaigning for an $11 billion reform and building package that he says will alleviate severe overcrowding at the state’s 33 prisons. The governor toured parts of the California Rehabilitation Center and met with Warden Guillermina Hall before speaking with reporters in the prison yard. He was accompanied by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton. The prison, which sits on a hilltop below the snowcapped San Bernardino Mountains about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was built for 2,300 prisoners but now holds 4,500. A gym that was meant for rehabilitation and job training now holds 300 metal, double-decked bunk beds, while 335 inmates are on a waiting list for substance abuse programs there. Schwarzenegger said such overcrowding leads to California’s 70 percent recidivism rate because inmates are not given adequate job training and addiction counseling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s dangerous for the inmates and it’s dangerous for the staff. There’s no room for rehabilitation in some of these facilities,” he said. “Here, they’re doing the best job but they will all tell you if they had more room, more beds available … they’d be able to do a better job.” California’s prisons were designed for 100,000 inmates but hold nearly twice that number. The overcrowding is the subject of three separate lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout Northern California. last_img read more

January 6, 2020
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Reports – Chelsea lodge £20million bid for Man United target

first_img Miranda in action for Atletico Madrid Chelsea have lodged a £20m bid for Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, according to reports in Spain.Newspaper Marca have claimed that Jose Mourinho has identified the Brazilian as a potential replacement for David Luiz and has made his move with an offer.It has been suggested that the 29-year-old centre-back is content in Madrid, where he won the La Liga title last season, but is considering his options.Manchester United and Barcelona have both been credited with an interest in the past but neither seemed willing to match Atletico’s £24m asking price.But now Chelsea have reportedly tested their resolve with a bid just below their valuation of Miranda, who would join up with former team-mate Diego Costa should he move to Stamford Bridge. 1last_img read more

January 3, 2020
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Tottenham hero advised Arsenal to get Wenger because he helped him enhance this sort of skill

first_img1 Arsenal play Monaco in the Champions League last 16 with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger coming up against his former side.Wenger was in charge of the French club between 1987 and 1994 during which time he brought striker Mark Hateley and Tottenham icon Glenn Hoddle across the Channel after 12 years spent dazzling the White Hart Lane faithful.And Hoddle was very impressed by his new manager’s approach, revealing in an interview with the Mail on Sunday that he was introduced to warm downs after training sessions, something he never did in England.“There was a ballet bar and we had to put a foot up on it and stretch on that,” he said.“Well you can imagine. The other players fell about laughing at Mark and me. We had masseurs. I had never had a massage at Tottenham. Players would have said you were soft.“But over the months, we both became more supple and with a better diet I was soon fitter than I had ever been.”Following FA Cup and UEFA Cup wins at Spurs, Hoddle continued to collect trophies in France, winning the title and French Cup, then in 1996 told Arsenal to instal Wenger as their new manager.“Spurs fans won’t like me saying it, but I was England manager when he came to England and David Dein was on the committee. He phoned me about seven times. David was saying: ‘I’m the only one on the board who wants him. No one else has ever heard of him.’ And I said: ‘Go and get him. Wherever he goes he’ll be successful.’” Glenn Hoddle played for Arsene Wenger at Monaco last_img read more

December 30, 2019
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Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv: Diego Costa stunner gives the Blues some much needed momentum

first_imgA sublime Diego Costa volley was the pick of the goals as Chelsea steamrollered Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.It was a disastrous start for the Blues as Eden Hazard skied an early penalty.But goals from Willian, Oscar, Costa and Cesc Fabregas ensured a problem free night for Jose Mourinho, who left John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic on the bench.The result was the only positive one for the English teams in round one of the Champions League and will give the side some momentum ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Arsenal.Less than 90 seconds of the game had gone when Ruben Loftus-Cheek marked his Champions League debut with a yellow card for a high foot.But minutes later Maccabi Tel Aviv received a yellow card of their own – for their goalkeeper 19-year-old Predrag Rajkovic – after Willian was brought down in the area.However, the Blues’ torrid start to the season continued as last season’s Player of the Year Hazard blasted the penalty into the second tier of Stamford Bridge – a ground where Chelsea have only lost once on 35 previous occasions in the Champions League group stages.Chelsea finally got their goal in somewhat fortuitous circumstances on 15 minutes,  when Willian’s in-swinging free kick from 40 yards out missed everyone, including Rajkovic, to nestle itself in the back of the net.The visitors clearly came with a gameplan to roughen up Mourinho’s men and Hazard and Willian were both on the end of some big challenges with the latter limping off injured for Costa.On the stroke of half time Chelsea were awarded another penalty after Costa was brought down by former Blue Tal Ben Haim and Oscar did what Hazard could not and scored to double the lead.Costa’s first goal of the season came on the hour mark in a move reminiscent of last year’s title winning campaign, as Fabregas dinked in a lovely ball and the Spaniard, with his back to goal, spun beautifully to volley first time into the top corner.Fabregas went from provider to goalscorer with 10 minutes remaining as a swift Chelsea break resulted in the fourth goal of the night as the midfielder passed the ball into an empty net.And that was that as the Blues just toyed with their guests for the remainder on the game to give the side some much needed confidence. In Group G’s other result of the night, Porto were held to a 2-2 draw away to Dynamo Kiev. 1 Diego Costa and Oscar last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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Donegal’s youngest garda gets ready to go out on the beat!

first_imgA local boy is well on his way to becoming a crime-fighting hero after joining the Donegal division of An Garda Síochána.Jack Beattie from Raphoe, aged 6, has been drafted into the force to crack down on crime his own special way this year.Jack is Donegal’s first ‘Little Blue Hero’ to be a Garda for a day under the charity initiative for children undergoing long-term medical treatment. He had a familiarisation visit to Letterkenny Garda Station on January 4th, which was an action-packed introduction event organised by Garda Tina Fowley and Ivan Furey.Jack met with his colleagues, he got his fingerprints taken, he inspected the cells and patrol room and he even had a go on a motorbike and patrol car!Photo by Ivan FureyPhoto by Ivan FureyPhoto by Ivan FureySpeaking to Donegal Daily, Jack said his favourite part of the day was getting his present – a full Garda uniform complete with a blue shirt, jacket, hat, and his favourite thing of all, a tie. Jack said he wore his new uniform to school on his first day back and again on Friday for ‘blue day’.Jack is in Senior Infants at Raphoe Central, so he will have to put in a few more years of school before joining the Gardai full-time. Photo by Ivan FureyJack was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta which is also known as Brittle Bone Disorder. He uses a wheelchair and attends Temple St. Children’s Hospital for regular treatment. He was also Donegal’s first child to go on the Bumbleance and is often photographed as an ambassador for the service.Despite his youth, Jack has a wealth of knowledge about fighting bad guys. Police Interceptors is his favourite TV programme and he is well-rehearsed in reading people their rights!Jack’s mum Ruth tells Donegal Daily that he will be out on the beat very soon after the familiarisation day. Once his offical numbers are ready for his uniform he will be out patrolling Letterkenny town centre – and no criminal will be safe then!“It’s funny to hear about all these small things but it means the world to him,” Ruth said.“Jack hasn’t stopped arresting people since his visit to the station. He has his own handcuffs and he reads people the full rights. “He can’t wait to be out on duty and he always corrects me to say he’ll be out ‘on the beat’.”Photo by Ivan FureyIt wasn’t so long ago that Jack had a fear of the gardai, Ruth said, and he would be worried about meeting them in case they’d take him away.Now though, Jack is ready for his call of duty. When asked what he’ll do with any criminals he catches, he said: “I’ll arrest them and put them in jail.”Little Blue Heroes is a charity established by Garda staff which aims to support local Gardaí in providing financial assistance to families in need in their local communities who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness. The foundation also aims to provide Garda themed distraction toys, activity books, and children’s events (e.g. Garda for a Day or Special Garda Open Days) for the children they support. Alan Keane of Little Blue Heroes said: “We were delighted to help our colleagues in Donegal to make Jack Beattie’s wish of becoming an honorary Garda come true. We can’t wait to see Garda Jack on some new adventures as he takes to his new role.”To find out more or to donate, visit www.littleblueheroes.orgDonegal’s youngest garda gets ready to go out on the beat! was last modified: January 16th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AN GARDA SIOCHANAjack beattielittle blue herolast_img read more

December 26, 2019
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World Cup Fantasy Football – Six transfers to make for your Dream Team XI

first_imgUnlucky to be hooked in the opening match due to Carlos Sanchez’s red card, he was able to put on a show against Poland though and is a strong pick up.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 6. Juan Cuadrado (Colombia) – £3million What a World Cup it has been so far over in Russia.We’ve seen the hosts stun everyone and qualify for the knockout stages, one of the quickest red cards in tournament history, and some incredible skills and goals. Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Morocco. Forget Neymar, the current Barcelona man has been the key man so far for the Selecao. He’s got two goals in two games and looks very dangerous and will be playing for more glory against Serbia on Wednesday night. 4. Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) – £2.5million 1. Diego Costa (Spain) – £4.5million getty 7 5. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) – £3million The Arsenal transfer target has run more than any other player at the tournament and still doesn’t look like running out of gas. He’s scored one, assisted two, and been named Star Man once and has racked up 16 points 7 3. Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) – £5million The ex-Chelsea brute is bullying defenders at World Cup 2018 and has 21 points to his name as he chases the Golden Boot. 7 7 He looked on a mission against Tunisia and will want to prove a point against England as he attempts to rebuild his Chelsea career. He could get one goal at least if the Three Lions are reduced to a purr. 7 Stars of the show, so far, include Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and England captain Harry Kane.But who should you be signing for your team ahead of the third round of World Cup fixtures?Check out our Dream Team top tips. The stocky Stoke star got the winner against Serbia and has looked threatening throughout the first two matches. 7 2. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) – £2million 7last_img read more

December 25, 2019
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Ocean and freshwater fishing reports Oct. 6

first_img FRESHWATER Los Angeles County Castaic Lake Wind has caused a problem for anglers over the past few days, however,when the wind lays down anglers are still scoring great action on bass when fishing live shad. Anglers are still able to net live shad as they can be found close to the surface. With live shad 25 fish days aren’t uncommon. The largest bass this week went 7-2. The striper bite isn’t great yet, nonetheless, anglers who are patiently trolling swimbaits and Bomber Long As are catching fish to 12-0. A few trout were caught near the marina with the trout plant last weekly, but most of those fish were eaten or have moved to deeper water. For more info: Castaic Landing(661) 775-6232. Ventura County Lake Casitas Got patience? Anglers willing to sit in one place and soak mackerel are finding catfish to 20 pounds fairly common. The catfish are in 20-25 feet of water and are being caught on mackerel. A 28 pounder was the biggest fish this week. The swimbait bite is back on, although only one fish over 10 pounds was caught this week. The Charlie Megabait has been the most consistent producer. Smaller bass to 2-0 are being caught fishing live shad, however, anglers are also scoring with jerkbaits nears had boils. The panfish bite is slowing as most of the shad move to deeper water. The trout bite is dead. For more info: Lake Casitas Boat Rentals (805) 649-2043. Lake Piru Most species are biting here with a few crappie to one-pound being caught in 15 feet of water with worms in coves. Very few anglers are targeting the crappie though, more folks are soaking worms along the shore to catch bluegill. Largemouth bass are active in Diablo Canyon and Santa Felicia Cove on night crawlers, spinnerbaits and soft plastics,but no large fish reported. The trout bite is still hot for trollers working Needlefish 35 feet deep near the dam. A trout plant is expected this week and will spur action along the shore near the marina for anglers looking for soak dough baits and night crawlers. For more info: Lake Piru Marina (805) 521-1231. Orange County Irvine Lake Night fishing is now limited to Friday and Saturday nights and that’s been the best time to catch catfish. Top producing bait this week is the Catmando-flavored mackerel, along with plain mackerel, shrimp and Bowker’s. Cats to 21-0 were reported. The best action is coming from midlake, Santiago flats, Rocky Point and near the dam. Crappie action is excellent for anglers putting out a crappie light during the night fishing sessions. Limits of slabsides averaging about a half-pound are coming in on white or glow-color mini jigs tipped with a mealworm. A few bass are still being caught with drop-shot-rigged plastics during the early morning hours. For more info: Irvine Lake Pro Shop (714) 649-9111. Santa Barbara County Lake Cachuma A trout plant came in last week, but it didn’t do much for shore angling as those fish swam to deep water. The best bite continues to be near the dam in 40-50 feet of water. Trollers and those drifting night crawlers are getting in on the action. A few bluegill and crappie are being caught behind the island on worms. Bass and catfish slow. For more info: Lake Cachuma Marina (805) 688-4040. San Bernardino County Big Bear Lake Due to the water conditions trout this past week have shown on the surface and are being taken by anglers trolling Rapalas, either Floating or CD, and Luhr Jensen Mini Speed Traps. At times during the day it might be necessary to fish with one to two colors of leadcore as many trout have been noted to go deeper when the sun hits the water. Bait anglers from shore or boat have the flexibility of fishing the whole water column using a sliding egg sinker off the bottom or a slip bobber closer to the surface with Eagle Claw Nitro and night crawlers. For moreinfo:Big Bear Marina (909) 866-3218. San Diego County Lake Cuyamaca The lake is going to be planted with another 1,200 pounds this week,which should add to an already great trout bite. Anglers are scoring limits of pound size trout trolling lures coated in Gel Krill or soaking night crawlers injected with Liquid Krill. Few large trout reported,however, limits are common. The bullhead bite is still hot for anglers soaking worms on the bottom and the crappie continue to grab crappie jigs either drifted or fished on structure. For more info: Lake Cuyamaca (877) 581-9904. Eastern Sierra Bishop Area Crowds are down, but action is good at Lake Sabrina where anglers are scoring limits trolling and bait fishing. Trollers are working a Bubblegum or red dot #3 Needlefish on three colors of leadcore or red and gold or frog Thomas Buoyant on the surface to catch stocker trout. Bait anglers are doing well with yellow Powerbait and Balls ‘O Fire salmon eggs near the inlet. The South and Middle Fork of Bishop Creekare fishing well, especially for anglers drifting Orange Deluxe salmon eggs and worms. The fall colors have arrived and float tubers are reported good to great action on flies and mini jigs at North Lake and Intake II. For more info: Bishop Creek Lodge (760) 873-4484. Mammoth Area The Mammoth area continues to fish well as all the lakes in the Mammoth Loop and along the road to Devils Postpile are yielding stocked trout on worms, spoons, spinners and dough baits. Convict Creek and Rock Creekare very good on Balls ‘O Fire salmon eggs. Convict Lake and Rock Creek Lakes are kicking out good action to anglers working the inlet areas with bait and hardware. Fishing pressure is way down in the region, but stocking is continuing. For more info: Rick’s Sports Center (760)934-3416. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OCEAN YELLOWFIN TUNA At the very best, the yellowfin tuna bite is still hit and miss. There are still some very good catches being made, but that is contrasted with a lot of blank days for the boats still running for the tuna. Skipper Jeff Marsillio of the Old No. 7 out of Marina Cortez rolled up on several foamers just 80 miles from Point Loma over the weekend, but the fish would bite on any of them. But when he found porpoise schools and trolled through them, it was an instant hookup on the yellowfin. Over the weekend, the Pacific Queen had a 100-plus fish overnight trip. This visual bite – you find porpoise or floating kelp and you find yellowfin – has been hampered by fog and winds much of the past month, but Santa Ana conditions make for ideal conditions and Hurricane Otis is keeping a push of warm water coming this way. It’s not over yet. BONITO center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Catalina Island is still seeing a good bonito bite. Most 3/4-day boats are getting limits of bonito along with a few yellowtail. The squid are starting to show off the east end of Catalina, but they are not floating yet, staying down at least 100 feet, but a few private boaters are snagging enough for bait. On Wednesday, the Freelance of Davey’s Locker had full limits on the bonito while looking for yellowtail at Catalina. SCULPIN The sculpin season opened Saturday and sport boats all along the coast, where the surface bite has been dismal, found excellent action on the sculpin. These great eating gamefish are providing limit-style fishing. ROCKFISH The Channel Islands rockfish action continues very good. Port Hueneme Sportfishing boats have been returning with limits of rockfish for all anglers on board almost every day this past week. Further south, boats that have been targeting rockfish are also seeing good action, and now sculpin can be part of the mix last_img read more

December 25, 2019
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Whittier pot club keeps low profile

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – There is little to tell people where they are. There is no fancy logo on the front, just a handwritten paper sign taped to the door. No one from the city even knew the place existed until this week, when the City Council voted to approve an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Whittier while restricting them to industrial areas of the city. As council members debated the new law, members of the Whittier Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary operating inside a nondescript office in the Washington-Whittier Medical Center, testified at Tuesday’s hearing. The Whittier Collective is a group of about 100 medical marijuana users, according to its spokesman, who called himself John and refused to provide his full name, saying he fears federal prosecution. In a telephone interview, John said the group picked its location precisely because it is a medical building. “It should be in a medical facility,” he said. “It shouldn’t be put in an industrial area like out in a back alley. People feel more comfortable going to a medical facility.” But the office space would not be legal under the city’s proposed ordinance, which will not become law until the council comes back Jan. 10 to approve the second reading of the ordinance. However, even if the ordinance is approved, the collective could stay where it is – at least until the city’s lawyers clear up the details. Council members instructed City Attorney Dick Jones to return with a recommendation for how long the collective can legally stay at its present location. The situation is exactly why an ordinance governing where medical marijuana dispensaries can open is needed, said Mayor Greg Nordbak, who was one of three council members to vote in favor of the ordinance. “We can control them with location, rules and guidelines,” Nordbak said. “They are legal in the state right now.” Medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal under state law since 1996, when California voters passed Proposition 215, which allows marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes. However, under federal law, marijuana is illegal to possess and use. The Whittier Collective started because many patients want to get their medical marijuana closer to home, John said. It is not a business but more like a co-op of people who get together and provide the marijuana. The marijuana comes from patients who grow it. Proposition 215 allows patients with marijuana prescriptions from doctors to grow up to 12 plants. The club provides about 20 different strands, as well as various baked goods, including marijuana-laced brownies, cookies, candies and chocolates, he said. A patient going to the clinic must have a presciption, John said. “Security checks them and verifies their scrip,” he said. “We don’t just look at the letter. We actually call the doctor’s office. If we can’t get hold of the doctor, they can’t come in.” Patients pick out the marijuana they want and then make a donation, typically about $50, he said, which pays for the lease and expenses. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more