Anna Nicole Smith Dies After Collapsing

first_img The curvaceous Texas-born Smith was a topless dancer at strip club before she made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992, captivating readers with her Marilyn Monroe looks. She became Playboy’s playmate of the year in 1993. She was also signed to a contract with Guess jeans, appearing in TV commercials, billboards and magazine ads. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AP Video Anna Nicole Smith, the voluptuous former Playboy centerfold who married an octogenarian billionaire and waged a legal battle for his fortune all the way to the Supreme Court, died Tuesday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39. The blond bombshell – who recently became tabloid fodder all over again after the sudden, apparently drug-related death of her 20-year-old son – was found unresponsive while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, said the attorney, Ron Rale. She was rushed to a hospital. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.last_img read more

Getting Phil of communication

first_img“I just want to get their attention and make sure that they’re on the same page and that we can talk about some things,” Jackson said. “I felt like there’s some distances that they were pulling away from each other in the timeouts and I just wanted to tighten it up a little bit and get more cohesive.” Jackson previously stood with a clipboard and huddled his players around him during timeouts. This month has seen Lamar Odom and Sasha Vujacic engage in a shouting match during one timeout and Brian Cook and assistant Brian Shaw do likewise. He had the No. 3 written Sunday in honor of Dennis Johnson, the former Boston Celtics great who died last week. Johnson was an assistant during Odom’s years with the Clippers and later served as the team’s interim head coach. Odom said the two talked when Johnson’s NBA Development League team played at Staples Center on Jan. 12. “He told me he loved me,” Odom said. “Count your blessings.” Also: Jackson said he allowed Vladimir Radmanovic to address his teammates informally about the snowboarding incident in which the forward suffered a separated shoulder. … Once the Lakers return from this trip, Jackson plans on contacting Scottie Pippen, who has said he wants to make a comeback at age 41. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We were, one guy’s over here, another guy’s over there,” Evans said, adding, “It was something that we brought to (Jackson’s) attention that’s something that has to change.” Jackson has lamented his ability to communicate to his players on occasion this season. Once was in the final minute of a loss at Toronto when the Lakers unsuccessfully played the two-for-one possession game. Despite the change, one thing has stayed the same: Guard Smush Parker regularly walks away from the huddle without hearing Jackson’s words when he knows he’s not going into the game. He sat alone on the bench during a timeout with 3:03 left in the first quarter Sunday when Shammond Williams was set to check in for him. Jackson said earlier this season that he didn’t have a problem with Parker doing so. Evans wasn’t asked about Parker but did say of seeing players standing out of the huddle, “That doesn’t look very good.” In memory: Odom pays tribute on his sneakers to the all the people – his infant son, mother and grandmother – he has lost in his life. center_img OAKLAND – Even after 16seasons as an NBA coach, nine championships and more than 900 wins, Phil Jackson has shown in recent games that he isn’t above changing his style for the good of the team. Jackson has taken to sitting in a chair to face his players on the bench during timeouts, a change that forward Maurice Evans said was suggested during a meeting last week with the Lakers mired in a six-game losing streak. last_img read more

Volunteers needed to help bring history to life

first_imgCalifornia State Parks is looking for actors, history buffs or just plain curious people to bring Antelope Valley’s history to life at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve this season. Just curious about what living history is and who we’re bringing to life? We’re looking for volunteers to dress as general or specific people from our local history while reenacting a historic chore or project at the Poppy Reserve visitor center. You can either talk to visitors as if you are that person and it’s that era, or just talk about your character as your current self. Come to the training to learn more. No commitment is required at the training, but we hope you’ll be excited by this fun opportunity. All levels of experience from nonactors to professionals are welcome, with or without knowledge of local history. Living History training will be from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday at the Mojave Desert Information Center, 43779 15th Street W., Lancaster. We will discuss tips and techniques for living history reenacting, and we’ll have information about some of our local characters and the colorful variety of folks that have crossed this valley during the past two centuries, from miners to farmers to aristocrats. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.last_img read more

Glendora’s traditional farmers market unlikely to crop up this year

first_img“I don’t think people realize it’s not coming back,” Pihlak said. “The years it was gone, people definitely missed it.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – After a few on-again, off-again years, the city could go without a farmers market this year. No one has agreed to run a market in Glendora this summer, and with only a few weeks to go before a market would have opened, Mayor Ken Herman is scrambling to find someone. “I’m trying right now to talk to a couple of certified farmers market representatives,” Herman said. “As soon as I find one that is willing to come into Glendora, we will have one that will be a pure farmers market – produce, honey, cheese, those kinds of products – not the carnival kind of atmosphere that was the problem before.” Two separate groups ran produce and craft fairs in Glendora over the past few years, and both closed as sales lagged, vendors left and rowdy teens took over, organizers said. A market manager revived the weekly event last summer, but in February decided to bow out, leaving the city little time to replace him, City Manager Eric Ziegler said. Herman said he wants to bring a new market to the city as soon as possible – this summer, he hopes – and thinks attendance will improve if the market focuses on high-quality food instead of crafts or rides. “The feedback that I got … was that it was the same old, same old – the same crafts, the same junk being sold,” Herman said. “People want more produce … but I got a lot of complaints that it was all wilted and didn’t look appealing.” The Glendora Farmers’ Market Association, a volunteer group, ran the market from 1998 to 2003 in the Village on Glendora Avenue. Dozens of farmers, craft booths and prepared-food vendors worked alongside more fair-like activities, including a small petting zoo and a dunk tank where council members made an appearance. But it became harder to convince vendors to commit to a market that wasn’t year-round, and competition grew from other farmers markets and expanded produce sections at regular grocery stores, said GFMA volunteer and Planning Commissioner Gene Murabito. Village merchants’ support for the event faltered, unruly kids overwhelmed the market, and even adults were more likely to come to the market to socialize than to buy produce, Murabito said. GFMA volunteers canceled the market. Last summer, Family Festivals Productions brought a market back, but it lost $18,000 and suffered from the same woes – especially the rude teens, said owner Dave Gayman. Family Festivals runs farmers markets in Whittier, La Verne, Monrovia and elsewhere. GFMA founding member Leonard Pihlak said people will be disappointed if there’s no market this year. last_img read more

Alberto Gonzales says he has “nothing to hide”

first_imgWASHINGTON — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales offered a measured apology for his mistakes in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys, but said in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he had “nothing to hide” and that none of the prosecutors were removed to influence the outcome of a case. In his testimony, which was released on Sunday by the Justice Department, Gonzales provided an account of his own actions, which was largely consistent with his past assertions that his role was limited and his recollection fragmentary. Gonzales’ said he did not select any of the prosecutors slated for dismissal last year and largely delegated the effort to his former chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson. “I have nothing to hide and I am committed to assuring the Congress and the American public that nothing improper occurred here,” he said in the testimony. Gonzales acknowledged that his past public statements about the firings had been confusing and that once he had unintentionally misspoken at a March 13 press conference in which he asserted that he “was not involved in any discussions about what was going on.” And, Gonzales said, “Of course I knew about the process because of, at a minimum, these discussions with Mr. Sampson.” Gonzales said that he was even aware that two Justice Department lawyers had been identified as possible replacement candidates for U.S. attorneys to be fired, including Rachel L. Brand, chief of the Office of Legal Policy, and Deborah Rhodes, now a U.S. attorney in Alabama. After the testimony was released, two Democratic senators, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the Judiciary Committee chairman, and Charles E. Schumer of New York dismissed Gonzales’ written testimony as inadequate. The top Republican on the panel, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said Gonzales needed to disclose more facts when he appears before the committee. Vice President Dick Cheney continued to express the White House’s support for Gonzales, but he made it clear that it was up to the attorney general to save his job. “He’s a good man,” Cheney said, in an interview recorded on Saturday and broadcast on Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “I have every confidence in him; the president has every confidence in him.” But Cheney added, “This took place inside the Justice Department. The one who needs to answer to that and lay out on the record the specifics of what transpired is the attorney general, and he’ll do so.” Gonzales is certain to be asked about his own recollection of events. He has said he does not recall a Nov. 27, 2006 meeting in which the dismissals were discussed. Michael A. Battle, the former director of the department’s U.S. Attorney liaison office, has told congressional staff that Gonzales was at the meeting when a memo was circulated that provided a detailed outline of the plan to dismiss the prosecutors. But Gonzales insisted in his written statement that not one of the U.S. attorneys was improperly fired. “I know that I did not and would not ask for a resignation of any individual in order to interfere with or influence a particular prosecution for partisan political gain,” he said. Gonzales’ prepared statement did not address several significant issues cited by Democrats who have charged that the firings were politically motivated. Two of the fired prosecutors, David C. Iglesias of New Mexico and John McKay, were fired after Republican officials complained to the Justice Department. In Iglesias’ case, Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., complained to the White House about the prosecutor’s lack of progress on a politically sensitive case involving Democrats. The release of Gonzales’ testimony was part of the intense political gamesmanship and calculation by the Bush administration and Senate Democrats in advance of the hearing. Gonzales also previewed some of his testimony in an op-ed article in The Washington Post. Schumer, who has taken a lead role in criticizing Gonzales, had already tried to set the table for the hearings by detailing beforehand his questions and asserting that Gonzales had a high hurdle to clear. When the Justice Department released on Sunday the advance text of Gonzales’ testimony, Schumer quickly pronounced it inadequate. He said the testimony, “does not advance his cause at all,” and that his answers on Tuesday “will be make or break for him.” Leahy said the Gonzales testimony was “another in a series of contradictory statements about the mass firing of U.S. attorneys.” Even the ranking Republican on the committee, Specter, said that Gonzales would have to be more forthcoming Tuesday. “The op-ed piece was pablum,” Specter said on Sunday. “I’m looking for facts.” He added, “In his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Gonzales is going to have to be much more specific in answering questions about exactly what role he played, and explain, as best he knows, his understanding of the rationale behind the dismissal of individual prosecutors.” Administration officials have said the testimony was the product of high-level deliberations about how Gonzales should present himself and his actions to counter his critics and justify retaining his post. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Mexican goes modern

first_img“Now it’s more like Mexican with fusion ingredients – and we are doing more fish and steaks. In the last four years, I think people have been changing their tastes. Customers want Mexican influence but more upscale dishes.” Hotter and spicier items are also preferred. “We are now using chipotle, pasilla, habanero, serrano, jalape o and guajillo chiles – no Anaheims, as they are too mild. “I go to Mexico twice a year to research ideas and taste authentic food in Mexico,” says the 25-year company veteran who was born in Sinaloa and grew up eating a lot of seafood. Unlike the Grill, the El Torito restaurant menu features more traditional Mexican fare, while Acapulco restaurants offer California Mexican food. At Frida Mexican Cuisine, a 5-year-old, 75-seat Beverly Hills restaurant, customers can also dine on upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine, including handmade corn tortillas. The fiery spice of chiles and the refreshing tang of lime have always been the tasty back story in Mexican fare. The beans, rice and tortillas have become staples. Now those basics are undergoing a change as they fuse with other foods and flavors to step up the options in Mexican cooking. “The food has changed at El Torito Grill (locations in Sherman Oaks and throughout the Southland) and is now more upscale,” says Roberto “Pepe” Lopez, executive chef of Real Mex Restaurants, who oversees and develops contemporary selections for the Grill menus as well as those of El Torito, Acapulco and Las Brisas. “We experiment (with new creations) the most at the Grill. When we first opened almost two decades ago, more combinations (plates) were on the menu. The wood-fire mesquite grill and tortilla camal are key tools to making fresh menu selections. Most of the recipes used are from Mexico – Southern, Northern and Central regions, including the Yucatan, Sonora, Mexico City, Acapulco, Puebla and more, says Vicente Del Rio, the manager. People confuse Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. “A lot of people think real enchiladas are in red and blue tortillas with yellow cheese,” but that’s more Tex-Mex. “The authentic ones are regular corn tortillas filled with cheese or chicken and a red, green or mole sauce topped with cheese and sour cream.” Trendy now are ceviches – fresh and in lots of combinations with Asian foods, chiles, shrimp, tuna combined with onions, avocado and chile serrano, and prepared with soy sauce, lime and a touch of chipotle chile. “The sauce tastes amazing,” says Del Rio. Also popular are grilled tuna, shrimp or fish tostadas served with chipotle mayonnaise sauce and topped with avocado or guacamole. Tequila martinis with a twist of lime on the rocks are also hip and chic, as are shots of frozen tequila. Food and culture have evolved in this country over the last two decades, says Chicago restaurateur and chef Rick Bayless, co-owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, in his recently released 20th Anniversary Edition of “Authentic Mexican, Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico,” written with his wife, Deann Groen Bayless. Because “Hispanics, the majority of them Mexican, have become the fastest-growing immigrant group in North America,” most non-Hispanic Americans no longer need to travel south of the border to encounter a real taste of Mexico, he adds. For home cooks, once-difficult-to-find ingredients such as chipotle chiles, dark green poblanos, fresh tomatillos, fresh cactus paddles, roasted tomatoes and key limes are now readily available in grocery stores and in a variety of forms (dried, ground, canned, pickled, etc.). Many have gone mainstream and are flavoring other things like barbecue sauces, salad dressings and chutneys, says Bayless. Salsa is now more popular than ketchup, and Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche ice cream is one of the company’s best sellers. Some of the trendy new creations in the works that will be added to El Torito Grill restaurant menus today include: AHI TUNA: Covered with cumin and cayenne pepper, then seared (not cooked through), served with a tamarind-chipotle sauce, serrano chile-fennel mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and papaya relish. ENSALADA DE CEVICHE: An appetizer or salad made by marinating raw ahi tuna a couple of hours in a mixture of salt, black pepper, ground-up Peruvian chile (ajei) and shrimp broth. Chopped cucumber and papaya are added, and then it’s topped with habanero red onions (marinated in lime juice and habanero chiles). PICANTE STEAK: Top sirloin steak marinated 2 hours in cayenne pepper, garlic, cilantro, salt and olive oil, then mesquite-grilled. Served with caramelized onions and roasted corn, grilled asparagus, serrano chile-fennel mashed potatoes and a corn cake. SANTA FE TORTE: Although this isn’t new, it’s a popular menu favorite and has been tweaked a little through the years. The stacked 5-inch-diameter round creation is made by layering corn and red chile crepes (made at the restaurant) with a filling mixture of diced cooked chicken breast, red chile sauce, corn, diced pasilla chiles and shredded Jack cheese in between. Topped off with mango-pineapple salsa, it’s served surrounded with red chile and jalapeno sauces. Hungry for more? Adobe Cantina 29100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills (818) 991-3474 A fun outdoor-dining setting with patios, fire pits and fountains. Border Grill 1445 Fourth St., Santa Monica (310) 451-1655 Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the Two Hot Tamales, have raised the bar on Mexican cuisine. El Torito Grill 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818) 907-7172 Innovative, upscale Mexican fusion cuisine. Loter a! Grill Farmers Market at the Grove 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles (323) 930-2211 The Mexican food is heavenly in this bare-bones setting, say fans. Sonora Cafe 180 S. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-1800 It’s been offering innovative Mexican/Southwestern food for years. Tamayo 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., East Los Angeles (323) 260-4700 This attractive restaurant features artwork from the late Rufino Tamayo and delicious food. Frida Mexican Cuisine 236 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 278-7666 Stylish, gourmet Mexican restaurant. La Serenata de Garibaldi 1842 E. First St., L.A., (323) 265-2887; also 1416 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 656-7017 La Serenata Gourmet 10924 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles (310) 441-9667 All three Serenata locations serve delicious Mexican fare – some say it’s fabulous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Budget critics call for reform

first_img“That’s his problem – he’ll surrender at the first sign of a fight,” McClintock said. “The four measures that he put to the voters in 2005 were important steps forward. But at the first setback, he not only ran up the white flag, he joined the other side.” McClintock has several suggestions to reform the budget process. For one, he would like to see a restoration of the original Gann spending limit, a formula which restricted state spending increases based on population growth and inflation, but which was later modified to be less restrictive. Also, he said, the entire budget process needs to be conducted in full public view, rather than a reliance on the “Big Five” process by which the governor and four legislative leaders meet behind closed doors to hammer out the most contentious budget issues every year. Also, the governor should once again have the power to make mid-year budget cuts when spending exceeds revenue, without having to seek legislative approval. Mike Genest, the governor’s finance director, denied that the governor has given up on budget reform. But he is taking a different approach this year. Rather than write his own proposal, he has challenged lawmakers to come up with a plan that could be then subject to negotiations. “He intentionally did not make a specific proposal, because of the experience with Prop. 76 \,” Genest said. “He thought it was wiser to ask the Legislature what their ideas were.” “What he has said is what we have now are peaks and valleys, and we need to level it out so we have rolling hills. So when we have drops in revenue, it’s not devastating.” Last year, he added, the governor proposed restoring his midyear cut authority, but lawmakers did not agree. But even without sweeping reforms, Schwarzenegger has made several improvements in the state budget. Last year, he signed an on-time budget, the first one in five years. He has also reduced the state’s long- term structural deficit from about $16 billion to a proposed $1 billion next year, though some critics say that number would be higher if not for some budget gimmickry. His Proposition 58, approved by voters in 2004, put some limits on state spending and borrowing, though the measure was weakened in the negotiation process from his original plan. He later sought stronger reforms in Proposition 76, the Live Within Our Means Act, which proposed specific formulas to limit increases in spending, while giving the governor new authorities to make budget cuts without legislative approval. Following a strong opposition campaign led by the state’s public employee unions, all of the governor’s reform measures were defeated in 2005. “I think the governor’s 2005 failed year of reform probably caused a timeout on reform talks for a year or two,” said Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget committee. “It’s too bad, because I think he had political sway, if they were reforms that were fair and balanced.” Democrats also acknowledge that reforms are needed to the budget process, but they have different perspectives on how to achieve them. Laird said he would like to see reforms in the state tax system, rather than on the spending side. The state could broaden the items that are subject to taxation – such as applying the sales tax to services – while lowering the actual tax rate to keep the changes fiscally neutral, he said. Such a change would give the state a broader and more diverse tax base, and one less subject to fluctuations in personal income and capital gains He would also like to see a lower threshold for the Legislature to approve budgets than the current two-thirds requirement that is often blamed for late budgets. The California state budget is a massive thing, a $146 billion behemoth that has more financial value than the economic output of many countries. The general fund – the portion that is most directly under the control of state policymakers – has more than doubled in the last decade to a proposed $103 billion next year. Put another way, if California were its own nation, it would rank around 16th in the world in government spending, according to data compiled from the CIA’s World Factbook. If it were its own company, it would rank around 13th in the world on the Forbes 500. But state officials say they actually have very little control over what ends up in the budget. The administration estimates that about 8 percent of the budget is discretionary, while the rest is predetermined by a series of state and federal laws, ballot measures, court settlements, negotiated contracts and debt obligations. Proposition 98, for example, guarantees that roughly 40 percent of the state budget will go to K-12 education and community colleges. Other ballot measures have locked up funding for transportation, local governments, after-school programs and a host of other areas. McClintock, however, says the idea that lawmakers have little control over the budget is nonsense. Laws like Proposition 98 can be suspended through a two- thirds vote of the Legislature, he notes, the same margin needed to approved a budget. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the 2003 recall, when the state was facing a massive budget deficit, Schwarz- enegger ran on a platform of fiscally conservative budget reform. After taking office, he proposed several measures to rein in spending, but met with mixed success – getting voters to approve one diluted measure in 2004, but failing to pass a stronger plan in 2005. Since then, he has been relatively quiet in terms of proposing major long-term constitutional or structural controls. There are still a few voices in the wilderness calling for budget reform, but debates over health care, prison reform and infrastructure have overshadowed that issue in the public eye and on the floor of the Legislature. State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, one of the state’s leading fiscal conservatives, has long advocated for strict budget reforms that would tightly control increases in spending. Schwarzenegger, he said, started his term with the right ideas, but after meeting initial defeats failed to continue pursuing them, and instead focused on cooperating with Democrats in other areas rather than fighting them on fiscal reform. As state lawmakers start negotiating over Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed $146 billion spending plan, some critics are wondering whether the governor has abandoned any hope of making the long-term reforms needed to avoid the disastrous budget situation the state faced only five years ago. Analysts and critics say even though the economy might be stronger now than during the dot-com bust of 2001-02, the governor and state lawmakers are ignoring budget reform at their peril. If the state runs into another budget-busting slowdown, the public will demand to know why they didn’t act sooner. “The window of opportunity to reform the budget process was wide open when the budgets were continually late and very acrimonious,” said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies, at Cal State Sacramento. “We’ve had two years of relatively on-time budgets, and relatively collegial budget-making. That has taken the urgency away and closed the window.” “It’s human nature to focus on long-term problems only when they’re hitting you in the face. It is shortsighted. It’s also very human.” last_img read more

Bringing literature back to Uptown

first_imgBrezniak also plans to have a cafe, as well as live music. Local officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude. “I would be surprised if it met the desire for a full-scale bookstore like Barnes and Noble or something like that,” said Jeff Collier, director of community development. “But it remains to be seen.” Former Councilman Allan Zolnekoff, who led a petition drive in 2001 to get a new bookstore, said the store is a step in the right direction. “The key point is a new full-service bookstore for new books,” Zolnekoff said. WHITTIER – Ever since Bookland and Supercrown went out of business seven years ago, city leaders have been seeking a new bookstore. Now, Brett Brezniak, owner of the Little Old Bookshop, is looking to satisfy that need. He has moved his store into a new location, 6708 Greenleaf Ave. in Uptown, with plans to sell new and used books in the three-story building. “I’m looking to fill the void that Bookland left,” said Brezniak, 36, of Whittier. “I’m looking to provide everything that Bookland had – a good,independent bookstore that has all of the new books and magazines, that’s also modern.” Zolnekoff said he likes the idea of a cafe and also of Brezniak’s plans to have live music. “I love the idea of mixing social aspects,” he said. Zolnekoff and others collected more than 2,000 signatures in 2001 to present to Barnes and Noble and Borders, asking them to open a store in Whittier. However, officials from both chains turned them down. Brezniak has owned the Little Old Bookshop since 1996, when he purchased it from Chuck Jimenez, who founded it in 1976. About a year ago Brezniak came up with the idea of selling new books along with his used ones. “I started about a year ago, slowly building up the literature selection, bringing in some new best-sellers,” he said. “I was limited by space in the old location. There wasn’t room to have a line of new books like Bookland had.” He solved that problem a couple of months ago when he purchased the former Whittier Children’s Playhouse – formerly Farmers Hardware and Paint Store – that has three stories. Brezniak opened the new store May 11 but still has a lot of work to do. So far he has only the ground floor open, with no cafe and no area to sell magazines. And he’s still getting new books in. “We’re not there yet,” he said. “This isn’t quite the store it’s going to be. We’ve moved locations and have a little more room. We have created the basic layout for the ground floor.” The bottom floor, which will be called Plato’s Cave and feature live music, as well as books on religion, philosophy and the arts, can’t be opened until the elevator is fixed, he said. He said he saw no reason to wait to open until the store was completed – most likely in a couple of months. The store should be completed during the summer, he said. “I think people like to see the way things develop,” said Brezniak. “Even if everything was fully stocked and on the shelves, we’d still want to change things. As we open up, people will suggest things.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Garage Sale Map for the weekend of May 24

first_imgThis maps shows the garage sales in the North Peace for the weekend of May 24, 2013. Click on a marker for the address and hours of the sale or print the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/wkcjOIf you would like your garage sale included in an upcoming map, make sure to post your garage sale at www.peacecountryclassifieds.caView Fort St. John Garage Sale Map – May 24 & 25, 2013 in a larger map- Advertisement –last_img

An update on the Red Deer Creek wildfire

first_imgCurrently, firefighters are holding the fire south of the Heritage Highway in British Columbia and west of the Two Lakes Road in Alberta. They’re also responding to any initial attacks in these areas and securing the oil and gas camp’s infrastructure and access.An evacuation order is still in place for the 3 oil and gas camps within the area, while structure protection crews have installed sprinklers on these camps and 4 bridges.There are 99 firefighters working to control the blaze in B.C. and another 16 to contain the spill over into Alberta.- Advertisement -They’re being accompanied by 130 support staff, 14 B.C. helicopters and 11 Alberta helicopters (5 working on B.C. the side and 6 working on the Alberta side).There’s also 27 pieces of heavy equipment that are working on B.C.’s side (11 dozers, 3 excavators, 5 water tenders, 2 skidders, 3 low beds, 1 feller buncher and 2 graders), and 9 dozers working on the Alberta side.Lightning is being blamed for the blaze and an Alberta Incident Management Team has taken over operations.Advertisementlast_img read more