Fair animals finally find home

first_imgAfter a week of strife and heated insults, the chickens will come home to roost. Ending a week of nervous uncertainty, the Valley Fair announced today that it will hold a separate animal show at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. After turning away exhibitors from its Saugus Speedway for cost reasons, then offering a Pierce College alternative that hadn’t been squared with Pierce College, the fair will now return its livestock to the same location it shunned earlier this year. “It’s going to happen and it’ll be a nice venue,” Fair Board President David Honda said. “The community came to the rescue of the livestock committee.” He said the board plans to meet with the center’s owner, Eddie Milligan, Wednesday to look over the site. Honda thanked Milligan for stepping up to help and said it would allow the exhibitors to show and auction their animals for the two-day event beginning June 9. “I’m trying to do everything I can,” Honda said. “I’m trying to work with everyone on this.” Meanwhile, seeking to end future dust-ups, Los Angeles City Councilmen Tony Cárdenas and Richard Alarcón introduced a resolution Tuesday that would call for the creation of an entirely new local agricultural district. If the resolution becomes law, the city will lobby the state to create a 55th District Agricultural Association, enabling the Valley Fair to stay in its Saugus location and a new entity to set up shop in the San Fernando Valley. “The positive thing,” Alarcón said, “would be for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Fernando Valley to each have their own.” In addition, the city would lobby the state to audit the fair board’s performance based on complaints from exhibitors and local residents. Cárdenas, who sparred with the board in March over its attempts to relocate to Woodley Park in Encino, continued his attack on the event’s management. “I’m glad to hear that the animals will be back in the San Fernando Valley, but I’m perplexed that they’d separate them from the fair,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense. That’s like having a car race, putting all the people in a stadium and then the cars are down the block.” Livestock volunteers, who’ve been trying to pull together a contingency plan for several weeks, said the Hansen Dam site would be an acceptable compromise. While reluctant to exhibit separately from the main fair, livestock committee members said they’d still be able to spread the word about the new venue. “The kids won’t get left hanging now,” said Ken Keeble, a volunteer and member of the Reseda Grange. “It won’t be a big thing, it won’t be the same, but at least we can let buyers know where it’s going to be.” [email protected] (818) 713-3738160Want 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

McCain Amendment to Reignite Debate over Use of War Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR When Senate debate on the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill begins next week, one of the most high-profile amendments lawmakers consider will be Armed Services Chairman John McCain’s proposal to provide an additional $18 billion in war spending to pay for new weapons and higher Army force levels that the Obama administration did not request.The Arizona Republican’s amendment would “reverse short-sighted cuts” and “halt dangerous reductions to the end strength of the military services” by adding the funds to the department’s uncapped overseas contingency operations account, according to a written statement. Earlier, McCain had said he would provide the extra funds by seeking to raise the statutory cap on defense spending.The amendment would authorize $2.4 billion to increase the size of all four services, reported CQ Roll Call. “We cannot change course soon enough. This amendment is the Senate’s opportunity to do just that,” McCain said.McCain’s plan differs somewhat from the funding approach included in the House version of the annual defense policy bill. The House measure calls for shifting $18 billion from the OCO to base budget items, a move that would require the next administration to request supplemental funds for overseas operations before next May.Last week, Senate Democrats objected to a motion to start consideration of the bill, forcing the chamber to postpone debate until it returns from its Memorial Day recess June 6.Democrats indicated they wouldn’t support McCain’s proposal without an agreement to provide an equivalent funding boost for domestic programs. The amendment would upend the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last year to lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending.There are “serious discussion now going on among the caucus about what’s the best approach,” said Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee.last_img read more

Kolkata South Bengal to experience rain from Monday

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Saturday predicted rainfall in all the South Bengal districts including the city for three days from Monday.According to a senior MeT official, rain will be accompanied with a strong breeze measuring around 45-50 km per hour. There is also a prediction of heavy thundershowers in various North Bengal districts. The city may witness intermittent rains for the next three days from Monday onwards. The districts which are expected to receive maximum rainfall are North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseFor the past few days, the city’s temperature climbed up by a few notches and a spell of dry weather is prevailing. “Some North Bengal districts may receive heavy downpour, accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms on Monday. The situation may intensify on Tuesday and Wednesday resulting in more rain. There is also a possibility of hailstorms in North Bengal. People in the city and other South Bengal districts may witness moderate spells of rain three days from Monday,” a senior official of the MeT office said. The official also said the situation will improve from Wednesday evening. It may also be mentioned that the spells of rain early this week led to a drop of temperature by a few notches.last_img read more