Whittier rejects `miracle’

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. What do Joe Marsico and Helen Keller have in common? Keller was “The Miracle Worker” – and Marsico wants that label to be designated as his occupation on the Whittier City Council ballot. No, says Whittier City Clerk Katherine Marshall. “Miracle worker” is not an occupation. “When he submitted `miracle worker,’ I pointed out that’s not a profession,” Marshall said. “So we couldn’t list it.” In a meeting with Marsico and City Manager Steve Helvey, Marshall said, she and Helvey offered other suggestions – such as futurist or transit operator. But Marsico rejected both labels, even though Marsico does have a bid submitted with the city to purchase one of Whittier’s old trolley buses. Marsico is rejecting the city clerk’s ruling, saying he now plans to take the city to court over his occupation label. “Mr. Helvey asked me, `What does a miracle worker do?”‘ Marsico said. “I have proved there are miracles in my life. I work hard and I pray. I pray for answers and get solutions to problems. I’ve been doing this for 30 years.” RAHDER REPORT: When former Whittier Councilwoman Helen Rahder did not return her nomination papers last week to run in the April 11 City Council elections, some were surprised. But after careful consideration, Rahder said she decided it just was not the right time for her. She had taken out nomination papers for the unexpired two-year position, created when former Councilman Dave Butler resigned and his appointed replacement, Councilman Doug Lopez, decided not to run. Whittier attorneys Alex Moisa and Joe Vinatieri and local church deacon Arthur Rock have filed papers to run for the seat. “When the vacancy came up, I had thought that it would be two more years of service and this would be a great time to finish off my contribution to the city of Whittier,” Rahder said. “When I run, it’s a big, big effort and I put my heart and soul into it. Right now, my personal obligations are such that I couldn’t do it.” Rahder, a current Whittier planning commissioner, served on the council from 1990-94. STATE OF THE UNION: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold a viewing party for President Bush’s State of the Union speech at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.Mark- TwainDemocrats.org. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Barbara Stone, professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton, will speak at the 11a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated meeting. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Calamigos taking over Dakota’s Steakhouse on ranch expansion site

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – The Calamigos Ranch banquet facility is expanding into the hilltop site in Simi Valley that has been occupied by Dakota’s Steakhouse for nearly a decade. Flemming Larsen, owner of Dakota’s, said Calamigos is taking over the lease for the next 25 years. Dakota’s had two years left on the deal. “They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse,” he said. Glen Gerson, the son of Calamigos Ranch founder Grant Gerson, confirmed the sale but declined to comment. The sprawling ranch in the mountains overlooking Malibu plays host to weddings, banquets, conferences and company picnics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLast year, Larsen announced Dakota’s would be relocating to the Simi Valley Town Center, and the previous location would be converted into a catering and banquet facility. Instead, he plans to concentrate on expanding his restaurant business, which includes breaking ground on a Westlake Village steakhouse. “We’re a steakhouse, not a banquet facility,” Larsen said. “We’re focusing more on the restaurant part.” Dakota’s opened in 1997 at a prominent location at the east end of town at 2525 Stowe St., on top of a hill visible from the Ronald Reagan Freeway. It moved to the mall in December. “It’s bittersweet,” Larsen said. “At the same time, they are phenomenal people with vision,” he said of Calamigos officials. Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra said the city could use a banquet and conference center. “It will work out very well if done correctly,” he said. “I expect to see something nice and high-end.” [email protected] (805) 583-7604160Want 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

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round 15 game against Wigan Warriors at the Etihad Stadium.Tommy Makinson and Mark Flanagan miss out through injury which means Ade Gardner and Andy Dixon are recalled.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andy Dixon, 26. Josh Jones.Shaun Wane, Wigan’s head coach, will select from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. George Carmont, 6. Brett Finch, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Jeff Lima, 16. Liam Farrell, 17. Chris Tuson, 21. Epalahame Lauaki, 22. Gil Dudson, 24. Anthony Gelling, 28. Logan Tomkins, 33. Dominic Crosby.The game kicks off at 6pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Stat Pack:Last 10 meetings:Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11)(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Wigan 28, St Helens 24 (SLR11, 22/4/11)St Helens 16, Wigan 16 (SLR1, 12/2/11)(at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)St Helens 10, Wigan 22 (SLGF, 2/10/10)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 24, St Helens 26 (SLR18, 20/6/10)Super League Summary:St Helens won 26 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 28 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)last_img read more