Assembly hopefuls take places

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Five city council members, a school board member and a former state legislator will vie for two state Assembly District offices in the June 6 Democratic primary. Filing closed Wednesday for the two offices that opened up because Assemblymen Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, and Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, chose to vacate their seats so they could run for the state Senate. Three of the seven candidates are running for the 56th Assembly District, the seat Bermudez now holds, and four will be in Calderon’s 58th Assembly District. Both districts include portions of Whittier. The 56th stretches south through Norwalk and Cerritos to Hawaiian Gardens; the 58th moves east to encompass Hacienda Heights and west to include part of unincorporated East Los Angeles and all of Montebello and Pico Rivera. A fourth candidate, Norwalk resident Fernando Chacon, director of youth and family services for El Centro de Pueblo, Norwalk, said Thursday he is trying to withdraw from the ballot in the 56th District, and in any case will not campaign. While candidates in the 56th District say they expect a clean and positive campaign, the same thing can’t be said for the 58th, where the candidates are David Armenta, Geri Guzman, Owen Newcomer and Charles Calderon. “I’m thinking there is going to be a lot of mudslinging,” said Armenta, mayor of Pico Rivera. But he declined to say who he thinks will be doing the negative campaigning. Guzman, a Montebello Unified School District board member and Montebello city treasurer, also predicted the campaign would get ugly, saying she was attacked during her school board reelection campaign. Newcomer, a Whittier city councilman, said he would be positive, but said he is prepared to compare records and votes on issues. “I don’t see that as negative as going into personal attributes,” Newcomer said. Newcomer predicted the campaign would focus on education, jobs, access to health care and cleaning up industrial pollution near neighborhoods and schools. Guzman said the important issues would be education, health care, jobs and investment in infrastructure. Armenta said the important issue would be who could represent the district best. In the 56th Assembly District, the three candidates – Artesia council members Sally Flowers and Tony Mendoza and Norwalk Councilman Rick Ramirez – agreed that health care, education and public safety will be the key issues in the race. “Education is a big deal,” Flowers said. “I’ve been meeting with people in the education sector getting all of the information.” Mendoza’s campaign platform includes local control for educators and equipment and needed training for police officers. Ramirez said his first priority will be to protect local neighborhoods with tough laws and after-school programs. Former state Sen. Charles Calderon of Whittier didn’t return phone calls seeking comment. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

Bafana into Cosafa Cup semi-finals

first_img15 July 2013Bafana Bafana advanced to the semi-finals of the 2013 Cosafa Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Namibia at a packed Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday.South Africa will next face the hosts, Zambia, after Chipolopolo defeated Mozambique 3-1 on Sunday.The match was decided by second-half goals from Jabulani Shongwe and Hlompho Kekana and was a good result for South Africa after coach Gordon Igesund had to deal with numerous withdrawals in the lead-up to the tournament.The experience of goalkeeper and captain Wayne Sandilands, along with that of Hlompho Kekana, Lerato Chabangu and Mzikayise Mashaba, gave the team some much-needed direction, while debutants Buhle Mkhwanazi and Tshepo Gumede showed up well.Inspired moveIgesund also made a move in the first half that proved to be an inspired one when he substituted Sibusiso Khumalo with Ruzaigh Gamildien to give the team a greater attacking edge. Not only did it result in Bafana taking control, but Gamildien ended up being chosen as man of the match.Shongwe came on at the start of the second half and made his mark just four minutes later as his powerful shot beat the Namibian goalkeeper to give South Africa a one-nil lead.Kekana’s experience then showed when he collected a ball at the edge of the opposition box to fire home a cracker for a two-nil lead in the 71st minute.Namibia responded with a rather fortunate penalty, which was awarded against Shongwe, who was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.RetakeSecond-half substitute Willy Stephanus converted it after a retake. Sandilands had saved the initial shot was judged to have moved before the kick was taken. But it was not enough to derail South Africa’s mission to get into the next round.In an effort to score more goals, Igesund brought on striker Katlego Mashego for the exhausted Chabangu, but the score line remained the same.“This was game was very important to us because our preparation was not very ideal,” the Bafana Bafana coacdh said after the game.“Before the start of the match I said to the boys ‘let’s win this match, we will take it from there’.‘Tough out there’“We only had two training sessions here in Zambia, but the boys did very well,” Igesund said. “It was tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times our game was disjointed – the reason being it was the first time this team played together,” he explained.“We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament, and with more hard work I believe we will get better as a team. It was crucial that we get past the first one.“The pitch did not make things any easier for the two teams, which made things tougher out there and led to a scrappy match, but I am happy with the result and proud of the boys.‘Passion and commitment’“They were a bit nervous, but their attitude and passion and commitment was perfect, and they worked hard together. Several players put their hands up, which is what I was looking for.”Namibia had come into the match with high hopes following back-to-back victories over Mauritius and the Seychelles in their opening matches.In six meetings, South Africa has now won three times to one victory for the Brave Warriors, with two matches drawn.‘Very good players’“It’s always very tough playing against South Africa as they have very good players,” said Namibia coach Ricardo Manneti, who played under Igesund in South Africa a few years ago.“They really came at us, but also a lack of concentration at vital moments, especially at the back, cost us the match. We should not have let in the goals that we did. Our decision-making at the back was not the best,” Manneti admitted.“We got a lifeline with a late penalty and tried to pile on the pressure, but the goals did not come.”Bafana Bafana play their next match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday, with kick-off at 8pm.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more