Council debate on changes centers on geographic representation

first_imgHome Local News Council debate on changes centers on geographic representation Twitter Previous article68-year-old woman charged with burglaryNext articleTrustees eye goals, progress on IR campuses admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – January 23, 2018 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Odessa City Council members continued to debate the merits of adding a new at-large council member and giving the mayor a vote on Tuesday but focused their concerns on geographical representation on the board as a May special election on the changes appears increasingly likely. Absent was much of the acrimony that marked a previous debate over the issue this month, where council members traded barbs with citizens who came to speak and complained about Odessa’s eastern growth. There was some contention — District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales at one point accused the chief proponent of the council changes, Jim Rector, of “misleading the whole community with your opinion.”But Rector had argued just that the proposal was “the most effective way to give our citizens representation at this time,” even if the next census may bring further changes such as new single-member districts. Three council members had combined in December to shoot down a request to call a special election — Gonzales, District 1 Councilman Malcolm Hamilton and District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff. The trio had also faced criticism after a string of controversial decisions last year such as the sacking of the city manager and scuttling of an incentive package for an oilfield equipment supplier that ultimately went to Midland.On Tuesday, Gonzales and Graff said they could support adding representatives to the City Council but favored the lengthier process of adding two new members representing single districts or simply waiting until the next census in 2020.“I think the city has grown enough to merit that we need to make a change,” Gonzales said. But he continued to question the “intent” behind the latest proposal and maintained his stance that it would favor Odessa’s wealthier east side. If the petition drive succeeds and voters sign off on the proposal, the council would become a seven-member board with a mayor and council member elected by voters citywide. The remaining five single-district positions would remain.But passage of the proposal may also face federal scrutiny — something supporters argue it would withstand because it would not dilute minority voting strength.A group formed to oppose the proposal, Odessa Together, which includes members of minority voting rights groups, argues the new seven-member board would illegally dilute the strength of Hispanic voters. The group also threatened to challenge the changes in court.Gonzales lent his support to that group but said he disagreed with the argument about racial vote dilution. Gonzales floated the idea of asking voters to consider adding two-single member districts, although its unclear how that would work if the petition drive succeeds because the City Council could not vote to alter that proposal if it’s taken to voters. District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant said he disagreed. “I oppose it because we have a petition out in the city today by the citizens that’s being signed there,” Bryant said. “And I’m for that.”District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner also supports the proposed changes but was absent Tuesday.One of the founders of Odessa Together, Art Leal, encouraged the City Council on Tuesday to seek a federal review of the new elections system before calling the election, which a successful petition would compel them to call under state law. “This so-called bypass action that we all know as a petition has not taken away your ability to govern the city,” said Leal, a past chairman of Una Voz Unida, a group aimed at increasing Hispanic political participation that he founded after losing a mayoral race in 2008. “You each have a responsibility to the city to protect it from all liability and loss.”Hamilton and Graff have argued the proposed changes would be discriminatory, with Hamilton calling them “racist.”On Tuesday, Graff argued that single-member districts better represent distinct areas of the city and that an at-large representative is “not going to do a very good job of representing all five of those districts.” “You need to know and understand your district,” Graff said. “You need to know what the people need. You can’t do that with at-large.”Hamilton repeated previous arguments that the change is being sought by “spoiled individuals wanting to get their way or have their way. And now all of a sudden things are not being rubber stamped.” “I think it’s wrong,” Hamilton said. “However, as Mr. Bryant has said: It’s a political process. So if they’ve signed this petition then the thing is, let’s get the voters out and let’s have them vote on this thing. I really do feel that. Regardless Odessa will move forward.” Local News Council debate on changes centers on geographic representation WhatsAppcenter_img Odessa City Hall will be doing mostly cosmetic renovations to update to a more modern look. Facebook Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionCreamy Fruit SaladFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebook Pinterest Twitter ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterestlast_img read more

Sweden appoints implementation chief for premium pension reform

first_imgAnnika Strandhäll, chair of the Pensions Group“Pensioners’ money should never have to be hunted down in tax havens and you don’t have to be a financial expert to get a good pension,” she said.The PPM is the defined contribution part of the Swedish state pension, allowing individuals to allocate a percentage of contributions to private investment providers via the funds marketplace, or use the default option, AP7’s Såfa.Stefan Lundbergh, the Cardano expert who came up with most of the plan now being put in place, told IPE he was very happy with the appointment.“I think it is going in the right direction, and the momentum is keeping up,” he said. “The devil will be in the detail, but I think the person they have appointed is going to do very a good job.”At the Pensions Authority, Westberg has been at the centre of efforts to deal with private fund managers falling foul of the law.As part of the reform, in June the Pensions Authority published a set of tougher requirements for investment providers operating in the PPM in future.Some 21 funds have been cut from the funds marketplace after violating co-operation agreements, the government said.The Pensions Authority is currently involved in several legal processes both in Sweden and abroad recovering money for pensioners affected by scams, it said. Annika Strandhäll, minister for social security and chair of the Swedish parliament’s pensions group, said pension savings in Sweden should always be safe. Sweden has appointed a special investigator to lead a review tasked with implementing reforms to its first-pillar Premium Pension System (PPM).Mikael Westberg, current head of legal at the Pensions Authority, which oversees payment of Sweden’s state pension benefits, is to lead the implementation review, drafting regulatory proposals for a funds marketplace within the PPM.The proposals are to be presented by November 2019, and the new authority in charge of the funds marketplace will start operating on 1 September 2020, the government said.The PPM is being reformed to solve problems that have arisen since the system was set up in the 1990s – including, most recently, a spate of scandals involving rogue traders.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: June 13, 2013 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. •••••Michael Murphy, born in 1991, of Emporia, was charged with theft, a level 9 felony of property over $1,000 but less than $25,000.Murphy is accused of stealing a 1999 GMC Sierra truck, valued over $1,000.••••• Francis Castro, born in 1995, of Emporia was charged with theft, a level 9 felony of property over $1,000 but less than $25,000.Castro is accused of stealing a 1999 GMC Sierra truck. He was also accused of stealing a Neon car in an earlier complaint.•••••John Noyes, born in 1976, of Wellington, was charged with 13 traffic violations as well as fleeing or eluding a police officer, a Level 9 person felony.On May 13, 2013, Noyes was driving a 2002 Saturn and refused to bring it to a stop when a Caldwell Police Department officers had given him visual and audible signals with emergency lights to do so.Noyes then allegedly took off, failing to stop at a stop sign at Central and St. Mary’s Street, St. Mary’s and First Street; Market and 7th Street, Main and 7th Street, and Main and 6th Street. He was also accused of driving 70 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.Once apprehended, Noyes was also charged with transporting an open container, an unclassified misdemeanor; driving while suspended or revoked; a class B misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class C misdemeanor.•••••James Jacob Beltz, born in 1989, of Belle Plaine was charged with criminal threat, a level 9 person felony; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Beltz threatened two alleged victims after one of them didn’t buy the right kind of beer and when he got home the argument continued and accelerated to Beltz telling one of them if he had a gun he would shoot her in the face.He then allegedly kicked the bedroom door after using abusive language. After it broke, and was asked why it was broke he continued with abusive language the complaint said.Beltz is also accused of damaging several picture frames and a telephone, which prompted one of the alleged victims to call the police.•••••Gina Gleason, born in 1977, of Winfield was charged with possession of methamphetamine; a level 5 drug felony. She is also accused of theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Gleason is accused of taking Wellington Wal-Mart merchandise worth $522 on June 9, 2013, which she pushed outside in a cart without paying. She is also accused of having a glass meth pipe with residue in her purse.•••••David Lozano, born in 1978, of Wellington was charged with possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia – all misdemeanors.•••••Justin Goings, born in 1980, of Wellington was charged with false impersonation, a Class B misdemeanor; and telephone harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Goings misrepresented himself calling a woman at north F St. in Wellington stating that he was an officer of the court and legal counsel of another person. He allegedly left the false impression that he was an attorney when in reality he had no license to practice law in Kansas.He then is accused of using his wife’s cell phone and a *67 call blocking feature to make another call with “intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person on the receiving end,” the complaint said.Goings allegedly claimed to the alleged vicim that he was legal counsel for another person and she was in violation of parental custody documents and she could be arrested. Goings allegedly said he was an “officer of the court” and although she could be in serious trouble he would let her off with a warning this time.•••••Dale Church, born in 1938, of Wellington was charged with telephone harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.Church is accused of making a phone call to a relative at 3:30 p.m. on June 10. She told him to quit calling her residence. Thereafter at about 4:35 p.m while a Wellington Police Department deputy was present at the residence, Church allegedly called them twice and hung up both times when the owner answered these calls.•••••David Farley, born in 1947, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal threat, level 9 felony.Farley is accused of punching an alleged victim on the chin on June 6. During an argument, he allegedly said he was going to kill the alleged victim and his mother.•••••Rebecca Livingston, born in 1973, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony. She was also charged with interference of a law enforcement officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.Livingston is accused of obstructing a law enforcement officer from locating and apprehending Justin Morris on an arrest warrant. She allegedly told officers that Morris was in jail in Barton County when he was hiding in the next room.She is also accused of possessing two plastic baggies containing methamphetamine and a glass pipe in her purse at 868 W. 80th Ave., north of Conway Springs when she was arrested.•••••Vicente Giles, born in 1975, of Arkansas City was charged with identity theft, a level 8 felony; and two counts of identity fraud, a level 8 felony.Giles is accused of falsely possessing a personal identification information of a specific person with the intent to obtain and maintain employment at Elkhorn Valley in Wellington when he filled out Form I-9 on July 6, 2012 in Wellington.He allegedly used the alleged victim’s name and obtained a paycheck falsely listing his name. Giles also used the victim’s social security number therefore making him legally eligible for employment.•••••Christopher Nickum, born in 1978, in Oxford was charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property – all misdemeanors.Nickum is accused of angrily pinning an alleged victim on the bed with her arm pulled behind her head.He then allegedly addressed profanity at her and struck the front door with his fist.He is also accused of punching a hole in the bathroom wall with his fist which caused about $50 in damages.last_img read more

Man Utd can still qualify for Champions League, says Solskjaer

first_imgLike Arsenal and United, Chelsea have also endured some disappointing recent results, missing their own chance to pull clear when they drew at home with Burnley on Monday.United’s poor recent form has been a particular disappointment given the impressive sequence of results when Solskjaer first arrived as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho’s exit in December.They began brightly against City at Old Trafford but could not maintain the intensity required, though they avoided a repeat of the insipid display duing the weekend’s 4-0 loss at Everton.Striker Marcus Rashford urged fans to keep the faith.“Tough period for us at the moment and as a United fan myself I understand how you’re feeling,” he wrote on Twitter.“We’ve shown how we can play, we need to get back to doing what we know we can do!”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United can still qualify for the Champions League despite a collapse in form extended by their derby defeat against Manchester City.United have now lost seven of their past nine games in all competitions, leaving them three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League with three matches to go.But they have been helped by the stumbles of others, with Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday keeping the door open.Chelsea visit Old Trafford on Sunday and Solskjaer has urged his side to keep fighting for Champions League football despite the chastening 2-0 defeat at the hands of City on Wednesday.“We need more quality on Sunday and if we win that game, we have two games to go,” Solskjaer told“Of course we want to get into the top four. I haven’t been planning on playing on Thursday nights (in the Europa League) yet. We just have to make sure we give ourselves a chance on Sunday.“We’re three games away from the end of the season, we’re three points behind the top four and no one would have given us a chance a few months ago.“It’s maybe taken its toll on the players. It’s my job now to see who wants to sacrifice enough to be here.”last_img read more

Taylor, Vikes take aim at NCAA Regional Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsGranite Pointe’s Lauren Taylor and the rest of the Portland State Vikings team take to the Washington Golf Club in Auburn, WA. Thursday to compete in the NCAA West Regional Women’s Golf Tournament.Taylor is joined by Big Sky Championship teammates Britney Yada, Tiffany Schoning, Kalyn Dodge and Alexia Brown.The Vikes enter the 24-team, 54-hole tournament, as the 20th seeded team.The competition at the West Regional will be a huge test of Portland State as some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, including Pac-10 Champion, USC, will be among the competitors. Other top-25 nationally-ranked teams playing in the regional are Virginia, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Pepperdine, Iowa State and UC Davis.The top eight teams from the West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament, May 18-21, at the Traditions Golf Club in State College, TX.Taylor, 19, enters the NCAA Regional with some of the top freshman numbers in Portland State University history.The L.V. Rogers Bomber grad won two tournaments this season on the Big Sky circuit in California — Cal State Fullerton Folino Invitational and UC Irvine Anteater Invitational.Those accomplishments did not go unnoticed as Taylor earned Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year accolades — the first freshman from Portland State to claim the honour.Taylor also was named to the All- Big Sky Conference Team with Schoning and Yada. Dodge was named to the second team.All-Conference honors are based on national player rankings.Taylor’s scoring average of 75.80 is the best ever by a PSU freshman. She also tied a school scoring record for a 36-hole tournament with an even par 144 at the Folino. Taylor is a two-time Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week.Taylor tees off Thursday at 1:25 p.m., Friday at 8:55 a.m. and Saturday at 1:25 [email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — U9 Champs Romania

first_imgTeam Romania includes, from left, Eliza Jefferson, Ollie Gyr, Tao Crawford, Tyler Walmsley, Odin Elris, Jasper Elris and Levi Taylor. It took a shootout for Team Romania to be crowned champs of the Kootenay Co-op U9 Division at the Soccer Quest Indoor facility.Team Romania needed the tie-breaker to advance past a stubborn Team Argentina in the final of the U9 category.Staff at Mallards wants to salute Team Romania for the heroics with Team of the Week honours.last_img

Solid showing by Neptunes at Kootenay Regional Swim Meet

first_imgThe goal — qualify for Provincials — was set in May, prior to the start of the season.This past weekend at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre a handful of Neptune swimmers achieved their season’s prize by capturing qualifying spots at the BC Summer Swim Association Championships later this month in Kamloops.“It was a really awesome weekend for the Neptunes,” said Nelson skipper Sarah Broen, who along with Matthew Holitzki form the coaching staff.“Not only did our swimmers swim best times, but many of them achieved their regional goals that we set in May.” “These swimmers also displayed some amazing team spirit by cheering for all the swimmers, of all ages,” Broen added.Castlegar Aquanauts captured the overall team prize at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals, edging out Kimberley for the Regional Title.Grand Forks Piranhas finished third followed by the host Neptunes.Trail Stingrays finished fifth followed by Creston in sixth and Colville, Wash., in seventh.For the Neptunes, the weekend qualified more than a dozen swimmers.Ready for compete at the provincial level are Keira Badry, Kallie Badry, Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Madeline Holitzki, assistant coach Matthew Holitzki, Olivia Cowan, Enna Cowan, Imogen Cowan, Sage Cowan, Raine Ingram, Cynthia Pfeiffer, Ella Chouinard and head coach Sarah Broen.The BC Summer Swim Association Championships August 17-20 in Kamloops.last_img read more