/justified: A 13-member panel made up mostly of residents soon will begin reporting neighborhood crime problems like drug sales, gang activity and graffiti directly to the city’s new Public Safety Division, which has close links to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. “The goal is to start with the significant problems, work down to the lesser ones and end up with a 100-percent safe community,’ said Mayor David Armenta. Scott Wasserman, manager of the Public Safety Division, created this past summer after a spate of gang shootings and an alleged gang rape of a teenage girl in a public park restroom, said the new advisory panel will be made up of Neighborhood Watch block captains, business owners and interested residents. Two of the members will be City Council members. “We know Neighborhood Watch is already working with the sheriff’s, so our plan is to enhance what they do,’ he said of the citizens’ group. “The way we look at it is, more is better when it comes to crime and emergency preparedness.’ The council and the city manager’s office will appoint members to the panel the council making five appointments and the city manager’s office selecting six members . In December, the council is expected to name people to the panel. But City Councilman Gregory Salcido, who cast the only vote against creating the panel, said he feared the appointment process could get mired in politics. “I wonder if it is wise to implement this at this particular time, because other recent appointments have been political,’ he said. Councilman Ron Beilke said politics won’t play a role in the selection of panel members. “It’s wrong to criticize this committee before it starts,’ he said. “People want information, and this committee will do that.’ @tagline columnist:Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
QPR had to absorb some pressure early in the second half at Deepdale, where Sebastian Polter’s early goal put them ahead. The German striker, left unmarked at the far post, headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s fifth-minute corner.Rangers have since defended well, although Jordan Hugill had a chance to equalise when he headed over from Greg Cunningham’s cross.And Polter almost forced a second goal when he beat shaky keeper Anders Lindegaard in the air to get his head to Karl Henry’s hanging cross, but the loose ball fell kindly for Preston.Preston made a determined start to the second period but Rangers have looked a threat on the counter attack, with the in-form Junior Hoilett involved in much of their best work.Hoilett crossed for Polter, whose effort flashed across the face of goal, and Alejandro Faurlin’s shot was blocked as the midfielder attempted to force the ball home.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin, Henry, Mackie, Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Hall, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington, Luongo, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A lot of eyes were on Sunday’s drama-filled clash between the Warriors and Rockets in Oakland.According to ABC, the game generated the network’s highest ratings for an NBA Conference Semifinals broadcast since 2011. The playoff contest, won by Golden State, delivered a 5.9 metered market rating — up 34 percent from last year’s comparable game. It peaked with an 8.1 rating in the final quarter hour, according to Nielsen.Not surprisingly, the game drew robust numbers in the Bay Area and …
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