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Seventh heaven? – Red-hot Tivoli face Portmore United in RSPL

first_imgHigh-riding Tivoli Gardens will look to continue their winning streak when they face Portmore United at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), starting at 3 p.m. It is one of six games scheduled on match-day 17. Tivoli Gardens picked up their sixth consecutive wins in the RSPL when they hammered Harbour View 4-0 at the Edward Seaga sports Complex last Sunday. Now, the West Kingston-based outfit are on the hunt for a seventh straight win. Since Omar Edwards was hired as head coach of Tivoli during the summer, the team has improved this season after flirting with relegation in the last edition of the league. Edwards has commanded the respect of his players, and the team has been performing well to be in second place on 32 points . Leaders Montego Bay United (MBU) who are on 34 points. Tivoli will look towards former Reggae Boy and international player Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, who is the RSPL’s joint leading scorer on eight goals, the same as Shamar Nicholson of Boys’ Town. Johnson is expected to get support from Mitchily Waul and Elton Thompson. Portmore United, on the other hand, have been inconsistent and are coming off a 0-0 draw against struggling Waterhouse last Sunday. The Portmore team, under coach Lenworth Hyde Jnr, are in fifth position on 26 points and will look to secure three points at home. Portmore’s top players include Ewan Grandison, Javon East and Suela McCalla. In another game, leaders Montego Bay United will travel away to play against last-placed Boys’ Town at the Barbican Complex in St Andrew. Although MBU hold a commanding lead on points over Boys’ Town, who are on 11 points, it could be a close affair. MBU’s main players include national representatives Dino Williams, Allan Ottey and Dwayne Ambusley. Boys’ Town will look for a rare win with players such as Shamar Nicholson, Garfield Gillespie and captain Michael Campbell. Humble Lion will host Arnett Gardens in what should certainly prove to be a close and interesting contest. Maverley-Hughenden, who seems to be a different team since Anthony Patrick took over as coach from the sacked Lijyasu Simms, will look for a third straight win when they host Harbour View at the Constant Sports Spring Complex. Today’s games 3 p.m. – Boys’ Town vs Montego Bay United at Barbican Complex – Maverley-Hughenden vs Harbour View at Constant Spring Sports Complex – Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens at Effortville Community Centre, Clarendon – Portmore United vs Tivoli Gardens at Prison Oval in Spanish Town – UWI FC vs Reno FC at the UWI Bowl, Monacenter_img 6 p.m. – Waterhouse vs Jamalco at Drewsland Stadiumlast_img read more

Youngster-Goldsmith meet attracts more than 60 teams

first_imgTomorrow’s Youngster-Goldsmith meet at the National Stadium has attracted the cream of the crop from among local high schools. Meet organiser Raffic Shaw is very upbeat after receiving massive entries. “More than 60 teams have entered for the meet and the expectation is that it will be a day of fierce competition all round, especially among the boys,” Shaw said. The Michael Clarke-coached Calabar High will out in full force as only top 400m runner Christopher Taylor will be missing. Sprint hurdler, World Under-20 finalist De’Jour Russell, along with the likes of Michael Stevens and World Under-20 representative, hurdler Aykeem Francis are all set to appear at the meet. The 100 metres is a late addition to the list of events at the meet and teams are being charged an extra $200 per athlete to enter the event. According to Shaw, there has not been any complaint about the extra charge. “These athletes want to run the 100m at the National Stadium as most of the meets this season have featured the 200m. They want to use the opportunity to ensure that they have good qualifying marks for the event going into next month’s Boys and Girls’ Champs,” Shaw said. Tomorrow’s meet will start at 8 a.m. with the men’s 400 metres hurdles for clubs and institutions, to be followed with the high school boys open, Class Two clubs and institutions, girls’ open and girls’ Under-18. Other events on the track will include the, 2000 metres steeplechase, open for both males and females, and all sprint hurdles for males and females. The sprint hurdles will feature two rounds, with the eight fastest times advancing to the finals. There will also be invitational 200m events for boys Classes One, Two and Three; 400m and 1,500m. In the field, action will get underway with Class One girls discus, high jump, for Classes Two and Four girls and Class Two boys. Other field events include the javelin for males and females, triple jump (males and females) and long jump (males and females).last_img read more

Lone Star to Surprise Crocodiles in Maseru

first_imgThe national soccer team Lone Star has arrived in Maseru, Lesotho for the return leg against The Crocodiles following its 1-0 lead in the first leg in Monrovia, two weeks ago.Lone Star needs at least a draw to qualify over Lesotho.According to journalist Fombah Kanneh, who is traveling with the team, the boys are in high spirits for the game.Fombah said the strength of mind to win is seen on the faces of the players, and was boosted when Italian Coach Roberto Landi joined them in Ghana.But playing at home, Lesotho may go into action on Sunday with the intention to cancel Liberia’s lead. However, with ideas from the coaches, it is hoped that an effective defensive strategy could be devised to ensure that the 1-0 lead is protected.Meanwhile, according to Lesotho’s Molapo Sports Centre, The Crocodiles need at least 2-0 against Lone Star, and they could follow the example of their junior national team, U-20 that qualified 4-1 in aggregate against Angola in Maseru.The Crocodiles will be going to the game with nothing less than more attacking football since its coach Matete told journalists after their first leg in Monrovia that losing 1-0 was a good away record.Liberia’s 27-man delegation: Uriah Glaybo (head of delegation), Interim Head Coach Thomas Kojo, Interim Deputy Coach Janjay Jacobs, trainer  Mueller Fabian, team manager Sebastian Collins, Doctor Patrick Konuwa and journalist FombahKanneh.Players: Captain Anthony Laffor, Sekou Jabateh, James Alpha, Alseny Keita, Nathaniel Sherman, Teah Dennis, Prince Jetoh, Eddie Wulu, Chris Jones, Sam Chaplay Kollie and Aloysiusu Simujla.Others: Kpah Sherman, Chris Momo, Alex Johnson, Alvin Maccornel, Myers Garblo, Elijah Togar, Mulbah Urey, James Soto Roberts and  Melivn King.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UL Increases Tuition

first_img“Official announcement on the tuition increment decision at the University of Liberia (UL) delivered by the Acting Chair of Board of Trustees Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.”The UL administration yesterday officially endorsed the tuition increment as sanctioned by the Board of Trustees. In a statement, the Administration said, “UL Board of Trustees has met several times during the month of February, precisely on the 19, 24 and 26 where they discussed a proposal to increase tuition at the university.” “We also met with the student leaders, the UL Administration, and the student leadership as well as held a similar meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the Visitor to the University on the same issue,” the statement said. The statement added that at the February 24 Board meeting, a majority of the Board members endorsed the proposal that tuition be increased from US$2.05 cents to US$4 commencing second semester 2015/2016. Additionally, the Board further resolved that adjustment be made in the budget of the university, and that the Board should seek extra funds for the university’s operations. “At the February 26 meeting, the students, through their leadership, were informed of the Board’s concurrence with the Administration’s proposal,” the statement noted. It said following these meetings, the UL Administration, in consultation with the Board of Trustees wishes to announce that the cost per credit for the undergraduate level be increased from US$2.05 cents to US $4 per credit, while the cost per credit hour for the graduate and professional schools be increased from US$55 to US$75 with the exception of the Medical and Pharmacy Schools. “The projected revenues to be generated,” the statement said, “will be applied to five critical areas of the university: reduction of annual budget deficits, improving the UL libraries, maintaining ICT infrastructure including internet connectivity, deferred maintenance of critical infrastructure including buildings, and faculty, staff and student development, especially experiential learning for student leaders.” Meanwhile, the UL has called on students to remain engaged with the administration and its partners in ensuring quality higher education for the over 30,000 students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Sign of Insecurity Scares Investors’

first_imgMr. Kamara: “… protesters have issues which, in my mind, can easily be resolved because their intent of a peaceful protest might just go wrongly.” Former Montserrado District #14 representative candidate cautions A former Representative Candidate for Montserrado District #14, Kerkula Muka-Kamara, wants Liberians to shun vices such as comments that threaten national security and instill fear in the minds of potential investors.Kamara said the scars of the country’s 14-year civil conflict (1989-2003) remain fresh on the minds of many. As such, people must cease from making “reckless comments” that tend to undermine the country’s fragile peace.According to him, insecurity scares away potential investors, undermines development and further deepens the country’s existing economic woes.“We already have problems of economic hardship and then you want protest to resolve that; it will only get worse and if you are not careful. The [few] investors you have here might just run away,” he argued.Despite the challenges, he said that the country has made tremendous gains in the maintenance of peace and security over the years such effort he believes must be supported at all fronts.Mr. Kamara made the comment on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 during an interaction with a cross section of young people at the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinions (CEIO) on Carey Street in Monrovia.He made specific reference to the much-publicized upcoming June 7 “peaceful protest” under the theme, Save The State.Kamara noted that regardless of political differences, there should be no reason why any Liberian will want to undermine the country’s peace.Though he welcomes a “peaceful protest,” Mr. Kamara argued that issues prompting the June 7 protest can easily be resolved through dialogue, instead of people assembling on the streets to scare the “small number of investors and international partners in the country.”“I have said repeatedly that the protesters have issues which, in my mind, can easily be resolved because their intent of a peaceful protest might just go wrongly,” he said.“We fought a 14-year civil war; what can we boast off as achievements?” he rhetorically questioned his audience.Kamara recommended that our dark history of 14 years of war should serve as an experience in that, no matter how bitter we are as a people, Liberians must seek dialogue and talk their issues in the Liberian context of finding the necessary common grounds; “because violence did not help us in the past, neither will it do so now or in the future.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mounties finish strong, 71-50

first_imgWALNUT – Mt. San Antonio College’s women’s basketball team came out of the blocks slowly against El Camino on Friday. Fortunately for the state’s No. 1-ranked Mounties, they finished strong. Mt. SAC used a 40-23 run that spanned the end of the first half and into the second to turn what had been a close game into a 71-50 Mounties rout in South Coast Conference North Division action. “We came out really slowly and without much fire,” Mt. SAC coach Laura Beeman said. “We didn’t really practice that hard this week, and it showed tonight. But I think in the second half, we got our legs under us and really started to play much better.” “We wanted to get a deeper rotation out there tonight,” said Beeman, whose team remains undefeated at home. “We need them to get as much experience as they can before the playoffs start.” Guard Jazlyn Davis led the team with 13 points – all in the first half. Mt. SAC forced 28 turnovers and held El Camino (11-16, 4-4) to 38.5-percent shooting. sean.moses@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Leading just 19-17 with 6:30 left in the first half, Mt. SAC (30-1, 6-1) used an 18-10 run to pull away. Forward Chari Smith hit two free throws, then a five-second inbounds call against El Camino gave the ball back to the Mounties. Guard Tay Hester then drove to the basket for a tough layup in traffic and was fouled. She made the free throw to put Mt. SAC ahead 24-17 and the Mounties never led by fewer than five points again. Coming out of halftime with a 38-27 lead, the Mounties went on another run. They outscored the Warriors 22-6 over the next 11 minutes. The run featured a host of Mt. SAC reserves, who got the bulk of the second-half minutes. In fact, 11 Mounties played 10 or more minutes. Guard Sam Cardeno, who had eight points on 2-of-8 shooting from behind the arc, was the only player to reach the 20-minute mark. last_img read more

City eyes elected mayor

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – City Council members are weighing a change in the way Santa Clarita’s mayor is chosen, perhaps switching from the current rotation among the five council members to having voters choose the city’s chief. Councilman Frank Ferry said voters in the fourth-largest city in Los Angeles County should be allowed to elect their top official – even though the mayor has no added powers on the five-member council. Still, having the voters decide lends credibility in outside dealings, he said. Councilman Bob Kellar agreed the matter is ripe for discussion. “There are occasions I have seen a mayor and city councilman, where you have an elected mayor negotiating on behalf of the city in a stronger position than if you are on rotation basis,” he said Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita McLean said she has reservations for two reasons: She’s afraid the seat would further politicize the city’s government, and if the mayor serves two-year terms, as in other cities, he or she would spend a lot of time campaigning. “Our mayor needs to concentrate on the needs of the entire valley rather than worrying, trying to raise money to run for the position of mayor,” she said. “(Having) the four distinct areas of Newhall, Canyon Country, Saugus and Valencia, with the rotation, citizens are better served. With representation from all five of us, that will reflect their views. I’m worried if you have a separate mayor, it will bring more politics into the position.” Councilman Cameron Smyth would like to see the issue discussed; current Mayor Laurene Weste and Councilwoman Marsha McLean – who is in line to be mayor next year – are opposed. Weste said the current system works well because it allows anyone “whatever age, male or female, to bring leadership skills to the community.” The city’s balanced budget and substantial capital improvements point to a community that is well-managed, she said. “We all have a little bit different constituencies and it allows input from different interests in the community and allows everyone to participate and give back in a nonpoliticized way,” Weste said Thursday. What wouldn’t change is Santa Clarita’s system of local government in which a city manager is the chief administrator and the council is a part-time post. “The city manager still runs City Hall and gives guidance to the council and mayor,” Kellar said. McLean, Weste and Ferry, whose terms expire in April, have filed papers to run for re-election April 11. Under the current system, City Council members are elected for staggered four-year terms and rotate the role of mayor. McLean was passed over during the last rotation and Kellar voted against her current position as mayor pro tem. If the matter is put before voters, they would decide whether the council member’s and mayor’s term would run two or four years. These choices, and the candidates’ names, could be grouped on one ballot or spread over two election cycles. It is probably too late to include this matter on the April ballots. Smyth, who will seek his party’s endorsement in the June primary to run for the state Assembly seat being vacated by Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said he would need to examine a specific proposal before lending his support, but he is not against the idea. “I don’t have any opposition to putting that on the ballot and letting the voters decide,” he said. Smyth suggested looking to the city of Lancaster as a model. Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts – serving his sixth term, five of them elected – said Santa Clarita’s time has come. “Santa Clarita should have a full-time, elected mayor’s position,” Roberts said Wednesday. “Santa Clarita is one of the major cities in the north county region and, in view of that, you should have an elected mayor so that the mayor’s position competes with the Pasadena and other elected-mayor positions.” Roberts said the lack of continuity is a drawback to rotating the job. “You barely get into the (mayor) mode, barely understand the responsibility and then you’re gone,” he said. An elected mayor can set goals that resonate with the community, work toward them, and if the goals are not met, voters have recourse. Roberts said a one-year mayor probably would not have the time or clout to claim a power position in outside agencies. Roberts serves on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “In the MTA, they understand you’re very stable and won’t be rotated out in a year,” he said. “You don’t enjoy greater voting power or strength, but you have greater contact with city officials.” An elected post may demand a greater time commitment. Roberts spends 60 to 70 hours a week in meetings and commuting to the meetings, answering constituents’ calls, responding to e-mails and acting as the spokesman for his city. He believes his membership on 14 committees helps him understand issues more deeply than he could otherwise. “I can see the overall picture of the importance of the committees that function with the staff,” he said. The retired college dean supplements his $700 mayor’s stipend with proceeds from business endeavors. Like Santa Clarita, Glendale rotates its council members into the mayor slot. Rafi Manoukian is currently mayor. Burbank Mayor Jef Vander Borght said his city is happy with rotating the largely ceremonial mayor’s position and working under the council-manager form of governance. “I would consider it if our city had a million people and we needed to be elbow-to-elbow with cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, competing for public dollars,” Vander Borght said. “The position (would be) needed for a much larger city that needs mayoral representation outside the city, in Washington, D.C., or Sacramento.” Burbank’s population is 102,000; nearly 170,000 people live in the city of Santa Clarita. The League of California Cities, a statewide organization that provides education and advocacy services for cities, says there is no absolute right answer. “The whole point about cities is they are the level of government that is closest to the people,” said Megan Taylor, a spokeswoman for the organization. “It’s the level of government where people can decide what works best for their community. There’s no universal solution that’s going to work best for every city.” Meanwhile, today is the filing deadline for the April elections in Santa Clarita. Of the 13 people who have picked up filing papers, seven have filed and one does not plan to file. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want 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

Majella O’Donnell slams ‘shameful’ mental health services

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has launched a no-holds barred attack on mental health professionals and how they are charging too much for their services.The wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell has made no secret of the fact that she too has suffered from depression.But now she has launched a stinging attack on GPs and other health professionals after a friend was told it would be next year until sheis attended to because of mental health issues. Majella said she feels angry, frustrated, annoyed, disgusted and many more emotions because of what has happened to her friend.She said “My friend Anne is a young mother who has been feeling anxious, unmotivated, irritated and generally depressed. She is awareof it and has been on antidepressants in the past.“She is also aware of the fact that it is negatively affecting her relationship with her partner and putting a huge strain on them. Shewanted to get to the bottom of why she feels this way.“She phoned a psychiatrist to see if she could talk to someone professional and was told that a) She would have to be referred by herGP b) She wouldn’t be seen until at least February and c) It would cost her €300 an hour for the psychiatrist.” Majella then launched an x-rated rant revealing her anger at her friend’s situation.She exploded “WHAT THE F..K is that all about???!?!?? I get so bloody angry at this kind of thing. Here is a young woman realising that she has a problem and trying to do something positive about it and this is what the outcome is!“She went back to her GP who once again prescribed antidepressants, a stronger one this time, and that’s it. She doesn’t really want to take them as she would like to understand why she feels the way she does but she feels she has no choice.“I can accept that a GP needs to refer you but what really pisses me off is the fact that no one could see her until at least February but that doesn’t really matter because she could never afford the €300 per hour fee that is being charged. €300 per hour!!!!!! What the f..k is that all about? It is shameful.”Majella said the kind of fees being charged by mental health professionals is just too expensive. She added that there are wonderful free advice services around Ireland doing wonderful work but there is a serious shortage of psychiatrists.And she added “How dare anyone charge that kind of money to help another human being who is in a desperate situation. That sort of feeCANNOT be justified!!“We have wonderful support groups around the country like Pieta House, Aware, Mental Health Ireland, Grow and lots more, doing their best to help people with their mental wellbeing but when someone tries to help themselves before things have reached the point of no return, this is what happens.“We need, as a country, to sort this problem with accessing physiatrists and if there is a shortage then we need to actively startincentivising medical students to look at psychiatry as their speciality.” She said that there are so many new pressures in our world today that problems with our mental health are becoming and will continue to be a huge issue for people.And she pleaded “Why do we have to wait until a person is so desperate for help that they are considering taking their own lives before we are willing to do something about it. We need to start being proactive about mental health instead of being reactive. 
There, that’s my rant over.“I may be a little unreasonable about the whole subject but it one that I am so passionate about. Please share if you think we need tosee change within the mental health profession.”Majella O’Donnell slams ‘shameful’ mental health services was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:depressionMajella O’ Donnellmental healthpricelast_img read more

In line to serve

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Hundreds of proud parents and relatives armed with digital cameras, bouquets and balloons attended the ceremony at the academy at Elysian Park. Many of the graduating cadets had been enrolled in the magnet program at Mulholland Middle School, then continued on through one of five Los Angeles Unified School District high schools: Dorsey, Monroe, Reseda, San Pedro and Wilson. The teens learned drills and honor-guard duties, took classes in forensics and criminology and volunteered hundreds of hours of community service across the city. Friday’s was the largest graduating class since the program began 10 years ago. With funding by 21st Century Insurance, the LAPD and former school board member Roberta Weintraub launched the program as a way to prepare teens for a future in law enforcement. Those who led the ceremony said it couldn’t be a better time to enter the profession. The badges they wore as they marched onto the graduation field Friday morning read: “Preparing to Serve.” For some of the 130 cadets at the Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet School program, those words may one day read: “To Protect and To Serve.” “We certainly hope you become police officers because there is no better career,” a proud Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said as he surveyed the rows of graduates – high school police cadets clad in crisp, light-blue shirts and ties. “It’s a career in which you can give back, in which you can make a difference,” Bratton said. “If the department is to continue to be successful, we need more women and men like you from the city of Los Angeles.” Last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a $6.7 billion city budget that includes a residential trash-pickup fee to generate money to hire 1,000 more officers over the next five years. “I can’t wait to see where you’ll be, where you’ll lead us,” Villaraigosa told the cadets. “The idea that some of you would take that position fills my heart. Make no mistake, it’s a tough job. Yet what could be more of a reward to say you work for the LAPD, America’s finest.” But the department also is facing one of its toughest years, with some 18 officers fired upon since January, compared with eight during the first half of 2005. Just last week, Officer Kristina Ripatti, 33, was paralyzed in a shootout with an armed robbery suspect. Actor Erik Estrada, best known for his portrayal as California Highway Patrol Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello on the hit television series “CHiPs,” choked back tears as he described the pride he felt for the cadets and their parents. During the keynote speech, he recalled dreaming of a career in law enforcement while growing up in New York City’s Spanish Harlem. “I’m a closet cop,” he said. “I envy you and what you’ve learned already at your age. If I had had this, I probably would have been a New York City cop right now. You’ll be hitting the streets in the future to show compassion, to show love.” After Bratton performed a formal uniform inspection of each cadet, the graduates tossed their caps into the air and embraced the classmates they had served with for six years. “When I started this program, I really wasn’t interested, but it’s very inspirational,” said a jovial Oscar Fuentes, an 18-year-old graduate from Reseda High School. “I’m going to work and then when I’m 21, become a police officer.” For Stephanie Osorio, a 17-year-old also from Reseda, entering the magnet program was a chance to help her family with college expenses. “My sister and I are raised by a single mother, and they said this program would help us,” she said. “I want to go on to help people, either as a social worker or as a probation officer.” John Alvarez beamed with pride as his 17-year-old son, Johnny Alvarez Jr., prepared to graduate. While he was proud of what his namesake has accomplished, he still has reservations about his son eventually becoming a police officer. “He’s my only son,” he said. “I want him to go to school. But if he wants to do this, then that’s what he wants. He’s a man.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want 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

GOP enlists volunteers for Arnold

first_imgAnalysts say typical methods for motivating potential voters – phone calls, bulk mailings and even television ads – might not be as effective as once believed. Following the Bush model, the thinking is they must be contacted and cajoled repeatedly, in person, neighbor to neighbor, to make sure a vote is cast. That’s the heart of the GOP plan, party leaders say. The turnout brain trust also includes Terry Nelson, the political director for Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004; state Republican Chairman Duf Sundheim; GOP strategist Joe Shumate; pollster Sarah Simmons; and Schwarzenegger political director Stephanie Tyler-Jackson. More than 60 people have been hired and deployed around the state. But there are possible problems. Schwarzenegger will try to energize his base at a time when Bush’s popularity is slumping and the GOP is divided by a host of social and economic issues, from gay marriage to immigration to the state’s continuing budget deficits. And he must do so without alienating moderate independents and Democrats, Hispanics and other voter groups he needs to win. “He wants to drive a very high Republican turnout and still have a centrist position,” said Shawn Steel, a former head of the state GOP. Some activists are grumbling privately that only the governor will benefit from the turnout program, a contention party leaders dispute. In 2004, Bush’s re-election victory over Democrat John Kerry was credited in part to his campaign’s success at driving up turnout in states where the contest was tight. Strategists armed with scientific research honed in on swing voters, areas where they thought Bush underperformed four years earlier and booming suburban regions where new residents might be unregistered. A key element for Bush was mobilizing religious conservatives, but that tack wouldn’t be an easy fit with the socially moderate Schwarzenegger. However, conservatives could feel a vote for the governor is preferable to the election of liberal Democrat Phil Angelides, and there are several potential ballot initiatives this fall that could drive up GOP turnout, including one that would require minors to notify parents before seeking abortions. Democrats, who rely heavily on thousands of union foot soldiers each election to reach voters, scoffed at the ambitious plan. Nehring and other Republicans say a strong turnout operation helped the party hold the 50th Congressional District seat in San Diego on Tuesday, in which volunteers knocked on 150,000 doors and made 120,000 phone calls in what amounted to a dry run for the November plan. But Democrats say the four-point margin for winner Brian Bilbray was a sign of weakness in a Republican-rich district. “They are in a fantasy world,” said Sam Rodriguez, political director of the California Democratic Party. On a visit to his Sacramento headquarters on election night, Schwarzenegger alluded to the importance of his emerging volunteer army. “We have many, many volunteers that have been working up and down the state,” he said. “There’s nothing we can do by ourselves.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The point on election day: “The world is run by who shows up,” Nehring said. The turnout operation – which will be bankrolled with as much as $25 million – is being assembled at a state party office in Burbank by William Christiansen, a veteran state GOP operative whose get-out-the-vote program for the 2004 Bush campaign in Arizona helped deliver a 10-point victory. Former Bush strategists also are in charge of Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, which is playing a central role in the turnout drive. With Christiansen, “We have someone who knows the system. … He knows how to make it work,” said Contra Costa County Republican Party Chairman Thomas Del Beccaro. At a time when many people are disenchanted with politics – Tuesday’s primary appears to be one of the lowest turnouts on record in California – identifying potential voters and nudging them to go to the polls or fill out a mail-in ballot will be critical for both major parties. There are 6.7 million registered Democrats in California compared to 5.4 million Republicans, but Republicans generally turn out 5 percent more voters, helping close the gap. Luring the increasingly large number of independent voters – nearly 20 percent of the state electorate, or 2.9 million – will be another key factor in November. State Republicans are attempting to organize the largest mobilization of GOP election volunteers in state history to help deliver a re-election victory for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a strategy modeled on get-out-the-vote drives that President Bush used to capture Ohio and other swing states in 2004. Party insiders say as many as 90,000 people could be enlisted in the closing days of the race to knock on doors, plant yard signs or make telephone calls to connect with potential voters, an unprecedented figure in a state thick with Democrats. A record turnout by the state’s 5.4 million Republicans could cut into a Democratic registration edge that otherwise puts Schwarzenegger and other statewide GOP candidates at a numerical disadvantage at the polls. “The California Republican Party will build the largest Republican voter turnout organization ever built in any state in the history of the nation this year,” said Ron Nehring, vice chair of the state GOP. last_img read more