United Attends Pace And Responds With Half Length Win In Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos; Mandella & Prat Team For 1 ¼ Miles On Turf In 1:59.04

first_imgUnited Attends Pace And Responds With Half Length Win In Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos; Mandella & Prat Team For 1 ¼ Miles On Turf In 1:59.04ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2020)–Attentive to the pace today, Richard Mandella’s United was put into a drive midway around the far turn and he responded with a hard-fought three quarter length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, United, who cut back in distance off of a pair of second place finishes at a mile and one half on grass, got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:59.04.“I think I made a mistake last time,” said Prat in reference to a second place finish as the even money favorite in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Dec. 1. “I was trying to keep him covered up and it didn’t end up the way I wanted and I found myself too far back.  Today, we broke off and we were in the race (early).  He just (kept running) to the wire.”Second, beaten a head by eventual Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar two starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf here Nov. 2, United was off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.“You could see there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race,” said Mandella. “He’s got a big lumbering stride and you don’t want to get in the way of it.  We just let him cruise along and that worked out well.”Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, United, a 5-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of the Pulling Punches mare Indy Punch, collected his first stakes win and improved his overall ledger to 12-4-3-1. With the winner’s check of $120,000, he went over the $1 million mark to $1,013,549.Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Cleopatra’s Strike put in a good run from off the pace to finish second by a neck in front of a fast finishing Oscar Dominguez. Off at 3-1, “Cleopatra” paid $3.20 and $2.20.Last around the far turn and extremely wide turning for home, Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez flew late to be third with Joel Rosario and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.92, 1:10.99 and 1:35.06.last_img read more

90% completed days away from Independence Day

first_imgDurban Park ProjectJust mere days away from the Independence Day activities, the Durban Park Project is yet to be completed.The venue is earmarked for the hosting of the Independence Day celebratory activities, including the flag raising ceremony.During an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson disclosed that the project is now approximately 90 per cent completed.Upon the direction of the President David Granger which followed reports of substandard works being executed, the Public Infrastructure Ministry recently took up the responsibility to oversee the construction of the arena.The Project was previously being administered by a National Commemoration Commission (NCC) comprised of private individuals.Meanwhile, though just 90 per cent completed, Patterson explained that everything will be finalised in time for the grand jubilee celebrations on May 26.He noted that the inclement weather conditions contributed to the delay in the completion of the project.Initially, the deadline for the completion of the project was set for May 12.last_img read more

UBA Adds Video Live Chat for ‘Human Interaction’ with Customers

first_imgOlalekan Balogun, CEO, UBA-LiberiaIn recent times, customer behavior and expectations are ever-evolving; and with this challenge, comes the need to meet their needs as well as ensure new offerings are at the forefront of technological evolution. On the back of this development, United Bank for Africa (UBA), a leading innovative player in financial services, is finding new ways to communicate and engage with their customers.With the growing mobile consciousness, customer demand for online services is on the rise and it is imperative to meet this demand with digital self-service platforms. However, to meet this demand, the role of human interaction in the process cannot be underestimated, the bank said in a statement yesterday, adding: “It fits into our creed to continue to foster unlimited dedication and access to customers.”In this regard, the UBA, in its unrelenting effort to raise the bar, likewise the levels of ease and convenience in customer experience through innovation, has introduced video live chat with co-browsing technology.Firstly it enables customer experience experts to help customers in real-time, enabling a support experience centered on visual engagement. The move is important to UBA because “65% of the world are visual learners. Not only can inquiries and issues be resolved more efficiently and swiftly, but co-browsing can complement other channels, improving the overall customer experience.”UBA says it is differentiating with customer experience and the use of video live chat and co-browsing to improve customer acquisition, service and to improve sales and retention by enabling more meaningful contact with customers.According to the bank, video co-browsing enables customers to virtually have a one-on-one interface with the bank through co-browsing application via video live chat, text chat, and through real time document exchange. “This makes it easier for bank staff to assist customers through a number of difficulties; from filling intricate bank forms and even helping them resolve much more complex transactions. Sometimes, the platform simply facilitates directing the customers to the exact information they need.“It provides a secure file-sharing, compliant, real-time communication solution that enables the bank hold co-browsing sessions to expedite troubleshooting as well as ordinary inquiries.“This without a doubt moves light years ahead of the old customer service where interaction is purely through phone calls, which has proven to be frustrating especially when it involves fixing a problem urgently. It also comes resourcefully as a quick and easy fix for those who do not have enough time for a physical visit to the bank to take care of their transactions,” the bank noted.Other benefits include: All session actions are accountable; secure collaboration; navigate the web together; control access; and collaborate online effectively.With this latest innovation, UBA can engage visually and digitally with customers while maintaining human interaction at any given time in a bid to continue to virtualize customer experience. It offers faster solutions in response to customer enquiries on a more personalized basis anywhere, anytime and from any device.UBA, as always, is committed to ensuring greater efficiency and better customer satisfaction. To experience the Video Love Chat and Co-browsing technology, visit this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Have you seen Sparky?

first_imgSparky the Westhighland Terrier has been missing since Thursday in the Laghey area.His owner is very worried as there have been no sightings of him.Sparky is wearing a collar and is very friendly. If anyone has seen Sparky please don’t hesitate to call Jillian on 086 1549709Have you seen Sparky? was last modified: August 23rd, 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:found dogLagheyMISSING DOGsparkywesthighland terrierlast_img read more

DD Motoring: Review of motorsports for 2017

first_imgThis week we take a look back at some of the motorsport items that we covered in 2017.If you don’t like Mk1 or a Mk2 Escorts look away now! All of our heroes have come through the Ford Escort school in one way or another! Advertisement Donegal International Rally: Soft days in DonegalI am sure the late Mandy Kelly, Manus Kelly’s grandfather spent manys the day at the mart in Milford and knowing him and his quiet way his conversation would have ended up on the weather. We have “soft days” in Donegal and they refer to the weather, and are very unique to Ireland.It’s a day when we have both a mist and a drizzle which we some times call a “mizzle”. When the rain does not fall to the ground in heavy droplets, but seems to hover and linger in the air. If you are a rally crew and you can manage to translate the term mizzle into a Michelin tyre at the service at Milford Mart you can deal with this. A soft day in Fanad needed a soft slick tyre!If you ever need to question your local hero, Manus Kelly’s ability as a driver, just take a look at the Fanad stage second time around on Sunday evening. Manus was leading the rally for just one stage and then lost it on the next and with only three stages to go.The perfect storm in Donegal was brewing and two Donegal men were battling for the win. As Manus Kelly passed Doaghbeg National School half way through the Fanad Head stage Manus was back in the lead and when he landed at the post office at the end of the stage he posted a time 18 seconds quicker than anyone else. Advertisement Manus had given it his all and it was Alister Fisher and Gordon Noble that posted the fastest time on the next stage as the wild Atlantic Drive took another Donegal prisoner in the form of Donagh Kelly, who flipped his Ford onto its roof and back on to its feet and out of the rally. Even the way the rally was run on the final day, Manus Kelly showed his talent by winning his back to back title even with the stages running back to front!Escorts on the Brennagh StagePower from Above .John Lyons in that famous Ford on the Galway Rally in the snow complete with Fr. Manions Dunlop SP Sport Tyres. Many thanks to for finding this photo for me this week.When Manus was a wane he watched in amazement his fellow Glenswilly man, Damien Gallagher, power his Escort up through the Breenagh Stage on the rally and in turn years before that Damien Gallagher did the exact same thing watching Billy Coleman, Ari Vatanen, John Lyons and the late James McDaid on the same stage.The Breenagh stage has brought these two Glenswilly men to new heights in rallying. In 2017 Damien won the Donegal National Title in his Escort as Manus did in his Escort on his way winning the Donegal International Rally back to back in his Subaru.Chatting with John Lyons who was the special guest at the Harvest RallyJohn Lyons pictured in Portnablagh this home away from Home as he looked forward to the Harvest Rally in October. Photo Brian McDaidJohn Lyons made his first major impression on an International Rally not in Donegal but in Galway in 1978 and again it was a car that was well through the mill by the time he got it. The car was built originally by Ford for the Tour of Britain for Tony Pond. This car was a group 1 Ford RS2000. We tracked down a photo of this blue RS2000 for our report thanks to Fergus from Retro Rally.comWhen John Lyons headed to Galway in his Ex Works Ford with his neighbour and friend from Castlederg, panel beater Trevor Semple they also decided to purchase an ex Mannion Mk 2 Ford Cortina to service on the event.John bought it as a make shift service car for the rally, not that he had that many spares to put in it.For those wondering who was this Mannion man and why did they never hear his name coming up in rally circles before, that’s because he was a priest, the Parish Priest in Castlederg! John bought the local priest’s Cortina which was for sale and came with a set of aftermarket wide wheels. Snow GoWhen John arrived in Galway the place was covered in snow and crews were at odds to get tyres for the event. John decided to put the brand new set of Dunlop Sp Sport Road Tyres from Fr. Mannion’s old Cortina on his RS2000 in an attempt to get a bit of grip.John at one stage of the Galway Rally recalls leading the event and was just trying to get that car to the finish when the throttle cable broke on the RS2000 three stages from the end. John gave himself a bad cut in an attempt to locate the cable attached to the standard downdraught weber carburettor which was located in a cramped engine bay under the massive standard blue frying pan shaped air filter box.John did manage to get the throttle jammed opened and got the car home using the ignition key switching it off and on to still manage to finish 7th overall.Rodney Stewart. Immigration in reverse: From Bondi Beach to Ballybofey!From Bondi Beach to Ballybofey Rodney Stewart at work on one of the imported Ford Escorts shells from Australia at his workshop in Ballybofey. Photo Brian McDaidWhat can you say about a car that transcends life? A car that connects one generation with another, one that feels so familiar like a part of our past yet so familiar in Co.Donegal in the present day?What did Ford know when they decided to pick a family car from its production line to transform it into one of the most iconic rally cars in the world? Now thanks to the skill of a Ballybofey man who is following where Ford finished in the early 80s.Rodney Stewart is not alone helping to keep a rallying icon alive but is also bucking the trend of emigration and rather than heading to Australia in search of employment, Rodney has taken part of Australia back to Donegal in an effort to make work for himself at home.Rodney Stewart spent five years in Australia working hard but was thinking of a job at home that he loved so well.Before he left Ireland he worked on the preparation of rally cars mostly Ford Escorts Mk2s. While in Australia he soon realised that what he had left in Donegal was what he really wanted to do and planned to return some day and set up his own business building rally cars.While in Australia he hand picked the best he could find in perfectly preserved MK 2 Escorts. When he came home he shipped a container load of Fords to his home in Co.Donegal.Loving your jobFor the most of us that are into our rallying we only have the build up in June and the Donegal International to really enjoy our sport.When Rodney is not saving the turf he spends his full year working at rally cars. Rodney Stewart opens the doors of his converted farmyard at 7am in the morning. His garage is made to measure for the work that he does. His radio fights for a reception as does his phone which works only if it sits high on the workshop window. Rodney likes that disconnection so he can focus on his work.Rodney Stewart has no less than 4 escort shells in his work shop at the moment, cars that started life as family cars on the other side of the world. Three of them came all the way from Australia where the dry climate is a lot kinder to these beautiful pieces of Ford history than the climate in Donegal.However Donegal is not Donegal without a Mk2 Escort and forty years on it’s still the most sought after car to do the Donegal Rally in.Rodney is mostly focused on a beautiful yellow Mk1 when we called by, also imported all the way from Australia. The car floats a couple of foot above the garage floor, as all good Escort should.This one is on a rig which makes the hard to access points to work on all that easier.Happy motoring folks and happy new year.DD Motoring: Review of motorsports for 2017 was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:2017brian mc daiddonegal rallyhighlightsmotoringlast_img read more


first_imgGardai who stopped a van found 14 people inside including nine children – none of whom were wearing seat belts.Inspector David Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that Gardai stopped a Transit van at College Road on February 17th, 2011.The van was being driven by mum-of-three Margaret McDonagh, 27, of 109 Meadowbank, Letterkenny. She told Gardai that she was returning from a family wedding and was giving a number of people a lift home.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that there was no question of speed and that Mrs McDonagh was being very careful.He also said she had not been drinking at the wedding.However Judge Paul Kelly said he took a serious view of the situation considering none of the people under seventeen years of age were wearing safety belts.“The biggest problem here is the risk to the children. She took a serious risk in that someone could have run into the back of her and caused a serious injury,” he said.He fined Mrs McDonagh €100 for allowing a person under seventeen years of age to be driven without a seat belt and took all other charges into consideration.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGARDAI LEFT SHOCKED AFTER FINDING FOURTEEN IN VAN – NINE WITHOUT SEATBELTS! was last modified: November 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:donegaldaily.comGardailetterkennyseatbeltslast_img read more


first_imgTHE Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar are in mourning after the shocking death of a very popular young man.Dean Lafferty, who was just 18, was pronounced dead last night.The circumstances surrounding his death at Admiran Park in Stranorlar are being investigated. The house has been sealed off and a pathologist is due at the scene shortly.But it was clear from Social Media last night that he was an extremely popular young man.Friends posted dozens and dozens of heart-breaking messages paying tribute to the young man.“So young and so talented, another young life gone far too soon…rest in peace,” wrote one girl. “I just can’t believe what has happened,” wrote another.Described as a “brilliant artist” the young Twin Towns man was hugely popular for his craic and his wit.Another friend spoke about how Dean, a keen Liverpool FC fan, always had his back, right through their school years together.  TWIN TOWNS IN MOURNING AFTER SHOCKING DEATH OF POPULAR TEENAGER was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeyDean LaffertydeathGardaiLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Long streak ends

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Club America’s unbeaten streak in the Mexican Primera Division was halted Saturday, and slumping Cruz Azul fell to second place in its Apertura group. Jaguares (3-3-6), from Chiapas, opened a three-goal lead and held on for a 4-3 triumph over America, snapping the Mexico City giant’s 28-game unbeaten streak, stretching to last spring’s Clausura season. Klebern gave visiting America (9-1-2) a third-minute lead, but Salvador Cabanas converted a 29th-minute penalty kick, Everaldo de Assis Barbosa provided a 39th-minute lead, and Oscar Rojas’ own goal just before halftime stretched the advantage to two goals. Carlos Ochoa made it 4-1 in the 60th; America rallied on goals by Aaron Padilla (78th) and Kleber (90th), his seventh of the campaign. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Necaxa (7-2-3) pulled within five points of America in Group 1 with a 3-1 triumph over visiting Cruz Azul (7-3-2), which fell to second in Group 3, a point behind Monterrey (7-2-3). The Rayaldos won 3-2 at struggling Guadalajara (3-4-5) on Guillermo Franco’s 89th-minute goal. Defending champion Chelsea extended its perfect start in the English Premier League to nine games with a 5-1 victory over Bolton. Frank Lampard scored twice and set up two more goals. The Blues (9-0-0) lead the division by nine points and have surrendered only three goals. Elsewhere: Rudolf Skacel scored his eighth goal as Hearts (8-0-2), from Edinburgh, scored a 1-0 win over second-place Celtic (7-1-2) in Glasgow to retain a three-point lead in the Scottish Premier League. … Werder Bremen overtook Bayern Munich atop the German Bundesliga standings on goal differential with a 6-2 romp over Nuremberg behind Miroslav Klose’s hat trick. Bayern was held to a 1-1 tie by Schalke 04. … David Di Michele scored three goals in Udinese’s 3-2 win over Siena in Italian Serie A. last_img read more

Mixed-use senior housing complex under construction

first_imgLANCASTER – A three-story building going up in downtown will be the Antelope Valley’s first to mix shops or restaurants and homes. Part of the city’s efforts to rebuild the aging neighborhoods north of Lancaster Boulevard, the senior housing development called Arbor Grove is being built by the same firm that built the new Arbor Gardens senior apartments four blocks away. “This building will be the gateway to the north downtown area,” said Scott Ehrilich, a partner in the development. Going up on 5.3 acres at the northeast corner of 10th Street West and Jackman Street, Arbor Grove will include four three-story buildings around a central courtyard. The developers expect it to be finished by July. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals On the ground floor along 10th Street West will be about 10,000 square feet of space for shops or restaurants. What kinds of shop and restaurants has not been decided, but the developers said they have had a number of businesses express interest. The buildings will contain 150 one-bedroom apartment units. In a unique design, the units will have connecting “pass through” doors between them – like some hotel rooms – for people who want to pair up with a friend, relative or caregiver. The buildings fronting 10th Street West will have rounded turrets and tower elements with a Tuscan Mediterranean design. On the far eastern side of the site, there will be a 1,800-square-foot community recreation center and three 720-square-foot classrooms that will be used for a computer lab, activities, meetings and classes for residents and local community members. Additionally there will be two 580-square-foot multipurpose community rooms at the center of the site for residents’ use only. The concept of joining commercial and residential uses in one building is an old idea, revived in recent years in many downtowns – as at Pasadena, Huntington Beach and Long Beach. Shops with apartments above them – often occupied by the shop owners – were a typical form of urban development before World War II. Such a building still survives in downtown in Lancaster, although the upper rooms are no longer used as living quarters. The concept generally died out in favor of suburban growth with separate residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. Insite Development recently completed a 76-unit senior housing complex, Arbor Gardens, that has been described as the first major construction project in the revitalization of north downtown. The Arbor Gardens complex at the southwest corner of Kettering Street and Elm Avenue is full to capacity, with a waiting list of seniors who want to be tenants. 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


first_imgHis hopes for clemency rejected and his legal appeals exhausted, Stanley Tookie Williams was executed by lethal injection today for the coldblooded murders of four people 26 years ago. As hundreds of protesters joined in vigils Monday night at San Quentin State Prison and elsewhere in California, deputies in Los Angeles County went on tactical alert and the countdown to execution began on Death Row. The debate over whether Williams, 51, should die for his crimes attracted international attention: Could a violent street hoodlum who helped lead the Crips gang when it was founded find redemption on Death Row, where he wrote children’s books denouncing violence and the gangster lifestyle? In a carefully-argued statement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – the last person with the power to reduce Williams’ sentence to life without parole – answered no. “Too often I hear the governor and many who are around him talk about his value system, talk about his commitment to church and the principles he keeps,” said Bruce Gordon, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “In this case, those values seem to be cast aside. “He’s a first-term governor. He wants a second term. He’s going to make decisions that he thinks will appeal to the people who put him in office and will attempt to put him back in office. I think it’s a political decision.” Others saw Schwarzenegger’s decision as a victory for the families of Williams’ four victims – Albert Owens, 26; and Yen-I Yang, 76, his wife, Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, and their daughter, Yee-Chen Lin, 43. Williams was convicted in the shotgun slaying of Owens on Feb. 28, 1979, while robbing the 7-Eleven in Whittier where he was a clerk. The Yangs and Lin were killed March 11, 1979, during a robbery at the Brookhaven Motel on South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. They were shot in the back office of the motel, also with a shotgun. “He’s a four-time, unrepentant killer,” said Michael Paranzino, president of Throw Away the Key, a nonprofit organization that supports the death penalty. “For that reason alone, he ought to face the justice that the California jury sentenced him to.” Williams was born in New Orleans and grew up in South Los Angeles, raised by a single mother. While in high school, he joined the Crips and helped the notorious street gang spread throughout urban Los Angeles, where authorities say it has been responsible for hundreds of killings. He was convicted of the four murders in 1981 and sentenced to death. After a six-year stint in solitary confinement in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he said he had an epiphany, renouncing his gang past and spreading an anti-gang message. He wrote a series of children’s books about the ills of gangs, eight aimed at elementary-school children and one aimed at middle-school students. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for both peace and literature, and his supporters argued that his voice had to be preserved. Executing Williams “would be silencing a voice that the kids in the street need to hear,” said the Rev. Fred Shaw, president of the Compton chapter of the NAACP. “It will be silencing a voice that can show that a person can have redemption. It is killing the idea of hope.” Williams relayed one of his final messages through Jesse Jackson on Monday night, saying: “Those who care about my legacy and my view, avoid violence and live on and work together.” Jackson, who met with Williams after Schwarzenegger declined to grant clemency, said Williams also told him: “I feel good. I have no fear. I’ve been here before,” referring to his former gang days. Schwarzenegger held a private, hourlong clemency hearing Thursday, and attorneys and the public waited through the weekend for his decision. After losing a bid late Sunday for a stay of execution from the California Supreme Court, his attorneys filed a petition with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit rejected that appeal at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Schwarzenegger rejected the clemency bid an hour later. Williams’ attorney, Jonathan Harris, filed a new petition with Schwarzenegger, asking for a stay of execution instead of clemency. Unlike the clemency petition, which was based on redemption, this petition was based on new evidence. Harris said three witnesses had come forward in the past week providing information that corroborates Williams’ claim of innocence. “I asked the governor to give us a stay, to give us time to investigate the statements of these men that came forward,” Harris said. “I’ll e-mail, I’ll fax, I’ll call his office. I’ll drive it to him if I have to.” Williams’ legal team also filed two petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking to stay the execution and to reopen Williams’ case. The nation’s highest court rejected the petitions about 6:30 p.m. Political experts on both sides of the aisle said Schwarzenegger made the right decision, at least from a political standpoint. “Unlike the special election or some of his other decisions, this is one that most people in California will support,” Republican consultant Allan Hoffenblum said. “He ran on a campaign of supporting the death penalty, and there were no facts to change his mind on this. The only ones opposed to this are those who oppose the death penalty in all circumstances.” Democratic consultant Kerman Mattox said he was not surprised by the governor’s decision and offered praise for the process. “If you look at the reasoning in the governor’s statement, it is obvious that he did take this seriously and spent a great deal of time making this decision,” Mattox said. “But, I have to say, I would have been surprised if he had gone the other way and granted clemency. The right wing of his party would have had a conniption fit (because) they are so upset with him at his other decisions recently.” Some worried that gang members would turn to violence if Williams were executed, but LAPD officials said they were not expecting anything unusual. The department did not go on tactical alert, and gang units in South Los Angeles were not planning to deploy extra officers. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was on tactical alert, but did not anticipate any problems in jails, where a significant portion of the population is made up of gang members. “Whenever you have a situation like this, there’s going to be isolated rumors, but nothing has been substantiated,” Assistant Sheriff Doyle Campbell said. “There doesn’t seem to be a huge allegiance to Tookie Williams. … The fact is, he just does not seem to be significant.” Staff Writers Rick Orlov, Susan Abram, Sandy Mazza and Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Discounting his claims of redemption and his supporters’ pleas for mercy, Schwarzenegger in a statement released shortly after noon Monday said Williams’ refusal to acknowledge what he had done and his failure to show contrition for his crimes weighed heavily in the decision to reject clemency. “Is Williams’ redemption complete and sincere? Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case. Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption.” The governor traced the exhaustive legal processes during the past 26 years even as teams of lawyers attempted last-minute appeals to stay the execution. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and then the U.S. Supreme Court turned down those appeals and so did Schwarzenegger when urged to delay carrying out the death sentence. Williams’ powerful story of redemption while awaiting execution for the brutal murders of four people ignited a furious debate over the death penalty – both in California and around the country – and his role as an advocate against gang violence. Still, Williams’ star-studded group of supporters, including Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and rapper Snoop Dogg, kept up their fight, arguing that Williams’ experience gave him the unique ability to reach inner-city children. last_img read more