Weiss targeted by recall drive

first_img“I will continue to focus on my priorities of public safety and what’s best for my district,” Weiss said. “I am proud of my record and proud that two years ago three out of four voters asked me to continue to do this job. I am not going to change for one group.” The last council recall attempt was in 1984, when residents tried unsuccessfully to remove City Councilman Art Snyder from office. Under city procedures, the recall group must develop a statement for the recall to serve on Weiss. He will have 14 days in which to publish a response to the notice. The recall group will then be able to circulate petitions to try to qualify for the ballot. City election officials estimated that the group would need about 23,000 signatures of registered voters from the district to qualify the recall. An election would be held 60 days to 110 days after the petitions are approved. Part of the dispute between the homeowners and Weiss centers on a mitigation fund established by JMB Realty Corp., which plans to build a 47-story tower in Century City. Weiss created a fund that called for two $2.5 million deposits spread over phases of construction, with expenditures from the mitigation fund subject to City Council approval. Eveloff said the community had negotiated what it believed was a better deal, with $5 million that would be deposited into a special fund that would be allocated based on a formula developed by the homeowner groups. Weiss said he believed that the proposal would have allowed one group of homeowners complete control, with no council review. Eveloff said the efforts of the committee have been limited to the Westside, but he hopes to reach out to San Fernando Valley residents, who make up 25 percent of the district. Richard Close of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association said some recall backers were at a recent meeting of his group, but it was yet to take a position on the issue. Rabbi Daniel Kolobkin said the groups were putting too much blame on Weiss. “I don’t know how you can hold one person accountable for all the growth in the city,” Kolobkin said. “Jack Weiss has done all he can to deal with the growth.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of Westside homeowners officially launched a recall drive Tuesday against City Councilman Jack Weiss as part of a long-running dispute over development in their neighborhoods. The Recall Jack Weiss Committee announced it will serve him with the notification of a recall, the first step in a difficult process to qualify a recall for the ballot. “We are seeking the recall of Jack Weiss due to his extraordinary disdain of residents and his refusal to act in an open and transparent manner,” software engineer Mike Eveloff said at a morning news conference. “This has resulted in overdevelopment and increased traffic on our roads.” But Weiss said he would not be distracted by the group’s effort. last_img read more


Kutxa Douses Panathinaikos, 82-78

first_imgIn a thrilling playoff clash that came down to the final seconds – twice! – Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz edged Panathinaikos Athens 82-78 after overtime in Game 2 of their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series at Fernando Buesa Arena on Friday night. Laboral now leads the best-of-five affair 2-0, but the action moves to the Greek capital next week for Game 3 – and, if necessary, Game 4. Labaoral was missing several key players – including ace defender Adam Hanga who was hurt in Game 1, and Coach Velimir Perasovic mostly stuck to a six-man rotation. Nevertheless, Laboral led by 2 at halftime and extended its advantage to 10 early in the fourth quarter. Panathinaikos fought back and tied it on a late three-pointer by Dimitris Diamantidis to eventually send the game to overtime. Ioannis Bourousis put Laboral in front, but it wasn’t decided until Miroslav Raduljica missed a shot in the paint with 10 seconds left and Darius Adams iced the game from the line for the hosts. Adams made 5 of 11 shots from behind the arc and finished with 24 points to lead the winners. Bertans made 4 of 7 threes to score 15, Bourousis added 14 points and 9 rebounds, Mike James totaled 13 and 9 and Kim Tillie added 10 points. Diamantidis led the Greens with 17 points and 6 assists, Elliot Williams scored 12, Ognjen Kuzmic 11 and Raduljica 10. James posted 10 rebounds and blocked 2 shots as Panathinaikos outrebounded Laboral 39-51.The Greens displayed great passing early and Raduljica found a cutting Sasha Pavlovic for a slam. Adams picked up where he left off in Game 1 with a three-pointer, but Raduljica stepped up with a hook shot and free throws, with a Williams layup in between. Gist showed the Greens’ confidence with a rejection of Bourousis. The hosts tied it through as second Adams triple and Tillie free throws. Nick Calathes’s floater put Panathinaikos up 8-10, but Tillie finished a layup-plus-foul to tie it again. Tillie rose high to reject Williams, however the ball bounced to Marquez Haynes who scored for the visitors. After the TV timeout, Bertans drained a catch-and-shoot triple. Panathinaikos led again after Kuzmic’s three-point play off a pick-and-roll with Diamantidis. The point guard added a jumper and then Haynes fed Raduljica on the pick-and-roll to make it 13-19. Kuzmic capped a 0-9 run by putting back his own miss. James drained a triple to end the quarter at 16-21.Second quarter: James’s big buckets give Laboral the leadThe difference was down to 3 after Tillie scored a minute into the quarter. Then Bertans came off a screen and buried a triple to tie it at 21-21. After Pavlovic split free throws, James’s dunk gave the host their first lead, 23-22. James Feldeine countered with a jumper and then drilled a triple as Panathinaikos regained control. Jaka Blazic’s wild jumper and foul kept Laboral close before Gist scored inside. After a jumper by Ilimane Diop, Tillie recorded another block and Adams tied things at 29-29 midway through the quarter. Haynes countered with a three-pointer, but James took a steal in for a slam. Williams scored with a put-back, but Bourousis netted a hook for his first points. Adams split free throws to even things, but it did not last long as Raduljica scored inside on the next play. However a Bourousis slam made it 36-36 and James’s jumper gave Laboral a 2-point edge at halftime.Third quarter: After falling behind by 9, Greens trim the gapBertans hit his third three-pointer at the start of the second half. Diamantidis sliced into the Laboral defense for a layup before back-to-back threes by Adams and Bourousis gave the home team a comfortable 47-38 cushion. Diamantidis took charge with a pull-up three, but essentially gave it back by fouling Bertans on a long three-point attempt and the forward made the resulting 3 shots. Raduljica swished a jumper from the foul line to make it 50-43 midway through the quarter. Diamantidis went behind the back to set up Gist for a slam. The forward missed a chance to further trim the deficit when he missed 2 free throws. But free throws by Diamantidis made it a 3-point game. Adams and Diamantidis matched foul shots. Blazic also sank free throws, but Antonis Fotsis’s tip in brought Panathinaikos within 54-51 in the closing seconds of the quarter.Fourth quarter: Diamantidis saves the GreensBertans knocked down his fourth three-pointer and Tillie grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James for a slam. The difference was double figure after Bourousis rejected Williams to ignite a fast break that James finished with a layup. Gist scored for the Greens, but a foul and then a technical for arguing by Pavlovic made the arena sing even louder. However Kuzmic’s hook and a Diamantidis three silenced the crowd at 62-58 with six minutes to go. Diop fouled out, but Tillie scored to keep Laboral in control. Raduljica was called for flopping and Bourousis made the resulting free throw. Kuzmic dunked in transition to make it 65-60 with three minutes to play, but an Adams three gave the hosts an 8-point advantage. Williams revived the Greens with a three, but Tillie made a wild layup to keep Laboral in charge. Williams kept Panathinaikos in the hunt with a drive to get within 70-65 with 80 seconds remaining. Kuzmic free throws got the visitors within 3 with 44 seconds on the clock, but Adams blew the lid off the arena with a pull-up three with 30 seconds left, but after a timeout, Haynes answered in suit and Panathinaikos forced an 8-second turnover to get the ball back with 13 seconds remaining. Diamantidis buried a triple off one leg with 8 seconds left to even the score at 73-73. James was stopped on his way to the hoop and the game went to an extra session.Overtime: Bourousis, Adams lift the home teamBourousis sank a hook to put Laboral back in front. He then drew Kuzmic’s fifth foul and split free throws. Calathes rescued the Greens with a reverse layup, but Bourousis tacked on 2 more free throws. After a bizarre Panathinaikos turnover – Diamantidis lost the ball when he collided into Williams, Adams dunked on the break for a 5-point advantage. Williams split free throws to make it 80-76 with just over a minute to go. The Greens’ defense rose to the occasion again and Williams fast break slam made it a 2-point game with 48 seconds on the clock. After stopping Bourousis, Raduljica missed from close range with 10 seconds left and Adams sank 2 free throws to ice the game with 5.1 seconds left.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more