HOLLENDORFER’S GALILEAN & DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE LOOM LARGE IN MONDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgLoud Mouth–Joel Rosario–120Whooping Jay–Mario Gutierrez–120Irish Heatwave–Kent Desormeaux–122Galilean–Flavien Prat–124Feeling Strong–Tiago Pereira–120First post time for a nine-race card on Monday is at 12:30p.m. please visitsanttaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. HOLLENDORFER’S GALILEAN & DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE LOOM LARGE IN MONDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY AT 1 1/16 MILESRACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2019)–A neck shy of being unbeaten in three starts, Jerry Hollendorfer’s two-time stakes winner Galilean, along with trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Irish Heatwave, head a field of five sophomores in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles.Restricted to 3-year-olds bred or sired in California, the Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.GALILEANOwner: West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker & William SandbrookTrainer: Jerry HollendorferA California-bred colt by Uncle Mo, out of the Indian Charlie mare Fresia, Galilean fetched $600,000 at the 2018 Barretts 2-year-old in Training Sale this past April. A first-out winner of the restricted Barretts Juvenile going 6 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos Sept. 22, he was then second, beaten a neck by Bob Baffert’s Cruel Intention going seven furlongs here in the Golden State Juvenile on Nov. 3. A rousing nine length winner of the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Al Dec. 16, Galilean is Triple Crown nominated and should he win on Monday, will attempt to follow in the footsteps of 2014 Cal Cup Derby winner California Chrome.IRISH HEATWAVEOwner: Calumet FarmTrainer: Keith DesormeauxA winner of two out of his last three starts, all on turf, this colt by Unusual Heat, out of the Broken Vow mare Irish Winnie, kept to his task to finish fourth, beaten two lengths in the Cal Cup Turf Sprint here on Jan. 26. A one mile turf maiden winner versus statebreds three starts back on Nov. 3, Irish Heatwave has two wins from five starts and is winless in two dirt tries, both sprints.THE CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 4 of 9 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT last_img read more

Alexis does not budge and United ‘loses’ € 12m

first_imgDespite the lack of United troops in attack, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not want Alexis to return to United, according to Evening Standard, and will continue working on the departure of the Chilean, who could go on loan next season if they do not find a definitive transfer that satisfies both the club and the player. At Manchester United, Alexis experienced one of the worst stages of his career. The Tocopila player played 45 games in which he only scored five goals and gave nine assists. Alexis Sánchez continues to cost Manchester United a lot of money. The Chilean winger has rejected the salary cuts proposed by the Carrington clubs to continue to be a burden on the English club’s budget and for it to continue working actively in search of a transfer.This strategy is revealed by the Evening Standard, which assumes that Inter will not go for Alexis even if he wants to stay and that United will have to find a new outlet for the Wonder Boy. The problem, once again, is his salary.Alexis has a contract until 2022 at a rate of 12 million euros per year. Even on loan, United is taking over a large part of his salary, which if it is already a problem in the budgets, could become even greater after the expected reduction in income due to the stoppage of football due to the coronavirus.last_img read more

Alfredo Matilla and Patricia Cazón prescribe memoirs about Albacete and Cultural Leonesa

first_imgAlfredo Matilla Y Patricia Cazón, journalists from the newspaper As, have recreated their sentimental memories of Albacete Balompié and Cultural Leonesa in both books of the collection Illustrated Hooligans published by Libros del K.O.Both volumes have been put on sale this Wednesday in ebook format, since the publisher has canceled the paper sale due to the coronavirus. Matilla writes about his relationship with Albacete Balompié in ‘Por si acaso’, “a very original sentimental memory in which the author he uses football to do a psychological therapy exercise with which to overcome their phobias and collect happiness “, according to the editorial.Patricia Cazón signs ‘The Long Winter’, “a pleasant, nostalgic and funny narration in which the author links episodes of her life with the recent history of her soccer team, the modest but historical Cultural Leonesa “.last_img read more

Draymond Green’s intensity, leadership pushes Durant, others

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Green raised his right arm in the air on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 13 win against the Magic, knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the arc before a layup moments later.“He’s unique from the standpoint of Steph, Klay and KD are guys that can go for 60. But Draymond just impacts the game in so many ways that you’ve just got to compete against him. You’ve got to understand that he can do it all,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said.Green and Durant spent time together as 2016 Olympians in Rio. KD couldn’t wait to play with Green regularly — even if they went at it back on Feb. 4 in Sacramento.“It’s just two teammates in the heat of the moment, both needed, at that point, that game, we were all bad,” Durant said. “We needed energy somehow. We kind of both sensed that. We came back to the huddle and got after it.”Still, that fire is what Durant loves about his intense teammate. Not to mention the work he puts in shooting from every spot on the floor.“It means a lot,” Green said. “You have to have those guys’ trust. If somebody sees you working, they have more trust in that. Obviously as one of the leaders of this team, you should be one of the hardest workers.”In the past three seasons, Green has notched five games with at least five points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks.“You understand how impactful he can be without really scoring a lot of points or having any ooh or aah moments on the offensive end,” Stephen Curry said. “He has a lot of ooh and aah moments with the hustle plays and defensively. It seems like he’s always kind of in the play somehow. We appreciate every little bit of that effort and the results he prides himself in every single time he’s out there on the floor. His stat lines sometimes look like this where he’s so well-rounded across the board — points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and whatnot — and he’ll bang down three, four 3s every once in a while. You appreciate what he brings to the squad every single night and his energy and his passion.” Draymond Green. AFP FILE PHOTOOAKLAND, California — Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything.“Life,” Green explained, “who drives home faster from the practice facility, who gets to the game earlier. You want us to tell you our whole life?”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Green, part of the Warriors contingent in the Hamptons to meet with Durant before the big July 4 decision announcement last year, lit into Durant during a loss to Memphis back in January. Then they got into it again in a three-point defeat at Sacramento on Feb. 4.“Hollered at me? Ha! We’re grown men, ain’t nobody hollering at me,” Durant said good-naturedly after a recent practice when asked about the animated back-and-forth, as surrounding media members erupted into laughter at his response.He then chose far more colorful language — and expletives — to describe their heated exchange during a timeout.Green acknowledges being mad that night. He and Durant are thriving now.“It just shows the trust that we have in each other, the relationship we have that we can go at each other,” Green said. “No one takes it personal. You say what you got to say, I say what I got to say. We figure it out and then we move on. That’s kind of what that was. You want to grow from moments like that if you’re a strong team, if your chemistry’s strong, you grow from moments like that. Chemistry’s not so strong, you’re not much of a together team, you can crumble from situations like that. But our chemistry is one of the things that makes us special.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES KD and Dray have formed quite a bond since way back, when Green was part of the strategic recruiting process to bring Durant to the Bay Area from Oklahoma City before last season.They’ve had a few heated moments, too, and both say they are better for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAnd there’s no official count — that has been shared, anyway — on who owes who what for losing those friendly wagers.“Yeah, I’m not in those bets,” teammate Shaun Livingston said. “It could be a shot to start the practice, in the corner, anything. It doesn’t matter. Wherever. They just walk up to each other all the time, ‘Bet, bet it, bet it.’” MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Golden State seemed to build from those moments, and the defending NBA champs withstood Durant’s absence for 19 games shortly thereafter because of a knee injury.Livingston is the guy who stood between them that night in the Golden 1 Center, and notes, “They’re cut from the same cloth in a sense.”“It’s good to have that type of relationship, honestly, because when adversity strikes and things hit, they’re not afraid to say anything to each other,” Livingston said, “and you need that.”The Warriors’ emotional leader has been doing a bit of everything.After a recent outing, Green stole a look at his stat line and grinned.He certainly appreciated that performance: 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, a season-best five blocked shots, two steals and just one turnover in 31 impressive minutes.“I like a line like that,” he said. “It kind of shows that you did everything on the floor and not just one thing. I definitely enjoy having a stat line like that if it means anything.”It means plenty to the Warriors, who are still working to find a consistent flow this season. They have struggled at times to take care of the ball and handle the basic fundamentals.That’s also typical Green, who lately is also having games in which he catches defenses off guard by knocking down 3-pointers. His teammates love it all.“I knew he would make my job way easier and I knew I could help him,” Durant said. “I knew that his intensity was going to up the level of everybody on the floor, the way he approaches the game, his passion and love for the game. That stuff stood out more than anything. Obviously he’s quick for his position, he’s got long arms, he can shoot the 3, he can pass, he can rebound, but just his passion and love for the game that kind of shines bright, and it’s contagious.” View commentslast_img read more

‘Liberia Still Under Cyber Attack’

first_imgThe recent wave of cyber intrusion that hit Liberia in a bid to keep it disconnected from the global network is still continuing with hackers still sending massive volumes of artificial data to block internet links, a press statement from Lonestar Cell MTN said yesterday.As a result of these cyber activities internet connectivity is slow and in most cases intermittent. This has left many frustrated internet users in Liberia complaining about the services of telecommunications companies.Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has denied that the country’s internet access was interrupted by malicious cyber activities. “Monitoring systems on the nation’s internet exchange point, where domestic traffic joins the global network, showed no evidence that the link had been overwhelmed,” Jarsea Burphy, LTA spokesperson said in a statement.According to its statement, Lonestar Cell MTN, one of the country’s leading providers, is reporting repeated cyber-attacks in the form of Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) from hackers. It may be recalled that the company in a statement recently called on the government to investigate the cause of the attacks. “We are calling on the Government through its security apparatus to institute immediate investigation into the matter as these DDOS attacks amount to economic sabotage. We also call on the LTA to ensure that Liberia urgently joins Africa CERT, an organization that protects countries around Africa against cyber threats,” the release said.These DDOS attacks, the statement added, are undermining government’s revenue intake and denying Lonestar Cell MTN subscribers adequate services. The Government of Liberia needs to take the call made by Lonestar Cell MTN seriously as these attackers have the ability to spread their activities to businesses, including banks, and other government entities. Cyber-attacks are fast becoming a global issue, and must not be taken lightly in Liberia. The attacks on Liberia captured the pages of many anti-cyber sites and multiple international wires. The BBC reported recently that “Liberia has been repeatedly cut off from the internet by hackers targeting its only link to the global network. The attacks were the first to send overwhelming amounts of data from weakly protected devices, such as webcams and digital video recorders that had been enrolled into what is known as a botnet. A botnet variant called Mirai was identified by security firms as being the tool used to find and compromise the insecure devices. The source code for Mirai has been widely shared and many malicious hacker groups have used it to seek out vulnerable devices they can take over and use to mount what are known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks,” according to the press statement.The government needs to go beyond denial and ensure that these activities are curtailed as service providers and Liberians are still complaining of intermittent denial of internet services, the statement noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former GCCI President lashes back at Minister Gaskin

first_img– for telling Private Sector to stay out of politicsBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin’s advice that the Private Sector should stay out of politics until elections time has been rebuffed, with a former Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President reminding him that politics is very much the Private Sector’s business.Addressing the second day of the Business Development Forum, former GCCI President Vishnu Doerga pointed out that the business community is, by virtue of paying its taxes, already involved in politics. At the same time, he noted the importance of the Private Sector ensuring it is in compliance with the laws.“We (the business community) understand that we’re all in politics,” he related. “Who funds all of this? It’s your taxpayers’ money that funds all of this, so that actually means that we’re all involved in politics…,” he contended.“Make sure that you comply; pay everything that you need to pay, so that you can actually open your mouth. If you don’t, that’s why the Minister said to stay quiet. Because if you’re not paying the levels, you shouldn’t be talking. But if you are, and you meet all your obligations, it is your responsibility to (have a) say,” Doerga charged.Business Minister Dominic GaskinHe cited an example wherein businesses would have to interact with regulatory agencies such as the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) due to the importance of ensuring they are selling and consuming products safely.“And is that politics? If it is where the money is coming from, and how we’re being taxed, and how it’s being used, then I’ll say yes, do get involved!” Doerga related.Stay outAt the opening of the forum on Friday, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had advised the Private Sector to stay clear of politics until the time comes to fund the elections, and to place their focus on business.He was addressing the inaugural Business Development Forum hosted by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at the Pegasus Hotel.The Minister managed to raise eyebrows at the launching with his pronouncement that he believes the business sector ought to stay out of politics until the election period, and should rather concentrate on what it does best.“I believe that the Private Sector should concentrate on business, and stay out of politics, at least until the election season comes around, when you can decide which parties you want to support or which candidates you want to fund, because funding is of course a very key component of the election campaigning process. But certainly, in the off season, you need to concentrate on business, and Government is supportive of that… let the Private Sector do what it does best: compete, comply and get compensated,” he said.He went on to say that, for far too long, Guyanese have been blaming bad politics in Guyana for bad business practices, as he compared Guyana to other countries.last_img read more

Consultant to be recruited for Needs Assessment on EPA

first_img– as Govt seeks to determine agency’s preparedness for oil & gasBy Jarryl BryanThe Department of Energy (DE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have both got enormous roles to play as regulators in Guyana’s Oil and Gas sector. One plan on the agenda is to have a consultant brought in to verify how prepared the EPA really is for this task.This was explained by head of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, during his first press conference with the media recently. According to Bynoe, the DE is in the process of recruiting such a consultant.“We understand that, for the department to be strong, its sister agencies must alsoExecutive Director of the EPA, Dr Vincent Adamsbe supportive. In this vein, through consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency, the department is also recruiting a consultant to conduct a needs assessment of the EPA, and its preparedness for regulating the sector from an environmental perspective.”“Once this needs assessment is completed, we will be better able to provide the necessary support to build the capacity of the EPA,” Bynoe related, adding that his department will have a heavy focus on taking a “minimalist approach” to resource management.According to Bynoe, the EPA will not be the only agency his department will work closely with. He said collaborative efforts will be made with mandated agencies like the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG), and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Even as preparations for first oil are being made, Bynoe stressed that changes would not happen overnight.“Every mile starts with one step. We’re not going to get there tomorrow; we will not get there next week. But we are certain that with the right people, right focus and right emphasis, we will get there,” Bynoe said.Last month, energy expert and scientist Dr. Vincent Adams was appointedDepartment of Energy Head, Dr Mark BynoeExecutive Director of the EPA. His appointment came at a time when questions were being raised about the agency’s abilities to regulate oil companies in Guyana from an environmental standpoint.When Exxon Mobil’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd’s (EEPGL’s) submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its Liza Phase 2 development, an outside consultant was brought in to assist the EPA in reviewing it.A contract to the tune of $40.3 million was awarded to international firm Ramboll US Corporation in order to undertake the review, though the costs were reportedly borne by the oil company.Threat of oil spillsThe EPA did a study of its own, and found that while an oil spill in the Stabroek block was possible, factors such as the location of EEPGL operations combined with the region’s water temperature would minimise the effects.Auditor General Deodat Sharma had previously announced that the Audit Office would be carrying out a number of audits to analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals.“As you know, North West (Region One) has the four turtle species. We have to preserve those, because we don’t want to have an oil spill; and it could beIt is important that the ecosystem and its creatures are catered fordangerous. I remember, several years ago, there was the cyanide overspill. It had an effect on the environment in the interior,” Sharma had said.This is a reference to the cyanide spill in Guyana in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Guyana does have a draft Oil Spill Contingency Plan, for which consultations were held earlier this year. Besides the obvious need to protect the environment and the livelihoods of persons residing on the coast, there are various international conventions that stipulate countries have a plan for any oil spill.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. EEPGL is the operator and hold a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

Pochettino urges Spurs superiors to take risks in transfer market

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has urged chairman Daniel Levy to be “brave” in the transfer market © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 14 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino called on the club’s chairman Daniel Levy to match his ambitions by being “brave” in the transfer market ahead of moving to a new 62,000 capacity stadium.Spurs sealed Champions League football for a third straight season by finishing third in the Premier League despite having reportedly just the sixth highest wage bill behind Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Tottenham have also spent only a fraction of the hundreds of millions outlaid in the transfer market by the two Manchester clubs to take the top two spots in the league.Instead, Pochettino has worked wonders by developing and improving an extremely talented young squad.However, patience may be wearing thin for some players not earning as much they could elsewhere after it was revealed last month that chairman Daniel Levy saw his own pay last season rise £3.16 million ($4.3 million) to just over £6 million a year.“I think Daniel is going to listen to me. But you know me and sometimes I have some crazy ideas,” said Pochettino.“You need to be brave. In this type of situation, with a club with our unbelievable fans, being brave is the most important, and to take risks.“I think it’s a moment the club needs to take risks and if possible work harder than the previous season to be competitive again.”However, Pochettino’s wishes could be hampered by spiralling costs for the new stadium, reportedly set to hit £1 billion.Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger even suggested last week that prized assets like Harry Kane might need to be sold to balance the books in the wake of the stadium move.Wenger was forced to battle to keep Arsenal competitive despite the financial handicap of paying back bank loans and selling a number of his top players following Arsenal’s move from Highbury to the Emirates in 2006.The Frenchman said keeping Arsenal in the Champions League for the following nine years was his “best job” as a manager.“The prices for the stadium have doubled, (but) the transfers of the players have tripled or quadrupled,” said Wenger.“A £10 million player when we built the stadium was huge. Today a guy like Kane, I don’t know for much they can sell him, £100m? So they might get more supply. But they have to face it.”Pochettino has been widely praised for breaking into the top four on a consistent basis, but insists much more needs to be done if he is to lift his first trophy as a coach next season.“I don’t know if the club will be agreeing with me or not, but we are going to talk next week on what we need to do to improve,” said the Argentine.“That is a little bit up to Daniel of course, to the club, to be happy with us, because after four years I think we need to assess that period.“If we want to play and be real contenders for big, big trophies, yes, we need to review a little.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hodgson backs Wayne Rooney to score record-breaking England goal in front of Wembley crowd

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson was forced to defend his decision to deprive Wayne Rooney of the chance to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record in Saturday’s 6-0 win over San Marino.Manchester United striker Rooney equalled Charlton’s 49-goal tally with a 12th minute penalty, but was then taken off just before the hour as the minnows were starting to tire.If Rooney had stayed on, he would have almost certainly scored his 50th goal, with replacement Harry Kane and fellow substitute Theo Walcott scoring three goals between them in the closing stages.But Hodgson would not alter his plan to take the striker off, wanting to keep the frontman fresh for Tuesday’s qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.And the boss has backed to hit that record-breaking strike in front of a jubilant home crowd.“The substitution was planned with a view to Tuesday night,” Hodgson said.“It would be nice if Wayne could get the 50th goal against Switzerland on Tuesday night, but one thing is for certain – he’ll get it.“If it’s not on Tuesday, it might be October, if it’s not October, it might be in November, and if it’s not in November, it might be 2016. But he’ll get it. It’s not as if this was his last and only chance.“If this was his last game for England and he needed one more goal to break the record, I wouldn’t have taken him off.”Rooney calmly slotted the penalty past Aldo Simoncini to give England an early lead after the referee spotted a push in the box, and the floodgates opened after the break to allow the visitors to seal the win that meant they became the first nation to qualify for Euro 2016.The skipper held his arms aloft and pointed to the sky in his celebration before waving to his wife Coleen and eldest son Kai, who had made the trip to the Stadio Olimpico in Seravalle in the hope of watching the star rewrite the history books.His 49th goal may have come against a team containing a bank clerk, an accountant and a barman, but that did not take any gloss off the striker’s enjoyment at equalling one of his heroes.”Obviously it is a proud moment for me to equal Sir Bobby’s record and my aim now is to push on, to help the team get the victory on Tuesday night and try to break that record to become the outright holder,” the United forward said.“It would have been great if it had happened tonight, but it will be on Tuesday, if selected, with the tradition at Wembley. But again it is important we win the game,” he said.Rooney also paid tribute to United and England ambassador Charlton.“Since I joined Manchester United at 18, Sir Bobby has been in the dressing room after all the games,” said Rooney.“He has got a presence about him, he goes around and speaks to all of the players, in particular myself after England and United games. He comes in and gives me advice to try to help me and I am sure if there is anyone who would be happy for me to have broken his record, it would be him.” 1 Wayne Rooney sits in the dugout after being denied the chance to score record-breaking 50th England goal against San Marino last_img read more

Prison overhaul slow-going

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, criticized a lack of progress since Hickman’s previous confirmation in 2004 to head the old prison agency. He was appointed in November 2003, following Schwarzenegger’s election. Romero’s Select Committee on the California Correctional System is holding hearings to determine whether the Senate Rules Committee recommends that the 25-year corrections veteran be confirmed. She and other critics spent the four-hour hearing outlining the department’s failures, as Hickman and Undersecretary Jeanne Woodford highlighted the agency’s progress. Romero and Hickman distributed competing documents outlining their positions – then sharply criticized each other. Romero dismissed Hickman’s “glossy, pretty pamphlet,” while he accused her of reducing the agency’s problems to media-friendly “sound bites.” Many of the headline-grabbing problems that confronted the agency two years ago aren’t issues now, Hickman said: a videotaped gang battle at Folsom State Prison and beating of two wards at Stockton’s N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility; an endemic “code of silence” that punished whistle-blowers and rewarded guards who abused inmates. Hickman and Schwarzenegger have strengthened the internal investigation and discipline system, said the state’s auditor and inspector general. Yet the parole system is “still a billion-dollar failure,” said Donald Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office that has forced changes through repeated lawsuits. Romero criticized the high recidivism rate and the department’s $1 billion cost overrun last year due to a population increase it failed to foresee. While the department does well at its most basic mission of containing inmates, it dragged its feet on efforts to keep them alive, Specter said. Inmates were dying of medical neglect at a rate of about one a week, Specter said, citing the conclusion of an irate federal judge who ordered changes in December. And it took repeated court orders before the department began requiring guards to try to resuscitate inmates who attempt suicide. Yet the fault is not all Hickman’s, Specter said. The corrections secretary is overruled by other agencies and lacks sufficient staffing and money even with a budget that increased by $2 billion in two years. Reforming such a massive, entrenched bureaucracy from within might not be possible and could require additional court oversight, Specter said. Hickman said his department alone can’t rehabilitate inmates, which would require the cooperation of local governments and community and faith-based social organizations. “We are building the foundation for sustainable change,” he said. “These efforts will not happen overnight.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A massive overhaul of California’s prison system is barely under way and may take years to show serious improvement, Corrections Secretary Roderick Hickman told state senators Thursday as they began considering whether he should keep his job. “Are we rehabilitated? No. We are on the road to recovery,” he repeatedly told senators in various ways during an often contentious hearing. “What we have embarked upon will take time, effort, money, and it will take the will to see it through.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Hickman on July 1 to head the new Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which combined the adult and youth prison systems in the largest reorganization in state history. Senators have until this July to confirm his appointment to head the nation’s largest state corrections system, one that consumes $8 billion of the state’s $125.6 billion budget. “We are literally changing the tires on a moving car,” Hickman said, and the benefits of last summer’s retooling are just beginning to surface. last_img read more