Imminent domain?

first_imgThe community members have quickly organized and held numerous meetings to prepare for tonight. “I’m not walking away,” said Chi Lu, 46, an eight-year resident whose home could be lost to the proposed plan. “I don’t care how much they offer me. “You don’t destroy an established neighborhood to build a school,” Lu said. “You have a community first, then you build a school. I understand there is a need, but do it justifiably.” Korenstein said the two proposed sites have not been finalized and that residents will have time to offer their input, including suggesting alternative sites. “If there is a better site for the school, we’ll certainly look at it,” Korenstein said. “I’ve never had a problem with that.” Korenstein said Panorama High School on Van Nuys Boulevard was originally envisioned north of Roscoe Boulevard, but then community members suggested that the school be built school south of Roscoe, which was ultimately done. The school district purchased the old Carnation plant as the site. “It can happen,” Korenstein said about school site changes. Under its $19.2 billion school-construction program, the largest public-works program in the nation, L.A. Unified has built 65 schools, with 80 more in various stages of planning, design and construction, officials said. In the San Fernando Valley, numerous schools and education centers have been built. Arleta, Panorama and East Valley high schools opened their doors on the same day, in October, to more than 8,000 students – a record, single-day new school opening for the district. Officials said that as they move forward on building more schools, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to target sites free of homes or businesses. “It’s very difficult finding open land today (because) we’re competing with developers,” Korenstein said. School administrators said the district is in the early stages of the site-selection process for Elementary School 14 and are months away from making any recommendation to the school board, which will vote on the matter. If residents fail to come up with another location and either sell their homes voluntarily to the district or are forced to sell them through eminent domain, it will no doubt leave a bitter taste in their mouths. “They used to say your house is your castle,” Trachtenberg said. “Well, it isn’t, if they can do this to you.” [email protected] (818) 713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a very aggressive plan that is really good for students and their education, but there are always complexities in doing that,” said Julie Korenstein, school board member for District 6, which includes the proposed school. Tonight, school district officials will meet residents at Columbus Avenue Elementary School to explain their plans, discuss two possible sites and see whether residents have any alternatives. Choosing either site would doom 22 homes. One of the sites, located just north of Vanowen Street, is bordered by Bassett Street to the south, Hart Street to the north, Tobias Avenue to the east and Cedros Avenue to the west. The other potential site is bordered by Marlin Place to the north, Bassett Street to the south, Willis Avenue to the west and Cedros Avenue to the east. While the plan is in the very early stages, word of it has already upset homeowners. Residents said they were not adequately informed about earlier community meetings leading up to the district’s proposal. Many said they didn’t know anything about the proposed school until they or their neighbors received a letter from the district regarding the potential sites. VAN NUYS – If plans go through for a new public elementary school, residents fear they’ll lose not only their homes to the bulldozer, but also lose a tight-knit community where generations of neighbors have shared meals, friendship and laughter. “It’s not a neighborhood; it’s a family,” said Ron Trachtenberg, who with his wife, Mona, has lived for 34 years in their Tobias Avenue home, where they raised three children. “We take care of each other. We do things for each other.” Los Angeles Unified School District officials say proposed Elementary School 14 is necessary to alleviate crowding at several nearby elementary schools and to put those schools on a traditional calendar, rather than their current year-round schedule. As a public entity, the school district has the power to use eminent domain to seize private property to build the school. last_img read more

France’s Mbappe sprints towards superstar status at World Cup

first_img0Shares0000France forward Kylian Mbappe kisses a goalpost during a World Cup training session © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 4 – As Didier Deschamps plots another World Cup title tilt with France, Kylian Mbappe, who was not even born when his coach lifted the trophy in 1998, has become an indispensable figure for Les Bleus.It was only two-and-a-half years ago that the teenager made his professional debut, but the rise of Mbappe — the second-most expensive player in history — has been meteoric. After winning successive French league crowns with Monaco and then Paris Saint-Germain, the 19-year-old announced himself on the global stage by knocking Lionel Messi’s Argentina out of the last 16 in Russia.With Cristiano Ronaldo, a childhood hero of Mbappe’s, crashing out of the competition on the same day with Portugal, it felt like a passing of the torch to a new generation.Mbappe’s breathtaking acceleration and steely composure were used to devastating effect as he became the first teenager since Pele 60 years ago to score at least twice in a World Cup match.“I gave Kylian a new nickname, it’s 37, because he reached a peak of 37km/h (kilometres per hour) against Argentina,” said France teammate Florian Thauvin.Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat Argentina 4-3 in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / FRANCK FIFETo put his searing speed into context, triple Olympic 100-metre champion Usain Bolt’s career peak was clocked at 44.72 km/h during his world record run at the 2009 world championships.And while Mbappe may be the game’s new superstar, the French teenage sensation is not forgetting his roots.According to L’Equipe, he has promised to donate his World Cup bonus to organise sporting initiatives for children in hospital.He will likely find a robust Uruguay defence far less charitable, but former France defender Lilian Thuram expects Mbappe to thrive on the challenge.“He is young, and young players really enjoy themselves when the standard of the opposition increases,” said Thuram.– ‘More talent’ than Pogba –France great Thierry Henry, who followed a similar trajectory to the top as Mbappe, cited the latter’s intelligence as the driving force behind his success.“When I watch him dribble, he’s thinking,” Henry said in an interview with Canal+.“There’s something that gets me going and saddens me at times. We often speak of a player and say: ‘He’s fast, he’s tough, he jumps high’, but we never speak about a player’s brain.“He thinks when he plays, and that for me is the most important thing in a player, he uses his brain,” explained Henry.“It’s the sign of a guy who can go very far.”Ludovic Batelli, coach of the France team that won the Under-19 European Championship in 2016, said Mbappe had a rare level of maturity for someone so young.“He has this clear-headedness, this sangfroid in front of goal which is the mark of great goalscorers,” said Batelli.“It’s often acquired more in the second part of one’s career. He has it at a very, very young age. It’s what is going to allow him to become a future great.”Mbappe scored 21 goals in his first season in Paris after joining the club in a monumental deal worth an eventual 180 million euros ($210 million).Paul Pogba, one of the cornerstones of the current France side, said Mbappe has only just scratched the surface of what he is capable of achieving.“He’s got a lot more talent than me,” Pogba said of Mbappe. “And he’s not going to stop there. He’s got so much talent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more