MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Cormier, who also holds the light heavyweight crown, made quick work of an overmatched Lewis with a rear naked choke. He celebrated with his family in the cage as Lewis trudged out, still in his trunks unlike the last fight that made him a quick star.Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest) had a quick takedown in the first and turned in a dominant yet dull effort to easily take the round. He didn’t waste much time in the second and left MSG with a little slice of history.He was still ready to rumble.With trash talk worthy of WrestleMania hype, Cormier called out former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar for a match in 2019.Cormier had an itch to add a third (yet faux) title.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James scores 28 points, Lakers edge Blazers 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 Daniel Cormier holds his belts after defeating Derrick Lewis by submission during the second round of a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 230, early Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — The “DC” initials that flashed on the Madison Square Garden marquee have a deeper meaning for Daniel Cormier.Dual Champ.ADVERTISEMENT The main event had history, if not the thrills of the earlier bouts.Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza connected on a flush right hand to the temple to knock out Chris Weidman in the third round in a battle of two fighters who both badly needed a victory.Souza and Weidman were engaged in a brutal slugfest that kept both fighters on their feet for most of the first 2½ rounds. Weidman finally got caught and clung to Souza’s leg as he tried to find his bearings. Souza got a couple of punches in for good measure until referee Dan Miragliotta mercifully stopped the fight.Souza rebounded from a loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224 and did it with a busted nose. Weidman stunned Souza with a right that smashed the Brazilian’s nose, making it spew blood for the remainder of the first round.Israel Adesanya had a breakout performance with a dominant destruction of veteran Derek Brunson than ran his record to 15-0 and launched him as serious contender in the middleweight division.Adesanya flipped off Brunson early in the first round and finished him not much later for the TKO win. Adesanya landed a knee to the face that stumbled Brunson and finished him off with a left that had the crowd on its feet. Adesanya, who has earned comparisions to a young Anderson Silva, danced in the middle of the octagon on a night where a new star was seemingly born.His bio on his @stylebender Instagram account says he likes to “say the darndest things.” Adesanya had something to witty to say to the MSG crowd.“They say this is a walk in the park? Nah, it’s a walk in the Garden,” Adesanya said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Bring that belt with you when you come to my house,” said Cormier, who has vowed to retire at age 40.Cormier won the heavyweight crown when he flattened Stipe Miocic, a bout that ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage. Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.UFC President Dana White has said he wanted a Lesnar-Cormier bout signed for next year, a showcase that would surely be the biggest ever for heavyweights. Lesnar is still with WWE and left the promotion’s controversial Crown Jewel event on Friday in Saudi Arabia as the Universal champion. His status remains as murky as ever — he still has to serve out the remainder of a USADA suspension — and was not spotted at MSG.Cormier beat Anthony Johnson in 2015 to win the light heavyweight title and defended it against the likes of Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Oezdemir.Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice. The second bout last year was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test that kept him out of the sport for 15 months. Cormier will be stripped of his light heavyweight title and the 205-pound crown will go to the winner of the Jones-Gustafsson bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.Jones has ruled out a trilogy, and Cormier’s next challenger will surely give him a better fight than Lewis.Lewis (21-6) served 3½ years in prison in his early 20s stemming from a parole violation when he was charged with aggravated assault shortly after high school. Lewis took up mixed martial arts shortly after his release and used his big right hand to ascend to a title shot. He had won nine of his last 10 fights and his self-deprecating humor — including a randy answer as to why he stripped off his shorts inside the cage after his last win — earned him a sponsorship deal with Popeyes Chicken.“Look who just slid into our DMs before the weigh in,” the fried chicken joint tweeted, with a picture of Lewis chomping on a drumstick.Much like attacking a bucket of chicken, Cormier tagged Lewis everywhere: leg, thigh, and then the neck for the decisive blow.“A lot of people have to understand that I’ve been doing this for nine years and I fought at a championship level for eight of them,” Cormier said. “If you have a puncher’s chance it’s not good enough.” Cormier draped himself in two title belts, history-making bling that cemented the 39-year-old as one of the greats in the mixed martial arts game.“Two belts for each shoulder! I get to look at this again,” Cormier said. “It’s history and Daniel Cormier is one of the best of all-time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe backed up his boast with authority in New York.Cormier choked out Derrick Lewis in the middle of the second round to retain his heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 230, becoming the first fighter to defend titles in two weight classes. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has by Proclamation declared Sunday, March 15, which is the 206th birth anniversary of former President Joseph Jenkins Roberts as a National Holiday and is to be observed on Monday, March 16.A Foreign Ministry release says the President’s Proclamation is in consonance with an act of the Forty-Second (42nd) National Legislature during its Third Session which in recognition of the first President of the Republic of Liberia declared March 15 of every year a National Holiday as a mark of respect and reverence to his memory and for his untiring efforts in organizing the first Government of the Republic as well as negotiating and concluding treaties with Foreign Powers which gave recognition to the founding of the Liberian Nation.The President, in her Proclamation, added that it is befitting that such honor accorded the memory of this distinguished Statesman serves as a challenge to all Liberians to aspire to higher and nobler endeavors by emulating his courage, endurance, selflessness and commitment to the principles and ideals of democracy as portrayed in his works and life as Liberia’s first president.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For whom again do these bell tolls? We hear a veteran too did go;And a young teacher wave his last smile and said goodbye.W. Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain” echoes its rhythm withdisquieting calm; and do you brag the leaving of these cognitivebuilders? Your strokes simply lure them asleep and are now most free,never are bond to these tussles that each day somewrestle, yearning for home or many returning weary, while other just rest inHis caressed-peace. At last, when both veterans recently lie in your remains, you were dethroned.So they were glad when they waved goodbye. Washington, too, did rejoicewhen he passed and we read: “I have been to the mountaintop” and seetoo that Luther was with yearning to travel from this work field.Why then do you boast?When you metamorphosed into Ebola, did you last?Are you not a crown of glory? Didn’t Christ snatched us from your gripswhen He went down Hades and redeemed us from your chains? Aren’t youmaster to fate as Donne says. Death, you are cursed to send some to paradise and will watch some others go by rapture, while finally you are sailed to hell.Alas, those who would miss heaven’s bliss! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cllr. Kokoya: “The process remains credible though it has been postponed on two occasions. – Advertisement – Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have announced that all campaign activities for the Montserrado District #15 Representative and the County Senatorial By-elections will end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.Cllr. Jerome Kokoya, NEC chair on Monday, July 22 made the pronouncement through a press statement circulated by the department of communications and public affairs.“Today, we are pleased to inform you that the last batch of materials (pre-packed materials) arrived into the country on board a special Kenya Airways chartered cargo flight on Thursday, July 18, 2019. With this development, the Commission hereby confirms that all of the materials necessary to hold the combined by-elections have now arrived into the country. The NEC operations team has been busy packaging the materials for deployment,” Kokoya said.He said 29 July set for the holding of the combined by-elections will not be subject to any change as it happened with July 2 and 8, either of the dates expected to have provided the moment for the voters to participate in the by-elections, but did not do so due to challenges, mainly the nonavailability of materials, which confronted the Commission.“As an election management body, we are mindful that the process we manage belongs to the Liberian people, as represented by their political institutions. As such, we owe it as a duty to listen to the concerns of the people through their various political parties and take corrective actions where necessary to ensure that all, who participate in the electoral process do so with the highest level of confidence in the ability of the NEC to deliver free, fair and credible elections,” Korkoya said.The press release, signed by NEC director of communications and public affairs, Henry Flomo, said that the Commission has readjusted its measures for the polling to allow the conduct of the combined by-elections to be more open, transparent and credible.The statement added that “Party candidate agents shall have the opportunity, in the interest of time, to select at most two of their colleagues to sit with the voter identification officer (VIO) to verify the names of voters as they arrive at the polling place.Kokoya said, “As such, all candidates will be given copies of the voters’ roll on a flash drive and that for transparency purposes, the Commission will also provide copies of the voters’ roll to stakeholders, including the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), Liberia Elections Observation Network (LEON), The Carter Center (TCC), the European Union (EU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Inter Religious Council and other partners.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AVALON – The vista is spectacular. Its frame is not. Two brick chimneys bracketing the view of sparkling Avalon Harbor were all that was left Friday of a hilltop house lost to a wildfire that rampaged across Santa Catalina Island until it was stopped on the edge of town. The day after the conflagration, the ruins smoldered under a brilliant breezy blue sky as two firefighters napped in sleeping bags near a fire engine guarding Quail Court on the slopes high above the city of Avalon. A bathtub and washing machine lay in the pile of white and gray ash outlined by the foundation. With nearly 4,000 people evacuated, Santa Catalina Island hasn’t been jolted by fire like this in a long time – but this bone-dry year already is shaping up as a frightful wildfire season in Southern California. Only one home and six industrial businesses burned and no one had been seriously injured by Friday, giving firefighters their latest in a string of dramatic victories. About 50 miles away on the mainland, crews just days before beat back flames in Los Angeles’ sprawling Griffith Park that singed a neighborhood of multimillion-dollar homes. That was the third menacing fire in the Hollywood Hills this spring – and wildfire season here isn’t supposed to heat up until the fall. This has been one of the driest rainy seasons on record: Just 2 inches have fallen on Catalina this year. Notices in hotel bathrooms warn of drought. “Please turn off water while shaving & brushing teeth,” they urge. As flames bore down from the mountains northwest of Avalon on Thursday, the Catalina fire rained ash and chaos on a picturesque town where most people get around on foot, bike or golf cart. Those who were forced to flee after nightfall clambered onto ferries that passed U.S. Navy hovercraft packed with fire trucks from the mainland, more than 20 miles away. Many were workers who cook and clean for vacationers. Others were at vacation homes as the summer tourist season geared up. “It’s like a war zone. The skies turned completely gray with orange streaks. The helicopters were flying all over the place,” said Anita Bussing, a therapist whose other home is in Long Beach. “People were freaking out, children were crying.” By Friday afternoon, one ferry full of residents headed back to the island on an hour-plus voyage from Long Beach. Sheriff’s deputies were stationed on the island dock to make sure only residents came ashore. At midafternoon, a relay of water-carrying helicopters began saturating a hillside at the edge of town where smoke curled into the blue sky. The step appeared intended to extinguish any lingering hot spots. Flames were no longer visible from Avalon, though a layer of ash recalled a harrowing night and water-dropping helicopters and planes crisscrossed the clear sky. Boats bobbed in the harbor where on a normal day tourists would be entertained by the antics of flying fish or mesmerized by the sparkling sea. Those who stayed behind when others evacuated stopped to get coffee and chat in the few open cafes along the main promenade. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said about 3,800 people were evacuated. About 4,200 acres – the equivalent of about six square miles on the 76-square-mile island – had burned. Containment was estimated at 35 percent late Friday afternoon and officials announced that residents were allowed to return but visitors were barred from the island until further notice. Avalon Fire Chief Steven Hoefs said the fire remained under investigation, but it appeared to have been sparked as contractors worked on antennas at a radio station in the island’s interior. About 700 firefighters worked the fire, aided by weather much improved from Thursday’s gusty, dry conditions. The island’s romantic vibe was memorialized in the 1958 hit “26 Miles (Santa Catalina).” Before private jets and third homes became standard fare for the rich and really famous, Santa Catalina was a celebrity haunt. John Wayne trolled its shores in a converted minesweeper. The Tuna Club, which claims to be the oldest fishing club in the U.S., boasts past members including Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Cecil B. DeMille. A pre-Hollywood-and-White-House Ronald Reagan broadcast Chicago Cubs’ spring training games in 1937 from the island, which at the time was owned by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.Hundreds of films have been filmed on the island or in its waters, according to the island’s Chamber of Commerce. One relic of that era are bison that were brought over for filming in the 1920s and later released. Environmentalists said it was too early to tell how the blaze affected the island’s overall ecosystem, home to some rare animal and plant life, including the Catalina Island fox. One thing was sure: Four bald eaglets that hatched earlier this year without human help were unharmed, according to Bob Rhein, a spokesman for the Catalina Island Conservancy which owns most of the island. Scientists have been slowly reintroducing eagles, which were wiped out decades ago by chemical contamination. Avalon Mayor Robert Kennedy credited the success of this week’s firefighting to quick-arriving reinforcements from the mainland and training that included dry runs with the Navy hovercraft and helicopter drops. “We were overrun,” said Kennedy, who as one of about 30 volunteer firefighters helping the island’s 13 full-time staff was part of the initial team that confronted flames chewing through brush on the hills outside town. “It was a question of whether we were going to get the units who responded from Avalon back to town. … But by sun-up it looked like we survived the wrath of the flame,” Kennedy said. Staff Writer Samantha Gonzaga contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The bad part is that we lost our house,” said Brad Wilson, who lived on Coal Canyon Road. “But the good news is, it is the only house lost. It’s a testament to our firefighters & the town is still intact.” Just feet away, a brick patio and wooden deck with new wooden furniture and a green umbrella were unscathed. Nearby, Jim Gilligan expected to find devastation when he finally reached his workplace. But like the patio furniture, Dave Zeller Construction was still standing – with charred ground 30 feet from its front door. “I thought it would be a melted ball of plastic,” he said as he surveyed the wasteland from one of the ubiquitous golf carts used for transportation on the island. “They did an awesome job,” he said. Firefighters who halted the soaring flames saved a throwback resort of cobblestone walkways and brightly painted homes ringing a palm-fringed crescent harbor.
Insider Trading: Arsenal must pay £15m for Villarreal defender, and Man United want Godin or Hummels
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He discusses Arsenal’s interest in Gabriel Paulista and claims the Gunners must meet his £15m buy-out clause as Villarreal will not sell the defender for any less.He also claims Manchester United want a top-class defender this month and have earmarked Diego Godin and Mats Hummels as their leading targets.And he reveals Juan Cuadrado’s agent is on his way to London to hold talks with Chelsea over a potential move from Fiorentina.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:Reports – Manchester United make £61.25m bid for Juventus starAmazing rumour! Man United to use Falcao as makeweight in deal for PSG star?Southampton outcast lined up for switch to AC MilanTransfer battle! £30m ‘all-round attacker’ but will Arsenal or Man United sign him?Man United transfer news: ‘£112m world record deal’, Bale latest and more gossipBlow for Newcastle! Magpies target completes Genoa loan switchGood news for Premier League pair? Roma end interest in Barcelona defenderArsenal and Liverpool to lose out in race for Real Madrid midfielder?
Abdela Abubeker broke the deadlock for Ethiopia in the first half with the Walya Antelopes seemingly headed for a shock result that would earn them a last four ticket.However, a lapse in concentration in the final minutes saw them drop the pot at the doorstep.The Walyas however stand a chance to qualify should South Sudan beat Burundi tomorrow, but that is a long shot considering the South Sudanese are the group’s punching bag.Abubeker tapped home from inside the box in the 21st minute after Uganda keeper Ismail Watenga spilled a shot from Yele Firew.The Cranes shaken from the shocking result against a side that had lost 4-1 to Burundi sought an immediate response and Muzamiru Mutyaba made an attempt with a header but it went over.Seeing his side had been totally dominated, Cranes head coach Moses Basena made changes Milton Karisa coming in for Sadam Juma who had failed to click in his first start of the tournament.Taking in a 1-0 halftime lead, Ethiopia came back after the break determined to lock up the result by defending well. Basena made another change, bringing on Allan Katterega for Mutyaba.On the hour mark, Uganda came close again, this time Karisa’s header going inches wide from a Joseph Nsubuga cross. Karisa came close again in the 75th minute with a stinging shot saved by the Ethiopian keeper.Despite a numerical advantage after Muleme’s red card, Uganda piled the pressure and were rewarded in the 84th minute when Nsibambi knocked the ball home inside the box after a goalmouth melee.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uganda’s Isaac Muleme in action for the Cranes during their CECAFA Senior Challenge match against Ethiopia at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10- Derrick Nsibambi’s goal six minutes from time earned Uganda a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia on Sunday evening as the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup defending champions did just enough to earn a ticket to the semi-finals.Uganda had to finish the match with nine men with Isaac Muleme sent off 10 minutes to time for a second yellow, same fate Timothy Awany suffered in added time with his second booking being for time wasting.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly close to signing Cologne star Kevin Wimmer as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his defensive options.The Austria centre-back, 22, is impressing over in the Bundesliga, although he is still yet to earn a full cap for his nation.And Spurs fans will be pleased to see this video of the defender who emulated White Hart Lane hero Jurgen Klinsmann on a particularly wet day during pre-season last year.Check out the clip below… Tottenham target Kevin Wimmer 1
Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.While the result was disappointing, England’s promising performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Russia means the Three Lions are 4/5 to top Group B, and 1/14 to qualify.But a win against Home Nations rivals Wales will be a must for Roy Hodgson’s men, and England are 4/7 favourites ahead of Thursday’s clash, with a Dragons win 5/1 and the draw 3/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
The office, championed by Greuel to consolidate hundreds of city public safety officers, was backed by the union but had encountered objections from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and others who said it lacked sufficient civilian oversight. Butcher said she doesn’t put enough hours in each quarter to meet the city’s $4,000 threshold designating lobbyists. The union’s State Council, which is registered in Sacramento, does meet the state requirement. “We’re just complying with the law. … We don’t have an interest in going beyond the law but we’re absolutely committed to following the law,” she said. “We’re not actively trying to avoid registering. Full disclosure, collectively, is our best bet in government in general.” Former Councilman Richard Alatorre – who attends some council and committee meetings and is sometimes seen talking to current council members in the council chamber – is not registered as a lobbyist. Alatorre met with Councilman Ed Reyes and Marco Aguilar, the co-founder of Academia Semillas Charter School on Oct. 27, after the school retained Alatorre to help it pursue a joint-use project with the city. “Being an outsider to city politics, … we retained him to navigate through the city’s corridors,” said Aguilar, who declined to say how much Alatorre was paid. Alatorre said he was not lobbying. “They paid me as a consultant,” he said. “No, I didn’t lobby – all I did was attend a meeting. They were the ones who made the case. I didn’t make the case.” Reyes said he didn’t consider that Alatorre was lobbying. “I don’t believe he was lobbying. I believe he was shedding light on the nature of the school,” Reyes said. “He wasn’t telling me to do X, Y, Z; he was describing the nature of the school. “For me, lobbying is pushing a position. I believe that’s what lobbyists get paid for.” !bboxes A major coup for the nonprofit Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy was a community benefits package negotiated in 2001 as part of a new sports-and-entertainment complex known as l.a. live. The group’s executive director, attorney Madeline Janis-Aparicio, led the campaign for the package, and the organization was instrumental in getting public-benefit packages in conjunction with a plan by former Mayor James Hahn to modernize Los Angeles International Airport. Janis-Aparicio, who Villaraigosa reappointed as a commissioner to the Community Redevelopment Agency board, said she and her organization conform to city rules and that she registered as a lobbyist during the living-wage fight. There is a “wall” now, she said, between her CRA position so she only talks to city officials on agency business. “It is a burden on me, and our organization, not being able to lobby,” she said. Janis-Aparicio, a former lawyer for the politically powerful firm Latham & Watkins, said nonprofit groups have a broader social mission. “We’re not a hired gun,” she said. !bboxes Attorney Neil Papiano is not a registered lobbyist, but he met Nov. 1 with Councilman Tom LaBonge’s for a 1 p.m. chat at the upscale Pacific Dining Car restaurant. LaBonge said the meeting was to talk with a representative of a New York company about a proposed Hollywood Boulevard development just south of his district. Papiano, who represents the landlord who holds the ground lease in the deal, said the developer’s representative had asked for an introduction to LaBonge. “(He) asked if I could introduce him to LaBonge, and I did. I wasn’t paid a dime,” said Papiano, who said he only does legal work. “I never consider myself as a lobbyist,” he said. “As part of legal work, you do talk to people in office, as necessary. In general, I talk about if there are some legal problems or some difficulty. I don’t take them to dinner.” LaBonge said he didn’t consider Papiano to be lobbying for the project. As LaBonge recalls, “He was informing me about the project.” Ben Reznik, a registered lobbyist who represents the New York-based Clarett Group on the development, said he’s done the “heavy lifting” lobbying on the project. He said Papiano’s meeting was a “courtesy.” Alex Padilla said his July 6 lunch with Papiano was to ask him and his clients for support for the Children’s Museum at Hansen Dam. Attorney Douglas Mirell, appointed by the mayor to the city’s Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, also is not required to register as a lobbyist. Mirell was a plaintiff’s attorney along with the American Civil Liberties Union in a 2000 federal case that barred Los Angeles police from stopping homeless people without probable cause. Mirell, an attorney with Loeb & Loeb in Century City, said he’s not been involved in city politics, and accepted the commission position, in part, because he has never attempted to influence the outcome of municipal legislation. Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California and also not required to register as a lobbyist, also was appointed to the commission. Ripston said a federal tax-law provision allows only a few of its staff to lobby. She said the organization would register if required by the city. “If the law was changed, we’d comply,” Ripston said. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The daily calendars of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council members provide a window on an interconnected web of influence at City Hall. The Daily News conducted dozens of interviews and reviewed hundreds of documents to piece together a number of such meetings since last July. After former Councilman Martin Ludlow was named to lead the influential 800,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, in July, he met at least three times with council members: President Alex Padilla on Aug. 19, Ed Reyes on Oct. 20 and Herb Wesson on Dec. 9. Ludlow said he wasn’t lobbying – which would have violated city ethics laws that mandate a one-year ban after a member leaves the council. He said he has long friendships with the council members and was talking with them about personal matters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He said union leaders who represent the interests of working people are different from “professionally trained, hired guns that come out of a firm somewhere that have gone to lobbyist school and are trained to represent an industry.” Ludlow’s predecessor, the late Miguel Contreras, was for years the region’s labor kingpin and airport commissioner under former Mayor James Hahn. Contreras was not required to register as a lobbyist and Ludlow said Contreras “hardly ever showed up in council chambers.” Julie Butcher, head of Service Employees International Union, Local 347, which represents thousands of city workers, is on the city’s Quality and Productivity Commission, as an appointee of the council’s Budget and Finance Committee. Butcher had numerous contacts with city officials during the year, among them July and August meetings with Council members Tom LaBonge and Wendy Greuel to discuss creating a new Office of Public Safety that would include members of her union.