Aurora farmer slapped with burglary charge

first_imgDoodnauth Mohanlall, 22, of Aurora Village, Essequibo Coast, was slapped with a burglary charge and appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.The man pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on the night of May 18, 2016 he broke and entered the dwelling place of Arjun Bisnauth and stole two wristwatches valued $30,000 and $3000.He pleaded not guilty to the charge and told the court he did not steal the items. He also told the court he lives at Aurora Estate with his mother and brother and gave his profession as farmer.There were no objections to bail by Police Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack and as such it was set at $30,000.The case will continue on June 2.last_img

Romer to face off with newly empowered teachers union

first_imgWith elections over, now the REAL politicking will begin – and a lot of it will be at school district bargaining tables across the state. In Los Angeles, LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer and the Board of Education will have to deal with an empowered teachers union – which is taking credit for putting together the support that passed Measure Y, the $4 billion bond initiative approved by voters as a continuation of the district’s massive building program. The union is expected to demand from the board what it sees as its fair share for helping the district. At the same time, statewide, the unions will be pressing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the legislature to restore funding to schools and – in turn – to teachers. But there is speculation the governor will try to avoid giving any reward to teachers, instead insisting funds be used for programs such as reducing class sizes at middle schools. The elections also saw school board member Jose Huizar going to the City Council, leaving the Board of Education with the prospect of appointing a successor or calling its own special election. Insiders believe they will make an appointment, following their own tradition dating back some 40 years. Former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh once voiced what has perhaps become the true mantra for all campaigns: “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” While Unruh made the comment during the peak of his power in the late 1960s and 1970s, it never has been more true than today. California long has led the nation in political spending, and a study by TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG – which tracks political advertising – said this past year saw a record $515 million spent nationally on campaigns. That includes the Los Angeles mayor’s race, which turned out to be a paltry $19.2 million compared with some of the other contests across the country. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $76 million of his own money – with $30 million of it on television ads – to win re-election over opponent City Councilman Fernando Ferrer, who spent $6 million on television. Bloomberg spent more on his race than all of the candidates for mayor in Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Houston combined, the firm said. But then there was the California campaign and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s four special-election initiatives. The firm estimated spending on television advertising will have topped $90 million in the major media markets, with others estimating the total spending on all eight ballot initiatives at nearly $300 million. “The political ad season is becoming longer with each election and candidates are starting their ad campaign earlier than ever,” said Evan Tracy, chief operating officer of the firm. “We are already seeing candidates running for office in 2006 starting to air TV and radio ads.” And it is not only elected officials and ballot measures where spending is going crazy. Republicans and Democrats spent some $2 million on the confirmation of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and more than $220,000 already has been spent on the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito. All of this comes as Los Angeles officials are examining a publicly funded system for local elections to try to reduce the influence of money. Still, the sticking point continues to be areas that can’t be regulated – such as wealthy self-funded candidates like Bloomberg, ballot proposition campaigns where there are no limits and independent expenditures. Lions and tigers and mayors, oh my. It is not often these days that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets upstaged. But that’s just what happened last week at the Los Angeles Zoo when the mayor found himself playing second fiddle to a pair of new Sumatran tiger cubs. The cubs – on display for the first time since they were born five months ago – are named Wiley Heran and Alyce Ratu and are among only 61 on exhibit in North America. If only all of the mayor’s animal issues were so easy. At the zoo, he has an ongoing controversy over the pachyderm exhibit and, in the Department of Animal Services, he faces frequent public protests by animal activists seeking to implement an immediate no-kill policy at city shelters. Someone should tell the California Democratic Party it’s not nice to gloat. Even as Gov. Schwarzenegger is licking his wounds, the party’s political director, Bob Mulholland, just couldn’t help getting in one last shot. “Did they get the license plates?” Mulholland asked in a memo sent to political reporters after last week’s special election in which the governor’s four reform measures were defeated. “Police report at Schwarzenegger’s accident site after 8 p.m. on election night: Schwarzenegger’s propositions were run over by four Hummers with the following license plates: NURSES; TEACHERS; FIREFIGHTERS and DEMOCRATS.” Democrats should be careful. While the governor’s down now, he has shown resilience in the past and a bruising Democratic primary election – which it looks like it is shaping up to be – could end up making Schwarzenegger attractive again to voters. 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