CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 |
For nearly two years, fierce debate over whether Anaheim should change its election system from at-large to districts has roiled the resort city, leading to raucous meetings and angry protests outside City Hall. On Tuesday, the city announced that it would put the issue to a vote in November. "This is about something very simple, letting the people vote," said Mayor Tom Tait, who supports creating council districts. Anaheim is the largest city in California that still retains at-large voting to select local representatives, a system that some contend has left Latinos politically powerless in a city where they now make up a majority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 |
The city of Anaheim will ask voters to decide in November whether to create electoral districts in order to settle a voting rights lawsuit that claimed Latinos were politically disadvantaged in the city's at-large elections. The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2012 on behalf of three residents who accused the city of violating the California Voting Rights Act. It came at a time when turbulent protests over the police shootings of two Latino men had roiled the city and exposed deep divisions between the city's affluent communities and its less-prosperous Latino neighborhoods.
January 4, 2014 |
The lunch-pail work ethic of Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was appreciated Saturday when the Ducks awarded the pending free agent with a four-year contract extension worth $12 million, according to a team official unauthorized to speak publicly on player salaries. Cogliano, 26, Tuesday played in his 500th consecutive game dating to the start of his career, and produced his 13th goal this season Friday by knocking down a shot by Edmonton's Jeff Petry and racing for a breakaway past Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov . Edmonton traded Cogliano away in 2011.
January 2, 2014 |
After making first-line forward Dustin Penner a healthy scratch in favor of Jakob Silfverberg on Tuesday, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau had Silfverberg paired again with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in practice Thursday. Penner has one goal and no assists and has twice been a healthy scratch - including Tuesday - in the last 11 games. Penner, 31, practiced Thursday with a second line of Mathieu Perreault and Teemu Selanne . "I don't know how long it'll last, but I thought [the first line]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 |
A man walking on railroad tracks in Anaheim was killed late New Year's Eve after being struck by a freight train, authorities said. The man was on the eastbound tracks near Orangethorpe Avenue and Imperial Highway, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Chris Pena. The man was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train, Pena said. Pena said the conductor saw the man on the tracks but was unable to stop in time. Police were called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m. "The reason why he was on the tracks is unclear," Pena said.
December 31, 2013 |
What the Ducks want out of 2014 they produced Tuesday night. In a high-energy blitz of talent and toughness that answered a road loss to the San Jose Sharks two days earlier, the Ducks scored five goals in an 11-minute 25-second stretch to win, 6-3, at Honda Center. "Huge for us, because it shows when we play our game, we win," said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, who capped the scoring with a short-handed goal early in the third period. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf already had two assists when he outraced the Sharks on an earlier third-period breakaway, closing it with a muscled shot that beat San Jose goalie Antti Niemi and forced his removal from the game.
December 30, 2013 |
The Ducks had won 10 consecutive games but proved they are human Sunday night as the streak was ended by the San Jose Sharks. Playing the second of back-to-back games after Saturday's overtime win against Phoenix, the Ducks reached San Jose holding a comfortable seven-point lead over their second-place Pacific Division pursuer, knowing they will meet again New Year's Eve in Anaheim. With urgency lacking against the more desperate rival, the Ducks were immediately swarmed by the more energetic Sharks and fell, 3-1, after six straight road wins.
December 30, 2013 |
If you can't win, you better learn, and the lessons that emerged from the Ducks' loss in San Jose on Sunday are expected to be put into effect in the New Year's Eve rematch at Honda Center. For one, playing physically is more effective than relying on finesse. The Ducks' lone goal in the 3-1 loss came from rugged fourth-line member Patrick Maroon , who was given 12 minutes 25 seconds of ice time and "was hitting everything that was moving," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday after the team practiced at Honda Center.
December 29, 2013 |
Saku Koivu insisted his tip of Ben Lovejoy's shot 51 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday at Honda Center was "more luck than anything else," but anyone who has watched the Finnish center through his distinguished career knows better. Koivu, who had scored his 250th goal in the first period while the Ducks were shorthanded, works for his good fortune. His diligence and dignity have contributed enormously to establishing a tight connection he has established with wingers Daniel Winnik and Andrew Cogliano on what has become the Ducks' most effective line at both ends of the ice. And his savvy was key Saturday in allowing the Ducks to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games and regain the No. 1 overall spot in the NHL. "It is something to be proud of. We wanted this 10th win," Lovejoy said after the Ducks had stretched their standings-points streak to 11-0-2 and goaltender Jonas Hiller tied a franchise record with his eighth consecutive victory.