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View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “To me, when I heard about that, it was just an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try and tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about and when and where to do it,” Popovich said before the Spurs faced James and the Cavaliers. “It’s just ludicrous, but to not have a feel for who this guy is.“I mean, think about when he came into public view, how young was he? And to this day he hasn’t missed a step, he hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They see in this guy somebody who has consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace and gives them a voice and lets them know that you can speak about anything.”James and Popovich have developed a strong bond during their years together, facing each other three times in the NBA Finals. Popovich also was an assistant coach when James played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Popovich said he’s never been around a player like James, who doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down at 33. And while Popovich marvels at James’ physical gifts, he’s more impressed by how the four-time MVP carries himself off the floor.James has had a major impact in Northeast Ohio with his community efforts. His foundation has supported kids in the Akron area to attend college tuition free, which is why Popovich was so put off by Ingraham’s remarks.“It’s kind of like the ‘Black Panther’ movie,” Popovich said. “How cool is that for kids to see that, to have that superhero? Well, LeBron’s been that for a long time. For somebody to be totally numb to that and attack him in such a childish way really speaks more volumes about that individual than it does LeBron. He’s very, very special. We should all be very proud that we have someone like that who’s willing to speak about a variety of topics and you listen to them all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Popovich shrugged off his links to James.“His career is way bigger than he and Pop,” Popovich said with a laugh. “There’s a great respect that goes both ways, for sure. I love the guy. But I guess we’ve both been around for a while and competed a few times and we’ve each won and lost. But it’s never been an individual sort of thing. He’s always been a team guy and hopefully I’m the same way.”Following San Antonio’s 110-94 win over Cleveland, James said he appreciated Popovich’s words. He also intends to remain vocal about his beliefs.“For me as an athlete and for me as a role model, I just try to do my part to help these kids and the youth understand how important their lives are and they can become anything in this world,” James said. “No matter the negativity that may be going on around them, there’s always a brighter side. For me, while I have this platform, I will continue to do that and continue to lend my voice and lend my spirit and lend my inspiration to these kids, because I know exactly what they’re going through because I was one of them at one point in time not too long ago.“Pop is definitely one of my all-time favorite people that I’ve ever crossed paths with in my life.”ADVERTISEMENT
MONTEBELLO – The city will be mailing a newsletter that could leave it open to legal risk after a 3-2 vote by the council, officials said. About a dozen people attended a special council meeting Tuesday morning called by Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid to discuss behind closed doors the mass mailing of a city-funded newsletter, Montebello Today, with the names of council members printed on it. “There’s nothing time-sensitive in it to stop us from mailing it until after the election,” said Councilman Bill Molinari, who along with Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez voted against sending it this week. “The timing only matters to those who are running for re-election,” he said during a meeting that had heated exchanges between some of its members. “They are taking the risk only because it’s a political advantage for them,” Molinari said. Vasquez said city officials, specifically Lopez-Reid, have been warned in the past about bulk mailings. “You do not need to implicate me,” Lopez-Reid said, raising her voice as the two women tried to talk over each other. Molinari said the California Fair Political Practices Commission told the city it violated the bulk-mailing law in 1999 when Lopez-Reid signed a mailer sent to senior citizens about the Dial-A-Ride program. Molinari said it cost more than the $1,000 limit on bulk mailings that are endorsed by elected officials and paid for with city funds. Also, the number of mailings went beyond a 199 limit. “These candidates are desperate,” Vasquez said. “How low can you be to use taxpayers’ money to get elected?” Last published in 2004, Montebello Today is paid for by Montebello Tomorrow Inc., a nonprofit corporation founded in the 1970s to help publicize city activities. Interim City Administrator Randy Narramore said the council approved a newsletter in August 2006 and that it was paid for before his arrival in April. “There’s been a push for it to be completed and mailed since I got here,” he said. The cost of the newsletter is about $12,000, Molinari said. The funds for Montebello Tomorrow come from the city and its Redevelopment Agency, officials said. The newsletter, which is four pages and in full color, was delivered to the post office Tuesday afternoon, Narramore said. About 20,000 will be mailed to residents. Members of the public were split on the mailing being sent on the eve of the election. “To be denied information about the city for any reason is a violation of our rights,” said Jacqueline Carr. Steve Stokes said the newsletter was a political tool being used by the incumbents. “If this information is so important, it will still be after the election,” he said. The rest of the candidates for City Council – Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano, Robert Urteaga, Kathy Salazar and Leo Rodriguez – were also on hand. They thought the mailer should be sent after the election so there could be no misrepresentation about its motivation. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lopez-Reid and Councilman Bob Bagwell, who are the incumbents in the Nov. 8 election race, and Councilman Jeff Siccama, who is mired in a Dec. 18 recall election, voted in favor of the glossy mailers being sent immediately. “The city attorney gave us his opinion, and it’s each council member’s right to make our own decision,” Siccama said. Molinari said City Attorney Arnoldo Beltran in the one-hour closed session advised them that the mailer opens Montebello up to potential litigation. Vasquez confirmed that, saying, “The attorney was explicit that we will be at risk.” Beltran said he was unable to speak about what he told the council behind closed doors.