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Clock ticks for L.A.

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The only one who has been actively working on alternatives is Northwest Valley Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the dump’s neighbors. Smith’s come up with long-term plan that envisions building trash-to-energy plants and cutting dumping significantly in the next few years, then down to nothing over time. Ideally for the Granada Hills residents who must live with the hundreds of diesel-chugging trucks rumbling through their neighborhoods, the city would choose to stop dumping at Sunshine Canyon altogether and work to close the dump once and for all. But at least Smith’s plan is a start. It’s the first time anyone has come up with an actual time line for the end to the city’s dumping. The people deserve more than a hastily made choice when it comes to this issue of health and quality of life. It’s time city officials stop dragging their feet, stop saying they are studying alternatives. There can be no compromise on this issue. There must be an action plan to end the trashing of the San Fernando Valley while ripping off its tax dollars and giving nothing in return. Tick, tock, the clock is running on Sunshine Canyon and on hopes for unifying the city of Los Angeles to create a better and healthier future for all. Time is running out for Los Angeles city officials to come up with an alternative to extending a five-year contract to dump at Sunshine Canyon. And if they don’t act fast, they will, once again, accept an extension contract at the last minute and assume the public will accept their irresponsible conduct. That’s not acceptable. City officials have known since last summer that they must either make good on a promise to find an alternative to continued dumping at the Granada Hills landfill or go back on their word. Approving expansion of this dump into Granada Hills residents’ backyards was a rotten decision when it was made without considering alternatives six years ago, and then-Mayor James Hahn broke his promise to dump the city’s trash elsewhere. And it would be rotten for the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to turn their backs on their commitments. They gave the operator of the Granada Hills landfill, Browning-Ferris Industries, a six-month contract extension while they planned to study alternatives. Yet, here we are nearly two weeks from the deadline of Feb. 28, and council members are just now starting to scramble for a plan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clannad star Moya talks faith, losing her dad, her sister Enya and housework!

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first_imgClannad star Moya Brennan has revealed her famous family band have always very happy at the success of her enigmatic superstar sister, Enya, who has sold 80 million albums around the globe.Her fame-shy younger sister has amazed industry experts by becoming Ireland’s successful solo artist without ever going on a concert tour and making rare public appearances.In a new BBC series, Beart is Briathar, Moya explains that her Grammy-winning sibling always wanted to go her own way. She said: “She has done so well and is a superstar. People see that she is special.“She toured with us after she left school and she stayed for two and a half or three years. She wanted to do her own thing. She had a more classical than traditional leaning.“She worked so hard on finding her own sound, the way she sings, the way she plays everything on her recordings and it is special and people love it.“We are very happy for her. Her style was self-contained. We respect her for that because that’s how she wants to be known. “We are very close of course but she has her way and we have our way. I have other brothers and sisters too and we all have our own way of going on.”The new Irish language series, fronted by Eamonn Mallie, is set to feature a string of well-known Irish-speaking personalities who have made an impact culturally, politically, religiously or musically.In the series, Moya Brennan reveals how all of her siblings were around her father, Leo Brennan, last year in Donegal in the weeks before he passed away last June.“It was tough but he died at home and we were all there.“We had a few weeks with him, singing, and crying and praying. It was really lovely but we will certainly miss him.” She said the death of her uncle Padraig Duggan, the founder of Clannad, just weeks later was devastating.She said: “People say to me they were sorry about my uncle.“I have to pause because he wasn’t like an uncle to me, he was more like a brother. He was only a few years older than me.“Because he was in Clannad for 46 years we spent a lot of time together so I grieved when my father died but maybe because both deaths happened together I was terribly upset about Padraig. “He was only 67. This was the first member of Clannad to die.”Padraig Duggan was involved in composing the first Irish-language song to feature in the UK charts, the 1982 theme from Harry’s Game.Moya said they were amazed at the success of the song they performed on Top of the Pops.She said: “When we started Clannad we had no plans to make it big or make a lot of money or find a new sound. The sound that merged for Harrys Game was natural and I think that’s what everyone liked.”She also spoke about the band being naïve and being ripped off during their early days.“There were very few people especially at that time who didn’t have people take advantage of them. There are people like Elton John and Sting who all suffered. It happens, but as long as we have our music that is the important thing.”She also opened up about her well-documented battle with drink and drugs when she first shot to fame in Clannad.“You can get into a bad routine and it can happen easily. I was drinking too much and taking drugs. I didn’t look for them. There were always people approaching you and asking you what you wanted. I was always careful of what I took as well. I was always afraid of harder drugs, I followed the wrong path for a while.”But the 64 year also spoke about the years of agony over her abortion at 19 in London which she wrote about in her memoir.“It was very difficult. That is probably why I wrote the book ad why I wrote about it. Perhaps to let other girls know that it isn’t an easy thing to do. I thought I could do it and forget about it. That was part of the reason I took the path that I did afterwards because I didn’t have any respect for myself. I don’t think I had any other option, I was from Donegal and I was very young.”But she said she finally found solace years later during a visit to a chapel in Donegal when she felt she had been forgiven by God.She said: “It may well have been the first time I spoke to God. We are always praying but we don’t actually talk to Him. I had an experience where I knew He forgave me.”It set her on a path of deep spirituality for the rest of her life.“I couldn’t get up in the morning if I didn’t know God was on my side. Of course, I have questions but I believe in God. Faith is a very special thing. Everyone needs spirituality. I believe in Jesus Christ and I know when I get up in the morning He is with me.”She said she has found happiness with her husband and their two children, Aisling and Paul, in the last three decades.She said it was love at first sight when she met the photographer, Tim Jarvis.She said: “He is an amazing man. We fell in love the first time we met. We now have a son and a daughter and I’m very content and proud.”And she said one of her favourites pastimes is housework when she returns from tours around the globe.“When you are off on tour, you’re in and out of hotels, you are on stage in green rooms, in make-up, tuning the harp and doing other things.“I don’t do it every week so I enjoy housework. I enjoy doing, laundry, the ironing, everything, Isn’t that boring? It is therapeutic to me.”Clannad star Moya talks faith, losing her dad, her sister Enya and housework! was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ClannadEnyaMoya Brennanlast_img read more