Leighton Baines to take step closer to injury return in Everton friendly

first_imgEverton Full-back Leighton Baines is set to take a step forward in his recovery from injury, though admits he is unsure when he will make a return to first-team action.The 30-year-old has not featured at all this campaign after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury in pre-season.He will play in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Everton’s training ground on Wednesday as he steps up his comeback, but admits he is far from being up to speed.“It’s really difficult to judge because I’ve never been in this position before,” he told the Liverpool Echo.“I played 90 minutes in pre-season [in a friendly against Villarreal] and that’s the only 90 minutes I’ve played in the past six months or so.“In that six months I’ve probably spent a grand total of two weeks training with the team so it is new territory in that sense.“But I’m trying to see it in the most positive light possible in that I’ve had a really good break.“I’ve had two pre-seasons with a break in between and I feel really good for it and I hope to come back and be fully fit and ready to be available.“I’ve done a lot of fitness work, a lot strength work but I am back into full training now and full contact and a we have a game this week so it is just about getting football fitness and match fitness now.“I feel good in all other aspects so it is just about ticking those other boxes and with the work I’ve done over the last few months, hopefully that will stand me in good stead to progress through this next stage quite quickly.” Everton full-back Leighton Baines 1last_img read more

Almost as many goals as the Chelsea team! No wonder Blues want ‘prolific versatile attacker’ as Costa replacement

first_img Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller 1 Here, WhoScored.com offer analysis on a player linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. For more Chelsea stats, check out WhoScored.com.The main talking point from Tottenham’s monotonous 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday was Diego Costa’s touchline antics. Jose Mourinho’s decision not to start his main striker naturally caught the attention of supporters, while a reluctance to introduce him to the fold resulted in the Spain international tossing his bib into the north London wind on the touchline. Narrative dictated that – as indeed was the case – said bib should end up falling in the direction of his manager.Costa has since been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and some suggest he has already played his final game for the club. Mourinho intimated that all was well following a half time spat between the two in the 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, though that does not appear to be the case after the forward played no part in the London derby.Despite scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Norwich the previous week, it’s fair to say Costa’s form has nosedived since a stunning debut campaign last year that saw him score 20 league goals, with his WhoScored.com rating dropping from 7.43 to 6.77.Now the Blues are supposedly ready to entertain offers for the feisty frontman, but they would need a player to come in and spearhead their attack.Chelsea are rumoured to be monitoring the situation of numerous strikers across the Continent, the latest of which is Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller. The Germany international was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United over the summer, though Bayern were naturally keen to rebuff any offers for the ‘Raumdeuter’.Their understandable reluctance to sell was justified as Muller has enjoyed a wonderful campaign so far and his WhoScored.com rating (7.71) is the sixth best in the Bundesliga this season. The 26-year-old’s 13 league goals ranks behind only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17) and Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowksi (14) this term, as he continues to maximise his knack for finding space to hit the back of the net.It isn’t his goalscoring ability alone that stands him in good stead, either. Only three players in the German top flight this season have played more key passes than Muller (30), accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘key passes’.However, it’s his goalscoring qualities Chelsea understandably crave. The Blues have scored just 17 league goals this season, a far cry from the 33 they netted after the opening 14 games last term. Of the 43 players to score at least three Bundesliga goals thus far, Muller boasts the sixth best conversion rate (30.2 per cent) in the league. Furthermore, all 13 of his league goals have come inside the penalty area, 12 of which have been deemed clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.While four of his 13 league goals have come from the penalty spot, Muller still has the nous to get into great goalscoring positions. Judging from his goal return already this season – he needs just one more to make this his most prolific in the last seven league campaigns – he maximises the chances presented to him.Of course, Muller is not an out-and-out striker and instead operates better behind a frontman. Though that’s not to say he can’t fill the void on the frontline, but rather as a false-9, similar to Eden Hazard’s role in the goalless draw at Spurs.At the 2014 World Cup, Muller started four of Germany’s seven games as the lead striker, further highlighting his versatility to spearhead the attack. Chelsea, though, are unlikely to convince Bayern to sell one of their star men, unless they offer a world record fee, much like United were supposedly prepared to do in the summer transfer window.Nevertheless, if they are willing to spend big on a new frontman in the New Year, they could do a lot worse than move for Muller.For more stats on Thomas Muller, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

Mega bid: ‘If this star signs for Man United I might cry!’

first_img1 Manchester United are reportedly considering a £140m bid for Barcelona star Neymar.That figure would trigger the Brazilian’s release clause with the Champions League holders, paving the way for a transfer this summer.But while the Red Devils might possess the financial clout to test Barca’s resolve, Neymar would surely be less than tempted at the prospect of going from the treble winners to a club desperate to return to such glory days.Here’s a selection of the reaction on social media to these Neymar rumours.[View the story “Neymar to Man United for £140m? Here’s what’s been said…” on Storify] Neymar last_img

Predicted Man United XI for Southampton: Januzaj in and Fellaini out?

first_img 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 11. Adnan Januzaj (right forward) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see Manchester United’s predicted XI v Southampton in squad number order 9. Anthony Martial (left forward) 11 11 Manchester United claimed three vital points with a win over Liverpool last weekend and will look to that for some much needed momentum.The Red Devils may have turned a corner in 2016 as they are undefeated the new year, with Wayne Rooney scoring four goals in three Premier League games.Southampton are the visitors on Saturday with United desperate to improve in order to be successful with their Champions League push.Fresh reports emerged this week suggesting manager Louis van Gaal could leave in the summer but, as always, the Dutchman remains defiant with United in fifth, only two points off Tottenham in fourth.However, it is not all rosy with news that Ashley Young requires major groin surgery and could be out for the rest of the season.This means another defensive reshuffled and the England international joins long-term absentees Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are all yet to fully recover but Adnan Januzaj should be back in contention after scoring twice for the under-21 side in midweek.There is also the question of what to do with Marouane Fellaini? The Belgian has been poor in acting as cover for Schweinsteiger and Carrick, and Van Gaal may have finally lost patience with him.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is likely to take the field for the Red Devil on Saturday at Old Trafford. 10. Wayne Rooney (centre forward) 11 11 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) last_img read more

Leicester close to SELLING Vardy in summer, Teixeira set for China, Neymar to leave Barcelona? – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…The father of Brazil star Neymar has revealed his son could leave Barcelona after an unnamed club offered £114.4million for the forward. Manchester United and Man City have been linked with brining him to the Premier League. (The Sun)Leicester City reportedly came close to selling Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday six months ago in a £5m deal. (Football Insider)The Foxes made an ambitious January transfer window bid to sign former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho. The 35-year-old is a free agent since leaving Fluminense in September. (Mundo Deportivo)Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth £37m. (Calciomercato)Turkish club Fenerbahce claim Liverpool will not sell 21-year-odl winger Lazar Markovic even if they offer the Reds £20m for the on-loan Serb. (Turkish newspaper Sabah)Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is reconsidering a potential move to a Serie A club this summer because he wants to work with new manager Pep Guardiola. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is prepared to leave the club in the summer becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)Victor Wanyama is continuing to stall on a new deal at Southampton amid rumoured interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)Aston Villa are looking at back-up plans in case boss Remi Garde decides to quit the club. The Frenchman repeatedly rejected opportunities to publicly commit his future to the club after Tuesday night’s defeat at West Ham. (Birmingham Mail)Former England defender Ashley Cole’s move to LA Galaxy will see the 35-year-old receive just £4,000-a-week in wages. (LA Times)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Manchester City will win Premier League ‘by five or six points’ this season, Dietmar Hamann tells talkSPORT Arsenal foe Fraser Forster has turned Southampton’s season around, says Matt Le Tissier‘Best defence, creative midfield and red-hot striker – It’s a great time to be a Tottenham fan’, admits Piers MorganPiers Morgan: ‘Arsene Wenger is NEVER going to change… he is not ruthless enough anymore’Piers Morgan: ‘If Giroud scores against Barcelona, I will do a naked conga around the Emirates!’Atletico Madrid want Diego Costa back after selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese club for £31m Manchester City report: Joe Hart’s future in doubt as Pep Guardiola plots deal for Barcelona goalkeeper Arsenal and Liverpool target Gonzalo Higuain says Maurizio Sarri was key in keeping him at NapoliArsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy on Bordeaux move: ‘I needed playing time for Euro 2016 – it’s my primary objective’Real Madrid move to tie down Borja Mayoral amid interest in starlet from Arsenal and Chelsealast_img read more

Korean-American residents hoping old foes will bury the hatchet at last

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt also came just a day after North Korea signed on to an international deal to disable its nuclear facilities. “I don’t pay attention to politics and politicians,” said Soo Oh of Woodland Hills, manager of the receiving area at a supermarket in the Reseda shopping center, “but this seems to have promise.” “This raises hope. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint.” Some Korean-Americans especially expressed hope for the disabling of North Korea’s nuclear facilities – which the country has promised to do after decades of moving to become a nuclear power. “It is a good sign for world peace,” Moon said. A historic pledge by North and South Korean leaders Thursday to bring peace to the two countries was greeted with optimism by local Korean-Americans, who hope a long-awaited reconciliation is in sight to unite a country divided by war more than a half-century ago. “Korea is a great country, and peace will go a long way in the world seeing its greatness,” said Carolyn Moon, operator of an organic health store in a Korean shopping center in Reseda. Leaders of the two countries vowed to bring peace by seeking talks with China and the United States to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War. The agreement came at the end of only the second summit between the divided Koreas, where war ended with an armistice and created what is now the last bastion of the Cold War. The optimism was echoed by Korean-Americans in the Koreatown area west of downtown Los Angeles, which is home to 200,000 Koreans. At a Koreatown driving range, golf pro Hun Park said a peace treaty would be a welcome boon to next year’s Beijing Olympics. “Wouldn’t it make a great statement for the opening ceremony?” Park said. “Korea’s joint team to be emblematic of the two Koreas finding their way to come together?” Coming to L.A. Many Korean-Americans who now make their homes in L.A. emigrated in the wake of the Korean War, including families such as that of Jane Kim Chang, 46, of Porter Ranch. “My father fought in the Korean War and didn’t like what happened (afterward),” said Chang, former president of the Valley Korean American Parents Association. “He didn’t want his son to go through what he had gone through, so he brought us all to America.” In the San Fernando Valley, Korean-Americans have largely settled in Northridge, Granada Hills and Chatsworth, where good schools were a magnet for education-conscious Koreans like Chang. An artist, she has a fine-arts degree from UCLA. Her oldest child is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. “I hope this is just the first step of interacting between North Korea and South Korea and of them working together,” she said. “They should be working hand in hand.” Some local Korean-Americans said that in addition to the economic and nuclear ramifications of the agreement, the deal will have a strong emotional impact. “So many families have been separated for generations because of the way Korea has been divided,” said Kim Lee, a spa owner in Koreatown. “There are entire families in the South who have never known their relatives in the North.” In the 54 years after an armistice ended the Korean War, two profoundly different Koreas have evolved – a democratic South that is a world economic power buttressed by 28,000 American troops on its soil, and an impoverished, totalitarian North. Steps toward peace But North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun signed their peace agreement after three days of meetings in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in only the second such summit between the countries. The two Koreas “agreed to closely cooperate to end military hostility and ensure peace and easing of tension on the Korean peninsula,” according to their statement. Substantive progress on any peace treaty would require the participation of the U.S. and China, which also fought in the conflict. South Korea never signed the 1953 armistice ending the war. The United States already has pledged to discuss peace, but has insisted that any final settlement would be contingent on Pyongyang’s total nuclear disarmament. The summit ended a day after an agreement between North Korea and the U.S. – along with other regional powers at China-hosted arms talks – in which Pyongyang promised to disable its main nuclear facilities and fully declare its nuclear programs by Dec. 31. Many Korean-Americans in L.A. said they believed today’s global economy made it inevitable that the two governments would eventually sign a peace and economic agreement. “South Korea has too much to offer – it could only be to the advantage (of North Korea),” said Justin Shim, a store manager in Reseda. “This is a first step of maybe many steps. The future is very promising.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want 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

WWII vet auctioning off battle find: Hitler’s globe

first_imgToday, the globe rests on a plain wooden pedestal and wouldn’t seem out of place in a grade-school classroom. A weathered ribbon of transparent tape encircles the globe at its equator. After beating cancer and burying his wife, Viola, in 2004, Barsamian is finally ready to part with the globe. He’s selling it now, while he’s still alive, so he can personally tell the story behind it and share his experience in the war, says his son, Barry. The globe is expected to attract bids from $15,000 to $20,000 when it is auctioned Nov. 13 in San Francisco. Other items up for auction include rare documents signed by Hitler, and a box of cigars that belonged to Hermann Goering, a leader in the Nazi Party.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Days after the end of World War II, an American soldier entering the wreckage of Adolf Hitler’s mountain stronghold found that fierce Allied bombing had left the “Eagle’s Nest” in ruins. Hitler was dead, and other soldiers had already looted the inside of his private residence, even stripping the leather from furniture. Nearly everything of value was gone – except for the Fuhrer’s globe. “Literally, the place is all bombed out and here this globe is sitting there on the desk,” said John Barsamian, now 91. Now Barsamian is putting the artifact up for auction, along with all the military paperwork that allowed him to bring it back to the United States, including a certificate that reads “1 Global Map, German, Hitler’s Eagle Nest.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Other globes presumed to have been owned by Hitler have been extensively researched for authenticity. But there is no uncertainty about the origins of Barsamian’s wartime trophy. “This is probably the most airtight documentation I’ve run across in some time,” said Greg Martin, proprietor of the auction house that will handle the sale. “We have pictures of the guy there at the time, standing in the ruins holding the globe like a newborn baby. The guy is a meticulous record keeper.” Barsamian found the globe in May 1945 in the Berghof, Hitler’s home in the Bavarian Alps town of Berchtesgaden. He boxed it up with a few other keepsakes, including a pistol and a dagger, and shipped them home. For more than 60 years, he kept the globe at his home in Oakland. It wasn’t displayed prominently, and he only told its story when close friends would ask. “Hardly anyone knew I had it,” Barsamian said. last_img read more

Harwell doesn’t want to redshirt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m graduating, and I’d like to go out with my senior class,” Harwell . “I want to try to help my team this year.” That’s good news for UCLA, since it’s sustained several injuries to the defensive line. Yet the happiness is tempered because there’s no timetable for Harwell’s return. Harwell tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the BYU game and has missed the last six games. “I’m just trying to take it week by week,” Harwell said. “I’m doing drills, and I still have a ways to go. I get the weekend off and those two days have helped.” In the injury sense, they’ve helped, but watching UCLA games from the couch is another story. He’s had to watch a few ugly losses, including the debacle at Washington State. “I’m not even going to say what I did in my apartment,” Harwell said. “I just want to come back this year. It’s frustrating. This team means so much to me.” Patrick Cowan should be a more mobile quarterback than he was against Washington State last week, and that would be a big thing for the Bruins. “I think he’s getting in better shape,” Coach Karl Dorrell said. “The more he’s practicing, the more comfortable he’s getting wearing that brace. He’s getting in shape. I think the knee is getting stronger. It’s good – a good sign.” said He won’t play Saturday at Arizona. More mobility Linebacker John Hale has a slight hamstring pull, according to Dorrell. Hale injured it at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Wednesday. Asked if he would need to practice today in order to play on Saturday, Dorrell said: “We’ll see.” … Defensive end Jeff Miller has a sports hernia and is expected to have surgery. Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw the ball for the first time since he sprained the thumb on his throwing hand Saturday. Carpenter is expected to play when the sixth-ranked Sun Devils (8-0) visit No. 4 Oregon. “I thought he threw it real well,” Coach Dennis Erickson said. UCLA injury report Carpenter throws well Around the nation LSU: Linebacker Derrick Odom was charged with a misdemeanor, accused of smashing a car window after a brawl at a nightclub last week. Odom faces one count of simple criminal damage to property, according to Baton Rouge police. Soon after the report, Odom was kicked off the team, Coach Les Miles said. Tennessee: Tailback LaMarcus Coker and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden will miss the game against Louisiana-Lafayette because of a violation of team rules. Bolden is a starter on the defensive line while Coker returns kicks and plays behind starter Arian Foster. Tulane: Conference USA officials said referees in the Tulane-Memphis game got the call right when they kept the clock running after the Green Wave completed a pass along the sidelines late in a 28-27 loss to Memphis on Saturday. The league announced its findings a day after Tulane coach Bob Toledo said he had sent video of the play to conference headquarters as part of a formal complaint. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter Staff Writer Brigham Harwell wants to play for UCLA again – this year. Harwell has returned to limited practice and is doing drills with the defense. He said he doesn’t plan to redshirt. last_img read more

Halloween once was all about fun

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And on top of that, you got to dress up like your favorite superhero or fairy princess or movie cowboy or whatever your fantasy was. And – the greatest thing of all – you got to go out by yourself after dark, an occurrence reserved the rest of the year only for adults. There were no worries then about razor blades in apples, no talk of having Halloween candy X-rayed at the local hospital, no fear of some pervert grabbing a little kid off the street. It was sheer fun, just for kids. The adults stayed in the background, remembering their own Halloweens, and some, perhaps, even playing their own pranks. My father, for instance, refused to hand out candy unless the greedy trick-or-treater danced for him first. The fun started early in the day. Kids all wore their costumes to school, where we’d have a costume parade so everyone could get a good look at their handiwork – or, more likely, their mother’s handiwork – generally late-night magic worked with a couple of burned corks, a pillowcase, a length of rope and maybe a little lipstick or your dad’s fishing hat. Back in the day, there were two holidays on the calendar you drew a red circle around if you were a kid. One was Christmas, for obvious reasons. The other was Halloween. It was the day of sugar highs to end all sugar highs, when nobody said you couldn’t have another candy bar or cupcake, and you ate all the treats you could swallow, even if – far back in your mind – there was the memory of the all-night bellyache you had the previous year. Nobody with any self-respect would buy a costume. That was only for the little kids, who were too young to realize their parents were dressing them up as adorable kittens and fat pumpkins. Older kids – third through sixth grades were the prime trick-or-treating years – took delight in creating our own outfits from stuff we found around home – or, if our mother was handy, something she could run up quickly on the sewing machine using some dish towels, an old sheet or a discarded suit from Grandpa. My twin younger brothers always dressed alike – usually as hoboes (big pants, big hats, cork-blackened faces) or ghosts (old pillowcases with two eyeholes cut in them). One year, though, they took first prize at their elementary school dressed in a single giant jacket, buttoned tightly around both of them. They carried a sign: “The Two-Headed Man.” My favorite Halloween was the one I dressed as a gypsy, or what my mom and I thought gypsies looked like, from what we had seen in the movies. I wore a voluminous purple skirt of my mother’s, with some kind of peasant blouse, a scarf tied around my hair and my mother’s big gold earrings. With a slash of bright red lipstick, I was ready. My second favorite – the year “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” was released – was as a Jane Russell look-alike. I really wanted to go as Marilyn Monroe, but my best friend was the blonde so she got to go as Marilyn. I was a far-distant second, with my brown hair piled up on one side of my head, lipstick laid on heavy, my training bra stuffed with my father’s white socks to make me look as sexy as a mousy, plump preteen could look. That year, as I recall, the two of us ventured far out of our neighborhood. We got lost and it grew later and later, and we started to panic as people turned off their porch lights. Finally, we spotted my dad’s truck; he had come to rescue us. After that, trick-or-treating became a group effort: The littler kids would go with the bigger, older kids, and they would look out for us. Torture us is what they actually did, with tickle fights and ghost stories that made us want to run home to our mothers. And they taught us to soap windows and TP houses and bushes, and blamed it on us little kids when they were caught. But the one thing we would hang on for was a visit to a house a couple of blocks away where a grandmotherly woman – gray hair in a bun, sturdy shoes, apron covering her housedress – would lay out a spread the likes of which today’s kids can only imagine. She’d invite us into her living room, where she had pushed the dining room table up against the wall, covered it with an orange tablecloth and added big black spiders and cobwebs. On the table were fresh-made doughnuts, hot from the frying pan and sticky with sugar and cinnamon, along with hot apple cider, apple turnovers and platters of homemade fudge. Today, nobody would go to the trouble of setting out such a spread. And if they did, nobody would allow their children to go inside. But there was no fear then, when you could trust your neighbors – even the ones you didn’t know well – and Halloween was strictly for fun. carol.bidwell@dailynews.com160Want 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

As city’s legal fees rise, confusion persists

first_imgROSEMEAD – The decision to hire two law firms for municipal work is proving costly and confusing, city officials said. The law firm Garcia, Calderon and Ruiz was hired in April to take over as the city’s and redevelopment agency’s attorney. But half of the firm’s work was taken away in September when Burke, Williams and Sorensen was hired to represent the redevelopment agency. City officials said the move would help reduce attorney’s fees. But since then, attorney’s bills are higher than in past years, and officials can’t agree on how to divvy up the responsibilities. “As of today, there still needs to be more clarification,” Mayor John Tran said. “I’ve been disappointed in the billing and the performance,” Clark said referring to Garcia’s firm. In the meantime, the city is also paying its former law firm, Wallin, Cress, Reisman and Kranitz, for several cases it is handling. During six months, the firm has charged nearly $30,000, including $1,862 a month for health insurance. City Manager Oliver Chi said the council has addressed ways to control Garcia’s attorney’s fees, and they are beginning to see the effects now. “We are at a better place today at our legal costs than several months ago,” he said. Garcia’s high bills prompted the city to place a cap on his contract, limiting him to $30,000 a month. “I am satisfied with the type of work and legal advice that his firm has provided,” Tran said. Rosemead has budgeted legal fees at $265,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year, and Chi expects the fees to exceed the budget. “It falls in line with what we have already set aside for what we’ve budgeted,” Tran said. “We took action to decrease our legal bills, and I think that it is working.” jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsConfusion remains on whether Garcia’s firm will be representing the Planning Commission or if that duty should be passed on to Burke, Williams and Sorensen. The City Council on Tuesday requested to review both firms’ contracts and to discuss it at a future meeting. The Planning Commission handles issues related to land use, and Burke, Williams and Sorensen was hired to represent the city on those matters. But Garcia’s firm is still representing the commission. Councilwoman Margaret Clark is concerned the city is being overcharged by Garcia’s firm. City Attorney Bonifacio Garcia has charged the city nearly $164,000 for five months of work, including an August bill for $17,622, and a May bill for $56,440. Burke, Williams and Sorensen charged $5,612 for the month of September. last_img read more