Everton 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 1
PICO RIVERA — Angry residents packed City Council chambers Tuesday night to denounce Councilman Ron Beilke’s effort to remove Planning Commissioner Rudy Rosales from his post. Beilke’s action is opposed by m embers of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP, which also opposes any move by the council to name consultant Chuck Fuentes to the post of city manager. R esidents said Beilke wants Rosales removed b ecause he is the husband of Rose Rosales, a C-TIP member who has spoken out against Beilke’s support of Fuentes. “You have no right to belittle someone just because it doesn’t suit you,’ said Virginia Aguirre, a C-TIP member. “If you go through with this, it could be the kickoff of your recall.’ “I was asked not to attend City Council meetings with my wife, and the fact that I supported my wife is the reason for this retaliation,’ he said. “Ron is mistaken that I am his commissioner. I am a commissioner of this city.’ Beilke and the members of C-TIP have a shared history. He and many members were previously involved with the North-Southeast Coalition to Reform Local Government, a recall committee formed in 2004 to recall Councilman Carlos Garcia, Councilman Gregory Salcido and Councilwoman Beatrice Proo. The three were targeted after they approved a $40,000 pay raise for then City Manager Dennis Courtemarche. The recall effort failed, and the group then focused on ousting Proo in the election. When Beilke won Proo’s seat, the recall people rallied behind him to support the effort of the majority City Council, also including Mayor David Armenta and Councilman Pete Ramirez, to get Courtemarche fired. After Courtemarche was fired, Fuentes was hired to trim the fat at City Hall. But C-TIP members fear he has too much power for a consultant. “We believe that Ron and Chuck are flexing too much power, that they are trying to control everything,’ said Rose Rosales. “We are opposed to this because we want a city manager who is neutral.’ @tagline columnist:Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The chairwoman of C-TIP also spoke out against Beilke. “It is a known fact that nothing corrupts men like power, and we see it happening here in this community,’ said Grace Rodriguez. “You occupy the seats you have because we put you there. The appointment of any commissioner should not become a personal vendetta.’ Beilke, who nominated Rosales for a seat on the Planning Commission, told the audience Tuesday that he is recommending his removal because it’s something that needs to be done. ” I feel serving on a commission is a privilege, and I feel this is a move that needs to be made,’ said Beilke, who also had several supporters in the crowd. ” I have a difference in philosophies with my commissioner and I’m asking this council to support my call and remove him.’ Beilke, Mayor David Armenta and Councilman Pete Ramirez voted in favor of the removal, and Councilmen Carlos Garcia and Gregory Salcido voted against. Rosales, 52, who has lived in Pico Rivera for 15 years, was unhappy with the decision.