It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa puts its string of quarterfinal appearances on the line against an equally determined Phoenix Petroleum squad on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Texters haven’t missed the quarterfinals of the All-Filipino tournament since the 2007-2008 season, but the streak is under threat against the Fuel Masters, who are coming off a morale-boosting 104-100 victory over GlobalPort last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Petron clubs Finals tormentor MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario will team up for TNT against fellow Gilas Pilipinas mainstay and Phoenix star Matthew Wright, who had 32 points against GlobalPort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Fuel Masters stunned the Texters, 74-72, in their lone meeting of the tournament, with Doug Kramer hitting the game-winning shot with eight seconds remaining on Feb. 8. Both teams finished with identical 5-6 records.The winner gets to advance to the playoff but books a clash against powerhouse defending champion San Miguel Beer, which owns a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Texters kept their bid alive for a playoff berth with a 101-75 conquest of NLEX Road Warriors on Wednesday with new acquisition Jericho Cruz sparkling with 17 points.“We’ve been struggling offensively and that’s no secret,” said TNT coach Nash Racela. “Our team has no depth and the addition of Jericho gives us that extra guy who could give major minutes.” UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Westbrook scored 31 points in his 26th triple-double of the season, but it was the passing that made the difference for the league’s assist leader.“I just tried to stay in attack mode and find ways to continue to get my teammates — I thought in the first half, I did a bad job in the first half of finding my guys,” he said. “In the second half, I made an adjustment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWestbrook also had 12 rebounds for the 130th triple-double of his career.Paul George had 25 points and nine rebounds and Jerami Grant added 15 points for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent in the second half. Oklahoma City has won three of four as it battles to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. “Russ creates opportunities,” George said. “He just made the game easy for everybody else around him. That’s just Russ being in his element.”TIP-INSNets: Opened the game with a 9-0 run. … G Shabazz Napier sat out with right hamstring tightness. … Shot 6 for 21 in the fourth quarter. … Ed Davis had 11 rebounds.Thunder: George scored 13 points in the third quarter. … F Markieff Morris sat out with neck soreness. … C Steven Adams scored 13 points. … Outrebounded the Nets 51-43.HE SAID ITRussell, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “Give them a lot of credit defensively. They made it tough for us all night. They were physical all night.”BOUNCING BACKGeorge, the league’s No. 2 scorer, had averaged just 14.5 points in his previous two games on 7 for 24 shooting. He made 9 of 18 against the Nets.He’s been fighting through a right shoulder injury.“It’s not going to stop me from trying to help the team win and doing whatever I can,” he said. “My legs are perfectly fine. The shooting part — it is what it is. I’ll get through it. The trainers here will get me through it.” Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant lead Wizards to crucial win over Magic Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a 3 point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/June Frantz Hunt)OKLAHOMA CITY— Once Russell Westbrook figured out which of his many skills to focus on, everything changed.Oklahoma City’s point guard had 10 of his 11 assists in the second half and posted a triple-double to help the Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points and seven assists for the Nets, who saw their four-game win streak snapped.“I think against a team like this, you’ve got to be close to perfect to beat them on the road here,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We weren’t at that level.”The Nets were up by 17 at one point in the first half and led 52-42 at halftime behind 11 points from Dinwiddie. Westbrook scored 17 points in the first half to keep the Thunder in the game, but Oklahoma City shot just 35.6 percent from the field before the break.Oklahoma City quickly eliminated Brooklyn’s lead in the second half. The Thunder scored 20 points in the first 3:41 of the third quarter to take the lead, and they took an 80-78 edge into the fourth.Oklahoma City dominated the fourth behind Westbrook’s all-around play. He hit a 3-pointer after a scramble to put the Thunder ahead 100-87 with 4:51 to go. He had seven points, five rebounds and five assists in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT View comments WESTBROOK’S 3sWestbrook has struggled from 3-point range for most of the season, but he has made 18 of 39 in his past five games (46.2 percent). He made four of eight against the Nets to increase his season percentage to 28.9 percent.UP NEXTThe Nets play at the Utah Jazz on Saturday.The Thunder play at the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
AbstractGoing to a big event like the U.N. General Assembly is one dream one will wish to realize in a lifetime, just like attending a World Cup opening ceremony. On the other hand, we rarely care about the planning of these events. Simply put, we most times prefer to be at the receiving side of life so much that we are reluctant about the phenomenon deposit of time and expertise required to budget for these events. How much we utilize our time and resources as individuals are reflections of our aspirations and goals. This is parallel to the public planning in the context of budgeting. Like Jacob Lew has put it, the budget is not just collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations. Considering the above assertion, how can Liberia’s budget manifest same? Is the budget base comprehensive in enough to address the numerous issues? Attempting to answer these questions, this paper looks at the budgetary process of Liberia by identifying sources of budget with plausible assumptions of tax relationships. It asserts that, the notion that tax holidays attract Foreign Direct Investment for companies in the extractive Industries is of fluidity.Introduction/ background What is Government budget? It may be viewed as a document presenting the government’s proposed revenues and spending for a financial year that is often passed by the legislature, approved by the chief executive or president and presented by the Finance Minister to the nation. This document estimates the anticipated government revenues and government expenditures for the ensuing (current) financial year (available at Public Budgeting and Financial Management, Florida International University).The practice of presenting budgets and fiscal policy to parliament was initiated by Sir Robert Walpole in his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer, in an attempt to restore the confidence of the public after the chaos unleashed by the collapse of the South Sea Bubble in 1720( available at “History, Origins and Traditions of the Budget”).Government budgets are of three types: Balanced Budget: when government revenue and expenditure are equal, Surplus Budget: when anticipated revenues exceed expenditure and Deficit Budget: when anticipated expenditure is greater than revenues.Liberia’s fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. The Government for many years operated a single year budget until the multiyear system was introduced in 2013 through the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). Whether it was based on aid conditionality or economic viability can be saved for another time but, the budget literature contends that along with the 2009 Public Financial Management Law, the MTEF has significantly enhanced the national budget process with three main objectives: spending what the public sector can afford; to allocate resources in line with national priorities; and to ensure resources are used as efficiently as possible. Available at www.mdfp.gov.lrLiberia budget at a glance).AnalysisSpending is not only based on needs but also the available money which is usually estimated in this context. So, if the needs overwhelm available funds like in the case of Liberia, how can more money be raised? Where do we get the money? Let’s hold it here for a while and look at the staggering depreciation of currency in Liberia which looks cross cutting across the West African Monetary Zone. One answer standing tall is the decline in commodity prices. After huge growth at the closing stages of 2013 and the early stages of 2014, there are apparent risks causing downward trends in the region that may exist for a medium term due to political instability in Mali and Niger and election processes in the region according to an IMF country report no 15/100. Thus, a short or medium term growth trajectory appears blurred.Therefore, the gap will continue to enlarge as the demands increase while revenues decrease. So the need to identify budget sources are quite demanding. Aid will remain an instant look but the guarantee is questionable as the global trend of foreign aid decreases. Can we take a look at tax regime? Yes we can. The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has justified its existence and evident by 5% growth in domestic revenue, a path to strengthen has been identified.Can we borrow Probably yes, but with standing debt as of the end of July 2015 at 843.5 million( then 42 % of GDP) coupled with reports that Liberia’s risk of external debt has increased from low to moderate, it may seem critical. The combined impacts of Ebola crisis and sharp decline in commodity prices have significantly affected growth and exports outlook, contributing to deteriorated debt sustainability according to the Fourth Review under Extended Credit Facility Criteria report by IMF and International Development Association December 2015. However, from the same report, Liberia capacity to monitor debt continues to be assessed as being adequate. Therefore, borrowing may still be an option. However, such borrowing must be directed at major infrastructure projects that will boast economic activities like major highways (example Ganta –Harper corridor).Looking beyond the years, awarding of corporate tax incentives including tax breaks and holidays as incentives to attract foreign direct incentives with the insinuation to create jobs must be reconsidered. According to an Action Aid and Tax Justice Network- Africa report alarms that African countries are losing USD 9.6 billion of revenue each year by granting incentives to foreign companies. The report finds that there are considerable body of information showing that tax incentives do not result in Foreign Direct Investment and the subsequent creation of jobs. The Report titled West African Gateway further asserts that natural resources in West are rare and valuable .and extractive companies will invest with or with our tax incentives.Major AssumptionsLiberia Revenue Authority (LRA) establishment has proven relevant by increase of five percent in domestic revenue but appears still far from sustainable institutional line of massive budget support due to capacity issues.Government Services Agency managerial efficiency has appeared problematic for a long time causing government to repeat spending on what can be agreed as short interval, especially on movable properties.Conclusion/ recommendationThe paper has mapped an overview of Liberia’s budgetary process and provided regional outlook of revenue. It also provided a case of tax incentives to attract foreign direct investment in West Africa as myth and advised for a rigid tax regime to spur a bigger budget envelope for Liberia.From the initial question raised, it can argued that the revenue base of Liberia’s budget is not wide enough to supply the pressing demands therefore, revenue generations regimes must be focused which means strengthening LRA is a priority. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This newspaper’s attention is drawn to a front page story carried in its March 20, 2019 edition headlined “Speaker Chambers Blames Past Gov’t for Country’s Failing Economy”. According to reporter David Menjor, who wrote the story, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has charged the past administration for being responsible for the current difficult economic situation the country faces.In a recent radio interview with the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Speaker Chambers said the failure of the past government to properly legislate concession agreements is responsible for the now faltering economy.He noted further, “We all are aware of reports which clearly noted that out of the sixty-eight concession agreements signed between the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s regime and foreign companies or investors, only two were in line with the best international practices of concession deals between the government and the investors”.For all what is being attributed to the past government, there can be no denying that Speaker Chambers then Representative Chambers also served in the past government in the Legislature where the sixty-six bogus concession agreements were passed into law. Similarly too was President Weah who served as Senator of Montserrado County. Collectively, they also share blame for the passage of those bogus agreements. To the best of available evidence, there is only one legislator who, on the record implored his colleagues, without success, to refrain from passing the Elenilto Agreement without first having done sufficient due diligence.And when that failed, the legislator also wrote President Sirleaf also imploring her, without success, to veto the Elenilto bill should it come before her without having passed the requisite due diligence.Aside from this now former legislator (name withheld), there is none other on record for having expressed opposition to the passage of bogus concession agreements. Speaker Chambers must now show his clean hands, if he has any, now that he has come to equity.The point being made here is that neither Speaker Chambers nor President Weah can honestly absolve themselves of blame for the malfeasance and or non-feasance committed by members of the Legislature in the discharge of their duties.Speaker Chambers is therefore reminded that casting blame on the past government for current failures is not an excuse. This is especially when one considers the fact that this government under the leadership of President Weah has flatly refused to audit the past government. President Weah had at one point in time told Liberians that his foremost priority as President was to ensure the protection of President Sirleaf’s interests whatever those interests were.For example despite strenuous denials of culpability in the alleged missing billions of printed Liberian dollar banknotes, authorities at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the Ministry of Finance did not provide investigators the cooperation expected. CBL officials according to both the PIT and Kroll reports actively prevented investigators from accessing the CBL’s vaults to conduct verification checks on local and foreign currency banknotes held in its vaults.Now if Speaker Chambers maintains that the past government should be blamed, then why is this government at the same time acting in ways that suggest this government has something to hide, a “Kukujumuku” kind of situation?Whatever the case, it must not be forgotten that neither Speaker Chambers nor President Weah is a stranger to national governance, both individuals having previously served as legislators. They must have been aware of the challenges any successor to President Sirleaf would have had to face because they (meaning the Coalition for Democratic Change) proclaimed themselves to be ready and fit for the task to lead and develop the nation.And the grand plan through which this would be achieved is the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. After a little over a year, it is beginning to appear that the plan may not be actualized for the benefit of the people.Reports from the IMF/World Bank instead paint a rather gloomy picture of the country’s economic situation which appear to worsening by the day with the continued slide of the Liberian dollar. The exchange rate now stands at 163 Liberian dollars to one US dollar and threatens to slide even further.Corruption and huge but unplanned increases to the national wage bill have been singled out as major problems threatening macroeconomic stability and yet officials of this government appear to be little troubled by these developments. Speaker Chambers has accused the past government of a host of ills which may indeed be true.But how can Speaker Chambers explain that the national budget law was tampered with right under his watch with the siphoning of thousands of dollars in questionable allocations to private interests including those of his Pleebo Health Center and other private clinics — one belonging to the wife of Representative Jeremiah Koung and another to the wife of Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dee Maxwell Kemayah?This newspaper would remind Speaker Chambers that this government has a charge to lead which it must do. But it cannot do so while blaming others for things it can do or has failed to do. For example, this government has failed to tackle corruption and take on corrupt officials past and or present. Yet at the same time, it is blaming the past government for corruption.How can Speaker Chambers, for example, account for the fact that the NPA has unilaterally entered an agreement with a foreign company without the approval of the Legislature and there is not a whimper of protest from the head of the Legislature.How can Speaker Chambers also account for the passage of a Mineral Development Agreement awarding concession rights over virtually the entire southeast to a foreign company, in which the President Pro Tempore of the Senate has shares? Can the Sirleaf government be blamed for this?Perhaps Speaker Chambers needs to reminded of the saying that “You can fool some of the people all of the time but you cannot fool all the people all of the time”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as City Hall defers vote on amended by-lawsIt is just a matter of formality before the metered parking system is reintroduced in the City of Georgetown, as City Hall is all set to vote to adopt the amended by-laws proposed by the Re-negotiation Committee.At Monday’s Statutory Meeting, Councillor Ivelaw Henry moved that the Standing Orders be suspended to deal with the urgent issue of voting and accepting amended by-laws, and it was after a highly emotional debate that the vote was deferred to April 4.Team Legacy’s Councillor Malcolm Ferreira, said he receive his copy of the 76-page amended by-laws sometime around 20:00hrs on Saturday. He highlighted that enough time was not provided for him to properly examine the document.“I feel we should have more time. Given the fact that the last by-laws were found null and void by the court of law in Guyana, I feel we should have been given more time to peruse this document and gain legal advice as it relates to parts of it; and I am doing so to protect the city from a recurrence of what happened previously,” Ferreira noted.Councillor Oscar ClarkeThe Councillor urged his colleagues to support a deferral, because of the time allotted prior to the discussion. He said the parking meter project has been a controversial one, hence the city could not afford for it to be scrapped once again.Responding to the assertion that the by-laws were thrown out by the court, Town Clerk Royston King related that the court ruled the process to be invalid, and not the by-laws.“This is the start of another process that will determine how this ends up, so can’t we take some time at this stage of the process to totally digest this document in front of us? I can’t pronounce on it right now. To vote yes would be unfair, to vote no would be unfair; so you are putting me in a position where I can’t vote on it,” Ferreira explained.However, Ferreira’s inability to toe the line did not seem to go down too well with former PNC General Secretary Oscar Clarke, who emphatically stated that installing parking meters is the legal right of the Council, and he went as far as saying that they will be implemented.“We are not going to move away from our legal responsibility. Under the law, we can initiate parking meters in Georgetown, and we will. No matter how many people you bring to gather and make noise outside, that doesn’t change the position of Council. Council has a right and Council will carry out that right,” Clarke said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Re-negotiating Committee, Akeem Peter, explained that the amendments are presented on a separate page, and that councillors should trust the recommendation of the committee.“I don’t know the motive behind asking for more time, but personally, thinking without emotion or without an ulterior motive…if the committee has submitted (the 6 pages of amendment) to you for your perusal/approval, then I believe that they should trust the judgment of the committee,” he noted.“I don’t see the need for an extension of time, (where) I see the need, is for councillors to take their jobs seriously, because this is a project that has been going on for a year now,” Peter advised.In the end, the Councillors were given the extension of time and would meet on April 4 at 14:00hrs to complete discussion and vote on the amendments.Following re-negotiation, SCS and the M&CC reached a new agreement under the controversial Parking Meter Project, which will now see persons paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city. Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00-19:00hrs Monday to Friday, while parking will be free on Saturdays.Under the modified contract, both parties have agreed to have an oversight committee set up to monitor, review, and manage the operation of the project. The committee is expected to have three representatives from City Hall, 3 from SCS, and one third party with the terms of reference for the committee expected to be agreed upon at a later date.The Committee’s report noted that during the renegotiations, the subject of share profit and contractual obligations were discussed and it was agreed to have it remain the same being the 20/80 M&CC-SCS for a period of 20 years. It was also disclosed that in the event of arbitration, the proceedings would be held in Miami, despite the jurisdiction being Guyana.
By Energeticcity.ca StaffIts a winter wonderland in the Peace Region today.Most areas of the Peace have been blanked by a few centimetres of snow following a storm on Friday. In Fort St. John over 4cm of snow has fallen since Friday and over 9.4mm of rain. In Dawson Creek Environment Canada doesn’t keep track of snowfall, but over all they had over 36mm of precipitation. Dawson Creek received the most precipiation in the province on Friday.Advertisement BC Hydro has had a busy night with several power outages in the BC Peace. It looks like they will have an even busier Saturday with over 4,000 customers without power.There are currently two large power outages in the Fort St. John area. One is east of the Old Fort Road, south of Bueckert Ave and North-West of the Alaska Highway. The outage will not be restored until 12pm today and is affecting over 1,900 customers.The other major outage is also in the Fort St. John area and affecting over 1,200 customers. This outage started at about 5am and won’t be restored until 10pm tonight. This one is listed as being east of the Old Ford LP, North of Johnstone Road. There are 1,200 customers without power.There are over 60 power outages in the region at this time, the majority are small outages affecting 5 or less people. For updates on all the outages, click here This map shows just some of the power outages in the Fort St. John Area – BC Hydro We still could see more snow today as the snowfall warning is still in effect for the entire BC Peace Region. A vigorous low over Northern Alberta is producing an unseasonably cold northeasterly flow over the Peace region this morning. Fort St. John and eastern sections of the B.C. Peace River region are expected to receive an additional 2 to 4 cm before the snow tapers off near midday.If you have any photos you’d like to share of the snow storm, email email@example.comThe snow has caused the Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society to delay the start of the annual Ice Breaker Tournament to Sunday. Teams will be notified of the changed schedule. If you know of anything else that has been affected by the weather, email firstname.lastname@example.orgAll the major roads in the region are listed as having slushy and slippery section. For more on up to date info on roads in the region, click here.Advertisement – Advertisement -**Update – BC Hydro now says the majority of the power outages in and around Fort St. John, won’t be restored until at least 8pm tonight. In some cases, many rural areas won’t see power until Sunday or Monday at the very latest. In the South Peace, the majority of the power outages should be restored by 11pm tonight. We have also posted some photos from after the storm, click here to view the photos.For more on what to do during a long power outage, visit this website from BC Hydro.
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0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (centre) in action during the Spanish league match against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Nov 19 – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had his nose broken in a bad-tempered Madrid derby at Atletico Madrid, tests confirmed on Sunday.Ramos had to be replaced at half-time of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano which left both sides 10 points behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona. “After tests carried out on Sergio Ramos by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team, he has been diagnosed with a fractured nose,” Madrid said in a statement.Real were furious referee David Fernandez Borbalan didn’t award a penalty when Lucas Hernandez’s boot caught Ramos flush in the face.The club didn’t state how long Ramos will be sidelined, but Madrid-based sports daily Marca reported he could return as early as next weekend for Malaga’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, with the aid of a protective mask.“I would bleed a thousand times for this badge and this shirt,” Ramos posted on Twitter alongside pictures of his bloodied face.“Thanks for your support. I’ll be back in no time.”Ramos is expected to miss Real’s Champions League trip to APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday where a win will secure the European champions’ place in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A 26 year old woman who died following a horrific car crash outside Donegal Town has been named.The smash took place around 9.40am yesterday.The dead woman, Deirdre Burke, 26, from Tymeen, Letterbarrow, was the only occupant in her vehicle. Two other women in the other vehicle involved in the smash were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital.However their injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.The accident took place on the Old Road, between Donegal Town and Ballyshannon in the townland of Ardleenagh close to Laghey.WOMAN WHO DIED IN ACCIDENT NAMED was last modified: July 19th, 2011 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)
PALMDALE – City officials are pushing ahead with plans to rework the intersection of Sierra Highway and Rancho Vista Boulevard, a project city officials said is needed to relieve congestion and to assist the aerospace industry. The City Council approved preliminary engineering work on the $5.5 million project, which is part of a city plan to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard to six lanes east of the Antelope Valley Freeway for 3.5 miles. The intersection portion of the project is aimed at relieving rush-hour congestion around Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10. “We’re focused on the entrance to Lockheed and on Sierra Highway,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “This will improve the left-turn movements.” The design work is expected to take about a year. It will take about two to three years to complete the improvements. Having the preliminary engineering work in hand will assist the city in seeking additional grants to help finance the project. The preliminary engineering work was financed through a $309,000 state Transportation Department grant. The city allocated about $1 million in this year’s budget for the project. Widening the boulevard the rest of the way east to 15th Street East and west to Fairway Drive would cost $6 million. Widening east to 30th Street East would cost an additional $6 million. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 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 More than 6,500 workers now travel along Rancho Vista and Avenue M to jobs at Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and the neighboring Air Force Plant 42. “This is a project that has to go forward if we are to be competitive in that (aerospace) field,” said Councilman Richard Loa. Highlighting Plant 10 and Plant 42’s contributions to national defense, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was able to successfully lobby for $2.8 million for the project to be included in a $286.4 billion, six-year federal transportation funding bill. Palmdale officials want to expand Rancho Vista Boulevard between Fairway Drive and 30th Street East from two lanes in each direction to three lanes in each direction with a median. The work would also include bike paths on both sides. Intersections would be striped with left-turn pockets and, where necessary, widened for right-turn lanes as well.