A 40-year-old mother of two, who resides at Lot 436 Cowis Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.It is alleged that on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Lot 4 Cowis Street, Alexis Phillips had in her possession 51.350 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.It is further alleged that on the same day, Phillips had in her possession a .38 revolver and two matching rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.Phillips pleaded not guilty to the charges.Attorney Mark Waldron, who represented the defendant, made an application for disclosure of statements.The defendant was placed on remand. She will return to court on October 4, 2016 for report.
Deputy Mayor of Linden Waneka Arindell is presently representing Guyana at this year’s World Congress of the United Cities Local Government (UCLG) in Bogota, Columbia.Deputy Mayor Arindell (red jacket) along with other representatives from the Caribbean. From left: Mayor Scean Barnswell (Jamaica), CARILED Programme Director Marion Villanueva, Alderman Anthony Roberts (Trinidad and Tobago) and Councillor Ralston Frazer (Belize)Arindell departed on Tuesday to participate in the World Summit being held from October 12 to 15, and continues with a study tour from October 17 to 20.Her trip is fully sponsored by the Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) Project Guyana, an organisation funded by the Canadian Government. The invitation for the World Congress was extended to Linden Mayor, Carwyn Holland, who agreed for the Deputy Mayor to attend.Holland said Arindell’s appointment shows the elevation of the Linden community and municipality, therefore he urged the deputy mayor to use the opportunity to make representation for the twinning of Linden with Bogota. Speaking from the location on Friday, Deputy Mayor Arindell said she is happy to be a part of the initiative, noting that it is a great learning experience.“The purpose of the Guyana local authority’s participation is to learn from experiences and best practices from other local authorities. It is used to strengthen the capacity of other local authorities by participating in various workshops. It helps with collaboration, because you get a chance to hear from other local authorities, how they have been functioning, their best practices, where they may have fallen short…It’s an opportunity for you to share, learn.“It’s an opportunity for you to network with other mayors and municipalities and it’s a wonderful experience”, she added.Held every three years, the event sees the interaction of over 3000 representatives from various towns and cities around the world. Other representatives from the Caribbean this year include Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Grand Project receives final OK from city and county officials” (Feb. 14): In my sad corner of the Northeast Valley, many streets have not been paved in more than 60 years. The water main pipe that broke and flooded recently dates back to 1917. No streetlights. No street cleaning, because the city lacks money for the requisite signs. I haven’t seen a policeman around since a nearby Labor Day gang killing. Our councilman, Tony Cardenas, who voted for the project, is running for re-election, claiming that a vote for him is a vote for “Safer Streets.” He must be referring to Grand Avenue at First Street because there are no safe streets here, but we are so very proud to learn that our tax money will be going instead to build exclusive shops, fabulous restaurants, parks, condominiums and a luxury hotel in faraway downtown L.A. – Emily Sheldon North Hollywood Who’s kidding whom? Re: “Antonio’s gang plan: Phase one” (Feb. 8): The mayor’s gang plan is a joke. If Antonio really wanted to get rid of gangs and all that goes with them – violence, murders, drugs, etc. – all he needs to do is dump Special Order 40 and our “Sanctuary City” policy. Let law enforcement do its job and keep the feel-good clown college (City Council) out of it; all they can seem to do is increase taxes on homeowners – isn’t this everyone’s problem? – Henry Magid Reseda Smells like tax money Re: “Antonio wants Wi-Fi free throughout L.A.” (Feb. 14): OK, so now Antonio wants free Wi-Fi in L.A. You can already get free Wi-Fi in L.A. from the unencrypted connections. Who is the free Wi-Fi for? Who’s paying for this? Is the next step free computers to those who don’t have one? I smell another bond on the ballot. – Maxine Abarbara Winnetka Hollywood & Vine Re: “Big comeback for an old star” (Feb. 12): Since when does “143 high-end condos, 297 market-rate and 78 affordable apartments” translate to glamour? Quick, everyone! Go take pictures of Hollywood & Vine before it becomes one more congested labyrinth of stucco and steel. A far cry from “the glory days of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.” – Penny Antine North Hollywood Better-off monkeys Re: “Monkeying with feng shui” (Feb. 13): Feb. 13, front page – $7.4 million for three monkeys, $15 million to keep L.A. families together. I wish I was a monkey. – Almut Bower Calabasas Conscience decision Re: “Nu?ez to assist new suicide bill” (Feb. 14): We have clinical methods to give life to a being who would otherwise never exist, yet we are so scared to reverse the process of life, especially when consciously making that decision? Nu?ez’s support of the Death with Dignity Act is a brave decision and should be seen with respect toward those who are in pain and have chosen to speed up their imminent death. – Christian Aldama Panorama City He’s kidding, right? I read “Parks proposes gun warnings” (Feb. 14) this morning and had a good laugh. It’s been a very busy day and I see it here on my desk. I read it again and laughed again. Does Councilman Parks (or anyone) really think that posting warning signs that guns can hurt – even kill – people is going to deter a single gun sale? Anyone who reads the paper and/or watches/listens to news shows is acutely aware of what some people can do with the inanimate gun. – Terri Andrews Castaic Dim idea Re: “Parks proposes gun warning” (Feb. 14): So Bernard Parks wants to have gun dealers post warning signs explaining the dangers of firearms. He states that most people are unaware that they can go off accidently or be used to commit suicide. Wouldn’t we all like to have a job that pays $200,000 a year, counting perks and benefits, and have every now and then to come up with some half-wit idea. Maybe spending days working with the mentally challenged council members leads you to believe that the citizens are as dim as you. – George Timko West Hills Protecting cyclists Re: “Measure would give cyclists more protection” (Jan 29): I cannot believe a bill is being introduced to create a 3-foot buffer zone around cyclists. In my observance of road cyclists, I believe them to be the rudest, most selfish, “get out of my way” and “laws don’t apply to me” group of people ever. I have never seen a cyclist stop at a stop sign intersection. They just sail right through it; they ride in the middle of car lanes, not even thinking of moving over to let a car pass them. No, I don’t think we need a “buffer zone” around cyclists, but we could use a bill that would fine cyclists if they don’t stay next to the curbs. A $250 ticket might wake them up. – Marie Mull Glendale LAUSD on life support Re: “Money politics – Special-interest cash fuels school board races” (Our Opinions, Feb. 13): Exactly how much money should it take to elect actual reform-minded members to the LAUSD? More importantly, how much time will it take to get the school board to turn this failed education establishment in the right direction? I recently reviewed performance scores for elementary schools in my area and was sickened to see the outrageous level of underachieving that is going on in these schools. These days I constantly I dread where my 5-year-old will end up when he starts first grade in the fall of 2008. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, David L. Brewer and the UTLA can spend and fight all they want over who will win the next school board seat since there seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel anyway. – Adrian Gonzalez Sylmar Underneath the tinsel Re: “Movie biz tax breaks disappoint” (Business, Feb.10): I find it very interesting all of the ink given to the loss of jobs involved with film production and other entertainment enterprises. What about the tens of thousands of other jobs that have been lost to downsizing, outsourcing or other reasons in the past 10 years? No one ever seems to think or give much consideration or thought to those. Quite frankly, my commute is made much easier when I don’t have to make frequent detours because some film production is being done on yet another mediocre Hollywood project. – Matt Peterson Winnetka Should not drive Re: “$10.3 million tragedy: child mowed down” (Feb. 8): Tears were brought to my eyes while reading this article. It was further disturbing to read that the driver of the van should clearly not be driving. The DMV needs to have stricter policies in place for keeping drivers who are not physically able to drive off the road. There are several ways that a physically impaired person can travel without getting behind the wheel. – Caroline K. Malloy Reseda A fatherless child In regard to the alleged fathers and family of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby: Suppose there was no fortune to care for this precious child. After the huge swishing sound, the FBI wouldn’t be able to find the jerks. – Virginia Haas Glendale