“When you think of military, you think of structure, and that’s how my dad lives his life,” Brown told SN. “Day in and day out, he stuck with the same routine. He held us accountable, and he and my mom always wanted to know what was going on with school.”That’s where it all started,” he said. “He coached me so hard in the classroom that it translated over to the field.”BENDER: Antonio Gandy-Golden is an NFL Draft sleeper worth paying attention toThat continues in the present. Brown is staying with his parents and prepping for the NFL Draft in Sugar Hill, Ga., in the middle of a quarantine because of the outbreak of COVID-19. Brown still is being held to the same routine he grew up with. For a potential top-10 pick, that means finding creative ways to work out. For example, Brown bought buckets and filled them with sand to use for weight training.Coming from a military family, @USAA and I understand service and sacrifice. Nothing is given to you. You have to earn everything. #NFLDraft #SaluteToService #NFLPartner pic.twitter.com/SQ9fSfwK4f— Derrick Brown (@DerrickBrownAU5) April 20, 2020″It’s not the most ideal thing to do, but you have to find a way to get it done,” Brown said. “The foundation is what I rely on. It may be tough times right now, but you have to do what you have to do, especially with my son. You might say you are more prepared for it because of that.”Brown is making the best of an extraordinary situation, but his outlook took a different shape with the birth of his son Kai in 2019. Brown had 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss for Auburn that season, but it was secondary to the lessons he leaned on his father for off the field.”When I became a father, that was the biggest thing I went through since being here on this Earth,” Brown said. “At the time I found out it was a scary thing; but having my dad in my corner and being able to reach out to him helped. Nobody can you teach how to be a man but the man that raised you. Those things helped me carry on in life and put what’s important first.”Brown returned for his senior season and piled up 54 tackles, four sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, helping Auburn beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl — “the best way to go out at Jordan-Hare.”All those memories are there, but Brown is most proud of the academic accomplishment.”I got to walk away with my degree in hand,” Brown said. “That’s something that is going to be with me the rest of my life. It was about getting to be there with my son and walking away with my degree.”BENDER: Kristian Fulton wants to continue LSU tradition of being ‘best corner’ in NFL Draft Auburn’s Derrick Brown would have been a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. On the field, there wasn’t much the 6-5, 318-pound defensive tackle had to prove.Brown, however, had other responsibilities in mind — ones that were taught by his father James — who served four years in the U.S. Army and four more in the National Guard — and his mother Martha. Brown, who partnered with USAA ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, shared some of those lessons with Sporting News. Brown will be home for Thursday’s NFL Draft, and it’s a moment he will enjoy with his family. All that structure and routine in a military family paid off.”We didn’t get to go to Vegas, but you have to adjust on the fly,” he said. “That’s something we can’t control. Just sitting here and thinking about it, the whole ultimate goal was to be able to make it with my family. I’m still going to be able to do that, and that is what means most to me.”Brown partnered with USAA, the NFL’s Official Salute to Service partner, to share his story about growing up in a military family and how that prepared him for success on the field. “That was cool that they would even look to me, let me be a part of this and let me tell my story,” Brown said. “The military is something special to me and family.”
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, Mar. 15, 2020Gov. Reynolds recommends Iowa schools close for four weeks, will hold a press conference tomorrowRecommendation follows additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, including data from national labsDES MOINES – Upon discovery of the existence of substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks.“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”Gov. Reynolds released the following video statement, it can be viewed here.Gov. Reynolds is making this recommendation in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and based on CDC guidelines.Earlier today, IDPH was notified of four additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 22 positive cases. According to IDPH, two cases are related to international travel. The individuals are residents of Allamakee County, one is a middle-age adult between 41-60 years; the other is a child, age 0-18 years. The third case is a middle-age Johnson County resident with no identified travel-related risk or exposure to a known COVID-19 case, and is considered the second case of community spread in Iowa. The fourth individual resides in Polk County and is a middle-age adult and indicates a third case of community spread.One of today’s new cases was the first Iowa test conducted by a national lab. With testing options now expanding, Iowa expects the numbers of positive cases to increase. The governor will hold a press conference tomorrow. The press conference will be open to credentialed members of the press and streamed on her Facebook page.The state of Iowa is developing policies to ensure continued access to child care during this time of emergency, including meals for low income students.Also today, Gov. Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency continuing the proclamation signed on March 9, allowing retailers that sell liquor, beer, wine, carbonated beverages, and other beverages with an Iowa beverage container deposit to stop accepting empty cans and bottles for the duration of this disaster emergency.On Sunday evening, the CDC updated its mass gathering guidance to postpone for the next 8 weeks any events with 50 or more people. The goal is to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.COVID-19 was first linked to an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but cases have subsequently been identified in several countries, including the U.S. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Those most at risk of the virus are older adults, and individuals with underlying health conditions. To watch Governor Reynolds’ statement, click on the video above https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&v=5pIo2Veg06E
Rosario, Argentina | AFP | Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday.Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.They will join old friends of the couple and footballers, including his Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez, in Messi’s northern hometown, Rosario.Suarez and other soccer stars were watched by curious locals as they stepped off private jets on Thursday at Rosario’s airport.The party will be a respite for Messi from his legal woes. A Spanish court last month rejected his appeal against a conviction for tax fraud.– All-star guest list –Brunette bride Roccuzzo, 29, will wear a dress by Rosa Clara — a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.From 2200 GMT the guests will pack into the Hotel City-Center Casino, which stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.This city of 1.2 million people is also a cradle of footballing talent, however.“Rosario lives and breathes football. That is another reason Lionel feels so comfortable here,” the city’s mayor, Monica Fein, told AFP.“I think he is excited that through his wedding his friends (from abroad) will be able to get to know the city he loves so much.”– Roast gizzards – The civil wedding ceremony and party will all take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.Messi, 30, has reportedly asked chefs to cook local delicacies such as “locro” stew and “empanada” pasties for the feast.The star dish is a typical Argentine beef roast including chitterlings, gizzards and kidneys.Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, wife of Argentina footballer Sergio Aguero, will perform at the dance.It is not known whether the guests will also get a song from Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Whenever, Wherever.”– Guards and reporters –Organizers say 157 journalists have been accredited to cover the bash, but have been warned they will have no access to the guests.Security will be handled by a private team of Israeli specialists used by Messi for all his excursions.Messi and Roccuzzo live in Barcelona where he plays, but still return regularly to Rosario on holiday.The couple met as children. He moved to Spain when he was 13 to join FC Barcelona, but they kept in touch.“They are the love of each other’s lives,” Messi’s childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP.Share on: WhatsApp
The Wolves closed that period on a 26-14 run and produced spurts of 15-3 and 11-2 in the fourth quarter to let loose as their plan to push a faster pace played out perfectly against a Rockets team that lost some energy in the venue shift north.Harden, who had 44 points in Game 1 but lost his rainbow jumper in Game 2 and finished only 2 for 18 from the floor for 12 points, wasn’t a whole lot sharper in Game 3. He went 9 for 21, including 3 for 8 from 3-point range.Instead, a Wolves team that finished last in the NBA in 3-pointers made during the regular season, posted the second-highest total of 2017-18 while launching their way to a 15-for-27 performance.For the first time since May 29, 2004, the fifth game of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA playoffs descended on downtown Minneapolis. The shine of this long-awaited return to relevance by the 29-year-old franchise was dulled a bit by the team’s fade down the stretch to finish eighth in the conference and draw the most daunting matchup available against a Rockets team that won all four regular season games by an average of 16 points and took the first two games of this series in Houston.The occasion was still special, though, with the memory of late coach and executive Flip Saunders not far from the minds of the Target Center regulars. The game sold out, naturally, and the crowd matched the moment to make the arena louder than it had been all season.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding NBA fines Wizards’ Markieff Morris, Celtics’ Marcus Morris After totaling only 13 points over the first two games and being challenged to be more aggressive by everyone from TNT analyst Charles Barkley to Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, Towns was constantly double-teamed by the switch-heavy Rockets and didn’t attempt a shot in the first quarter. The 7-footer got his energy going soon after that, though, with an emphatic dunk on Chris Capela after peeling away from the post-up to snag a high pass from Teague.Rose, one of three former Chicago Bulls stalwarts under Thibodeau with Butler and Gibson who were brought in to bring the edge and experience the cornerstones Towns and Wiggins are lacking, made his presence obvious the entire time he was in the game.He hit a step-back jumper to give the Wolves a 46-36 lead that was their largest of the series to that point, and he had 10 points in nine minutes before halftime.TIP-INSRockets: Anderson returned to action for the first time in seven games due to a sprained left ankle and finished with 12 points. The Rockets were 18-1 during the regular season when he made at least three 3-point shots. … During the regular season, Houston won 11 games in which it trailed by double digits, including at Minnesota on Feb. 13 when the deficit reached 13 points in the third quarter of a 126-108 victory.Timberwolves: Minnesota had 29 assists on 45 made field goals, with only seven turnovers. … Rose has 42 points in the series on 19-for-39 shooting in 62 minutes.UP NEXTGame 4 on Monday night. 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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns snapped back from a bad start to the series with 18 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Houston Rockets 121-105 in Game 3 on Saturday night for their first postseason victory in 14 years.Jeff Teague scored 23 points and Andrew Wiggins pitched in 20 points with another four 3-pointers, helping the Timberwolves match the fire-away Rockets from behind the arc and cruise down the stretch behind a 50 percent shooting performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Derrick Rose added 17 points off the bench for the Wolves, who will try to even the series with a win in Game 4 on Monday night.James Harden led the way with 29 points, but Chris Paul fouled out with 17 points and the Rockets went just 15 for 41 from 3-point range.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Rockets made four 3-pointers on their last seven possessions of the first half to turn an 11-point deficit to just one in less than 3½ minutes up until the break. Butler twisted his left ankle during that stretch, causing some brief anxiety in the arena. He didn’t require, or accept, any medical attention and returned from the intermission without any hint that he was hurt.Taj Gibson hounded Harden and forced an airballed 3-pointer, prompting the apex of the noise throughout the night with the Wolves ahead 77-70. Towns powered his way past Ryan Anderson for a layup and a three-point play with 1:57 left in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 10 points, and he flexed his biceps to the crowd after the whistle as he walked like King Kong to the corner of the court in celebration.
Ballpark worker arrested after video shows spitting on pizza Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Wade returned to the Heat in a trade last February, after spending the 2016-17 season with Chicago and the start of last season with Cleveland. For his career, he’s a 22.5-point scorer and the Heat all-time leader in points, assists, steals and games played.“He has more to give this game,” Spoelstra said.Wade enters this season 113 points shy of Clyde Drexler for No. 30 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The legacy was secured long ago. That’s not why he’s still on the court. Wade has turned much of his basketball attention already to his son Zaire, a rising high school junior who has Division I offers and will surely be getting more.Before he becomes a full-timer in the bleachers at his kid’s games, there’s the last dance.“I’m going to continue to be very uncomfortable with this whole thing,” Wade said. “The farewell tour is not something I wanted. I think people around me know I really, really, really didn’t want this. So I just look at it as this is me just saying ‘goodbye’ more than anything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But the three-time champion and 12-time All-Star can still play, and the Miami Heat are hoping — and expecting — Wade to still be extremely valuable in this, his 16th and last season in the NBA. And at Heat media day Monday, Wade said that even he doesn’t know what to fully expect from what will be the last months of his playing career.“I have no idea what I want out of this year,” Wade said. “We’re going to be able to figure this thing out as the year goes on. It’s going to take on a life of its own. … To me, that is the beauty of it, is that I do not know and we do not know.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStarting Tuesday, the story starts getting told.Wade and the Heat head about 45 minutes north to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida for training camp — five straight days of workouts preceding Sunday’s preseason opener at San Antonio. Decisions will have to be made quickly about playing time and roles, and part of that formula is figuring out how Wade best fits into coach Erik Spoelstra’s plan. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments “Most pro athletes, unfortunately, they don’t get to know when the end is — or at least they’re the last ones to know and it’s certainly not on their terms,” Spoelstra said. “He has this incredible blessing to know when that finish line will be and be able to have the perspective to make every day matter. It’s the right player, the right organization, the right coaching staff, the right timing for all of this.”Wade said one of the reasons why he’s back is to fulfill a promise to Udonis Haslem that they would end their careers together. Later Monday, Haslem — also entering his 16th season with Miami — confirmed that he is retiring when this season ends.“I don’t have a video,” Haslem deadpanned after climbing — without a ladder — atop a backboard on the Heat practice floor.Wade announced his decision in a 10-minute video released on Sept. 16 that he was coming back for a final season, after at one time leaning about “90 percent” toward retirement over the summer. He agreed to a minimum contract worth $2.4 million, or roughly about $200,000 less than he made in his rookie season after the Heat took the Marquette guard with the No. 5 pick in the 2003 draft.“At the end of the day, he’s a Hall of Famer,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “He still can produce. He showed that last year. He can still take over a game at any time. And just to have him on the court is special. His ability, his aura, his presence on the floor, it influences everyone. It’s contagious, know what I mean? His confidence spreads, his ability, it’s a feeling that’s so good for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade speaks during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Miami. This will be Wade’s 16th and final season in the NBA. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade doesn’t know how this whole notion of his final season being called “The Last Dance” even started.Fun fact: He can’t dance.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
The Press Union of Liberia has challenged the recently announced scheme by the Ministry of Information to resume the licensing of journalists in Liberia as a retrogressive effort that does not only undermine various pronouncements about a free press, but one which effectively rolls back efforts made by previous governments to make the media operating environment conducive.In remarks at the Tuesday, September 30 MICAT press briefing, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson said, “In accordance with chapter 31.8, D. of Liberia’s new executive law on the Act establishing the Ministry of Information, every journalist operating in the country is required to do an annual renewal of their permit during the second week of January.”The MICAT statement was coincidentally made on Tuesday, September 30, as the Press Union of Liberia marked its 50th anniversary.According to Minister Jackson, the Information Ministry “was provoked” to revive the law, which he referred to as “administrative measures”, following a publication of an August 2014 article in the National Chronicle newspaper which alleged that an interim government was being formed in the United States of America to overthrow the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As a result of the article, the National Chronicle was shut-down by a squad of the Liberian National Police who also arrested and subjected its staff to interrogation.In a statement issued Sunday, October 5, the Press Union said it “regrets that reversing this historic trend is not only regrettable, but a further betrayal of the trust and confidence that the Liberian people had placed in the government to promote human rights and democracy.”The PUL recalled that Professors Lamini Waritay and Joe Mulbah, respectively Ministers of Information under the Interim Government of Dr. Amos Sawyer and during the Charles Taylor regime, entered into Memoranda of Understandings that permitted the Press Union of Liberia to accredit journalists in Liberia.The Press Union recalled that as recently as her annual message on 27 January 2014, President Sirleaf told the Legislature that “Antiquated laws that retard the promotion of our fledgling democracy should be abolished,” and boasted that Liberia was “one of the first two African States that signed the Table Mountain Declaration, which calls for decriminalizing freedom of expression,” and promised to submit bills “to repeal all repressive laws as found in the statutes and in decrees of the PRC.”The Press Union of Liberia reminded President Sirleaf that at the signing of the Declaration of the Table Mountain in 2012, she vowed to repeal criminal defamation laws loud and clear, and “… committed to advancing free press and free expression not just in Liberia but to use our leadership role to promote it on the entire continent of Africa.”PUL President Abdullai Kamara said when the Information Ministry resumes conversations about permits for journalists, in the face of all of these commitments, it is prone to get reminded about a new array of intimidating questions targeted at newspapers and printing houses, reinforces the fears that prompted our September 4 letter to the Government, as well as calculated delays in approving 2014 licenses for The Independent Newspaper. All of these actions heighten our concerns that our democracy is slipping away from its acknowledged objectives.”By bringing up these issues, “this government has not only failed to implement domestic and international promises, but is now undermining the free press, censoring the media, and slipping into attitudes that led the country to more than 14 years of brutal civil war that killed quarter of a million people,” Kamara observed.Because of the retrogressive nature of this plan, the Press Union is inclined to admonish journalists to adopt a non-cooperative attitude as we seek further options. “No, Madam President, we disagree with any attempt by this government to subject citizens to seek permit and licenses to speak or write,” the PUL boss declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The conscientious keeper with intense eyes so perched for a striking saveThe panicky defenders all readied for a strenuous task to straightenThe disturbed midfielders pondered over their opponent’s swift passesThe hapless defenders to defend like a fortress besieged by swamp fliesThe goal keeper so focused and afraid to watch out like a guard at postThe beleaguered coach pacing counterclockwise so hopeful to goal must comeThe anxious fans all exasperated waiting a phenomenal strike to slake their fearJust a distinct instant an uptight game come transform the atmosphereThe festive cheers now envelope the crowded arena to celebrate a grand victoryThe once soundless streets mask in victory songs for a great day they conquerShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The stretch of Tubman Boulevard and side streets from as far as Sinkor, Old Road, Airfield and some other areas were locked down due to congestion yesterday as a result of Smythe Institute’s graduation exercises at the Winners Chapel Church in the Oldest Congo Town.The traffic lockdown, which lasted for nearly four hours, caused some people to miss their flights from Roberts International Airport (RIA), while other commuters were severely delayed.“I am frustrated because I have only 15 minutes left to check in at the RIA for my flight to the United States,” Mrs. Mary Jones, who revealed she was traveling to the USA to attend her aunt’s funeral, said.“If I miss today’s flight, it will cause me serious embarrassment as the burial of my aunt is slated for tomorrow (today) in Texas,” she said.Three taxi drivers, John Borbor, Francis Paye and Joseph Toe expressed frustrations because of the time spent from Old Road junction to Winners Chapel Church. They said they wasted useful time they could have spent plying other routes.Officials of the Winners Chapel church could not be reached to respond to questions about who was responsible for the traffic congestion as a result of the use of their edifice for the graduation. While Police Deputy A.B. Kromah and his men strove to undo yesterday’s traffic gridlock, impatient passengers disembarked vehicles and opted to walk to seek relief from the ugly situation. Relief finally came when a few officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) were deployed to assist the few police officers attempting to break the traffic impasse. The soldiers directed all vehicles from the Sinkor region to the detour of Congo Town; a plan that opened up the congested traffic. Police spokesman Sam Collins told Daily Observer via mobile phone that the inconvenience caused by the heavy traffic was unprecedented and highly regrettable.Mr. Collins said the Liberia National Police got no firsthand information on the Smythe Institute’s graduation and other graduations and ceremonies that were also ongoing yesterday along the Tubman Boulevard.“We apologize to all of our citizens and other nationals who had the challenging experience and call on Winners Chapel and all other institutions along the main streets to inform the LNP of their ceremonies in case they will not have the capacity to control the movements of vehicles and people during those events,” Collins said.He said the LNP will consult with the church in order to see to it that what happened yesterday won’t be repeated. And consult the church they must, for yesterday’s traffic gridlock is in fact a repeat. In December 2015, Smythe Institute’s graduation, also held at Winner’s Chapel, shut down traffic on a Saturday afternoon. By the time police arrived on the scene that day, the gridlock was so massive that it took about three hours to undo. With such recurrent lack of coordination between institutions and authorities, many are wondering what plans the police have to anticipate the traffic that would be created during the construction, dedication/opening and use of inter-ministerial complex located directly opposite Winner’s Chapel at the site of the old Defense Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
He first campaigned in 1980, and after 10 years of work and four lost elections, he finally took his seat in 1990, overpowering both incumbents in that contest. He would become the minority in a 4-1 voting bloc during his four years in office, but said he found ways to work with others despite the differences. “I never attacked their administration, so I was able to work with them somewhat,” Mercado said. He said the highlights of his term in office, which included one year as mayor pro tem, includes ordinances that regulated vendors, placed requirements on property maintenance, and allowed residents to use a great percentage of their lots to build homes and additions. Now, Mercado is lighthearted about some of his responsibilities, like chairing the Blue Ribbon Committee. “That’s the fun part,” Mercado said. “The biggest goal I have is just to keep everyone together and informed.” Mercado said he has similar goals for more serious issues within the Planning Commission and the Pico Water District. Among his plans for his term are newsletters for each to tell residents how decisions affect them. According to him, this is especially important for the water district. “People don’t know how serious the water situation is in California,” Mercado said. “I’m willing to have open meetings, public meetings, to get the word out.” Esther Celiz, who heads the Planning Commission and works on the Blue Ribbon Committee, said she enjoys working with Mercado because of that openness and willingness to help. “He’s my right hand,” Celiz said. “He helps me. He’s very informative. You can count on him, because he’s an honest intelligent citizen in our community who cares.” Mayor Ron Beilke said he expects Mercado’s comeback will be long-term, and may even extend beyond his current responsibilities. “He’s been more involved in a lot of other races, supporting candidates, especially on the north side,” Beilke said. “Who knows? He may make a run for council again someday.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – One former councilman in Pico Rivera is finding himself in the spotlight again as he returns to public life in new roles in his home city. Rick Mercado, 73, served in the Department of Public Works as a building inspector and later became a city councilman in 1990, but lost in the 1994 election to a challenger. Now, however, he is returning to city politics and activism with new goals for the expanding city. “It’s like a turnaround in my life that makes me very happy and excites me a lot,” Mercado said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAppointed to the Planning Commission by Councilman Bob Archuleta in March, Mercado was elected to the Pico Water District’s Board of Directors this month, and was selected to head the Blue Ribbon Committee, which will plan the city’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year. Officials said they are excited to work with a man they consider a source of city memories and wisdom. “He’s definitely one of our elder statesmen, if not the elder statesman in Pico Rivera,” Mercado said. “I know that since I’ve been in office, I’ve turned to him many times for advice and direction.” Mercado and his wife, Lydia Mae, moved to Pico Rivera in 1965, buying the house they still live in on Bridgeview Avenue. In 1972, he got a job working for the city in Public Works, and after taking college courses and applying a few times, he got a job as a building inspector in 1979. “Then I decided I wanted to find out if I could go ahead and take a seat on the City Council,” Mercado said.