first_imgFans and objective observers alike wondered aloud when — not if — Arkansas would fire Morris after the abysmal loss to the Hilltoppers, which was his fifth loss to a non-Power 5 opponent in two seasons. His teams were also beaten by an average of 22.5 points per game in SEC play.Morris is owed more than $10 million in buyout money, according to recent buyout figures from USA Today. His current contract with the Razorbacks was supposed to run through the 2023 season.Assistant coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as the interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 football season, the school said in its announcement. MORE: ‘Fire Chad Morris’ trending after Arkansas loss to WKU“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference.”Throughout our history in football, as well as with our other sport programs, we have demonstrated that the University of Arkansas is capable of being nationally competitive. I have no doubt that as we move forward, we will identify a head coach that will help lead our program to that benchmark.” Arkansas has fired football coach Chad Morris following the Razorbacks’ 45-19 loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday, the school announced on Sunday.The loss — which was delivered by former Razorbacks quarterback Ty Storey — dropped Morris to 4-18 for his career in Arkansas, which includes an 0-14 mark in SEC play. Like Florida State’s Willie Taggart, his tenure lasted fewer than two seasons.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “You know how many calls I got on the budget this year?” he asked. “I’ll give you a hint. It was less than one.” Instead, “everyone is more concerned about spaying and neutering their dog,” he said. “People don’t get passionate about things that do matter. They freak out about things that don’t matter.” As a consequence it’s difficult to make what Adams calls the tough decisions on making budget cuts. And when Republicans refuse to vote for a budget because they think it doesn’t have enough cuts, there’s not much support. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Californians care more about their dogs than they do about the state budget, said Assemblyman Anthony Adams in a speech Friday. How does Adams, R-Claremont, know? Last summer, his office received thousands of calls, letters and e-mails in protest, support and with questions over legislation that would have made it mandatory to spay and neuter dogs before they were 6 months old. It doesn’t help that newspapers run stories and pictures of people losing services, he said. “The blind, the disabled, homeless and people who will lose service are front-page news,” he said. “The newspapers love that stuff because it has every single quality of what makes good news. It’s timely. It’s got real substance and people who are being harmed.” That doesn’t mean newspapers don’t support his stance on the budget, he said. “On page seven in the editorial section, you’ve got some local editor saying, `You’re doing the right thing Anthony.’ You know what? The vast majority don’t go into the B section. What they see is Republicans destroying the blind, the aged and poor.” But with California facing a projected $10 billion budget shortfall, it may be time for people to take an interest in the budget, he said. “You have to get people to understand what the budget is and why it’s important,” he said. FOSTER CARE LAW: Adams also touted his AB 1462 that he said helped children and eliminated a bad law. The law allows counties to place foster children with severe behavioral and/or medical problems in for-profit facilities when there are no nonprofit facilities available. “We had this idea for many years that it is somehow evil to be a for-profit institution,” he said. “What was happening was that we had children, who were severely disabled, who couldn’t be placed in homes because the only ones which had the capacity to treat them are for profit,” he said. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Representatives of all eight Democratic presidential candidates are expected to speak at the 7 p.m. Monday meeting of the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club at Coco’s restaurant, 11510 South St., Cerritos. For information, call Charlie Ara, (562) 865-4075. FIRST DEBATE: Chino Hills Councilman Curt Hagman and Orange County water director Larry Dick – candidates for the 60th Assembly District Republican nomination – will square off in a 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 forum. It will be held by the Orange-Villa Park California Republican Assembly in the Orange City Hall council chambers, 300 E. Chapman Ave. For information, call Deborah Pauly, (714) 394-8400. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgIn spite of years of job losses, Los Angeles County’s manufacturing sector remains the strongest in the nation, according to a report released today. According to the study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., manufacturers employ 470,400 workers, stretched across industries as diverse as aerospace, fashion, cars and biomedical device production. On a broader scope, Los Angeles and the five surrounding counties have such a huge manufacturing base 915,900 jobs that the region by itself outpaces every other state in the country. While the county will likely shed another 5,000 jobs this year, the study’s authors noted that the sector remains a key part of the region’s economy. “We’ve sort of walked away from manufacturing, but it’s very important to focus on it,” said Jack Kyser, co-author of the report and chief economist for the LAEDC, a private, nonprofit business development group. “It creates middle-class jobs and revenue for cities and local governments.” And those jobs aren’t even necessarily reflected in employment data, the report found, as many small manufacturing companies don’t show up in government surveys and larger employers often rely on temporary workers to complete orders. Kyser will present the data today at the Westec 2006 Exhibition and Convention, an annual trade show hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The companies presenting there still keep money flowing in the regional economy, he noted, so government and regional planners shouldn’t ignore them when it comes to redevelopment. This has been a hard sell in years past, as planners hungry to capture sales tax revenue have approved conversion of industrial land to shopping centers. While projects like Burbank’s Empire Center, partially on the site of the former Lockheed assembly site, or The Plant in Van Nuys, converted from General Motors’ shuttered factory, have proved successful at bringing in commerce, they also take up prime land that will likely never go back to manufacturing sites that offer good wages and benefits to blue-collar workers. Compounding the problem, the increased value of residential land has led developers to seek out former industrial sites to build apartments, condos and homes. “If we’re not careful, we’ll fall out of balance in our rush to create homes, schools and parks,” said Bill Allen, LAEDC’s president and chief executive officer. “They’re all desperately needed, too, but we have to make sure it doesn’t come at the expense of the jobs that will pay for them.” Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the Northeast San Fernando Valley, has begun formulating a strategy in recent months to protect industrial property to provide for future economic expansion. Similarly, the Valley Economic Development Center has developed a strategy to create and retain small manufacturers that can make products that cannot be easily outsourced, such as high-tech machines or quickly fabricated merchandise. “If it continues to get bought out or zoned out, we’ll become a retail and service economy,” said Jenni Kwon, director of economic development for the Van Nuys-based VEDC. “If we can protect and maintain more property for manufacturing and come up with incentives to keep those jobs here, it’ll only help the local economy.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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