FILE – In this Sunday, March 18, 2018 file photo, AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrates with his players after winning the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo Verona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. UEFA has on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 given AC Milan a one-year Europa League ban for overspending on player transfer and wages. Milan last year spent more than 200 million euros (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the Italian club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)MILAN — UEFA banned AC Milan from European competition for one year on Wednesday for overspending on player transfers and wages in one of the toughest sentences handed down for breaching financial fair play regulations.Milan will be excluded from next season’s Europa League unless an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is successful.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) … has taken a decision in the case of AC Milan that had been referred to it by the CFCB Chief Investigator for the breach of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, in particular the break-even requirement,” UEFA’s statement said.“The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons (i.e. one competition in 2018/19 or 2019/20.”Atalanta, which finished seventh, looks set to take Milan’s Europa League place, with Fiorentina entering at the second qualifying round.Fiorentina announced on Wednesday it had brought the start of its pre-season training forward by two days, to July 2.The first leg of the second qualifying round is scheduled for July 26.ADVERTISEMENT A statement announcing the club’s appeal said the breach occurred “in the three-year period between July 2014 and June 2017” — before its spending spree.Milan spent more than 200 million euros last year (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017.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 crownIt finished sixth in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League.UEFA rejected both a voluntary agreement at the end of last year and a settlement agreement last month. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown ‘Dark day for German football’ after World Cup elimination Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
NORTH HILLS – The Onion is peeling. The Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society, long a voice for peace and against war, is at war with itself. The society – recognizable by its bulbous sanctuary – voted last fall to sell about half its property to a developer of senior artist colonies. The congregation’s board and minister envisioned harmony between young and old and a solution to the Onion’s dire finances. With only 96 members and 4.84 acres on Haskell Avenue, Meta Housing Corp.’s offer to pay at least $3 million for the Onion’s parking lot and vacant land behind it seemed like a perfect fit. “We were simply aghast at the amount of land that was being taken by Meta, and we felt the Congregation was not allowed to be aware of this when the vote was take(n),” Ida Hurt, who has attended since 1966, wrote in a letter to the board. “Now that we have read the contract, we consider it completely one-sided and unfair.” That led to another congregational meeting on Sunday, when members voted 39-30 against the contract. “Quite frankly, I’m not only not optimistic it will go through,” board member Don Ordway said of the development he supported. “I’m not optimistic the congregation will survive as anything more than a shadow of what it is.” Uncertain future It’s unclear what will happen next. Burr, a 26-year member, warned the congregation that breaking its contract could result in penalties of $250,000 – something the Onion can’t afford. “They did not rescind the contract,” said the Rev. Bob McDill, the congregation’s minister. “They cannot. The contract has been signed. It is a done deal.” Meta has been widely recognized for its senior-housing developments, particularly the award-winning Burbank Senior Artists Colony, which landed laudatory New York Times coverage in September. Thirty percent of those units are designated as below market, which appealed to McDill and the Onion’s board. So did the idea of encouraging artistic expression of aging minds and the aesthetic pleasantry of Meta’s landscaping. “The toughest first battle we had – who knows what the next will be – was the idea of whether the congregation wanted to sell their valuable piece of property,” said Meta President John Huskey. “We were able to convince them at least some of our mission is to provide activities that will keep people healthy longer.” Huskey was unaware of the turmoil being caused by the land sale. The strife has spread into spirituality. McDill’s reaction to last Sunday’s vote has opponents of the land sale complaining that the minister, a retired Presbyterian pastor used to more top-down church governance, is ignoring the pleas of the people. “He was the king of the roost in his last church and everybody had to do what he said,” said Mike Dickson, the Onion’s newsletter editor. “But it’s not that way in the Unitarian Church, where the people decide.” Several moves The Onion traces its history to 1943, when a small group of religious free-thinkers met in a Van Nuys house. The United Liberal Church of the San Fernando Valley moved several times before buying ranch property at 9550 Haskell Ave. In 1964, architect Frank Ehrenthal, who had slept for two weeks in the homes of the congregation’s members, completed a truly unique sanctuary – large and round, with no corners where people could hide, and a tall, pointed roof. “The Onion is not a building, but a state of mind, a philosophy of life, an attitude toward people,” Muriel Lustica wrote in a short, comb-bound history of the early years. Unitarianism and Universalism both came to the United States in the 1700s with those who settled in New England. Those churches considered themselves descendents of Protestantism but with profound doctrinal differences: They believed in God but not the divinity of Jesus and in the salvation of all humans, regardless of their saviour. As the liberal religions, which merged in 1961, spread across the country, they increasingly sloughed their Christian roots. Places like the Onion associate no more with Christianity than with Hinduism and Humanism. That’s why it is a society, not a church. With some 220,000 American members, the religious movement has been famous for its social activism – for fighting slavery and opposing the Vietnam War, for promoting suffrage and advocating gay rights. In 1970, when students at University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge, were prohibited from inviting William Kuntsler – a virulent anti-war protester who defended the Chicago 8 – to speak on campus, the Onion offered its arena. Eleven years later, the North Hills congregation decided to spend $2,800 needed for a new roof to instead qualify a state ballot initiative calling for a “freeze” on basing U.S. nuclear missiles in Europe. Membership, though, has been dwindling for years, down from 220 two decades ago. The landscaping also has seen better days. The lush green lawn and beautiful flowers pictured on the “Save Our Onion” badges have browned and wilted. “We don’t have money to fix the sprinklers and we can’t pay for the water,” said McDill, a part-time staffer. “And the gophers are having a field day.” The Onion lacks air conditioning and hot water, and the religious education facilities are dismal, something the board hoped to solve with the influx of Meta’s money. “Unitarians are famous for splitting or going to another church,” said Art Dell, a 81-year-old former congregation president. “And there probably will be some of that now, no matter what happens.” [email protected] (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I wasn’t looking to be rescued,” said Gloria Burr, congregation president. “I was looking to do something that would fulfill a vision – to help others and to utilize the land.” But after the congregation voted 36-15 to approve Meta’s offer last October, a few members took a closer look. They didn’t like what they saw. The contract allows Meta to decide whether to enact Plan A on 2.4 acres or Plan B on about 2. Plan A would absorb the entire parking lot and force the Onion to build a new one on the front lawn. Opponents also worried the construction of about 130 apartments would drag on for years and disturb their spiritual lives.