August 1, 2021

Video: All the goals as England qualified for Euro 2016 with a routine rout of San Marino

first_imgEngland have officially qualified for the European Championships in France next summer.The Three Lions completed a routine 6-0 rout of San Marino to extend their 100 per cent record in Group E.A dubious Wayne Rooney penalty, a Christian Brolli own goal, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane and substitute Theo Walcott’s double helped Roy Hodgson’s side safely to victory.Rooney’s first-half strike duly moved him with level with Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time record goalscorer.All the goals from the thrashing can be seen above.last_img read more

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Pentagon defends lower standards for recruits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Appearing with him, defense personnel head David S.C. Chu said the waiver policy, taken as a whole, is a tough one and takes into consideration the whole person and his or her future abilities, not just mistakes the person may have made in the past. One question they are asked, he said, is whether they have ever used marijuana, even once. “If you answer `yes’ about one use … it requires a waiver,” said Chu. “That’s a pretty tough standard,” he said. “Not to be cheeky about this, but (if) we apply that standard to our legislative overseers, a significant fraction would need waivers to join the United States military.” Chu was announcing that the services met their targets for recruiting in fiscal year 2007 – the Army recruited more than 80,400; Marines more than 35,500; Navy more than 37,000 and Air Force nearly 28,000. The Army has been struggling to increase the size of its force amid an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq. WASHINGTON – The Army last year again increased the number of its recruits who have prior criminal records by granting them special exceptions. The Pentagon’s top personnel official defended the policy, saying it’s so stringent that many in Congress would have difficulty getting into the military today, too, because of things they did in their youth. The military routinely grants waivers to recruits with past criminal behavior, medical problems or low aptitude scores that would otherwise disqualify them from service. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 18 percent of recruits needed waivers for problems with the law – up from 15 percent the previous year, Maj. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, told a Pentagon news conference. He said 87 percent of those were for misdemeanors such as joy riding or violating curfew. Various lawmakers and others worry that the Defense Department is lowering standards to draw in the needed recruits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Founding partner of law firm Milberg Weiss pleads not guilty to federal kickback charges

first_imgHe is charged with conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false declarations under oath. Weiss made an initial court appearance in a brief hearing Friday afternoon before Eick, who ordered him to hand over his passport. Following the hearing, he issued a statement saying he looks forward “to clearing my name and returning to a practice to which I have devoted my professional life, one that has given access to the courts to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have been able to achieve justice.” Prosecutors allege the secret payments were made through various intermediary law firms and lawyers selected by the plaintiffs. The lawsuits resulted in $250 million in attorneys’ fees to the law firm. If convicted on all charges, Weiss faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Other participants in the scheme have pleaded guilty, including David Bershad, a former managing partner at the New York-based Milberg Weiss and Steven Schulman, an ex-name partner at the firm, prosecutors said. Last month, another former name partner, William Lerach, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge. He is expected to enter his plea at a hearing scheduled for Oct. 29. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s not necessary, thank you,” Weiss said. Also entering pleas of not guilty were alleged paid plaintiff Seymour Lazar — whose attorney was present on his behalf — and attorney Paul Selzer, who prosecutors claim was one of the intermediary lawyers who laundered illegal kickback payments for Lazar’s benefit. Attorneys representing the law firm itself entered a not guilty plea. The New York-based Milberg Weiss is a named defendant in a federal grand jury indictment returned last month. Weiss, Selzer and attorneys representing Lazar and the firm are due back in court later this morning for a hearing on the case. On Sept. 20, a federal grand jury indicted Weiss for allegedly conspiring to pay $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks to named plaintiffs in class action lawsuits. The founding partner of the once-powerful law firm Milberg Weiss, accused of conspiracy in a $250 million plaintiff-kickback scheme, pleaded not guilty to federal charges today in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Melvyn Weiss, 72, is accused of participating in a scheme in which his firm’s clients were secretly paid kickbacks for serving as named plaintiffs in more than 150 class-action lawsuits over 25 years. By signing up plaintiffs quickly, the law firm was able to become lead counsel on class-action lawsuits, resulting in higher attorneys’ fees, prosecutors said. Weiss is free on a $1.5 million bond. Weiss said little during the hearing before U.S. District Magistrate Charles Eick, only confirming his name and declining to have his indictment read to him in court. last_img read more

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It’s all aboard for railroad clubs’ open house

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bill Costley from the Belmont Shore Club and Bob Armstrong, a member of the Angel’s Gate Hi-Railers Club, explained the difference between their models. “The N scale is much smaller,” Costley said of their 1:160 models. “An N scale boxcar is about 4 inches.” Meanwhile, O uses a 1:24 scale. “Theirs are tiny little things,” Armstrong said of N scale models, joking, “We’re old guys and can’t see that stuff.” Both clubs have large layouts inside their respective buildings. Costley said that the N scale club takes up its two-story building, with a large layout upstairs, and a meeting room and small museum downstairs. It is the largest N scale layout in the country and has been at Angel’s Gate since 1971. By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER San Pedro’s two model railroad clubs are hosting open houses this weekend at their Angel’s Gate Park building sites. The public will have a chance to view elaborate setups with both N scale and O scale models. “The layout is a model of the trains between L.A. Harbor and Bakersfield,” he said. Club members will be running the trains at the open house, and a swap meet will be held outside where anyone can bring train-related items to buy and sell. Costley said the open house is also a good time for people to get advice about buying or building model trains, especially with Christmas coming up. The Hi-Railers Club started 11years ago, and members spent the first five years refurbishing the building they use. “It was in pretty bad shape,” Armstrong said. “Then we started building the layout, and we’re still in the process of building it. They say a layout is never completed.” Armstrong said they now have about 1,500 feet of track, with two lines that can run about eight freight or passenger trains. The groups, which each have about 30 people, have male and female members of all ages. “It’s a fun group. We have a really good cross-section of the people that live around here, and membership is open to anybody that has interest,” said Costley, who has been a Belmont Shore member for five years. He said that the club holds a business meeting once a month, but members mostly work on building the layout on their Tuesday night gatherings. “There’s no stress,” he said. “You do what you like and what you feel comfortable with.” Hi-Railers members also are free to work on whatever they’re interested in when the club meets on Wednesday nights. “I enjoy wiring and scenery building,” “Other people enjoy scenery building and just cleaning track.” Like Belmont Shore members, they also offer advice and help members of the public who bring in old model trains. Membership is open to anyone who’s interested. The Hi-Railers also are working on a few community outreach programs. “We’re trying to develop railroad safety seminars for children, and we’re also thinking of bringing in vets and showing them how to build scenery,” Armstrong said. Armstrong said. [email protected] 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

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Winds expected to die down a bit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. This morning, winds are expected to be 25-40 mph in the mountains, with gusts to 50 mph, with 40 mph gusts forecast for some of the valleys, according to the NWS. The winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon. The relative humidity is expected to be in the teens today, higher than the bone-dry conditions at the start of the week. Mother Nature is serving up more of the warm, dry, windy conditions that the wildfires have been feasting on since the weekend, but the portions will be smaller today. The Red Flag Warning — indicating severe fire-growth potential — is to expire at 4 p.m, today, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperatures are expected to top out in the 80s at the beaches this afternoon and reach the 90s in the valleys, said Bill Hoffer of the NWS. For the past few days, fire crews had to contend with winds gusting to more than 60 mph as they fought the onslaught of flames from Castaic to Irvine. 160Want 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

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Blood drive planned for officer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDonors must be in good health, bring a valid photo ID, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Participants must also not have received a tattoo in the past 12 months. Donors should drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal prior to giving blood. For more information, contact Sgt. McDonough at (626) 945-9235, or Joyce Valdez at (714) 926-1286. – From staff reports COVINA – The Covina Police Department will be holding a blood drive Saturday to benefit a Covina police officer who was seriously injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident last week, officials said. The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Covina Public Library, 234 N. Second Ave., Covina police said in a written release. Officer Kenneth Counts, 27, remains in an intensive care unit, but is showing steady progress in his recovery, Sgt. Jim McDonough said. Counts, 27, was driving his personal motorcycle to work about 5:30 a.m. in the carpool lane of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in San Dimas when the crash occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Dulong. 160Want 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

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L.A. County’s largest labor federation wants support in exchange for backing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“What risks do politicians take in standing up for heroic workers? Do they risk their re-elections or their comfortable lives they live in largely safe, Democratic districts where our members … make up the majority of voters? Or do they risk their ability to solicit generous political donations from wealthy big business and corporate special interests?” Election year important Durazo did not single out specific elected officials, but spokeswoman Mary Gutierrez said she was referring to all lawmakers who have voted against the union on issues including tribal gaming compacts and health-care reform. The pressure comes as labor seeks to use an election year to boost gains in its demands for better pay and benefits for workers. “Each contract is unique and every union is different,” Durazo said. “But there is a commonality of interests and concerns. Workers are not looking at breaking new ground. Their basic goals are better wages and holding on to their hard-won health-care and pension protections.” In a fiery, fist-pounding speech, the leader of Los Angeles County’s largest labor organization issued a warning Monday to elected officials that unions want to see firm support for labor efforts in return for backing in the upcoming elections. The strident challenge came as contracts are set to be negotiated next year for 30 unions covering 350,000 workers ranging from actors and longshoremen to home-care workers, teachers and janitors. Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, told some 1,000 delegates at the group’s second annual congress that labor is in no mood for being used for political purposes. “Truth be told, we have a lot of fake political friends and precious few real ones,” Durazo said. “How many times do we hear our political friends tell us, `I can be with you on some issues but not on others.’ Or, `You don’t understand the pressure I’m under.’ Durazo said contract negotiations will be designed to save and build the middle class. “Our fight for good jobs doesn’t just benefit union members,” she said. “The community realizes the benefits of our fight for good jobs.” A $3-an-hour increase in wages and health benefits for security workers translates into a $150million investment in the city, she said. Durazo said the union is planning a 28-mile march from Hollywood to the ports this spring to focus public attention on contract issues. And she said labor will launch an aggressive political campaign. “Every resource we spend on politics will help us win contracts,” she said. “Every organizing resource will help us win political races.” In addition to state and federal legislative contests this coming year, Durazo said the County Fed wants to play a major role in the race for the 2nd Supervisorial District seat, which retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is vacating. The two major candidates for the seat are Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles. Ridley-Thomas already has received the backing of the SEIU, Local 721, which represents city workers. Union invites mayor Officials said Durazo hopes to have the County Fed issue an endorsement before the end of the year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was one of two officials, along with State Controller John Chiang, invited to appear before the delegates. Villaraigosa, a former union organizer, pledged to continue to back union efforts, including requiring labor agreements for major developments, backing a living wage for workers and developing training programs for minorities to prepare for union construction jobs. “The fact of the matter is that anyone who understands what America is about understands it is because of our middle class – a middle class built largely by the labor movement,” Villaraigosa said. “We should share the idea that as we grow and prosper as a city, everyone benefits from it. That’s what the labor movement is all about. I say yes to an L.A. where we are all growing and prospering together.” As part of Monday’s gathering, the County Fed released a study by the Economic Roundtable on the impact of the labor movement in Los Angeles. It estimated there are more than 818,000 union workers in the county accounting for 15percent of the total work force. Union membership has remained relatively flat since 1990 and union workers are paid an average of $41,000 per year, higher than the average for nonunion members, the study said. Even with that, however, the study noted that per-capita income in the county is below the state average and continuing to decline despite the rising costs of living. [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Championship final day: Defeat for play-off hopefuls Derby and Sheff Wednesday

first_img1 Ipswich secured seventh spot with victory over Derby Middlesbrough secured promotion to the Premier League with a draw over ten-man Brighton – click here for the reportMeanwhile, Burnley’s 3-0 win at Charlton confirmed Sean Dyche side’s Championship title in a game marred by protests – more hereBlackburn Rovers 3-1 ReadingPaul Lambert was given a winning send off as Blackburn beat Reading 3-1 in their final game of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.Elliott Bennett opened the scoring with a volley on eight minutes – his second for the club – and Danny Graham’s controlled effort six minutes later set the hosts on their way. Yann Kermorgant’s third of the campaign – an unstoppable free-kick – gave the visitors a lifeline but a quiet second half was ended perfectly for Lambert’s men as Simeon Jackson tapped in a third.Blackburn end the season with a second consecutive win – against the team that inflicted the first defeat of Lambert’s reign.Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham CityRussell Slade’s tenure as Cardiff manager ended with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham in the SkyBet Championship.Slade, who will move into a new head of football role over the summer, saw his side fall behind to David Cotterill’s low drive in the 11th minute, but Anthony Pilkington’s close-range finish ensured a share of the spoils at Cardiff City Stadium.Derby County 0-1 Ipswich TownDerby suffered a worrying blow ahead of next week’s Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final when George Thorne was stretchered off in the 1-0 defeat to Ipswich at the iPro Stadium.The influential holding midfielder appeared to damage a knee during a Derby attack late in the game which was won by David McGoldrick’s first-half penalty. Fulham 1-0 Bolton Wanderers Fulham ended a disappointing campaign on a high as they disposed of relegated Bolton 1-0 at Craven Cottage.A Tom Cairney curler was enough to separate the two sides in a game the West Londoners were on top throughout and left the visitors without a win on the road for the season.Huddersfield Town 1-5 BrentfordScott Hogan continued his stunning return from injury to seal Brentford’s seventh win in nine games with a crushing 5-1 victory at Huddersfield.Hogan struck a second-half double to take his tally to seven goals in four matches. The former Rochdale striker had been sidelined for 18 months with a recurring knee injury but his return to fitness has coincided with Brentford’s powerful end to the season.The Bees claimed one of the quickest goals of the campaign when Sergei Canos scored after just 21 seconds. Jamie Paterson equalised just after half-time but Hogan’s quick-fire brace followed by others from his replacement Lasse Vibe and fellow substitute John Swift completed the demolition.Hull City 5-1 Rotherham UnitedHull warmed up for a Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final meeting with Derby with an emphatic 5-1 win over Rotherham at the KC Stadium.Fans protested against owner Assem Allam for a second successive home game, holding up red cards ahead of kick-off. Lee Frecklington gave Rotherham the lead before Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez, Jake Livermore and Mo Diame hit back as Hull finished the first half in dominant fashion. A second goal from Livermore after the break completed the scoring.Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Nottingham ForestBritt Assombalonga came off the bench to score his first goal in almost 15 months as Nottingham Forest condemned relegated MK Dons to a 2-1 home defeat in their Championship swansong.After Chris Cohen handed Forest the early lead with his first goal since September 2013, Nicky Maynard levelled for the hosts after 20 minutes. Danny Fox saw red for Forest after 37 minutes but MK Dons could not capitalise and Assombalonga’s first goal since returning from a serious knee injury secured all three points.Preston North End 1-1 Leeds UnitedJordan Hugill’s stoppage-time equaliser secured Preston a 1-1 draw against Leeds at Deepdale.Hugill profited from a defensive mistake to fire in the leveller after Chris Wood’s 78th-minute penalty appeared to be giving Leeds victory in what could be Steve Evans’ final game as head coach. Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Bristol CityKarl Henry scored a superb winner as QPR ended their season with a 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Loftus Road.Henry, whose contract expires this summer, struck in the 64th minute, curling a right-footed shot from near the edge of the penalty area beyond goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and into the top corner of the net.Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayWolves ended their home hoodoo as they secured a 2-1 Skybet Championship win against play-off bound Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux.Kenny Jackett’s side’s 360 minutes home goal drought came to an end after seven minutes, thanks to an own goal by Michael Turner and Wolves then doubled their advantage through George Saville in the 35th minute.Lewis McGugan capped an improved second-half display by Wednesday with a last-minute penalty but Wolves held off their late flourish to record their first home win since beating Bristol City 2-1 on March 8.Results in fullBlackburn Rovers 3-1 ReadingCardiff City 1-1 Birmingham CityCharlton Athletic 0-3 BurnleyDerby County 0-1 Ipswich Town Fulham 1-0 Bolton Wanderers Huddersfield Town 1-5 BrentfordHull City 5-1 Rotherham UnitedMiddlesbrough 1-1 Brighton and Hove AlbionMilton Keynes Dons 1-2 Nottingham ForestPreston North End 1-1 Leeds UnitedQueens Park Rangers 1-0 Bristol CityWolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Chris Coleman confirms star will start Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign on bench

first_imgJoe Ledley is set to begin Euro 2016 on the bench after Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted it would be “reckless” to start against Slovakia with three players who have been injured.Ledley, Joe Allen and Hal Robson-Kanu have eased Wales’ injury problems by returning to training ahead of Saturday’s Group B opener in Bordeaux.The recovery of midfielder Ledley is remarkable considering he broke his left leg on May 7 playing for Crystal Palace.But Coleman will resist the temptation to name all three first-team regulars, with Liverpool midfielder Allen the most likely to start.Robson-Kanu must continue to step up his fitness over the next few days to feature, while Ledley is set to be named among the substitutes.“We can’t start with all three, it would be reckless really,” said Coleman.“They have done really well, but we don’t have to do that.“Joe Ledley has done so well to get back to where he is, but I think it is fair to say you can’t really see him playing 90 (minutes).“But can he play a part? Yes. He is integrated with the rest of the team and done what the rest have done in training.”Robson-Kanu suffered an ankle injury during Wales’ pre-Euros training camp in Portugal two weeks ago and his fitness has been a concern to Coleman and his management staff.Allen was a late substitute in Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla on May 18, but has since been troubled by a knee problem.But Allen is set to hand Wales a huge boost by being declared fit to play against Slovakia.“Between now and the end of the season Joe has had more football, albeit on the training pitch,” said Coleman.“He played a small part in the final. You would have to say Joe is further down the line in terms of being ready to start a game.“And he is integral to how we want to play. He plays in that pivot role for us.”The Wales squad arrived at their Brittany base late on Sunday night following the 3-0 friendly defeat to Sweden.Dinard is a sleepy coastal resort near the port of St Malo and Coleman has allowed his players to stroll into town after training.“I don’t want them locked up,” said Coleman.“I know what our group are like and locking them up is not for them, they are not used to it.“For teams who have been in tournament football every time, it’s different for them.“But if our guys want to go out and have a walk, have a coffee to escape the hotel environment, we haven’t got a problem with that.“It’s not like a lockdown every day. It’s not like a prison camp.”But Coleman did stress that the whereabouts of the players are known at all times.“If a player leaves the hotel, we need to tell UEFA doping where they are within one hour,” said Coleman.“So you need to know where they are at all times. It’s just the way it is.” Joe Ledley has enjoyed a miraculous recovery from injury 1last_img read more

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Tamale is a hot choice for Yule

first_imgNow, she plans to serve tamales for Christmas dinner along with ham, a green bean casserole and scalloped potatoes. Yona Hong, 35, said that as a Korean-American, rice is always the main dish when she joins family for a big meal. But this Christmas, tamales will be a side-dish, sharing the bill with turkey, shrimp and kimchi, a fermented mix of vegetables and seasoning. Hong, who lives in Koreatown, sees tamales as a delicious alternative to fried food. “Burgers and French fries, if you think about it, it’s not good for you,” Hong said. “But tamales, it’s made out of vegetables or meat and it’s cooked.” Fellow tamale fan Gloria Lusear will fly home to Arkansas with the treats also in tow to have with champagne in a light Christmas Eve dinner with her family. She says L.A. tamales are better than the Mississippi Delta variety called “hot tamales” that she grew up with – which came out of a can. For this Christmas, she is ordering her tamales from a bakery in East Los Angeles. “I love them, and I’ve never had a decent tamale in Arkansas,” Lusear said. Mexican tamales are usually filled with shredded beef or chicken and a mole sauce of chilies and spices, surrounded by a layer of dough called “masa” made from ground corn mixed with some kind of fat. The Gourmet Tamale Factory uses a spread that has no trans fat, but in Mexico tamale makers often use lard. In the two years since opening California Tamale House in North Hills, Juan Gonzalez, 40, said he has also noticed the popularity of tamales among non-Latinos reach new heights. Filipino-Americans and Korean- Americans especially like them, he said. The tamale also is growing in popularity in other parts of the United States because of the globalization of tastes, said Teresa Esquivel, the Phoenix-based managing editor of Food Product Design magazine. Whole Foods and other specialty stores, as well as TV’s Food Network, are introducing consumers to food from around the world, Esquivel said. “Everyone’s expectations are a little higher, and their taste buds are a little more curious,” she said. Just as the tamale has grown in popularity among non-Latinos, Monica Melgoza, 30, of Lincoln Heights, has grown less enamored of it. In the days before Christmas, she watches her aunts make tamales in their kitchen – a couple of thousand for family, friends and clients. There are some Japanese-American clients, and the aunts have even shipped tamales to Mexico. But it’s not easy. “It’s really a bonding experience because there’s so much work, you have to spend a lot of hours together,” Melgoza said. Tamales are the main dish on Christmas Eve at the Melgoza household, but Melgoza said she no longer can stand them. “Maybe because my family is so involved in tamales and I have to smell it every Christmas,” said Melgoza, who is a development officer at the Los Angeles Music Center. But others, including Sandi Romero, have not lost their taste for tamales. Romero is co-founder of a Westlake nonprofit called Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe that is a business incubator giving struggling tamale vendors a chance to begin a career. Romero, too, has noticed the growing popularity of tamales among non-Latinos. Her tamales are organic and lard-free, and Romero said that appeals to a broad range of customers. “That’s where I see the trend growing, a lot of vegan people, a lot of people who are health conscious,” she said. Ortega at Gourmet Tamale Factory, however, has a different vision for the American tamale. He sees a tamale chain restaurant as a good business venture. “I’m almost positive,” he said, “that pretty soon someone’s going to come out with a … fast- food tamale.” [email protected] 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWhen Ortega and his wife, Magali, opened Gourmet Tamale Factory a couple of years ago, just 30percent of customers were non- Latino. Now, that’s up to nearly 50percent, Ortega said. And in the tamale rush leading up to Christmas, non-Latino customers surge to 70percent, Ortega said. Born of German and Slavic ancestry, Peggy Arndt, 57, is one of those customers. Arndt grew up around tamales while living in San Fernando, but she generally avoided them. She had a change of heart, however, after tasting an Ortega family tamale. With practiced hands, workers at Gourmet Tamale Factory have been turning out the tasty tidbits as fast as they can for the past few weeks as they brace for today when dozens of customers will throng to the store. For many families from Mexico and Latin America, it’s just not Christmas without tamales, and there will be plenty of folks flocking to the San Fernando eatery to get a last-minute taste of tradition. But a growing number of non-Latinos are also starting to make tamales a Christmas tradition, said Roberto Ortega, owner of the factory. “I feel like I’m doing something right, that I got hold of something, a little trend, and I need to do something more with it,” the 37-year-old Ortega said. last_img read more

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