City hailed as Premier League greats after 15th straight win

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder David Silva (R) celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League match against Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are being widely hailed as one of the best sides in Premier League history after they set a stunning new record of 15 straight wins.In its 25-year history, the Premier League has boasted a series of outstanding sides including Manchester United’s treble-winners, Arsenal’s “Invincibles” and Jose Mourinho’s powerful Chelsea side in his first stint at the club. But Guardiola’s team — even though they have not won any silverware yet — are smashing record after record as they sprint towards the Premier League title, leaving allcomers a distant speck in their rear-view mirror.Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Swansea took them clear of Arsenal’s 14 consecutive victories under Arsene Wenger between February and August 2002.Their 49 points from 17 games is the best-ever start to an English top-flight campaign, bettering the record of Tottenham’s great double-winning side of 1960-61 — when a win was worth just two points.BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce believes the current City side is at the top of the tree.“There have been great teams in the modern era but, in terms of fluent football and as an irresistible force, Manchester City are the best the Premier League has ever seen,” he said.“I’ve never seen a team in all my years play like this.”When asked whether City are one of the best sides we have ever seen, former England captain and TV pundit Alan Shearer agreed.“I don’t think there is any doubt about that, and top players in that team, with hunger and desire to put in a performance week in, week out,” he said. “It has to has to be admired.”Chastened Swansea manager Paul Clement described the pain of watching his side try to compete with Guardiola’s free-flowing team.“At times it was horrible to be on the sideline watching that, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods,” he said.“They’re not the games that will decide our season but it was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me, one of the best sides I’ve ever come across. So many good athletes, so many intelligent footballers and it’s really hard to pin them down.”Guardiola, who managed a Barcelona side widely regarded as one of the finest club sides in history, is aware of his team’s place in the English game.“In history there were amazing things like Liverpool in the 80s and Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson or Chelsea with Jose Mourinho,” he said. “There were some amazing teams.“But we are the first ones to win 15 in a row. If we win the title it will just be a record and this record will be broken, but of course it will not be easy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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$67.5 million Westside bond on ballot

first_imgLANCASTER – To cope with 4,000 more students in the next five years, the Westside Union School District is asking voters to pass a $67.5 million bond measure to build three elementary schools and a middle school. Measure K on the June 6 ballot also would help pay to replace portable buildings with permanent ones and upgrade existing classrooms and school facilities. “Westside is desperate for funds to build schools. Without the bond, we are going to be in a world of hurt,” board President Gwen Farrell said. “We hate to go back to the public again, but this is the only way to come up with funds to provide classrooms for the kids. It takes all three – it takes state bonds, local bonds and developer fees to build schools. Westside people have always been gracious and supported the school district and hopefully they will do that again.” If passed, the measure would raise property taxes about $27 per $100,000 assessed valuation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Westside district voters in June 1989 narrowly approved an $8.5 million bond measure, passed with 23 votes more than the minimum two-thirds then necessary. In 1998, district voters approved extending the school construction tax to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. The current bond tax started at $30 per $100,000 assessed value but has since dropped to about $18 because there are more homes and higher average values, district officials said. The 11-school, 8,700-student district is attempting to pass the new bond proposal under Proposition 39, which requires a 55 percent vote and the formation of a citizen oversight committee to monitor bond spending. The state will provide $21 million in matching funds, district officials said. “We are very anxious to have the community support us on the bond. We would certainly want to continue doing a great job with students,” Superintendent Regina Rossall said. “We’ve done well academically by the community’s children, and we want to continue to do that. As schools get more crowded that’s more difficult to do.” State law limits how much school districts can charge home builders for building the homes that bring in new students. Westside charges $2.57 a square foot, or about $5,654 for a new 2,200-square-foot home. On top of Westside fees, the high school district charges an additional $1.57 a square foot. “The developers pay what is required of them by the state, and we have to come up with the rest of the funds, either through a match or with local funds,” Farrell said. Rossall said that the 4,000-student increase by year 2011 is a conservative estimate. There are about 22,000 new homes in some stage of development in the district between the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, Rossall said. Westside wants to build at least three elementary schools, two in northwest Lancaster and one around Sundown School, which is located near 62nd Street West and Avenue J-8, and a middle school in the Ritter Ranch master-plan community in southwest Palmdale. A 1,925-home, master-plan community near 95th Street West and Avenue H has two school sites set aside there, Rossall said. Other projects include expanding the library and computer lab at Rancho Vista School and replacing Cottonwood School’s portable multipurpose room with a permanent building that will have office space, a larger cafeteria, computer lab, library and special education classrooms. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want 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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