Approval ratings for Govt plummet

first_imgDear Editor,Midway through its term in office, the coalition APNU/AFC Government’s approval rating has plummeted to a dismal 27%, according to the findings of the latest opinion poll conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA).Sixty-four per cent of those polled disapprove of the Government’s performance, with 9% not giving an opinion. The approval ratings of the President and Prime Minister (PM) and of the Alliance For Change (AFC) party have also seen their numbers plunging.This is a sharp reversal in fortunes for the President, PM, AFC and Government, which had high rating of around 60% right after coming into office in May 2015. But, as obtained from views of the public, it has been downhill in popularity ever since they awarded themselves a more than 50 per cent increase in salaries right after installation in office.The Government, AFC, President, and PM have drawn poor marks for handling of the economy, corruption among their own, governance, race relations, and other matters.Only 39% of respondents said they approve of the way David Granger has handled his job as president; 56% disapprove, and 5% did not give a rating.For Moses Nagamootoo, 35% approve of his performance as Prime Minister, with 59% disapproving.Supporters of the AFC and PPP are most disappointed with Nagamootoo. Voters said they had expected the PM would have spoken out against the many corruption scandals, blunders, and racist policies of the Government. But he has been silent; and worse, defending the indefensible.The AFC has seen its support collapsing, with its approval rating now a mere 21% from a high of 80% in 2011.Asked if the AFC has betrayed its principles, 71% answered in the affirmative, with 22% saying no. Asked if the AFC should leave the Government coalition, 59% answered said yes, with 32% saying no. Many said the AFC should seek to enforce the March 2015 Cummingsburg Accord.Asked if people would trust (future) third parties, 62% said no, with only 27% saying yes, and 11% not giving an opinion.The Government, AFC, President and PM have registered discontent even in their own base, because of broken promises. However, supporters of AFC and PPP still hold out hope that the PM and the AFC will reverse course in their behaviour and win back their approval.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Upscale eateries eyed for Valencia mall addition

first_imgThe main objection to the plan approved Tuesday night came from attorney Hunt Braly, representing Town Center Drive restaurants in a dispute with the owners and operators of parking structures over how parking is reserved and otherwise allocated. Braly did not return a call seeking comment. A city study ordered after an earlier commission meeting on the expansion found ample parking at the mall and noted the dispute didn’t weigh in on the city’s review the current project, Hardy said. (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Westfield is in talks with the restaurant chains, including Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Kitchen, which earlier announced plans to open at a new regional center under construction at Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway, Hardy said. “There’s a lot of interest from some fabulous restaurants and retailers who are excited to be there,” Dickey said. Westfield hopes to break ground in the fall and open the expanded and remodeled mall in spring 2009, Dickey said. Among the retail potentials are Williams-Sonoma; Coach, a high-end handbag and accessory store; Sephora beauty products; Bebe, a men’s and women’s clothing chain; Baby Style; and Apple Computer Inc., Hardy said. A parking structure also is planned, near Valencia Boulevard and Citrus Drive, and likely will include some first-floor business that would be “wrapped” by the structure. The expansion is one of two or three new phases planned, company officials have said. The next phase likely would include another anchor department store to join an enlarged Macy’s as well as J.C. Penney and Sears. SANTA CLARITA – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory and Ruth’s Chris Steak House are among the 10 or so restaurants eyed to help anchor a Valencia mall expansion. The eateries would help anchor what planners are calling a “lifestyle center,” pleasant for pedestrians. Approved 4-0 Tuesday night by the city Planning Commission, the center also would include higher-end fashion and accessory shops. “The idea (is) these retail opportunities and dining opportunities will be designed in a way to create an outdoor living-room environment, family-oriented – with public art, an area for children’s play, a more adult area (and) water amenities,” Lisa Hardy, Santa Clarita’s planning manager, said Wednesday. The Westfield Corp., which owns the Westfield Valencia Town Center, is seeking to add 260,500 square feet to the mall on the east side, spokeswoman Katy Dickey said. last_img read more