Former WBC heavyweight champion American Oliver ‘The Atomic Bull’ McCall will be visiting Jamaica later this month to work with the island’s amateur boxers.McCall, who is most known for his title win against Lennox Lewis in 1994, says that Jamaica has been relatively quiet in boxing internationally. However, he says, he intends to make world champions of young local talent in the future.”I want to spend the next few months working with some of the amateur boxers there, so once they do turn pro, they will go up to another level of expectancy and win titles,” McCall told The Gleaner.He says Jamaica has to ensure it does not get left behind by other countries, especially European nations, who he says are elevating in the sport.McCall has trained with world-famous coaches such as Emanuel Steward and George Benton and he says he wants to pass on what he has learnt from them to young Jamaican fighters.”I want to pass some of this on so we can compete with all the other countries in the world and I believe that really starts at the amateur level,” he said. “As the years go by, it might be two, or even 10, but the ring generalship and the ring knowledge will be passed on, and you will see a wave flow of what I’m able to give that has been given to me by hall-of-fame trainers.”JOY FACTORMcCall will be brought to the island by I-Fight Promotions, led by his friend Chris Joy.Joy’s popularity in Jamaica has grown in recent months as he was the promoter for Team USA in last season’s Wray & Nephew Contender Series, which his fighter, DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley, won.Joy also put together the Jamaica versus Cayman Islands Pro-Am Fight Night, which saw Jamaicans Jermaine ‘Cross Breed’ Bowen and Sakima ‘Mr Smooth’ Mullings in separate main-event bouts.Jamaica Boxing Board of Control President Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones is welcoming McCall’s visit.”Chris Joy has very good connections with the professional side of the sport and the fact that he is bringing the likes of an Oliver McCall to work with our amateurs, in my eyes, can only be positive,” Jones says. “We definitely have the talent here so more and more bouts bode well for the activity necessary to get our athletes to that next level.”
“It’s a step toward putting someone in charge,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “A better step would be to have a county mayor, but that’s a harder step.” Two previous applicants turned down the county’s recent offers for the post. “This will help recruit a \. I’m guessing that the people they recruited said, `Look, you are not giving me enough power. I don’t have the power to hire and fire that I need.’ The important thing is that they put this on the ballot. If it’s just a temporary shift, then it’s not good,” Stern said. The exceptions to the CAO’s hiring and firing powers would include the nonelected auditor-controller, county counsel and executive offices, plus the elected sheriff, district attorney and assessor. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who cast the opposing vote, noted that voters have rejected proposals for an elected county executive in the past. “We don’t know if we are going to have four, six, eight, 10 or 12 junior CAOs running around, building new offices and hiring new staff costing millions of dollars,” Antonovich said. “But that’s OK. We’ll get this money out of thin air. And to create this body that will be a soundwall between elected representatives and their voters is wasteful and disruptive to our democratic form of government.” Although many details have not yet been worked out, CAO David Janssen has proposed creating clusters of departments that would be overseen by deputy CAOs. Janssen has until May to develop a plan for the new structure. “Supervisor Antonovich is correct,” Janssen said. “This is not going to be free. I could do it for free, but it would have no meaning. The idea is to have three or four deputy CAOs responsible for oversight of the departments. “That way you don’t have to go to five different departments if you have a concern about why something is not being addressed. You can go to one place and be assured it’s going to be fixed.” Under a “nonintrusion” clause in the ordinance, the supervisors would be barred from contacting department heads to instruct them to take certain actions. However, the supervisors would be able to contact department heads to seek information or assistance for constituent problems such as animal or property services. “It’s hard for a department head to say no to a member of the board, even if it’s a suggestion,” Stern said. “But it’s a step in the right direction.” If the measure wins final approval Tuesday, the measure would go into effect as an “interim ordinance.” Ultimately it would be replaced by an amendment to the county charter, and supervisors plan to decide soon whether to place it on the June 2008 ballot. If supervisors do not place the ordinance on the ballot, the interim measure will remain in effect until supervisors vote to rescind it. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who proposed the ordinance along with Supervisor Don Knabe, said the county’s current structure doesn’t allow it to effectively deal with crises ranging from a growing health department deficit to overcrowded jails. “Has any one of us ever taken responsibility for the things that go haywire here or is it always somebody else’s fault?” Yaroslavsky asked. “So let’s not think this is a brilliant form of government. “This was a system concocted in the late 19th century when cows outnumbered people probably 100 to one. I don’t think with the number of problems we have brewing in this county that you can honestly say to the people of the county that we’ve done a great job.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stung by difficulties in luring a new chief administrative officer, Los Angeles County supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to give the position greater authority, including the ability to hire and fire most nonelected department heads. The change in the power structure of the nation’s largest county requires final approval Tuesday. It would create a structure similar to those in Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Advocates say the change will help the county recruit a new CAO and allow the Board of Supervisors to hold one person accountable for fixing many of the county’s problems.