first_imgArgentina star Sergio Aguero is hoping to return for Manchester City in their Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool tomorrow.The prolific striker has missed City’s last seven games after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.A comeback for the 27-year-old – who scored five goals against Newcastle on his last City appearance – would be timely with fellow forward Wilfried Bony doubtful with a hamstring problem.Aguero told the club’s website: “I do hope I can play in this game. I’m doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition. It’s been a frustrating time.”Ivory Coast international Bony was sidelined during the recent international break after being forced off early during City’s goalless draw at Aston Villa on November 8.Playmaker David Silva could also be nearing a return after a seven-game absence with a knee injury but Samir Nasri looks set to be out until February with a hamstring problem.Saturday’s encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium will see City come up against their former midfielder James Milner, who left the club for Anfield in the summer.Aguero said: “He’s a great player, though it will be odd to see him wearing another team’s colours.”He is a true professional and I’m sure he’s going to come against us with everything he’s got.”It should be a great game. Jurgen Klopp has come in and he’s a great addition to the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_imgAlmost anywhere in the area’s older communities, such as Pasadena, El Monte or Whittier, residents paying close attention can see letters stamped on sidewalks or emblazoned on plaques at parks, rivers or dams: WPA, CCC, PWA, CWA. The initials stand for agencies created in the 1930s New Deal, the federally funded economic recovery program started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help the nation come out of the Great Depression. A team of historians is trying to piece together the New Deal’s legacy in the state, including in the San Gabriel Valley, for the California Historical Society. “We feel that we are excavating what turns out to be an enormous buried ruin, or an entire long-forgotten civilization, which was founded on the ancient principle of the commonwealth and of the public good,” said historian and journalist Gray Brechin, whose team includes photographer Robert Dawson. From streets to art pieces to dams and sewers, the projects of the New Deal are everywhere, Brechin said. “I’m becoming more and more convinced that these projects were the infrastructure backbone for what California became after World War II,” he said. At least dozens – and probably hundreds – of area New Deal projects were completed in the area from 1932 to about 1941, according to records Brechin compiled. Penn Park in Whittier was finished in the early 1940s as a Works Progress Administration project. Pasadena has a New Deal mural at McKinley Elementary School created by noted artist Norman Chamberlain, school officials said. And Duarte has a mural at City of Hope. In La Verne, federal workers installed the seats in what is now Damien High School, according to La Verne historian Galen Beery. Also, much of El Monte High School was built with federal money, Brechin said. Adam Delgado, director of maintenance for the El Monte Union High School District, said workers during a renovation project have tried to preserve old tile-work at the school. “As we are reworking the entire campus, we are trying to keep the old feel,” he said. Also in El Monte around 1936, the Division of Subsistence Homesteads built 100 homes to provide shelter and work for displaced workers at a cost of $292,476.81, according to the National New Deal Preservation Association. Brechin also found records of the New Deal money going toward a community center, library, sewage treatment plant, murals, and a civic center park in El Monte. The Monterey Park sewer system was partly funded by a Federal Emergency Relief Association grant of $137,000, according to documents from City Hall. In Arcadia, Brechin found a park and golf course were completed, and in Pasadena that much of the stone work on the Arroyo Seco and Brookside Park was built by federal agencies. Those are just a few of the projects Brechin identified, and he thinks he has hardly scratched the surface. “There is no one place to look as far as I know” for a complete list, he said, adding that without visiting every one, it is hard to say how many New Deal projects are still around. So he is combing through newspapers, government archives and personal recollections to build enough information for a book, museum exhibit, lecture series and comprehensive Web site, which would allow users to find New Deal projects in their area. Brechin is especially interested in hearing from local historians who might have unique information about the era. And he would like to speak to people who worked for a New Deal agency. Brechin can be contacted through the Web site: According to Brechin, information on the New Deal is more scarce than people think, possibly because many people who lived through the era were not proud they had to depend on the government for aid. “Some of the people from that time, and I’ve talked to a lot of them, they had this really strong work ethic,” Brechin said. “They were ashamed. That’s why (Roosevelt’s administration) tried to tie it to the idea that the work was being done for the whole country, and to the idea of working to make an honest living. He knew people could not be happy taking handouts.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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