Liam Ridgewell claims West Brom must keep hold of wantaway striker Saido Berahino if they’re to stay in the Premier League.The youngster has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks, as his stock continues to grow in the game.The 21-year-old has scored 14 goals in 25 appearances for Tony Pulis’ side this season, and Ridgewell, who played at the Hawthorns between 2012-14, believes the Midlanders need Berahino if they are to survive.“Saido Berahino is an integral player for West Brom,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“”They need to keep him if they’re to stay in the Premier League this season.“He’s the one scoring the goals. They can’t let go of him. I’m sure Tony [Pulis] will have spelt that out to the board.”
All this blight on a trail that is only one year old. The L.A. stretch of the Chandler Boulevard bike path is old beyond its time, deteriorating before it’s even been fully completed. To what do we owe the discrepancy in the two stretches’ conditions? The answer, simply, is that one city (Burbank) is well-managed and serious about improving its inhabitants’ quality of life. The other (L.A.) is a bureaucratic mess that cares only about improving the fortunes of its well-connected elite. So in Burbank, there is one city agency charged with maintaining the bike path, and it does its job well. In Los Angeles, there are three, yet none really does its job at all. Each just offer excuses. The difference extends beyond the bike path. One need only cross the line between Burbank and NoHo to notice the change – from a city that’s responsive to the public’s needs, to a city that’s contemptuous of them. Somehow, we suspect it will take more than an emergency call to a handful of gardeners to save the L.A. portion of the bike path. In truth, City Hall will never be able to clean up the evidence of its neglect – in North Hollywood or anywhere else – until it starts by cleaning up its own priorities. That, as Frost might say, would make all the difference.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. AH, but what a bigger difference would have been made if, in his 1920 poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost had to choose not between two roads, but between two stretches of the same bike path – one in Los Angeles, and one in Burbank. For all his enthusiasm for conquering the unconquered trail, we suspect even Frost would have opted for Burbank. And why not? Three of the Chandler Boulevard bike path’s four miles travel within the city of Burbank. They are neatly kept, well-preserved, and a delight to those who traverse them. The remaining mile, however, is in North Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. That mile is not so nicely preserved – weeds line the path, graffiti mars the warehouses and murals, and discarded bulk-trash items dot the landscape.