LIVERPOOL VS LEICESTER CITYLIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET, CLYNE, SKRTEL, SAKHO, MORENO, HENDERSON, LUCAS, CAN, LALLANA, FIRMINO, COUTINHOLEICESTER (4-4-2)VARDY, OKAZAKI, MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON, DE LAET, FUCHS, MORGAN, SIMPSON, SCHMEICHELLeicester City’s remarkable success story continues amid growing belief that they could actually win the Barclays Premier League title. The 3-2 win at Everton last Saturday extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games, winning eight.The victory at Goodison Park took Leicester five points clear at the top of the Premier League. Though Arsenal reduced that lead to two points following their 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday, Leicester still go into the Christmas period top of the tree.And past history suggests a happy new year lies ahead for the Foxes; of the past 23 Premier League champions, 11 were top at Christmas, while all but one – Aston Villa in 1999 – finished the season in the top four, suggesting Champions League football beckons for the King Power Stadium.Liverpool, beaten 2-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road last Sunday, have gone three league games without a win, losing two. Leicester have failed to win in their last four league visits to Anfield, drawing last season and losing the previous three. Previously, Leicester had won three in a row at Liverpool.At Goodison, Riyad Mahrez netted two penalties and now has seven goals in nine Premier League appearances in the month of December, including 2015.Liverpool are still missing Joseph Gomez, Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge and give tests to Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Simon Mignloet, who all missed the defeat at Watford. Leicester welcome back Robert Huth after suspension and test Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy.
Los Angeles City Councilmen Tony Cardenas and Greig Smith couldn’t have picked a worse time to announce their plans for a property-tax hike to fund road repairs. On the very day the San Fernando Valley councilmen put their bond proposal forward, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was out selling his plan to raise garbage fees to pay for more cops. That made two proposed tax hikes in one day, both to fund services that L.A. residents thought they were already paying for. Coming together, these two plans will make the city’s voters less likely to support either one. Lost on no one in L.A. – except, apparently, the politicians – is that property- and sales-tax revenues have skyrocketed in recent years. So why does City Hall need new funds to fulfill its fundamental responsibilities: maintaining the streets and keeping them safe? The answer lies not in the taxpayers but in themselves. Clean up City Hall’s ethics, get a grip on employee salaries and benefits, eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs, and restore credibility to municipal government. Then we can talk.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe answer is simple: The reason we don’t have adequate roads today – or, for that matter, enough cops – is because city leaders have long preferred to shower taxpayer money on themselves, their friends, their supporters and public-employee unions. The mayor and council members now say they’re changing, and they’re shocked and dismayed to find out the city is in terrible shape: bad roads, communities controlled by gangs, homeless lining the sidewalks, poor schools, a 19th century trash policy and even elephants at the zoo living in squalor. Just one measure of the impact of neglect is the condition of the roads. At current funding levels, it would take until 2086 to fix L.A.’s crumbling streets and cavernous potholes – by which time, of course, they would be in terrible shape again. Cardenas and Smith have good intentions in wanting to fix the streets. But they come to taxpayers asking to help pay for their own lack of leadership, without having repaired City Hall first. Their money-grubbing raises an important question: If they need new taxes to pay for the basics, then what, exactly, are our taxes paying for now?