PICO RIVERA – Months after city leaders shut down the Pico Rivera Stables, officials have auctioned off all the equestrian equipment at the site. The auction brought the city about $6,000 – and marked the end of the trail for the 30-year-old former stables, city spokesman Bob Spencer said Monday. “Certainly it closes an era in the city’s life, but it’s the start of a new beginning for that entire area,” Spencer said. Some City Council members have expressed interest in transforming the property into a recreational center complete with soccer fields, baseball diamonds, picnic areas and other open-space uses. “The horse population is growing, and it’s big business,” Maclean said. Pico Rivera “did nothing to keep the business going. All they did was waste the facility.” Spencer said Pico Rivera will always remain a horse community, with horse trails and residences zoned to allow horses. “The horses are not leaving,” he said. “It’s just that this was an old – well-used, but old – facility that really needed to be upgraded.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Army Corps of Engineers owns the property, which it leases to the city for recreational purposes only. City Council members shut down the stables and ordered 90 horse owners to remove their animals from the property July 1. In November, the city hired U.S. Auctions to sell off the leftover equipment. On Friday, about six buyers bid on the equipment. The buyers were given 10 days to remove their purchases from the five-acre property, Spencer added. The auction was a “closure point” for Pico Rivera, Mayor Ron Beilke said. But Susan Maclean, 54, of Hacienda Heights, who was among the last owners to remove her horse, Katie, from the stables, said the stables were intended to be a permanent fixture. She blames poor management for the closure.
Martin McGuinness stitching a Donegal jersey together, under the supervision of Kieran Kennedy, managing director, and staff member Josie Friel,from Lifford, during his visit to O’Neill’s in Strabane. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyThe North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will be supporting Donegal in the All-Ireland final.Speaking during a visit to O’Neill’s Irish International Sports Company Ltd in Strabane – who have made the jerseys for both finalists – the Derry man said he would be supporting only one team.He said: “While O’Neill’s has shown no favouritism by making the kits for both teams, my mother was from Buncrana and Donegal is in my blood so I will be hoping for a Donegal win on Sunday.” McGuinness’ mother came from Donegal while his father hailed form DerryMr McGuinness was invited by Kieran Kennedy, managing director of O’Neill’s to see at first hand the jerseys, shorts and socks of the two finalists being made.Mr McGuinness added: “O’Neill’s has been in Strabane for 40 years and is an important employer in the North West. It is one of the last large scale textile manufacturers in the north of Ireland employing almost 400 people.“The textiles industry is a very dynamic sector and is not without its challenges but the ability of O’Neill’s to respond and react to the needs and requirements of the market have played an important role in its continued success. “Well known for designing, manufacturing and selling GAA sportswear more recently O’Neill’s diversified into other sports including rugby union, rugby league and cricket“Having the opportunity to view the skill and dedication of the staff at O’Neill’s was very insightful.“The success of the company in Strabane over the last 40 years is in no small part due to the commitment, loyalty and dedication of their team. I wish Kieran and everyone at O’Neill’s every success for the future.”Kieran Kennedy, managing director of O’Neill’s said they were delighted to welcome the Mr McGuinness ahead of Sunday’s final to showcase the firm’s production facilities.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McGUINNESS CLAIMS DONEGAL HAVE FINAL ALL SEWN UP! was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmartin mcguinnessO’Neillsstrabane