AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWith all that extra revenue (plus the $47 million in savings from the mayor’s cost-cutting and efficiency efforts), it seems like there might be a little extra this year. There isn’t. And unless Villaraigosa actually lives up to his promise to get tough with the overindulged City Hall unions and keep the total increase in payroll and benefit costs below the rate of inflation, there won’t be any money to solve the city’s problems next year or anytime soon. As always, Villaraigosa talks a good game, but his budget dance looks a lot like the smoke-and-mirrors deceits of his failed predecessor in the Mayor’s Office. It’s a basic one-two step – revenue goes up, service goes down. The revenue increases get more than absorbed by the costs of payroll and benefits for city staffers. There nothing left for service. Worse, there’s apparently even less, thus a massive hike in trash fees is sought to hire some badly needed cops. Voters are tired of this never-ending tango. It’s time the taxpaying public was treated better than the animals at the zoo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s $6.7 billion spending plan for next fiscal year comes with a promise of little new other than a few more cops on the streets in exchange for a trash-fee hike. The three elephants at the zoo did better, getting $39 million for a new home. What’s shocking about the city budget is that there’s 11 percent more revenue – $600 million more – than the current budget year, thanks to soaring tax revenue. So what new and great programs or services will the public get for its money? Peanuts, really, which the elephants might like, but the human denizens have a right to expect more.
Rishabh Pant had a go at Nathan Lyon towards the end of Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test as India attempted to wrap up the Australian innings and the Boxing Day Test for a historic win on Saturday. Pant is a chirpy character behind the stumps and he tried to sledge Lyon a bit from behind in order to break his concentration and help the bowlers get through his defence.At the stroke of the 80th over while Jadeja was bowling and Lyon was facing the left-arm bowler, Pant began had a go at Lyon, which was caught on the stump mic.”Come on Gary. You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing,” Pant chirped at Lyon. The spinner in response just laughed and said, “I can’t even understand what you’re saying mate.”Then he turned back and said, “I like you too Rishabh”.I can’t understand you bud’ lmao #AUSvIND #Cricket #Australia #India #Lyon #Pant pic.twitter.com/8V4996y0ssAJ (@PGFCAlex) December 29, 2018India eventually failed to make the best of the extra half an hour they got on Day 4 and are still two wickets away from a historic victory. Pat Cummins at 61* and Lyon at 6* are grinding it out in the middle.India will hope that the Rain God is generous on Sunday and despite the 80 per cent rain prediction, they get some time to play and are able to clean up Australia to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series before heading to Sydney for the last Test.advertisementIndia vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDEarlier in the day, Pant gave it back to Australian captain Tim Paine for the sledging he was subjected to while he was batting on Day 3. Paine had teased Pant over MS Dhoni’s inclusion back in the T20I side and his exclusion, telling him they could use him at Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.On Saturday, Pant welcomed Paine to the crease with some banter and said, “We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking.”After the end of the over, on-field umpire Ian Gould had a word with Pant and was seen explaining him something.Behind-the-stumps sledging has been a regular feature of the series. It all started with some heated exchanges between India captain Virat Kohli and Paine after which the Australian captain sledged Murali Vijay in Perth with “Murali, I know he’s your captain. But you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Paine even sledged Rohit Sharma earlier in the Melbourne Test by talking up the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Aaron Finch on his side.Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Perth Test: Tensions flare up on Day 4 as Virat Kohli sledges Tim PaineAlso See: