Frank Lampard made a name for himself with his exceptional goal tally at Chelsea and it looks like he has maintained his prolific scoring rate in MLS with New York City.The Blues all-time top scorer found the net after just 48 seconds on Friday night against DC United, although his side eventually succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.Lampard typically timed his run into the penalty area to perfection, doing well to rearrange his feet to steer the ball home after David Villa’s shot was saved.How much would Jose Mourinho love to have his old vice-captain back at Stamford Bridge now?
6 Arsene Wenger So you were overexcited?“I wanted to do something extra, but this usually goes wrong. You shouldn’t do things that are extra; you should do things the precise way and not try to do something you don’t have to. You learn in every moment, even at 33. And, in a way, you surprise yourself because this has never happened to me before. I’m always good at keeping myself focused on doing what I need to do.”Did you look at any of the social media reaction afterwards?“My wife showed me that Superman-style picture floating around the internet. This is part of the game. When something like that happens, people take the opportunity to make a bit of fun. The way I see it is: they don’t get a chance to do that the whole year, so the first time they have it, they have to use it. For the rest of the season they might not get a chance.”Having spent 11 years at Chelsea, were you apprehensive about starting afresh? “Last year I realised that the club [Chelsea] had sort of turned the page from me. I knew the manager had made his choice and that this was not for me at this point of my career. If I was new to the club or I had been there two or three years, then you might think: ‘Okay, let’s fight for my place and see what the outcome will be.’ But at my age and after all I’ve done it was like a chapter closing. Sometimes you have to think about yourself, and this was the best thing for me. At 33, I don’t want to just give things time, just to wait and see. So, after all I’d done at Chelsea, I felt it was the right time to move on.” You have said before that meeting Arsene Wenger convinced you Arsenal was the right club. Why?“He introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after. I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations. It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions. With Arsenal, that all came together.”Does his longevity at the club give him anything different to other managers?“In football everything changes fast, so you need to have a clear vision and support from people at the club. Obviously the board and everyone at Arsenal believe in the manager – that’s why he’s still here. It’s not just for the way you are – it must be for the way you work, too. The public only see the game, they don’t see all the things that are happening behind the scenes. So, sometimes, judging people only on the fraction of the time you see them working can lead to different opinions.” At this stage of your career, can you see the positive side of being rested?“Obviously you would prefer to play every game, but football is a team game and sometimes the manager needs to spread it on every player, so he [Wenger] made a decision last night to play David. Every manager wants to win every game, so you pick your team the way that you believe makes the team ready to win. That didn’t happen [against Olympiakos], but we all win together and we all lose together. This is the nature of football and we have to get on with it.”David Ospina was slammed for his mistake. Have you developed a way of coping with the aftermath of games like that?“You have a good game and you are the best in the world. You have a bad game and you are the worst, so it’s better not to read anything. The fact is you made a mistake. The reason why you are where you are is the way you prepare, the way you work and the way you approach your job. I believe if you are 100 per cent prepared and concentrated and in a game everything goes wrong, then at least you know you’ve done everything possible to make this a successful game. If you don’t prepare 100 per cent and something bad happens, then you have your regrets and you feel much worse about it. I try to avoid these feelings.”Your first league game at the Emirates against West Ham was one of those days when everything went wrong. Do you attribute that to early-season jitters?“It was just a coincidence, in a way. We were all raring to go and then the first half was really slow. There was a bit of a lack of rhythm and you think: ‘Let’s put a bit of energy in here.’ So when that ball came [a free-kick by West Ham’s Dimitri Payet], I was thinking: ‘Let’s go and get the ball and make something happen.’ A fast counter-attack, or whatever. And this was where the mistake came, because there was no way I could have got this ball.” This interview appears in the current edition of sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIt’s the day after the night before at Arsenal’s training ground. Some 24 hours earlier, the team was preparing for a Champions League home tie against Olympiakos that many believed would give them their first points of the competition. Instead, Arsenal are reeling from a defeat that puts them on the verge of their earliest exit since 1999.“It was a game we had to win,” says Petr Cech, the Gunners’ goalkeeper. “So obviously you can still see the disappointment around the squad today.”The former Chelsea man’s non-inclusion was the hottest topic of conversation among fans and pundits during the 24 hours that followed the Olympiakos defeat. Arsene Wenger instead decided to play his number two, David Ospina, in goal against the Greek champions. If it was a tricky selection to explain before kick-off, it was almost impossible after Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat.Ospina’s calamitous error gifted Olympiakos a goal that put them 2-1 up at half-time. It also ensured the post-match spotlight shone on the futility of leaving Arsenal’s best shot-stopper on the bench. Wenger was in no mood to explain the Photography by James Eckersley thinking behind his decision – and when we ask Cech about it in the cold light of day, he keeps his counsel too. He and your old boss Jose Mourinho have had their differences. Do you see any similarities between them?“The similarity is that everybody wants to win. If you ask Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger if they want to win everything: yes they do. You can see they don’t like losing games, and I think this is something you need to have in you if you want to be successful.”Is that similarity a reason why they clash?“It’s more a question for them. But, yes, sometimes two pluses doesn’t make a plus.”You have won everything in club football. What do Arsenal need to do to go from finishing third and fourth to winning titles?“We need to be more consistent in the way we put a run together, and avoid the games where you switch off. I think that’s the only thing, because in terms of the quality of the team and the motivation of everyone, you can see that we can compete with everybody. But we need to make sure that every game we are 100 per cent consistent and focused. Sometimes this is the hardest part.”You’ve been at a club that found a winning consistency. What’s the secret?“You need to make sure you do the basics right in every game. That gives you the platform to build on – and then, if you don’t have a particularly great day, you can make sure you still get the maximum out of it. At Chelsea we had games where we knew it was not going our way, but we managed to get the most out of it, which was a great skill to have. Sometimes you need to stick to the basics and forget about playing the way you want when it’s not going your way. It’s about adapting to the situation better. As I said before, if you go too much with the emotion, you can be punished. I think that’s what happened to us against Olympiakos, with that third goal.” 6 6 In fact, during the hour we spend with the 33-year-old, when he speaks as freely and honestly as a Premier League footballer possibly can, this is the only time he keeps an obvious leash on his words:“The manager has the choice between players and keepers, and he decided to go with David. You have to respect the manager’s choice.”It’s the kind of answer one expects from a player who has been the consummate pro since he arrived in England from French side Rennes in 2004. Fortunately, there are plenty of other issues on which Cech is willing to let loose, revealing much about the man on whom Wenger spent £10m this summer. It would appear to be a smart gamble, with Arsenal second in the table after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Manchester United. That result meant Cech moved a step closer to matching the Premier League clean sheets record: he is now on 166, by his own analysis, with David James’ mark of 170 now within touching distance.You watched the Olympiakos game from the bench. How do you analyse the defeat?“We started well. We created two chances early on and you think: ‘Okay, we have the right intensity to win the game.’ But then the rhythm of the game slowed. They took time before playing on after any foul or set-play and there was a period where the game went too slow, which suited them. In the second half we put more pressure on them and equalised, but the killer blow was the third goal. We were back in the game with 20 minutes to win, but we gave them a chance to get the third and that’s when the game turned against us. You can’t afford to give your opponents in the Champions League a lead like that.”How can Arsenal ensure that games like that don’t continue to thwart their challenge for trophies this season?“You need to get away from the emotions and make sure you play the game in a practical way. We went with the emotion after coming back to 2-2, and we lost because of that. Sometimes you need to be more practical. You have to make sure you don’t give your opponent any easy options and that you are focused and concentrated every minute of the game. This is where we need to control the emotions better.” 6 There has been a lot of head-scratching over the struggles of English clubs in Europe. Do you have a view on it?“I know from my own experience why. If you look at the game against Olympiakos, the only time they looked like they couldn’t cope was when we played at full intensity. In the European game, there is not the same rhythm, even down to the way the referee blows the whistle more often than in the league and how everybody is kind of cheating with the time. The English teams are so used to playing end-to-end stuff that, when the game slows down, everyone gets frustrated. We always had a problem with the Italians [at Chelsea] because they made us almost fall asleep with the way they walk around. You think: ‘Oh, the game is easy,’ and suddenly you are 3-0 down because you fall into this trap.”Should teams be prepared better for that?“We need to be more cautious in European games because every week English teams get caught. We need a change in mentality to make that switch between Premier League and European games. You know it’s going to be more tactical and slower. So you need to make sure that, even if the game goes really slow, you pick up your own intensity. It’s the only way. The other factor is that we spend so much energy on every game in the Premier League that sometimes the teams you play prepare better because they can afford to rest players [in the league]. You can’t do that here. If you want to win it, you have to play every game 100 per cent – no matter what.” 6 6
1 Victor Valdes Victor Valdes is set to leave Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens, according to his agent.The ex-Barcelona goalkeeper has endured a miserable spell at Old Trafford since his arrival on a free transfer in January.He made two appearances last season but has not been included in a single squad this term having fallen out with United boss Louis van Gaal.When asked about Valdes’ future, his agent Gines Carvajal said to Radio Marca: “He’ll have a chance (to play) in January, wherever he goes.“He needs to go to a place he feels is right for him.”Valdes, a Euro 2012 winner with Spain, is out of contract next summer and is likely to cost only a nominal amount.He has been linked with switch to Newcastle in recent days, with Steve McClaren keen to land an experienced goalkeeper after losing Tim Krul to injury for the remainder of the season.A Premier League stay would appear to be his priority, too, with Carvajal ruling out a return to Spain for his client.“He won’t be coming to Spain, unless he decides otherwise,” he said.
Jose Mourinho faces possibly one of the most defining games of his managerial career on Saturday, with his Chelsea side welcoming Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.After a wholly uninspiring start to their Premier League title defence, which has seen them lose half of their 10 league games and eight of their 16 in all competitions, the Portuguese’s future is reportedly hanging in the balance.Mourinho has never truly experienced a malaise like it during his many years of dominance at the top of the European game – and the pressure appears to be taking its toll. While the FA charges are racking up, rumours of internal mutiny won’t go away.So, if history has anything to go by, a showdown with the Reds at the weekend could be the perfect tonic.Since Mourinho first graced English football in 2004, the two sides have clashed an amazing 41 times in all competitions.They’re often titanic occasions too, ranging from their ding dong Champions League nights in the Rafael Benitez era to last season’s intense League Cup semi-final affair.And Mourinho appears to have a stranglehold over the Merseysiders in Premier League matches – as indicated below: Jose Mourinho 1 11821177 PlayedWonDrawnLostGoals scoredGoals conceded Mourinho’s second era in west London maintained a similar dominance over Liverpool too, with the Reds currently on an eight game winless run against the Blues. In fact, the only occasion the Reds have triumphed over a Mourinho side in league matches came back in January 2007, when Dirk Kuyt and Jermaine Pennant earned a 2-0 win at Anfield.The most famous of those recent meetings came when the 52-year-old masterfully orchestrated the collapse of the Reds’ title chances in May 2014. Steven Gerrard’s slip may be the most resonating incident from the game, but Mourinho’s defensive tactics blunted an Anfield frontline which had previously been scoring goals for fun.If Saturday’s mouthwatering showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s men proves fruitful again for Mourinho, it will go some way to answering his critics. The ramifications if it doesn’t, however, could be critical for the ‘Special One’.
Real Madrid are hoping to beat Manchester United to the signing of Neymar by making an audacious summer swoop for his signature.The Brazilian is at present locked in contract talks with Barcelona as he looks to extend his current deal, which expires in 2018.United are desperate to land the forward and were linked with a world-record bid last summer.However, according to AS, Real Madrid are now hoping to pull off a shock move for Neymar at the end of the season.The club’s president, Florentino Perez, is reportedly obsessed with signing the 23-year-old and believes he can be lured away from Barcelona.Real would be willing to offer Neymar over £10.5m-a-year and make him the focal point of the team if he elected to join. 1 Barcelona forward Neymar
Charlie Austin says he will be happy to remain at QPR for the rest of the season if the ‘right opportunity’ doesn’t come around in January.The prolific striker is in the last year of his contract at Loftus Road and is likely to be in-demand when the transfer window re-opens.Austin, who had been widely expected to leave the Hoops in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League, told The Sports Bar on Tuesday night: “It is going to be a mad month.“Hopefully, it is not as crazy as the six to eight weeks was in the summer.“I’m just trying to get a run of games leading up to the transfer window and trying to score as many goals as I can. Who knows what will happen in the future. “I have got six months left [on my contract] and if the right opportunity doesn’t come for me in January then I will stay with QPR and aim to get them promoted and leave with my head held high.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City120 mph and clipped a pickup truck, Kerns said. Construction workers dived for cover as the driver ran the car into a building area in the freeway’s median. The car then burst into flames, Kerns said. The man fled through freeway traffic on foot, jumped a fence and ran into a house near the freeway. The CHP officers left their cars and ran after him. The Highway Patrol lost the man once he entered the house, and sheriff’s deputies were called in along with dogs, one of which found the man and bit him on the shoulder before he was arrested, Kerns said. He was taken to a hospital and then booked into jail. Authorities said no one was injured in the chase. By The Associated Press SOLANA BEACH – A car theft suspect led California Highway Patrol officers on a wild chase by car and foot that left traffic snarled for hours, a Mercedes-Benz in flames and a suspect bitten by a sheriff’s dog, authorities said. Officers saw the Mercedes speeding on southbound Interstate 5 on Saturday morning in northern San Diego County. They gave chase, but the driver refused to pull over, CHP officer Tom Kerns said. They learned during the chase that the Mercedes had been reported stolen from Orange County on Thursday. Officers on three motorcycles and in three cars chased the man, who reached speeds of 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Am I overdressed? I don’t think so,” Rosenberg said to the crowd. “Seventy-five years deserves a tuxedo.” Other stars present were Jack Coleman (“Heroes”), Lainie Kazan (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Anne Jeffries (“Topper”), Robert Hayes (“Airplane”), and Russ Tamblyn (“West Side Story”). In addition to Rosenberg, SAG leaders past and present lent their support including Connie Stevens, Melissa Gilbert, Kent McCord, Diane Ladd, Anne-Marie Johnson, Barry Gordon, Renee Taylor and Esai Morales. “I think this reminds us of all the greatness that this town has accomplished and all these people were members of the Screen Actor’s Guild,” Ladd told me during the pre-ceremony breakfast. “You had great, great actors, from the very beginning, who founded this place.” From Ben Foster to Edward Asner, Chandra Wilson to Diahann Carroll, and Blythe Danner to Amber Tamblyn, several generations of stars converged in front of the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard Thursday for the unveiling of a star for the Screen Actors Guild on the Walk of Fame. The star is in honor of the union’s 75th anniversary this year. “This is a great reunion, to be able to see friends from years ago,” Danner told me after the ceremony. “We are such a community and we have to hold together.” SAG President Alan Rosenberg, there with his wife, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” star Marg Helgenberger, presided over the ceremony that marked the first time a labor union had received the honor. Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, was hobbled by a broken bone in his back but was still upbeat, saying: “I said I’m not gonna leave until I have given every actor a star and today I have done that.”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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I believe this is one of the most valuable products in history in the drug industry, and I’m willing to back it up with my estate,” Mann said at his 23,000-square-foot mansion overlooking the San Fernando Valley. The interview took place on a Saturday evening, which Mann said was the only chance in his seven-day work schedule. Despite Mann’s remarkable entrepreneurial career – he has founded more than a dozen aerospace and medical-device companies – there are people who wonder whether he has so much invested in this latest effort, both financially and emotionally, that he cannot see any odds against him. “I don’t know of an individual who has spent as much of a personal fortune on a long shot,” said Andrew Forman, an analyst with WR Hambrecht & Co. Forman said MannKind faced numerous regulatory and patent challenges, as well as possible competition from injected-insulin leaders Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, which are also developing inhalable products. So far, Mann has invested $566million in MannKind and owns just under half of the company. He has also agreed to lend it an additional $350million. The total of $916million represents a “big part” of his estate, he said, declining to comment on an estimate by Forbes that he is worth $2.2billion. The money was necessary to keep the company afloat. MannKind, which has spent more than $700million on its insulin, has attracted some high-profile investors, including Legg Mason’s marquee stock picker, Bill Miller. But it has faced skepticism from many other investors and has not yet attracted a big pharmaceutical company to market its drug and to help defray development costs. MannKind’s stock, which was above $20 several times in 2006, closed Thursday at $8.66. Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug company, flopped miserably with a seemingly can’t-miss idea. But Alfred E. Mann is so certain he can succeed that he is betting nearly $1billion of his own money on the effort. Pfizer’s failure was a form of insulin that people with diabetes could inhale rather than inject. But last month, after selling only $12million worth of inhaled insulin in the first nine months of the year, Pfizer said it would take a $2.8billion charge and abandon the product. But Mann, the 82-year-old chief executive and controlling shareholder of MannKind Corp., is not deterred. He says his company’s inhalable insulin is a way to avoid needles and is medically superior to Pfizer’s product and to injected insulin. If he is right, he could help change the way diabetes is treated. Still, some experts say there is promise in MannKind’s product, Technosphere Insulin. “It is different from anything we have now, and it’s different from any of the other inhaled insulins,” said Dr. Irl B. Hirsch, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington who said he had consulted for MannKind but donated his pay to charity. He said that of all the inhaled insulins, Technosphere had the best chance of succeeding. Mann, the son of a grocer, studied physics at UCLA but quit before getting a doctorate so he could take a job to support his wife at the time and their child. One of his early successes was Pacesetter Systems, a heart-pacemaker company he started around 1970 and sold to Siemens for $150million in 1985. Then came Minimed, a maker of insulin pumps for diabetics, which was sold to Medtronic for about $3billion in 2001. Three years later he sold Advanced Bionics, a maker of implants that allow deaf people to hear, to Boston Scientific for $740million plus possible future payments. Then he got much of Advanced Bionics back after a nasty legal fight with Boston Scientific. MannKind, based in Valencia, is in the final stage of clinical trials for Technosphere Insulin. Mann said the company would be ready by the end of next year to apply for federal approval to sell the drug for Type 1 diabetes, which often starts in childhood, and the far more prevalent Type 2, which often occurs at older ages. Controlling blood sugar, or glucose, by using insulin or other drugs, helps diabetics avoid complications such as cardiovascular problems and blindness. The distinguishing feature of Technosphere Insulin is that it goes to work faster than any other insulin on the market, even so-called fast-acting injected insulins. That could be better at helping control the spike in blood sugar levels that occurs after a meal. Technosphere Insulin also finishes its work of helping the body use glucose in two or three hours, faster than other products. That might reduce the risk of dangerously low glucose levels several hours after a meal – a big concern for diabetics. “That it is inhaled is incidental to the very rapid onset of its action and the short duration of its action,” said Dr. Jay Skyler, a diabetes expert at the University of Miami, who has bought stock in MannKind. The International Diabetes Federation issued guidelines in September urging better control of post-meal glucose spikes, saying there was evidence they could contribute to complications of diabetes even if average blood sugar levels were kept in control. But there is disagreement about this, and some studies have not shown a risk from such spikes. Dr. David M. Nathan, director of the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital, contends that the new emphasis on post-meal glucose spikes was “all marketing talk” by companies developing fast-acting drugs. In any case, MannKind has yet to show that its insulin is better than others, and there is some suggestion it might even be too short-acting. In clinical trials, it has lowered average glucose less than a fast-acting injected insulin, though the differences were not statistically significant. Moreover, many more patients on Technosphere than the injected insulin discontinued treatment, for reasons not fully clear. The former chief medical officer of MannKind, Dr. Wayman Wendell Cheatham, filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit in 2005, accusing MannKind of hiding information about the formulation of the drug from the Food and Drug Administration. MannKind denied that and countersued for libel. The case was settled in June on undisclosed terms. Analysts say there were several reasons Pfizer’s product, called Exubera, failed, including missteps by the company and that injections hurt less than they once did because needles are thinner now. Critics said the Exubera inhaler, about the size of a tennis ball can, was cumbersome. Insurers balked at paying higher prices for a product that offered no medical advantage over injected drugs. And Exubera caused a slight decline in lung function. Mann said Exubera was “an expensive way to fairly inconveniently deliver insulin in a manner which has no clinical advantage.” MannKind’s inhaler is only slightly larger than a cell phone. The company says its product has not caused lung problems, although longer testing is needed to prove that. The FDA might require lung testing for patients using any inhaled insulin, just as it did for Exubera. Both Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk are also in late-stage testing of inhaled-insulin products. And Nektar Therapeutics, which licensed Exubera to Pfizer, is looking for a new partner in an effort to keep the product on the market. Nektar, which says it has received e-mail messages from patients desperate to keep using Exubera, has been developing a smaller, improved inhaler. Another uncertainty is Mann’s age. “If something were to happen to him, you wouldn’t have that pot of money to reach into all the time,” said Solomon Steiner, who helped invent Technosphere technology and started a company in 1991 to develop it. When that company, Pharmaceutical Discovery, ran out of money around 1997, Steiner persuaded Mann to invest. In 2001 Mann merged the company with two others he controlled and named the new entity MannKind, a decision Steiner questions. “Once you put your name on it, how can you let it fail?” said Steiner, who left MannKind in 2003, apparently after some disagreements with his new boss. He now runs a potential competitor, Biodel, a company developing a rapid-acting injected insulin. Mann, who survived two minor bouts of cancer but said he was healthy, said his will instructed the foundation that will inherit his wealth to make sure that his companies have enough money. And he said the company’s name was meant to be a joke. It may be for the best that he is putting his money into diabetes because Mann has had some trouble giving it away. About a decade ago he said he would give $100million each to up to 12 universities to establish institutes to help turn faculty ideas into marketable medical devices. But only three institutes have been set up so far, in part because some schools feared losing control of faculty inventions. As for his six biological children, Mann said he had already given them more than he should have, turning them into idle multimillionaires. (He has also adopted the daughter of his current wife, his fourth). “One tried working for three days and didn’t like it,” Mann said. “Another didn’t work a day in his life.” He added, “I would feel more comfortable if my kids were doing something worthwhile.” Mann controls seven other companies working on other devices, such as one that would allow the blind to see and another that would treat ringing in the ears. “I feel I’m blessed with some ability and resources that enable me to tackle these issues,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
We give the water folks credit. They’ve built in more water conservation by flooding the market with low-flow toilets and low-flow showers. Giveaways have been common at many water agencies. In the last 15 years, MWD and others have invested in some extensive water storage systems, both above and under ground. This has increased water storage here in Southern California. MWD reports it currently has 2.5 million acre-feet in surface and groundwater storage accounts. During the last drought, Southern California had just 225,000 acre-feet of water stored at one time. (One acre-foot of water equals 326,000 gallons, about what’s used by two families in a year). In addition to that new reservoir, underground basins are being cleaned up. That means more local water can be stored underground and less water is imported from Northern California or the Colorado River. Better water collection systems, combined with more water conservation and water recycling, will sustain life in our region. And of course occasional gifts of rain from Mother Nature also help.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Finally, our high pressure gave way to a rainy weather system from the north, splashing Southern California with a steady dousing of rain on Friday. What does this do for the drought? Does it mean one more storm in the region and we can all go back to overwatering our lawns and brushing our teeth with the faucet running? No. Conservation is what put Southern California in a much better position for handling the current drought than we were during the last six-year-drought of 1987-1992, according to Metropolitan Water District Chairman Timothy Brick. It’s true. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsNow – or ever – is not the time to abandon conservation efforts. That means homeowners planting more drought-resistant vegetation and using drip irrigation systems or systems they can “pause” before, during and after a storm. That means homeowners buying more low-flush toilets and water-stingy washing machines and dishwashers, and then running those machines only when full. Conservation should be a way of life. After all, the Colorado River Basin is still in a years-long drought, and a judge’s order could shut off water deliveries from Northern California through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as early as this month. MWD, which imports water from both those sources, anticipates its water supplies in 2008 will be 30 percent lower than normal. If so, it might mandate lower usage by water agencies across the region, which could lead to water rationing as soon as March, some water officials say. Still, we’re much better prepared than we used to be. After 1992’s “March Miracle,” the water engineers were saying the huge storms that broke that drought cycle weren’t enough. That the rain was falling mainly in Southern California instead of as snowpack up north. They were blaming Mother Nature for their own Rube Goldberg-like rainwater collection systems. That was then. Now, there’s more storage and more water saving.