The doomed consultation over the Diagonal continues to cause controversy this week with the resignation of Deputy Mayor Carles Martí (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Barcelona Mayor, Jordi Hereu, publicly called for the resignation of Martí yesterday at a press conference held to announce the results of the consultation—Jordi William Carnes will step into Martí's position. It was revealed that four out of five people, a total of 79.8 percent of those who took part, voted for option C in a move to keep the Diagonal the same rather than transforming it into a rambla or boulevard style of street. Hereu spoke of the problems the consultation process had experienced and said that there were "more errors than were acceptable." He claimed the results were a clear message from the citizens of Barcelona and went on to say that the consultation was "an inappropriate question asked at the wrong time". During the press conference, Hereu also publicly accepted the resignation of Pilar Conesa, the information systems manager at the Ayuntamiento. Martí, speaking at a previous appearance, acknowledged that he should be held politically responsible for the failure of the consultation. Two chairmen of the opposition groups in the council, Xavier Trias of CiU and Alberto Fernández of the CPP, have agreed to request the resignation of the Mayor, whilst Jordi Portabella of ERC has said he considers the measures taken by the government team as insufficient. The results announced at the press conference revealed that Option C (non-reform of the Diagonal) achieved 137,474 votes, whilst Option A (Boulevard), which Hereu had declared his preference, received 11.38 percent of the vote and Option B (Rambla), managed just 8.28 percent of the vote.
With a 4-0 victory against Valladolid, Barça has become the highest-scoring champion in the history of the European league (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The team have beaten all previous league points' records, beating Inter Milan, previous record holders, who in the 2006-7 season gained 97 points. Two goals from Pedro were matched by two from Leo Messi in the second half, which led the 'Golden Boot' player to match Ronaldo's record of 47 goals scored in all competitions in a season. The title is the 20th for the club, 10 of which they have achieved in the last decade. Amongst the victory celebrations the team paid tribute to the recently-recovered Andrés Iniesta, the underperforming Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thierry Henry, who likely played his last game with Barça before undertaking a position in the American League. It was also the last day that Laporta will play an important role in the team. The president is to finish after seven years, during which the club has won 12 titles, two Champion's League titles, and four Leagues.
The Policia Nacional have arrested one of the most wanted members of the Italian mafia in Gavà (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Alessandro de Fronza is wanted by the Italian authorities on charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy. De Fronza, who belongs to the Palermiti clan is said to be responsible for supplying drugs to the mafia. The arrest took place at a service station on the C-32 in Gavá after months of investigation. Police have revealed that De Fronza continuously changed houses, vehicles and even his appearance in order to avoid being recognised; when arrested, false documentation was found on his person. The mafia member is facing 15 years in prison on charges of drug trafficking and aggravated conspiracy.
Also in the news: According to a study by Mapfre 37 percent of drivers aged between 18 and 24 believe that negligence whilst driving is unavoidable. It also revealed that eight out of ten young drivers (84 percent) admitted to speeding and three in ten (33 percent) said that they sometimes drink and drive (read article in full, in Catalan here, El Punt). Els Mossos d'Esquadra i la Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona arrested 104 people in incidents during football celebrations last night (read article in full, in Catalan here, Avui). Some 40,000 people gathered in the city centre from 9pm onwards. Groups of people were seen throwing stones and bottles at police. Most of the fans detained were accused of crimes of public disorder, theft and vandalism.