Month: July 2019

Parkside Housing Approved for Folsom Street

first_img 0% Parque Niños Unidos will be getting a four-story, market-rate housing neighbor soon, after a 5-2 vote Thursday at the Planning Commission approved a 117-unit project at 2675 Folsom St. near 23rd Street.Neighborhood activists and a planning commissioner, however, said the project was out of scale and would exacerbate the neighborhood’s affordability crisis. “There’s a whole context for why there’s opposition outside this project,” Myrna Melgar, one of two new members of the body. She agreed with local activists who said the project was one of several market-rate developments that would change the neighborhood and its residents unless mitigations were put in place. Melgar also said the project would bring in too many residents and was out of scale for the area. “Folsom Street is a street that is fairly low density, there are consequences to putting a very large residential building there. It really changes the neighborhood,” she added, before voting against its approval.The heart of the opposition was the same as accompanies almost all market-rate developments in the Mission District: An influx of wealthy tenants will accelerate gentrification and lead to the commercial displacement of “mom and pop” shops. Residential and commercial rents will rise, and long-time tenants and businesses will be replaced.“We are already tired of the crumbs that we are getting from the developers,” said Dairo Romero, a community planning manager with the Mission Economic Development Agency. Romero said that tracts of land in the Mission District are rare and should be used for fully affordable housing complexes to combat gentrification.“What we need to do is we would like to have this piece of land,” he said. “This is a perfect place for families and teachers that they don’t have a place to live.” The Folsom Street project would bring 117 units next to the Parque Niños Unidos in a 40-foot tall building and is being developed by the Axis Development Group, a San Francisco firm with a few other projects under its belt, including a 69-unit building at 14th and Stevenson streets and a planned rooftop restaurant near Union Square.A planned mid-block alley would stretch from Folsom Street to Treat Avenue at 2675 Folsom St. Design by David Backer Architects.The developer would make 23 of the units — 20 percent — below-market-rate and affordable to those making up to 55 percent of area median income, or $53,300 for a family of three.That’s more units than required by city law, but less than the 25 percent required for new projects under Proposition C. The project was grandfathered in because it was underway when those requirements were instituted. As a concession to neighborhood activists, the developer will give some 5,300 square feet of arts space in the building to a non-profit for $1 a year for 55 years. The non-profit, which has yet to be chosen, would be in charge of programming a gallery on Folsom Street and could commission statues and murals for a mid-block alley planned in the building that stretches from Folsom Street to Treat Avenue.The building would also have 65 off-street parking spots in a basement garage and 174 bicycle spots within the building, as well as a gym, dog wash, and roof deck for tenants.It sits a block away from a 19-unit development at Harrison and 22nd streets that was a shoe-in at the commission in August because its developer sat down with local activists early and made concessions that brought them on board.Developers of the Folsom Street project — dubbed the “Evil Axis” by activists — had no such luck on Thursday, however, and were called out for bringing in a majority market-rate building into a neighborhood experiencing gentrification and displacement of its low-income population.“Let’s take a walk down Valencia Street, where you can get a chocolate bar for $8, a croissant for $6, and a luggage bag for $200,” said Scott Weaver, a tenants rights attorney. “This is what gentrification looks like, and it wouldn’t exist without the presence of high wage earners.”Still, opposition to the project was more muted than last year, when a neighborhood meeting saw activists shout down its developers. On Thursday, only a handful spoke against the project and were resigned to its passage.Commissioners did not weigh in directly on the claims that new market-rate housing would exacerbate displacement, but Kathrin Moore did say that while the project had made notable changes, she could not support something that drew organized community opposition.She and Melgar were the only two opposed, however, and the rest of the commission said preventing new construction was not an anti-displacement strategy.“Not approving housing is not the way to go,” said Christine Johnson.Others urged the commission onto its final vote. Corey Smith, an organizer with the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, said years of under building housing has led the city, and the Mission District, into its current crisis. Repeating the mistakes of the past would not prevent gentrification, he said. “The best time to plant a tree was 40 years ago, the second best time is today,” he said. “We should’ve built this housing 40 years ago. We didn’t.” “This project needs to move forward,” said Tim Colen, the executive director of the Housing Action Coalition. “It appears that there are people for whom no project is acceptable if it includes market-rate housing.”Commissioners Rodney Fong, Dennis Richards, Richard Hillis, Joel Koppel and Johnson voted for the project, while commissioners Moore and Melgar voted against. center_img Tags: housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Man attacks selfdriving car in SF Mission

first_imgA man threw his body onto a self-driving car — a GM Cruise AV — causing a car vs. pedestrian collision at the intersection of 16th and Valencia streets earlier this month, the DMV reported Wednesday.Operating in “autonomous mode,” the Cruise AV was stopped at a green light, facing north on Valencia, waiting to make a right turn onto 16th Street as pedestrians crossed.Suddenly, a man ran across Valencia Street against the “do not walk” sign, shouted, and struck the left side of the car’s rear bumper and hatch with his entire body. This is all according to a report the self-driving car manufacturer must file with the DMV in the event of a collision.The man sustained no injuries, but the car did. It suffered “some damage to its right rear light,” according to the report. 0% Tags: cars • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The incident occurred on Jan. 2 around 9:27 p.m.No police were called, the report says.Apparently, the Cruise AV has had a lot of activity in San Francisco. In 2017, GM filed 22 reports with the DMV because of collisions, although the Cruise was never at fault, according to the reports. Five of those collisions occurred in the Mission. The most recent incident, on Valencia Street, was California’s first self-driving car collision in 2018. last_img read more

New SF police contract huge deal for community policing

first_imgThe slogan of the day was, “No justice, no deal.” That’s what activists chanted outside the main chamber of City Hall on Wednesday in preparation for a Board of Supervisors hearing aimed at ongoing contract negotiations between the city and the San Francisco Police Officers Association, or POA. Much of the hearing revolved around the minutiae of the contract — when it would be complete, the needs of the police department, and the city’s policing budget. But for community members, the upcoming negotiations were inseparable from reform – including de-escalation instead of officer-involved shootings, accountability and ongoing questions about police bias and conduct.“He (my son) is a person that the police killed and maimed and didn’t realize how that was going to leave us,” said Jose Delgado, the father of Jesus Adolfo Delgado, a 19-year-old Mission resident and armed robbery suspect who police shot at 99 times and killed earlier this month after he fired on them from the trunk of a sedan. Tags: Board of Supervisors • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “My question is: where is the training on how to deal with people and how to de-escalate?” Delgado asked said through a translator. The shooting of Delgado was the latest case in which reform advocates wondered if police couldn’t have done more to de-escalate the situation. In other officer-involved shootings, no guns were involved, no shots were fired by the victims and no charges have ever been filed against the officers. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen called this week’s hearing because the Mayor’s Office has not shared any information about its negotiations on the so-called “memorandum of understanding,” or MOU, with the police union, she said. The board will eventually have to approve the contract.Cohen said she was also concerned about Mayor Mark Farrell’s connections to the union: namely, a senior advisor of his, Nate Ballard, was, until recently, a consultant to the POA. (Ballard and Farrell deny there is a conflict of interest.) Moreover, she was troubled by Farrell’s endorsement of the union’s ballot measure to arm officers with Tasers that would, in effect, prevent the Police Commission and SFPD Chief Bill Scott from revising the policy as Tasers are rolled out. “This is an important conversation that we need to have publicly to ensure that there is transparency and sunshine on an issue that has an impact on people’s everyday lives — particularly people of color that are adversely affected by law enforcement,” Cohen said. The stakes are high. This is the first time the contract is being negotiated in full since 2007. It is being negotiated as the department is attempting to implement 272 reforms recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice. And negotiations on the city’s behalf are being facilitated by a caretaker mayor who will depart shortly after the June 5 special election. The new contract could apply for the next 10 years.Furthermore, some policy experts believe that the POA has been able to stifle the reforms, slowing down or injecting their will into new policies through labor law processes such as “meet-and-confers” and litigation.“We think that at times they claim rights to negotiate over policies that aren’t within” the bucket of wages and working conditions, said Anand Subramanian, a senior director at the research institute PolicyLink and once the executive director of the Blue Ribbon Panel, which launched a deep review of bias in the SFPD.  “Even when they have a legal right to negotiate over policy, there’s no balancing task between public safety and the working conditions of the police officers,” he continued, noting as an example department’s body camera policy. Officers are now able to view their body-camera footage before making an official statement about an incident, such as a police shooting.Moreover, the union has been able to stymie negotiations that would allow the District Attorney’s investigators to take the lead on officer-involved shootings. Representatives from the POA did not attend the meeting. Rather, in a letter addressed to one of Cohen’s aids, the POA’s negotiator, Gregg McClean Adam, called the notion that the union is impeding reforms “codswallop.” “Claims to the contrary are the stuff of fiction,” the letter said. John Crew, a retired ACLU lawyer and police policy expert, said that claim is empty — unless the union adds a clause in the new contract that would restrict its ability to meet-and-confer over any policy born out of the DOJ recommendations. “Put it in writing,” he said. Contract and “potential conflicts”  A draft of the contract will be submitted Board of Supervisors May 15 at the earliest, said Carol Isen, employee relations director with the city’s Department of Human Resources. If they have not reached a deal by then, a panel will be called in to mediate. Isen explained that the contract has not been fully renegotiated since 2007, although it has been amended five times “mostly for economics,” to add or subtract money from the contract. Her department and the POA have been meeting since October, she said. Isen repeatedly declined to answer a question by Kim about the total value of the MOU’s package. But Severin Campbell from the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office said that the city spends some $500 million every year on SFPD salaries and around $300 million on those of uniformed officers.SFPD has 2,147 sworn officers on the payroll with 1,848 on full duty, according to SFPD Chief Bill Scott.  Isen also explained that her department “takes direction” from the Mayor, an issue raised by Cohen, Board President London Breed, and activists because as a senior advisor to Farrell, Nate Ballard, was very recently a consultant to the POA. “Is it a conflict of interest for Nate Ballard to be an advisor to the mayor when he was just recently registered as a lobbyist for the POA?” Cohen asked John Givner, an assistant city attorney. Givner deflected, saying that any conflicts would be discussed. Breed said that she understood that Ballard had only taken a “leave” from the POA, which means that he has not fully severed official ties. “So I think there is a real conflict here, especially with what’s happening around negotiations with this contract, and it gives me a lot of pause,” she said. center_img 0%last_img read more

NATHAN Brown praised his sides effort and commitm

first_imgNATHAN Brown praised his side’s effort and commitment following their 16-4 win at Widnes on Sunday.Francis Meli bagged a brace as Saints picked up their first points of the Super League season.“It is good to get a win and we were far far better than the week before,” he said. “Our commitment was great but we know we have a lot of work to do in our attack going forward. We need to get the defence right and then you can look to grind out wins whilst fixing up your attack.“The opposition ripped in today and if we’d have shown the same commitment as last week then we would have lost.“We had to move a few people around during the game as Josh Perry (knee), Lance Hohaia (shoulder) and Jonny Lomax (head) came off injured. As a result our commitment and effort were good and that gave us a chance.“We were defensively strong too and we know we have areas to work on. We are trying to change a few things in attack – but if we keep our D good then we will grind out our fair share of wins and progress.”Widnes lost Ben Cross to a red card during the match for a late and high hit on Paul Wellens and had Jon Clarke sent off in the melee afterwards.“There were a lot of players in there so I didn’t quite see what happened,” Nathan added. “Benny plays the game physically and hard and sometimes that judgement can err. I thought the ref reffed the game quite well. We got penalties in the first half and Widnes in the second. I thought he did well not to react to the crowd.“But I was always confident we would win before then. We weren’t going so well in attack but our defence had us on top. We had them pinned down at their own line but couldn’t get momentum because they got penalties each time. I thought it was flowing our way and you always feel comfortable when you are defending well.”Saints have a few injury concerns heading into this week’s match but James Roby should return from a minor foot problem.Meanwhile, Ade Gardner and Anthony Walker came through well in Whitehaven’s win over Keighley on Sunday.Ade played the full game whilst ‘Walks’ came on after 25 minutes and played the rest of the game.A club spokesman added: “Both did well on their debuts for Whitehaven and have shown great commitment and attitude. Their performances push their chances of playing in the first team.”last_img read more


first_imgThe second rower who joined Saints in the off-season, will link up with his former Club with whom he played for during the previous two seasons.Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said, “Joe needs some game-time early in the season and without a reserves competition in place, this is the best way to achieve that.Joe is very familiar with the York set-up and with them playing in the Championship in 2019, this works well for all parties.”last_img

Wilmington man facing several child sex crime charges

first_img Police arrested him Thursday.He is in jail under a $150,000 dollar bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is in jail facing several child sex crimes.22-year-old De’quan Jacqui Flowers is charged with seven counts of statutory rape and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.- Advertisement – last_img

Port City Design Group hosting Making Fairytales on the Carousel

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington interior design firm is throwing a charity event to raise money for a non-profit organization next month and you can get involved.Port City Design Group will hold their 2nd annual tribute to The Carousel Center, a non-profit organization that helps child victims overcome domestic and sexual abuse, on Friday November 17.- Advertisement – The event is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington.Throughout the evening, you’ll learn more about The Carousel Center, enjoy dance performances and music, as well as guest speakers. The keynote celebrity speaker is Anthony Reynolds. Reynolds can be seen in The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, and Fantastic Four.The event last year raised over $20,000 for The Carousel Center.Related Article: Shutdown leads to freeze on grant funding for vital local non-profitTickets are $100 and include a catered buffet. A cash bar will be available.For tickets, please call (910) 508-2175 or email find out more about Port City Design Group, click here.last_img read more

UPDATE NHSO finds missing 34yearold man

first_imgPHOTO: New Hanover County Sheriffs Office NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  – The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says a missing man has been found and returned home. Officials thank everyone who helped find him.Sunday night, officials asked for help in searching for 34-year-old Clyde Kendrick Farmer.- Advertisement – He is described as 5’10” tall weighing around 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and has a side shaven hair style with longer hair on the top of his head in a top knot.Farmer has multiple tattoos including a snake on one wrist and a large bird on one calf. The Sheriff’s office says he was last seen near 4614 Norwich Rod near Kings Grant.They add that we was last seen wearing white button-down shirt, purple shorts that hang to below his knees, flip-flops.Related Article: MISSING: Teen was last seen in Bladenboro nearly a week agoAnyone with information on Farmer’s whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s office immediately at  (910) 798-4191.last_img read more

Wanted armed and dangerous Shallotte man arrested

first_img Pugh, 38, was wanted for two counts each of 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree kidnapping, and assault on a female. He’s also charged with violation of a domestic violence order. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A wanted ‘armed and dangerous’ Shallotte man is now behind bars.James Ali Pugh was arrested Tuesday morning and is currently in the Brunswick County Detention Center.- Advertisement – last_img

Pet Pals Meet Persia and Bella

first_img Persia is a 3-year-old domestic shorthair cat who is described as the perfect mix of sweet and salty. She is affectionate and would love an owner to greet at the door.Bella is a 6-month-old domestic longhair cat. Shelter staff says she can be timid and shy but also loves to play.The two do not have to be adopted together; however, they were rescued from the same household so they would like if they were!Related Article: Pet Pals: Playful 3-year-old cat looking for a family to joinTo meet Persia and Bella, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70.Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.To see more pets available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There are two black cats at New Hanover County Animal Services looking for homes filled with love.Meet Persia and Bella.- Advertisement – last_img read more