Advocates for LowIncome Housing Balk at a SixStory Project Next to Arizmendi

first_img“We have seen one after another of the gas stations on Valencia Street go to luxury condos,” he said at the meeting held at the Mission Cultural Center. “These small projects all over the neighborhood — we don’t want this.”Romero was one of just a few activists who attended the small meeting of six people. For the most part, activists focused on the four affordable units in the project — the minimum 12 percent required by city law. The Mission District, they said, needed more equitable housing.Jordan Gwendolyn Davis, a transgender activist and Mission District resident, objected to the addition of “more market-rate housing of very low inclusionary percentages” saying the project would raise rents for others and exacerbate displacement.“I feel like this neighborhood needs more affordable housing given the gentrification,” she said.Cindy Mendoza, a neighbor of the project, also voiced concern about the possibility of a ground-floor restaurant on Wednesday, saying “there’s a lot of restaurants on Valencia Street” already.Valencia Street has undergone a major shift since the 1990s to become the more upscale brother of Mission Street to the east. Restaurants and high-end shops line the corridor, and many commercial tenants — like Modern Times Bookstore and Lost Weekend Video — moved from the corridor to other Mission locations because of unaffordable rents. Others have gone out of business altogether.The change of the commercial corridor is a warning to Mission District activists, who want to shield 24th Street and Mission Street from the same gentrification and displacement of local businesses. Calle 24, a neighborhood association that works closely with merchants, has consistently opposed new market-rate housing in the neighborhood for fear that tenants with higher incomes will favor more expensive shops and eateries, pushing others out.The project at 1298 Valencia St. next to Arizmendi Bakery includes a mix of mostly two and one-bedrooms. Four of the 35 units will be affordable at below-market-rate, and all of the units are condominiums. A ground floor retail space would face Valencia Street, possibly occupied by a restaurant or shop.The project is meant to be “transit-oriented” and includes just eight parking spots. A roof deck, indoor gym, bike racks, and some terracing are currently envisioned, as well as a cobblestone alley behind the building on Poplar Street. The project is being developed by the owner of the property where a gas station now operates.Ian Birchall, the principal architect behind the project, said the project sponsor had not yet chosen a tenant — restaurant or otherwise — for the 2,200 square feet of ground floor retail space, which could be broken up into two or three smaller spaces. Birchall is a local architect headquartered at Erie Street and South Van Ness Avenue responsible for the design of at least two other projects in the Mission District, including a 73-unit project at 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue and a 23-unit building at 15th and Shotwell currently under construction.On Wednesday, he said he understood “all too well” the concern with rising rents. His commercial rent went up by 30 percent recently, he said, and he was a “part of the community” that was not immune to gentrification.But Birchall avoided engaging in a political discussion with opponents of the project, saying they could correspond with him in writing for issues not related to design. There was little need. After a few comments from Romero and Davis, the meeting was over and attendees trickled out.Near the end of the meeting, however, Mendoza said she would “lose [her] view of the fireworks across the city” if the project went forward. She said she was generally supportive of more housing, but would “love to see more affordable housing” in the Mission District.“We got Ellis Acted from my apartment in Bernal,” Mendoza said.“You did?” asked Eddie Stiel, a Mission District resident and activist who has been evicted twice. “Welcome to the club.” 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Housing advocates at a Wednesday night meeting objected to a new housing project at the corner of 24th and Valencia streets, saying it would only exacerbate the gentrification on Valencia Street. At minimum, they said, it should have more affordable housing. “They say they are small, only 20–30 units, but these are the negative projects that are affecting the neighborhood,” said Dairo Romero, a community planning manager with the Mission Economic Development Agency who said he was speaking as a Mission District resident. The concern echoes that of other Mission District activists. While larger developments like the 335-unit project on Bryant Street or the 380-unit project planned for 16th and Mission streets often get the media limelight, activists often say the neighborhood “lost Valencia Street a dozen units at a time.” The smaller developments matter, Romero said, and Valencia Street in particular has gone the way of boutique shops and unaffordable rents.last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons is expecting his side to be fully re

first_imgROYCE Simmons is expecting his side to be fully refreshed following their four-day break and ready to take on Hull KR this Sunday.The Robins currently lie in ninth in Super League and need every point as they chase the playoffs – and that will mean nothing less than a tough match at a place Saints haven’t won in the league at since 2007.“They are a tough side to face,” Simmons said. “They have two real good back rowers who run good lines in Ben Galea and Clint Newton and their half backs have been playing together for a couple of weeks now after injury.“They also have two big quick centres and a reasonably big pack of forwards too. They are a good all round side.“I know we beat them comfortably in our last game but the game before that was touch and go for 60 minutes. And we have to travel to their ground this Sunday which is always a hard place to go.“The lads have had four days off and will be back today [Wednesday] all refreshed from their first good long break of the season. Most have spent time with their families and kids and got away“They needed the break both physically and mentally and would have got it win or lose after the Challenge Cup Semi Final.”Simmons says he won’t know the status of the walking wounded until later in the week but of the likely returnees Chris Flannery looks set to shake off the dead leg which kept him out of the win over Huddersfield.Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson missed that match with dead legs, whilst Kyle Eastmond had a groin injury.“We will step up training during the week and if there are no setbacks then those players would join us in the side. If we have any doubts though I won’t be using them.“I know people are saying third place is secured but we want to continue winning and take that bit of momentum into the playoffs. There can’t be any slackening off. I don’t intend to lose another game!“We need to improve a couple of per cent each week and we are getting better. Leon [Pryce] is getting fitter every game. Since he’s come back we have changed a few things in our halves – Leon is playing on one side and Jonny on the other.“Long term it will suit Jonny there but they both need to get used to which centre or back rower they are now playing with. They are little changes that people don’t see.“Our short kicking game has got better and our defence is improving too. But we know we have a long way to go.”last_img read more

AFTER ten years of loyal sponsorship and support f

first_imgAFTER ten years of loyal sponsorship and support for the Saints, Hattons Solicitors are pleased to announce a new five-year deal with the club.Hattons have renewed their rear shirt sponsorship as well as the naming of the home supporters terrace stand to the West of the new Saints ground and the adjacent seated family stand.Previously, the Hattons Solicitors stand at Knowsley Road worked to create a positive awareness for the solicitors in the St Helens community and Hattons hope to build upon this.Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors said: “The 2012 rugby season is an exciting time to be in partnership with the mighty Saints.“We’ve sponsored Saints since we opened in 2001, this year celebrating our tenth anniversary, and we wanted to make sure we supported the club through the transition to its new home and stadium. I understand the massive passion of the fans, and to be honest it’s great personally as a fan to sponsor the club through such a momentous time.“The longevity of our Saints sponsorship has greatly contributed to Hattons general awareness in St Helens and the North West, leading thousands of people to contact us with a vast array of legal issues. We’ve worked hard to develop the business and stay ahead of the competition, whilst building a strong reputation. In fact a huge amount of our business comes through recommendations from previous clients, showing the high level of service our team offers.”Hattons Solicitors are real favourites in the Rugby League community offering support and sponsorship from children’s rugby and kid’s health initiatives to international partnerships with Ireland in the last World Cup and at all levels of the adult game. Their association with Saints is however the link with the sport they are perhaps best known for.Tony Colquitt, CEO of Saints said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Hattons Solicitors. The relationship between both parties has been long established and as we enter a new era we are pleased they are on board.“We look forward to enhancing the relationship in the future and pursuing other avenues that will be mutually beneficial.”Hattons Solicitors innovative approach to legal services can be seen not only through their rugby league sponsorship, but also by how they were the first solicitors firm in St Helens to get the Law Society Lexcel Accreditation. Hattons were also one of the first firms to invest in an online file management system, which also allows clients to view their cases online at If you have a legal issue that you need advice with from compensation claims to business legal advice call their friendly team on 08000 111 560.last_img read more

COME and celebrate Langtree Park in styleSaints G

first_imgCOME and celebrate Langtree Park in style.Saints Grand Opening dinner will take place on Saturday March 10.This special black tie event will start with Champagne and Canapés in Premier Club followed by a welcome from Eamonn McManus and a sumptuous three-course meal.There will also be highlights from the 2011 Super League season and interviews with fans and players about the excitement and buzz around St Helens as we look forward to a new era.To finish, as well as being able to mingle, there will be a fantastic comedian and live music.Tickets to the event are priced at £80 each and are limited.To buy call the Hospitality Team on 01744 455 053.You can also email [email protected]last_img read more

IN what turned out to be almost a carbon copy of t

first_imgIN what turned out to be almost a carbon copy of the first team game the U20s steamrollered the Rhinos 48-10 at a sun-drenched Langtree Park, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints were just too good across the park for the previously unbeaten Rhinos and leapfrogged them at the top of the table.The Rhinos did take the lead as back to back penalties allowed winger Mo Agoro to score in the corner but only after Mark Percival had been pushed into touch at the try line moments earlier.The lead didn’t last for long, however, as the Saints quickly took control.Danny Jones was held up over the line before two quick penalties later Anthony Walker was sending him in for his first try for the season.On the restart the Rhinos were again pinged, this time for ball stealing, and from the resulting penalty Lee Gaskell put Jordan Case clear. He took it on to the full back before switching it inside to the supporting Danny Yates for the score.The third try in a magical five minute spell was scored by the outstanding Carl Forster. His fellow prop Anthony Walker had been caught head high, and not for the first time, giving the Saints relieving metres downfield. Nathan Ashe was held short but a delightful last tackle grubber from Gaskell was fumbled into Forster’s hands and he scrambled over.The Rhinos finally gathered themselves mounting a wave of attacks as the half neared it’s end but the Saints solid defence again came to the fore keeping the visitors at bay for three repeat sets in a row.The killer blow was delivered on the stroke of the interval again by Forster. Great work at dummy half from Marcus Baines caught the Rhinos on the hop and his offload gave Forster the space to reach over the line for the score.The second period began and the Saints carried on where they’d left off. A weaving run out of defence from Ashe and another Baines dart put the Saints on the front foot allowing Gaskell to dance through the line to score untouched.Forster came the closest he’s likely to, to scoring a hat-trick as he had, in his words, a try taken away as it was ruled he was held up over the line.From the repeat set his front row partner Walker bumped the would be tacklers out of the way for his well-deserved try.The game went into a bit of a lull for twenty minutes before a consolation try to speedy wingman Chisholm was sandwiched between a brace of tries to Jordan Case put the Saints in sight of fifty.This was the performance and scoreline that will make the rest of the teams stand up and take notice of the Saints. Again hard work in defence brought its rewards as yet another team found itself strangled into submission and then put to the sword by the Saints.This was a great all round team display but again founded on the work of Walker and Forster up front.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lee Gaskell, Danny Yates, Anthony Walker, Carl Forster 2, Jordan Case 2, Danny Jones.Goals: Jamie Foster 8.Leeds:Tries: Mo Agoro, Jamel Chisholm.Goals: Ollie Olds.Half Time: 24-4 Full Time: 48-10Teams:Saints:18. Nathan Ashe; 1. Mark Percival, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Adam Swift, 2. Jamie Foster; 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Anthony Walker, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Carl Forster, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Jordan Case, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Alex Trumper, 16. Joe Bate, 17. Jordan Hand.Leeds:1. Jimmy Watson; 2. Mo Agoro, 3. Jack Pring, 4. Jimmy Keinhorst, 5. Jamel Chisholm; 6. Sean Casey, 7. Ollie Olds; 17. Colton Roche, 9. Liam Hood, 10. Brad Singleton, 11. Danny Bravo, 12. Jay Pitts, 13. Aaron Brown. Subs: 14. Clayton Stott, 15. Daniel Smith, 16. Jake Normington, 8. Gareth Morgan.last_img read more

Jack Ashworth and Aaron Smith have been recalled t

first_imgJack Ashworth and Aaron Smith have been recalled to the side with Luke Thompson missing through suspension.The club has opted not to appeal the forward’s match penalty mindful of the fact that if unsuccessful, the ban could be increased.Such a decision could see Thompson unable to play until September 8 if his penalty was increased to two games.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Chris Chester will choose his Wakefield side from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 15. Pauli Pauli, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 19. James Batchelor, 21. Max Jowitt, 23. Chris Annakin, 25. Ryan Hampshire.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee will be announced shortly.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Free coach travel is also available for 2018 Members whilst non-Members can take advantage for just £5.last_img read more

Woman accused of biting and spitting on officers kicking patrol car window

first_img Thompson says several officers tried to get McMillan under control. That’s when she bit two of them, spit at them, and covered the patrol car in spit.Police say they had to stop the car multiple times because McMillan kept spitting and tried to kick out a window.McMillan is charged with the following:Assault on LEO/PO/Other serious injuryAssault on Govt official/LEOCommon law forgeryProbation violationTwo counts of Malicious conduct by prisonFicticious information to officerRelated Article: South Carolina man wanted after cat thrown into a hot ashesMcMillan is in jail under $75,000 bond.She was wanted out of Wake County for common law robbery. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman wanted on outstanding warrants from Wake County is accused of biting two Wilmington police officers and spitting on them during her arrest.Wilmington Police Spokeswoman Linda Thompson says officers arrested Keyana McMillan, 21, at the Extended Stay off of New Centre Drive around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington property owners could see larger tax increase

first_imgThe Wilmington City Council met Monday to discuss a possible higher tax rate increase as it moves toward finalizing its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. (Photo: Hunter Ingram/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — City residents could see a property tax rate increase three times larger than expected as part of the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.At Monday’s agenda review meeting, council members were presented two scenarios that would raise the property tax rate 1-cent or 1 1/2-cent, rather than the previously discussed half-cent hike.- Advertisement – City budget director Laura Mortell presented the scenarios Monday at the request of council, which specifically identified several funding deficiencies it would like to see included in the budget.Following a discussion of the scenarios, the majority of the council agreed the larger increase should be pursued as city budget staff continue to hammer out the details of the budget.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

Police searching for man who reportedly robbed bank near UNCW

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department is responding to a robbery at a bank near UNCW.Police say it happened at the Wells Fargo on South College Road around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.- Advertisement – WPD says he passed a note to a bank teller and said he had a weapon, but never actually showed one.​​The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money before walking out.Suspect is described as a 25 year old black male, 5’4″, 130 lbs, wearing a red jacket, dark blue jeans and tan boots.Anyone with information is asked to call WPD or Text A Tip.Related Article: Chill out to some tunes at Port City Reggae Music and Art FestivalThe suspect wanted looks similar to the man wanted for robbing a gas station in Leland Wednesday night.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Elijah Mahammad McFarland is wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon.It happened at the Circle K Convenience Store on Ocean Highway East in Leland around 10 p.m.They say McFarland told the clerk he had a gun and demanded money before running away with cash.He’s 5’8″, about a 150-pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a red jacket and white hat.If you know anything call the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Pope tell pediatricians to do all in their power for children

first_imgIl-Papa Franġisku jżur tifel marid fl-Isptar Bambin Ġesù f’[email protected] MediaIl-Papa Franġisku jżur tifel marid fl-Isptar Bambin Ġesù f’[email protected] Media “Never rest your head on the pillow, unless you have first done everything in your power for them!” Pope Francis stressed this when addressing in the Vatican members of the Italian Federation of Pediatricians, as he quoted their “illustrious colleague and teacher,” Dr. Franco Panizon, when he had described the unconditional dedication necessary to their important work.Dr. Panizon,  urged  pediatricians to assume a “small but very important” role, “in writing the culture and therefore the history of our time.”“For this reason he invited you to look ‘beyond’, that is, beyond sickness and contingencies, beyond the present moment, beyond the self or one’s own effort,” recalled Francis. “He also said: ‘Do not just think about your patient today, but also think about his tomorrow’; and again: ‘do not think only of your patients, but also think of all patients; do not think only of those present, but also think of those who are distant and future.’”A real missionThe Pope applauded their profession representing “a real mission,” involving both the mind and the heart, somehow knowing no detachment, “because although there are periods of vacation and breaks from work, your profession will always accompany you, and involves you for far longer and more deeply than during the hours you are at work.”“By virtue of the faith you have received, you are always called to regard Jesus, source of closeness and tenderness, as a model of humanity and dedication to others. By reading and re-reading the Gospel texts in which Jesus meets and heals the sick often, you always draw new lymph for your being and your action,” he said.Children have powerful ‘antennas’In reporting this meeting Zenit news agency quoted the Pope telling the pediatricians that Even more than with children, their work puts them in constant contact with parents, “the first custodians and managers of your patients.” They, Francis acknowledged, not only ask for your medical expertise, but “also seek human security, entrusting you with what they hold most dear.”“As for the relationship with the children you examine, they have powerful antennas, and rapidly grasp whether we are well disposed to them or if we are distracted, because maybe we wish we had already finished the shift, would like to work faster, or find a patient who screams less,” the Argentine Pope said, adding: “You too are men and women, with your worries, but we know that you are also trained to smile, necessary to give courage and open a gap of trust in the little ones; and even medicines are more effective.”Children understandWhen dealing with children, Francis said for them to keep in mind the words of Jesus who, “in a world in which they were little considered, indicates them as a model for those who become part of the Kingdom of God, because they understand its secrets.”The Holy Father reminded them of the Lord’s attitude towards them: “although He did not call them to Him with invitations or gifts, He recalled them with the strength and serenity that flowed from His person, so that the children went to Him and He welcomed them.”“With this style,” Pope Francis said, “you give Christian witness, because you seek to practice Gospel values and your sense of belonging to the Church,” “but also for the breadth of your gaze, for the ability to imagine the social context and the health system most appropriate for the future, and for your desire to be at the service, with humility and competence, of every person entrusted to you.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more