Cries of Racism at Mission District Housing Meeting

first_imgPeter Schellinger, a representative of the developer, said meetings were attended by homeowners and renters alike. Those who expressed interest in the design of the project in the past were invited to some dozen community meetings held in the two years since the project was first envisioned, according to project sponsors.But affordability issues — the issues most raised by the crowd — were not the subject of past meetings and could not be meaningfully addressed now, Schellinger said.“I can’t afford to do it,” Schellinger said of building fully affordable housing. The financing for the project was already penciled out, and unless the city wanted to buy the land from Lennar, it would proceed as envisioned.The lion’s share of its apartments would be market-rate: 138 studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms to be rented at likely between $3,000 and $6,000 a month. The other 19 units would be affordable to those making 55 percent of the area median income, or $53,300 for a family of three. Those units would be mixed in throughout the building as required by city law.On the ground floor, a cafe is envisioned for the corner, alongside six “trade shop” spaces of 700 square feet each, which Schellinger said could be rented to artists and craftsmen through a group like SFMade — a manufacturing advocacy non-profit — at about half of market rate rents for such spaces.The affordable units are some 12 percent of the project total, the minimum required by the city. The project is not required to increase its level of affordability to 25 percent under Proposition C — which was approved by voters in June — because it was grandfathered in alongside other projects in the city. The project will go before the Planning Commission for approval on July 21.Arguello and others said they would meet with the mayor’s office on Friday and discuss the possibility of the city buying the site. The city earlier approached Lennar to purchase the land, Schellinger said, but did not make an offer after the it was valued at $40 million. The site was purchased in 2010 for $4.25 million, according to public documents.The last time the city bought a formerly market-rate site and turned it into affordable housing was at 490 South Van Ness Ave. last year. That was bought for $18.5 million, but the sale was controversial for conferring profit to the developer, who had originally bought it for $2.5 million.Activists pushed for the purchase nonetheless, saying only affordable housing on the site could mitigate the displacement effects in a neighborhood racked by increasing rents and a decreasing Latino population.“When you get people making $160,000-$200,000, what’s gonna happen to all those shops on 24th Street?” asked J. Scott Weaver, a tenants rights attorney. “Lennar should sell this site to the city.”The exchange came some 40 minutes into the open house, which began with the project sponsors standing near architectural mock-ups of the six-story building, speaking to those with questions. The sleepy event ramped up when activists came into the room at the Mission Cultural Center holding signs reading “Luxury apartment development raises rents for everyone!”Speaker after speaker took the floor and said the project would exacerbate gentrification in the neighborhood. Some became visibly angry when project sponsors tried to carry on conversations with others in the room. Eventually, Schellinger and Roberto Hernandez, a local activist, attempted a dialogue.“Would you be willing to build this 100 percent for teacher housing?” asked Hernandez, after describing an exodus of teachers from San Francisco.“I don’t have that luxury,” Schellinger responded, saying the project could not afford non-market-rate rents.“We would all support you,” Hernandez continued, pointing to the 30 people gathered around him. “You would get your project without delay. You would still make money, it’s just the amount of money you’re gonna make.”It was the latest in a series of confrontations between private developers and Mission District activists. An organized group of community members dubbing itself United to Save the Mission has been opposing dozens of market-rate projects in the neighborhood, notably increasing the amount of affordable housing at the nearly block-sized project on Bryant Street earlier this year through their opposition.Still, that was considered a loss by activists who wanted more affordability in the project, and the group has been organizing against a planned development at 16th and Mission streets called the “Monster in the Mission” alongside dozens of smaller projects, including 1515 South Van Ness Ave., which has been named the “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness.”Schellinger, the project sponsor, said the confrontation was not unexpected. He understood the gentrification concerns and lack of affordability, but said building more housing would ease the housing crisis and deflate rising rents.“There’s philosophical divides” between the sides, he said. Not only is building more housing better for the city, he said, but those who understand the financing and process behind housing development know that a project cannot be radically altered this late in the game. Investors and debt have already been allocated, and the financing behind the project cannot change to drastically increase the affordability of the units.Those in the room, however, were not interested in process. They spoke only of the unaffordable rents of a new glass tower in their neighborhood, and said they would continue their opposition.“For us it’s not philosophical,” responded Arguello. “For us it’s reality.” Open house for Mission District project 1515 South Van Ness—i.e. “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness”—getting testy.— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) July 1, 2016 “Your private meetings are bullshit that don’t represent the community,” said Eddie Stiel, a nearby resident.The development at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. — headed by Lennar Multifamily Communities, a division of the development giant Lennar Corporation — would be six stories tall and 157 units. The site, at the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 26th Street, is the old McMillan Electric Co. building and sits right next to a planned fully affordable, nine-story building. 0%center_img An open house for a new housing development at 1515 South Van Ness Avenue quickly turned raucous on Thursday night, as activists repeatedly called for the site to be turned into affordable housing and claimed the developer was ignoring the Latino community.“Racism! Racism! Racism!” shouted Jordan Gwendolyn Davis, a transgender advocate, after a neighbor of the project spoke in support. The neighbor said the developer had done “a lot of community outreach” with those in the immediate vicinity of the project site, who would be “most impacted by the project.”But the largely Latino crowd balked, saying the developer never reached out to them despite their participation in previous meetings on the project. Activists thought project sponsors had met with wealthy white homeowners rather than working-class Latino renters.“Why are they meeting with just the homeowners?” asked Erick Arguello, the president of the neighborhood association Calle 24. Arguello and others questioned the outreach of the developer and said his group was not invited to the table to voice their concerns. Tags: Affordable Housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Neighbors unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter

first_img 0% Tags: development • homeless • shelters • south van ness avenue Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “Recently I got the opportunity to invest in this business and I have put all my money into it,” said German Matias, who opened Rincon Nayarit some two months ago. “It’s so sad to see it falling apart. I see these homeless people fighting outside … in front of my children.”Matias said that for months, a homeless encampment lining three sides of the empty lot at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. has been a problem for nearby neighbors. That encampment was swept away by city cleaning crews on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning before San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and various city department heads visited the lot on Monday.The idea of a temporary homeless shelter was part of a deal mediated between Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen and the developer, Lennar Multifamily Communities, which wants to build the 157 market rate units. As part of the deal to allow that project to go forward, Lennar agreed to the shelter as well as leasing out some six trade shop spaces on the property at 50 percent below market rate rents, and a $1 million contribution to a cultural stabilization fund.The developer previously agreed to make 25 percent of the housing units affordable. “The situation is that we have encampments that are unsafe and unhealthy all over the Mission, including at 1515 South Van Ness, and the status quo is unacceptable,” said Ronen. The proposed center would provide about 100 to 120 beds, and unlike the Mission’s existing Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., the stays at 1515 South Van Ness would not be capped at 30 days.Representatives from the offices of Ronen and the mayor referred to the proposed Navigation Center as a ‘pop-up’ shelter – meaning that its life at the site will be limited in accordance with Lennar’s construction plans.“This would be a temporary space where we can kind of reset and get tents cleared out of the Mission, which is ground zero for the encampment problems in San Francisco,” said Ronen’s legislative aide, Carolina Morales.Morales estimated that the center will operate for a maximum of nine months, but with approvals still pending, it could be open for less than that. Peter Schellinger, the vice president of Lennar, confirmed that he intends construction for the housing development to break ground in January 2018. “It would be a short time frame,” said Schellinger in reference to the proposed shelter, adding that Lennar has not initiated the permitting process for demolition, a process that usually takes six to nine months.“The idea of a center is to have a place [for campers] to go temporarily as we are working on a more permanent site,” said Ronen, adding that she trying to secure another site in an “industrial area of the district” to turn into a permanent Navigation Center location. The goal is to ultimately remove tents from the Mission by offering campers an alternative.But many of those who attended Monday’s meeting voiced concern that the shelter, albeit temporary, could operate longer than nine months should Lennar face additional construction hurdles.Residents of the Mission and Bernal Heights meet to rally opposition to a homeless shelter moving into their neighborhood. Photo by Laura Waxmann“Temporary can be five years. In five years, that can affect the neighborhood a lot,” said a 40-year Bernal Heights resident who gave his name as Joe. “People that don’t have a stake in the neighborhood are going to be stationing themselves here.”Several neighbors said they were worried that a homeless shelter would attract more homeless individuals to an area already impacted by tent encampments.“My concern is if we accept these centers that we are attracting the homeless into our district and that to me is a problem,” said one attendee.Neighbors discussed the effectiveness of the Navigation Center model. Unlike traditional shelters, Navigation Centers admit clients along with their significant others, pets and belongings. The model was originally designed to house the homeless for extended periods until they were connected to permanent housing.One neighbor who attended Monday’s meeting said she works with housing the formerly homeless and attested to the the Navigation Center’s success in addressing the city’s homeless crisis.“Navigation Centers are skill-building learning centers where folks can get off the street and start learning to live,” said the woman. “When centers are put in they are put in a planned place where encampments have started in order to start housing those people. It works because those folks are actually a community.”But another Mission resident who said she lives a block away from the Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. testified tearfully that the center’s presence in her neighborhood has had a drastic effect on her quality of life. “I walk everyday with my daughter down the street,” she said. “I’ve been harassed, physically assaulted and my house has been broken into. I’m not a monster, I know when people are suffering, it’s horrible. But it’s also breaking up the communities where these centers are put. It’s a wound that festers and affects everybody.”But not all of the meeting’s attendees opposed the idea of a temporary shelter.Tom Temprano, who lives and runs a business in the area, said the center would be staffed 24 hours a day. “We can’t walk on the sidewalks here and we can’t get into our doorways,” he said of the current situation. “If we get a Navigation Center in there, it’s getting people off the sidewalks.“Another woman, who lives directly across the street from the proposed shelter, pleaded for more compassion.“I know it’s not comfortable having people living out their lives on the sidewalk. But they were like you and me,” the woman said. “I don’t think a ‘not in my backyard’ attitude is going to help that situation.”Ronen said she plans to hold another community meeting once ongoing discussions determining the Navigation Center’s feasibility and budget have concluded. At 1950 Mission St., the 75-bed Navigation center is currently operating at a $2.6 million annual budget, while a 95-bed Navigation Center at Civic Center is costing the city $3 million annually, according to Deirdre Hussey, a spokesperson from the Mayor’s Office.Although Hussey declined to comment how much 1515 South Van Ness’ build out and operation as a homeless shelter would cost the city, she confirmed the mayor’s support for Ronen’s initiative to address encampments in the district. “The mayor understands that the tents in the Mission is an issue that people are concerned about [and] he is very happy to be working with Supervisor Ronen to come up with solutions to clear some of those tents,” Hussey, adding that with the community’s support, the Navigation center could open in “four to eight weeks, after we get possession [of the building] from Lennar.” center_img Some 40 nearby neighbors made it clear on Monday night that they are unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter at the site of former McMillan Electric building at 26th and South Van Ness streets.The lot is slated for 157 units of market-rate housing and the new Navigation Center would be a temporary use of the land.   “We oppose a temporary facility for a Navigation Center on that site,” said Craig Weber, a resident of 25th and Shotwell streets, who last week began circulating a petition in an effort to thwart the project.The group met at the Mexican restaurant Rincon Nayarit at 1500 South Van Ness Ave., across the street from the proposed shelter, to discuss their concerns.last_img read more

THE BBC have secured the rights to the Rugby Leagu

first_imgTHE BBC have secured the rights to the Rugby League World Cup 2021, cementing their commitment to Rugby League over the next four years.As well as showing the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in October/November 2017, the new deal means the BBC will now retain free-to-air rights to all 31 matches of the 2021 home tournament. Live coverage of at least 16 matches will be on BBC One or BBC Two, with the remaining matches available on Red Button and online.Rugby League already has a strong presence on the BBC with 40 weeks of coverage on network TV every year with the Super League Show and Ladbrokes Challenge Cup programmes transmitted from February to October. There are more than 50 commentaries a season on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra from the Betfred Super League, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and England internationals with ongoing coverage on the BBC Sport website including news, analysis, features, video clips and podcasts.For the first time ever, BBC Sport will also show a match from every round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup leading up to the final. One match from the early rounds (one to five) will be streamed on the BBC Sport website bringing viewers the latest from the community game. The network televised matches on BBC One and BBC Two start in May from round six onwards.Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid lead, Jon Dutton said: “We are pleased that the BBC will show all 31 games throughout the 2021 World Cup live. This is a very significant moment for the sport and will enable visibility and profile for the tournament like never before. We look forward to working with the BBC to create excitement not just for the tournament but also across many platforms in the build up to the World Cup.”Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, added: “This is the biggest international event in the Rugby League calendar and we’re delighted to have secured the rights to it, building on our extensive portfolio of the sport and this year’s World Cup down under.“Securing comprehensive rights for Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England means we will once again bring audiences to the heart of the action via first-class coverage on the International stage, and unprecedented coverage of the event will be available on the BBC.”last_img read more

James Bentley and Jack Welsby are both called up t

first_imgJames Bentley and Jack Welsby are both called up to the side with James Roby and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook missing through injury.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 24. James Bentley, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello, 31. Jack Welsby.Lee Radford will choose his Hull FC side from:1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 11. Dean Hadley, 14. Jake Connor, 16. Jordan Abdul, 17. Danny Washbrook, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 22. Jez Litten, 26. Jordan Lane, 28. Hakim Miloudi, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo, 30. Cameron Scott, 35. Liam Harris, 36. Lewis Bienek.The referee is for the clash is Chris Kendall.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Due to unforseen circumstances our next event will

Club First Team

first_imgWinger Swift, has featured 126 times for his home town Club since making his debut in 2012.He has crossed the whitewash 86 times and was part of the Grand Final winning team that defeated Wigan at Old Trafford in 2014.Swift burst onto the scene scoring a hat-trick of tries in only his second appearance and went onto be an integral part of the first team following the Club’s move to the Totally Wicked Stadium.He followed up that Grand Final win with a 22-try campaign in 2015 and in his Saints career has incredibly scored four tries in a match on three separate occasions.Adam said:“It was a really tough decision to make being a home grown lad and moving away, but it’s the right decision for me and I’m really looking forward to it and to the challenge ahead.”Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook commented:“I can completely understand Adam’s decision to move on, he is a Super League player and has unfortunately had limited opportunities in his position in recent times.Selfishly, I would have loved to have kept him, he is a great guy and it’s a shame that someone with such close affinity to the Club will be moving on.I wish him all the best for the future.”Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus added:“It will be sad to see Adam leave his home town Club where he has contributed so much to our success over the years in addition to being an incredibly popular member of our squad.That said, we fully understand and appreciate his wish to play regular first team Rugby with a top club, which Hull FC certainly is.We all wish him and his family more than well.”last_img read more

Topsail Elementary School closed Monday due to sewer line issues

first_img Students being dropped off by their parents were allowed to return home, while those arriving on the bus were immediately relocated to Topsail Middle School.Riley said attempts to contact parents and guardians are being made and students can be picked up at Topsail Middle School at this time.For any parent who is unable to pick up their students, buses will run later this morning taking students back home.Related Article: Math portion of NC teacher licensing exam could be replacedRiley said no students ever entered the school building where the issue was occurring. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools announced Topsail Elementary School will be closed Monday due to sewer line issues.According to Pender County Schools Spokesman Alex Riley, the staff at Topsail Elementary discovered a backup in the water and sewer lines at the facility that has made the bathrooms unusable for the day. Pender County Schools immediately made the decision to cancel school at the facility.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Shallotte man pleads guilty in revenge porn case

first_img Cruz was arrested in April of 2018. Nude photos of the victim were taken in her bedroom without her consent. After taking nude photos, Cruz shared those images with others through text messages and on Facebook.Cruz was originally charged with disclosure of private images, which is considered revenge porn under a North Carolina law that went into effect in 2015.Cruz was sentenced to between four and ten years in prison. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and taking nude photos of her is going to prison.Juan Roberto Cruz pleaded guilty to 2nd degree forcible sex offense on Tuesday, according to Assistant District Attorney Jason Minnicozzi.- Advertisement – last_img

Police identify body found behind dumpster

first_imgPolice investigating after body found in Tara Court (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police have identified a body discovered behind a dumpster in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.A landscaper told WWAY he found the body of Brandon Williams, 23, propped up against a tree. He said at first it appeared to look like garbage.- Advertisement – The lawn care crew was working at Tara Court townhouses off S. 41st Street in Wilmington when they found Williams around 10:00 a.m.The Wilmington Police Department does not suspect foul play.Police are still waiting on preliminary test results to confirm a cause of death.last_img

If you dont use it it must return to farmland – PA

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> If fuel station owners don’t use their new allocated land within three years, the space will need to be reinstated for agriculture, the Planning Authority’s new fuel stations policy states.Demolishing the site and changing its use will be done at the owner’s expense.This guideline is one of the PA’s proposals forming part of a new policy framework on the re-location and building of new fuel stations.The document, which is set for public consultation, outlines that the re-located fuel stations can be placed in designated areas including industrial zones or small to medium sized enterprise locations.  This excludes residential or Urban Conservation Areas.Regarding building in ODZ areas, PA says that it would ‘consider areas within ODZ which already have a permitted/legally commitment on site and which are not related to agriculture and/or animal husbandry.’ It stresses that this must not go beyond the agreed footprint of 1000m2.For those that already exist within or close to ODZ land, would not be eligible for being relocated or their change of use granted, PA states.Publish nowThe launch of the public consultation comes only weeks after a protest by Moviment Graffitti, urging the authorities to publish its full station policy.The NGO said at the time that it been almost two years since the PA recognized but did not publish an updated Fuel Service Policy which would prevent ODZ land being used to build Fuel stations.Following a siege outside the Planning Authority building in Floriana, Transport Minister Ian Borg announced that the new policy would be up for public scrutiny by the end of April.Read more:Watch: Minister says fuel stations policy will be up and running by AprilThe PA is besieging Malta with massive and useless fuel stations – GraffittiMore PA inaction will lead to more direct action – GraffittiWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more