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Advocates for the tenants who were displaced by a fire at Mission and 22nd streets last year held a press conference Friday to affirm that tenants do in fact have the right to return.“The tenants in this building have not lost their rent control rights. These tenants maintain their right to return,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca of the Housing Rights Committee. “I am feeling confident that this building will never lose rent control. And the community is going to make sure that it never loses rent control.” The city has ordered that the building be torn down to street level, sparing the basement, but the Department of Building Inspection said that although the word “demolish” appears several times in in the order, it actually will require the owner to get an “alteration” permit for the demolition. Advocates said that technicality – an alteration permit versus a demolition permit – means the original building will still exist and therefore it will remain under rent control and local laws governing the right to return. Advocates for the business tenants would also like to see an agreement that allows business tenants to return as well. “This building is an ecosystem…so many of the people that live in the building actually worked in it as well,” said Gabriel Medina of the Mission Economic Development Agency, who called for assistance for the businesses to be able to return as well.Medina also affirmed the tenants’ continued right to return.“We saw permits without any notification to the residents to the businesses to the neighborhood that this building was going to be potentially demolished,” Medina said. “And we had to make sure and we’re happy to make sure that they have 100 percent right of return.”But Medina also pointed out that it can take years for a damaged building to be repaired. Tenants who have been relocated to Treasure Island or Parkmerced or other temporary housing have one additional year to stay in those locations – making it imperative for action to be taken quickly on the building.“If this goes on the way it’s been going in this case, it could be two three four five years,” Medina said. “And we all know, it’s hard for people to try to hang on to a home that they deserve and they have a right to come back to.”Supervisor David Campos said that his office would try to find new housing for the tenants once their tenure in their temporary apartments runs out.An attorney representing the owner of the building, Hawk Ling Lou, did not immediately return a call for comment as to Lou’s intentions for the property. Advocates are now demanding that the city take decisive action on the building. They called for the city to take over the building under eminent domain and build affordable housing in its place. Luis Granados, executive director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, said the nonprofit would still like to buy the site from Lou and build affordable housing there while still allowing the tenants to return at their previous rent. “This landlord is a bad actor,” said Supervisor David Campos. “I think the city has to explore every single option with the possibility of actually taking this building over.”“This is, for us, an icon building,” said Roberto Hernandez, an organizer with Our Mission No Eviction. Hernandez also called for the District Attorney to file criminal charges against Lou. The District Attorney’s office said Tuesday that no case was ever presented to the office for a charging decision. 0% Tags: 22nd Street fire • Affordable Housing • Fires • rent control Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
The firefighters of SFFD Station #7 at Folsom and 17th Streets brought out their historic truck – a 1935/36 Mack Truck – for their 150th anniversary and it will be on view today, the 110th year since the great 1906 earthquake.The truck’s bell was hand-cast and the ladders hand-made in San Francisco. The Fire Department’s ladders are still hand-made here in SF. Thanks Station 7!Here is a schedule of today’s events. Tags: Fires • SFFD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%
While tens of thousands of people descend on San Francisco for the party that Pride Weekend has become, the Trans March kicking things off will set a different tone.Members of the city’s transgender community said Friday’s march will have a renewed sense of urgency, as the focus goes beyond the city’s borders to underscore the vulnerability of transgender women immigrants.“The gay parade is like a party; our march is a political statement,” said Victoria Castro, a case manager at El/La, which works exclusively with transgender Latinas.Along with others, Castro, who arrived in San Francisco from El Salvador in January 2017 and is now seeking political asylum, will wear black. Dressing as widows, their vigil will remember all the trans Latinas who have died at the hands of transphobic violence. For Celia Luciano Sagastume, the research coordinator at UCSF’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, agreed that the undocumented trans population should be at the top of the community’s concerns.The Trans March traces its origins to 2004, when an anonymous email calling for an increase in visibility circulated in the trans community. In response, a few hundred people gathered in Dolores Park and marched to Civic Center, launching a tradition of a “demonstration trek,” as one reporter dubbed it, through the Mission. In recent years, the march has attracted thousands of transgender residents and their supporters.Trans residents living here, many who fled their home countries because of persecution, remain highly attuned to the violence that impacts the community at the border.Castro wanted nothing more than to get to San Francisco. Sthefany Galante felt the same way about Mexico before leaving in 2001.In their home countries, the hormonal treatment they were able to get on the black market ended up harming their livers. When they came to San Francisco, they were able to get on the right treatment plan.“It’s something beautiful because it’s not harming us anymore,” said Galante.Nowadays, Castro organizes regular workshops where members of El/La write letters to trans Latinas being held in immigration detention centers.The women they work with leave their home countries — El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua — because they lack opportunities for work, education, and adequate medical treatment.A report from 2015 found that about one in 500 detainees held by ICE is transgender. Many are asylum seekers from Central and South American nations.The treatment they encounter at reception centers can be brutal. The vigil at the Trans March will be in the memory of Roxana Hernández, the transgender Honduran woman who died in ICE custody at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico. Hernández, who had HIV, was held in freezing conditions and died from HIV-related complications in May.For Sagastume, the issues of trans immigrants are so important that she considers this march the most important action of Pride Weekend, even though it it takes place in the shadows of Pride. As the Dyke March begins its program in the Mission, she said, people will gather at Embarcadero Plaza to oppose the federal border policy.Castro said that once immigrant women make it to San Francisco, El/La helps them apply for a name change, takes them to court, and connects them with doctors, lawyers and organizations that can support them and make San Francisco home.Up until the recent pressure from the Trump Administration and cost of living struggles, life in San Francisco had become better in the years since the Trans March began in 2004.Notably, city-funded healthcare covers hormone therapy and transgender surgeries; and everyone, including undocumented immigrants, can change their name and gender. In total, the city invests over $1.5 million in annual grants for transgender services, including workforce development programs, community based organizations and harm reduction programs.Since the 2016 election, however, there is increasing alarm about the federal government’s attempts to impact these advances.“There’s a real focus on how the Trump administration is trying to take all our privileges — not privileges, but services — away,” said Nikki Calma, also known as “Tita Aida,” who is the associate director of HIV Prevention and Health Promotion at API Wellness, and helping organize this year’s Trans March.“We don’t feel it directly, but when decisions are made it makes the community get a little paranoid — like these things could be taken away,” Calma added.Clair Farley, a mayoral adviser on transgender issues, says the hostility towards transgender people from the federal government requires increased vigilance in the city.At the beginning of the year, the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which would supposedly protect workers from being forced to violate their “deepest moral or religious convictions.” LGBT-advocacy groups fear it could be used to deny gay, lesbian and transgender patients health care.While San Francisco and California have protections against such discrimination, the city has to make sure there is clarity around policies that conflict with the federal government.“We are fortunate that we have protections — local and statewide — on issues of discrimination in health and housing,” Farley says.“A lot of people from around California, the country and elsewhere are moving to San Francisco in hopes of finding a more welcoming environment.”That move, however, has increasing challenges.Once trans immigrants make it here, Sagastume said, they often struggle to afford to live in the city that boasts progressive services.“People travel here to access the services offered here, but it’s nearly impossible to afford to live here, especially if you’re undocumented or an asylum seeker.”Many of the women El/La works with are homeless, sex workers, and undocumented. One wall of their small office on the top floor of the Redstone Building on 16th Street is dedicated to remembering trans Latinas who have been murdered across the country.And while Castro and Galante praise all the ways San Francisco has welcomed them, they say they still face discrimination.A 2015 San Francisco needs assessment found that 60 percent of transgender Latinas felt unsafe walking around the city during the day, while 12 percent of the overall queer population does.A 2012 report found that transgender Californians experienced unemployment and poverty at twice the state average. One in five respondents had been homeless since they first identified as transgender.“I think San Francisco has been the most welcoming,” says Galante, “but we still have to fight.” 0% Tags: LGBT • Pride Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
WANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?We catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.Using Their Heads:Saints fans got themselves ready for the opening night versus Hull FC by snapping up hundreds of hats and caps from the Saints Superstore. With an increased range of hats this year Saints have been able to cater for fans of all ages. Check out the range now.Crystal Clear:Our ever popular Etched Pint Tankards and Whiskey Glasses are now back in stock following a sell-out at Christmas. These make great Gifts for many occasions so check them out now. Cheers!Personalised Car Mats:Saints have recently issued a licence to a Car Mat specialist to supply Personalised Saints Car Mats. Most current car models are available to order. There are different qualities of mats available and Fans can get the Club logo together with their own name, nickname or message embroidered into the mat. This is a great opportunity for a totally unique Saints gift. The good news is that the club benefits from every set sold take a look today.Steve Prescott Foundation:Finally, thanks to everyone who supported the club’s offer to donate £5 to the Steve Prescott Foundation for each shirt printed with ‘Precky’s’ name and number in the week leading up to our match with Hull FC. We printed more than 50 shirts and the Club will make the promised donation to the Foundation shortly.You can buy Saints Merchandise in the Superstore at Langtree Park or by logging on here.
Saints face Salford Red Devils in a Heaven vs Hell clash on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium with kick off at 7:45pm and Costello is again included in Holbrook’s 19 man squad ahead of the game.Costello grabbed his first Saints tries in a hat-trick in the win over Catalans at the end of April and the 21-year-old has been pleased to be given the chance to come into the side.“Yes, I have been very pleased [with the opportunity]. Unfortunately Percy [Mark Percival] got injured, but it has provided a few opportunities for me to go and play and I am enjoying it. It’s going well.“I hadn’t scored before that and to score three in one game I have never done that before for Saints, so yes I was very happy. I am pleased [with my form]. I want to get a bit sharper and improving each week, but I am happy with how it is going.”On Salford, ‘Cozzy’ admits the Saints have done our homework on Friday’s visitors given the dangers they have in their ranks.“Salford are really good side, he continued.“They have lots of dangerous players in their side and we have done a lot of video on them this week. It is about getting up fr the task tomorrow.” Holbrook on @SalfordDevils dangers, @TheChallengeCup draw and a huge to the Saints fans for their support! There’s also an injury update on @Luketommo1 @MarkPercival22 and @LouieMS14 in the link below https://t.co/uvpNOLxD8Y#saintsandproud pic.twitter.com/qWsJG0ZzQd— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) May 15, 2019Costello is hoping he can retain his place for the Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Castleford Tigers at Anfield on Sunday 26th May where Saints fans can take advantage of the Flash Sale 50% discounted tickets.“It will be massive I am not a Liverpool fan, but it is a mad stadium to play at and it’s different to our usual week to week stadiums, so it will be a big test.”NEXT UP FOR SAINTS AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM IS A HEAVEN VS HELL CLASH WITH SALFORD RED DEVILS ON FRIDAY MAY 17TH WITH A 7:45PM KICK OFF. YOU CAN BUY TICKETS FOR THE GAME ONLINE HERE, OR BY CALLING INTO THE TICKET OFFICE AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is a video that is gaining nationwide attention and one you have probably already seen. Student Keaton Jones from Tennessee sharing his tearful experience of being bullied.Over the weekend, Keaton’s mother shared this video on Facebook. Since then it has gone viral getting attention from dozens of celebrities. Keaton asks why bullies do what they do and gives encouragement to others going through the same thing.- Advertisement – It’s a courageous act one Murrayville Elementary School teacher Kelsey Frantz is applauding.“As soon as I saw him start talking there was tears. And it just kind of really hit home for me,” Frantz said.Keaton’s video hitting close to home for Frantz as she too was bullied.Related Article: Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees“That one thing that you may say to someone will stay with that person for the rest of their lives,” Frantz said.That is why Frantz does what she can in the classroom to combat the issue.“One thing that I try to do as a teacher is I want to create that classroom community where everyone feels safe and comfortable,” Frantz said.From reading books about bullying, to centering her lesson plans around the problem, and celebrating acts of kindness, Frantz is hopeful Keaton’s courage widens the platform to not only discuss bullying but try and stop it as well.“I hope he knows that he’s not alone and that this is happening to everyone and when we can come together and realize that this is not okay, this is not how people should be treated,” Frantz said. “That we all have insecurities, we all have feelings but taking them out on other people is never ever the answer.”Frantz says she hopes Keaton’s plea will help continue to raise awareness about bullying across our nation.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — All aboard the USS North Carolina! That is the message Friends of the Battleship North Carolina, a non-profit organization that raises money for the historic ship, are sending out.The group hosted the Battleships, Beer & Bratwurts event at the Iron Clad in Downtown Wilmington Wednesday night.- Advertisement – Dozens came out to enjoy beer, trolly stop, and even a history lesson.The goal was to not only educate people, but to get them to become a member Friends of the Battleship North Carolina.“Putting the Battleship back on the map,” member, Dough Kesling said. “And letting people know that, you know, you can come over and visit anytime. And join and be a part of the historic legacy of the Battleship. It serves as a World War II monitor for all those who served in the state of North Carolina.”Related Article: Have tea time and an afternoon of fun and fairies at Midsummer’s Day Tea PartyThe Battleship does not get any federal, state, or local government funding.It relies solely on admissions, tour, gift shop sales, donations, and the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina.
The Sheriff’s office says no one entered either church and they believe both churches were damaged by the same people.The investigation remains open and ongoing. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s office says two churches had their windows smashed in over the weekend in Brunswick County.Blackwell Chapel AME ChurchThe Sheriff’s Office says unknown suspects used an object to damage several windows at Blackwell Chapel AME Church on Blackwell Road in Leland. Less than a half mile down the road in Belville, two windows were damaged at Providence Missionary Church on Chappell Loop Road.- Advertisement –
The contract is dated April 2. UNC Athletics Director Larry Cunningham signed it Thursday. UNCW’s Jimmy Bass signed it a day later.It is a three-year, two-for-one series with the Heels traveling to Trask Coliseum during the 2019-2020 season and the two teams meeting once again at the Dean Dome during the 2020-2021 season. No dates have been set for the last two games.The contract calls for a $100,000 “Amount of Guarantee” for the first game to be paid to UNCW. A guarantee is typically paid by the home team to the visiting team. The Amount of Guarantee for games two and three is $0. Any team who breaks the contract owes the other $100,000.Related Article: Laney’s Saniya Rivers named Gatorade NC Girls Basketball Player of the YearA visit by the Tar Heels has long been rumored since UNCW hired C.B. McGrath as head coach last year. McGrath spent 18 years as an assistant under Roy Williams, including 14 years at UNC after four years together at Kansas.UNCW last played UNC in the regular season on New Year’s Eve 2013. That’s when former Tar Heel Buzz Peterson coached the Seahawks at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heel won that game 84-51.Back in November, the two teams were among the four that took part in a jamboree in Chapel Hill to benefit the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Tar Heels topped the Seahawks in their head-to-head battle. The even also included UNC Greensboro and East Carolina.A match-up this season with the Tar Heels would mean a second game against a major conference team early in the season for the Seahawks. Last month UNCW announced it will host Stanford of the Pac-12 on November 9. The two teams will meet again in Palo Alto, CA, the following season. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many basketball fans in the Port City will finally see their hoop dream come true.According to a contract between the two schools obtained by WWAY, the North Carolina Tar Heels and UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball teams will meet December 5 in Chapel Hill. No time for the game has been set.- Advertisement –