Homeless Emergency Law Moves Forward with VetoProof Majority

first_imgDozens of people sat in on a hearing on Thursday at City Hall to support Supervisor David Campos’s efforts to declare a state of emergency on homelessness, a measure passed unanimously by the subcommittee’s eight members. That level of support at the full board will make it veto-proof, said the Mission District supervisor. “I want you to know that I have heard you,” said Campos, addressing a crowd of concerned citizens, current and formerly homeless people, and those who advocate for them during a subcommittee hearing of the Board of Supervisors. “The issue of homelessness here in San Francisco has reached a crisis level.”The legislation, introduced by Campos earlier this month and forwarded from the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee to the full Board of Supervisors Thursday afternoon, would liken the living conditions of the approximately 7,000 homeless in the city to a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or a flood. Many of those in attendance described the crisis as a “man-made disaster” that they said city leaders have neglected for years. “I’ve been in state of emergency for five years, but I’m glad you guys finally caught up,” said Darnell Boyd, who is currently homeless.“Every time someone is about to become homeless, alarm bells should be ringing because the consequences are so dire,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness.Following the example of cities such as Oakland and Los Angeles, the emergency declaration could be the first step in allowing the city to request state and federal assistance, and to expedite certain codes and legislative procedures to create more housing for the homeless, said the supervisor. The legislation will move to the Board of Supervisors in early April.“The declaration gives local government the power to cut the red tape in terms of legal requirements when it comes to use of public property in dealing with housing homeless people,” said Campos. “It will allow us to shorten the process to be able to quickly turn buildings owned by the city and county into spaces to house people.”This immediate action would include building more homeless shelters on public lands. On Tuesday, Campos followed his declaration with another ordinance that would force the city to open six Navigation Centers within one year, three within the next four months.The city’s first and only Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. has been pointed to as a successful model in helping the homeless transition off the streets and into stable housing.  That site was chosen as temporary location for the center’s pilot program, set to expire in June 2017, and Campos said that he is committed to ensuring that one of the new centers will find a permanent space in the Mission. The six new centers would be connected to long-term housing and serve specific community needs — such as a wet house for chronic alcoholics, as well as a possible safe injection site — and could be built quickly under the state of emergency declaration.Photo by Laura WaxmannA large contingent from the Mission that included housing activists, residents and students showed general support for Campos’s declaration and the possibility of new centers, and spoke to a crisis made visible by a growing number of encampments in the neighborhood in recent months.  “It’s about time,” said Dennis Wagner of Rainbow Grocery at 14th and Folsom streets. For months, a large homeless encampment snaked along Division Street near the grocery cooperative, until it was declared a public health crisis by the city’s health officials and dismantled last month.“We just displaced people that are already displaced. That’s not an answer, and we need a long-term solution. If we can help, we’ d like to be a part of it,” said Wagner.Other Mission community members voiced concerns over the manner in which the city has dealt with the influx of homeless campers.Matt Ostrow, an eighth grader at San Francisco Friends School at 250 Valencia St., questioned the effectiveness of the sweeps conducted by the city’s Department of Public Works to clean out homeless encampments.“A few blocks from our school is Division Street. I see homeless people on every block on my way to school. The sweeps done in that area aren’t helping to solve the issue,” said Ostrow. “All they are doing is moving them to another street.”Some speakers referred to the analogy of a “drowning man placed in a neighbor’s pool” to illustrate how the city’s sweeps often perpetuate the homeless’ plight by shuffling campers from one street to another. “That analogy is right on. The criminalization of the homeless is a major issue,” said Kelly Cutler, of Coalition on Homelessness. “Everyone’s frustrated, including those on the frontline. The [Public Works crews] don’t want to be doing this, but they are ordered to.”While most speakers rallied in support for the state of emergency declaration, some said that efforts by law enforcement to address the criminal elements associated with the encampments are insufficient. “The homeless encampment on Florida Street has quadrupled since [the homeless] cleared out from the freeway. Now, they break into cars, and it’s unsanitary and unsafe to be on a block where I pay a ton of rent,” said Daniel Conrad, who runs a law firm on Bryant Street. “Tell Captain Perea of Mission Station that my neighborhood is not an injection safe zone. ”The measure will likely go to the full board next week. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Artists drop out of show hosted by 16th and Mission developers

first_imgSign up for Mission Local’s daily news letter! “By not vending is no disrespect to the brand or every1 working hard to make the event poppin’,” she wrote, emphasizing that she wasn’t against participants. “At the end of the day there still isn’t enough affordable housing for the people. If in the end I’m hurting my own pockets then that’s on me.” Mission Local attempted to reach out to artists participating in the event, but they did not respond to requests for comment.Joe Arellano, a spokesperson for Maximus Real Estate, said that Maximus is providing space for the event, as well as funds for security guards, portable bathrooms and safety renovations to the building. Arellano said the event was conceived when Maximus had been looking for artists to paint a mural on the Burger King wall facing the plaza, in an attempt to abate graffiti. When artists and the developer were not able to agree on a price, he said, a well-connected local artist volunteered to organize the event, who he could only identify as “Adan.”  Arellano said Plaza 16’s assertion that Maximus is attempting to divide the community through the event “falls flat,” because “one of the main points that Plaza 16 likes to use is they want this space for the community, and that’s what we’re doing.”He confirmed that some artists had dropped out of the event.“Some artists have decided not to (participate) because it has been highly politicized and [they] don’t want to get involved,” he said.  In January, Mission Local reported that Mission4All may have misled a local teacher into participating in an ad campaign promoting the project at the 16th and Mission BART station. Bhakta said some 10 groups have dropped out of the event, although he declined to say which ones. On Friday, a small drama played out on an Instagram post by Dying Breed, a Mission-based clothing brand. “There is a group of people trying to Boycott this event by spreading false statements about this event being funded by a major developer, saying that they are using us and our talents to make people favor a building that is being built on 16th and Capp. St., coined Monster in the Mission,” the post says. “Many people in the community are caught up in a state of mind about choosing sides about going or not going to this event or even participating in it as vendors,” the post continues. “Over all, this is FOR US BY US!” Ari Cruz, owner of local crafts business Sew Frisco, whose logo was on an initial flyer for the event but was absent from a more recent version, appears to have dropped out. Mission4All, the organization funded by the developers of the proposed 10-story 380-unit development at 16th and Mission streets, is hosting an event at 16th and Capp this Saturday, in which some 30 local artists, musicians and craftspeople will showcase their work. But already some are dropping out. Some neighborhood groups are also crying foul, saying that the event – called “Made in the Bay” – is misleading and an attempt to divide the community.“We feel what they’re doing is using colonization tactics to divide and conquer the community,” said Chirag Bhakta, an organizer with the Plaza 16 Coalition, a network of neighborhood activists who are staunchly opposed to the project that would rise at 1979 Mission St. center_img Tags: development • murals Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

TICKETS for Saints away trip to Catalans Dragons o

first_imgTICKETS for Saints away trip to Catalans Dragons on March 5 (kick off 6.30pm local time) are available from the French club only.You can buy tickets at the Dragons’ online ticket office by clicking here, from the Gilbert Brutus Stadium shop the week before the game or at the ticket office on match day.Prices:Children (u12s): 3 €General entrance: 15 €Concessions: 10 €Gradins: 15 €Guasch-Laborde stand: 25 €Bonzoms Stand:Silver tickets: 25 €Gold tickets: 30 €last_img

Woman convicted in Elizabethtown murder sentenced to life

first_imgELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County woman will serve a life sentence in connection to a deadly 2015 shooting in Elizabethtown.According to a press release, Shanika Mitchell, 20, was convicted by a jury of six men and six women late Friday afternoon following a week-long trial in Bladen County Superior Court.- Advertisement – She was convicted of Accessory Before the Fact to First Degree Murder, two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, aiding and abetting Attempted First Degree Murder, and aiding and abetting Discharging a Firearm into a Vehicle in Operation.Mitchell received a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.The shooting happened on November 8, 2015 in Elizabethtown at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road when a vehicle with two people inside was ambushed by gunfire. Related Article: Sonic employees arrested for lacing kid’s meal with ecstasyIn court, witness testimony and cell phone communications indicated that Mitchell worked with her co-defendants to orchestrate the shooting.During the trial, jurors were presented with evidence that showed Mitchell participating in a plot to set up the victims who were fired upon just moments after dropping Mitchell off at her home. One of the shots struck the driver, Darrell Council, killing him almost instantly.Following an investigation into the shooting conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell was charged and arrested.Mitchell’s brother, Montise Mitchell, was convicted in connection to the shooting by a Bladen County jury in August 2017 and he received a sentence of life imprisonment  without the possibility of parole.Her case proceeded to trial after she rejected multipleplea offers from the State of North Carolina.“When an individual joins forces with others to commit crime each participant can be held responsible for the behavior of their co-conspirators. This case is a vivid reminder of that because here, even though Shanika Mitchell didn’t pull the trigger, she was still guilty as an accessory by virtue of her actions that helped the crime to occur,” said Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee who, along with ADA Courtney Sanford, prosecuted the case. “Our office and the victims’ family are grateful that the jury followed the evidence and the law in reaching these verdicts,” said McGee.last_img read more

Bladen County brothers accused of selling drugs

first_img His charges include selling and delivering marijuana. Jamie also faces federal charges.His brother Benjamin Ballard is also charged with selling and delivering marijuana.James Gordon (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office)Deputies say 36-year-old James Gordon conspired with the Ballard brothers to sell drugs in Elizabethtown. He was arrested and charged after allegedly leading deputies on a brief chase.Related Article: Report: Woman finds razor blade on door handle in Tanger parking lotDeputies say Gordon was found with approximately 92 grams of marijuana and ecstasy. Benjamin Ballard and Jamie Ballard are facing drug charges. (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brothers with a history of selling drugs in Bladen County and serving time in prison are once again facing drug charges.Jamie Ballard was out on bond for a July 17 arrest when he was arrested again Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Long lines at area stores as many rush to get storm ready

first_img People were leaving the store with carts packed full of goods including Aimee Teachey, who has lived here most of her life, and says she doesn’t remember a storm this bad.“This one’s kind of scary, I’m hearing too many things,” Teachey said. “As a business owner, and a mom, I’ve just decided, by tomorrow I’ll know if it’s going to be a safer decision to leave town with my kids.”There was also a line of people waiting to have propane tanks filled.Related Article: Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from PennsylvaniaTeachey says she’s seen Costco busy, but not like this. She says the store was completely out of water. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents are not wasting time getting prepared for Hurricane Florence, but you may need to call around first.Costco was packed Monday with people preparing for the storm with a line of cars trying to get into the parking lot.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival to premiere Holocaust film

first_img “One, to bring our Jewish community together but also to educate the entire Wilmington non-Jewish community as well and to share some our culture and history with everyone,” said Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Chair Debbie Smith.Who Will Write Our History is a Holocaust story that shows what a small group of determined activists did to preserve their culture and its history while facing almost certain death in a concentration camp during World War II.It took about six years to produce the film and was based on a book published in 2007.Related Article: Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Summer Series going on now“It is really a beautiful piece of work,” Smith said. “It is narrative and dramatization of the events that took place in the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust.”Only two of the 60 detainees involved in this project survived World War II and Nazi extermination of Jews in Warsaw and Poland.“The story is about a group of people who decided they didn’t want the Nazis to write the history for them because they knew their time was limited, and they took it upon themselves to gather and write journals and diaries, gather pictures and other important papers and burying these important documents and letters,” Smith said.The Nazis’ goal was to exterminate Jews and other minority groups. They also filmed many of the atrocities inflicted on detainees in concentration camps.“Part of why they wanted to film it was to show there used to be these groups [Jews] and we don’t have these groups anymore,” she said.Instead of letting the Nazis tell their version of what happened to the Jews, the resistors in the Warsaw ghetto wanted to document their story for future generations.“When people think of the Holocaust they think of negative things but in many ways this movie is a testament to the will and human spirit,” Smith said.Who Will Write Our History will be shown on the main stage at Thalian Hall on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office.The director of the film, Roberta Grossman, will also be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in a question and answer session following the presentation. WILMINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreen shift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari) ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12…6 seek to 10%, 20%, …60% WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is partnering with United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington to present the North Carolina film premiere of Who Will Write Our History.The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival has been in existence for six years and has two primary goals.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Go Coast program aims to reduce unnecessary traffic on roads

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) has launched its ‘Go Coast’ program’ to encourage employers to create ways to mitigate traffic and reduce the number of vehicle miles employees travel for work.“‘Go Coast’ is a program housed within the WMPO and its number one initiative is to encourage and enable citizens to use sustainable alternative forms of transportation whenever possible,” said WMPO Transportation Planner Nick Cannon who appeared Wednesday on WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina. “What the ‘Go Coast Commuter Employer Program’ does is recognize organizations that have resources in place that allows their employees to do just that.”- Advertisement – Some ways employers can be part of the program is by committing to provide employees with bicycle racks, special carpooling parking spaces and offering alternative work schedules.“This just expands commuting options for workers,” Cannon said.WMPO plans to recognize local companies and businesses that provide such opportunities on the ‘Go Coast’ website and in ‘Go Coast’ publications and newsletters.Related Article: Ground broken for $30M hotel in downtown WilmingtonThere will be three levels of designation including bronze, silver and gold.“Each level has criteria that builds off one another and each criteria has a wide array of what could designate an employer as commuter friendly,” Cannon said.Learn more about each criteria. Completed applications consist of 11 questions and should be emailed to GoCoast@wilmingtonnc.gov.“We just want to honor organizations and employers that offer efficient transportation systems that prioritize the health of the environment and not sitting in traffic for 20 minutes while just traveling three and a half miles down the road” Cannon said.The WMPO is comprised of members from Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, New Hanover County, Belville, Leland, Navassa, Brunswick County, Pender County, Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority and North Carolina Board of Transportation.last_img read more

Wanted Political Analysts for PN defeat report

first_imgBeleaguered PN Leader coy on defeat reportBeleaguered PN Leader coy on defeat report Sources have confirmed to Newsbook.com.mt that the top echelons of the PN administration are actively scouting for political analysts to carry out a post-mortem of the electoral bloodbath which the Partit Nazzjonalista has suffered at the polls last weekend. Different sources also indicated that this was not an idea born after the poll results but one which the party leadership had informally decided upon in the weeks leading up to the elections.Meanwhile, party leader Adrian Delia adopted a coy attitude on TVM’s DISSETT when he said that such a post-electoral report was not ‘required’ but that he would consider requesting its compilation. He expressed the desire to have such an analysis carried out by a wide gamut of people and not by political experts. This, he said, was down to the fact that he did not want an elitist party with just a few advising him on what was going so wrong.Delia said that if having such a report carried out was party procedure, he had nothing against it. However, he said, many were the reports which simply gathered dust in drawers after completion. The PN statute does not, in effect, require such a report to be compiled. Delia said that the report must however, embrace as wide a spectrum of society as possible to see where whom and how these different sectors felt that the PN was not their choice representative.Read Also: Il-PN se jitlob rapport tat-telfa?Admitting to insufficient change in the Party, Delia insisted that he had been given a task to do over a five-year period and that he was there to see it through. He said that he was aware that elements within the party were not sympathetic or even hostile. Delia said that he would do all in his power to draw these elements back into the fold but if they still resisted, he would proceed regardless “…otherwise we will get stuck”.Read Also: Watch: ‘I will not be resigning’ – DeliaAt Naxxar, Delia insisted that he would not resign while prominent PN leaning economist and statistician Lawrence Zammit was one of the first to express the opinion, on Newsbook.com.mt, that Delia should resign. This call was followed by one made by former PN Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi saying that Delia should put his position up for public scrutiny. Former PN leadership candidate and party treasurer Alex Perici Calascione, as well as former PN candidate Herman Farrugia also weighed in on this aspect.Read Also :      Perici Calascione stirs a hornet’s nest            Delia should Resign – Lawrence ZammitWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Make political profession full time to make it more accessible and sustainable

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Malta’s Union for Small and Medium Sized businesses supports the idea that politics should become a full time job that is accessible and flexible.MPGRTU has said that it supports proposals within a consultation document that politics becomes a full time employment encouraging more women and valid individuals to get involved.Their comments come in the wake of a consultation paper entitled, ‘Gender Balance in Parliament Reform’ which proposes changes to make politics more accessible to women and valid individuals who struggle to participate.GRTU states that in agreement with the consultation, MPs should no longer have to face situations where they choose to pursue politics and put aside better full time career prospects in order to serve. They say that this is not only an obstacle to women who then are unable to be with their families, it is also an unsustainable career.‘It is inhumane to ask from our MPs to stay at work because their pay at Parliament just cannot sustain them, then, after work hours, be an MP and dedicate him/herself to politics and then also be an active parent.’For this reason, GRTU agrees with full time MPs.‘Their remuneration should reflect their responsibility and, being our decision makers, they should have their own secretariat and researchers to support their work. Those that are parents should be able to have time for their kids and family and therefore the hours of Parliament must reflect this and child minding support introduced. These are the radical changes that will make a difference on how many women feature on our ballot sheet,’ they state.Gender Corrective Mechanism While stating that representing constituents should be a full time job, they also stress that restructuring parliament under a ‘Gender Corrective Mechanism’ or through ‘quotas’ to make it easier for women to serve, does not work.GRTU’s CEO Abigail Mamo says that instituting this mechanism will have the adverse effect of making women look like ‘token’ options simply to represent diversity.‘I cannot imagine what it would have been like for me personally to be placed in my position just for being female. Apart from feeling ridiculed I would have had a tough time proving my worth and changing people’s perception of me that I am not just female but also worthy in occupying my position. I am no exception, I am only proof that the society we live in has changed and women are not prejudiced as they used to be in the past.’At the same time, the GRTU state that the system is intended to actively correct voter’s choice at the voting booth, when they state that ‘the voter is not really biased against women.’To further their argument, they state that in the Maltese General Elections, there was a 5% difference in the male to female proportion of candidates, 19% and 14%.  Instead, they point to the much bigger discrepancies faced in the European Parliamentary Elections.‘In the last two EP elections the voter choice for women surpass greatly the choice of males; by 20% in the latest EP election. Where is this big discrepancy that will necessitate doctoring the composition of our parliament?’The top-ups are there for the PL and PN – ADIn a statement from Alternattiva Demokratika, it explained that the proposed top-ups for the Parliament will actually benefit the Labour and Nationalist Parties. They say that proper representation in the electoral system means that it needs to be more representative of different opinions.In AD’s words, the electoral reforms undertaken over the years created a situation that only served for the two main parties to alternate control, excluding the rest.Going further, AD said that the necessary balance between men and women should not exclude those who identify themselves as neither males or females.AD said that the electoral system should be based on the electoral list submitted by the political parties with a gender balance along with those who do not identify with any gender. This list has to be accepted by the Electoral Commission to see if there is a balance.In a statement, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Reform announced that the public consultation closed today. It was said that in the coming weeks Technical Committee will evaluate the content and public proposals. Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli said the feedback from public consultation there is “encouraging”.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more