Embattled Bryant Street Project Clears Hurdle

first_img Ethics Complaint for 2000 Bryant St. by MissionLocal on Scribd A controversial, frequently delayed housing project on Bryant Street was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, but still faces one last hurdle on Wednesday when it comes before another city panel for a hearing. “I believe that on balance, this neighborhood is better off having this project approved than not,” said Supervisor David Campos of the proposed 330-unit at 2000–2070 Bryant St. The project has been delayed for years and would involve a split site with two buildings. It would have 191 units of market-rate housing and 139 units of below-market rate housing total.“The question for me is: Can we afford to say no to as many as 139 units of affordable housing? I don’t believe we can,” Campos said.During public comment before the Board of Supervisors, opponents of the project repeated what has become a mantra in hearings on market-rate housing projects in the Mission District: the project will exacerbate gentrification and lead to more displacement in the neighborhood. Tags: Bryant Street • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “The Mission is slowly fading into the sunset,” said Marie Sorenson, a member of the neighborhood association Calle 24. She and others said that an influx of wealthy tenants — those that could afford the market-rate units in developer Nick Podell’s building — would put upward pressure on existing rents in the neighborhood and force more tenants and businesses out. Others said that change was already happening and happening fast.“I don’t think the Mission is slowly fading into the sunset,” said Rick Hall, who spoke after Sorenson. “I think it’s being driven there at a rapid rate.”The nearly block-long development at 2000 Bryant St. has been in the works since 2013, when Podell pitched the idea of a market-rate housing project in the industrial northeastern section of the Mission District.The project faced strong backlash from local activists, who managed to delay it in late 2015 and delayed it again in May, when the project went before the Planning Commission for approval. That final delay pushed Podell to give part of his land to the city for affordable housing so that it could finance and build up to 136 units of below-market-rate housing next to the 191-unit market-rate building. The market-rate building would have three additional units of below-market-rate housing, resulting in some 40 percent affordable for the project.The affordable project would go to eight stories, while the market-rate project would go to six. A fifth of the units in the affordable project would be reserved for formerly homeless families, and the rest would be reserved for those making up to 55 percent of area median income, or $53,300 for a family of three.A rendition of the market-rate building at 2000 Bryant St. Courtesy of Nick Podell.The new plan was approved on June 2, but activists were still opposed, pledging to appeal the project to both the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals, where it goes on Wednesday.On Tuesday, despite an attempt by appellants to kill the development by showing that its environmental review was inadequate, the Board of Supervisors voted 11–0 after a four-hour hearing to overturn the appeal and proceed with the project.Most of those opposed to the project said that the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan — which governs environmental review of developments in the eastern portion of the city — was outdated, since it was developed in 2008 before the tech boom. They said the plan anticipated up to 2,054 units in the Mission District by 2025, not the 2,451 units currently in the pipeline for the neighborhood.“We are currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in housing production in San Francisco,” said Peter Papadopoulos, citing “negative health impacts” to local residents caused by long commutes by tech workers to Silicon Valley, private shuttles, and boutique businesses that cater to the wealthy.Some supervisors, for their part, agreed that the plan was outdated.“The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan is constantly called into question,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen when talking to city staff. “Why the heck are we using it? Why do we continue to use the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan when it’s outdated?”Staff said use of a plan was mandated by state law, and that the only way to use other guidelines would be to replace the current plan — which took seven years to develop — with a new one. Cohen said she would look to do just that.The Mayor’s Office of Housing, for its part, also sought to quell criticism that the city would not have the funding to develop the affordable housing project, letting the affordable half of the site lie vacant while the market-rate half is built.Opponents of the Bryant Street project have pointed to 1296 Shotwell St. as an example of the long delays involved in other land dedications. There, the developer of the Vida Apartments project at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets gave land to the city for affordable housing construction in 2013, but the affordable project on the site has still not broken ground.Olson Lee, the director of the housing office, said in a letter that the affordable housing site at 2070 Bryant St. would be delivered “shovel-ready” and could be expedited through the approval process. The city has already earmarked $30 million for the project, Lee added. Opponents also tried filing an ethics complaint, included below, against a staff person at the Mayor’s Office of Housing on Tuesday, a complaint that will be addressed by the Ethics Commission but that a city attorney said on Tuesday had little basis in fact.On Wednesday, the project will go before the Board of Appeals, where it faces its final hurdle before it can begin construction.Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the market-rate unit count as 196, not 191. Letter on Funding and Timeline for Affordable Housing at 2070 Bryant St. by MissionLocal on Scribd 0%last_img read more

ST HELENS have announced the signing of 23yearol

first_imgST HELENS have announced the signing of 23-year-old utility forward Mark Flanagan on a two-year deal for 2012 and 13.Flanagan was formerly with Wigan Warriors and is currently in his second year at Wests Tigers in Sydney.Saints Coach Royce Simmons stated: “I coached Mark previously at Wests Tigers. He is a very good young British player who has benefited from his time in the NRL.“He has an excellent attitude both on and off the field. He is tough and versatile, can play in the middle or on an edge and can cover at hooker if need be.“He is a good addition to our squad for next year.”Oldham-born Flanagan played for Wigan from 2007 to 2009 before making his NRL debut for Wests in March 2010 against Manly.Since then he has made 22 appearances, scoring two tries.last_img read more

Ticket

first_imgYou can still reserve your tickets online here up until 5pm today while stocks last. There are mostly just single seats remaining in most blocks with some additional tickets still remaining in unallocated Bronze blocks.There will be limited cash turnstiles on the evening on a first-come first served basis in the Totally Wicked North Stand blocks NH and NI – tickets in these blocks will not be available from the Ticket Office.Any remaining tickets from other areas including South block SB, will be available at the Ticket Office while stocks last. We cannot guarantee there will be any tickets remaining before kick-off so we advise fans to secure theirs before gates open at 6pm.Those fans who have purchased their match tickets already and not yet collected them are advised to arrive early to avoid potential queues at the ticket collection point. Please note all PRE-BOUGHT match tickets can be collected from the Ticket Collection point only, which is located next to the ticket office.Please also be advised that the ticket office is only for purchases made on the evening and for collection of any 2019 Membership cards.The game will kick off at 7:45pm with gates open from 6pm.last_img read more

Good time and good cause MDA Toast of Life Gala

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are just days away from your chance to get dressed up, have a good time and support a good cause.MDA is hosting its 3rd Annual Toast to Life Gala Friday night.- Advertisement – Doctor Alyson Hommel, a neurologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, spoke with WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick about the event Monday on Good Evening Wilmington.The black tie event is to raise awareness and provide help and hope to families living with Muscular Dystrophy.  Proceeds will assist the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Eastern Carolinas Chapter in funding MDA’s local, free, fully-adaptive summer camp program for children with neuromuscular diseases.The MDA Toast to Life Gala is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Downtown Wilmington.Related Article: 16 dog food brands may cause heart disease in pets, FDA warnsFor more tickets, click here.last_img read more

Caught on camera Suspect tries to break into Oak Island home

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Surveillance cameras were rolling at a Oak Island home when a man attempted to break inside early this morning. Now, Oak Island Police need your help identifying the suspect.The person in the videos attempted to break into the home in the 200 block of West Dolphin Drive around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police say they were not able to get in.The suspect appears to have a tattoo on his right bicep and was possibly in a small white car.- Advertisement – If you know any information, please contact the Oak Island Police Department.last_img read more

Theater music and boat show on tap for weekend fun

first_img “It’s kind of a mystery drama, so you don’t really know what happened,” said StarNews Feature Writer John Staton. “The nun talks to a psychologist and the Mother Superior gets involved to protect the nun.”Another production begins this weekend called Shakespeare Inc. It is a comedy play that questions if William Shakespeare really did write all those works of art. The play will be performed every Friday and Saturday night through October 6 at the TheatreNow located at 19 S. 10th Street. Since this is a dinner-theatre show, they will also serve a British-inspired dinner.“There’s great food over there as well and Chef Denise Gordon always cooks up something special for their shows,” Staton said.Related Article: Wilmington Boat Show to draw thousandsThis is also the last weekend of Violet at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. The musical, presented by the Opera House Theatre Company, is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim, a short story by North Carolina writer Doris Betts, that follows a young girl disfigured during childhood on her journey to Oklahoma. You can follow Violet’s journey too, with showings beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.If music is more your thing, there are lots of offerings this weekend. Phillip Phillips, the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012, will perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.“He has one of the biggest-selling hits called ‘Home’ that came off the show and I imagine Greenfield Lake will be packed out Friday night,” Staton said.Chris Isaak performs at Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington on Sunday, 7 p.m.“Known for his songs ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Baby Did A Bad Thing,’ Isaak combines that rockabilly vibe with a little more of a updated, cool hip thing and he’s been around for a long time,” Staton said.The Dew Drops, a country-western band, will perform Friday night at the Satellite. They play many of the songs made famous by Buck Owens, George Jones, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams.“They’ve been around Wilmington for a really long time playing different kinds of music and the Dew Drops are about as good as it gets,” Staton added.If you prefer strolling along the historic Wilmington waterfront, you’ll see lots of yachts here for the annual Wilmington Boat Show which runs Friday through Sunday. According to the show’s website, it is the largest of its kind between Annapolis, MD, and Tampa, FL. You’ll be able to see the boats at the Port City Marina, Pier 33 and the Wilmington Convention Center.For comedy lovers, Comedian Nate Craig will be at the Dead Crow. Craig is a nationally-recognized comedian known for his feature on MTV’s “Acting Out,” and his time writing for MTV’s “Ridiculousness.”“He’s kind of a mean comic, he makes fun of people in a funny way but true,” Staton said. “He’s been on Comedy Central and hitting all the late-night shows, he’s good.”Craig performs Friday and Saturday with showtimes at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re in the mood to see a suspenseful play about a nun that secretly gives birth to a child or to check out one of the largest boat shows on the East Coast, Wilmington is the place to be this weekend.‘Agnes of God,’ a play by Big Dawg Productions, opens this weekend at Cape Fear Playhouse. The drama is set at a convent and the plot focuses on a nun named Agnes who secretly gives birth to a baby.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hundreds of swine lost in Pender County farm fire

first_img Crews from Penderlea, Shiloh, Atkinson and Harrells battled the blaze.Unfortunately all of the swine within the structure were killed according to the Deputy Fire Marshal. There was estimate to be more than 500 hogs in the operation according to Elixson.The fire remains under investigation. The total cost in damage as well as the cause is unknown as of Sunday evening. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The cause of a fire that killed hundreds of swine in Pender County remains unknown tonight.Deputy Fire Marshal Josh Elixson says multiple crews responded to the farm early Saturday morning. Penderlea Fire Department says the fire happened at a hog farm operation along Bulltail Road in between Harrells and Ivanhoe.- Advertisement – last_img read more

4th and final suspect pleads guilty in 2017 driveby shooting

first_img As a result, Jones got an active prison sentence of 10-14 years.Prosecutors say on June 9, 2017, witnesses said a Nissan Altima with four people inside pulled up in front of a home in East Arcadia and shot at the house. Before speeding away, the suspects’ shots hit two occupied vehicles. Two people were each shot once shot in the leg. Law enforcement recovered 27 shell casings at the scene.The victims were rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for their gunshot wounds and released.Related Article: In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agentBladen County deputies responding to a 911 call about the shooting quickly located the suspect vehicle. Investigators say that led to a high-speed chase through the county. Dash cam video of the chase showed the suspect vehicle slowing down before Jones and another co-defendant got out and ran off. The vehicle then accelerated again. Deputies later stopped the vehicle and arrested the two remaining occupants.A K-9 unit found Jones at a nearby mobile home still wearing the same clothes that he wore as he got out of the vehicle.The other co-defendants in the case, Trent Martin, Jamie Powell and Phil Wilson previously entered guilty pleas in the case and each also received an active prison sentence. Donte Jones (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorney’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Clarkton man will spend at least the next decade behind bars after pleading guilty to a 2017 drive-by shooting.The District Attorney’s Office says Donte Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle moments before his trial was scheduled to start in Bladen County Superior Court today.- Advertisement – last_img read more

2131 persons asked for asylum in 2018

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> SharePrint A police immigration officer talks to migrants sitting on the ground as they wait for police buses to take them away to camps, after they disembarked from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiA police immigration officer talks to migrants sitting on the ground as they wait for police buses to take them away to camps, after they disembarked from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi A total of 16 boat landings including persons air lifted from sea were recorded in Malta 2018. A total number of 1,445 persons with the majority of them being citizens of African countries were brought to Maltese shores.The statistics were published by the National Statistics Office ahead of World Refugee Day which is observed on 20 June and during which awareness is raised about the plight of refugees around the world.2,131 applications were filed with the Office of the Refugee Commissioner during 2018. This amounted to 15.9% over the previous year. 12.5% of the applications were filed in October while the least number of applications were filed in February with 5.9%.On a closer look at the data one finds that 460 applications lodged with the Office of the Refugee Commissioner were coming from minors aged 0-17, out of which 257 were males and 203 were females. The largest band was for those aged between 18-34 with 1,369 applications,  mostly filed by men (1,189 against 180 filed by females).55 persons from Europe have applied for asylum. The applicants hailed from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine while 2 applicants hailed from other European countries. 1,283 persons applied for asylum from African countries, while 46 persons applied for asylum where from the American continent. Applicants from the Asian continent included Syrians (486), Bangladeshis (151), Chinese including people from Hong Kong (6), Mongolians (4) among others.22.8% of the applications received in 2018 were from persons whose country of origin is Syria. 15% were from persons whose country of origin is Somalia, closely followed by 14.5% persons whose country of origin is Libya, followed by Sudan (8.2%) and Bangladesh (7.1).43.1% were granted a positive decision at first instanceOf the applications received in 2018, 43.1% were granted a positive decision at first instance while the remaining applications were rejected. 35.8% of those who were granted protection status in 2018 were from Syria, followed by Libya (34.5%), Eritrea (12.1%), Somalia (5.6%) and Nigeria (2.5%).center_img More than 70 million fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018 – UNHCRThe number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This was the highest level that UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency has witnessed in its almost 70 years.Almost 70.8 million persons around the world are now forcibly displaced according to data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report. This means an increase of 2.3 million persons over 2017, and double the level of 20 years.UN High Commissioner for Refugee Filippo Grandi said that “What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution. While language around migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity by communities who are themselves hosting large number of refugees.” Grandi remarked that an unprecedented engagement by new actors is also being observed, “which not only reflects but also delivers the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees”.Grandi further stated that one must build on these positive examples and redouble solidarity with people who are forced to flee their homes on a daily basis.WhatsApplast_img read more

New Ecumenical Commission set up in Gozo

first_imgGozo Bishop Mario Grech announced the setting up of an Ecumenical Commission on Gozo. He delivered the announcement last Monday, at ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, on the occasion of a Marian year.The representatives for the Commission are  Mgr. Ġużepp Attard, Ecumenical Vicar for Laity, and Canon John Muscat.In his message, Mgr. Grech stated that he had a deep yearning to meet other non-Catholic Christians living in Gozo. He stressed that it has become essential, in this day and age, that Christians seek each other for sustenance and to be witnesses to the world around them.With this in mind, he explained that the commission is to prove a forum for Christians to help each other while facing existential crises. He stressed that it is his wish that the Commission incorporates representatives from all Christian denominations present on the island.Bishop Grech recalled the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, due to the scene’s resonance; he said that in it, God’s promise to his chosen people is finally happening, even, if, at this stage, the waiting is still hidden in a process of gestation. The two women, Mary and Elizabeth, represent two periods of the history with God – two periods in the history of the Church. Between them, there is no confrontation, disparagement or discord but on the other hand, there is a harmonious sentiment of intent listening, collaboration and growth.In this, one can appreciate the gift of ecumenism as the movement that brings the various Christian churches closer to each other to share their respective theological, liturgical and spiritual legacies.The message, in fullMARY, MOTHER OF UNITYI had a deep yearning that during this Marian year I meet other non-Catholic Christians living in Gozo. I believe that in today’s age, it is essential that we Christians seek each other to firstly sustain ourselves as we follow Christ and also to be as witnesses to the world around us. I am convinced that many in our midst are seeking that which can fill their hearts and in this quest they ask both philosophical and theological questions. As neighbours living on the same island, I believe, that albeit our limitations, we Christians have a significant proposition that we can offer them.With this in mind, recently I have set up an ecumenical commission in Gozo. Even though I took this initiative in my role as Catholic bishop, I do not have any claim of authority on the work of this commission. It is my wish that we create a forum where we Christian brothers and sisters help each other when facing the existential crises that surround us. It is my ardent desire that this Commission incorporates representatives from all Christian denominations present on the island.On this occasion, I suggest that we meditate the icon of the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. This scene is resonant with profound meaning because in it we can see that God’s promise to his chosen people is finally happening, even, if, at this stage, the waiting is still hidden in a process of gestation. The two women, Mary and Elizabeth, represent two periods of the history with God – two periods in the history of the Church. Between them, there is no confrontation, disparagement or discord but on the other hand, there is a harmonious sentiment of intent listening, collaboration and growth. These two women bless and help each other.The story of the visitation thus helps us to appreciate the gift of ecumenism as the movement that brings the various Christian churches closer to each other to share their respective theological, liturgical and spiritual legacies. For example, I have a longing that we understand the Anglican and Orthodox Mariology. Whilst it is true that this can be easily done by going through books, I am convinced that no book can compare to the real-life experience of faith and love that you live. “It is the very aim of the “dialogues” to enable one to discern the differences in them that could separate them out from those which are acceptable or which even constitute an enrichment for every Church. In this encounter there could be a divine surprise! As between Elizabeth and Mary, the Churches have experienced in ecumenical dialogue the help offered by the Holy Spirit who makes it possible to recognize the faith that leads to the heart of Jesus as Christ and Lord in the other Church too, a true and just faith, expressed with different words and coherences” (Elisabeth Parmentier, An image of Ecumenism”, L’Osservatore Romano 2, May, 2016).We ceaselessly pray that Mary helps us in this fresh ecumenical experience that we are launching in Gozo. One crucial insight that the Catholic Church acquired during Vatican Council II was that Mary is not only the Mother of God, but she is also a disciple of Christ. Her life was a pilgrimage of faith and thus she is our sister in our discipleship as we follow Jesus. The motto that we have chosen for this Marian year – Let us not be afraid to welcome Mary into our lives – aptly fits our ecumenical course. She, who is the Mother of unity amongst Christians, will lead us to stronger relations amongst ourselves. “Just as Mary’s presence in the early community fostered oneness of heart, which prayer strengthened and made visible (cf. Acts 1:14), so the most intense communion with her whom Augustine called the ‘Mother of unity’ (Sermo 192, 2; PL 38, 1013) will be able to bring Christians to the point of enjoying the long-awaited gift of ecumenical unity” (John Paul II, 12th Nov., 1997).WhatsApp <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