Fire Erupts Again at Vacant 22nd and Mission Building

first_img 0% Fire spreading at 22nd and Mission — Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) March 14, 2016 A 3-alarm fire broke out at the previously fire-damaged building at Mission and 22nd streets shortly after 11 p.m on Sunday night. No injuries have been reported beyond some cuts and bruises among firefighters.By 1:20 a.m., the fire was reported under control. Residents of the adjacent building on 22nd Street, which suffered serious water damage after last year’s fire, were told that they would be able to return to their homes despite broken windows and water damage caused by the fire fighting. A woman who gave her name as Kate said that she was inside of Doc’s Clock on Mission Street, across the street from the burning building, and became aware of the fire when a “burning smell” filled the bar.“I ran outside and saw smoke billowing, but it wasn’t immediately clear where it was coming from. It seemed like it mostly engulfed one side of the building,” she said.By 11:45 p.m. more than a hundred people stood on 22nd Street across from the building and watched the flames advance. The fire spread quickly through the third floor, engulfing several rooms in a matter of minutes as onlookers shouted at firefighters to be careful of falling debris.“Watch out!” some screamed as blackened chunks of the roof fell onto the street, scraping the firefighters climbing up the fire escape.Others were irked at what they said was a slow pace of firefighting, yelling “Why did you wait so long?” when hoses were first deployed.One woman yelled “This is not a shitshow, this is a fucking neighborhood!” at the onlookers taking photos and video of the fire, breaking down in tears as the fire continued to sweep through the third floor. Fire at 22nd and Mission is 3-alarm, now looks more subdued, firefighters still using hoses— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) March 14, 2016 A 22nd Street resident who gave only his first name, Avi, remarked on the frequency of fires in the Mission District.“My block has been on fire a lot lately. First Boogaloo’s and now this,” he said.Disclosure: Mission Local was a commercial tenant for a year and half at the building discussed in this article.Firefighters using hose on the midnight fire at Mission and 22nd late Sunday night. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros Tags: 22nd Street fire • Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The corner building has been abandoned and decaying since a fire on January 28, 2015, that apparently stemmed from an electrical fault inside a third floor wall. One man died and more than 60 residents were displaced in that fire, which caused serious damage to the building and led the city to condemn it in February.Since then, neighbors have reported taggers going onto the roof via the fire escape and scaffolding that surrounds the building. Others said they’ve seen squatters in the derelict site in the past.“My belief is that squatters were in there and that they caused the heat source. Of course it’s still under investigation,” said Division Chief Kirk Richardson. No one was in the building when the fire started, he added.Richardson said the fire originated in the leftmost room on the third floor and that it was possibly caused by cooking. Several bystanders reported seeing a rectangular hole cut out of the plywood board covering the window of that room, with one man saying that hole had been there for months.Michael Horta, a fire investigator on scene, said the hole that bystanders reported was “consistent with homeless living.” He said a full investigation would follow but that squatters were the likely cause.The rectangular hole reported by several bystanders, seen before firefighters arrived. Photo courtesy Douglas Hilsinger.A bartender and some patrons of the Make Out Room on 22nd Street were outside smoking when they heard a disturbance from the building.“I heard a loud bang and then the top left corner, within a few minutes, it was engulfed in flame,” said Brendan Hagarty, a bartender at the Make Out Room, later describing the sound as a “little explosion.”Hagarty went across the street to warn the residents of the adjacent building, though nobody came out at first. He then called 911.Atom Ellis was standing outside of the Make Out Room with a friend at 11:25 p.m. when he said he noticed billowing smoke and then a “glow in the far left window” on the building’s third floor.Firefighters now using hoses at live 22nd and Mission fire— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) March 14, 2016last_img read more

Activists Fighting Restaurants on Mission Street

first_imgActivists who have long tried to fight gentrification by opposing market-rate development and upscale businesses are now targeting new restaurants on Mission Street.The latest focus is a tea restaurant planned for the site of the former Sapphire Photo store at 2761 Mission St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A frequent opponent of new developments in the Mission has filed a request with the city to delay its conversion – one of nine similar applications for conversion to restaurant use along the Mission Street corridor.“All parties should be aware at this point that the Mission community does not wish to see any more restaurant conversions on Mission Street,” wrote Rick Hall, an activist, in the discretionary review application he filed January 5. Tags: food • gentrification Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img He added that the proposed restaurant would contribute to the “Valencia-zation” of Mission Street and exacerbate gentrification effects on Latino and working-class communities.It’s not that he believes that all restaurants contribute to gentrification – though the organizers do worry about oversaturation of restaurants on business corridors. Hall said in an interview that he and other activists from a group of organizations called “United to Save the Mission” have dropped their opposition to some restaurants after meeting with the owner and determining that they will not be forces of gentrification. Usually, that determination depends on how expensive the menu will be, he said.  It’s unclear how widespread their support is and whether they can prevent any one business from going forward. “For example, the falafel guy is going to have reasonably price[d] food. It’s a counter, you go up to the counter and order, and then you can go sit down,” he explained. “It’s not a full service restaurant with white tablecloths and hundred-dollar-a-plate sushi. It fits in for the working class that live in the neighborhood.”With rents high, Hall said it was unclear how activists can ensure that neighborhood-serving businesses are able to move in.“I don’t know exactly how to do it, but…throwing a little noise onto the issue like we’re doing with challenging the retail to restaurant conversions may help with that process,” Hall said.For his part, the man applying for the restaurant conversion permit is nonchalant and a bit baffled about the opposition. Tommy Woo, a contractor who is applying for the conversion on behalf of the landlord of the building where the tea cafe is planned, said he hadn’t read the complaint but hopes to go ahead with the application process.“Some people complain about everything,” he said. “You have to utilize [the space], otherwise it’s a waste of space.” He added that a local business also offers jobs. last_img read more

Where are those affordable housing buildings planned for the Mission

first_img“This is going to make sure that affordable housing is not always dealing with the bulshittery that goes into the planning process,” said Laura Foote Clark, who heads up the organization YIMBY Action.“Neighborhoods that don’t want affordable housing are able to fight it tooth and nail, and I don’t think that’s right,” Clark continued. “If we’re going to have equity of development we need to have affordable development everywhere, in every district.”The ballot measure proposes to make approval of any code-compliant proposal for entirely below-market-rate housing a matter of course. It would take only ministerial action, not a hearing, to approve. And putting up roadblocks like appeals under environmental laws or asking for additional review hearings wouldn’t fly.Even in the Mission, a neighborhood where activists have been known to clamor for “100 percent affordable or nothing,” bureaucracy and residents with other priorities have stalled the development of subsidized housing.A 94-unit project that will eventually house formerly homeless seniors at 1296 Shotwell St. by Cesar Chavez, for example, was dragged all the way to the Board of Supervisors by an appeal from neighbors who had concerns about a lack of parking, a feared increase in crime, building height and ugly views from Bernal Heights. The appeal was rejected and the project can carry on.That appeal crossed the line for Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, an affordable housing nonprofit. Moss also sits on the YIMBY board.“Why did all of us have to go to the Board of Supervisors that day because there’s people whose view corridor matters more than homeless senior housing?” he said. “I’m sorry, but it’s gotten out of hand.”Elsewhere, 127 units of below-market-rate housing at 2060 Folsom St. near 17th needed to go to a hearing before the Planning Commission because a neighbor feared the project would exacerbate flooding in the area. Commissioners weren’t convinced, and easily passed the project a second time.But for Moss’ nonprofit, it was the process of obtaining a permit itself that proved frustrating. Mission Housing and its partner group on this project, BRIDGE Housing, are tasked with building affordable housing at 490 South Van Ness Ave. The lot is an abandoned gas station at 16th Street that the city bought for $18.5 million — around $260,000 a unit — in 2015. At this point, Moss said, that project is just waiting for various city departments other than Planning to sign off so a building permit can be issued and construction can begin. “We were removing parking, and we added eight percent more units. We went from 72 to 80, and if this ballot measure had existed, that would have been, okay, fine. Over the counter,” Moss said. “It wouldn’t have been months and months of redrawing and environmental [considerations] and all that, it would’ve just happened.”Already, several other efforts to streamline the process of getting housing permitted are about to kick in. Senate Bill 35, a California state law that eliminates certain administrative hurdles that neighbors or planners can set in the path of a project, goes into effect next year. It only kicks in for the type of housing — affordable or market rate — that a city isn’t building enough of, according to state standards. In San Francisco, that means market-rate projects continue as they were, but the road is smoothed for affordable projects. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also recently decreed that the city should build 5,000 new homes a year and most projects should get approvals in less than two years. And there’s various city programs that allow developers to exceed predetermined heights in exchange for more affordable units.So Karoleen Feng, who runs the community real estate department at the Mission Economic Development Agency, a partner agency in four of the neighborhood’s seven affordable buildings, isn’t impressed by the ballot measure proposal.“We already have by-right approval through the affordable-housing density bonus and the mayor’s directive to all departments. We don’t see the need for this measure,” she said.Clark, meanwhile, argued that the Mayor’s order largely pushes departments that come in after Planning is done to issue all their approvals in a timely manner. The YIMBY ballot measure focuses on getting new projects through the planning process faster. And affordable density bonus programs still require projects to go through a hearing.It also makes the streamlining for affordable buildings permanent, while the state law is contingent upon the city not meeting its state-set goal of affordable units.The ballot measure is a charter amendment, and needs to gather about 50,000 valid signatures, so Clark is aiming for more than 70,000. The amendment could appear on the June or November ballots next year. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% It’s been nearly a decade since the last large-scale, entirely affordable building was completed in the Mission, and it will be longer still before any of the seven affordable projects in the pipeline break ground. How long is hard to say, but already many of those seven — representing more than 770 affordable housing units — have run into their share of delays from neighbors as well as administrative hurdles. Most appear to be on track to take about three years from proposal to groundbreaking. That’s less time than many market-rate projects, but more time than those who’re suffering the effects of the housing crisis might like. The YIMBYs — Yes In My Back Yard, a group that advocates for the development of housing — are pushing a ballot measure that would take away the power of neighbors to try to block low-income housing. center_img 0%last_img read more

ADE Gardner has joined Keiron Cunninghams backroo

first_imgADE Gardner has joined Keiron Cunningham’s backroom staff as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.He will work with Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels for the 2015 season as the Champions look to retain their Super League crown.It also means the former Barrow Border Raider has called time on his playing career after more than 350 appearances.Ade said: “Whilst it is difficult to walk away from the game in terms of playing, I’m delighted to take on this role at the club.“I was going to retire at the end of 2015 but the club offered me this role to move into and it made sense. In the end it was the best decision for me and my family.“I am retiring with a heavy heart. I had 15 good seasons at the best club in the world and have fond memories not only here but with Barrow, Hull KR and Great Britain too.“But the opportunity to remain at this great club was too good to turn down.“Strength and Conditioning has always been an area of the game I have a deep interest in. Over the years I have put in a lot of work both on and off the field and looked at the science of what we do as players to continue to perform at a high level.“I am currently in the third year of a Sports Science degree at Loughborough University and this role will enable me to gain good insight and experience into this part of the game.”He continued: “I have worked with Keiron for a number of years. We have a similar ethos and work ethic. The fact he wanted me to take on this role gives me a lot of confidence.“I’m looking forward to working with the players who have been part of this club’s success and taking that ethic and mentality to the younger players who are in the first team squad and coming through the system.“I’d never say never about playing again but the focus for now is on this new role and I can’t wait to get started.”Ade joined Saints in 2001 from Barrow and has become one of the most prolific wingers ever to play for the club.He scored 173 tries in 286 games for Saints and has been part of its most successful era.After establishing himself as a first team regular in 2003, he was the Club’s highest try scorer in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Super League seasons.Gardner was integral to the club’s 2006 Grand Slam and scored two vital tries in the win over Brisbane in the World Club Challenge in 2007.He also went on to play seven times for England and five times for Great Britain.Head Coach Cunningham added: “We’re delighted Ade has agreed to join the backroom staff here at the club.“He is a superb professional who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role built up over several years as a top level rugby league player.“His work ethic is second to none and he has always been one of the best trainers at the club.“That will help us deliver what we want to achieve as it sets an example to the young players we have not only in the first team but throughout our academy structure too.“The fact he is in his third year studying Sports Science at University will also bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to the squad.”You can here an extended interview with Ade in the Fanzone or by subscribing to the Saints In Touch Podcast.last_img read more

Lawyer for local woman involved in Roy Moore alleged misconduct controversy speaks

first_img Gloria Deason told the Post she went on dates with Moore in 1979, when he was 32 and she was 18. Deason told the Post that Moore ordered her alcoholic drinks even though she was under the legal drinking age.Moore claims these allegations are an attempt to topple his run for the Senate.“In the next few days, there will be revelations about the motivations and the content of this article,” Moore said at a Saturday event. “They will be brought to the public. We fully expect the people of Alabama to see through this charade.”Related Article: Roy Moore: Agreement to appear on comedy show fraudDeason’s attorney, Paula Cobia, fired back releasing a statement, “On behalf of my client, Ms. Deason, I publicly demand that Roy Moore immediately retract his defamatory statements.”Moore’s opponent has been outspoken about the allegations only adding to Moore’s arguments that he is being targeted.Cobia says Deason has no affiliation with either the Republican or the Democratic party, and has never contacted Moore’s election opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.“He knows full well why these women did not tell what he did to them before this week,” said Cobia in her statement. HOOVER, ALABAMA (WWAY) – Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has no intentions of stepping down following the allegations of sexual misconduct published in The Washington Post.Three women make claims when Moore was in his 30s as an up in coming judiciary in Alabama, he pursued them when at the time they were all teenagers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Community still searching for missing Wilmington woman two years later

first_img On Sunday afternoon dozens of people gathered for an awareness walk to continue keeping Spears name out there. Rivers is hopeful someone will speak up about her disappearance.“As her mother, the youngest of four children each day I wake up, Lord where is my child? Reveal to me, where is my child? And as her daughter’s grandma and as I look at her daughter everyday and knowing that she’s getting older she needs her mom,” Rivers said.Rivers said there are still no leads on the case. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary for a missing Wilmington woman. Ebonee Spears was reported missing by her mother and was last seen January 15, 2016.Her mother, Harriett Rivers, still has hope in finding her missing daughter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two men plead guilty to breaking into Wilmington apartment

first_img During the December 11 break-in at a New Providence Park apartment on Coddington Loop, the suspects woke up one of the residents.They suspects then ran from the apartment.The resident was able to see the suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Ranger, driving away.Related Article: Pope requires sex abuse to be reported to church, not policeShortly after, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office caught the men.Superior Court Judge Jay D. Hockenbury sentenced Giles, a habitual felon, to a maximum  of just over 7 1/2 years in prison.Giles also pleaded guilty to a November 4, 2017 vehicle break in, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,150 to the victim.The judge sentenced Averitt to a maximum of just over 2 years in prison followed by an 8‐19 month prison sentence.The co‐defendant’s, Jamie Blakeney and Connor Neas, charges are still pending. Travis Giles and Devon Averitt (Photo: District Attorney’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men who confessed to their role in a 2017 burglary pleaded guilty in New Hanover County court on Tuesday.Travis Giles , 24, and Devon Averitt, 21, pleaded to conspiracy and breaking into aresidence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police searching for teen last seen at West Brunswick High School

first_img According to a Facebook post from the department, detectives are searching for Taylor Dale Thompson, 17. They say Taylor was last seen at West Brunswick High School Friday around 2:45 p.m.If you have any information on where Taylor may be, please call 911 or call the Shallotte Police Department (910) 754-6008. UPDATE: Police say he has been found safe.SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Shallotte Police are asking for help finding a teenager last seen at West Brunswick High School.- Advertisement – last_img read more

President Trump ICE immigration raids to start Sunday 2000 targeted

first_imgPresident Trump talks with reporter outside the White House. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — President Trump confirmed Friday that nationwide ICE immigration raids will start Sunday.They are targeting people who have an open deportation order, but have not left the country.- Advertisement – “They came in illegally,” Trump said. “They have to go out. We have millions of people standing in line waiting to become citizens of this country. ”Wilmington immigration attorney Jeff Widdison says his phones have been ringing with lots of concerned people about what they can do to avoid getting deported.So what does this mean for immigrants here in our area?Related Article: Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1 million“If your application case is denied by a judge, you have a right to appeal,” Widdison said. “During that period of appeal, you have the right to continue staying in the United States until you receive a final decision.”Widdison says the raids will likely target people with deportation orders who do not have an attorney to help them through the appeals process.He says his clients have been stopped anywhere from work, to traffic stops, to their homes. In the Cape Fear, Widdison says there could be quite a few mixed households.“There is a significant population, absolutely,” Widdison said. “Every household may have a U.S. citizen family member, spouses, parents, children who are U.S. citizens, but they have an immigrant family member. If we’re going to talk about all those families collectively, it’s rather substantial, yes.”But the President says not coming to the country illegally is unfair to immigrants who have done it the right way.“They’ve taken tests,” Trump said. “They’ve studied. They’ve learned English. They’ve done so much. They’ve been waiting 7, 8, 9 years with some waiting 10 years to come in. It’s not fair that somebody walks across the line and now they become citizens.”The Trump administration announced there are 2,000 people in around 10 cities that are priorities for deportation.If you are at risk, Widdison urges you to contact an immigration attorney.last_img read more

Telkom network added to open source fibre map in SA

first_imgAdvertisement In his plea to Moholi, Song wrote:There is an opportunity with this terrestrial fibre map for African countries to show off a little, to demonstrate that they are the best connected country on the continent, that they are THE destination when it comes to companies thinking about setting up African points of presence.Even without the fibre maps of Broadband Infraco, Neotel, or any of South Africa’s mobile operators (Vodacom, MTN, Cell C), South Africa certainly does look impressive against the rest of the continent with the addition of Telkom’s fibre map.Fibre networks already included in the map are those of Dark Fibre Africa (including routes planned for future roll-outs), and FibreCo. – Advertisement – AfterFibre South AfricaTight-lipped operatorsAsked about the operators whose fibre networks aren’t listed, Song said that they recently got hold of the state-owned Broadband Infraco’s map and would be adding it soon.As far as co-operation from other operators are concerned, Song said they still “have a long way to go”. He added that in general there is far more reluctance to share than he expected.Steve Song“Some are great, like Liquid Telecom in Zimbabwe or Phase3 in Nigeria or DFA in South Africa, who publish their fibre maps as a matter of course,” Song said.“Others treat their maps like state secrets, often I think because they bundle sensitive and public data in the same resource and they can’t be bothered to separate it out.”Song said that the best sources for AfTerFibre have been informal. “Access through official channels tends to be very slow,” Song said.“I think I ought to set up a ‘mapileaks’ site so that people can contribute anonymously,” Song joked.From JPG to KML with Google EarthThis means that some of the map sources provided as an image are not attributed, Song explained. Source data provided as an image are uploaded to Yahoo’s popular photo sharing site Flickr.Song explained that most of the maps are traced from PNG or JPG images using Google Earth, which he said is great for the task.Google Earth allows the traced map to be exported as Keyhole Markup Language (KML), which in turn is used to generate the map available at the AfTerFibre site.Whoever provided the KML, whether they traced it from an image or “got it straight from horse’s mouth”, gets credited as the contributor on AfTerFibre, Song said.Once the KML is generated (or acquired) it first has to be converted into something that can be displayed on a single map.“Greg Mahlknecht [of Greg’s Cable Map fame] came up with a way of processing the KML and extracting meta data from it in a way that made it easy to aggregate sources and render it nicely on a single map,” Song said.Information on the process, and on how to contribute to the map are available on, Song said.Source: mybroadbandlast_img read more