Local Journalists Organize to Pass Ballot Measures

first_imgAnother organization has joined the San Francisco housing fray: Vision SF, a group led by Salon founder David Talbot, 48 Hills editor Tim Redmond and other San Franciscans, held a two-hour kick-off rally Saturday afternoon to push for a group of contentious housing measures on the ballot in November’s election.Some 250 people came to the Brava Theater to hear speakers ranging from Supervisor David Campos and former state assembly member Tom Ammiano to filmmaker Lou Dematteis and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia. The speakers spoke of gentrification, lambasted city hall for a perceived lack of action on housing, and emphasized the importance of the upcoming election. But unlike other opposition groups, they refused to see tech workers as the enemy. “When I see the Google buses my initial impulse is to take a brick and throw it through the fucking window,” said Cleve Jones, an AIDS and LGBT activist from the Castro, to loud laughter and applause “And sometimes I yell at them ‘Take the goddamned train!’”But such tactics are counterproductive, Jones said, and community organizations should work on reaching out to tech workers and “give them a way to contribute” instead.   0% “There are people on those buses who we need to reach,” he continued. “We need to be really smart and compassionate and thoughtful and find the right vocabulary and the right words to reach those people.”In his opening remarks, Talbot said, “We all have to fight and join this campaign to make sure that those measures get passed in November. That’ll send a huge signal to the powers that be in this city that we’re not dead, that we’re still in this city and fighting back.” Vision SF is meant to be a long-term organization to “change the political dialogue away from the needs of the few to the needs of the majority,” according to Talbot, who helped found the organization because he saw no alternative to the status quo in San Francisco.“I was stunned when no mayoral candidate came out against Ed Lee,” Talbot said, before that candidates like Broke-Ass Stuart are good political alternatives but don’t have “a long track record of political officeholding.” He also said that Vision SF would look at supporting alternative think tanks, news sources, and politicians for San Francisco.“We need a new generation of political officeholders,” he said.Saturday’s event — the organization’s only event before the election — primarily sought votes and volunteers for five ballot measures that all concern housing or gentrification.“Our immediate goal here at Vision SF is to get you activated…for those crucial November ballot campaigns,” Talbot said during the rally.Prop. A would give $310 million towards affordable housing city-wide, with $50 million earmarked for the Mission. The measure has strong support in city hall, but must get a two-thirds majority among voters. Prop. F is more contentious, increasing regulations on short-term rentals by requiring platforms like Airbnb to only list hosts with valid city registrations. It is opposed not only by Airbnb — which has raised $8 million to defeat it — but also by the San Francisco Chronicle, evidence to many at the rally of the need for alternatives.“I’m sick of the circle jerk that’s happening in San Francisco — the mayor, Ron Conway, the fucking Chronicle,” said former supervisor and state assembly member Ammiano. Conway, a Silicon Valley investor with financial ties to Airbnb, backed Mayor Lee to the tune of $600,000 in 2011 and has fought against regulations on short-term rentals for years.Prop. I, the 18-month pause on all market-rate housing in the Mission, is supported by non-profits like the Mission Economic Development Agency but opposed by a group of realtors calling itself San Franciscans for Real Housing Solutions. The “Yes on I” campaign is vastly outspent, having raised some $80,000 to the opposition’s $500,000. Prop. J would allow grants to “legacy businesses” that have been in the city for more than 30 years, while Prop. K would prioritize building housing on city-owned surplus land such as parking lots and empty buildings.Despite the dry subject-matter, there was an even mix of political speech and entertainment. Speakers like Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee gave way to those guitarists like Tom Heyman and comedians like 20-year-old Mike Evans, who remembered a bygone era of drinking 40-ounce malt liquor at Dolores Park.“The techies fucked up Dolores Park by cleaning it! It’s terrible,” Evans said. “When I’m drinking a 40, the last thing I’m thinking about is ‘Where am I going to go recycle this right now?’”20-year-old comedian Mike Evans at the rally. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Guitarist Tom Heyman singing at the Brava Theater rally. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Supervisor Campos, one of the final speakers, lauded the choice of venue within the Mission District given the intensity of gentrification facing the neighborhood.“I think in many respects it is very fitting that we are having this meeting here in the Mission, because the Mission has become ground zero for this fight over who we are in this city,” he said. “So when we talk about Vision SF — Vision SF, whatever that [is going to mean], is playing out in this neighborhood right now.”Campos also supported Prop. I and criticized the idea that building market-rate housing would “trick down to the middle class” and put less pressure on housing stock city-wide, saying “Reaganomics did not work in the 1980s and it ain’t gonna work in San Francisco.”And Silicon Valley venture capitalist Conway was again criticized: Campos went after Conway and his perceived proximity to city hall, comparing the investor to Donald Trump. “It’s one thing for us to have Donald Trump at the national level, but here we have Ron Conway,” Campos said. “There’s a story floating around that Ron Conway [told the New York attorney general] that he owned city hall in San Francisco. I want to send Ron Conway a very clear message today: ‘You don’t own San Francisco. San Francisco belongs to San Franciscans.’”Supervisor David Campos speaking at the Vision SF kick-off rally. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. center_img Tags: Election 2015 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission Local takes top honors from Society of Professional Journalists in three

first_imgMission Local, the 10-year-old news site you are currently reading, is small. But we are mighty. And we are humbled: Today, the Society of Professional Journalists announced that we have taken three of its awards for excellence, competing against the esteemed field of Northern California print and online outfits — including the category of “breaking news.”In her nominating letter for that category — in which Mission Local was judged against all participating Northern California media — our executive editor, Lydia Chavez, wrote, “In some sense it is preposterous to think that a small site could better other coverage in the breaking story of Mayor Ed Lee’s death.” But, she continued, “these stories make the case.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Our four deadline submissions following Lee’s sudden death were Laura Wenus’ piece “In Ed Lee, Mission leaders saw an immigrant ally who couldn’t quell a crisis”; Julian Mark’s story “Mixed feelings in SF Mission Chinese community about Ed Lee’s legacy”; and Joe Eskenazi’s columns “The Legacy of Ed Lee” and “Mark Farrell is your new mayor — and pandemonium ensues.” Mission Local also took home the “Ongoing Coverage” category for our analyses of the San Francisco Police Department’s sclerotic reform process. Our submissions included “Road to SFPD reform cautiously, sometimes haltingly, engages community” by Charlotte Silver; “Most SF police stations falter in communicating with residents” by Mallory Newman; “The hot seat: Is Chief Bill Scott reforming the SFPD?” by Julian Mark; “Police Chief Bill Scott and the police union’s self-inflicted wounds” by Joe Eskenazi; and “Last week’s SFPD shooting — A frame-by-frame breakdown with expert analysis,” also by Mallory Newman. Finally, we also won top honors in the category of “Community Journalism” — which is, of course, our raison d’être. Our entries included “The SF Mission District’s invisible foot patrols” by Julian Mark; Developer’s “I am not a Monster” ad blitz makes few friends” and “The strange and terrible saga of San Francisco’s ‘historic laundromat’ represents the worst of planning and development in this town” by Joe Eskenazi; “Artist René Yañez engages viewers with wit and energy” by Lydia Chavez; and “19-year-old police shooting victim came to the U.S. as a child and grew up and worked in SF’s Mission” by Julian Mark and Lydia Chavez. Mission Local managing editor Joe Eskenazi thanks the Society of Professional Journalists and, most of all, our readers. He encourages you to check back with us today and every day. The next big story is always coming. The City provides. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS have signed Adam Swift on a two year contra

first_imgSAINTS have signed Adam Swift on a two year contract.The 18-year-old made his debut against Salford u20s last Friday and can play at either stand off or full back.He agrees terms from Blackbrook with already a number of honours to his name.The youngster – who is the grandson of long serving member of BARLA member Harold Swift MBE – has played GB’s Community Lions in France and also against the Australian Schoolboys in December 2010.“Adam is a player we have tracked for a while,” Head of Youth, Mike Rush, said. “He is a good young lad, with a great attitude and will be a welcome addition to the Saints.“He had a great amateur career and we hope he continues that development at the club.“We are very grateful to Blackbrook, their volunteers and coaches who give up their valuable time to help these players achieve.”last_img read more

Ashurst Bleak Hill Queens Park Wargrave St Ai

first_imgAshurst, Bleak Hill, Queens Park, Wargrave, St. Aidens, Newton le Willows, Nutgrove, Sherdley, Willow Tree, Broad Oak, Legh Vale, St Peters and Rainford all took part with Ashurst, Bleak Hill, Broad Oak and Sherdley making it through to the Semi Final stage.Cheered on by Saints first team members Ryan Morgan, Regan Grace, Dominique Peyroux, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley and Adam Swift, Ashurst and Bleak Hill made it to the final.Extra time was needed but eventually Ashurst ran out winners with the golden point try!Wargrave business manager and tournament organiser, Lynn Dove, commented: “Can I please say a massive thank you to all the teams that took part in the Rugby Tournament. It was our best attended to date and I’m sure you will agree that it was a fantastic day and we were once again very lucky with the sunshine!“The behaviour of all the children was excellent and they are a credit to your schools.“I’m sure you will all join me in sending congratulations to our 2017 winners Ashurst Primary School, well done everyone!“The Saints lads did a great job of refereeing the matches. They are wonderful ambassadors for the Saints. Huge thanks also to Gareth Friar from Saints Community Development Foundation for all his help and support in running the Tournament.”last_img read more

Club First Team Match Ticket

first_imgTeam News and Match Preview:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. Head Coach Justin Holbrook has previewed the clash here. Tommy Makinson has ‘special’ memories of Anfield whilst captain James Roby admits he is a Liverpool fan ahead of an exciting opportunity to play at an ‘iconic’ stadium.The Man in the middle:The referee for our clash with Castleford will be Robert Hicks. Ben Thaler is the video ref.What’s On:Fan Guide – You can read all about Super League’s Dacia Magic Weekend fan guide here including information on Capital FM, fan zone and discount in the Magical Beatles Museum.Learning Disability Super League launches at Anfield – Super League and The Rugby Football League have partnered with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care to create a pioneering inclusive sports programme for people with learning disabilities and autism. There is a special festival taking place on Stanley Park during the second game of each day, and the teams playing on the famous Anfield turf during the halftime break of the final games. Click here for all the information.Travelling to Anfield:To find out the best way to get to Anfield, including parking, click here. For fans making their way by Northern train, you can get a 25% discount using the code RUGBY25 – just click here for more info.Ticket Information:Fans can still get your Magic Weekend ticket by visiting the Ticket Office at the Kop End of Anfield Stadium from 10am on Sunday.How to follow the action:Supporters not making the trip to Anfield can follow live score updates and behind-the-scenes coverage on our social media channels and minute by minute updates from 6pm here.Magic Weekend fixturesWakefield v Catalans (Sat, 2pm), Hull FC v Huddersfield (4.30pm), Wigan v Warrington (7pm), Salford v Hull KR (Sun, 1pm), Leeds v London (3.30pm), St Helens v Castleford (6pm).last_img read more

Humpday Health Diet tips for holiday party season

first_imgTips for a healthy diet during holiday season provided by Summerfield Custom Wellness (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — December is the prime time for people to get together with their family, friends, or coworkers to celebrate the holidays, but all these parties can be detrimental to your diet.Dietitians like Laura Bransfield from Summerfield Custom Wellness recommend making sure veggies are on the menu.- Advertisement – “If you know you’re going to a party and you’re not sure what’s gonna be there, if you’re the one that shows up with a vegetable side dish, then at least you know there’s something healthy that you’ll be able to put on your plate,” said Bransfield.Choosing a low-fat or sugar-free option to bring to a party isn’t necessarily the best idea.“We don’t really encourage the low-fat, sugar-free, all processed foods. We really would encourage people to more use real ingredients to make a delicious, homemade treat and then just really be mindful and enjoy that,” said Bransfield.Related Article: Medac locations now authorized VA urgent care providersWhen it comes to alcohol at a holiday party, it’s not the calories that hurt you. It’s the lowered inhibitions that come with having a few beverages, so be mindful of how much you drink.“What I find is people will have the best of intentions when they go to a party and they’re gonna eat healthfully or they’re only gonna have vegetables or whatever. Then they have a glass of wine or a couple cocktails, and then they’re just face down in the spinach dip or whatever,” said Bransfield.Keeping these tips in mind can help your diet during the holiday party season.last_img read more

Pender Co woman fighting breast cancer treated to day of pampering

first_imgOne of the glam photos will be printed on canvas and be on display at the organization’s Beauty of Hope Gala on December 1.Spino will join the growing list of strong women who will be presented on the Wall of Hope.Click here to learn more about Lump to Laughter. It was made possible through Lump to Laughter‘s program called ‘The Beauty of Hope’.The organization connects women battling breast cancer with helpful resources while also building strong relationships.Spino got the royal treatment with services all donated by the community.Related Article: ‘M*A*S*H’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s diseaseRELATED: Community gives free spa day to cancer survivorShe started with a facial at Wilmington Plastic Surgery. She was taken by VIP limo to Head to Toe Day Spa for a manicure, pedicure, and make up. Her hair was then styled by Salon Beyond Basics. An evening/cocktail gown was donated by The Wedding Dress Shoppe for a photo session by Chris Brehemer Photography of Spino all dressed up. (Photo: Lump to Laughter) (Photo: Lump to Laughter) (Photo: Chris Brehmer Photography) 1 of 7 (Photo: Lump to Laughter) (Photo: Lump to Laughter) (Photo: Lump to Laughter) (Photo: Lump to Laughter) (Photo: Lump to Laughter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a relaxing Friday for an area woman whose life has been turned upside down because of her health.Pender County resident Kelly Spino is currently undergoing treatment for stage IV metastatic breast cancer so a day filled with just treating herself is quite the gift.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch If Muscat cant save up how will workers with lower wages

first_img SharePrint The Leader of the Opposition and Partit Nazzjonalista Adrian Delia said that if Muscat isn’t managing to save up, while earning the highest wage rate in the public sector, how will a worker earning a lesser pay? This was said during a political activity in Birkirkara.Delia said that the Leader of Partit Laburista is encouraging workers to work an extra part-time job in order to be able live comfortably. Delia also explained how Partit Nazzjonalista strove to increase thousands of jobs, especially in the aviation, pharmaceutical and gaming sectors. However, Partit Laburista is risking Malta becoming a tax haven, added Delia.The Leader of the Opposition described how Partit Laburista accepted that if the socialists were to gain a majority in the European Parliament, tax rates would be harmonised across all countries. Delia said that due to Malta’s small size, this would impact it negatively.“Together we can battle cancer”During the activity, Delia encouraged everyone to unite and fight the battle against cancer. He mentioned how this issue should not be political, but national and European. Malta should give an example first hand on how to unite to find a cure for cancer, Delia added. He mentioned that instead of spending money on billboards and campaigns, the government should be spending on doctors and students to motivate the research regarding a cure for cancer.“We will defend every infant’s voice”Abortion was also discussed thoroughly during the event. The Leader of Partit Nazzjonalista stated that PN will continue to defend every infant’s rights, and be the voice of every one that doesn’t have a voice.“90% of those appointed were due to nepotism”Delia mentioned that the Party has always fought for liberty and justice. However, Delia believes that 90% of those appointed were due to nepotism. The Leader of PN insisted that justice needs to be served and shown in the light of day; the same way the Egrant report should also be fully published and shown.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>last_img read more

Warid Telecom launches SMS promotion – Win 100 million in 100 days

first_imgAdvertisement Madhur said for every correct answer customers earn 20 points, and for every incorrect answer they earn 10 points. Participants are at liberty to check their score during the promotion by sending an SMS with  the word ‘SCORE” to 151 “On a daily basis a customer stands a chance to win 500,000 UGX in cash. At the end of the week the participant with the most points accumulated on the past week automatically wins UGX 2,000,000 in cash. When the promotion comes to an end on 11th of June 2011, a draw will be conducted for one participant to wins a grand prize of UGX 15,000,000 in cash while the player who has collected the most points in the promotions will also  automatically win Ugx 5,000,000 UGX in cash”, he said. “Once again Warid is giving back in a big way to our customers, because we value them, we appreciate the milestones they have helped us achieve in our three year tenure and this promotion is purely for them. It is our way of thanking them. ”, Taneja added. – Advertisement – At the end of the promotion there will be 1 final prize of UGX 15million and UGX 5 million to the participant who accumulates the most points throughout the promotion. Surprise prizes will be given out to participants randomly throughout the promotion worth 2.5 Million.The promotion is running from 4th March 2011 to 11th of June 2011.last_img read more

Microsoft launches new logo for Bing

first_imgAdvertisement In its attempt to challenge Google, Microsoft is  adding extra features to its Bing search service. Microsoft announced a new refreshed homepage, new logo and the addition of two features: Glance and Page Zero.Glance combines two existing features – Snapshot, which stores information about a user, and Sidebar, which tracks friends from Facebook, Twitter and other social networks — to create more contextual and personalized search results.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Page Zero is a feature which improves on its instant search. The feature begins providing useful information while they are typing, in a bid to prevent them from needing to click search and visit the search results page. You will find the right-hand side bar lighting up with information, via Page Zero, including links to news, images, videos and more, while a fact box — which appears very similar to Google’s — also appears to provide more data quickly.Microsoft says it will continue to tweak the Page Zero feature to ensure that it is producing relative content up front — whether that be deep links to a news story or ‘check in’ and ‘flight status’ information for airline-related inquiries.Microsoft also says that the current Bing logo “wasn’t working” so it ran “hundreds” of studies to investigate motion, font, color, size and form. After building mock ads, product examples and virtual billboards, it zeroed in on the new design.Source: TNWlast_img read more