Some disabled people have been let down by the E

first_imgSome disabled people have been “let down” by the Equality Act when it comes to access to public transport, a disabled campaigner has told members of the House of Lords.Gwynneth Pedler, a member of the user-led campaigning organisation Transport for All, told peers that wheelchair-users were often “helpless” in trying to access wheelchair spaces on buses when they find them occupied by pushchairs or non-disabled passengers.She said that many members of Transport for All had “given up the struggle” and no longer access transport because it was “too great a risk”.She told the committee examining the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people that she had once been refused access to buses four times in one week because there were pushchairs in the wheelchair space.Pedler (pictured, giving evidence) said: “Everyone takes possession of our wheelchair space. That’s the greatest problem. We are helpless to get this put right. It happens all the time.”She added: “I am talking as a disabled person. I haven’t got fine words for you. I am talking to you as I experience it, along with all the other members in Transport for All.”Told by Graham Pendlebury, the Department for Transport’s director of local transport, that the bus industry had made progress in providing accessible vehicles, she said: “I don’t argue that these buses are accessible, but if we cannot get on them and we cannot access the pavements because they are too dangerous for us, having access is of little importance to us.“Progress has certainly slowed – this is the opinion of Transport for All – since the Equality Act.”The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell asked the three-person panel whether it was fair that disabled passengers had to phone up 24 hours in advance when they wanted assistance to use a train.She said: “This is the blight of disabled people’s lives, that they cannot be spontaneous.”Pedler said that TFA saw the requirement for disabled people to book assistance 24 hours in advance of a train journey as a “great injustice”, while some companies asked for 48 hours’ notice.She said: “It stops us from being flexible. We can’t change our mind and go out to lunch with a friend. It takes away our independence and our freedom of choice.”And she said she had often been unable to board a train even after booking assistance in advance.Keith Richards, chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, said having to give notice two days in advance was “not equality”, and that it should be possible to send a text or use a smartphone app just a couple of hours beforehand to alert the relevant rail operator.Pedler also told the committee that the Liberal Democrat transport minister Norman Baker had promised five years ago that laws on access to taxis, originally included 20 years ago in the Disability Discrimination Act – and later in section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 – would be implemented, but the promise was “taking a very long time to come to fruition”.Richards said it made “absolute sense” for section 165 to be implemented.He said: “There are many, many stories that we hear of people who are charged extra, who aren’t assisted or who aren’t even provided with the service because the taxi-driver will see them in advance and drive somewhere else. That is completely unacceptable.”Pendlebury told the committee there were “a number of reasons” why section 165 had not yet been implemented, and he said it was “under constant review”.He said: “The concerns were around burdens on drivers and whether this particular provision would actually fully meet the varied needs of different types of disabled people.“I don’t believe that taxi-drivers or minicab drivers are bad people and threatening them with enforcement and fines – whether that is the right way to bring about a change in procedure.“I think that government is keen to try to avoid a very heavy-handed implementation and to make sure that enforcement is a last resort.”But he added: “Clearly we have seen much evidence about how catastrophic it can be for people when they are either mistreated in this way or denied access.”Baroness Deech, the crossbench peer who chairs the committee, said it had been the “will of parliament” that section 165 should be introduced.She said: “The burden is now being borne by those people who need those taxis and can’t get them. There can be no questioning of this.”She added: “I still haven’t heard a decent reason why section 165 should not be brought into effect, so we note that.”And she asked Pendlebury to ask his minister to write to the committee to explain why section 165 had not yet been implemented and when that would happen.Baroness Campbell asked Pendlebury to show the committee the research on which the government had based its position that implementing section 165 could be a “burden” on drivers.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Labour has failed in a bid to force the government to publish secret papers that would show the true financial impact of universal credit on benefit claimants.In a debate lasting nearly four hours yesterday (Wednesday), Labour and SNP MPs lined up to highlight the negative impact of the new benefit system on disabled people and other constituents, while many Tory MPs praised the system and accused their opponents of scaremongering.Few Labour MPs followed the example of shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who did not speak in the debate but told a journalist last week that universal credit should be scrapped.Most Labour MPs, including shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood, called only for the government to “stop the roll-out of universal credit” and correct its flaws.But one of those who did call for universal credit to be scrapped was Maria Eagle, a former minister for disabled people, who told MPs: “My constituency is about to experience a tsunami of further hardship and poverty because of the roll-out of universal credit.“It is not enough to slow the roll-out; universal credit must be scrapped. It will never work. It will punish the poor and create more destitution.”Another was Swansea West Labour and Co-op MP Geraint Davies, who said: “Universal credit combines three massive computer systems – the Inland Revenue system, the jobcentre system and local council systems – and, inevitably, it will not work.“The whole system is a way of cutting corners and cutting benefits for the most vulnerable.“Universal credit should be scrapped, because it simply will not work.“In Swansea and elsewhere it has led to sleepless nights, empty stomachs and shivering families. It is leading to poverty and despair.“I believe it is simply a Trojan horse for further cuts.”Labour’s Danielle Rowley, the MP for Midlothian, said she had been sent a message from the manager of her local Citizens Advice bureau, saying: “Universal credit’s big impact is on people’s mental health.“We are seeing so many people who cannot deal with UC due to the fragility of their mental health.“It’s making underlying mental health worse. We are aware of clients attempting suicide due to the anxiety of the whole thing.”Fellow Labour MP Anna Turley said figures from the House of Commons library showed that the full rollout of universal credit in her area would affect about 3,500 households that include disabled people.She said: “Thousands of vulnerable people in my area are going to be moved on to a benefit that has been beset with payment delays and has seen food-bank use skyrocket by more than 50 per cent in areas of full roll-out.“Yesterday, in response to my question, the minister could not reassure me that my constituents would not be worse off.”Labour’s Shabana Mahmood, who said her staff spent “most of their time every single day on the phone trying to sort out difficulties arising from universal credit”, was another to highlight the impact on disabled constituents.She said: “There is a particular difficulty in my constituency relating to constituents with autism and… mental health conditions moving on to universal credit, often because they have failed the assessment – they had previously been in receipt of employment and support allowance (ESA) – having not been supported as they tried to navigate a very complicated online system.”Labour’s Mike Amesbury, the shadow minister for employment, warned that the universal credit rollout would be “a disaster” for disabled people, with 750,000 set to lose out financially.But he called on the government to “stop, fund and fix” universal credit rather than scrapping it, although he did suggest that “the policy may well already be beyond fixing”.The SNP’s Neil Gray said: “The biggest problem with universal credit is that, for years, it has been an all-consuming cash cow for Treasury cuts to social security.”He said the experience of one constituent receiving mental health crisis care in hospital highlighted how universal credit “completely fails to support people with mental health conditions”.The young man’s mother was told that unless her son signed his universal credit “claimant commitment” he would have to apply for jobs from his hospital bed if he was to avoid a sanction.Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey defended universal credit and its “strong merits” but admitted that there were “areas that we need to improve”.She had said earlier in the week that the so-called “managed migration”, which will see claimants of existing benefits such as ESA moved onto universal credit, would not now begin in January 2019, but “later in the year”, and would only affect about 10,000 people in 2019.The “slow and measured” rollout would then “increase” from 2020 onwards, she said.A string of other Conservative MPs lined up to praise universal credit, including St Austell and Newquay’s Steve Double, who claimed that jobcentre staff “love it, and claimants like it” and that “one of the problems is all the scaremongering, primarily from the Labour party”.But he also admitted that the government needed to “make sure it has the funds it needs to work and achieve the outcomes we all want to see”.Fellow Tory Alex Burghart, a member of the Commons work and pensions committee, said: “I can say that universal credit was rolled out in my constituency a number of months ago, and it is working extremely well.“We have had nothing but praise for it from the work coaches who administer it, and we have had very high satisfaction rates from people using it in Brentwood and Ongar.”One of the most shocking interventions in the debate came from Gordon Henderson (pictured), the Tory MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey in Kent, who tried to argue that the move to universal credit was not responsible for a significant rise in the use of foodbanks.He said he had secured information from a local foodbank about claimants who had faced difficulties with universal credit, and he claimed he had discovered that many of them were “living in a local hostel that provides temporary accommodation for homeless adults”.He said that it “soon became obvious that some of them suffered from underlying problems that affected their ability to manage the transition to UC, and that forced them into using the food bank”, such as “drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health problems, an inability to manage money, or plain fecklessness”.He said that making universal credit perfect overnight would not “solve their mental health problems” and issues with drugs and alcohol and “would not make them less feckless” and that “they would still have the same problems, whatever benefits system was put in place”.He said he was glad that such people were “in the minority” and appeared to suggest that those with mental health problems – and seemingly people with learning difficulties – were to blame for their difficulties with universal credit, after adding that there were also “some people who have genuine concerns”.A vote by Labour to attempt to force the government to publish its evidence on the financial impact of universal credit was lost by 20 votes.Meanwhile, DWP announced this week that as many as 180,000 ESA claimants will now be entitled to receive backdated benefit payments as a result of the botched migration of former claimants of incapacity benefit and other benefits to the new ESA from 2011 onwards.The department had failed to realise that many of the claimants were entitled to income-related ESA – and therefore to associated disability premiums – rather than just the contributory form of ESA.DWP had originally said that about 70,000 disabled people were likely to have been affected by the underpayments.Previous estimates suggested DWP would have to pay back about £500 million, but this week’s report says the final sum is likely to be about £970 million, with average payments of £5,000.But future ESA payments at higher levels will push the total bill even higher for several years – by a total of about another £700 million, although this is just an estimate – until all claimants eventually move onto universal credit.DWP expects to finish the process of reviewing the cases of claimants who could be entitled to a backdated payment by the end of next year.It is just one in a series of major blunders by DWP senior civil servants relating to disability benefits, with the department now believed to be carrying out six separate trawls through its records to find disabled people unfairly deprived of benefits.last_img read more

Amendment f

first_imgAmendment (f) At end, add “; notes the steps taken by the Government, the EU and its Member States to minimise any disruption that may occur should the UK leave the EU without an agreed Withdrawal Agreement and proposes that the Government should build on this work as follows:1. That the Government should publish the UK’s Day One Tariff Schedules immediately;2. To allow businesses to prepare for the operation of those tariffs, that the Government should seek an extension of the Article 50 process to 10.59pm on 22 May 2019, at which point the UK would leave the EU;3. Thereafter, in a spirit of co-operation and in order to begin discussions on the Future Relationship, the Government should offer a further set of mutual standstill agreements with the EU and Member States for an agreed period ending no later than 30 December 2021, during which period the UK would pay an agreed sum equivalent to its net EU contributions and satisfy its other public international law obligations; and4. The Government should unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK.”This amendment has the support of both Brexiteers – e.g. Jacob Rees-Mogg – and former Remainers  –e.g. Nicky Morgan – in the Conservative Party. Its proposal is otherwise known as the Malthouse Compromise. At PMQs today, the PM said the government had already agree to most of the plan but cannot agree to point 3. It will nonetheless be a free vote for Tories. Unlikely to pass.The Prime Minister’s motionThat this House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship on 29 March 2019; and notes that leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this House and the EU ratify an agreement.May’s own motion on ‘no deal’ rejects the outcome. But it also specifies that the rejection applies only to the current exit date of 29th March, and emphasises the need to vote for a deal. This will be a free vote for Tories. Certain to pass. Tags:Brexit /Brexit amendments / Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship.”. Amendment (a) When they start voting at 7pm tonight at the end of the ‘no deal’ motion debate, MPs face three choices. They will vote either for or against amendment (a), amendment (f) and finally the government’s motion on ‘no deal’. Here’s a quick guide to what that means… The Spelman/Dromey amendment, which has cross-party support, would decisively rule out a no deal outcome – without the caveats included in the Prime Minister’s original motion. It is intended to make the final vote tonight more straight-forward. If passed, the rejection of ‘no deal’ would not be restricted to March and would not slyly ‘note’ that – as the PM likes to say – the best way to avoid no deal is to vote for her deal. Reasonable chance of passing, but Tories are being whipped to vote against.last_img read more

Techs Support Staff Talks Low Wages Insecurity

first_img 0% “Silicon Valley is the epicenter of a new work regime that is spreading around the globe and everyone is looking to us to figure out what to do about these challenges,” said Benner. “There is a lot of turnover in the industry, even for people in regular tech positions — the economy is shifting,” said Benner, pointing out that despite rapid economic growth from 1999 to 2014, Silicon Valley had zero net job growth. “There was growth in wealth without benefits for the majority of population,” he said.Despite sobering statistics, it was the testimonies of workers supporting tech in day-to-day operations that illustrated the struggle of two intersecting communities that could not be further apart.“I’ve been bouncing around with a lot of different companies. When I got pregnant, I couldn’t afford health insurance. I had to turn to the state and that was pretty tough,” said Carmen Bravo, who currently works as a security guard on Huawei’s Silicon Valley campus.The 29-year-old mother was close to tears as she described her struggle in getting a full-time position with a tech giant. “They made empty promises, but nothing is being offered.”Bravo accused many of the companies that have employed her of shorting her of pay and time-off hours. “It’s not just me – a lot of workers have the same story. They are working and are not getting paid their full hours,” said Bravo. “They literally forget to pay us.”Kevan Adams, a union security guard for ABM security has had similar experiences. “There are people who have the opportunity to make things better for us and they forget about us,” said Adams. “They don’t forget when their trashcans aren’t emptied, or their cars are broken into, or their laptops are stolen – but they forget when we get our paychecks.”While Silicon Valley’s systems and applications software developers reportedly earn annual median wages upwards of $60,000, the tech industry’s contracted and largely full-time maintenance workforce is making less than one-fourth of that, according to experts. Benefits for tech firm workers include free childcare, complimentary meals and special shuttle services — but these services are not extended to the contracted maintenance staff. “As a security guard, I don’t get a promotion or vacation time,” said Bravo. On top of gaping wage disparities, Adams described a sense of fear among the Silicon Valley’s service workers.“You go into work praying that you don’t say the wrong thing to the wrong person and lose your job,” he said. “It’s not the fear for your life as a security officer, but it’s the fear of an employee taking what you say the wrong way,” added Bravo. “They can go to your superiors and have you fired the next morning. It happened to me.”Panelist Daniel Kadvany is the product marketing manager at BitTorrent. The 27-year-old confirmed a lack of diversity in tech’s core workforce.“You see a lot of white men,” said Kadvany. Some companies that have disclosed data on their workforce include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google and eBay – revealing that only 3 to 4 percent of their U.S.-based tech workers were black or Latino.At the end of the forum, attendees and panelists discussed solutions — and some recent victories — in the struggle for equality in Silicon Valley’s workforce.“Tech’s shuttle bus drivers recently formed a union — they now have paid sick days and a wage that they can count on, they have a voice on the job,” said Fernandez. “We as a community have to help tech realize that they have an opportunity to make some real changes.”“The prevailing attitude in tech is that we can solve all the problems,” said Kadvany. “Our first reaction to ‘how do I make a change’ is we think of going on Twitter or writing a blog post. But there are a number of existing movements and folks that have been fighting the good fight — we need to engage with and support these organizations.” Tags: tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Tech workers sat shoulder to shoulder with janitors and security guards on Monday night to address the plight of Silicon Valley’s so-called invisible workforce — the contracted service workers who clean, maintain and guard wealthy tech companies’ facilities for minimum wages and little recognition.The panel discussion was hosted by the Tech Worker’s Coalition and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club at 518 Valencia St., filling the modest gallery and community meeting space to capacity. “We are talking about the other face of tech — the workers that drive us, those that clean our facilities, those that cook for us — the ones that work day in and day out to keep tech here and successful,” said moderator Maria Noel Fernandez, director of Working Partnerships USA and a leader in the Silicon Valley Rising campaign. “It’s time we have a tough conversation about the reality of these workers.”In a presentation given by panelist Dr. Chris Benner of U.C. Santa Cruz, the negative impact of Silicon Valley’s extreme wealth and its unequal disbursement was undeniable: statistics point to an increasing income gap, a disappearing middle class, stunted job growth and lack of affordable housing. last_img read more

Businesses Try to Regroup After Mission District Fire

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The restaurant was in one of two buildings that were so badly damaged by Saturday’s five-alarm blaze that they are scheduled for demolition. The other housed Cole Hardware, a go-to for home supplies for Mission and Bernal residents.On Monday, Zarrate and a friend stood across Mission Street from the burn-out and boarded-up buildings and stared at Playa Azul’s parrot and palm tree sign, remembering “a lot of mariachi, a lot of tequila, and a lot of food.” “But no more,” he said. “No more Playa Azul, no more mariachis.”The fire that tore through six buildings on the corner of 29th and Mission streets spread in minutes but took hours to extinguish. It was the most impactful in the Mission District since the now-infamous fire at 22nd and Mission streets in January 2015, which displaced a similar number of residents and more businesses.The 3300 Club, Taco Loco, Playa Azul, Cole Hardware, El Paisa, and the Bernal Heights Cooperative suffered the most. Only the two buildings housing Cole Hardware and Playa Azul will have to be demolished, however. The rest can be refurbished.Dozens of units that housed 58 now-displaced residents — many of them tenants of the single-room occupancy hotel on the corner — were also destroyed.Though city officials say almost all of the residents will be able to return to their buildings once repaired, reconstruction could take years and the city is scrambling to find them permanent housing.As for the businesses, they must rely on insurance money and the city to tide them over. Representatives from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development met with business owners on Monday to inform owners of city aid, including $10,000 grants through the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund, which was created after the fire at 22nd and Mission streets last year.The grants are meant to “bridge the gap” for businesses before they can access more financing from their insurance, the federal government, or other programs, said Gloria Chan, a spokesperson with the Office of Economic Workforce Development. Businesses must apply through the Mission Economic Development Agency — which is also coordinating fundraising efforts for the displaced tenants. Some business owners said they would avail themselves of the funds.“That would be amazing,” said Theresa Keane, the manager of the 3300 Club, which is owned by her family. Her insurance company is likely to be slow in disbursing funds, Keane said, and any money they can get from the city will help pay some immediate costs.“When you’re a cash business like we are and your cash flow stops suddenly, it doesn’t mean your bills stop,” she said.Keane entered the building on Wednesday along with tenants from the Graywood Hotel upstairs and said the bar itself was left largely unburnt but suffered heavy water damage from firefighting efforts. “It was a little surreal going in there, because it looks like somebody just hadn’t cleaned up after last shift,” she said. “Lots of soggy napkins.”Keane said the 3300 Club will reopen, and that all former employees — she has three full-timers and other bartenders working one or two shifts a week — would be invited back. But that could be in eight to 12 months, she’s heard.Rich Karp, the owner of Cole Hardware, which was the source of the fire, said that he would only use funds that were not taking away from those available to other affected businesses. “I have the benefit of having four other stores,” he said. “We’re still operating, so for those that are out of business, I really want the city to take care of them before they take care of me.”All of his employees have been absorbed by the other stores, though that has meant Karp’s “running a four store business with a five store payroll,” something he guessed he could continue into 2017.He was actively looking for new storefronts in the Mission-Bernal area, but was having trouble finding something with the space. He said he probably needed 5–6,000 square feet.“If that doesn’t happen, we will try to open somewhere else in the city and come back to Bernal when the building is rebuilt,” he said, estimating that could take between two to three years.The Bernal Heights Cooperative, a cannabis dispensary on 29th Street, already had plans to move into the site of San Francisco’s last gun shop just down the street after it was kicked out by a new landlord. It will keep the name of the old gun shop, High Bridge, though its owner could not be reached for comment on when the new space would be open.The owners of Playa Azul said they would plan on reopening in the same location but that reconstruction could take one to two years. They did not yet know whether they would find another location in the interim. Taco Loco could not be reached for comment on their plans after the fire, and El Paisa had contractors on the scene beginning repairs.Corner CommunityPrincess V., who declined to give her full last name and works as a waitress at the Front Porch on 29th Street, said the business community was tight-knit and went further than just exchanging commerce.“If we run out of paper or Purell, we can run up the street and get more,” she said of the 3300 Club. “When we have parties, they’re the first ones to rock out.”And Jocelyn Granados, a friend of the owner of Seventy8 Cafe on 29th Street, said employees at Taco Loco often came in for coffee and cake. She, in turn, would go to Taco Loco “like everyday for lunch.” “All businesses on this corner are the same,” said Rafael Garcia, another friend of the owner of Seventy8 Cafe. “You can see the same people at the same time everyday.”Local resident J.K. Dineen, a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle and author of a book on San Francisco bars, said he would often go to the 3300 Club and schmooze with its bartenders. As the Mission District and Bernal Heights have become food havens, the bar turned into a meeting place for workers after their shifts, he said.“The 3300 Club has really become an industry gathering place for cooks and bartenders and waiters and waitresses,” he said, adding that the corner was “a different kind of community than maybe what Valencia Street has become — rents are cheaper a little bit, and people are more rooted in that part of the Mission.” 0%center_img “There won’t be any more Taco Tuesdays,” said Aram Sohigian walking across the street from the burnt-out block of buildings at 29th and Mission streets. A long-time customer of Taco Loco, one of seven businesses damaged by a massive fire last weekend, Sohigian dreaded the prospect of “high-end condos” replacing once popular shops and restaurants. “You had Taco Tuesdays for a buck fifty,” he said, describing the block as a relative holdout in the increasingly expensive Mission District, where even Mexican restaurants are upping their prices. “You go a few blocks that way and you have tacos for $8 and margaritas for $15.”“We’ve been here to see mariachis many times,” said Alberto Zarrate, a worker at Jim’s Restaurant at 20th and Mission who said he used to go to the taqueria Playa Azul as often as once a week.last_img read more

Another Valencia SF Street Store Shutters

first_img Tags: valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% But a much bigger issue has been the rent spikes. In the last couple of months several Valencia stores have announced they are closing or moving because of rent increases and online sales including Ginko, Multikulti and nearby Ruby’s. Retro Fit will be closing on Valencia because of a rent increase, but hopes to find another home in the Mission.The front window. Photo by Lydia Chávez center_img The nearly year-old retail store, Amado’s at 998 Valencia St, once the home of the quirky Viracocha, packed up its clothing and shoe inventory on Friday and swept the ground floor clean.Amado’s basement performance space will remain open and this month’s shows sold out, said Al Ribaya, one of the partners involved in the enterprise.“To be honest, we are still trying to see what direction to go in,” Ribaya said, but there are no plans to close the basement venue.The store was doing “fine” but “retail is a little soft” and beyond that, he added, “It is hard to find people” to work in the store. The latter has been an issue for stores throughout the Mission District.last_img read more

Neighbors of wouldbe housing on South Van Ness bemoan loss of parking

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter To the neighbors of the old Barney’s Auto Repair shop at 986 South Van Ness, a new housing development on their block spells one thing: less parking.At Thursday night’s pre-application meeting to discuss a potential 11-unit housing proposal, about 15 nearby residents showed up to share what they’d like — and wouldn’t like — to see in the new building.Most of their ire was directed at the Planning Department’s efforts to discourage cars in the city by constricting space for parking.According to Architect Jeff Gibson, 986 South Van Ness is in a Residential Transit Oriented (RTO) zone, which means it is near a goodly amount of public transportation. In RTO zones, the planning department requires the installation of three parking spaces for every four housing units. If parking is made more difficult, the thinking goes, fewer people will purchase cars. “But it’s not working,” said Maryann Hartman, who has lived on the street since 1985.Calculating out loud, Kathy Gillis postulated that with 11 units the street could see an influx of 22 more cars.The planning department’s “intention is not being heeded. They’re taking away parking, and more cars are coming,” Gillis said.“We’re gonna be competing with them for spaces,” added Fred Leffert, who has lived in the neighborhood for seven years.One of the 11 units will be designated below market rate, and it is not known if the units will be sold or rented. The project sponsor, Lucas Eastwood, says that, in the past, he has sold the units he develops.The city requires developers hold pre-application meetings like last night’s, which involves sending invitations to all residents within a 300-foot radius of the would-be project.“The intent is basically to establish a dialogue early in the process,” said Julian Banales, a planner with the city.General plans for the proposal were taped on the wall of the repair shop, but Gibson stressed they were just sketches. “This will evolve in time. I look forward to hearing your input.”But what people saw was a sketch of an austere, modern building invading their block.“This whole street used to be Victorian; there’s no reason you can’t soften the facade,” Hartman told Gibson.No promises were made at the approximately 30-minute meeting.Eastwood, the project sponsor of 986 South Van Ness, said this stage is an important part of building in the city.“Moreso than ever, because there’s a lot of pressure on residents and and a lot of pressure on developers to do the right thing by the residents. Getting people’s buy-in and feedback from the start is important.”He should know: One of Eastwood’s other proposals, at 792 Capp Street — a plan to demolish a single-family home and replace it with four units — has triggered resistance. Tags: development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0% Email Address last_img read more

AT our recent away match at Salford a Saints suppo

first_imgAT our recent away match at Salford a Saints supporter had his trainers damaged and received a foot injury due to the activation of a flare by an individual in the North Stand at the AJ Bell Stadium.Flares and the like are prohibited from all stadia and any person found in possession will be banned for life.The Club run the risk of being disciplined and fined which is unacceptable.Increased searches will be implemented in future which impact on all supporters.Any information regarding the identity of the person(s) responsible could possibly save the club any punitive action.last_img

AS part of this years Steve Prescott Man of Steel

first_imgAS part of this year’s Steve Prescott Man of Steel selection process, the players’ votes were made public for the first time.Danny Houghton secured the award following a ballot of 288 Super League players and beat Hull Captain Ellis, who finished in second place, by almost twice as many first choice votes 113 to 59.Each Super League player votes for three players they feel deserves the award, with their first choice receiving 5 points, second choice receiving 3 points and third choice receiving 1 point.Our Player of the Year Kyle Amor voted for Warrington’s Ben Currie as his number one choice, Denny Solomona second and Gareth Ellis third.12 of the 27 players polled in our squad voted for Houghton as their top pick.Castleford’s Mike McMeeken selected Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook as his third choice whilst Gregory Mounis named Theo Fages as his top choice.Kyle Amor was named second by Brett Delaney, third by Jimmy Keinhorst and first by Brad Singleton.Wigan’s Willie Isa selected James Roby as his Man of Steel.You can see Saints, and the rest of the players’ votes for Man of Steel, here.last_img read more

Pender County man wanted for allegedly physically assaulting woman

first_img Hester is a resident of Pender County, however, he resides in the Wilmington area at an unknown location.Anyone with information on where Hester is residing is asked to call Det. Leatherwood at (910) 470-9800. Jonathon Adam Hester (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man charged with first degree burglary, assault on a female and battery of an unborn child.According to Det. John Leatherwood, Jonathon Adam Hester, 30, physically assaulted a woman at her residence on Sinai Road in Currie on Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img