Developments in Development Primary Concern

first_imgAnticipation of the next tech crash is so buzzy that even the New York Times had to chime in. And someone else picked up those fidelity ratings I mentioned last time and says it’s a sign of the crash to come.But, hark, a media trend shift! It turns out the number one concern among San Franciscans, according to a new San Francisco Chamber of Commerce poll reported by the Chronicle, is not the tech bubble – it’s homelessness.Supervisor David Campos’ legislation that would declare a state of emergency on homelessness, by the way, will be heard by a Board committee on Thursday, and he is inviting members of the public to attend. Legislation that would force the city to build six more navigation centers in the next year is still forthcoming, and still being dismissed by the Mayor.Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue that the housing crisis and homelessness are not the tiniest bit related – especially as the mayor’s new point man on homelessness, Sam Dodge, argues that Campos’ proposal to build new shelters and build them now doesn’t help people get off the street if there aren’t any homes to go to. Curbed reports that San Francisco, in series of civic scorecards the city issued to…uh, itself…is actually pretty noncommittal about its performance in constructing housing, simply stating that home values are up and rents are up (surprise!) and leaving it at that. Tags: Developments in Development • homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Another slightly more conclusive indication of the scorecards is that even the city knows its public transit is seriously unimpressive. But where the rest of us might be frustrated by unpredictable bus times and overcrowding, the city gave itself a failing mark on how often Muni buses crash into other vehicles. Ouch.And while the city is has only a shrug for its tourism stats (hotel occupancy rates and revenues are slightly down, even though costs are slightly up), it is going after the non-hotel tourism industry again.The Chronicle reports that the city will be asking Airbnb hosts to give a list of the items, like furniture, that their guests use and pay taxes on them. According to Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, the hosts brought it upon themselves – “We have heard loud and clear from (hosts) that they want to be treated like everybody else and are willing to pay taxes like everybody else,” she told the Chron.At the same time, the company is doing some self-regulating. It’s asking for feedback from hosts’ neighbors. Bloomberg reports that this is going to be rolled out in Japan first, with global implementation to follow. One wonders, were this to become a reality in San Francisco, could it be a way to encourage frustrated neighbors to try to work through the private system before going to the city and outing the hosts – now that so many of the city’s short term rentals are technically unsanctioned? Legal shifts aside, let’s look at how development is unfolding in some local buildings:Nonprofit MEDA announced last week that it managed to seal the deal to buy the Precita Avenue building that houses both a 40-year-old mural arts center and four rent controlled tenants, securing the building as affordable housing in perpetuity. A group of neighbors with the means to do so lent the nonprofit more than half of the $400,000 down payment, forming a financing system that may make the nonprofit more competitive in the open real estate market. More on that here. In other welcome news, the city has now broken ground on a long-anticipated new park at 17th and Folsom streets. While the real work is set to begin in about a week, the park is expected to be completed within about a year. Here’s a photo of the ceremonial groundbreaking:The groundbreaking at 17th and Folsom. Photo by Joe Rivano BarrosSocketsite has the scoop on two locations around the neighborhood that are likely to undergo serious changes, most moving from neighborhood stalwarts to upscale housing:The site reports that La Parrilla Grill’s space on 24th and Folsom, where plans were made years ago for 20 condos atop the restaurant space and later put on hold, is now again being marketed as a “high foot traffic corner location” – and a tipster sent Socketsite a photo featuring a new building with a second story on top. Socketsite also revealed that the former Anna’s Linens building on Mission Street near 22nd Street may get four stories of housing stacked on top, after the master tenant accepted a buyout for the remaining 30 years of their lease.Finally, we’re up to two figures in local development politics who have taken to their Twitter recently with incredibly frank messages, and let me say, I hope this is the beginning of a trend. Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards went off on Twitter hecklers the other day, even throwing a few expletives around. The move wasn’t popular with everyone, but it was honest – and a week or so later, BART crisis management media relations person @iwriterealgood (a millennial, folks!) took to the internet to lay some real talk down on the conversation about why BART is always so frickin’ broken. Also known as Taylor Huckaby, the BART spokesperson then followed up his viral tweets with an op-ed in Popular Mechanics. More of this, bureaucrats of Twitter! In the incredibly difficult conversation about development and infrastructure, nobody else is holding back – if you know something, say something.   last_img read more

Mexico exists here reminds SF Mexican Museum exhibit

first_img 0% McDonald said featuring works on paper allows the museum to show a more eclectic sample of work, instead of just 10 large paintings. The works were provided by private collectors from around the Bay Area, including McDonald. Featuring such important artists is part of an effort to add depth to the museum’s collection, he said. He said the works on paper by masters of the genre, including Leonora Carrington, José Clemente Orozco and Rosa Rolanda, are the kinds of work that give a museum weight. McDonald’s passion for the artwork was on display as he flitted around the museum, telling stories about individual pieces. “It’s kind of difficult to know where to start,” he said before walking over to three Diego Rivera lithographs, which Rivera produced while living in New York. One, titled “Zapata,” depicts an agrarian leader named Emiliano Zapata leading a group of peasants with his blade drawn and a white horse by his side. It is based on a fresco cycle depicting Mexico’s history and painted in the Palace of Cortés, Cuernavaca, Mexico.“This is probably one of the most famous images by Diego Rivera,” McDonald said. He pointed to Zapata and the white horse in the painting, standing over a dead soldier. “It’s Zapata leading his white horse to a new world — a new life, a better life,” he said. “It’s a struggle that’s going on today,” he added, “but done with such poetry.”Diego Rivera “Zapata” (1932). Photo courtesy of a private collector.McDonald then glided over to an untitled oil and amate painting by Alejandro Santiago. In it, two horses seem to rear in a frenzy above a couple of misshapen, haunted-looking human figures. The painting hasd undeniable similarities to Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” — not only in its off-black color scheme, but also in its various shades of distress. “Whereas Picasso’s painting of ‘Guernica’ was largely symbolic, this is the kind of scene Santiago had to have witnessed,” McDonald said.  He explained that the painting was a depiction of the 2006 Oaxaca Protests, which resulted in the deaths of at least 17 people. “Alejandro saw the killing and the horses run down the cobbled streets,” he said. “It’s the same struggle you see so often in Mexican art.”Alejandro Santiago “Untitled” (2006). Photo courtesy of the Bond Latin Gallery.Then McDonald arrived at a series of sketches by Jose Clemente Orozco — who was, along with Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the co-called “Big Three” Mexican muralists. “You look at so many American artists and it goes back Orozco,” he said, noting that Orozco’s influence on American abstract expressionism could not be overstated. “People like Jackson Pollock were basically devoted to Orozco,” he said. He referenced the broad, slashing strokes in an ink sketch titled “Foreshortened Woman,” which depicts a nude female figure lying down with her back to the observer. McDonald said that Orozco produced many nude paintings and sketches of prostitutes, but when he entered the United States  in 1927, customs burned them.“So there’s a whole body of work by Orozco that was destroyed when he came to the United States,” McDonald said. He said that may or may not have been a consequence of Orozco’s overt left-wing politics.Artist Rufino Tamayo “Boatman” (1939) Photo courtesy of a private collector.But, moving over to piece titled “Boatman” by Rufino Tamayo, McDonald said Mexican art doesn’t necessarily have to be political. He said that Tamayo was among the first to lead a breakaway from the politically-charged “struggle-of-man” discourse of the major muralists. “He could be political, but mostly it was about an aesthetic,” he said. In fact, McDonald said, Tamayo emigrated to New York City in 1929 because he was effectively “pushed out” of Mexico by the Big Three. “He couldn’t get teaching positions, he couldn’t get commissions, because he didn’t [conform] to what their idea of art was,” he said. McDonald dove into the complexities of most of the works in the museum, but he said wanted people “get off their cellphones,” see the exhibit for themselves — and realize the “complexity of their environment” here in San Francisco. “It’s important to politically and culturally — and I’m stressing politically right now — understand that San Francisco was not made by Europeans,” he said. “It was a complex coming together of cultures.” Tags: arts • murals Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Interwoven in the current exhibit at the Mexican Museum — a three-room collection of “works on paper” by Mexican modernists — is a lesson every San Franciscan should learn.“Mexico exists here,” said collector Robert McDonald. “It’s a part of American culture.” The exhibit, titled “Mexico in San Francisco Works on Paper from Diego Rivera to Alejandro Santiago,” features 42 works on paper by Mexican artists who were instrumental in steering a movement that blended politics and beauty — and who spent crucial points of their careers in the United States.The show runs through Dec. 8. last_img read more

A huge Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Friday

first_imgA huge Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Friday’s First Utility Super League tie with Hull FC.MATCH SPONSOR – TrojanTROJAN Work Wear also Known as ARCO are Proud to extend their current partnership here at Saints by being this week’s Match Sponsor.They specialise in providing the highest quality Work Wear Products to all types of trades and businesses. With products varying from quality tough boots and trousers to high performing jackets, Trojan have what it takes to kit out yourself or even a whole team. Their reputation really does speak for itself with years of experience providing the highest quality Products that you can trust.To find out more about Trojan (ARCO) and see their range of work wear log on to PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Bold Skip HireBold Skip Hire are proud to sponsor the Saints for the third time this season.They are a locally based company situated just off Neills Road. With years of experience being a well-established local business, you can be sure that they will provide first class service to ensure that your needs are met appropriately.For further information on the services they provide please contact Mel Griffiths at or call 01744 833 891.THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – VinylineVinyline are a St helens based graphics company established in 1982.They are proud to have most recently produced the stadium graphics for all the stadiums during the Rugby Union World Cup, Manchester City’s Ethiad Stadium and of course Langtree Park. This will be their 10 year annivarsary of sponsoring James Roby and also provided the graphics for his testimonial last season.For more details log on to YOUSpecial mention to all of our Super 8s Partners: Pinehirst Education, Tecmark, Kieras Occasions, NS Connections, Hattons Solicitors, Quick Reach, Cara Brickwork, Pier Fun Casinos, Bold Skip Hire and Trojan.Thank you for your continued support.For further information on available packages this season click here.last_img read more

This Seasons MeetingsSt Helens 14 Warrington 12

first_imgThis Season’s Meetings:St Helens 14, Warrington 12 (SLR23, 26/7/18) Warrington 12, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 9/3/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 14, Warrington 12 (SLR23, 26/7/18) Warrington 12, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 9/3/18) Warrington 40, St Helens 18 (SLR13, 5/5/17) St Helens 31, Warrington 6 (SLR6, 24/3/17) Warrington 18, St Helens 10 (SLSF, 29/9/16) Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16) St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16) Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16) St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15) Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15)Super League Summary:Warrington won 13 (includes wins in 2012 and 2016 play-offs) St Helens won 47 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs) 2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWarrington Tries147 (1st)125 (2nd)Goals122 (1st)108 (5th)Metres39,460 (1st)38,171 (3rd)Breaks222 (1st)173 (5th)Tackles9,250 (4th)8,730 (9th)Factoids:Tommy Makinson and Ben Barba are both set to reach significant milestones if they feature on Saturday.They will each make their 200th career appearance.Makinson has played 196 games for the Saints since 2011, to go with dual-registration appearances for Rochdale (1, 2013) and Whitehaven (1, 2013).He made his England debut in the Denver Test match against New Zealand in June.Tommy is also three tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018).Barba has played 31 games for the club since he signed in 2017. He has also appeared 168 times in the NRL for Canterbury (2008–13), Brisbane (2014) and Cronulla (2015–16).Jonny Lomax is just two points away from 500 in Super League (498 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 31 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 24. James Bentley.Warrington: 1. Stefan Ratchford, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Ryan Atkins, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Chris Hill, 10. Mike Cooper, 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Declan Patton, 17. Joe Philbin, 18. Toby King, 19. George King, 20. Harvey Livett, 22. Morgan Smith, 24. Luis Johnson, 27. Josh Charnley, 29. Ben Pomeroy, 30. Bodene Thompson, 34. Ben Westwood.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 24 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 20 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17 6 = Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 9 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 15 10 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Regan Grace (St Helens), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 14Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 122 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 92 3 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 59 4 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 57 5 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 7 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 41 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39Goals Percentage: 1 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 100.00 (10/10) 2 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 90.90 (10/11) 3 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 90.00 (36/40) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 85.41 (41/48) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 83.82 (57/68) 10 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 82.85 (29/35)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 263 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 228 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 130 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 130 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 124 7 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 110 10 Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves) 102Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints282440835394441482Wigan Warriors292270726405321443Castleford Tigers281981725546179394Warrington Wolves2817101717504213355Wakefield Trinity281314171461896276Huddersfield Giants2913151527772-245277Hull FC2811170583747-164228Catalans Dragons2810171548718-17021Tickets:Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Bolton man accused of selling drugs at area park

first_img The Sheriff’s Office says they began investigating after receiving numerous complaints from the community about illegal activity happening at county parks and recreation facilities.Vice-Narcotics Detectives were monitoring Bolton Park, which is where they discovered Bowen was selling drugs. Investigators say Bowen had two grams of cocaine and three grams of marijuana on him, as well as two guns at the time of his arrest.Bowen is charged with:One felony count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver cocaineOne felony count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver marijuanaRelated Article: Another teen charged in graffiti vandalism downtownHe was placed under a $10,000 bond.Bowen was also served with an outstanding domestic violence protection order.The Sheriff’s Office says they will continue to monitor all county parks and recreation parks for illegal activity. BOLTON, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is accused of selling drugs at Bolton Park.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Alan Bowen, 26, of Bolton, at the park on Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police identify Jacksonville marine in downtown Wilmington fatal shooting

first_img Police responded to the 200 block of North Front Street around 6:15 a.m. Sunday where the victim was found to have sustained fatal gunshot wounds.Police say this is an isolated incident.If you have any information about this incident please use Text-a-Tip or call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609. WPD investigating a death in the 200 block of North Front Street (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating a shooting that killed a 27-year-old Jacksonville man over the weekend in downtown Wilmington.Wilmington Police say Edwin Estrada was killed. He was a US Marine.- Advertisement – last_img

Carolina Beach to buy land to build water treatment plant

first_img There is not a timeline for construction of the plant, but Cramer says the property is beside the current water tower and perfectly suited for the town’s long range water plans. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously to purchase property at 801 North Dow Road for a future water treatment plant.Town Manager Michael Cramer says the property will be bought for $400,000 and be paid for from a savings fund within the town’s utility fund.- Advertisement – last_img

Pender County fire crews battle early morning blaze

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  According to a Pender County Fire Marshal a home in Hampstead caught fire Saturday morning. Fire Marshal Tommy Batson said the two people and their pets are safe.Batson said the call came in around 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a home on East Creekview Drive in Hampstead. Batson said around 25 first responders from Pender County EMS and Fire, Surf City and New Hanover County Departments responded to the scene.- Advertisement – Batson said the fire caused extensive damage to the home, but there was no extensive damage to the second story. He also said no injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is undetermined and it is still under investigation.last_img

VIDEO Man charged for slapping Wilmington police officer

first_img When officer arrived, 22-year-old John Lewis Watson allegedly tried to punch one of the officers.John Lewis (Photo: NHSO/Jail)In the video, you can see Watson flipping his water bottle in the air before the punch.Watson is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and indecent exposure. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wait until you see this video! A man hit a Wilmington Police Officer this weekend and it was all caught on camera.Police say they received several calls Saturday regarding a man displaying erratic behavior at Military Cutoff and Eastwood roads.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington woman accused of stabbing man with hedge clippers

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Wilmington Police found a man stabbed Monday night when they responded to a call about a naked woman sitting in the street.Police arrested Janet Barnett, 35, and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for stabbing a man with hedge clippers.- Advertisement – Police say it happened in the 900 block of South 4th St. at around 10:30 p.m.The victim had minor injured and was treated at the scene.Barnett, of Wilmington, was arrested and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for evaluation.Related Article: Sandy Hook school receives threat on shooting anniversaryBarnett is under a $50,000 bond.last_img