Mission Supervisor Aims for Higher Safety Standards With Fire Legislation

first_img 0% Mission Supervisor David Campos introduced amendments to the city’s fire, building and housing codes on Thursday morning that he said could not only help prevent fires, but ensure that low-income tenants aren’t permanently displaced by them. Campos’s proposal would mandate that landlords prove that their annual inspections of fire alarms are up to date and that records are made publically available.“The key here is to empower the public so they know what’s happening in these buildings,” said Campos, addressing a small crowd of tenants displaced by fire and their advocates during a City Hall press conference.Following a string of fires in recent years that have displaced some 194 people and killed three more in the Mission District alone, Campos pushed the city to form a task force in 2015 to prioritize and address urgent fire safety concerns. The proposals announced Thursday are drawn from the task force’s recommendations. Currently, the city’s Fire Code requires building owners to have fire alarm systems maintained, inspected and tested annually.Tenant advocates present at the press conference cheered for an amendment to the Building Code that would require landlords of fire-damaged buildings with three or more units to put together an “action plan” laying out information for displaced tenants wishing to retrieve their belongings and eventually return to their homes.This plan would include a detailed a timeline for building repairs to give tenants a sense of when they could count on moving back to their restored units.“I’ve seen cases where tenants have minimal damage to their property, only to lose everything because their unit was not secured after a fire,” said Lucas Solorzano, a counselor with the tenants rights clinic Causa Justa.  “Folks were left high and dry because systems weren’t properly developed.”Under this action plan, landlords will have 72 hours after the posting of a Notice of Violation to notify the department of building inspectors of the steps taken to secure their tenants’ personal property.The current lack of such a mandate has further exacerbated the chaos and loss experienced by survivors in the wake of two major Mission fires. Nancy Lopez, an 81-year-old resident displaced from the fire-damaged Graywood SRO Hotel at Mission and 29th streets, reported last week that looters had entered the building and stolen her jewelry and other personal items because the hotel had not been properly secured. Looting was also reported after a four-alarm fire a on 22nd and Mission streets displaced some 60 people and killed one resident in January 2015. The amendments also include higher standards in ensuring that fire alarms work and that tenants are given access to and knowledge of fire alarms in their buildings. “People should be able to hear alarms when they go off, but right now, many alarm systems are in the hallways and common areas,” said Jamie Sanbonmatsu, a senior inspector with the Department of Building Inspections, one of the agencies on the task force. “This is going to make sure that you can hear it in your bedroom, and that will save lives.” The  amendments require landlords with placing fire blocks in attics more than 30 inches in height to prevent the spread of fire from one building to another.“I’ve seen a whole lot of tenants come in whose buildings have been burned, and they have a whole lot of questions,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca, director of counseling program with the San Francisco Housing Rights Committee. Avicolli Mecca said that while current law provides tenants with the right to return to their rent-controlled units once restorations have been made, he often finds himself unable to answer more immediate questions such as when the displaced tenants will be allowed to enter their buildings to salvage their belongings, or how long repairs will take.“When you go through the trauma of a fire, that’s bad enough. But to have to experience the trauma of not knowing what’s going to happen, it’s just not fair,” he said.Diana Flores, a housing counselor with Causa Justa, called the lack of information provided by landlords to tenants displaced by fire a “communication gap” that Campos’ legislation would help to bridge. Campos said that the action plan would keep “the right level of pressure” on property owners to move them to make the needed repairs quickly, and also tasked DBI with “re-inspecting” buildings with pending Notices of Violation every 90 days until the issues are addressed. The amendments were heard at the Government Audit and Oversight Committee Thursday morning and will move in front of the full Board of Supervisors next Tuesday. On that date, Campos said he plans to introduce a “legislative package” that includes asking the city legislative analyst to “conduct a report” looking into the feasibility of increasing the use of fire sprinkler systems. center_img Tags: 22nd Street fire • David Campos • displacement • firefighters • Fires • housing • tenants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Photo Essay Walking Home Snaps

first_imgAs I walk home from a visit I snap away……….Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhn 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhn last_img

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VIDEO Inmates at SF jail reflect on Thanksgiving over a meal

first_img 0% A group of inmates at San Francisco’s maximum security Jail #4 celebrated Thanksgiving this year through an in-custody program, Discovering Your True Self. Men choose to join the program, which meets weekly.Volunteers bought, cooked and served the Thanksgiving meal to the 40 men who participate in the program. The population of Jail #4 changes daily, but on the eve of Thanksgiving, 315 men were being held there. In 2016, 48 percent of city’s jail population was black, though only six percent of the city’s population is black.From the County Jail: Tags: food • thanksgiving Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

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Calls to boycott Phoenix Pub after owner fires seven female employees

first_img 0% Tags: bars • Business • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% It’s not the first time Power has fired employees without giving a reason. All three of the employees Mission Local spoke to had been fired without explanation in 2014, including Poulin. Last Sunday, she said, Power showed up and told her the pub was closing for good, and that she and the other six female employees would find their checks in the mail. “He went into the kitchen and started talking to them, so I thought he meant everyone,” she said.  But the rest of the staff remained, and an hour later at around 4 p.m., she checked the bar’s security cameras. The doors were back open and “a new girl” was behind the bar, serving customers. The mass firing, she said, boiled down to Power suspecting the bar staff — primarily composed of female employees — of stealing booze or giving it away too freely. She said that notion is absurd and accused Power, an absentee owner who resides in Novato, of being paranoid. “He thinks since we are all friends that I was aware that everyone is giving away drinks for free and over-pouring and I was covering their asses and that’s why he’s going out of business,” she said, denying that she and the others were stealing booze. On Monday morning, Mission Local showed an image of the poster to a man who identified himself as the bar’s owner, standing outside the bar on Valencia Street. “I wouldn’t write about that,” he said in an Irish accent. “It’s slander.” A call later placed to Power was not immediately returned. The word on the street, however, is that the Phoenix is indeed tanking. “From what I heard, sales were down very significantly,” said a local bar owner who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. “Not a 10 percent drop — like 50 or 60 percent. Their sales were down one year over the next.” The local owner said that was not surprising as, nowadays, bars that serve relatively cheap drinks and food are having trouble covering the rising costs of rent and labor. “With costs so high, we’re going to see dive bars and restaurants that serve cheap food disappear,” the owner said. The owner did not disagree with Powers’ actions. “It didn’t surprise me to see another place have to take drastic measures,” they said. “The calls for boycotting them without known the whole story are premature. It’s really hard.” But the fired employees see it differently. Michele Kramer, who was fired last Sunday, said she has been considering taking legal action. “I can’t give an explanation why it was all us women,” she said. “It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen with an all-female staff.” The 28-year-old Kramer has worked for the Phoenix off and on, most recently for the last six months. Four years ago, the same thing happened to her. “I had been working there for a year, he called me on a whim and fired me,” she said. “He gave no reason.” “I live in one of the most expensive cities in the country, and to be let go on a whim’s notice is disheartening,” she added. “To have this happen before and have it happen again … it’s had a pretty shitty effect.” Likewise, Power fired Ashley Melanson in 2014, a month after Kramer. He did not give a reason, she said.  “I was fired, along with at least four others four years ago, but this didn’t happen all at once, they were one at a time over the span of a few weeks,” she said in an email. Like the others, Melanson said she agreed with a boycott. “I do not believe Eugene Power deserves anyone’s hard-earned money; he clearly has no respect or concern for the seven women he fired,” she said. “I would be very happy if he continues to lose business.”  Some customers are already jumping ship. Liam Passmore, one of a group of some 20 people who migrate to the Phoenix after their weekend tennis matches at Mission Playground, wrote a letter to Power after he learned of the incident. In it, he says he and the 13 others who signed it would be going elsewhere this past weekend. “I pointed out … that he’s making it hard to be loyal to the restaurant by treating his employees so callously,” Passmore said. “And, indeed, this weekend we went somewhere else.”Boycott poster. center_img Signs have gone up in the Mission urging patrons to boycott the Phoenix Irish Pub on Valencia Street to protest a decision by its owner to fire seven female employees. The signs read: “Shitty business practices!! The owner fired entire female bar staff (not male staff) without any warning or reason and lied about closing the bar, only to reopen the same day with all new staff. There are other bars nearby don’t give this bar your money!” While it is unclear who is posting them or who is calling for the boycott, they do summarize the accusations Phoenix’s former manager, Marissa Poulin, has lodged against the pub’s owner, Eugene Power. Poulin, who had worked there for nearly a decade, was among those fired. “Ten years of loyalty working for him and he just fires the entire crew for no reason,” Poulin wrote in a long screed that was also shared with Broke-Ass Stuart, who wrote about the incident last week. last_img read more

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STEVE Prescott MBE and Apollo Perelini were named

first_imgSTEVE Prescott MBE and Apollo Perelini were named as the Hall of Fame 2013 class this week.They were induced into the Ty-Phoo Hall of Fame at a special ceremony at Langtree Park as the Lounge was officially opened.Ray French told the guests that it was a special night to open the Lounge and that the club goes out of its way to help past players.“The club has the strongest Past Players Association in the game,” he added.Representing the Hall of Fame, he ushered in Apollo and Steve for their outstanding contributions to the Club.Apollo, who made 193 appearances for the Saints, said: “I wasn’t expecting to be inducted into such a prestigious Hall. My best memory has to be the 1996 Challenge Cup Final.“We hadn’t won it for a while and when Bernard Dwyer scored for Bradford we were behind the sticks looking at each other. We thought we were done. In my mind I remembered we had done a reading from the Bible in the morning.“Then Bobbie Goulding made those kicks and I started to believe. Later on Vila Matautia turned to me and said let’s finish it off and I asked God to do it through me. I then scored. It was the best occasion of my career.”Steve Prescott was also emotional when he received his citation.“I didn’t expect this to happen,” he said. “I thought I was coming to help open the Lounge. It is a brilliant occasion and to be in the Hall of Fame, I am moved by it all.“I still have a long battle ahead but I have so many great memories of this club and my career. That game Apollo mentioned, I thought we were dead and buried but we came back.“I scored two in the first 18 minutes and then got one chance late on – but Simon Booth scooped the ball up in front of me. We really wanted to win that day for the club and fans and I remember jumping on Apollo’s back when he went over.“This club has great history and is going places.”last_img read more

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SAINTS welcomed a new member of the Rugby League m

first_imgSAINTS welcomed a new member of the Rugby League media to its ranks on Friday.Ben Holmes, 11, joined Media Manager Mike Appleton for a special press experience at the game with Bradford.He won the unique prize because he is a Junior Saint – and he certainly took full advantage of the opportunity.Not only did he pen a match report, which you can read below, but he also got the chance to grill Head Coach Nathan Brown after the game.So here is Ben’s report:Saints Vs Bradford Bulls k.o. 8 pm Saints start off with a penalty, but Bradford keep Saints attack at bay. Both teams battle hard for ten mins until Mark Flanagan flicks the ball to James Roby and he scores. Mark Percival converts 6-0 Saints.Saints score two tries one by Paul Wellens and another Masoe both converted by Percival, Saints 18 Bradford 0. Bradford break and good defence work by Saints help them regain the ball. Saints pass the ball out wide for Percival to score, but he misses the conversion, Saints 22 Bradford 0. A try by Adam Swift and another conversion by Percival, half time score Saints 28 Bradford Bulls 0. Saints come in to the second half 28-0 up, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook breaks and passes the ball to Hohaia who scores and Percival converts 34-0.Saints score again with Tommy Makinson’s first try, converted to give Saints 40 point lead. Saints take the foot off the pedal allowing Bradford to score four tries in 15 mins. Three out of four converted by Jamie Foster. Then Wellens gets the ball and scores his second and last of the match, to secure Saints a win. Final score Saints 44 Bradford Bulls 22. Sia Soliola gets man of the match. Masoe has his best game with some strong runs. Top game from Wellens as usual.last_img read more

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SAINTS U19s accomplished their goal at Langtree Pa

first_imgSAINTS U19s accomplished their goal at Langtree Park on Thursday evening securing second spot in the table with a commanding 40-12 display and a second win in a month over derby rivals Warrington, writes Graham Henthorne.The reward is a trip to the Halliwell Jones in a fortnight for yet another dual but the stakes then are not two league points but a trip direct to the Grand Final.Confidence for that game will be high after such a complete performance over the visitors. The Saints were only really troubled for two five minute periods in each half both of which were due to poor play from themselves.The opening quarter saw the Saints pack set their stall out producing twice as much possession as the Wolves with a combination of punishing runs and bone crushing defence.The opening set saw Greg Richards and Luke Thompson batter their way into the Wolves line carrying the message that this was going to be long old evening for them.The opening score came via a piece of sublime skill from Lewis Charnock after a Wolves knock on had given the Saints a scrum on the Wolves 30. Thompson and Matty Fozard were stopped short and on the last Charnock chipped the ball to the corner for Lewis Galbraith to catch and touch down unopposed.The visitors were trying to slow down the Saints play the ball but were pinged for two consecutive penalties which put the Saints on the front foot. Fozard, Thompson and Savelio were stopped short on the left but as the ball was spread right each man engaged their opposite number before Matty Fleming put Adam Saunders in at the corner.The Wolves opened their account courtesy of a cross kick after two silly penalties had gifted them position but this was a minor blip on Saints’ radar as normal service was resumed with the reintroduction off the bench of Richards. From their own 20 metre restart the Saints marched down field and quick hands from Thompson and Ricky Bailey put Fleming in at the corner. Charnock missed his only conversion of the night to leave a 10 point gap at the break.“Keep them out and you’ve won” was the call at the break but the opening few minutes saw that go out of the window as poor tackling allowed the visitors to stroll 70 metres down the middle for a simple try under the sticks and a reduction in the lead to four points.However, the wind was taken out of the Wolves sails with a lucky try for Jonah Cunningham. A Charnock chip to the corner on the last was fumbled by the winger after a great chase and challenge from Morgan Knowles. The ball bobbled about until Cunningham managed to touch down his own kick before it rolled dead.The very next set saw a great kick chase from Saunders and he was rewarded with a repeat set. The Saints were again dominating possession and territory and after another strong drive from Richards Cunningham burrowed his way through four defenders for his second.The Saints survived a ten minutes spell down to twelve men when Charnock was rather harshly sin binned for tackling the man after the call of held and on his return cut loose to score two classic tries.The first was a 60 metres scamper down the right form Saunders outpacing the winger to score, the second a remarkable 80 metre run down the middle of the pitch from Thompson. He charged onto the ball like every prop should burst through the line then proceeded to ignore the cries of his support and take on and beat first the full back and then both wingers covering back to score at the sticks in front of the adoring West Stand.As satisfying as this performance and victory was the Saints know that they will have to go up a notch in a fortnight as they face the Wolves yet again. But there has to be a nagging doubt in the minds of every Wolves player that of the four matches they’ve lost this season half of them have been comfortable defeats at the hands of the Saints.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Adam Saunders 2, Matty Fleming, Lewis Galbraith, Luke Thompson, Jonah Cunningham 2.Goals: Lewis Charnock 6.Warrington U19s:Tries: Toby King, Ryan Maneely.Goals: Declan Patton 2.Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 40-12Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Adam Saunders, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Lewis Charnock, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Olly Davies, 12. André Savelio, 13. Matty Fozard. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 15. Morgan Knowles, 17. Joe Ryan, 19. Phil Atherton.Warrington:1. Declan Kay; 2. Jack Johnson, 3. Harvey Livett, 4. Toby King, 5. Jake Eccleston; 6. Declan Patton, 7. Louis Jouffret; 32. Tom Walker, 9. Ryan Maneely, 10. George King, 11. James Jones, 12. Sam Wilde, 13. Andy Philbin. Subs: 14. Robert Holroyd, 15. Alex Whalley, 16. Daniel Murray, 17. Daniel Hurst.last_img read more

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Cooper The monuments should come down WWAY asks local lawmakers about it

first_img “These monuments should come down,” says Governor Roy Cooper in his public address.A Tuesday statement by Governor Roy Cooper is a new issue for the Republican led General Assembly.“The North Carolina legislature must repeal a 2015 law that prevents removal or relocation of monuments,” says the Governor.We reached out to state lawmakers, hearing from Representative Deb Butler. Whether it’s for a political statement or for safety of the structures, she is in favor of a change.“Yes I think the General Assembly should vote on this issue and I do support the Governor, communities, each and every community needs to curate its own space,” says Rep. Butler adding, “and so it’s not for the General Assembly to decide what happens in Burlington, or Fayetteville or Lumberton, each community needs to decided and that law is in the way.”Changing the 2015 law enacted by then Governor Pat McCrory would take a new piece of legislation to move through both the House and Senate.“Certainly it may be on the agenda, I look forward to seeing what happens when we get back, I don’t know if we have time in this session, it’ll probably be next yea,” says the District 18 representative.We reached out to several lawmakers on the Republican side of the aisle but none returned our calls or emails on the issue. Senator Bill Rabon even left out of the back door during a meeting in Southport we attended and requested to interview him at.Representative Butler had this to say surrounding the morning vandalism on the monuments.“Any kind of vandalism is not appropriate.”We also reached out to state leaders in the GOP for comment but no calls were returned. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The Governor wants to move forward in removing confederate monuments.some local lawmakers support his position on the issue.It’s an issue lawmakers had to deal with back in 2015. That was under a different Governor and now a much different direction.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The Speedy Sweetie

first_img It’s not easy working in such a sweet place. “And the glazed of course, when it’s hot it’s the best, melts in your mouth,” she continued.Bbut Markeyta Bostic has “toughed” it out for five years now at the Krispy Kreme on South College Road in Wilmington.  “Awesome. It’s very awesome,” she said of her job.And when that signature red sign turns on? “Everybody comes in, it’s like they play tag, tag you’re it, let’s go get donuts,” Markeyta laughed.Related Article: Join WWAY for annual One-Day Blitz to help restock Salvation Army’s food pantryIt’s a good thing this donut shop has one of the fastest donut box packers in the biz!  “I don’t know, I’ve always been a fast packer,” she said of her super fast talent. “I guess I don’t like seeing the long lines. Makes me want to move fast.”How fast? “They’ve timed me before,” she explained. “I’ve packed a dozen donuts in seven seconds.”  Seven seconds. So why not put her on the spot and put her to the test while the camera was rolling.  “3, 2, 1, GO!” Markeyta packed a dozen in an easy 8 seconds. But truth be told, the time was probably a little faster as Daniel’s fingers on the stopwatch weren’t as quick as Markeyta’s fingers on the donuts.Markeyta Bostic, and everyone who helped make the WWAY One-Day Blitz to benefit the Salvation Army another record breaker for the 3rd straight year, you are EXTRAORDINARY!By the way, in 2016 we set a record by collecting more than 25,000 pounds of food and nearly $700 in cash.That record no longer stands. Maj. Mark Craddock with The Salvation Army says the community came together and donated 33,100 pounds of food to restock shelves for 2017. That’s 16.55 tons of food and tens of thousands of donuts given out as a thank you! WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The WWAY One-Day Blitz benefiting the Salvation Army was such a success it had the folks inside Krispy Kreme in overdrive trying to get the donuts out the door as soon as they are ordered.  WWAY’s Daniel Seamans found our Extraordinary Person of the Week inside making sure the sweet treats were delivered as fast as possible.“Temptation?  I love the cake batter donut. It taste just like cake ice cream. It’s so good,” Markeyta Bostic told Daniel Seamans.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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NC Utilities Commission approves water service rate increase for Hampstead residents

first_imgHAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Despite a public hearing where Pender County residents spoke out about a proposed water rate hike, the North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the request.The residents of Belvedere Plantation in Hampstead have complained about discolored water and other issues in recent months.- Advertisement – The Utilities Commission determined that Carolina Water Service of North Carolina provides “adequate” service and approved the requested rate increase.Many residents are unhappy about this, but would not speak on camera.One woman, Kate Combs, says her water has improved recently, so she isn’t as worried about the increase as some of her neighbors are.Related Article: Power bills rising for Duke Energy Carolinas households“They don’t seem to understand that this is an inconvenience that we’re fortunate to have, because we already have good water running to our houses. It could be a lot worse, we could have no water, we could have GenX, we don’t have any of that,” said Combs.The new rates will provide CWSNC a thirteen percent annual increase in revenues.last_img read more

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