Mission Polling Stations Say Voter Turnout Is High

first_img Tags: Election 2015 • Elections • meda Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Despite historically low voter turnouts for off-year elections, volunteers at Mission voting stations say they’ve seen a higher showing than in past elections. “It’s been busy,” said a volunteer at the Hua Sang Si Buddhist temple at 3126 22nd Street between Capp and South Van Ness. This is her third year as an election volunteer, and she said she was surprised at the high turnout. “You don’t have downtime.”Only about 30 percent of registered voters make it to the polls in elections when there are neither state nor national races, though the Chronicle reports that the city is on track for a 42 percent voter turnout this year, according to the Department of Elections. Some 53 percent made it to the polls last year during statewide elections, while fully 73 percent made it out in 2012 during the presidential race.The Mission has a slightly higher voter turnout compared to other districts. Last year, some 55 percent of eligible Mission voters came out to vote compared to 50.9 percent in other districts. The percentage of Mission registered voters over eligible voters, however, has gone down in recent years, according the the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.center_img In 2012, some 71.6 percent of eligible Mission voters came out to the polls compared to 69.9 percent in other districts. In 2014, the Mission saw a 55 percent voter turnout compared to 50.9 percent in other districts. Graph courtesy of the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.Map courtesy of the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.Map courtesy of the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.A walk-around survey of 10 polling stations in the Mission revealed some 1,072 people had voted in person by 2 p.m., volunteers saying about the same number had dropped off absentee ballots.“It’s been steady,” said a polling volunteer at Bella Salon on Mission Street. The beauty parlor had seen some 50 people vote in person by noon, mostly “people in the early morning on their way to work.” “So far it’s been pretty big, it’s been pretty high traffic,” said another volunteer at the Apartamentos de la Esperanza, which had its basement common area turned into a polling station. Some 154 people voted in person at the apartment complex by shortly after noon. “The last election was pretty slow, so this one’s picked up.”It may be the contentious housing issues that have galvanized neighborhood groups into last-minute electioneering. The Mission Economic Development Agency, spearheading the “Yes on I” campaign, saw volunteers coming in and out of its building throughout the day, receiving instructions and pamphlets for a voting initiative.Voters, too, thought this election was more important than previous ones.“As someone who lives in the Mission, the Mission development had a direct impact on me, and I have a lot of friends who are passionate about the Airbnb issue, so I felt this time [the election] had a more direct impact” said Lauren Patty, a Mission resident of 10 years. She had just voted at the fire station on Folsom and 19th, which saw some 161 in-person voters by 1 p.m.“I feel that the city has changed a lot recently, so I feel a bit angsty,” said Tyler Balogh, who has lived in the neighborhood for a year and also voted at the fire station. He said voting was his way of fighting back against that, though he wasn’t sure how much good it would do. “What I voted for I hope will have some impact.”And Edwin Lindo, the vice-president of external affairs at the Latino Democratic Club and a drafter of the Mission moratorium initiative, was at Bella Salon, taking down names of those who had already voted so the campaign wouldn’t disturb them while canvassing later.“We are knocking on doors, reminding people to go out and vote,” he said. “Even if we have to stand on the corner of 24th and Mission until late and tell people to go vote.”He reminisced about past times in the the anti-gentrification fight, saying he can “still remember the days of ‘Our Mission, No Eviction’ and talking to Erick Arguello [of Calle 24],” and was hopeful and enthusiastic about tonight’s results. “To now think this is the day that our community gets to decide its fate — it’s exciting.”Whether the controversial propositions really have influenced more to vote remains to be seen. Polls close at 8 p.m., and it won’t be for a few hours later that preliminary results are released and not for days that official results are guaranteed. If you haven’t made it out to vote, find your polling place here and go before closing time. last_img read more

No Suspect or Explosives Found After Bomb Threat at Night Club

first_imgPolice responded to reports of a bomb threat at DNA Lounge at 375 11th St. on Friday afternoon, but after an evacuation and a search of the affected building, found no evidence of a bomb or a suspect reportedly barricaded inside.At 3:30 p.m., police received a call from a man claiming to be inside and “armed with a gun and a bomb,” but had since lost communication with him, said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak. As of 6:40 p.m., officers confirmed the threat to be over, and people could be seen exiting nearby buildings.“We have not reestablished communication [with the man inside],” said Andraychak at 6:10 p.m., adding that officers are “operating under the assumption that the guy is still inside and is still armed with something.”Andraychak said the threat was of “significant concern,” and dozens of squad cars swarmed the area as helicopters circled overhead. At 6:00 p.m., officers could be seen entering the venue, which had been evacuated along with other businesses in the surrounding area. 0% Dozens of cops and bomb robot at 11th and Harrison for potential bomb threat @dnalounge#sfpic.twitter.com/Mbg8rlsIR7— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) June 4, 2016A negotiation squad responded to the scene, similar to the one operating at an earlier incident in Chinatown where officers were involved in a standoff with an active shooter, said Andraychak. Paramedics and a bomb retrieval robot were also dispatched as police assessed the threat.By 6:20 p.m., 15 officers carrying rifles and dressed in black tactical gear could be seen emerging from the venue.“There is no rush,” said Anraychak shortly before the squad team exited the building. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt.”Employees standing outside of the venue near the corner of 11th and Folsom said police did not inform them about the threat, but that they found out through social media.“We got all of our information from Hoodline and everywhere else,” said Tim Guandolini, a manager at DNA Lounge who was not in building when the threat was reported, but showed up later expecting to clock in for his night shift along with two other employees.Traffic was rerouted along 11th Street, and bystanders and patrons of local businesses had been told by police to “stay in place.” As of 6:30 p.m., police declared the area clear and began to reopen the streets to traffic.center_img Tags: crimes • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Dozens turn out for hearing on affordable housing coming to SF Mission

first_img 0% Those who attended Tuesday’s meeting were counseled on their eligibility for below market rate housing and assisted with filling out applications. They were told that the application process for 681 Florida St. will begin some six months before construction completion, which is set for Summer 2020. Along with representatives from the project’s non-profit developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, the architects presented preliminary design plans for 681 Florida St. and sought input from those whom it will serve.“Families need open spaces,” said Gula, adding that the architects aimed to address this need by incorporating a courtyard into the building’s second floor as well as a rooftop deck and community area with “views of downtown.”The nine-story development is slated to bring 130 below-market rate units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments to the Mission, of which 30 percent will be set aside to house formerly homeless families.Another important aspect in the project’s design is accessibility to supportive services – such as case management services – that will be located within the building.“The people that need that extra bit of help have to feel like they are connected to everything but also have the choice…. to navigate privately or publicly,” said Gula. “Sometimes you want to know that what you’re doing is just you and your social worker.”The building will come complete with a community room, a receptionist, storage space for some 120 bicycles, and a rooftop deck and laundry access, as well as 10,000 square feet of Production Distribution Repair space that will be used to house local arts and community organizations on its ground floor. Following a 20 minute presentation, attendees were directed to break off into groups to give their  input on a variety of issues concerning the project, including access to transportation in the area and their preferred use of the art space planned for the development’s ground floor.Members of local art organizations attended the meeting to help inform the space’s use and design. “We are one of the organizations that is at risk of being displaced because we don’t have a long term lease in place,” said Ani Rivera, executive director of the Mission’s Galeria de La Raza, who attended the meeting with inquires about the art spaces. “So we are looking at opportunities that could provide us with options to stabilize and find a new home and allow us to stay.”The project’s developers will ultimately be tasked with choosing tenants for the art space. Gula said that the architects are designing the the space in preparation for variety of uses and organizations – from small art galleries to a large dance studio.Representatives of the Mission Economic Development Agency encouraged community members to vote on the use of a 10,000 square-foot designated art space at 681 Florida St. Photo by Laura Waxmann“It’s a flexible space and whoever comes in can do a variety of different things if they wanted to,” said Gula. “It’s giant – it’s 21-foot ceilings and spans an entire block from Florida to Bryant streets,” said Logan Kelley, the other architect on the project, about the proposed PDR space. The design will include windows providing “visibility from all three sides of the building,” he said.“If you take the arts of the Mission district and put it on display, hopefully that will activate interest in those arts,” said Kelley. “Our idea is to show the culture of the Mission off.”The affordable housing project is part of a larger project of mostly market-rate development between 18th and 19th streets on Bryant Street and came after months of negotiations between community groups, the city and the developer Nick Podell. “Over 8,000 Latinos have been displaced from the Mission in the last decade,” said Leslie Palaroan, project manager at MEDA. The organization’s vision for 681 Florida St., she said, is to address that displacement of “low-income families and individuals in the Mission by providing supportive housing.”Those who attended the meeting said they were happy their voices were being heard throughout the process. Tags: Affordable Housing • Bryant Street • development • meda • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Some 60 people, including whole families, turned out for the first in a series of community outreach meetings concerning the construction of a 130-unit affordable housing project at 681 Florida St. that could break ground in Spring 2019.People were there to learn about applying for the spaces and to make suggestions on the use of its community space.  “They are actually calling the community out to see what needs to be twisted or fixed,” said Nayelly Ayala, a resident of 24th and Florida streets, at the Tuesday evening meeting held in the community room of Mosaica, an adjacent family and senior apartment complex at 680 Florida St. and one of the early mixed-income developments in the Mission.  “This is nice because usually its just ‘build it, build it, build it’ – and you don’t get feedback. We are the ones living in this area.”Roger Gula, one of two architects of the design firm Mithun/Solomon tasked with designing the 100 percent affordable development, said that if interest grows, “We will have to get a bigger room.”last_img read more

ENGLAND take on Daniel Andersons Exiles at Langtr

first_imgENGLAND take on Daniel Anderson’s Exiles at Langtree Park on June 16 (6.45pm) with tickets still on sale.You can buy £29 and £24 central North and South Stand tickets from Langtree Park and for all other areas – West and East, alongside the other unallocated areas of the North and South Stands – it is advised to use the cash turnstiles.Those tickets cost from £18 (£9 concessions) for standing and £21 (£10 concessions) seating and are available here or by contacting the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.England Knights also take on Ireland at Langtree Park, Saturday June 16, kick off 4.15pm.last_img

JON Wilkin is pleased with the way preseason is sh

first_imgJON Wilkin is pleased with the way preseason is shaping up but knows the real measure will be a good start to the campaign.The back-rower says the players look as sharp as they’ve done for a number of years and are confident with their progression.“It was been a good preseason and Nathan (Brown) and Jamahl (Lolesi) have come in and brought some new ideas,” he said. “We have trained with good intensity and seem to be very sharp but we know there is a lot of work ahead of us.“It’s good being sharp in training but if it doesn’t equate to good form on the field then it’s a waste of time. Everything seems to be building in the right direction though and we are confident with our preparation.“The biggest change for me has been in our training methods. We are taking a lot of time to consider if we are fully recovered for the next session so we can do that at 100 per cent. We want to be very good every time we train.”Wilkin, 28, missed out on international duty through injury and whilst that was disappointing, it’s meant a full preseason under his belt for the first time in a number of years.“I do feel sharper,” he added. “As players one of our gripes is we would all like more time to prepare so this has been a good opportunity. I feel fresh and more mentally fresh too.“I like to keep myself busy off the field to keep my mind fresh, whether that’s with the media, my coffee shop, the Players Association or my Testimonial and I’d like to think I manage both well.“The Testimonial is a nice distraction to have and I have been blown away by the support from fans and sponsors. It’s weird reflecting on a career because I still feel I have so much more to achieve. It has been an honour to be at this club for ten seasons and I owe it and the supporters a lot.”You can hear the full length interview with Jon by subscribing to the Saints Podcast. You can listen here too.Jon’s Testimonial match will see Saints take on Wakefield Wildcats at Langtree Park on Sunday January 20 (3pm).Tickets are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

SAINTS will have four players featuring for Rochda

first_imgSAINTS will have four players featuring for Rochdale in Sunday’s annual Law Cup Fixture against Oldham.Gary Wheeler, Jordan Hand, Dom Speakman and Anthony Walker have all been ‘dual registered’ for the match.Ian Talbot’s will go into battle for the historic trophy and the bragging rights that come with it without Captain Wayne English and talismanic stand-off Paul Crook.The ‘Infirmary Cup’ was first contested between Rochdale Hornets and Oldham in May 1921. The trophy was donated by Rochdale M.P. the Right Hon A.J. Law with proceeds to be split between the infirmaries in both towns. The trophy first became known as the Law Cup in 1949 to recognise its original benefactor.The first match, on May 7 ended in an inauspicious 0-0 draw with Oldham winning the replay 12-2 and therefore being the first recipients of the trophy. The competition then became an early or pre-season event. Hornets’ first success came on September 8 1923 with a 13-5 victory over the old enemy at the Athletic Grounds.Oldham’s first win at the Athletic Grounds was in 1929 whilst Hornets had to wait until 1947 to record their first win at Watersheddings.Oldham’s record win was in 1961 when they won 53-13 at home whilst Hornets’ record win was in 1933 when they won by 48-8 closely followed by Derrick Fox’s team in 1999 with a 48-10 triumph. The 48-10 win also brought to an end a run of seven successive victories by Oldham. Hornets’ longest winning run in the history of the trophy was six consecutive wins between 1947 and 1952. The scorers in that 48-10 triumph for Hornets were Shaw and Swann with a brace apiece with Wild, Hilton, Coussins and Coult also crossing the whitewash and the ever-reliable boot of Fox providing eight goals.One other notable record saw Tommy Rees play in 11 consecutive matches between 1928 & 1938After Hornets’ 13 – 5 win in 1966 the Law Cup was not contested again until 1973 with Oldham claiming the games were getting ‘too torrid’. Since that time we’ve seen both clubs change grounds with Hornets moving to Spotland and Oldham on to Boundary Park and more recently Whitebank.A recent addition to the pleasantries has been the Karl Marriott Trophy. Karl, a Young Lion, ex Hornet fans favourite passed away following training in October 1998. Everyone at Hornets fondly remembers Karl and as such has dedicated the Karl Marriott Trophy to the Law Cup man of the match.The game is pay on the gate, kicking off at 3pm, with the Man City Vs Leeds FA Cup tie showed in the bar.last_img read more

Could new law mean more green for taxpayers

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It is the biggest tax change in thirty years; the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But could the new law do more than add zeros to paychecks and when will you see the effects?It is a time many dread but cannot avoid: tax season.- Advertisement – “Very stressful at times, but in the end it pays off, and I think everybody is happy in the end,” tax filer, Brandon Hamilton, said.Many rush to get their taxes done to get refunds faster, while others wait and hope they don’t have to pay. But according to one Brunswick County tax service, the federal tax reform passed late last year could mean more green.“I think it’s great. I think it’s simplified the tax code a little bit more,” Tax Preparer Susan Riopel said. “It’s allowed a little bit more leeway for folks to use the standard deduction and have a lot more to deduct from their income so they can get a bigger refund.”Related Article: President Trump speaks at ‘Salute to America’ celebration in Washington, DCRiopel said the number one question she gets is if people are better off after this reform.“A tax return is like your finger print: everyone is different,” Riopel said.The new legislation has increased the standard deduction, taken away exceptions and trimmed individual tax rates. But you won’t see the changes until next year.Riopel said in 2019, the average, middle, and low income household will see an increase in refunds all across the nation.There is one change you should see now.“Folks are seeing an increase in their paycheck for this year right now starting in February,” Riopel said.The withholding table has changed, but Riopel said you should take a look at your pay stub to make sure you are deducting enough. But money talks and tax payers want more of it.“There is multiple things you can use extra money for and if you pay less and get more that is always a very good thing,” Hamilton said.There is still plenty of time to get your taxes done. The deadline is April 17th.last_img read more

Woman battles with multiple providers for months still cannot get internet service

first_img After switching to AT&T and then back to Spectrum, Melissa Randall says she cannot seem to win.“What do I have to do to get our internet to work? That’s just the most basic thing is for it to work and not cut out unexpectedly,” Randall said.When you work from home, it could even cost you your job. Frustrated is an understatement for Randall.Related Article: Environmentalists: Coal ash-related compounds found in Cape Fear River“I don’t feel like there’s anyone that I can call or talk to at AT&T or Spectrum that’s actually going to listen to me, and is going to do anything about it,” she said.After Florence, Randall had issues with her Spectrum service. She works from home, so good service is crucial.She decided to switch to AT&T, but things only got worse.“It was literally three months of them setting up appointments, coming out and saying it hadn’t been fixed and breaking appointments,” Randall said.She says she was forced to work out of coffee shops for three months.Randall says AT&T was never able to even set up her service. After six AT&T tech visits, she found out the problem.“He said, ‘If you see that line hanging down, no matter what they tell you on the phone, do not let someone come out here and tell you it’s not fixed,’” she said.Now, Randall has one Spectrum line running all the way into one neighbor’s yard, and a broken AT&T line in her other neighbor’s yard. After making call after call, Randall says she is desperate at this point.“Where we stand now is that my line is still in backyard for Spectrum and supposedly they’re going to come bury it. And that AT&T keeps calling and saying it’s fixed, when it is absolutely not fixed,” Randall said.She says Spectrum is supposed to come out Friday to bury the line. Randall also said she got a call Thursday morning from AT&T saying that line was fixed, but she says it’s not.WWAY reached out to both companies.Spectrum gave the following statement:“We’ve been in touch with the customer and are working to place a permanent, aerial cable to her home and remove the temporary, and we apologize for the delay.”AT&T did not respond. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We all complain about our internet service sometimes, but one woman says she has been battling with two different service providers just to get service that works at all.One woman says she’s between a rock and a hard place right now. She has been battling with Spectrum since Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New tunnels project will only increase to the local infrastructural pressures –

first_img SharePrint <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> Partit Demokratiku (PD) said that the tunnels that the government is planning for the localities of Pembroke, St. Julian’s, Swieqi, and San Gwann will be increasing to the infrastructural pressures that huge projects such as the db Group and Corinthia ones will be creating.In the past days, Infrastructure Malta has announced plans fo a set of four new tunnels and the widening of Triq Sant’Andrija to improve efficiency in the connectivity of the road network around Pembroke, St Julian’s and the neighbouring localities. This project named Pemroke-St Julian’s Connections will extend from Triq il-Kosta to Triq Reġjonali up to the Manwel Dimech Bridge and the north end of the Ta’Giorni tunnels.Four new tunnels to improve traffic on St Julian’s bypassAccording to the PD Secretary General, Martin Cauchi Inglott, these plans indicate that the projects in St George’s Bay have been approved or are on the way to be approved from the Planning Authority. The PD stated that all this is being done to cater for private interests of people close to authorities. Cauchi Inglott, who is also contesting the European parliament elections, said that it scarcely credible that these projects are financed through taxes.Raymond Azzopardi who is running for the Local Councils election as a PD candidate in the locality of St Julian’s said that it is rich of the government to said that the quality of life is a priority when the Maltese population is feeling alien in its own country as the country’s landscape is being destroyed, accessibility is becoming more limited and air pollution has become a constant.The PD said that in favour of a quality oriented economy.WhatsApplast_img read more

Updated Put on your sunscreens Met office warns of high temperatures

first_img SharePrint The Met Office at the Malta International Airport has just issues an Orange warning for ‘Extreme High Temperatures’ for Sunday between 13:00 and 17:00h (1 and 5 PM) . The Met office also warns of a Yellow warning between 11am and 7pm. The temperature at 10.30am was 35 degrees Celsius. Artist Gorg Mallia was not amused and took to his pens.Meanwhile weather sites on Facebook are estimating a high of 38 degrees.All temperatures are measured in the shade.Families are generally advised by authorities to keep their children as well as elderly persons well protected and hydrated.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