SF and Nonprofits Offer Plan to Control Mission District Gentrification

first_imgThe document draws in part from a report produced in 2015 by Berkeley researchers Miriam Zuk and Karen Chapple that concluded the Mission was already in an “advanced state of gentrification.”To ameliorate that, the 2020 plan offers a seven-pronged approach – all strategies that require money, already difficult to find, and political will.The report nevertheless sees the possibility of reversing or slowing the two-decade trend of a low-income exodus and a high income influx. To do so, it recommends improving tenant protections, preserving single room occupancy rooms, preserving affordable housing, building new affordable housing, supporting existing community-serving businesses, improving community access to the city’s planning processes, and addressing homelessness.It is clear, however, that there are differences of opinion among the organizations behind the plan – specifically, the authors note, the city does not see market-rate development as accelerating displacement. Some of the organizations involved do. “The City believes that new housing production at all income levels is critical to address the housing crisis, and that the crisis has been partially caused by many decades of slow housing production,” the plan document notes.Chirag Bhakta, who works Mission Housing Development Corporation, one of the organizations involved in developing the plan, outlined the community perspective.From the MAP 2020 draft. Source: SF Rent Board“When we see housing being developed at market rate, it is well understood that this isn’t for our people, these units are not for the people who are under threat of eviction, people who are under landlord harassment or people who are just stuck where they are because they can’t afford to move up in San Francisco,” he said. For years, tenant advocates and neighborhood organizations have protested against large market-rate developments proposed in the neighborhood, saying high-priced rentals and condos attract residents with high incomes. Their arrival, tenant advocates argue, herald increased gentrification including businesses that cater to high-income individuals.In contrast, pro-development advocates have argued that halting market rate construction also prevents the construction of the included affordable inclusionary housing required by the city. No matter the argument, it is clear the Mission will have loads of new market rate housing. Some 2,000 new market rate units will be ready in the next three to five years, compared to just over 1000 units of affordable housing that are in the pipeline. The document notes the discord between community and city groups, acknowledging that it makes it difficult to agree on an approach. In the end, the solutions it suggests are a compromise:“The market forces and historic inequities that have resulted in these disruptive and “unnatural” demographic shifts are part of global trends that a single neighborhood or city cannot resolve,” the authors wrote. “We cannot simply build our way out. Conversely, building little or no market rate housing will also not address and potentially exacerbate the large socio-economic forces at play.”Both sides agree, however, that as much affordable housing as possible should be built, but there are differences of opinion on exactly what the goal should be. That agreement, Bhakta said, has been key to advancing solutions.“We might not agree on market rate development ever, but we might agree that we need certain protections from what gentrification does,” he said. “If they’re willing to work on the solutions with us, then we are also willing to work on the solutions with them.”Community groups say 2,400 units of affordable housing should be built in the Mission by 2020; the city says a range is more reasonable, from 1,700 to 2,400. Flat out building 2,400 units, the city estimates, would take $1.3-1.7 billion and 15-25 years.Still, more than 1,000 of those units are already in the pipeline, either as new construction or as acquisitions through the city’s small sites program or as the required low-income housing being constructed by private developers as part of market rate projects.Other goals of the plan include stabilizing 900 tenants per year through grant recipient organizations that advise tenants facing displacement, helping 48 nonprofits per year stay in place, helping nonprofits acquire 20,000 square feet of space to operate community-serving organizations in, and determining the value of older area plans like the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan.Many pieces of legislation and city initiatives have already been put in play during the time MAP 2020 was being developed, the document notes. These include tenant protections “2.0,” limiting low-fault evictions for things like nuisance complaints or living in an illegal unit, approving a housing bond, establishing neighborhood preferences for affordable housing units, supporting legacy businesses, and providing technical assistance for displaced businesses.The plan also stipulates annual reports to monitor progress on the outlined goals. The public comment period on the draft plan expires February 19. After years of collaborative planning effort, more than a dozen nonprofits and city organizations have revealed their plan to spare the Mission’s diversity and cultural richness from gentrification. That plan, known as Mission Action Plan 2020, is now available for review and comment and will be considered by the Planning Commission on Thursday, March 2. The year 2020 refers to the point of no return. Unless the decline in the Latino population and the influx of higher income residents are stopped or significantly controlled, the Mission will be fully gentrified by 2020, the report concludes.   “If these and other similar trends continue, the rich cultural and economic diversity of the Mission District could become a thing of the past, and the Mission will become a neighborhood with a majority of high-income residents by 2020,” the report notes.From the MAP 2020 draft. 0%center_img Tags: Business • gentrification • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission High girls soccer team goes for statement win vs powerhouse Lowell

first_imgIn a regular season clash with greater significance for both sides, the Mission High School girls’ soccer team faces the Lowell Cardinals today at 3:30 p.m at Mission High.The up-and-coming Mission team arrives 4-0 in the league to this powerhouse matchup, in a position to challenge a longstanding city tradition: that San Francisco soccer is a game where 22 girls chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, Lowell wins.As the girls’ team waited for the kick-off of the Mission High boys’ game on Tuesday, coach Roberto Escobar tried to soothe the tension while remaining realistic. “No one’s gonna give you anything,” he told his squad. Sitting down in a corner of the field, players and coaches went over Wednesday’s plans and encouraged each other to remain calm. It failed to help much.“My head is like ‘beat Lowell, beat Lowell, beat Lowell,’” said senior captain Aedra Li at the end of the meeting. “This game has been on my mind for four years.” Lowell’s own streak has been around for way longer. It has been 22 years since the last time the city’s prestigious, test-into high school lost a city title. This is what the girls’ soccer record book looks like: Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address During Escobar’s four-year tenure as Mission’s coach, the Bears have gotten through most of their rivals with some effort, only to be bossed around by Lowell in the latter stages of the season.This year, it is Mission doing the bossing, and the Cardinals paying careful attention. Both teams are still undefeated in four league matches, and both have scored 20 total goals in the four games.“The coaches are definitely pushing us a little harder, creating new plays, and changing our perspective, showing us that we’re here for ourselves,” said junior midfielder Viviana Montes.The coach attributed Mission’s progress to the number of girls with years of soccer experience joining the program in the past few years. A Mission native and a Salvadoran-American, Escobar grew up playing “against the gang members” at Dolores Park. “Now it’s become a pay-to-play sport,” he said. The best players started coming not from the streets, but from the clubs.Lowell still has the best players in the matchup. With an enrollment almost three times that of Mission High, the Cardinals have a strong club contingent and two college recruits.“They have a few key players, and a lot of them are pretty good, but we have a lot of strong players,” said sophomore goalkeeper Raquel Lau.Or, as the coach puts it: “Many teams with skillful players are disorganized, but if we have both, we can do damage.”As they strive to find that gear, the Bears will rely on their tactical chops and intensity during the game to keep the streak going.“If they can play to the standard that I know they can play, then we’ll be fine,” Escobar said. last_img read more

Pride 2019 The Trans Community Kicks Off Pride Weekend

first_imgConnie Pelkey is less shy.  Every year, she comes to Pride in a variation on the same joyous outfit: angel’s wings and rainbow devil’s horns, and a matching tail, too. She only takes off for a vacation from work Pride weekend, she says, because it’s “all holidays rolled into one.”  “I’m a Civil Rights activist, lover of human beings, a bleeding heart. If you’re not okay, I’m not okay. And everyone is not all okay. There is always work to do. But you know, it gets me going. I can take the sadness. I’m strong. I don’t think you’re ever going to meet anyone as strong as me. I’m fierce. I get through the sadness. It motivates and inspires me.” –Donna PersonnaMost of the participants we chatted with spoke about the Trans March — and Pride in general — as more than a big party. “My form of celebration is to inspire more activism,” said Donna Personna, holding up her lifetime achievement medal from the Grand Marshal that recognizes her 50-plus years of activism. “It’s not a party, it’s a mission.” For Personna, the best thing a young LGBTQ+ person can do is know their history. Lately, she’s been telling the media and anyone who will listen about the significance of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, an act of resistance in 1966 against police brutality, by trans women of color in the Tenderloin. These women are responsible for many of the later LGBTQ community’s victories and breakthroughs, Personna said. “Unfortunately, they lived and they died without ever being told that what they were attempting and doing and was not only okay, but beautiful. They were attempting an authentic life,” she added.Her greatest fear is that these stories will be forgotten. “I believe that social justice and liberty that is gained that is best when it was done by those people that want it,” she said, smiling. “And it fills my heart that this was transgender women that were working for their own liberties. And the liberty of the whole [LGBTQ] spectrum.” It’s the Friday afternoon before Pride Weekend and, at Dolores Park, transgender people and their allies are beginning to show up. Later this evening, the Trans March, one of the largest trans events in the country, will take place.  But first, brunch.Hosted by local nonprofits LYRIC Center for LGBTQ Youth and Openspace, the annual Youth & Elder brunch is an opportunity for the community to come together and share stories of how it was then, and how it is now.  Candy Coleman brought her dog to the brunch, and also has been coming to Trans March for years. “It seems to get better every year,” she said, smiling. Her friend Diande R. Smith said Trans March and the day of activities is also an opportunity to draw attention to the political and social issues transgender people are facing. The most important one right now?“Get that thing outta the White House,” Smith said. Luis de la Garza, who has been attending Trans March for the last seven years, said there are few opportunities for many generations of the LGBTQ communities to mix, “and I think there’s a lot of misunderstandings,” he said. center_img “The perception is sometimes that young people are all tech, wealthy, very selfish, and always partying, and that’s not the case,” he said. “That’s actually a very small percentage of young people. So the more that we try to combat those stereotypes and have events like this, the better.”He listened intently to the speakers onstage, who were speaking about trans* women activists like Sylvia Rivera, a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front. “I relate a lot to trans folks. A lot of the times I feel like I’m in the wrong body because I’m not able-bodied,” Garza said, reflecting on why he shows up to the march and day of trans-centered events year after year. “There’s these parallels.” He added that the trauma of being assaulted and called names is similar to the violence trans women face in their lives. Many of the participants we spoke to said showing up to public Pride events like these take a lot of courage.Svet, who is originally from Kazakhstan but calls the Bay Area home, said he almost didn’t come today, to his first ever Trans March.“Looking in the mirror this morning, I asked myself, is it easier to put a pillow over my head and stay at home?” But he’s here. Feeling everything. “Excited. Timid. Terrified-excited,” said Svet, too shy to have his picture taken.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has expressed his a

first_imgSAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has expressed his appreciation and thanks to the many loyal fans who made the trip to Castleford to get behind the team in such a crucial game.Eamonn stated: “It was heart-warming to see so many fans at Castleford and there is no doubt their support lifted the team in the second half when they made a comeback that was full of spirit and character.“The rest of the season will require more backs to the wall performances from the team particularly following the news that our talisman James Roby will be missing for the rest of the regular season.“There is no doubt the continuing support of the fans can lift the team to the playoffs when we will have key players back and be in a much stronger position to reach the Grand Final.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED Academy Tour fixturesGame 1 v Wests Tig

first_imgCONFIRMED Academy Tour fixtures:Game 1 v Wests Tigers Cubs – Saturday October 17Campbelltown Stadium – 5.30pm (curtainraiser to Cook Islands v Tonga World Cup Qualifier)Game 2 v Central Coast – Wednesday October 21Wyong – 6.30pmGame 3 v Parramatta Eels – Sunday October 25Cabramatta – 5.30pmGame 4 v Penrith Panthers – Saturday October 31Pepper Stadium – 6pmlast_img

State gives 185M in Hurricane Matthew recovery help for Fair Bluff

first_imgFlooding inundated Fair Bluff after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — The town of Fair Bluff will receive $1.85 million to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew and improve the town’s water supply, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.Fair Bluff will receive $1 million from North Carolina Emergency Management to help address long term housing needs. Fair Bluff will also receive $850,000 from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to relocate one of the town’s main drinking water supply wells out of the floodplain, easing the way for new affordable housing and making the town better able to withstand future floods.- Advertisement – “Hurricane Matthew flooded the heart of Fair Bluff and left homes and businesses in ruins, but step by step the town is moving toward recovery,” said Gov. Cooper, who visited the town earlier this fall. “This funding is critical to helping this historic town rebuild and have a brighter future.”The funds are part of a coordinated effort across state agencies to address long-term needs of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew. As part of the cooperative effort, the Golden Leaf Foundation has agreed to contribute an additional $100,000 to complete the drinking well project if needed.Matthew inundated Fair Bluff, causing heavy damage to the town’s residences, businesses and vital infrastructure. The $1 million from North Carolina Emergency Management will help repair, rebuild and elevate single-family homes, as well as rehabilitate manufactured housing.Related Article: Emergency Management recommends evacuation for New Hanover Co.“We’re working with Fair Bluff residents and leaders not just to reconstruct their community, but to rebuild homes and infrastructure in a way that they are better prepared for the next disaster,” said Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks. “Improving the community’s resiliency will help ensure their future.”Relocating the drinking well, funded through the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016, will protect Fair Bluff’s water supply from future storm damage. In addition, the project will ensure adequate water pressure for new affordable housing planned by the state Housing Finance Agency and the Lumber River Council of Government using Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 funding.“DEQ is proud to be part of this effort to keep Fair Bluff on the road to recovery,” said DEQ Secretary Michael S. Regan. “It’s a great example of state government agencies using our specific expertise where and how we can to help North Carolinians the most.”Fair Bluff will soon be getting extra help from a team of volunteers from AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). The volunteers are part of a group who will be joining the Governor’s recovery effort in North Carolina beginning in November to help with ongoing work in storm-damaged communities for six months. Fair Bluff was selected as one of several sites to receive assistance from the volunteers. The team will work with the community to rebuild homes and businesses. Volunteers will also serve in Princeville, Lumberton, Kinston, Seven Springs and Windsor starting later this year.Additionally, the Town of Fair Bluff is getting $8.3 million to elevate, buy out or move 71 homes to prevent future flooding through the federal Hazard Grant Mitigation Program. Other assistance received by Fair Bluff and its residents to date includes: 177 home loans and 78 business loans from the Small Business Administration; $1.8 million in FEMA Individual Assistance for residents; and nearly $1 million paid in claims from the National Flood Insurance Program. Columbus County is expected to receive more than $2 million to repair public infrastructure.“While progress is happening, there is much more to be done to help communities recover fully,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “I will continue to fight in Washington and Raleigh for help for families, businesses and towns impacted by Hurricane Matthew.”last_img read more

Director named for film of Jason Motts The Wonder of All Things

first_imgJason Mott (Photo: UNCW.edu) Ben SteelmanStarNews StaffFilmmaker Cheryl Dunye has been slated to write and direct a film version of local author Jason Mott’s 2014 novel “The Wonder of All Things,” Deadline Hollywood reports.- Advertisement – Lionsgate bought film rights to the book four years ago.Active in indie filmmaking, Dunye won the Teddy Award in 1996 Berlinale festival for her debut film “The Watermelon Woman.” She has directed episodes of “Queen Sugar,” “The Fosters” and “Claws” and teaches film at San Francisco State.Click here to read more at StarNewsOnline.comlast_img read more

WPD Woman wanted for stealing from Food Lion

first_imgThis woman is wanted in connection with a larceny at Food Lion on South 17th Street. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize this woman or this car?Wilmington Police say this woman is wanted in connection with a larceny at Food Lion on South 17th Street on March 13.- Advertisement – If you have any information, please contact WPD at 910-343-3600 or use Text A Tip.last_img

Burn ban issued for much of eastern North Carolina

first_imgBan burn (Photo: MGN Online) SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — A burn ban is now in effect in Columbus, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick, Bladen, and Onslow counties on all open burning due to hazardous forest fire conditions.The ban prohibits burning within 100 feet of any structure.- Advertisement – All previously issued burning permits have been cancelled.“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”The ban went in effect as of 5 p.m. and remains in effect until further notice.Related Article: WFD: House fire the result of cooking left unattendedViolators of the burn ban could face a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the NC Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.Other counties in the ban include Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.last_img read more

Updated AFM King Air aircraft assisted migrant rescue

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> Credit: Oren RozenCredit: Oren Rozen According to a spokesperson from AFM, a King Air Fixed Wing aircraft had assisted an operation to rescue survivors of a migrant boat which capsized off the coast of Tunisia.The spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the aircraft was called on several times to provide visuals to the Tunisian Navy responding to the boat in distress.It is understood that around 65 people drowned when the boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia earlier today.According to some of the 16 survivors, the boat had left from Zuwara in Libya but got into difficulty because of the strong waves.It is understood that the Tunisian Navy had dispatched a ship when they heard about the incident, to rescue survivors. The survivors are now understood to be coming to shore.UNHCR’s Envoy on the Central Mediterranean said, ‘This is a tragic and terrible reminder of the risks still faced by those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean.’According to the UN Refugee Agency, over 160 people have died making the journey from Libya to Europe between January and April.The tragic incident comes in the wake of an allegedly decreasing number of migrants attempting to make the crossing since 2017.During the first quarter of 2019 almost 16,000 refugees and migrants made the trip across the Mediterranean’s three routes; West, Central and Eastern routes.  This is apparently a 17% decrease on last year.The decline is put down to the efforts of the Libyan coast guard preventing further migrant boat departures. Their efforts have strongly condemned by human rights groups and rescue NGOs operating beyond Libyan terroritorial waters.REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File PhotoAt least 70 migrants drown off Tunisia coast – state agency TAPAt least 70 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat sank in international waters off the Tunisian coast, and 16 were saved, the state-run Tunis Afrique Presse agency said.The boat sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, south of the capital Tunis, it said. Fishing boats rescued the survivors, it said.The U.N. migration agency put the death toll at least 50, with 16 survivors.WhatsApplast_img read more