City plans to limit restaurants preserve industrial space in SFs Mission

first_img 0% Tags: Business • displacement • gentrification Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission District, the San Francisco Planning Department has announced a bevy of proposals, including new controls on restaurants, bars and new businesses, as well as measures to preserve small workshop spaces in certain areas. The proposals are part of the so-called Mission Action Plan 2020 — a plan aimed at keeping cultural and economic diversity in the neighborhood as it continues to see an influx of wealthier residents, and with them a proliferation of bars and restaurants.The changes are expected to take effect this summer, following a Planning Commission recommendation and subsequent approval by the Board of Supervisors. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen is expected to introduce the proposals to the board as legislation. “How many of you know a business that has closed in the neighborhood in the last five to ten years?” Claudia Flores asked a roomful of about 150 mostly Mission District residents who attended the Wednesday night meeting at the Women’s Building. Many raised their hands. As Mission Local has reported, however, it’s unclear if much can be done in the face of a changing retail landscape in which brick and mortar shops are closing with the rise of e-commerce, and not always because of the changing demographics. In its focus on four blocks of Mission Street, Mission Local has found that bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues are the most viable businesses in the neighborhood’s main corridors. And, surprisingly, existing restaurant owners said they would like to see more of the same. Danny Garland, the bartender at Gashead Tavern, for example, said that more bars will fuel business because patrons “can then hop from one busy location to another and eat at hole-in-the-wall spots, instead of being diverted to Valencia Street.” Flores said the city said the plan allows for the growth of bars and restaurants. Right now, 20 percent of Mission Street is composed of restaurants, and the plan allows for 25 percent. Flores said the proposals will allow her department to re-examine and adjust the cap.Diego Sanchez said one of the proposals would cap the number of restaurants and bars that serve alcohol along Mission Street and the immediate areas, limit storefront mergers to no more than 1,500 square feet, and require special authorization for businesses that replace so-called “legacy businesses” that provide character to the neighborhood.   The plan would also allow non-retail services on the third floors and above. Office space is in demand, and the Planning Department is allowing retail-to-office conversions on the upper floors elsewhere in the city, according to a report in the SF Business Times.Although the demand for housing is huge, few people take advantage of the ability to convert ground-floor commercial space to residential use with special permission from the city — an idea that people in other cities have acted on. The new plan would allow light manufacturing on side streets, and conduct a two- and five-year check on the modifications. At present, Sanchez said, Mission Street is about 20 percent restaurants and bars, 60 percent retail stores, including services such as dentists, optometrists and small grocers, 5 percent government uses, and 15 percent vacancies. Moreover, as part of another proposal, Sanchez said the city should require special authorization from the city for any new restaurant that serves alcohol, for breweries and vintners that would like to add tasting rooms, and prohibit liquor licenses for manufacturing alcohol in restaurants. The controls would be contained to an existing area in which the city has restricted liquor stores and bars. That so-called “special use district” is bordered by Cesar Chavez to the south, Capp Street to the West, Potrero to the east, and 14th Street to the north. “What we’ve heard is there’s a need to tamp down and get back to the original intentions of the special use district, which is to lower the number of restaurants that serve alcohol,” Sanchez said. Another proposal is aimed at preserving space dedicated to industrial uses, or so-called production, distribution and repair space, said John Francis of the Planning Department. “There’s been a loss of PDR businesses in the Mission over the years through both illegal conversions and through redevelopment,” he said. “There is demand for PDR space, and it’s growing.”  Indeed, the PDR vacancy rate was down at the end of 2017 at 2.8 percent, according to a report by CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information company. He said industrial space can’t compete, because offices can offer higher rents than industrial business.“We are looking to preserve PDR in this particular area,” Francis said, mentioning that the plan would mostly extend protections to mostly auto repair shops on South Van Ness between 14th and 19th Streets. To do this, Francis said, developers must include a certain amount of PDR space in their development if the property previously contained 2,000 square feet or more of the industrial space. Currently, properties containing 5,000 square feet or more require a new development to incorporate industrial space in their project. While some community members asked about the specific proposals, but their concerns were largely around the availability of new affordable housing. “Is there a mechanism for developers to build non-luxury housing?” asked one woman. “I don’t want to hear about 10 percent affordable,” she said. “I want to hear about 100 percent non-luxury housing.” Of all the questions, hers was met with the loudest applause. In so many words, Flores said that it would be difficult for the city to have complete control over the mix of market-rate and affordable housing in the neighborhood. “We live in a market economy,” she said, noting that the most the city can do is require a percentage of affordable housing and community benefits in the projects. “We really don’t have a legal mechanism to say, ‘You can’t build these units.’”  Claudia Flores explains the city’s plan to residents. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Community members listen to the city’s plan to limit business and preserve industrial space. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. last_img read more

ALL tours and lunches are now fully booked for Jan

first_imgALL tours and lunches are now fully booked for January and February 2012 at Langtree Park.Payment receipts and final detail letters for all guests booked on our tours and lunches will be posted prior to arrival.Please bring your final confirmation letter with you on the day of your tour.Please note payments are currently being processed through our Head Office until Langtree Park is fully operational.If you have paid by debit or credit card the payment will show as EMC Ltd on your statement.If you have any questions regarding your tour and lunch please call Saints Events on 01744 455 057 or email events@saintsrlfc.com2012 EVENTS CALENDER FOR LANGTREE PARK…..COMING SOON!!last_img read more

SAINTS Report Increase in Shareholders FundsSTHEL

first_imgSAINTS Report Increase in Shareholders FundsST.HELENS R.F.C. have reported an increase in their audited shareholder funds in the financial year to October 31 2011, to over £20 million, from a negative figure in previous years, as a result of the acquisition of the their new stadium – Langtree Park. The Club reported a loss of approximately £2.4 million in their year ‘in exile’ at Widnes.Chairman Eamonn McManus commented; “The ownership by the Club of Langtree Park has transformed our balance sheet and provides us with a strong financial and operating platform to take us commercially to a position of strength and confidence.“Although there are significant start-up costs in our first season at Langtree Park and it has opened one-third of the way through the financial year ending in October 2012, we are already seeing a very substantial improvement in financial performance, and this will strengthen even more materially in 2013.“We are also likely to see a further strengthening of our balance sheet in 2012 and beyond as the stadium’s fit out costs are capitalised. Given the general state of the economic environment which we are currently operating in, this is a remarkable achievement and the completion and opening of Langtree Park could not have been more timely.“The losses in the season at Widnes were expected and budgeted for by the club and reflected a significant drop on gate receipts and in all attendant lines of commercial income. It was a necessary year of sacrifice to attain a platform for stability and growth.”last_img read more

The SeatServe app which enables fans to order foo

first_imgThe SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be trialled in the Totally Wicked North Stand at the Wigan Warriors Super 8s match on Friday August 31 (KO 7:45pm).Following successful trials in football and rugby union, the Totally Wicked Stadium has been selected by SeatServe as its first Super League site.With minimal impact on our existing front-of-house operation, SeatServe will merely supplement our offering to help ease what we recognise is an issue for fans on matchday: queueing.Orders will be fulfilled by the North Stand’s Marching Inn kiosk, so a full range of items will be available to those seated in the Totally Wicked North Stand.A delivery charge of £1 per order will cover all the costs associated with transaction fees, packaging and extra staffing.As part of the trial, we encourage fans to sign up and try out the service so we can test its effectiveness.We would also love to hear your feedback on your experience so please email us after the match.SeatServe is quick and easy to download from both the App Store, Google Play or you can click here, with options to pre-order in advance, live, or at scheduled times throughout the game.To minimise disruption, deliveries will only be made during natural breaks in play, with the app securely storing your details for faster repeat ordering, meaning you’ll never have to miss another minute of a game.All payments are cashless and we recommend fans download the app prior to attending the game.The app is restricted to four alcoholic beverages per order and you must be 18 or over to use it.We are constantly looking at ways in which to improve your experience at Totally Wicked Stadium and hope you enjoy this cutting-edge innovation.Checkout the menu and tag your experience with @SeatServeUK with #StaySeated!last_img read more

Driver charged in hitandrun streamed on Facebook has first court appearance

first_img The hit-and-run happened on Willard Street Monday. Police said a Facebook Live video shows Ellison hitting a woman with her car.The victim, Tameka Cooper, has an injured leg.Ellison’s bond remains at  $1,005,000. She was assigned a court appointed attorney for now, but her family met with another attorney this afternoon. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The woman accused of intentionally running over another woman made her first appearance in court this afternoon.Shadasia Ellison, 19, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run and child abuse, among other charges.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Better than expected Wilmington talks budget for upcoming year

first_img A few items discussed include pay increases for city employees, infrastructure improvements across the city like sidewalks and streets, and economic development initiatives.Saffo also suggested increased funds for non-profits.Another major topic was the the financial status of the Wilmington Convention Center. Saffo said many thought it would lose money and hurt the community but that is not the case.Related Article: Leland man wanted for allegedly hitting bicyclist“What it’s done it’s done the exact opposite,” Saffo said. “It has brought business to the community, development, private development following the convention center. We have several million dollars that is in the fund balance now so it’s doing better than we anticipated and we’re very happy for that.”Saffo said the convention center has also created a lot of jobs for people in the community which was always the goal.They have two more meetings and a public hearing before the budget is due at the end of June. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council held a workshop Friday afternoon to go over the budget process for the upcoming year.Mayor Bill Saffo says it is vital to have meetings like this to go through the priorities and needs not only of the city, but of the community as well.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Photos Who will be Spains next PM A profile of the candidates

first_imgSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists are in the lead ahead of Sunday’s national election but opinion polls show no party will have enough seats to rule on its own, which could make for complicated coalition talks.Following are snapshots of the top candidates – five men in their mid-30s to mid-40s – and their parties, as campaigning enters its final stretch with two televised debates scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evening.PEDRO SANCHEZ – SOCIALIST WORKERS’ PARTY (PSOE)With his Socialist party well ahead in opinion polls, outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, 47, has the highest chance of leading Spain’s next government – if he can find enough allies in a fragmented political landscape.Known early in his career as “El Guapo” or “The handsome”, a nickname he says he doesn’t like, Sanchez beat the odds when he managed to go from losing the leadership of his party in 2016 to becoming prime minister two years later, after unseating the conservatives in a non-confidence motion.His supporters say he has a calm personality and a talent for compromise. Opponents say he lacks charisma and a clear political vision.Sanchez benefits from the weakness of the far left and the division of the right wing between three parties.He has focused his campaign on trying to rally left-wing voters against the possibility of seeing the far-right Vox in government, but also on women’s rights, and ordered the removal for re-burial of dictator Francisco Franco’s remains from a state mausoleum.Sanchez’s government has raised the minimum wage by 22 percent, and tried to negotiate a greater degree of autonomy for Catalonia with its independence-minded government.The right-wing parties have focused their attacks on Sanchez, and particularly on his Catalonia policies. On the other side, the Catalan separatists he may need to stay in power want him to be open to an independence referendum – which he opposes.PSOE is Spain’s oldest active party and one of two that have dominated the political landscape since Franco’s dictatorship ended in 1975. It has been in government longest since then.PABLO CASADO – PEOPLE’S PARTY (PP)Pablo Casado, who has been leading the conservative People’s Party for less than a year, has taken a hard line in the campaign to try and win back voters opinion polls show are tempted to leave the mainstream party for the far-right Vox.The PP, which has dominated the political scene alongside the rival Socialists for decades, could lose as many as half of its seats in parliament, opinion polls show.The 38-year-old lawyer and economist became the leader of the conservative party a month after the government of his predecessor Mariano Rajoy was ousted over a corruption scandal in the party.Casado is a defender of family values, the monarchy and the Catholic Church, an opponent of abortion and euthanasia, and has taken PP more to the right.He has led an aggressive campaign in which he has accused Sanchez of being a “traitor” and of condoning violence for the Socialist leader’s approach to pro-independence parties in Catalonia.He wants to strike an alliance with Ciudadanos and Vox to become prime minister. Opinion polls at this stage show they are unlikely to get enough votes – but there are so many undecided voters that things could still change.ALBERT RIVERA – CIUDADANOS (CITIZENS)At only 39 years old, Albert Rivera is one of the most experienced leaders of the youngest generation of candidates contending for the general election in Spain.He worked in CaixaBank before founding Ciudadanos in 2006, a pro-European party originally from Catalonia which jumped to the national scene in 2015.Like Casado, he strongly opposes making any concession to Catalan nationalists and has made it one of the main points of his campaign.He named Ines Arrimadas – who was the party’s leader in Catalonia and won the highest number of votes in 2017 regional elections – his number two weeks before the election campaign.Ciudadanos made an electoral pact last year in the region of Andalusia that enabled the PP, backed also by Vox, to unseat the Socialist administration there. That earned Ciudadanos criticism for embracing populist nationalism.Having supported PP and PSOE in different regions, it could become a kingmaker in any foreseeable negotiations after the election. Rivera says he won’t strike an alliance with Sanchez, but the party has changed tack on such issues before.The party first entered the 350-seat Spanish parliament in 2015.PABLO IGLESIAS – UNIDAS PODEMOS (TOGETHER WE CAN)Political scientist and lecturer Pablo Iglesias, 40, founded Podemos in 2014 with colleagues of the Complutense University, building up on the anti-austerity protest movement in Spain.They were close to surpassing the Socialists in the last elections, but internal disputes led the former number two of the party to break up with Iglesias and launch an alternative platform for the regional election in Madrid.Polls show Podemos losing traction from the last election, suffering from internal disputes and divisions over how hard-line the party, which supported Sanchez’s minority Socialist government and sits on some local councils, should be. This time they want to be in government with the Socialists.SANTIAGO ABASCAL – VOXVox is the newcomer on the Spanish political scene. The party founded in late 2013 by former PP members opposes gender equality laws it says discriminate against men and is also strongly against autonomy for Spain’s regions.Opinion polls show it will be the first far-right party to have more than one seat in parliament since Spain’s return to democracy in the late 1970s.Last year, Vox sent shockwaves through Spain’s political landscape by unexpectedly winning 12 seats in Andalusia’s regional parliament, which automatically allowed it to have a seat in Spain’s Senate.“The reconquer (of Spain) starts in Andalusia”, Vox’s leader Santiago Abascal, 42, said in a tweet.The tough-talking career politician from the Basque country is gaining support in the polls with the party’s pledge to “make Spain great again”.Further echoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy, Abascal and others in the party staunchly criticise mainstream media and bank on social media.Abascal will be missing out on the TV debates after the country’s election board decided he could not take part.Also echoing Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, Abascal has called for a secure wall to be built around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla and have neighbouring Morocco pay for it.“I am a supporter of discrimination,” he told 7TV Andalucia in 2017. SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApp 1 of 2 FILE PHOTO: Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera gestures while giving a speech during a motion of no confidence debate at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias speaks during a motion of no confidence debate in parliament in Madrid, Spain, June 13, 2017. REUTERS//File Photolast_img read more

Gozo need a GU clinic – Josianne Cutajar

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Partit Laburista MEP candidate Josianne Cutajar said that there is need for a sexual health clinic (GU clinic) in Gozo.In a press release, Cutajar that sexual health is not just an personal health issue but also a public one.She said that there were around 6,000 persons that have visited the GU clinic at Mater Dei Hospital in 2018, and that 2,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections had been reported.Cutajar is also urging further sexual education, especially amongst children and young adults.WhatsApplast_img read more

Call to reserve africa domains

first_imgAdvertisement From 15 September, the ZA Central Registry will begin taking applications to reserve domain names for the new .africa top-level domain. African governments can reserve names that are of national significance before general domain name registrations are opened to the public.The process is intended to protect names under three categories. The first is geographic names, and includes names of countries, capital cities and major towns.The second seeks to protect religious, cultural and linguistic names and includes languages, tribes, peoples, religious groups and places of cultural or religious significance. – Advertisement – The third and last category consists of economic and public interest names — those which are uniquely linked to government bodies and institutions. This category also covers offensive names that would inherently advocate prejudice or hatred on the basis of race, ethnicity, political association, gender, sexuality, religion, conscience or culture.Domain names that are deemed offensive will be listed on the reserve name list indefinitely and no party will be able to register them.Alice Munyua, who is leading .africa’s reserve name list process, says the ZA Central Registry recommends that “governments adopt a consultative process for developing a national list of reserved names”.Munyua says only a registered government representative will be able to submit requests. “It is, however, incumbent on the relevant government authority to reserve and redeem names within the timeframe set out in the reserve name list policy using the prescribed systems and tools provided. Once the process is complete, the reserved names will not be available to any other entity except the beneficiary,” Munyua says.Governments can ask to reserve up to 100 names and can lodge 20 applications in the offensive names category.The official launch of .africa is expected to take place in March next year.Credit: TECHCENTRALlast_img read more

3 easy ways to improve your WiFi signal at home or office

first_imgYour router shouldn’t be hidden but put out in the open for best signal. Image credit: Handluggageonly Advertisement It seems like just the other day when telcos in Uganda launched 3G and the 3G USB modems were the must-have gadget for every one. However we’ve quickly moved from 3G modems to 4G mi-fis and many internet users no longer purchase bundles for their smartphones but instead load it on their mi-fi which they will be able to use on the smartphone, laptop and any other devices.So we have quickly come to a point where the home is sharing a single wi-fi connection. Wi-fi in the home used to be reserved for those who had pockets deep enough to pay for a broadband connection and the related indoor and outdoor equipment, now all you need is a mi-fi!If however you’re struggling to enjoy your usually fast internet connection, before you go back to the shop to complain or ditch it for a new mi-fi, there’s a few things to consider to ensure your signal is optimized. – Advertisement – 1. Location Routers aren’t attractive things. It’s not like your MacBook Air that you want the world to see; internet boxes are plasticy eyesores of the highest proportion. Chances are then that you’ve scurried your Wi-Fi box out of the way, hemmed in your TV stand, under the hallway table or in the corner of the server room in the office. Don’t though; this thing needs to be displayed with smooth-streaming pride.Walls, desks, boxes, it all blocks your Wi-Fi signal, so your router should be given pride of place somewhere open, up off the floor and clear of physical obstructions. Also, make sure you put it in the middle of your home or office if you can – that way you should get even coverage in all parts of the house.2. Air clutter It’s not just physical barriers that your Wi-Fi signal is trying its hardest to battle through. Our increasingly tech-filled homes are brimming with all sorts of other devices and appliances that are pumping out signals of their own.From microwaves and cordless phones to your set-top box and smarthome system, there’s plenty of airwaves clutter hampering your Wi-Fi’s progress. You can’t kill this congestion completely, but give your router a hand and move other electrical items out of its immediate path.[related-posts]3. Security Police! Help! There’s someone’s steeling my Wi-Fi! Give over, yes, someone might be pinching your internet, driving down the speeds available to you, the bill payer, and you keep complaining to your ISP about bundles being depleted faster than you expect. But that’s your own fault – get a decent password on there.Boosting your security isn’t just about improving speeds, either, it’s generally the smart thing to do – after all, you don’t want your Wi-Fi-pinching neighbour nicking your internet, downloading something dodgy and having the consequences fall back on you.[DigitalSpy]last_img read more