1515 South Van Ness Navigation Center to close three months late but

first_img Tags: homeless • homelessness • shelters Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In response, Ronen explained — very sharply — that she and her chief of staff, Carolyn Goossen, had painstakingly searched for a site that met community members’ requirements: that it be in an industrial area and large enough to accommodate onsite outdoor space. They finally found a site, she said, and for three or four months they negotiated with the landowner to buy it. Then, Ronen said, “She pulled the rug out from under us.” Ronen explained that, at the last minute, the landowner used them as leverage to get a higher bid on the site from another buyer. “That is why we are behind,” she said, raising her voice. “I’m sorry, but I’m really mad and I’ll always be really mad about it, because we would have met the Feb. 28 deadline if she hadn’t strung us along for profit.” Kositsky agreed that they had been used as a “straw man” in the deal. “We had to start over,” Ronen continued. She said that she, Kositsky, and late Mayor Ed Lee had relentlessly pressured Caltrans to lease them the property at 13th and South Van Ness. She said Kositsky traveled to Sacramento “nonstop” to explain to the state agency the severity San Francisco’s homeless crisis. “If anyone knows how difficult it is to deal with Caltrans,” she said, “Mayor Lee, before he passed, was on the phone on a regular basis, saying, ‘You better let us do this on this land or we’re going to come and protest.’” Then, she took a shot at her follow board members. “Ask any of my 10 colleagues if any of them has done an ounce of this work for their own district … they just haven’t,” she said. The statement was met with applause. Among the 50 or so community members in attendance, a clear majority did not mind the center staying open for a few months longer. In fact, some residents who live next to the 1515 South Van Ness center hoped it would stay open longer. The optimism was a far cry from the vitriol community members expressed last April before the 1515 South Van Ness Center opened in June. The Navigation Center “has made a huge positive impact,” said a woman named Annabelle, who lives a block away from the center. “If it was up to me, it would stay there forever, and we would have Navigation Centers on every corner.” Still, some community members wondered what would happen to the existing residents of the center on 1515 South Van Ness — and pleaded for it to stay open until the Division Circle or Bayshore Navigation Centers open. “My plea would be that 1515 not be closed until the two other Navigation Centers be open,” said Tom Temprano, a City College of San Francisco Trustee who lives near the center. “It would inhuman for those folks to be put back on street,” he added. “Please get those open quickly and before you close down the Navigation Centers.” Ronen and Kositsky explained that a majority of the 1515 South Van Ness residents will be transferred to the Division Circle center, and others would find placements at other centers, if necessary. Ronen said that it would take around two weeks to transfer the residents after the new center opens mid-May. “That’s where we get the June deadline,” she said. “What I can promise: we are doing everything in our power to open Division Circle as quickly as we can,” she added. “We are not waiting for 125 Bayshore — that will be additional space. Division Circle will have enough space for everyone in 1515 South Van Ness.” The center at 125 Bayshore, near the Hairball bike paths, will reportedly open this spring as well, adding another 125 beds for the city’s homeless population.Along with the Division Circle location and an 80-bed center expected to open on Fifth and Bryant streets, the Bayshore center will be among the city’s seven Navigation Centers once 1515 South Van Ness closes. One community member, an opponent of the center at 1515 South Van Ness, suggested that Ronen, Kositsky and other city officials were lying when they said a new Navigation Center would open by May 15. To this, Julia Laue, principal architect at the Department of Public Works, said: “Just keep an eye on the site, and you’ll see construction starting in a couple weeks.” Hillary Ronen and Jeff Kositsky are three months late on their promise to close the Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness — but they swear they have a good reason. Instead of Feb. 28, the center will not close until June, at the latest. That allows its closing to be orchestrated with the May 15 opening of the new center on 13th and South Van Ness, which will also receive residents from 1515 South Van Ness.  A handful of community members pressed the officials on the three-month delay Monday night at a meeting concerning the wind-down of the 120-bed center and the construction of a new, 125-bed center on 13th Street. “Ronen and Kositsky promised (the Navigation Center) would close on Feb. 28. You’re now here proposing to extend another three months. That’s unacceptable,” said Shotwell Street resident Craig Weber, one of a small cadre of the center’s most vocal opponents. center_img 0%last_img read more

SAINTS have signed Gareth OBrien on a months loa

first_imgSAINTS have signed Gareth O’Brien on a month’s loan from Warrington Wolves.The 21-year-old half back has been understudy to Lee Briers and has taken in a loan spell at Castleford this season as well as being dual registered with Swinton Lions.He will begin training with the Saints immediately.last_img

DOMINIQUE Peyrouxs first tries for the club weren

first_imgDOMINIQUE Peyroux’s first tries for the club weren’t enough as Saints went down 38-12 to Sydney Roosters in Game One of the World Club Series.The centre grabbed a brace in the second half as Keiron Cunningham’s men produced a battling performance against the NRL Minor Premiers.In fact for the first 20 minutes Saints were well in the fight.They forced a drop out right from the kick off and then Luke Walsh almost won a 40:20 with a superb kick.Moments later a little intricacy from Jon Wilkin had the Roosters back peddling.The defence then repelled three sets as Sydney attempted to profit from Jake Friend’s jinking run.Saints were certainly on top and when the Roosters lost the ball the home side went for it after seeing space on the right.But the freeplay wasn’t utilised in international rules much to the dismay of the home support.And from that play, the Roosters scored. Jack Owens was unlucky to find himself caught in goal and from the drop out Kane Evans showed his strength to get over.27 minutes in and the Roosters scored again. It was a lovely passing move that saw the Blake Ferguson cross; coming from inside their own half … but the final pass was at least a yard forward.Saints won back to back sets from some superb defence at the half hour mark – but failed to control the ball when it mattered most.And as the half entered its final stages a high Jon Wilkin ball looked to give Saints space on the right hand side – but the loose ball was collected and Dave Copley increased the advantage. Saints needed to start the second half strongly and they did just that.A fantastic set was completed by a high Jon Wilkin ball that caused panic in the defence.Blake Ferguson spilled it but Dominique Peyroux was there to mop up over the line.Saints defended another set admirably and then Peyroux forced an error right in prime Sydney territory.And the centre almost capped that piece of play with a fine pass to Makinson, but he just couldn’t haul it in.A minute later, the Roosters scored.Saints dropped back for the kick on the last and Latrell Michell got the ball wide to Shaun Kenny-Dowall and he scorched down the right hand side.And Guerra treated the home support to a masterclass in finishing a try following some superb handling shortly afterwards.Dylan Napa was sinbinned for a high shot on Adam Swift at the hour mark and Saints utilised the space perfectly.A simple passing move created the space for Peyroux to cross for his second.Another kick over the top forced a drop out five minutes later but Vea’s pass was intercepted by Tupou and he went the length.Saints had a dig in the final stages but another ball went to the ground and the chance was gone.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Peyroux (2), Goals: Walsh (2 from 2)Roosters:Tries: Evans, Guerra (2), Ferguson, Copley, Kenny-Dowall, TupouGoals: Hastings (5 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 4Roosters: 3HT: 0-22FT: 12-38REF: Ben ThalerATT: 14,008Teams:Saints: 22. Jack Owens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 6. Travis Burns, 16. Andre Savelio, 20. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 14. Lama Tasi, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.Roosters: 1. Blake Ferguson; 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Dale Copley, 4. Latrell Mitchell, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall; 6. Jayden Nikorima, 7. Jackson Hastings; 8. Kane Evans, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 24. Sio Siua Taukeiaho.Subs: 13. Sam Moa, 14. Isaac Liu, 15.  Vincent Leuluai, 16. Ian Henderson.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham is looking forward to locking ho

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham is looking forward to locking horns with Hull FC this Sunday.Saints take on the Airlie Birds in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Langtree Park with a quarter final place at stake.It’ll be the second time the two sides have met this season – with Hull FC edging a 17-16 win back in April.But Saints head into the clash fit and in decent form following their win over Castleford on Sunday.“We just had to keep believing in what we were doing (at Cas) because in the first half we weren’t that far short,” hie said. “We played against a resilient Cas side that came off a heavy scoreline the week before. We knew they would come out fighting and they did that.“We weren’t as clinical as we could have been in the first half. We had plenty of opportunities to put them to the sword but Cas being Cas, they scored points.“We knew we would get our shot though and in the second half we were the better team.“We got out to a lead with 15 to go and defended it. They had a lot of opportunities on our line and the lads just defended well and kept on fighting. Then we sealed the game with a try.“They scored three tries from kicks but only broke our system once. We have to get that escort better on the edges for kicks and if we do that then we won’t be far short.“Good sides win games by defending leads no matter what sides chuck at them.”Saints will head into Sunday’s game with a clean bill of health.Jonny Lomax is continuing to improve each week and there’s a very slim chance Adam Swift could also feature.“It’s touch and go for Swifty; we’ll give him a shot but it is unlikely,” Keiron added. “In any case the outside backs have done well in the last few weeks and it would be a shame to change them.“Jonny showed improvement on Sunday. There are good things and bad things in his game at the moment but that is understandable considering it has been 13 or so months since he last played.“He will be firing on all cylinders soon and at the weekend proved he is a game breaker.”He continued: “It was a good game the last time we played Hull FC. We came off a big game against Widnes on Easter Monday and didn’t rest anyone whilst they brought six or seven fresh bodies into the game. We fought until the last minute and had our shot at a field goal whilst they took theirs.“This time we have a longer turnaround and with some of our starting players back I’d like to think we would be better than on that night. It’s an important game for us – but every game is and we will go out and prepare well.“Sika Manu and Frank Pritchard will be missing for them and of course, the least amount of good players playing for them is better for us. But they will bring back Ellis and Minichiello and they are good players.“They are the form side in the comp and will take some beating.“I’d like to think it could be our year and we always believe that is the case here. We have a real affiliation with the Challenge Cup in this town and were close to going to Wembley last season.“I’m sure the fans will turn out for us as they have been immense in the last couple of weeks. Against Leeds it was like Knowsley Road of old and they brought us home. It meant a lot to myself and the players to see and hear that.“On Sunday at Cas they were superb too and were our 18th man. They have a real influence on the game.”Saints v Hull will kick off at 4.30pm on Sunday May 8.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach renourishment project done ahead of schedule

first_imgWRIGHSTVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — When visitors arrive at Wrightsville Beach this holiday weekend they’ll find the beach renourished ahead of schedule.Town Manager Tim Owens says the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project finished up about a week ago.- Advertisement – The town announced last month the project had started.The renourishment project began just north of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort and ended north of the Holiday Inn Resort.last_img

Increased rainfall brings more mosquitoes

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After weeks of wet weather, we are finally looking at drier days ahead. But last week’s heavy rain has led to standing water, and standing water means more mosquitoes.Folks around the Cape Fear have been feeling the effects of the wet summer we’ve been experiencing.- Advertisement – “We noticed a lot of mosquitoes when we first moved in because of the drainage near our house but this year it’s definitely been worse,” said New Hanover County homeowner Gloria Carr.“When there’s massive amounts of rain like this, it’s pretty insane how much it increases the mosquito population, they just have so many more places to breed,” said Austin Wilson, Operations Manager for the Mosquito Squad in Wilmington.Wilson knows firsthand how rain can boost the insect’s population.Related Article: Pender County rejects aerial spraying for mosquitoes for now“A mosquito only needs a cap full of water to actually be able to breed,” he said.Wilson responds to calls around the area, spraying for adult mosquitoes, and preventing new ones from developing.“We also will put a larvicide into stagnant water, which is a little granual, and that disrupts the breeding cycle,” said Wilson.If you live in New Hanover County, you can pick up larvicide tablets for free at the Government Center and the Health Department. Each tablet is designed to treat up to 50 gallons of water.“Since this is the first significant emergence since the rain started, now we’re transitioning from the field work where we’re treating lots, larvae, and mosquito breeding sites, and we’re moving into the truck based equipment where it’s more evening work and the mosquitoes are flying,” said Brunswick County Mosquito Control Supervisor Jeff Brown.Brown says that spraying cannot eliminate the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, because they fly during the day. He says the best way to stop them is to eliminate standing water.Because diseases like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected in our area, experts say it’s important to protect yourself, whether you use body spray, a mosquito service for your property, or wear long sleeves and pants.last_img read more

Celebrate without putting on the pounds this year

first_img He also advises you to “never skip your favorites.”  Instead Hill advises you to do everything you love, but only take small portions.When it comes to exercise Hill says you should find an awesome music play list to keep you motivated.  He also says “find a partner who holds you accountable and keeps you on track.”For more help on how to avoid the holiday bulge click here. 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) — Is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on pounds?  Yes!Fitness expert Shaun Hill of Amplifly Cycle and Strength says avoiding weight gain over the holidays starts at home by making good food choices.  “Never go out to eat hungry,” he says.  Before heading out Hill advises you grab a few carrots or a light snack to keep from over-indulging.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Lost man found safe in wooded area thanks to Project Lifesaver

first_img The sheriff’s office says the man’s family got him on the program for this very reason – to bring him home in the event he should ever wander off. “If you are the caregiver of a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury or any other condition which might cause one to wander and are interested in this free program … This is a vital program that brings loved ones home,” BCSO stated in a Facebook post.Learn more about Project Lifesaver. 1 of 2 Man was found in this heavily wooden area thanks to Project Lifesaver. (Photo: BCSO)center_img Man was found in this heavily wooden area thanks to Project Lifesaver. (Photo: BCSO) Man was found in this heavily wooden area thanks to Project Lifesaver. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man is back home safe Friday thanks to Project Lifesaver.According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a man in the Varnamtown area wandered off earlier today and deputies with the BCSO I.M.P.A.C.T. team were able to find him in less than an hour in a heavily wooded area with the help from Project Lifesaver. – Advertisement – last_img read more

VIDEO Woman accused of hitting Uber twice assaulting passenger

first_img Police say Moore backed into an Uber car, which was transporting 4 riders, while sitting at a stop sign at the intersection of Second and Princess streets around 11 p.m. on April 12.They say Moore spoke with the Uber driver, who said he was calling the police.She then allegedly assaulted an Uber passengers, who was recording the incident.Moore got back in her car and drove off after hitting the Uber car a second time.Related Article: WPD: Validated gang member sold drugs near schoolShe is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, improper backing and simple assault.If you know where she is, contact Wilmington Police. Rozalyn Moore (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a Wilmington Uber driver was hit not once, but twice. The passenger was then reportedly assaulted and the suspect accused of doing all that now has warrants out for her arrest.According to the Wilmington Police Department, 23-year-old Rozalyn Moore faces multiple charges.- Advertisement – last_img read more

EU to start infringement procedure against Italy – paper

first_imgThe European Commission will launch disciplinary procedures against Italy on Wednesday with a letter stating that Rome’s fiscal policies lack prudence and could expose the nation to a shock loss of market confidence, newspaper La Repubblica said.The newspaper quoted from what it said was a draft of a letter to be sent to the Italian government, which has embarked on major new welfare initiatives in an effort to boost the euro zone’s third-largest economy.The daily also said the commission would ask Rome to make budget cuts of around 3-4 billion euros to avoid EU sanctions, though it did not source this to the draft letter.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> SharePrintlast_img read more