Email Address Earlier in the evening, one speaker challenged the Planning Commission, saying, “Gentrification is not inevitable. You have the tools to stop it. Will you?”The seven-member Planning Commission convened the meeting to allow Maximus Real Estate a chance to share its latest building plan and for opponents to offer a counter-plan.But after three hours of public testimony, it was clear the meeting was about something bigger than the six-year-old proposal for the 16th Street BART Plaza that opponents referred to as the “Monster in the Mission.”The night began with Rogelio Foronda, a project manager with Maximus, describing the proposal, with its 46 affordable and 285 market-rate units. The top floor will be set back to reduce shadows on a local elementary school, he said. Moreover, he added, Maximus will offer subsidized rent for local micro-businesses and it will paint the building with warm colors, he said.Rogelio Foronda presents Maximus plans for 1979 Mission. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Maximus representatives also said it would buy two nearby parcels of land on which to build affordable housing. How the affordable housing would get paid for, Foronda did not say.The opposition was not impressed.Members of Plaza 16, an organizing coalition leading the opposition, spoke next, demanding what they have stood by since the project was first proposed six years ago: nothing short of a 100-percent affordable housing development with social services on-site. They called their alternative “the Marvel.”“We held nine months of community meetings to figure out what people affected by gentrification wanted in their neighborhood, and the Marvel is the result,” said Chirag Bhakta, one of the group’s leaders. “This is housing that can actually be lived in by the people who built it.”Chirag Bhakta speaks in front of the Planning Commission. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Tonight, in what they called an act of love, Plaza 16 set up free childcare and trays of burritos in the cafeteria. The group buzzed with an energy that could barely be contained and, toward the beginning of the meeting, cheered so loudly and for so long that Melgar put them on notice. “Save the exuberance for after the meeting,” she scolded.Proponents of the development made up a much smaller group. They wore reflective vests and held signs that read, “Build it!” and “Good for Workers = Good for Housing.” Drawn from the local carpenters’ union, and from Mission For All — the Maximus Real Estate Partners-backed community organization — they argued that all housing matters, and that any development with work for union members is good. “We need jobs and housing, and this project will deliver both,” said one of the supporters, who asked to use only his first name, Jacob.Out front, dozens of police officers stood by in case the meeting got out of hand. It didn’t. Still, emotions ran high.“My brother went to this high school,” said one woman, speaking quickly. “He is an auto mechanic but he can’t afford to live here anymore.” She added that she hoped the commissioners knew what it felt like to be from a place but no longer recognize their neighbors.“The Monster is not going to open its doors to my brother,” she said. “It’s not going to open its doors to the people who are from here.”The speakers who advocated for the project largely identified as longtime San Francisco residents. They said the development will make the neighborhood safer and more vibrant, creating jobs and much-needed housing. Those entreaties failed to impress the opponents. Or many of the commissioners. “As commissioner, my responsibility is first and foremost to the people who already live here,” said commissioner Dennis Richards. “Studies show building market-rate housing doesn’t bring down housing costs.” At the end of a long and tumultuous Thursday afternoon meeting about a proposed 331-unit development with 14 percent affordable housing, neither Mission locals nor planning commissioners were fully convinced that the project was the best way to address the city’s housing crisis.“When I think about our work, and the future of our city, I want to see projects that reflect and honor the past, the present, and the future of our city,” said commission member Milicent Johnson in front of a packed audience at Mission High School. “We need to move past the way we’re operating right now, where we’re not easing the pressure for the people who are being displaced, who are made to feel like they don’t belong here. Because they do.”Before calling an end to the four-hour meeting, Planning Commission President Myrna Melgar, added, “I am skeptical that what was presented to us really doesn’t come up to my standards. I urge the community to keep demanding what they want.”The audience burst into applause and cheers. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter
ON Thursday 28 November, St Helens’ Langtree Park will play host to a very special dinner in honour of the 1972 Rugby League World Cup winning squad – the last British side to be crowned World Champions – until this year!All surviving members from the squad will be attending what will be a fantastic celebration of rugby league history. For those no longer with us, family members have been invited.The evening will be hosted by one of the two British try scorers during the 1972 final; pundit, raconteur and legend Mike Stephenson, and will comprise a champagne reception, three course meal with wine and coffee, and – as well as conversation with the players – a 70s themed disco to the small hours to relive the celebrations following Great Britain’s victory.The event, organised by MR Sport, is supported by the Rugby League Experience who are bringing 100 touring Australians, and presents a great opportunity to share stories and take part in what should be a truly memorable evening.Proceeds from ticket sales and a raffle and auction during the evening will go towards Rugby League Cares and the Australian charity Men of League.Further information and how to book tickets can be found at www.rugbyleaguelegends.com
SAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday aiming to continue their positive start to the new First Utility Super League season.Nathan Brown’s men thrashed Warrington Wolves 38-8 last Thursday but he admitted they will have to play a lot better to beat the Humbersiders.Luke Walsh and Kyle Amor are set to grace Langtree Park ‘in anger’ for the first time whilst the new young back line will no doubt entertain the home faithful with their speed and skills.And it will be a special and poignant day too as we celebrate the life of Steve Prescott MBE.The game will be the first leg of the inaugural Steve Prescott Cup – with the second coming at the KC Stadium on August 1.It will also feature tributes to Steve and a past player guard of honour for his sons Taylor and Koby.The lads will also be mascots for the game whilst brother Neil will take the matchball onto the Langtree Park pitch.Both teams will also be wearing special commemorative warm up sweatshirts supplied by ISC.The Steve Prescott Foundation will hold a bucket collection too with the Club donating £5 from each PRESCOTT 1 shirt printing to the charity in the run up to the match.St Helens Council are also planning a permanent reminder by renaming the bridge that links up Langtree Park with the Town Centre.An unveiling ceremony before the game kicks off at around 5.30pm.Saints kick off their Langtree Park season on Friday February 21 as Hull FC come to town.Get your tickets now by logging on here, calling 01744 455 052 or by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also take advantage of our Season Ticket Taster too!Great hospitality is also available for the fixture.You can enjoy premium padding match seats in the centre sections of the Solarking South Stand, a delicious three course meal, tea and coffee, private cash bar, lounge host, pre and post-match interviews with players and legends, match programmes, car parking, prize quiz and 10 per cent off in the Saints Superstore.Prices are £65 (+vat) for adults and £40 (+vat) for juniors (Under 12). Season ticket upgrade packages are also available for £52 (+vat) and £31 (+vat) respectively.To find out more, or to buy, contact the Hospitality team on 01744 455 053 or email us here.
THE annual State of Mind themed Super League round will take place in Round 20, featuring some mouth-watering games.Warrington host Wigan and St Helens travel to Leeds for the televised fixtures on Thursday July 2 and Friday July 3, where the State of Mind team will be present to pass on their message during a themed round for the fourth successive season.A bumper crowd is expected at the AJ Bell Stadium, where Salford take on Catalans, with Red Devils owner Dr Koukash promising free entry to all fans.That game is one of four on Sunday July 5, which also includes Hull against Wakefield, Castleford versus Widnes and Hull KR’s trip to Huddersfield.The message for this year’s State of Mind round is “What’s Theirs?”State of Mind co-founder, Dr Phil Cooper, said: “Just chatting and spending time with someone can make the world of difference. It’s not about trying to fix people or trying to solve their problems for them. Often, it’s just about being there, showing you care and listening without making judgements.“This year, State of Mind is focused on looking out for your mates, colleagues and family.“So this State of Mind Round, how can you support someone you know?”Last year’s themed round saw more than 5,500 mental fitness cards handed out to fans, with more than 4.3m people viewing mental fitness messages sent out through State of Mind’s player ambassadors.One fan said: “If it was not for State of Mind, I would not be here today. I was looking for a piece of rope to hang myself and saw a State of Mind card I picked up last year. It made me stop and go and get help. You saved my life.”Visit www.stateofmindrugby.com
Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2017 (Round 6) Castleford 53 St Helens 10 1996 (Round 4) Castleford 16 St Helens 58 1990 (Preliminary Round) St Helens 39 Castleford 12 1979 (Quarter Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 10 1970 (Semi-Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 3 (at Station Road, Swinton) 1965 (Round 1) St Helens 22 Castleford 9 1964 (Round 1) St Helens 6 Castleford 13 1961 (Round 2) Castleford 10 St Helens 18 1956 (Round 2) St Helens 48 Castleford 5 1946 (Round 1, First Leg) Castleford 10 St Helens 4 1946 (Round 1, Second Leg) St Helens 14 Castleford 5 1941 (Round 2) Castleford 21 St Helens 13 1938 (Round 2) Castleford 18 St Helens 2 1931 (Round 2) Castleford 2 St Helens 8Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 46, Castleford 6 (SLR1, 2/2/18) Castleford 23, St Helens 22 (SLSF, 28/9/17) Castleford 12, St Helens 26 (SLS8-R1, 3/8/17) Castleford 16, St Helens 12 (SLR17, 4/6/17) Castleford 53, St Helens 10 (CCR6, 13/5/17) St Helens 26, Castleford 22 (SLR10, 17/4/17) St Helens 40, Castleford 16 (SLS8-R5, 8/9/16) Castleford 20, St Helens 30 (SLR13, 1/5/16) St Helens 28, Castleford 22 (SLR4, 4/3/16) Castleford 38, St Helens 42 (SLS8-R5, 10/9/15)Head to Head:SaintsCastleford Tries79 (1st)38 (9th)Goals68 (1st)42 (5th)Metres19,816 (1st)14,268 (12th)Breaks108 (1st)52 (10th)Tackles4,643 (4th)4,093 (12th)Penalties99 (11th)94 (12th)Milestones:James Roby needs one try to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 99 tries in 410 games for the Saints since 2004.Regan Grace (1-2-2) has scored tries in our last three matches.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 15 2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 13 3 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 12 4 = Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 9 6 = Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 8Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 68 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 47 3 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 42 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 41 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 33 6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 31 7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 30 8 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 28 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 25 10 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 23Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 100.00 (11/11) 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 89.13 (41/46) 3 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 4 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 85.18 (23/27) 5 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.84 (28/33) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 80.00 (12/15) 7 Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 78.57 (22/28) 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 78.33 (47/60) 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 78.12 (25/32) 10 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 76.40 (68/89)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 146 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 106 3 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 105 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 102 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 94 6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 70 7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 68 8 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 66 9 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings), Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 60Tickets for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 and online.
Saints won the last game between the two sides but the prop forward admits the task facing them will be different this time round.“They’ve been up for a good couple of months and been playing some great rugby,” he said. “I know they were disappointed with their efforts when we played them last. They’re going to be revamped, ready to go and a hungry side, so we’ve got to be ready.“They’ve got a lot of great players in their squad and we’ve got a fair bit of work to do all over the park, but if we can keep our standards and keep pushing forward then hopefully we’ve got a good shot.”Saints head into the match ten points clear of second place in the Betfred Super League.Such a gap could afford the side to switch off but Douglas says the focus remains on keeping up momentum.“We haven’t really spoken about the table too much, we’re just in a good frame of mind,” he added. “We’re all working hard, want to improve and we’re picking little bits that we can improve on. You can always get better and that’s the way you’ve got to look at it.“We just keep stepping up and if we keep building, we’re going in the right direction.”Douglas has played 22 times for Saints this season and says whilst his game time is limited, he is giving his all for the side.“Whenever I get my chance I’ve got to do my bit and get the team forward as well as being solid in defence,” he added. “When I get my opportunity I’ve got to get on there and take it with both hands and put it in for the team.”Tickets for Thursday’s home clash with Warrington are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.It gets underway at 7:45pm.
By the time it was all over Ofc. Adam Phillips shot Raymond McGriff, Jr., 29, two times during the confrontation. McGriff went to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.According to the arrest warrant, McGriff “failed to comply with the officer’s numerous commands of stopping and placing his hands on the wall.”The warrants also says the defendant “pulled away, and reached to his waste (sic) band where he had a handgun, and eventually drew the handgun from his waste (sic) band.”Related Article: New Hanover County man sentenced to federal prison for trafficking crack, cocaineWilmington Police say McGriff then ran toward the library, where a sheriff’s deputy spotted him and arrested him.The warrant does not reveal more information on when Philllips shot McGriff.Phillips has worked with the Wilmington Police Department for nine years and is assigned to the Downtown Task Force. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation. The SBI is also investigating.McGriff is out of jail on bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The arrest warrant reveals more details about a shooting involving a Wilmington police officer in downtown Wilmington.It happened Thursday on N. Front Street, after police say someone went up to an officer and told them a man was walking around the area with a gun.- Advertisement –
Leland police and fire, Winnabow and Navassa fire all responded.They figured the problem started in an ice machine in the kitchen of our event space.Related Article: North Carolina pastor seriously injured in house fireA big thank you to all the men and women who came out tonight to help us out and make sure we were OK. Small fire at WWAY News in Leland on June 7, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It’s not often when the news becomes news. We had an emergency of our own here at the new WWAY studio in Leland Thursday evening.Just as our 7:30 p.m. newscast ended, our building’s fire alarm went off and we had to leave for more than an hour.- Advertisement –
Like many pets, a summer storm spooked Sierra and the Georges lost her. She was found just a few miles from her Castle Hayne home along Kerr Avenue. After she was found, another Cierra and her boyfriend AJ took the dog in. After cleaning her up, they knew they had to try to find her family.“We wanted to find her a home if anything,” said Cierra.The Georges put flyers up and Stacie made weekly visits to the shelter hoping, but leaving without her dog that she has loved for 15 years.Related Article: Pet Pals: 5-year-old Alaskan Malamute looking for a home“It was dreadful, it was like looking for a family member,” George said.So many stories like theirs do not end with this happy ending..“This was very rare and I think as you can tell, how moved we all were,” said Animal Services Deputy Stephen Watson. “It was a precious moment.”A moment marked with tears of joy. Animal services sees the most missing pet cases in the summer with the 5th of July being the busiest day of the year for lost pet calls.“Our front desk reports probably 15 to 20 missing pet calls,” the Deputy said.A call volume increasing by 60% in the days surrounding the Independence Day holiday. Deputy Watson says roughly one in four of the cases end in reunions.On a day where so many calls come in with worry and uncertainty, the Georges are a symbol that what is lost can be found. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Today is one of the busiest days for New Hanover Animal Services. They say a higher volume of calls come in for pets missing after 4th of July celebrations. While we were covering that story, however, a tearful reunion took place at Animal Services.“She is our family, I can’t sleep or anything without her,” said Stacie George whose dog, Sierra, went missing around the first week of June.- Advertisement –
Some of the offenses included two drivers with fake IDs, underage purchases, marijuana possession, and unauthorized possession of liquor.Two Wilmington bars, The Palace on Shipyard Boulevard and Tommy’s on Greenfield Street were also given written warnings for ABC violations. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an state-wide operation last week. Some of those crimes happened in New Hanover County.According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, there were 18 arrests and 22 charges within the county.- Advertisement –