Underdog Candidate Kicks Off SF Mission Supervisor Campaign

first_img 0% “I’m frustrated with the neighborhood, and over the years I’ve seen supervisors come in and make peace offerings to the residents, institutionalizing themselves,” said España. Earlier this month, he called his opponents “well-established attorneys with the same lines” and took particular aim at Hillary Ronen and Edwin Lindo – two of his opponents with connections to Campos.“If Edwin Lindo and Hillary Ronen worked or have worked for Campos, then what can we expect from them in the upcoming years [?]” he wrote at the time. España moved to the United States from Guatemala when he was 11, living in Potrero Hill and the Mission for most of his time in the city. He has lived on 24th and Bryant for the past six years.Though España has never held elected office – like all three other contenders – he did volunteer for a handful of supervisorial and state ballot campaigns in the mid-1990s. Since then, he has worked for various social service agencies, including the Human Services Agency, where he now works as a job training officer.His work with social agencies informs his criticism of the status quo. Supervisors for the district have ignored local problems in favor of solving the “global issues” facing San Francisco, he said, and he thinks the district wants a representative who will return focus to local topics.“There’s a lot of issues that we’re dealing with,” España said, citing youth crime, education, and small businesses as areas of particular concern.His supporters emphasized España’s caring character, citing his work with youth while at the Human Services Agency.“He has always demonstrated integrity, and I think that’s a character that a supervisor has to have when representing a community,” said Allen Nance, an old coworker of España’s. “He’s such a compassionate person,” said another old coworker, Jermaine King. “He has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen.”Big heart aside, some supporters acknowledged the odds against him.“It’s a hard fight,” said Heather Horsfield, a friend of España’s. “He has to be out there and doing a good job.”“Is it enough to have passion to win an election? Absolutely not,” said Nance. “He will definitely need to develop the financial support and capital to get the message out.”España’s three opponents – Ronen, Joshua Arce, and Lindo – are all better-connected, better-funded, and more experienced. Ronen is the current chief of staff for incumbent Supervisor David Campos and has received weighty endorsements from the progressive half of the Board of Supervisors, while Arce has a background in labor unions and serves on the board of nonprofit housing developer Mission Housing. Lindo is a relative newcomer to the scene as well, but interned with Campos’s office for four months and has been involved in neighborhood campaigns in support of the Mission moratorium and against police shootings.España seems unfazed, however.“It doesn’t really take much money to go to a meeting and check in with people,” he said. He had raised some $450 in a GoFundMe as of Sunday night – a pittance compared to the tens of thousands raised by the other candidates – but said he expected the donations to start coming in after Friday’s launch party.The November 2016 election is critical for San Francisco politics. Progressives just won a 6-5 majority on the Board of Supervisors last November, and with the supervisors for Districts 1, 9, and 11 termed out – three left-leaning districts – moderates need just one victory to make the recent progressive dominance a short-lived affair. At the campaign kick-off for Iswari España – the least known of four candidates in the District 9 supervisorial race – supporters talked of their frustration with the status quo.“I want someone who can fight for us, the Latinos,” said Maria Freyo, a Mission District resident and España’s neighbor, who came to Sunrise Restaurant for the Friday night launch party. Freyo said incumbent Supervisor David Campos had done little for the neighborhood itself, and she wanted someone who would refocus on local issues. “He knows all the problems that are happening here [in the neighborhood],” she said of España.España declared his intent to run for supervisor in December but has flown under the radar since then. His status as an outsider will help him, his supporters believe, because the neighborhood has not had adequate representation from more establishment candidates. center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Police Commission to SFPD Why is use of force on men of

first_img‘Numbers don’t lie,’ concurs SFPD captain. The San Francisco Police Department continues to disproportionately use force on black men, despite an overall 14-percent drop in use-of-force incidents in 2018 compared to the prior year. “My issue is, why are the total uses of force against black males so high?” asked Police Commissioner Cindy Elias at Wednesday night’s commission meeting. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Elias was referring to the department’s most recent use-of-force stats, released in February, which cover the fourth quarter of 2018 and provide some year-end totals. The SFPD is required by local laws to report these numbers quarterly. Black men were on the receiving end of 35 percent of the use-of-force incidents from October to December of 2018, while white men accounted for 21 percent. The most recent Census data pegs San Francisco’s black population at 5.3 percent, while whites make up 47 percent of the city. Latinos make up 15.2 percent of the population and accounted for 20 percent of the use-of-force incidents. The most common manner of force used against black men was officers pointing their guns, which occurred 127 times in the reporting period, compared to 50 times against white men. Officers pointed their guns at Latino men 72 times.  “These numbers are disturbing and I want to know what the logical, reasonable explanation is for the numbers,” Elias said. “Numbers don’t lie.” “Numbers don’t lie, I agree,” replied Captain Steven Ford of the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau, a 3-year-old unit established to oversee the department’s Department of Justice Reforms. “If you look at the numbers, I think they clearly illustrate a disparity at minimum,” he continued. Ford, an African American, recently served as captain of the Bayview Station, which serves a large African American community. While he agreed with Elias he also suggested that an analysis of the numbers could tell them more and offer some direction and answers. “At this juncture, in this form, I don’t have the answer.” Ford said that definitive answers on the statistics require academic analysis, which is being undertaken by researchers at John Jay College. He said that analysis should be available in November.Police Commissioner Cindy Elias questions Capt. Steven Ford on the SFPD’s disproportionate use of force on black men. March 6, 2019.Elias, however, was not satisfied. “… what else are we doing to explain or find a solution that comports with 21st century policing and [the fact that] there’s a huge disparity in numbers when it comes to black males and the use of force?” Ford said that officers undergo a “tremendous amount” of training that exposes them to different scenarios that “get them more sensitive … with persons of color.” SFPD trainees take eight hours of “implicit bias” training, in addition to a four-hour “racial profiling” course, according to a recent SFPD academy syllabus. Furthermore, trainees do an eight-hour “principled policing” course and four hours of “Blue Courage,” a course designed to have officers approach their work as “guardians” as opposed to “warriors.”  The entire SFPD training is 1,280 hours. Regardless, throughout 2017 and 2018, the demographics of who was on the receiving end of police use-of-force remained largely unchanged. Black men accounted for 35 percent of all incidents, with white men and Latino men hovered at around 20 percent each. Moreover, white police officers are using the most force. The SFPD is composed of 41 percent white male officers, and 18 percent of those officers used force at some point in the fourth quarter of 2018, the highest of any officer demographic. Roughly 15 percent of male Asian officers used some kind of force, while some 13 percent of male Latino officers used force. Meanwhile, roughly 12 percent of male black officers used force. “That’s concerning to me,” said Commissioner Petra DeJesus, adding “… because that’s also a lopsided number.”“I agree,” Capt. Ford said. Commission Vice President Damali Taylor quickly followed DeJesus. “As I think you recognize, this is a problem,” she said to Ford. Black people “are less than 6 percent of the population of this very small city and it cannot be — it is not — that we are committing all the crimes.” She continued, “So the question is, as investigators, where is the Police Department looking?” Taylor said she realized that there are a disproportionate number of calls to police on black men — 42 percent of calls for service were on black men, compared to 18.2 percent on white men. “The question is: How do you respond?” she said. “And [when] the response is with a weapon drawn to such a degree when you’re dealing with black subjects as opposed to white subjects … that’s a problem.” Read the full report here. last_img read more

The ties start with Huddersfield Giants v Catalans

first_imgThe ties start with Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons on Sky Sports on Thursday May 31 (7:35pm).Betfred Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos will then go head-to-head with the only remaining Betfred Championship side, Leigh Centurions in the second fixture to be shown live on Sky Sports on Friday June 1 (7:35pm).BBC Sport will broadcast two games over the weekend starting with Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors on Saturday June 2 (2:30pm) and followed by our match up with current Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders, Hull FC, on Sunday June 3 (3:30pm).The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final draw will be conducted live on BBC Sport at the Totally Wicked Stadium following the conclusion of the St Helens v Hull FC fixture.Confirmed Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter-final schedule:Thursday, May 31 – Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons (7.35pm, Sky Sports) Friday, June 1 – Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions (7.35pm, Sky Sports) Saturday, June 2 – Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors (2.30pm, BBC One) Sunday, June 3 – St Helens v Hull FC (3.30pm, BBC Two)Ticket details will be released shortly.last_img read more

The Saints resumed their league programme after th

first_imgThe Saints resumed their league programme after the mid-season break looking rusty for their three weeks off.It’s never easy to play the Giants home or away so any win is a good one but there is much more to come from the Saints, writes Graham Henthorne.The teams traded missed opportunities in the opening few minutes. The Giants would have taken the lead after only three minutes but for a forward pass then the Saints spurned their own as Alex Eckley dropped the ball over the line.As the drizzle cleared it was the Saints who opened the scoring. A penalty and a repeat set had kept the Saints camped in the Giants red zone. On the fourth the ball was worked left for Jack Welsby to show his vision spotting the winger creeping inside and his three person miss pass to the returning Kev Brown saw the winger in for the score.The Saints doubled their lead 10 minutes later scoring a rare penalty try. The referee adjudged that Jorge Lewtas was impeded in his chase of Jake Wingfield’s grubber and stopped from scoring a certain try. Callum Hazard’s second conversion made it 12.But as often happens the tide turned. Chris Follin was harshly penalised for walking off the mark, the Giants started to take advantage of the Saints inability to slow the ruck and it took some resolute defence to keep them out.Tom Nisbet and Welsby combined to save a try holding the man up in-goal but with two minutes to go to the break the pressure tolled as the Giants scored on the overlap on the left.The Saints started the second half the brighter but poor handling resulted in the pressure being released.In fact on the hour the Giants narrowed the gap to one try as they took advantage of a Saints forward pass in our half to score again in the corner but this time down the right.The Saints responded well with Welsby making a break down the middle but on reaching the fullback he seemed in two minds as to what to do and the chance petered out with Josh Simm being held up.With five minutes to go some quick thinking gave the Saints a bit of breathing space. Down the left wing on the last Jake Wingfield spotted the winger off his touchline so threw a fine miss pass direct from the play the ball to Brown. The winger knocked it down but Brown reacted quickest picking up the loose ball and diving over.Eight points clear the Saints just needed to shut up shop but sleeping at the short kick off allowed the Giants to retake possession and pulverises the Saints line.The defence held out until the final minutes when a Giants knock-on was swooped on by Welsby who went 90 metres to score under the posts converting his own try to complete the scoring.The best that can be said is that the Saints are back on the horse after the lay-off but will need to up their game before next Friday’s visit of the Broncos.Match Summary:Huddersfield U19s: Tries: Ben Tibbs (38), Dominic Young (62). Goals: Jacob Wardle 0 from 2.Saints U19s: Tries: Kevin Brown (15 & 74), Penalty Try (25), Jack Welsby (80). Goals: Callum Hazard 2 from 2, Jack Welsby 1 from 1.Half Time: 4-12 Full Time: 8-22Teams:Huddersfield: 1. Louis Senior; 5. Dominic Young, 3. Innes Senior, 4. Jack Richardson, 2. Ben Tibbs; 6. Jacob Wardle, 7. Oliver Russell; 8. Jon Luke Kirby, 9. Jack Flynn, 20. Thomas Hugill, 11. Lucas Hallas, 12. Sam Hewitt, 19. Connor Murphy. Subs: 10. Ben Bamber, 14. Finley Bruce, 16. Thomas Mayoh, 17. Callum Cameron.Saints: 1. Tom Nisbet; 5. John Hutchings, 3. Sean Croston, 4. Josh Simm, 22. Kevin Brown; 6. Jack Welsby, 18. Ryan Horne; 8. Alex Eckley (C), 9. Jake Wingfield, 10. Callum Hazard, 11. Kye Siyani, 12. Chris Follin, 13. Sam Royle. Subs: 14. Paul Nash, 15. Ben Sims, 16. Jorge Lewtas, 17. Chris Kellett.last_img read more

Dozens form ribbon to raise awareness money for Going Beyond the Pink

first_img Throughout April, there will be several events include tennis and pickle ball tournaments and a golf tournament to raise money for the non-profit organization.The main event is on April 21 which will include include silent auction, raffles, dunk tank, wine wall, luncheon, baked sale and more.Going Beyond the Pink serves as a breast health education and resource center. The group’s education programs address breast health before, during, and after cancer. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Dozens came together this past weekend to kick off a month full of activities to raise money for Going Beyond the Pink.The Pink Parade fundraiser on Sunday was held in Compass Pointe in Leland. A drone captured nearly 100 people joining to form a human ribbon at the event.- Advertisement – last_img

Santa and firefighters deliver toys to kids on Pleasure Island

first_img 1 of 3 Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) – Advertisement – Old Saint Nick and his crew were making deliveries to dozens of homes.They’ll be out again Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Santa and some helpers were out and about Monday night in Pleasure Island to help give children a wonderful Christmas.The Carolina Beach Fire Department and Santa Claus was out delivering presents to kids in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach via fire truck.last_img

Volunteers needed to build living shoreline with oysters in Sunset Beach

first_imgSUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Coastal Federation wants your help Thursday to build a 60-foot oyster reef along the shoreline of the Sunset Beach Town Park.Volunteers will be placing the bags along the shoreline at low tide to build one of the oyster reefs for the living shoreline project. The reef, along with additional oyster dome reefs and salt marsh plantings, will form a living shoreline to help protect the park from erosion and create valuable habitat.- Advertisement – According to NC Coastal Federation, volunteers are needed to haul and place the bags of oyster shells and granite along the shoreline and stack them to form the new reef. The event is suitable for adults, organized groups and supervised children over the age of 12.The event will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd North. Sign up to volunteer here.There will be activities to accommodate a wide range of physical abilities and snacks and lunch will be provided.Related Article: Fire crews battle house fire in Brunswick CountyVolunteers should dress in layers for the weather and in clothes that are comfortable but can also get dirty. You should also wear closed-toe shoes or boots that fully cover their feet and can get wet. Additional boots will be available. All project supplies, including gloves will be provided.NC Coastal Federation may schedule an additional volunteer time on Friday or January 30 to finish the oyster reef construction if needed.For more information on living shorelines, visit the Living Shorelines Academy.last_img read more

Man grievously wounded after fight in St Julians restaurant

first_imgA fight between two men in a St Julian’s restaurant left one of them grievously injured.The incident happened during the early hours of Tuesday morning, on St George’s Road. From the preliminary investigations by the District Police, it was revealed that a 24-year-old man from Swieqi was injured after he was allegedly assaulted during an argument.A 34-year-old British national was arrested while the 24-year-old was taken to Mater Dei Hospital where he was found to be suffering from grievous injuries.The Police is investigating the case.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

Woman fighting for her life after Paola road accident

first_img <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> SharePrint A 52-year-old female motorcyclist was grievously injured and is now in a critical condition after crashing with a car in Paola.In a press release, the Police said that the road accident happened in Triq Għajn Dwieli at around 12.10pm. The woman is a Kalkara resident, whilst the car driver is a 36-year-old Afghan national.The accident also created traffic congestion in the streets nearby.WhatsApplast_img

Safaricom to Reduce Roaming Costs Between Kenya and Rwanda Effective today

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Safaricom announced that it is set to lower the cost of calls and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda, with effect from the October 1, 2014.The move which comes ahead of the East African Community Heads of State initiative dubbed “One Network” set to officially launch in 2015, will see the roaming rates for Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda slashed by 60 per cent, from Kshs 25 to Kshs 10.With this development, Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda will make calls to local Rwandan networks at Kshs 10, which is a 43 per cent drop from the initial rate of Kshs 17.50 per min. Customers making international calls from Kenya to Rwanda, and vice versa, will be billed at a rate of Kshs 10 per min.“These are the early wins of the joint lobbying initiative between operators in both countries and their respective governments over the last one year. We believe that by having affordable regional calling rates, we will be playing a crucial role in boosting regional commerce and social integration within the EAC”, said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom. – Advertisement – The move which comes on the back of intense discussions by the East African Community ICT Ministers has been enabled by the scrapping of prohibitive taxes and levies enforced by Rwanda for receiving calls while roaming in Rwanda – which previously stood at Kshs 25 per minute.Collymore explained, “This is a significant milestone towards enabling people within the region enjoy affordable ICT services, in line with other aspirations of developing the EAC to become a formidable economic block within the continent”.The last tariff review between Kenya and Rwanda was an increase effected in October 2013, when governments within the region introduced taxes to international calls forcing operators to revise their rates upwards.Source: CIOlast_img read more