New coalition of activists demands more equitable transportation in SF

first_img“Whose city? Our city!” they chanted as rain fell on the plaza.Some excoriated the proliferation of dockless bike companies like Jump, and scooter startups like Scoot and Skip — all of which the city permits to operate in the city. “It seems like we went to bed and woke up with bikes and scooters at our doorstep everywhere,” said Carlos Bocanegra, an organizer with the activist group United to Save the Mission.David Woo felt it was important to come out and demonstrate, despite the rain. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Peter Miller of the SF Taxi Workers Alliance speaks. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Mary Strope, one of the organizers behind Monday’s rally, said the idea for a a new coalition of organizers for transit equity had been brewing for several months. Their first meeting was Jan. 4 and, according to Strope, had a “good turnout.” The rally was the culmination of these meetings, Strope said, and a precursor to bigger events. Strope said the idea was to bring out ideas on how democratize the streets and make sure people are all on equal footing. Often times, she said, residents feel like lab animals as tech companies try out new products in the city, like rental scooters.“The way these things are rolled out are like any other tech experiment,” Strope said. “But I think people would like to see more publicly operated options.”Strope said her group feels the public needs to be a lot more involved in the processes. “I can see where they fill the gaps for Muni, but it needs to be more equitable,” Strope said. The disruption of newcomer transportation companies to San Francisco have had dire effects on taxi services as well. Peter Miller, who spoke at the rally, said the addition of Uber and Lyft and other ride-hailing services had driven taxi cab drivers out of the city and created a wild frenzy of congestion and drivers in the city. “Taxi drivers started getting pushed out of the city 10 to 15 years ago,” Miller said. “They used to be able to make a decent living, now what?”“If the taxi cabs are doing what we need, why do we need Uber and Lyft? The only reason people are doing Uber and Lyft is because they can’t make enough at their primary job,” Miller said. Preston Rhea was one of the attendees at the rally. A bicyclist, Rhea said some of his acquaintances have been injured by the thousands of private vehicles on the city’s roads. One friend, he said, was hit by a door and spent six months immobilized. He believes the roads are not currently equal for bicyclists and motorists, in part because some ride-hailing service drivers use the red lanes meant for taxis and buses across the city.“The fact that laws are not enforced for Lyfts and Ubers when they go in the red lanes also just means it’s more their streets than it is our streets. We need streets that are going to be primarily equitable for those of us that are not protected by hunks of metal or on public transit,” Rhea said. According to Strope, the coalition has another meeting scheduled for Friday. Several dozen activists gathered in the rain at 16th and Mission Streets Monday evening to demand a more equitable, accessible and environmentally friendly transportation system in San Francisco and the Bay Area.This was the first demonstration of a relatively new coalition of activists — composed of groups like South of Market Community Action Network, United to Save the Mission, Senior and Disability Action, the SF Taxi Workers Alliance and Mission Neighborhood Centers. Their demands: free Muni, generally better service, better accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities, no private shuttles in public bus lanes, higher pay for transit workers, and affordable housing near transit stations.They waved signs that read: “Transit Justice For All — Make Muni affordable” and “Wherever you go, whatever you do, Uber may be watching.” Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

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STHELENS RFC will host a series of fun and fre

first_imgST.HELENS R.F.C. will host a series of fun and free sessions exclusively for our junior members.All Junior Saints will shortly receive an individual invite to one of the sessions, held on Tuesday July 28 and Tuesday August 4 on the training field at Cowley International College.The sessions will be as follows:Tuesday July 28 – Ages 7-10Group 1 – 10.15am until 11.45amGroup 2 – 1.30pm until 3.00pmTuesday August 4 – Under 7s and Over 10sUnder 7s – 10.15am until 11.30amOver 10s – 1.30pm until 3pmAll participants require outdoor training kit and a drink.The sessions are all by invite only as they are EXCLUSIVELY for our Junior Saints and places must be booked in the club shop.If you are interested, but haven’t yet enrolled as a Junior Member, it is still possible join – call into the Saints Superstore to find out more.last_img read more

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Sears to close at Independence Mall in Wilmington

first_img A Sears spokesman told WWAY that the store will close in late June. The liquidation sale started today, April 6.The announcement comes a day after the Executive Vice President of Development for Rouse Properties, Eric Dinenberg, spoke at the Wilmington Biz Conference and Expo.The mall is going to be renovated with some sections removed to allow for indoor and outdoor shops and restaurants. Accessibility and convenience are two concepts Rouse Properties want with the new center, but no word yet on which other tenants will stay and which will leave.Related Article: New Disney Star Wars theme park lands set opening datesSears released the following statement:“We can confirm that we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store in Wilmington, NC. We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced. This is not an effort solely aimed at cost savings but is part of a strategy we’ have been executing against as many of our larger stores are too big for our needs. Having fewer stores – and the right format – will help us bring Sears Holdings to a size and place to meet the realities of the changing retail world. We understand that members may be disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors. As a result, we hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store by maintaining our relationships with the members who shopped this location. Our members and customers can also shop at our other Sears locations, which are listed at http://www.sears.com/stores.html. The number of associates is not publicly available. Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores. No other area stores are impacted.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sears will close its Independence Mall location ahead of the mall’s renovation.Signs could be seen on Oleander Drive Friday afternoon near the mall’s entrances stating, “Sears store closing. Everything must go.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Boy Scouts help to retire American flags

first_img The Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Boy Scout Troop #232, and the Laney High School Jr. ROTC all participated in the ceremony at Oakdale Cemetery.After the burning, the remains of the flags are placed in a special casket created by Eagle Scout Tab Taylor. He says the project was very special.Taylor says he built the casket for his Eagle Scout project, and this is the second flag retirement ceremony that has made use of it. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thursday was Flag Day, and Oakdale Cemetery marked the occasion by retiring American Flags which were worn, torn, or faded.The proper way to retire an American flag is to burn it, but it must first be cut into small pieces so it is no longer considered a flag.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wilmington immigration attorney discusses new immigration policy

first_img Local immigration lawyer Jeffrey Widdison from McKinney Immigration Law stopped by WWAY to answer questions about immigration policy and what you can do to help.Take a listen. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump abruptly changed his mind on his administration’s policy of separating children from their families at the U.S. border.  He signed an executive order ending the process after intense criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.Trump says his order does not end his zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration, but aims to keep families together while in custody.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Shipt offers sameday delivery from Lowes Food in Wilmington

first_imgLowes Food (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can now get groceries delivered from Lowes Foods in Wilmington.The internet-based delivery service Shipt can now deliver to your door in as little as one hour.- Advertisement – The company has already been delivering for Target and plans to add Harris Teeter later this fall.last_img

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Community support group brings Black Friday to Burgaw

first_img Spencer and her dog Rex had to be rescued by helicopter after her house flooded up to the attic.Once the flooding receded, she returned and set up a tent. That’s where she’s been living ever since, waiting on a FEMA trailer.“I call them every day, everybody I talk to just can’t tell me who I’m supposed to talk to as far as the housing department of it,” said Spencer.Related Article: Emergency management monitoring river levels after heavy rainsSpencer says she doesn’t want to sleep inside the house because there is still visible mold.Despite losing just about everything, she says she wants to do what she can to help others in the community, opening up her property as a hub for supplies.“This is a whole area that’s just lost everything. They lost everything in their closet, everything in their homes,” said Kristen McKeithan, who runs a community support group with her boyfriend Greg Pampell called Good Works.The couple met Spencer while working to gut homes in Burgaw.After collecting an enormous amount of clothing donations, they held a giveaway in Spencer’s yard Friday.“It’s Black Friday, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. There’s no better sale in town other than all of this being free and it’s just delivering kindness to these river-flooded communities,” said McKeithan.While McKeithan and Pampell helped those in need sort through clothes, Spencer grilled hot dogs, offering one to anyone that came by.“We gotta all help each other. That’s what life is about,” said Spencer.McKeithan says they currently have more clothing donations than they have room for, but they will be holding more giveaways in the future and eventually may need more. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — We all know Black Friday means big sales on the season’s hottest gifts, but one couple used the occasion to give away free items to those devastated by Hurricane Florence.More than two months after Hurricane Florence made landfall in southeastern North Carolina many people in Pender County, like C.J. Spencer, are still struggling.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Boy Scouts take part in flag retirement ceremony in Southport

first_imgLife Scout Andrew Sherrod cuts a worn American flag in preparation for retirement on 7/3/19.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) —  Many across the country are flying their American flags high in celebration of Independence Day, but do you know what to do with your flag once it becomes worn and tattered?The U.S. Flag Code says a flag must be destroyed in a dignified way once it is no longer suitable for use. An event in Southport on Wednesday did just that.- Advertisement – Boy Scouts cut each flag into its individual stripes and the blue star field, and put each piece in a fire.Andrew Sherrod, the boy scout who did the cutting, says he believes retiring a flag respectfully is important.“Cutting the flag, you don’t really have to learn how to do it, you just try not to cut the other person beside you. But I wouldn’t really say there’s really any training to cut the flag,” Sherrod said.Related Article: Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in Brunswick Co. despite improvementsSherrod, a Life Scout, says he plans to become an Eagle Scout, and hopes to attend University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.last_img read more

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Watch Need for a long term strategy Education – PN

first_img SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista said that Malta is in need of a long-term strategy when it comes to education.Whilst addressing a press conference  at the Dar Ċentrali on Tuesday, shadow minister for Education Clyde Puli, stressed that the government needs to make a serious analysis to produce a strategy that targets early school leavers. It also needs to evaluate any further measures that should be adopted to reach the forecasted targets. He also referred to the European statistics on the matter which shows that Malta has the highest rate of early school leavers in the EU.Referring to the party’s European Parliament elections manifest, the PN also said that it had put forward a number of proposals to address the skills gap issue.MEP candidate Francis Zammit Dimech also addressed the press conference . Alos present were Professor Joseph Grima, Alfred Mifsud and Martin Musumeci, who are candidates for the PN in the local council elections for Siġġiewi, Mellieħa and Attard respectively.‘Copy paste’ laws hinder 200 bee keepers – Agius PN MEP candidate Peter Agius said that 200 Maltese bee keepers have fallen victim to ‘copy paste’ European laws as they are no adequate in their case.The MEP hopeful explained that these laws had been designed for Poland and France, two countries where the agricultural sector is 100% larger than the Maltese. This makes it impossible or Maltese to benefit from European financing which is a subsidy of €125 for every bee hive.Agius added that EU regulations should have been adapted to suit our unique situation and to assist the Maltese bee keepers in their efforts to protect the Apis Mellifera Rutneri, which is a common bee in the Maltese eco-system. WhatsAppcenter_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>last_img read more

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Watch I am not a key person in the PN strategy –

first_imgThe Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said he does not describe himself as a key person in the strategy of the party, instead pointing out that he is the leader of the party.Dr Delia made this comment outside the PN headquarters beforre the second meeting of the parliamentary group of the PN started.Asked by Newsbook.com.mt about a potential vote of confidence, Delia said such a vote would not solve anything. He said that his supporters will continue showing their support while a vote would fail to convince those critical of his leadership.Delia also said that his goal is to meet with thousands of PN members to see whether they are on the same page. He also said he is willing to hear suggestions and even complaints. He also said that the PN is not only made up of its members.On the MŻPN report, Delia said that his door is always open for meetings, adding said he would be meeting with the President of MŻPN later this week instead of today due to the meeting of the parliamentary group of the PN. SharePrint 18.18PN representatives Karol Delia Arrigo, David Agius, Chris Said, David Casa, Toni Bezzina and Ivan Bartolo have been spotted entering Dar Centrali.PN Parliamentary Group meets for second timeThe Nationalist Party’s Parliamentary Group is due to meet again at Dar Ċentrali to continue discussions which yesterday were described as ‘hectic and inconclusive’.PN Parliamentary Group: ‘Stormy’, ‘Inconclusive’ meeting to be continuedIt is understood that there were three main points discussed in yesterday’s meeting, regulation regarding the State Attorney, allegations of the PN working against David Casa’s election, as well as further allegations about fake Facebook accounts from people working within the PN Headquarters. These accounts are understood to be created to attack other contenders. Following yesterday’s meeting, at around 4PM, PN MPs refused to give comments to the press regarding the content of their meetings. MPs quickly left Dar Ċentrali in order to attend the Parliamentary session.Watch: “No discussion arose regarding Adrian Delia”The Nationalist Party leader is understood to have surprised MPs by asking who is going to run in the next election. Following the meeting, he told the press outside Dar Ċentrali that there had been no discussions about him as leader of the party.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>last_img read more

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