Controversial McCoppin Hub Popular Homeless Hangout Now Fenced Off

first_imgA temporary fence has been installed around McCoppin Hub,  a public plaza at the intersection of Valencia and McCoppin streets and a point of contention among neighbors and city leaders because of its popularity among the homeless.Hoodline first reported that the temporary hurricane fencing had been installed around the plaza. A permanent fence will be constructed “as soon as the materials come in” said John Gavin, the SF Plaza Program Coordinator with the City’s Real Estate Division, which currently manages the plaza and is heading up the construction project.The contractor was given the green light to begin construction at the hub on Monday, and a temporary fence was installed on Tuesday, confirmed Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon. The agency will be involved in the project by assisting with “construction management,’ said Gordon, adding that the project contractor is allotted up to 90 days to complete work at the hub.Gavin said that the hope is that the fence’s construction will be completed sooner than that. 0% “The sooner the better, so that people can enjoy the open space again,” said Gavin, and projected that the plaza will reopen in early spring.   While the permanent fence’s design plans were not immediately available, Gavin said that the plaza’s fence will be “similar in style as other fences” at the nearby skatepark and dog park. The fence will be locked at night, and McCoppin Hub’s hours of operation are proposed to mirror those of the nearby parks, from sunset to sunrise, but the community will still have opportunity to weigh in once construction is underway, said Gavin.“Through the community [outreach] process we found that there are different opinions on the hours for the time being,” said Gavin, adding that the agency is “open for more community input as we discuss this further.”Gavin said the agency also hopes to work with the community to “replant” the hub during a community landscaping day as construction nears completion, although no date has been set. “Those plants have seen better days,” said Gavin.Plans for permanently fencing off McCoppin Hub and regulating its access and hours of operation were introduced last summer as a response to growing neighborhood discontentment over the underutilized hub, which eventually drew an increasing number of homeless individuals.Some neighbors reported witnessing drug use, loitering and intimidation when attempting to make use of the hub, once designated as an event space, and called on the city to step in – but others denounced the idea of constructing a fence around the public plaza as discriminatory at a public meeting held in 2015 to discuss the possibility of constructing a fence.District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim secured funding for the fence, and initial plans included removing some of the Hub’s blocks and chains, installing a fence and two gates for vehicles to enter and three gates for people to enter. center_img Tags: homeless • parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Jolenes toy drive end of semester show at MCCLA

first_img Email Address At last, another lesbian bar in the MissionDeprived of a dedicated watering hole since the closing of The Lexington Club in 2015, San Francisco lesbians just got Christmas before Christmas. Jolene’s Bar opens this weekend at the corner of Harrison and 16th Street (the old Dear Mom’s spot), with a promise of an experience with deep roots in the underground nightlife scene.Owned by namesake Jolene Linsangan, Ashleigh Wilson and Shannon Amitin, the bar will open tonight at 9 p.m. with the relaunch of popular pop-up lesbian party UHAUL SF. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m., followed by a marathon party until 2 a.m., to be repeated on Sunday.“Every single day queer people go through something in their day-to-day lives that make them feel uncomfortable,” the trio wrote on their Instagram account. “When you walk into our doors you will be safe with us.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is presenting its End of Semester Show, where teachers and students will showcase the diverse classes held at the center. Classes participating include: La Orquesta Del Barrio, Kid’s Drumming, Capoeira, Ballet, Mixtiso Dance, and an exhibit by students of Mission Grafica. The event will take place at the center (2868 Mission St.) Saturday 15, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. For those who think youngIf Jolene’s does not quite do it for you, Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St.) is hosting the dirty child of their ’90s-themed Debaser party and indie bash. Last Nite — like The Strokes song—  intends to revive the early 2000s, when garage rock, dance punk and electroclash came together to make America dance again. Way back when guitars were still a fixture of mainstream music!You know you are old when your music becomes retro. We cannot help with that, but this event just might.Giveaway timeJohn O’Connell High and and All-In SF are joining forces for their fourth annual toy giveaway, to be held at the school (2355 Folsom St.) Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The initiative is expected to disseminate up to 300 toys, and anyone who attends is urged to bring one. Students will serve coffee and do face-painting on-site. In addition to toys, the needy will also get haircuts and food.Grand finale at Mission Cultural Center last_img read more

CONGRATULATIONS to Blackbrook Royals U16s on their

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to Blackbrook Royals U16s on their 32-30 victory over East Hull in the War of the Roses battle played at Dewsbury RLFC on Sunday September 22.Meanwhile a big well done to Blackbrook Royals & Newton Storm u13s for progressing to the Lancashire Cup Final on October 13 2013.Good luck to both teams from all at the club!Pictured are Blackbrook Royals Under 16s.last_img

JONNY Lomax admits this will be his biggest season

first_imgJONNY Lomax admits this will be his biggest season to date as he officially takes over the fullback role at the club.Since making his debut at Wakefield Wildcats in 2009, the 23-year-old has gone on to appear 101 times for the Saints.But he says this season has extra added pressure because of his new position.“It’s a big year for me,” he said. “I’ve had a full pre-season at fullback which I didn’t really have last year. I’ve been enjoying it, especially the freedom on the pitch. It is a lot of running but you get used to that eventually.“It was a bit weird getting the number one spot at first; I was made up, but a little taken back too. It’s daunting to be following in the footsteps of Paul Wellens but he has given me his blessing which has helped. That gave me a lot of confidence in the position.“To learn from the club legend is a great place to be. He gives me little pointers and they are useful as they generally make the big difference in the big games.“It’s also important I stay injury free. It was frustrating being out at times last year so I have to keep working hard.”Jonny and Saints will begin their Super League campaign when they travel to Warrington on February 13 before hosting Hull FC on February 20.Until then, the hard work continues and friendlies against Batley (Friday January 24) and Wigan (Friday January 31).“We want to start the season well and put a marker down but it is a long season with the way the playoffs work,” Jonny continued. “Losing by a point at Leeds was gutting but it gave us a lot of confidence heading into this season.“We have improved the squad since then and the young lads are fighting for a spot. They have gone well in pre-season and aren’t just there in case of injuries anymore. It’s going to be a good year.”last_img read more

SAINTS were defeated twice at home to Hull FC last

first_imgSAINTS were defeated twice at home to Hull FC last season – but won at the KC Stadium.Super League Summary:St Helens won 26 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)Hull FC won 133 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Easter Milestones:Matthew Haggarty made his 100th career appearance, on dual-registration for North Wales Crusaders, in a 42-16 home defeat to Rochdale on Good Friday.His previous 99 games were played as follows: 26 for Whitehaven (2011-2012), 16 for Barrow (2013), 9 for Oldham (2013), 42 for Dewsbury (2014-2015) and 6 for Rochdale (2015).Haggarty is on a season-long loan at Salford (from St Helens), but has yet to feature for the Red Devils or Saints.Club Milestones:James Roby needs one appearance to reach 350 for St Helens.Roby made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-20 win against Widnes at Knowsley Road on March 19 2004.Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 21 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on July 3 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 102 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 94 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves) 88 = Greg Johnson (Salford Red Devils), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 7Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 342 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 303 = Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves), Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 295 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 277 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 228 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 199 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 1710 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 16Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 962 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 743 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 664 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 655 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 596 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 557 Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves) 458 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 4410 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 40Tickets for tonight’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office or by calling 01744 455 052. You can also gain access through cash turnstiles.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgGrace, Matty Lees, Danny Richardson and Jack Welsby miss out this week, as the experienced quarter of Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley and Zeb Taia all return to the 19 man squad.And Holbrook has explained his squad selection ahead of our clash with the Giants on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium, kick off 7:45pm.“Regan Grace and Matty Lees will have a break this week. I said last week the fact we don’t have the international week off this year, obviously the international players would have played in it, but the rest of the squad got to have a break and with us doing well in the Challenge Cup we don’t have a week off at all so we have got to look at trying to give players a mental and physical break.“And we maybe will look at giving a few others a break in the coming weeks too.”Roby also will miss the next few weeks after he underwent groin surgery this week and Holbrook has shed light on the timing of his operation.“Robes has carried the injury since the start of the year and our initial thoughts were can we push him through the year and get it fixed at the end of the year, but as the weeks went on he was getting sorer and sorer and it was lasting more days than one or two days so we thought his performance will be affected later in the year if we did not get it fixed now.“Even for James Roby’s performance to be affected seems unthinkable, but it was starting to affect him. So we had no issue playing him on the weekend as he had the injury all season so it made sense for him to play knowing he was going for surgery this week. Hopefully we can get him back in four weeks. The physios are telling me four to five weeks, so I am hoping for four!”Aaron Smith will come in and Holbrook is confident the youngster can fill Roby’s big boots.“We have got all the confidence in Az and he has played a fair few games now and he will get a good stretch of game snow that Robes will be out for a few weeks.”On Huddersfield, Holbrook has identified Lee Gaskell and Jermaine McGillvary as threats Saints’ must keep close tabs on.“Huddersfield are playing really well I think the last three or four weeks they have really hit some form and are a dangerous side. Lee Gaskell is playing really well for them, he is a big running threat with a great kicking game. They have got a big forward pack and they have the likes of McGilvary out wide. They are a really good side.”Sean Long left the club this week and Holbrook had some fond words for his former assistant and reveals why the club legend left, mid-season.“I would have loved for Longy to stay and stay until the end of the year, but the codes don’t run similarly. I think rugby union start pre-season training in a couple of weeks so it is a good challenge for Longy. I am happy for him. He has been here for five seasons and he wanted a new challenge so I think it is good for him. And the good thing for us is what we have been building over here. One player, or one person won’t affect that so we are on track and OK.”Holbrook concluded by paying thanks to the Saints fans who travelled to London and is hoping for a big crowd on Friday night.“London is so far away and for three quarters of the fans to be ours is fantastic. I was dissapointed we couldn’t get the win, but [our crowd turn-out] it was a huge sign of how well the players are playing and to return home on Friday is something we are looking forward to.”Tickets for the match are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

Shortages or Gouging We hear from NC Attorney General on gas price

first_img “We’ve got to have it and people are going to pay for it,” said Brent Robinson, who paid nearly $3 a gallon.Prepare for the prices at the pump to not be pleasing this Labor Day weekend.“I will not be surprised to see gas, diesel go up to $3 to $4 a gallon,” Robinson said citing the issues with fuel refining in Houston.Related Article: Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victimsThe state is seeing prices increase after the Texas and Louisiana refineries stopped production. The state is taking action though to make sure supply and demand is not actually gouging.We asked Attorney General Josh Stein what would lead them to call out a station on gouging customers.“Just the last day we’ve had a hundred and thirty complaints filed with our office about excessively high gas prices and we will look into those complaints,” Stein said.Stein said his office will reach out to stores named in complaints and gauge if the price increases are justifiable. A Citgo was $2.31 two days ago, and Friday afternoon it was at almost $3 a gallon.“I think a price increase as you’ve described of half a dollar would definitely be something worthy of an investigation,” Stein said.The Citgo sat less than a mile from the Belville stations, but across from a GoGas that was taped off, apparently out of service.For some drivers an increase of a quarter or so a gallon is nothing.“This is minimal compared to what other Americans are dealing with right now,” driver Steve Vogt said.“I’m not really afraid of a twenty cents raise in gas prices. Like I said when it goes to a dollar that’s when you know something is really going on,” said Phil Angelo, who is traveling to Charlotte for the holiday weekend.AAA reports the state average at just over $2.40 a gallon. Locally it’s around that number as well.“I’m getting mine. I’m getting mine now,” said another driver, who paid $2.59 a gallon in downtown Wilmington.You can contact the Attorney General’s office to report any possible price gouging. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Gov. Roy Cooper has asked the attorney general to investigate any gouging of gas prices in the state. This coming in the wake of refineries closing around Texas and Louisiana because of Harvey.We went out and found gas in Bellville at $2.34 and $2.55 at two stations. On the other side of the overpass, it’s almost $3 in Leland.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crew says cleanup could take a year in Bladen County town

first_imgKELLY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County residents are just starting the clean up process from Hurricane Florence.The Town of Kelly is just one of the towns that got hit the hardest. Kelly got battered by Florence from flooding to destroyed homes.- Advertisement – Some of the main roads in the town were completely washed out. One man, who lives nearby and works for the Camp Clearwater clean up crew, says the conditions are so bad that some residents cannot even get to the grocery store or work.“Most of the grocery stores, how to get here and stuff, most of the roads are closed,” John Portillo said. “The road in Garland is closed for six months to a year still, for the bridge. So that’s groceries, getting to work, having jobs, having places to live at. I mean, that’s the worst thing right there. Families not having a place to live at.”Portillo says they are making progress with debris removal, but some of the damage could take a whole year to clean up.last_img read more

Updated Motorcyclist suffers grievous injuries following BKara collision

first_img SharePrint Gordon Watson Gordon Watson The police have confirmed that a 57 year old man from Iklin has been taken to Mater Dei Hospital suffering grevious injuries following a collision on Mannarinu Street in Birkirkara.The incident is understood to have taken place at around 11.45AM when a vehicle driven by a 82 year old man from Birkirkara collided with the 57 motorcyclist.Police are investigating the case.Photos: Collision between car and motorcycle in BirkirkaraAn ambulance is on site after an accident between a car and a motorcycle in Birkirkara.The incident occurred at around 11.50 am in Mannarinu Street. Police have confirmed the incident with details to follow soon.  Gordon Watson Gordon Watson Gordon WatsonEarlier this morning, in a separate incident in Msida, there was a collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle, with the motorcycle driver being grievously injured. The 33-year-old man from Kirkop was driving his motorcycle when he hit a vehicle being driven by a 24-year-old man residing in Sliema.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Facebook 87 percent are fake users

first_imgAdvertisement So, how many of these accounts are fake? Facebook estimates 8.7 percent, or 83.09 million accounts.That’s a huge jump, both in raw numbers and as a percentage, from Facebook’s last estimate. Back in March, Facebook said 5 to 6 percent of accounts are false or duplicate. At the time, this meant between 42.25 million and 50.70 million users.Does this mean that a huge amount of fake accounts were created over the last five months? Not really: Facebook is simply being more transparent when it comes to specifying which false accounts it is tracking. Before it only listed duplicate and false users, and now Facebook has broken down the latter number further: duplicate accounts (4.8 percent), user-misclassified accounts (2.4 percent), and undesirable accounts (1.5 percent). – Advertisement – Here are the official details. First, the usual legalese warning:The numbers of our MAUs and DAUs and ARPU are calculated using internal company data based on the activity of user accounts. While these numbers are based on what we believe to be reasonable estimates of our user base for the applicable period of measurement, there are inherent challenges in measuring usage of our products across large online and mobile populations around the world. For example, there may be individuals who maintain one or more Facebook accounts in violation of our terms of service, despite our efforts to detect and suppress such behavior.Now for the goods:We estimate that “duplicate” accounts (an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account) may have represented approximately 4.8 percent of our worldwide MAUs as of June 30, 2012. We also seek to identify “false” accounts, which we divide into two categories: (1) user-misclassified accounts, where users have created personal profiles for a business, organization, or non-human entity such as a pet (such entities are permitted on Facebook using a Page rather than a personal profile under our terms of service); and (2) undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that we determine are intended to be used for purposes that violate our terms of service, such as spamming. As of June 30, 2012, we estimate user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 2.4 percent of our worldwide MAUs and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 1.5 percent of our worldwide MAUs.It’s worth noting that an active Facebook user does not necessarily mean someone using The metric refers to using your Facebook account somewhere on the Internet. Still, Facebook is pretty good at reporting its number of active users, at least compared to other companies that purposefully bloat their numbers with inactive accounts.Source: CNETlast_img read more