District 9 Candidates on Teachers and the Housing Crisis

first_imgMelissa San Miguel, education advocateCommunities of color, women and young people have often been disenfranchised and forgotten by our political system. We’ve had to fight for equality and equity in areas like housing, education, and job opportunities. As Supervisor, I will work on tackling the systemic barriers that make it difficult for these communities, my communities, to live and thrive.As a member of the Democratic County Central Committee, I will tackle the barriers to our political enfranchisement. I have seen firsthand how young people and women do most of the important and hard political work, like registering voters and setting up actions, and receive few leadership opportunities or an actual seat at the table. I will work to engage and register our young people who are part of my generation and include those who work in tech; promote the next generation of women leaders and people of color; and support SF policies that serve our underserved communities. My work on the DCCC will continue my efforts to empower communities in all facets of our lives.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. Respuestas en español aquí.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261We have an affordability crisis in our city. This crisis has been caused by a decade of failure to meet demand for housing, and almost no construction of new affordable housing in our district.How can you dedicate affordable housing to teachers (or anyone) when not a single unit of housing affordable for working families has been built in our community over the last 7 years? That is the real problem we are facing.The legislation introduced earlier this year put an important pause on a few evictions but did nothing to stop the displacement so many working families are facing.Our affordability crisis is affecting all of the people that our city relies on, such as: teachers, firefighters, nurses, construction workers and small business owners to name just a few.We need to put an end to the “all talk” approach which has defined these issues in recent years, and start actually building the housing that our local families so desperately need.We need a Supervisor that is going to deliver results for all of us.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyI have come to the conclusion that on issues of gentrification and displacement the City tends to favor developers and lobbyists and never the community. Our teachers under this current market have been hit the hardest. We have forgotten that they are a vital component of community as they shape and form the lives of our children. I have great respect for them, growing up in a household with teachers. Creating legislation to protect them from eviction is a step but not a solution. The bottom line, teachers need more compensation for the work they perform. Market rates are not accommodating to teachers’ lack of income. Therefore, I propose a salary increase of 8% and a realistic cost of living increase of 6% yearly. In addition, set aside community housing exclusively for teachers through land dedication. Only when we start investing in our school and educational systems, the community will grow as a whole.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubI will fight for building affordable housing specifically for teachers and support them receiving a higher salary so our teachers can afford to live in San Francisco.David Campos’ legislation is great and I support it, but we must seek ways to prevent teachers from being evicted all year around. Like Officers and Firefighters, out teachers are first responders for our children and deserve to be treated as such.We must ensure that teachers can qualify for the current affordable housing and that down-payment assistance is available and increased when teachers look to buy.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposAs one of the authors of the Eviction Protection for Teachers Legislation I know the seriousness of the teacher shortage caused by high housing costs and low teacher salaries.I’ve worked closely with teachers for over a decade and am proud to have received the sole endorsements of both our San Francisco Public School Teachers and our City College Faculty. San Francisco’s housing crisis has a devastating effect on teachers, who spend an average of 64 percent of their salary on rent in the city, according to a special report by the Chronicle.Supervisor David Campos took steps earlier this year to help teachers avoid one aspect of housing instability by preventing evictions during the school year — but that still leaves them to displacement in the summertime and does nothing about the high housing costs that burden teachers and other city workers.We asked our District Nine candidates what they would do specifically to keep teachers in San Francisco given the prohibitive cost of living.What strategy will you pursue to ensure that teachers are able to remain housed in San Francisco?  0%center_img First and foremost give teachers a raise – as Supervisor I will be an outspoken advocate for livable salaries for teachers.Be laser focused on building housing in District 9 that’s affordable on teacher’s salaries and reserve units specifically for educators.Place a city attorney in our school system whose job is to defend educators facing evictions and unfair rent hikes. 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Saints take on Hull FC in the second game of the s

first_imgSaints take on Hull FC in the second game of the six-match extravaganza in Newcastle on Saturday.“It’s great for us as players to play at venues like the Etihad in Manchester and St James Park,” he said. “You want to play in a big, iconic stadiums – that is why you play the game. Of course, your main goal is to play at Wembley or Old Trafford. There’s no silverware involved in this game but it is a big game, in front of the big crowd and away from the M62 corridor. This is a special game and one we are desperate to win.“Hull are flying high at the moment and we are expecting to face a team that is full of confidence. They have a powerful pack and big outside backs. We have to manage their strengths and exploit their weaknesses. Above all, we need to perform well and if we do that we should go in the right direction to get the points.“As a team we have been up and down in form all season and the last couple of weeks have seen performances that are not what we associate our standards with. A lot of things have happened this year but we have to learn to react better to difficult situations. This comp is ruthless and we have to perform.“Being out of the cup is a travesty for the town, the fans and the players. We want to play in big games and we are gutted as a group. We have had some negative comments thrown our way and they are probably justified.“We are trying hard and have to stick together through this tough period. That includes the fans as well, if they can continue to support us as they have done all year we can turn it around.”New head coach Justin Holbrook will be in situ for the game – overseeing whilst Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi take the reins.“The new coach coming in gives everyone a fresh start,” Kyle added. “He brings new ideas and is a new face. Everybody will be out to impress and hopefully it will bring out the best in us. Having him around will bring stability and the boys will know the direction going forward.“We have 10 games left and if we win two or three we will start climbing the table. We are looking up and not behind us but on the flipside if we lose two or three then we know what is coming.“We have to win and climb the table. There is no better way to do that than at the Magic Weekend at St James Park in Newcastle.”last_img read more

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns to Cape Fear after 65day patrol

first_imgUSCGC Diligence leaves port on new mission on March 28, 2017 (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington Saturday from a 65-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.Primary missions during the patrol included search and rescue, and alien migrant interdiction and counter drug operations in support of the Coast Guard 7th District’s Operation Southeast Watch.- Advertisement – According to a press release, Diligence patrolled the Windward Passage, between the west coast of Haiti and east coast of Cuba, to prevent, deter and respond to illegal migration ventures. Crew watched for home-made sail freighters that are known to be overloaded, unstable and lack basic safety equipment.Official say the Diligence’s crew transferred custody during the middle of the patrol, of a 225-foot motor tanker, nine suspected drug traffickers, and approximately 1,900 kilograms of cocaine to law enforcement officials in St. Petersburg, Florida. Diligence’s crew maintained chain of custody during the two-week, 1,000-mile tow of the fuel-laden tanker with no power or propulsion from the western Caribbean Sea to St. Petersburg. The tow coincided with Hurricane Irma’s destructive pass through the northern Caribbean and Florida which required storm avoidance.Following Hurricane Irma and Maria, Diligence continued to focus on the priorities to deter illegal migration and drug traffickers from taking advantage of the natural disasters.Related Article: Wilmington police warn of city-wide money scamDiligence concluded the patrol with Aviation Standardization, a three-day assessment of the cutters flight operations capabilities.“I am thoroughly impressed with the crew’s resiliency throughout this dynamic patrol,” said Cmdr. Rob Mohr, commanding officer of the Diligence. “From start to finish, they exceeded all expectations and adapted remarkably to a multitude of schedule changes as a result of this busy hurricane season. I couldn’t be more proud of the crew.”last_img read more

WPD Man arrested after shooting sends three to hospital

first_imgWilliam Lamb, 43, was arrested in connection to a shooting Friday night that left three people injured. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — William Lamb, 43, was arrested in connection to a shooting Friday night that left three people injured.Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force from the Wilmington Police Department located Lamb Wednesday night. He is being charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police responded to the 1300 block of Buckingham Avenue around 8 p.m. February 16 in reference to a ShotSpotter notification. Upon arrival, officers located two gunshot wound victims – Deshawn Robinson, 41,and Darnell Morris, 31, both of Wilmington.Robinson also suffered a stab wound. Both were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A third gunshot wound victim, Damon Charles, 40, also of Wilmington, arrived at the hospital a short time later.last_img read more

Boil Water advisory in effect in Lake Waccamaw

first_img Town officials say this does not include the Wooded Acres Subdivision. This advisory will continue until further notice.Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphoning and introduction of bacteria into the water system.Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advised that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.Related Article: Woman with two wombs gives birth twice, nearly a month apartVigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.This office is strongly urging the water consumers to conserve water whenever possible.  This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued. LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) – The water consumers of the Lake Waccamaw Water System in Columbus County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a broken water line.The advisory is in effect from 2506 Canal Cove Rd. and continues to the end of Waccamaw Shores.- Advertisement – last_img read more

CSX still investigating train derailment

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — CSX is looking into what caused a train to derail Thursday morning in Wilmington.CSX says an empty well car, which typically carries shipping containers, derailed around 4:30 a.m.- Advertisement – A CSX rail car train derailed in Wilmington on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Photo: Hope Benton/WWAY 1 of 2 Police directed traffic into and out of the port.The well car was returned to the tracks just after 9 a.m.  CSX says no one got hurt and there was no damage.CSX had recently resumed service to the port following Hurricane Florence. Their first inbound train ran on Tuesday night. A CSX rail car train derailed in Wilmington on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Photo: Hope Benton/WWAYlast_img read more

Lassanas life mattered NGOs support vigil for murdered migrant

first_img SharePrint Over 60 NGOs, International organisations and citizens are supporting a remembrance ceremony tomorrow for Lassana Cisse Souleymane.Souleymane from the Ivory Coast, was shot and killed in a hit and run shooting in Hal Far on the evening of April 6th. Two Ghanians were also shot during the incident.The organisers say that they are standing in solidarity with the migrant community in Malta, ‘who continue to experience violence, who do not feel safe.’‘We stand in condemnation of racism and wanton acts of hatred.’Residents in the open centres need to be safe – UNHCRBirżebbuġa murder: What do we know up to now?Updated: Man murdered and two injured in BirżebbuġaThe organisers also call on the Maltese Police Force to step up its efforts to find the perpetrators of the crime and the authorities to better protect the migrant community.The remembrance ceremony is set to take place on Saturday morning from 11AM at Triq il-Gebel Hal Far. Visitors are invited to bring flowers.‘Lassana’s life mattered. He mattered to his family, to his friends, and he mattered to us. Such brutal acts of violence cannot and must not be ignored or tolerated.’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

Travel arrangements for Maltese abroad – MEP Elections 2019

first_img SharePrint Travel arrangements are being made for eligible voters residing abroad to enable them to vote in Malta at the forthcoming MEP Elections on the 25th May 2019.For this purpose, Air Malta plc will be making available return air tickets on its regular scheduled services at a charge of €90, inclusive of taxes and other charges, to persons who are eligible to vote in Malta at the forthcoming MEP election. Reservations may be made at the Air Malta Call Centre on this specific number (+356) 21 418 214. The centre will be open between Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, and on Sunday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm as from Tuesday 30th April at 8.00 am.Inbound travel to Malta is possible from 13th May 2019 to 25th May 2019, and return travel is from the 25th May to the 6th June 2019. Those persons who opt for early voting on the 18th May 2019 can travel to Malta from 13th May till the 17th May 2019 to be able to apply at the Electoral Office, Naxxar Counting Complex by 12.00 pm of the 17th May 2019 at the latest. They may then fly back as of the 18th May 2019, but not later than the 6th June 2019.These travel arrangements are available for:Eligible voters, including those married to foreigners, studying, working or undergoing medical treatment abroad; and(b)      Dependents of the persons referred to in (a) above.Person to whom this directive applies must be eligible voters whose name appears in the Electoral Register published on the 13th April 2019.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

Which new destinations will you be able to fly to from Malta

first_imgSummer is here, and for many, summer also means that a much awaited holiday abroad is round the corner too! Thanks to the airline Volotea, this shall also mean that you’ll be able to fly to new two destinations in Italy.The Malta International Airport has announced that through the company Volotea, direct flights to Verona and Genoa in Italy have been launched.The inauguration of these two new destinations landed within a day of each other, in what can be described as exciting news for locals who love to travel!Despite the fact that both cities are found in the northern part of Italy and are only three hours away from each other, their offering is different and those who visit these two cities will have the opportunity to enjoy aspects which are different to one another.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

Lost polar bear taken to Siberian zoo to be treated

first_imgA stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Irina Yarinskaya/Zapolyarnaya PravdaA stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Irina Yarinskaya/Zapolyarnaya Pravda A famished polar bear picked up this week after it wandered lost into a northern Russian city hundreds of kilometres from its Arctic habitat was taken on Friday to a zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk for treatment.The two-year-old female polar had appeared, starving and exhausted, in the northern nickel-producing city of Norilsk on Sunday.It then became ill and almost died after scavenging for food on a rubbish heap in Norilsk and urgently needed treatment, oil company Rosneft which works in the region said in a statement.The company said it had taken part in the operation to transport the bear from Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk.“The bear is receiving all necessary treatment and healthy food,” it said.Climate change has been damaging polar bears’ sea-ice habitats and forced them to scavenge more for food on land, bringing them into contact with people and inhabited areas.It was unclear how the animal had ended up in Norilsk but Oleg Krashevsky, a local wildlife expert who saw the polar bear in Norilsk, said it was possible it had simply got lost. He said the bear’s eyes were watery and that evidently it could not see well.Krashevsky said it was unclear what would be done with the polar bear as it looked too weak to be taken back to its natural habitat. A stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Yarinskiy A stray polar bear is seen on a garbage dump at the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Chvanov <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> A stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Irina Yarinskaya/Zapolyarnaya Pravda Zookeepers take pictures of a female polar bear, which was found stray in the industrial city of Norilsk, after its’s arriving at the Royev Richey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushincenter_img A female polar bear, which was found stray in the industrial city of Norilsk, eats meat inside a quarantine cage after arriving at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin SharePrint WhatsApp A female polar bear, which was found stray in the industrial city of Norilsk, looks out of a quarantine cage after arriving at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushinlast_img read more