July 2019

Police Make Arrest Connected to Fatal Shooting of City Worker

first_img 0% Tags: crimes • guns • shootings • violence Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Jackson Jr., a 27-year-old Public Works employee and father of two. According to a statement issued by the San Francisco Police Department on December 1, officers located 26-year-old Michael Higginbotham at 5:30 p.m. in Vallejo on November 30 – some ten hours after Jackson was gunned down – where he was arrested in connection to the shooting.Higginbotham was booked for murder at the San Francisco County Jail, but police have declined to provide further details on the suspect or a possible motive, citing an ongoing investigation. A booking photo has not been yet been released.Jackson, who was an apprentice working as a member of the Public Work’s graffiti crew, was reportedly painting over graffiti near the intersection of 25th and Vermont streets on Wednesday morning when he became the victim of a shooting around 8 a.m. Police report that responding officers found Jackson lying on the ground and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.Although he was transported to the nearby General Hospital, he succumbed shortly afterwards to his injuries. Candles, flowers, handwritten notes and parts of a Public Works uniform similar to the one Jackson wore to work, have been placed in front of an electrical box near the intersection to memorialize the slain man.center_img KTVU news reported on Thursday that Higginbotham is a known gang member and a rival to the gang that Jackson allegedly was once affiliated with, but a police spokesperson declined to confirm this information.In 2010, Higginbotham was charged with the assault of an Internal Revenue Service officer and for a gun violation in connection with the incident.  Higginbotham is set to be arraigned on Friday afternoon in connection with Jackson’s murder.This is a developing story and we will update when we have more information.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez last_img read more

London Breed ads on bus shelters jolted Muni higherups emails reveal

first_img Tags: London Breed • SFMTA Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Bruce Qualls, Clear Channel’s vice president of real estate and government affairs, fell on his sword and took responsibility for the affair. “Our mistake,” he wrote. “Although our charting restrictions clearly state ‘no political on SF shelters,’ this somehow slipped through by human error. We have a couple new people and clear limits, but it was missed.”Breed’s campaign consultant, Maggie Muir, told Mission Local that she worked out the ad buy with a Clear Channel representative in a discussion she says was initiated by Clear Channel. “They came and said ‘we have these for advertising. Would you like to advertise on them?’”That political ads are verboten on Muni property is well known in San Francisco political circles. But Muir says she was unaware of this. And, in fact, she’d worked with Clear Channel only a few months before to place ads for Supervisor Jeff Sheehy on bus shelters — and, until the Breed ads popped up, nobody saw fit to complain about them.“Apparently there is also an ad at Diamond and Bosworth for Jeff Sheehy,” Bose wrote to Qualls on March 13. “That has to come down as well. Can you please make sure your folks do not put up any more political ads? This is not good at all.”Muir says Clear Channel has refunded the Breed campaign for its botched and abortive ad placements.The situation left local politicos shaking their heads. “We know, straight up, that you can’t do campaign ads on bus stations. It’s that simple,” says a longtime city consultant. “You don’t have to overthink it. I don’t know what that campaign was thinking.”Adds another veteran consultant, “It’s an oversight on the part of the consultant. But it’s a massive screw-up on the part of the company.”Jim Ross, a longtime consultant who ran Gavin Newsom’s 2003 mayoral campaign and is still active throughout the Bay Area, said this incident left him dumbfounded. “In my experience, the review that Clear Channel puts into anything that has even the slightest amount of political context is extraordinary,” he said. “It’s shocking it would slip through due to human error.”He added that he’s “kind of angry about this,” because “of the hurdles they’ve made our firm jump through.”In 2016, Ross handled ads responding to a series of passive-aggressive Airbnb placements (also on bus shelters) in which the company patted itself on the back for belatedly paying the city’s hotel taxes. “We went around and around and around on what the content of those ads could be,” recalls Ross. “It took a month of approvals from Clear Channel to post them. It literally took a month to get those ads up; I’ve gone around and around with their legal counsel.”Ross also handled an Oakland ad campaign by the SEIU during that city’s union negotiations, “and we had to totally re-do the ad so it wouldn’t mention the mayor. [Clear Channel] has a very rigorous approval process. It’s not like you just send them the art and they slap it up.”In the end, however, Ross says the buck stops with Clear Channel. “I thought everybody knew in San Francisco you can’t buy political ads on bus shelters,” he says. “But, ultimately, it’s up to the vendor to tell you the rules of the road.”Qualls admits as much. He did not return multiple calls from Mission Local. But his apology to Muni officials was unequivocal. “This was not cavalier disregard, but regrettable human error,” he wrote. “I know you are aware we have been historically careful with the sensitivity of these issues, and we apologize for this mistake.”Bose responded to this missive with another one-line e-mail: “Given that it’s political season, you may want to send a reminder out to all your employees.” center_img “Can you please make sure your folks do not put up any more political ads? This is not good at all.”Earlier this month, some 70 London Breed for Mayor ads popped up across the city, on bus and train shelters. They were eye-catching billboards: The candidate sported a blue blazer against a gold background and flashed a winning smile. But they were eye-catching for another reason, too: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has a crystal-clear and unambiguous prohibition against political ads being placed on transit shelters or vehicles, and a candidate poster is about as unambiguously political as you can get.E-mails obtained by Mission Local reveal that Muni officials were caught off-guard by the ads, and were highly displeased.“These need to be removed immediately,” Gail Stein, who manages Muni’s transit shelter and advertising programs, wrote in a one-line email to a bevy of higher-ups at both Muni and Clear Channel, a vendor responsible for vetting and placing Muni’s outdoor ads. Muni Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose chimed in via a subsequent e-mail. “Why did these go up in the first place?? Not good.”last_img read more

How to not build in San Francisco Maximus and the socalled Monster

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter After several aggravating years and little progress, the aspirational developers of the so-called Monster in the Mission may be putting the ball in your court, city voters. Email Address People do play. But it’s been raining something fierce of late. Perhaps a few men or women could take shelter beneath this sturdy table. This city is, after all, so lacking in places to stay. Maximus Real Estate Partners — Rob Rosania, founder and “lead visionary” — would like to build housing on the plaza, an errant smash away from the ping pong table. Quite a lot of housing. But, after dropping some $42 million for this land, and investing years — and plenty more money — wrangling with any and all comers, the 1979 Mission St. project remains an ethereal watercolor.You probably know this proposed development better by the nickname its opponents have saddled it with: The Monster in the Mission. Developing market-rate projects in the Mission is no easy feat, and other developers told us they passed on buying this land because they didn’t need the grief. Mission activists are fervent and well-organized. And they come up with good nicknames. So it’s hard to build here. But not impossible. The “Monster in the Mission” was the first of the derisively named projects targeted by area activists; it predated the “Beast on Bryant,” the “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness,” and the “Baby Beast.” And yet, in the past several years, deals were struck to approve all of those projects (and with far south of 100 percent affordable housing, the zealous if not monomaniacal demand of 1979 Mission opponents). And yet the grandfather of them all, “the Monster,” remains the imaginary second act to a ping pong table. Earlier this month, hundreds of community activists — largely unpaid, mind you — chose to spend four hours or more in the cavernous auditorium at Mission High so they could have their two minutes to denounce the 1979 Mission project in front of the Planning Commission. The commissioners themselves expressed trepidation over Maximus’ latest proposal: Giving the city two parcels of land it does not own — and that the city doesn’t necessarily even want, because it has scant money to build housing now or in the foreseeable future.  So, it’s hard to claim much in the way of progress has been made in making housing a reality on the gritty 16th Street Plaza. And, along the way, Maximus has become a toxic entity, not just among strident neighborhood activists but with city elected officials and staffers — only the very people needed to shepherd through such a project.Mission For All t-shirt at City Hall ralley. Photo by Julian MarkMaximus’ handling of this development campaign brings to mind ski-jumper Vinko Bogataj wiping out in the opening montage of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, falling again and again in a concatenation of painful and dramatic missteps. Barring some manner of tax incentive (or performance art), it’s hard to conceive of how development professionals could miscalculate so badly. And so consistently. Let’s start at the top. Rosania — a flamboyant champagne collector out of New York who self-applies the nickname “Big Boy;” favors loud coats, scarves, unbuttoned dress shirts; and gallivants through the city with an unlit cigar the size of a fungo bat — is not a natural to do business here in the Mission. But that’s okay. If you surround yourself with the right people, you can get things done. But that hasn’t happened. Maximus’ team pushing the 1979 Mission project draws heavily from big landlord advocates — a curious choice in the Mission. Notorious consultant Jack Davis has carved out a unique career as one of the most aggressive, shoot-the-hostage political strategists this city has ever seen. But, again, he has proven an interesting selection to get a building entitled in the Mission. As such, in a city where every district supervisor sits as a lord of his or her fiefdom in terms of providing the thumbs-up for individual development projects, Maximus has seemingly gone out of its way to alienate and cajole a series of Mission District supervisors. And, for that matter, Mission residents: The developer’s ongoing tactic of describing the 16th and Mission neighborhood as a festering, crime-ridden shithole that could be cleaned up by market-rate development — i.e. newcomers with higher expectations and demands for a greater police presence — has not resonated with the people living here now. But the biggest conflict point is likely the incorporation and bankrolling of “Mission for All,” a nonprofit subsidized by Maximus to push for the 16th and Mission development. City lobbying records indicate that Maximus has, to date, funneled nearly $850,000 into this entity, which handsomely pays consultants like Larry Del Carlo and Gene Royale up to $10,000 a month, and employs young Mission locals (to, among other tasks, flog this project). The Mission, however, is not a neighborhood devoid of community nonprofits. In creating Mission For All, Maximus has, essentially, established its own community nonprofit — albeit an obeisant one. Rather than work with the community, it has purchased its own ersatz community.Laura Guzman, director of homeless services with the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, in front of a “No Monster in the Mission” banner at City Hall on June 9, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.At a recent meeting, Supervisor Hillary Ronen claims Rob Rosania outlined the offer later ballyhooed as “historic” in a press release. Maximus would trade the city two plots of land to be used for perhaps 300 units of 100-percent affordable housing. In exchange, Maximus would be able to build its 86-percent-market-rate development at 16th and Mission. Ronen described this as more of an “idea” than a proposal. But, she says, Rosania was very clear that if the city spurned this offer, Maximus would take its fight to the ballot (that the company was threatening a ballot battle if the city balked at its so-called last, best deal was known in development circles months ago). Maximus, again, does not yet own the two parcels of land in question. So, that’s interesting. But even if it obtains them — and, certainly, it can — the city still wouldn’t be thrilled with this parlay. Those parcels would likely lie fallow; high-level city officials note there’s hardly any money in the coffers right now to build affordable housing. The city spent it; perhaps you’ve noticed the four 100-percent affordable housing developments that have broken ground in the Mission, with three more approved.Land costs aren’t the hurdle now. Construction costs are. Maximus’ offer might have worked for the city several years ago — when it had money in the bank, back before 800-odd affordable Mission District units were in the pipeline. In 2016, the city accepted an arguably less generous land-donation offer regarding the “Beast on Bryant,” with a lower ceiling of potential affordable units. But that was then. And, notably, that was a deal cut with a developer who (eventually) opted to work within the system instead of waging war against it. Maximus, per a city official “has not created the space to have this kind of dialog.” Quite the opposite: “They have pissed off a ton of people. What incentive is there to do something special for them?” As for that possible ballot measure, it’s the rare land-use item that passes without consensus. And, to put it mildly, there is no consensus here. “It would be crushed,” predicts a longtime San Francisco land-use professional. “It would be the rallying cry for everything that is wrong in San Francisco.” In the meantime, everything that is wrong with this city continues, unabated, in the heart of the Mission: squalor, unaffordability, rapacity, scarcity, gaping disparities, desperation. But, on the plus side, at least it’ll stop raining soon. Great ping pong weather. Late last year, after many moons of strife and harsh invective and dueling rallies and community mobilizations, a major development was erected on the 16th Street BART Plaza. And there was much rejoicing. For it was a ping-pong table. last_img read more

LUKE Walsh has revealed he took advice from David

first_imgLUKE Walsh has revealed he took advice from David Fairleigh before signing on the dotted line at Saints.Speaking after the ink dried on a two-year deal from 2014 he said the former prop, who played for the club in 2001, gave him all the gen.“I know the history of the club there and I spoke to Dave Fairleigh too about what it was like,” the 26-year-old said. “I know it is a strong club with a young team and after speaking to Nathan Brown it went from there. I felt excited about it.“It was always in the back of my head to come over there and experience playing in Super League. Now I have a good opportunity.“It will be tough at the start as my wife and young boy will need to settle in, but I’m sure it will be a good challenge.”Luke describes himself as an “old school half back” whose job will be to guide the team around as well as bringing a good kicking and running game.“Hopefully the fans will enjoy that,” he said. “I know there is a good side there and they need a half back to steer it around, give some options and a good kicking game. I am looking forward to it.”last_img read more

NC House to hold legislative hearing over GenX discharge

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore announced Wednesday he will convene a legislative hearing to investigate the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River.“I’ll be announcing committee appointments in the coming days to convene investigative hearings on the GenX issue as soon as possible,” Moore said.- Advertisement – Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), a House Appropriations Committee chairman and legislative leader on environmental issues, also released the following statement, “We will conduct a thorough legislative hearing to review the administration’s handling of the GenX matter and carefully ensure environmental agencies are fulfilling their responsibilities of protecting drinking water for North Carolinians,” it reads.Rep. Ted Davis, a state House member who represents the lower Cape Fear region, released a statement and said he will participate in the legislative hearing, “My priority is to protect the people of New Hanover County, guarantee they have clean drinking water and get to the bottom of the GenX discharge as soon as possible,” it reads.Speaker Moore will announce a date, time and location for committee hearings to investigate the GenX discharge in the coming days.Related Article: Democratic presidential prospects swarm South CarolinaYesterday, Senate Republicans said they wanted a public hearing about GenX as well. The Senate wants to know what the Cooper administration knew about the GenX discharge and when they knew it.last_img read more

Railroad improvement will close part of River Road near Southport for 2

first_img The NCDOT says the closure is needed so a contractor for the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point can make improvements to a railroad crossing.The road closure will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday and last until 5 p.m. on Monday, October 9.Traffic will be detoured using NC 87, US 17 and US 17/74/76. (Photo: PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A portion of River Road in Brunswick County will be closed for two weeks.River Road/NC 133, north of the intersection with George II Highway/NC 87, will be closed to traffic beginning next Tuesday. That’s between Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes.- Advertisement – last_img

Drivers get stuck in flood waters on highway

first_imgSome cars risked their luck and drove through the flooded highway in Brunswick County. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Roads in the area have been dealing with a massive amount of flooding. Several drivers were stalling out trying to drive through the rising water.Highway 17 was filled with water in just a few hours. The rain pounded Brunswick County, and several sections of the highway became impassable by the late afternoon.- Advertisement – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was out early in the afternoon, rescuing cars that got stuck in the flood waters. They urged drivers to stop and turn around because the water was extremely deep in certain spots.Some drivers heeded the warning, but many drivers pushed their luck. Cars were struggling to make it through the waters, and several people had to be rescued. One car was seen being pushed through the water to the other side of the highway.The water continued to rise, flooding the shoulders of each side of the highway.Related Article: The Bistro at Topsail closing permanently after Hurricane FlorenceMembers of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will be spending the entire night out on the roads, and they strongly urge drivers not to risk their luck.last_img read more

Special Olympics gives athletes chance to showcase skills

first_img Bob Macaluso, a volunteer with the Knights of Columbus reminds us that these athletes are no different from you and me.“The only thing special about these individuals is their love for each other and volunteering,” Macaluso said. “They take great pride in what they do. When you see them in athletic events like this it’s not a competition for them. They’re there to route for their fellow athletes.”Macaluso says that we can all learn something from a special athlete. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ashley High School’s track and field stadium filled up today for the New Hanover County Special Olympics Spring Games.Athletes were given a chance to participate in short and long distant dashes, long jumps, and work on developmental skills.- Advertisement – last_img

Cardinal defends his record

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 WhatsAppcenter_img FILE PHOTO – Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, leaves the prosecutor’s building after a hearing over allegations he covered-up sexual abuse of minors, in Rancagua, Chile, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoFILE PHOTO – Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, leaves the prosecutor’s building after a hearing over allegations he covered-up sexual abuse of minors, in Rancagua, Chile, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado “I leave with my head up high because every allegation that has arrived at the complaints office, that I opened myself in 2011, has been or is being investigated,”This was the reaction of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, after it was announced that Pope Francis had accepted his resignation after he was accused of covering up cases of clerical sexual abuse. The cardinal is 77 years old that is two years over the age of 75 when bishops are obliged to tender in their resignation.Read: Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of abuse cover upEzzati said that he cooperated with the Chilean justice system so much so that all documents asked for by the prosecutor were handed over. He told reporters that the abuse crisis was a painful experience insisting that he never covered up any abuse.“Serene conscience”The cardinal also said that the Pope in the letter accepting his resignation thanked for “remaining in this time of desolation awaiting your replacement.”The former Archbishop of Santiago and head of the Chilean Episcopal conference said that his conscience was “very much at ease and serene”.The Pope appointed Bishop Celestino Aós Braco as the temporary substitute of Ezzati.The mission of Archbishop SciclunaThe Church in Chile has been plagued for a very long time by serious accusations of sexual abuse committed by priests on minors. The pope, basing himself on the information supplied by the Nuncio and the Chilean episcopate criticized on more than occasion those who were alleging abuse. But following further revelations he had tasked Archbishop Charles Scicluna with the delegate mission of investigating what really happened.Read: Archbishop Scicluna says up to Pope to release sex abuse reportAbuse in Chile: Archbishop Scicluna ends healing mission as he starts homeward journeyArchbishop Charles Scicluna, the pope’s incorruptible collaboratorIn February 2018 Archbishop Scicluna visited Chile. Following his report, the Pope radically changed his position and eventually asked for the resignation of all Chilean bishops.Pope Francis asked Archbishop Scicluna and Bishop Bertomeu to pay a second visit to Chile during June 2018 to help in the process of healing and reconciliation. On their arrival they had told the faithful that they came to apologize on behalf of the Pope.last_img read more

Please please we cannot go back – El Hiblu 1 hearing

first_img SharePrint <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> REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiREUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi The case regarding the alleged seizure of the merchant vessel El Hiblu 1 is being heard today in Court. The case regards three youths from Guinea, ages 15, 16 and 19, accused of forcefully taking over the merchant vessel to redirect it. Said merchant vessel had responded to a distress call, rescuing 108 aslyum seekers at sea. The accusations detail the forceful taking over, threats to cause damage and threats to harm others present.An Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) official gave his testimony regarding the incident.The AFM was informed of a vessel making its way to Maltese waters, at which point the AFM aircraft, KingAir, started to monitor the situation.The captain of the vessel informed the AFM that the vessel was under attack as it was being forcibly taken over; the AFM then informed the Captain that he was not to enter Maltese waters.El Hiblu 1 was intercepted by an AFM patrol vessel, P21, once it got closer to Malta, at which point the captain maintained: “Ok sir, but the vessel is not under my control”. Over the VHF, the voices of immigrants were heard. They were saying: “Please, please we cannot go back, we have children, three days no food, please we cannot go back”.Given that the vessel was not under the captain’s command, and that the crew were being threatened, P21 proceeded to provide a location El Hiblu 1 can proceed to within Maltese waters. Once El Hiblu made its way to said location, another Patrol Boat, P51, along with two dinghies, were deployed.Given the piracy allegations, the AFM decided to board the vessel. The captain was asked one more time whether he was still not controlling the vessel, and the captain responded that he had regained control.Inspector Omar Zammit gave his testimony, where he detailed that on 27th March, a vessel named El Hiblu 1 was allegedly taken by force. He said that the next morning, it was under the AFM’s control, and was to be docked at Boilers Wharf in Malta. The vessel was to arrive at 8.30am. He boarded the vessel at 10am. He explained that by that time, the immigrants were still all aboard.He went on to explain that the Chief Officer told him that an army-issued helicopter had guided them to save a number of immigrants at sea. According to instructions, the vessel was to take them back to Libya.The El Hiblu 1 crew also explained to the Inspector that they couldn’t contact the Libyan Coast Guards. That’s when it was decided to head towards Libya, and that is the point at which the immigrants took up tools and threatened to harm themselves and cause harm to the vessel.The case is being heard by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja.You can follow the link below (in Maltese) for more updates as they happenLIVE: ‘Tibgħatuniex lura, tlett ijiem bla ikel’; Jkompli l-każ ta’ El HibluMore details incoming.WhatsApplast_img read more