Almost two thirds of trade unionists support the i

first_imgAlmost two thirds of trade unionists support the idea of another EU referendum, rising to three quarters among 2017 Labour voters, according to a new YouGov poll of 1,813 members.But Unite the Union – led by Len McCluskey, who has been critical of the proposal to hold another public vote on Brexit – dismissed the survey conducted for the People’s Vote campaign as “not credible”.The party-affiliated union responded to the research by pointing out that YouGov’s sample size was small and that Unite has regularly undertaken its own polling involving tens of thousands of members.A Unite spokesman said: “We don’t need a poll of a handful of our members to try to tell us what we know. For the past three years, since the referendum result, we have been polling 20,000 of our members regularly. This conversation has been conducted through our transparent and democratic structures.“It it the views of our members, and nobody else, who guide us in this matter. We know that they are fed up with Tory chaos and are now concerned about the very real prospect of the governing party crashing us out of the EU without a deal.“Polls that profess to speak for our members yet are not conducted by our union cannot be considered credible. This tactic has never worked before and won’t work now.”Jeremy Corbyn is set to meet trade union leaders this morning as part of the further consultation on Labour’s Brexit policy that the leader promised at a special shadow cabinet meeting last week.Labour has shifted its stance on Brexit and now supports another referendum in all circumstances, not only to prevent a “damaging Tory Brexit” or no deal – but the party has so far resisted calls to declare backing for Remain.Labour backbencher Jo Stevens, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, commented: “When Jeremy Corbyn meets with trade union general secretaries, I hope he hears the strong message from working people, trade union members up and down the country, that we want a People’s Vote just like his constituents do in Islington – because now, more than ever, we need those voices to be heard.”Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Jo Stevens /Brexit /Unite the Union /last_img read more

Two new Mission District housing projects pass planning hurdles

first_imgTwo buildings proposed for the Mission came before the Planning Commission on Thursday afternoon for design reviews – the developer of 1924 Mission St, near 15th, left with instructions to make more changes while commissioners critiqued but approved 1298 Valencia St. The seven-story, 11-unit building on Mission that would replace a former auto body shop had already gone through one redesign, but on Thursday the planning staff wanted the building “to reflect a more traditional design…in keeping with the neighborhood.” Carlos Bocanegra, who had requested the discretionary review on behalf of  Our Mission No Eviction, said the group wanted the ground floor commercial space dedicated to trade shop space (an earlier owner concession) to be expanded and kept affordable. This, he said, would ensure that a neighborhood-serving business, rather than a luxury goods manufacturer, could set up shop there.Renderings for 1924 Mission Street by architect Gerry Ramsey, with the previous design on the left and the new design on the right. Bocanegra also asked that a mural be considered for an empty wall on the proposed building and that the in-lieu fees for affordable housing required by the city be paid into a fund for small sites acquisition rather than the general affordable housing fund. But that wasn’t all. “I look at this building sometimes and am confused whether I’m standing in front of a Miami beachfront summer home or an Airbnb in San Diego,” he said. He wasn’t alone.“We recognize that the design of the exterior could continue to evolve, [and] that changes to the fenestration and roof line and other things can happen,” said Rich Sucre of the Planning Department.And that, it seems, is what will happen.  Commissioners voted unanimously to have the developer continue to work on a redesign with the Planning Department, allocate additional space to trade shop use instead of a different business use in the ground floor, consider a mural on the building, and send their fee money to a small sites fund.For his part, Gerry Ramsey, the architect, said earlier in the meeting that he and the property owner would keep working with neighbors.“We want to be part of the community, we want people to say, ‘hey look, we’re glad you’re here,” he said. “We want to be proud of what we’re doing.”Several blocks to the south, at 1298 Valencia St at 24th, the review process played out differently. “I just wish it was a little more of a kumbaya moment like we had in the last project,” remarked Commissioner Dennis Richards. Neighborhood activists had similarly requested a discretionary review, but this time for a much larger project that would replace a gas station with 35 units of housing, only one of them below market rate. The developer promised to pay $2.3 million in in-lieu fees for affordable housing to be built elsewhere and add a $720,000 as a gift to the city. That was a point of contention with Peter Papadopoulos, a neighborhood activist who had asked for the Discretionary Review on behalf of the Mission Economic Development Agency. The single on-site affordable unit in the building had been added as a concession to neighborhood activists who had earlier criticized opting for the fee.“We appreciate the additional fee money, but it’s not going to be spent for five to ten years, long after the peak of this crisis has gone on,” Papadopoulos said. But the allocation of affordability fees is not within the Commission’s purview, so the conversation turned to design. “Regarding the design, I think it speaks for itself and it speaks poorly,” said neighbor Rick Hall. The 35-unit building, 55 feet tall at six stories, sports a dark facade with bright white and orange accents, as part of a modern and boxy appearance with irregularly spaced and sized windows.Representatives of several neighborhood business groups said they liked it. “I think this is going to be a beautiful design. I love it, I really like it, and it will better the neighborhood,” said Martha Vaughan, president of the Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California. “My dad used to say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” said Carlos Solórzano, CEO of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce San Francisco, before reading a letter in support of the project from the group’s Board of Directors.Some of the Commissioners had their own reservations about the design.“I really regret…the fact that you are intentionally creating this as a standalone design. I think is really unfortunate,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore.But others wanted to avoid too much conformity. Papadopoulos had raised a concern that the building was just barely outside the Calle 24 Latino Cultural corridor – what he called a “literally over the line” and thus “a sensitive area” – which Commissioner Christine Johnson described as a good thing. “At some point, there’s a boundary, and then there’s the other side of it,” she said. “This is a good project to have on the other side of that border.”As far as context goes, not everyone was convinced that buildings should be designed to look like what came before them.“Should we make things look like they were built today, or should we make them kind of in the Victorian contextual?” asked Commission President Rich Hillis. But then he added: “I don’t understand the orange that’s creeping up in every building we see these days.”“Are you guys requiring that in lieu of bay windows?” he jokingly asked Planning staff.On that, architect Ian Birchall was willing to concede.“It’s been in the works for four years, [the colors] are four years old. Maybe it’s past their time,” he said. Commissioners unanimously approved the project without making any changes, though Hillis did suggest toning down the colors a little. 0%center_img Tags: construction • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Suspicious package shuts down 16th and Mission proves not hazardous

first_img 0% “I got afraid when I saw the wires and heard the noise,” he said. “That’s when I got away from it.”Oropeza said officers, too, discovered a ticking sound, but did not specify whether it indeed emanated from the suspicious package or was an indication of anything amiss.By 10:15, pedestrians who had been barred from the scene by crime scene tape began to amble back onto the empty plaza.This story has been updated to reflect new information. Tags: 16th Street BART • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Police have determined a suspicious package at 16th and Mission streets to be non-hazardous, according to Sgt. Jesse Oropeza.Sometime before 10 a.m., police responded to a call about a possible pipe bomb in the vicinity of the plaza. BART spokesperson Cheryl Stalter said police asked BART to shut the station down as they investigated.The investigation also prompted the rerouting of several Muni lines.Matt Burdon, a restroom monitor on the plaza, said he was cleaning the restroom when, around 9:30, someone told him that there were wires hanging out of a newsstand nearby. When he went to look, he found an aluminum bar which was buzzing and ticking. So Burdon called the police.last_img read more

IF preseason is anything to go by 2013 could be a

first_imgIF pre-season is anything to go by 2013 could be a very special year for the Saints.Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley have impressed in pre-season and with a mean defence that’s only let in two tries, the signs are very encouraging.Nathan Brown’s charges have trained well in pre-season and the squad has been together as a unit for the first time in many years.Saints will be helped by the fact no-one was on international duty and that means the likes of Jon Wilkin and James Roby have also had a full off-season.But the proof is in the pudding… and Saints will take to the field in anger for the first time on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm) when they host Huddersfield Giants.A large crowd is expected as Saints begin their quest for Super League glory and tickets are on sale now.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or online here.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham says he is relishing the chance

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says he is relishing the chance to take on Warrington this Friday.Saints travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face the table topping Wolves – and these games usually bring “fireworks” according to the club’s head coach.“Every game is tough and nothing changes this week,” he said. “Warrington are the form side in the comp and sat on top of the table.“We certainly enjoy playing against them; it is a local derby and we always get some form of fireworks. We have to be ready on the night and I’m sure we will.“We played well against Widnes and Hull and I thought Friday was an entertaining game. We deserved something out of it. We were the better team for large periods. Hull came at us loaded with players who hadn’t played on the Monday but we did a good job against them.“The effort in the last two games has been better than when we won some games earlier in the season. If we keep doing that then we won’t be far off.“We deserved the victory both occasions, but it didn’t go our way on Friday. All teams are spending salary cap now and therefore it is a more even competition. We need to keep working hard, pick up some wins on the way and hopefully get some of those stars back too.”He continued: “The injuries are stacking up but it does give someone else an opportunity to stake a claim. Everyone is in a similar boat though. The Easter period has taken its toll on us and others but that is rugby league and you have to get on with it.“Joe Greenwood will be out. He spent the night in hospital last week so has to be cleared by the experts before we can bring him in.“He has been doing well and scoring a lot of tries. Unfortunately, he isn’t available and that gives other people the chance to play in that position.“Luke Walsh should be fine but there is no one else imminently returning. Jonny Lomax is week by week. His knee is 100 per cent but there is another little issue at the moment. I would love for him to be back; we are desperate for him to be back but we can’t force the issue.“The two Welsh players we have – Regan Grace and Calvin Wellington – are going well but we have to be patient with them. Calvin is probably a little ahead of Regan and it would be him if anyone gets a chance. I’m sure both will play Super League if they keep on developing… and the way we are going with outside backs then it could be sooner rather than later.“As a result it’s unlikely to be Matty Dawson and Jack Owens on the wings this week. We’ll bring someone in as we have plenty out.“We’re full on salary cap so there is nothing we can do to bring people in. We have plenty of good juniors so they will get a shot at some point.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or online here.Members can save on matchday prices by purchasing their ticket in advance. Details are here.last_img read more

Day 7 – Sunday October 15Once they awoke first on

first_imgDay 7 – Sunday October 15Once they awoke, first on the agenda, writes Ste Marsh, was a light recovery session in the pool, led by Neil Kilshaw and Johnny Skinner.Still buzzing after the result, a lot of boys turned up in their new Bulldogs kit, with some being lucky to be given some gear and others swapping with the Bulldog boys.When arriving back the boys were treated for a second time of the day, with a BBQ breakfast cooked by BBQ King Talbot… well that’s what he calls himself anyway… and his beautiful assistant Woodsy (Dave Woods).The bacon, egg and Australia sausage eggs barms went down a treat.Next for the boys was a few hours of free time in the city to shop and have dinner on their own away from coaches, at ‘The Rocks’, the home of the first settlers in Sydney.However, some of the lads who aren’t too keen on shopping and ended up on a basketball court challenging some local lads to a game. Unfortunately, our basketball skills are not as good as our rugby skills and they ended up getting beaten.The afternoon was another opportunity for our tour ‘shopaholic’, Shaun Ryan, to fill his boots. We are already having to enquire about excess baggage costs as he certainly has an eye for a bargain!On the way back from the city we stopped off for a light training session, a few skill drills to get rid of the last bit of the soreness in the boys’ legs.After training, we headed to a local steakhouse for a great feed before heading back for lights out ready for early training in the morning.Thank you for all your support back home!last_img read more

Downtown Business Alliance wants standards for street fair events

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The outcry from Downtown Wilmington business owners about festivals and how they are handled is gaining momentum.“He’s tired. He’s tired of asking to be heard,” Downtown Business Alliance of Wilmington President, Terry Espy said.- Advertisement – Hunter Ford sparked controversy when he threatened to file a lawsuit against Riverfest claiming the big event cost him business. And he is not alone on this matter.“These types of fairs downtown actually hinder their business, it does not help them,” Espy said.WWAY went to the monthly Downtown Business Alliance meeting in Wilmington to find out their stance on the matter. Espy said the lack of consistency when it comes to street fair events has been an issue for years.Related Article: 2019 Azalea Festival did not disappoint“We are asking that the city set standards for every event,” Espy said. “That we don’t have to worry about that Riverfest is going to behave one way and, you know, the Azalea Fest a different, but that it be set in stone.”With each festival comes various challenges. But organizer of American Craft Walk Wilmington NC, Joan Loch, said she received positive feedback from local business owners after her event in Wilmington.“I had some businesses that don’t like anything that happens downtown that came up and gave me a thumbs up and said this is the way these need to be done,” Loch said. “We start our tents at the center line of the road and the ten feet goes back so there’s plenty of room behind and no one is cluttering. No vendor clutters any sidewalk or curb with boxes, or tupperware containers, and trash.”It is a team effort to make sure both visitors and local businesses have space during events. It is an effort the Downtown Business Alliance wants worked out for future events.“Just do what’s best for the businesses, you know, they’re the ones paying the taxes. And they’re down here paying rent, you know, 52 weeks a year. Not one weekend,” Loch Said.The DBA said they have talked to three city council members since Sunday, all three agree city guidelines need to be implemented for future street fair events.last_img read more

Pender Co deputies investigate after 5yearold girl dies from assault

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 5-year-old child has died from her injuries following an assault earlier this week in Watha.Pender County Sheriff’s Office say Monday at approximately 6 a.m., deputies were contacted by medical staff at Pender Memorial Hospital regarding a 5-year-old girl who was present in the Emergency Room with injuries consistent with an assault.- Advertisement – According the incident report, the victim had been strangled and raped.The child was in critical condition. She died as a result of her injuries Wednesday.The case is being investigated as a homicide. No one has been arrested in connection to the assault at this time.Related Article: Two arrested in Family Dollar armed robberyMeanwhile, deputies are also investigating after a Willard woman shot herself and her 14-year-old son late Thursday.last_img read more

Planning commission split on short term rental changes approve controversial development amendment

first_img This was requested by the city of Wilmington but neighbors think it could take away the thorough permit process.Planners told the commission it actually opens up for more debate on proposed builds. Former Mayor Harper Peterson led the charge against the amendment. He said it would go hand in hand to make it easier for the Carroll Company development of “The Avenue” that was once set to break ground along Military Cutoff Road.The commission decided 4 to 1 to approve that change and now it will go to city council.Related Article: Free rain gardens to help reduce pollution in waterwaysThe commission was stuck however on the proposed changes to defining and regulating short term rentals.City planners want to bring forward new rules to regulating short term rentals.They want to define them separately as a “homestay”, where the renter lives in that same home, or a “whole house” where it is someone renting a house they do not reside in.The commission could not come to a conclusion after three votes, one against the proposal with changes, and two tying votes for the proposal with changes that surrounded parking requirements being removed.The new rules will now go to city council.Wilmington city leaders will meet February 6th.  It’s not certain if they will talk short term rentals because the council has asked to hold a workshop with the planning commission. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Tonight the Wilmington Planning Commissioners met to tackle new rules for short term rentals and another hot button issue over development.The change in zoning law would let developers seek a special use permit or a development agreement. This would be for building 75 foot tall buildings in Urban Mixed Use areas.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Will Hollands Shelter Creek recover

first_img Holland says he has reached out to FEMA but, he was told they do not help businesses.“The more successful you are the less help there is for you so, I don’t know if we are going to be able to build back or not,” said Holland. “[I’m] getting ready to turn 71 years old. I can’t afford to go but so far in debt.”Holland says he can’t afford the million dollar rebuilding project. BURGAW, NC — After 37 years of serving good eats and camping fun, one well-known Burgaw restaurant and campsite may never open its doors, again.Holland’s Shelter Creek owner Stephen Holland says his restaurant, nine cabins and a camping ground were completely underwater. He says the water rose about twelve feet.Even though the restaurant stood through Hurricane Floyd, which brought 5 1/2 feet of water inside. Holland says this time the restaurant floated up and moved off it’s foundation.- Advertisement – last_img read more