Month: July 2019

Neighbors Discuss Bike Share Programs Expansion to SF Mission

first_img Tags: bikes • traffic • transit • Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Cyclist hopefuls and other interested parties bent thoughtfully over maps last Thursday night, placing stickers on potential locations for new bicycle sharing stations. Bay Area Bike Share is planning an expansion to new locations throughout San Francisco and held a meeting at the Mission Neighborhood Centers to explain its program and get feedback.Residents and visitors can currently sign up for one-day, three-day, or annual memberships that unlock access to 700 bicycles at 70 stations in cities along the Peninsula and in San Francisco. Members of the bike sharing program can pick up a bike at any station, ride it for as long as they’d like, and drop it off at any other station. After launching two years ago, Bay Area Bike Share is now planning a ten-fold expansion in San Jose, Emeryville, Berkeley, Oakland, and San Franciscocenter_img “I like the density of stations that are being [considered],” said Romel Jacinto. “I’m excited about it, I’m a current bike share user.” Across the Bay Area, the growth from 700 to 7,000 bikes means the program will be one of the largest and densest bike shares in North America.“I think that the idea is great,” said Fran Taylor, a cyclist and transit advocate. Nonetheless, she said, “I’m a little leery about some of the details.”Concerns raised at the meeting included the expansion’s funding structure, inadequate outreach, and the cost of membership. The program itself is private-public partnership — operated day-to-day by a private firm but supported by public investment — but presenters explained that because the program’s intended expansion is so rapid, private funding would be necessary.“Why does it have to be a corporate sponsor?” asked one attendee. “I certainly wouldn’t want to be riding around on a bike that says Google or Airbnb,” said Taylor. Jessie Fernandez, another attendee, felt that the expansion would privatize a supposedly public form of transportation.Still others were concerned about the distribution of stations. Hillary Ronen, a candidate for District 9 supervisor who lives in the Portola, said the neighborhood’s complete exclusion was a let-down.“It was so disappointed that the Portola wasn’t even on the map,” she said, emphasizing that the Portola is 60 percent Chinese and has “buses packed to the gills.”Presenters responded that this is only the first phase of the expansion and that neighborhoods like Portola will be included later, but Ronen left the workshop unsure her concern would be addressed.“It doesn’t appear that there’s been outreach,” she said.Another attendee reflected a similar concern, commenting on the lack of diversity and wondering whether any monolingual Spanish speakers were included in the feedback. “I don’t think you’re getting the word out to them,” he said. “It’s not just valuable, it’s required,” he responded to a presenter’s claim that diverse feedback is valuable to the program and will be considered.Attendee Fernandez felt that the program was “disingenuous about community outreach.” He claimed that those who came to the workshop did not reflect those who will use this system, particularly low-income people.“I’m surprised more members didn’t show up,” said Jacinto, a user of the program. Staff said their two previous San Francisco workshops have been similarly attended, bringing 20 to 40 people out each time.Taylor, the cyclist, worried the program would not be accessible to low-income people, pointing out that kiosks operate on credit cards. A problem Bay Area Bike Share is already considering, stating on its website that it will work on options for people who don’t have bank accounts.Memberships cost $88 for a year, $23 for three days, or $9 for a day — though these prices are expected to rise with the expansion. A presenter said that community was important to Bay Area Bike Share and that the program may offer discounts for low-income residents, public agencies, and nonprofits. “It just sounds a little strict,” Taylor commented on the qualifications for low-income discounts.There will be further opportunities for community feedback on the expansion at future meetings, staff said. last_img read more


first_imgIn partnership with YMCA St Helens, Y Sports, Teardrops and St Helens Sports Development, the Saints Community Development Foundation (SCDF) hosted the sleep-out at the Totally Wicked Stadium. The event was sponsored by Cash Converters, whilst Biffa, Co-op distribution and Costa Coffee helped ensure the charity’s first ever Saints Sleep Easy fundraising event was a huge success.Saints Community asked those taking part to give up the comfort of their own bed for the night and committed to raising funds to be split three ways between SCDF, YMCA St Helens Sports and Teardrops.Craig Richards from Saints Foundation commented: “It was a really pleasing, but cold night. It was a great turn out from the local community. I would like to thank all the sponsors that helped out on the night. Costa were fantastic, Biffa, Co-op distribution as well as Cash Converters who were the main sponsors of the event, all made the night a great success. It was really well attended and everyone had a lot of fun.“There was however a serious side to it too and to experience what the homeless go through in one night was really enlightening for us and it re-enforced that this event has to happen every year to raise awareness and support the charities that are working out there in the local community and do great work with homeless people.”All funds raised from the night will aid SCDF in the first instance and then be split between the three charities to support their homeless programmes.Thank you for your support.last_img read more

Gov Cooper NC takes eastern storm seriously

first_img North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says state officials are treating a quick-moving storm in eastern North Carolina seriously because of its expected combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds, followed by continued frigid temperatures.Cooper said Wednesday at a pre-storm news conference that he’s worried about people who could lose power during the storm and their ability to heat their homes. Since temperatures are expected to remain at or below freezing for the next several days, Cooper says it may be more difficult for first responders and transportation crews to work.Cooper says he’ll issue an emergency declaration in storm-affected areas. Eight hundred Department of Transportation employees already are involved in anti-icing operations on state roads. Still, the governor urged people in affected areas to stay off roads Wednesday night and Thursday because they could become dangerous.Related Article: Rep Walter Jones Jr. of North Carolina dies on 76th birthday__9:25 a.m.North Carolina is bracing for snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning or advisory for 44 counties in central and eastern North Carolina.A wind chill advisory is in effect in 22 counties in western North Carolina.Many schools and government offices planned to close early Wednesday.Duke Energy reports about 3,500 customers without electricity, with the biggest problems in Cumberland and Harnett counties.Up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is expected along the Outer Banks with 5 inches (13 centimeters) expected in eastern North Carolina.Some areas near the coast could get as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow by Thursday.In western North Carolina wind chills of -25 (-32 Celsius) degrees are possible through Thursday.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Latest on the winter storm approaching eastern North Carolina (all times local):12:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Homeowners impacted by Hurricane Matthew to receive reimbursement checks

first_imgTo better understand and prepare for river flooding, state emergency management, transportation, and environment officials are working with NCSU, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and local governments to conduct flood mitigation studies of the Neuse, Tar, Lumber and Cashie river basins.Information from the studies will tell more about the sources and severity of flooding, inform plans and strategies for surrounding communities heavily impacted by floods, and help the Corps and other federal partners to implement basin-specific mitigation measures to minimize future impacts.Study results are expected later this spring. “We’re continuing to push to get assistance to the families, businesses and communities working to recover while making sure taxpayer dollars are being used effectively,” said Mike Sprayberry, state emergency management director. “North Carolina is currently on target to begin sending the first homeowner reimbursement checks in May, and we’re glad to learn just this week that HUD has awarded North Carolina more of these funds.”Funds are available to help qualified low and moderate-income families and individuals with Hurricane Matthew housing recovery.Applications for the funds go through a detailed process requiring multiple checks for eligibility, duplication of benefit, environmental reviews, and more.Related Article: Denied FEMA assistance? This might be whyHousing application centers are currently open in Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties.You can call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at one of the centers.A little more than $400,000,000 is available.“Our goal is rebuilding stronger and better so North Carolina will be more resilient in the face of future disasters,” Sprayberry said. “We’re working with federal, state and local leaders to cut through red tape and get help to those who need it most.”Among the other efforts already happening to help families, businesses and communities recover from the storm:1. Helping families, businesses and communities recover. More than $550 million in FEMA funding already has been provided to North Carolina so far, including nearly $100 million to approximately 26,000 families in need and $250 million to public infrastructure repair projects. More than 2,600 SBA home and business loans have been approved for a total of over $100 million. Already, funding has been obligated for 95 percent of all the anticipated public assistance projects identified by local governments (including things like debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repairs to community facilities).2. Assisting families as they rebuild.  As of this morning, 37 families remained in FEMA mobile home units as they work to repair their homes, down from peak of 161. State officials expect most of the families will be in their permanent homes by the end of April, but about a dozen families will likely need additional help. Reasons for home repair delays vary widely from a shortage of volunteer labor, to homeowners who miscalculated timeframes to complete repairs, to families who underestimated repair costs and are now seeking volunteers to help to complete the work.3. Developing Affordable Housing. NCEM is working with local communities and counties, along with the NC Community Development Initiative and the NC Development Finance Initiative, to increase affordable housing in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew. One of the toughest challenges to recovering from Hurricane Matthew has been the lack of affordable housing stock in many eastern North Carolina communities—a problem that existed long before the storm struck and that smart rebuilding efforts can help solve for the future.4. Helping communities become more resilient to better weather future disasters. North Carolina is one of just 12 FEMA enhanced mitigation states in the country, a designation given to states with an outstanding system in place to handle mitigation projects that can reduce losses in future disasters. Following Hurricane Matthew, this enhanced mitigation plan allowed North Carolina to receive an additional $25 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding to help an additional 200 at-risk homes through buyouts, elevations, and home reconstructions. Hurricane Matthew Rescue Efforts SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — 19 months after Hurricane Matthew hit, North Carolina homeowners affected by the storm will finally start receiving reimbursement checks.People who still need help can start applying today.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man charged after accidentally shooting another

first_img After speaking to the victim, the man who drove the victim to the hospital and others, officials determined that the man who drove the victim, Daniel Perry, accidentally shot the victim as the two were walking down some stairs at an apartment complex at 2406 Confederate Drive. Officials said Perry was moving his gun and it fired. The victim said he believed it was truly an accident.Perry was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing as well as discharging a firearm in city limits. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One man is charged after an accidental shooting Thursday.According to a Wilmington Police spokeswoman, officers responded to New Hanover Regional Medical Center around 10:30 p.m. in response to a man with a gunshot wound.- Advertisement – last_img read more

DWI charges being dismissed for trooper arrested in Wilmington

first_img A Wilmington Police Officer and Sheriff Deputy from the Downtown Task Force came across Tafoya’s vehicle on Princess Street near the Federal Courthouse, according to WPD. When officers approached the car they found dash-board lights on and Tafoya in the driver’s seat.Wilmington Police says the charges are being dismissed Friday, after an in-depth investigation revealed that Tafoya’s vehicle engine was not running during the initial contact.North Carolina General Statute § 20-138.1. states Impaired driving.Related Article: Police: 150 pounds of pot found in bags at Tennessee airport(a)        Offense. – A person commits the offense of impaired driving if he drives any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within this State:(1)        While under the influence of an impairing substance; or(2)        After having consumed sufficient alcohol that he has, at any relevant time after the driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. The results of a chemical analysis shall be deemed sufficient evidence to prove a person’s alcohol concentration;The law defines “Driver” or “Operator” as a person in actual physical control of a vehicle which is in motion or which has the engine running. The terms “operator” and “driver” and their cognates are synonymous. Neither of these were present during the initial stop.Tafoya will not face any additional charges. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — DWI charges filed against a NC State Trooper who was arrested in Wilmington over the weekend are being dismissed.Dennis Tafoya, 53, was arrested on Saturday around 3:30 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper stops by OneDay Blitz in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper is back in Wilmington. Cooper made several stops across the Cape Fear Thursday to check out areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence.Cooper made a visit between stops at WWAY’s One Day Blitz this morning at the Krispy Kreme on South College Road. He spent a few minutes speaking with the folks and personally greeted some drivers who stopped by to drop off some canned goods.- Advertisement – “I’m grateful for WWAY and the work of the community pulling together to help, because governor can’t do alone, businesses can’t do it alone, we’ve got to all pull together to make sure we recover from this storm and we help folks who need it the most,” Cooper said. “I want to thank you guys for doing this. Glad I could stop by and say hello to some of the people and thank some of the people personally who are bringing in cans.”Come see us at the Krispy Kreme at 2822 South College Road in Wilmington until 7 p.m. Donate at least five non-perishable food items, and we will give you a coupon for a free dozen glazed doughnuts.last_img read more

New Hanover County Board of Elections canvasses votes results stand

first_img The race between Peterson and incumbent Michael Lee has been tight all along.After serving as Wilmington Mayor 15 years ago, Harper Peterson will soon represent New Hanover County in Raleigh.“Now we’ve broken the super majority and we will have a discussion with our counterparts across the aisle. And that’s good for democracy,” said Harper Peterson.Related Article: Rain or shine, hundreds stood in line to vote in Columbus CountyThe New Hanover County Board of Elections canvassed the votes for the mid-term elections Friday morning.Peterson clinched the win for 9th District Senate seat by 231 votes, beating incumbent Senator Michael Lee. A tight race that qualifies for a recount.“The recount is a process where we physically count every vote that was cast in the election. for all of the paper ballots which were cast, which were the majority in this case, we will use the high speed tabulator,” said Board of Elections Director Rae Hunter-HavensHunter-Havens says the big voter turnout played a role in these close races.“We definitely had a much more significant voter turnout. I think we had approximately 66,000 voters in the 2014 general election. And we had about 88,000 voters in this election,” said Hunter-Havens.Lee issued a statement saying in part:“I would like to congratulate Harper Peterson. I would also like to take this moment to express my gratitude to all those who have supported me through the years. Especially to the volunteers and contributors who have worked tirelessly on my behalf in our effort to make New Hanover County and North Carolina a better place. I look forward to working with you in the future. And to my wife and children – those who have sacrificed the most during my time in public service to our community – thank you and I love you.”Peterson says he appreciates the work Lee has done for the county, but it’s time to move forward with his new agenda.“Regardless of your party or who you voted for, I will be available, and I will be a voice for this county. And I will put our agenda back in Raleigh,” said Peterson.Senator Lee has until 5pm Monday to request a recount in writing. The tentative recount would be first week of December. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Only a few dozen votes separated the top two candidates for a New Hanover County Senate seat.After Friday’s vote canvass, that lead widened by a couple hundred votes. The votes are in and Harper Peterson has officially won the 9th District Senate race by 231 votes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Divers recover body of man who fell off boat on Waccamaw River

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Divers have recovered the body of a man who fell out of a boat on the Waccamaw River Monday evening, according to officials.Sgt. Kyle Van Althuis with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says two men were boating on the river near the Pireway boat ramp near Ash around 6:30 p.m. Monday when one fell overboard.BCSO respond to drowning on Waccamaw River on April 9, 2019. (Photo: WWAY)- Advertisement – The wildlife commission confirms the body of Timothy Andrews was recovered from the water during a search Tuesday afternoon. He was the operator of the boat.Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County Emergency Services, Wilmington Police, Grissettown Fire Department, Lake Waccamaw Fire, Sunny Point Dive Team, Sunset Beach Fire Department, and North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries also responded to the incident.The official cause of death has not been released.Related Article: Wilmington Police searching for driver who sideswiped carWe have a reporter at the scene.Check back for more on this developing story.last_img read more

Nasri starts new chapter at Anderlecht

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Belgian club Anderlecht have confirmed that French midfielder Samir Nasri has joined their team on a free transfer. The 32-year-old was released by West Ham in June having moved to East London on a 6-month deal after completing an 18-month doping ban.Nasri will once again link up with former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany who left the Premier League champions at the end of last season before joining Anderlecht as a player-coach.Viewed by many as an enfant terrible because of his controversial character, Narsi made 215 appearances in the Premier League, playing for Arsenal from 2008 to 2011 before moving to Manchester City for £25m.WhatsApplast_img read more