Disabled people have played a “ground-breaking” role in co-producing a major new redevelopment scheme.The roleplayed by disabled people in the planning application to redevelop Hammersmithtown hall and the surrounding area in London is the first major product of apioneering agreement to embed a genuine culture of co-production withinHammersmith and Fulham council.A report last year by the Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People’s Commission (pictured, the report’s launch) was accepted in full by the council and hailed as a blueprint for disabled people’s organisations across the country to push for change from their own local authorities.Now disabledcampaigners are welcoming the submission – and approval – of the planningapplication for the redevelopment of grade two-listed Hammersmith town hall, anew town square, and four new buildings, including 204 new homes, offices and acinema, as proof that the council has been true to its word.Theapplication was partly presented to the council’s planning committee last weekby one of the disabled residents who have worked in co-production on the plans.TraceyProudlock, founder of the leading access consultancy Proudlock Associates, which has beenworking as inclusive design consultants with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour andPartners, said she believed the level of co-production on the scheme was“ground-breaking” and had come about as a result of the disabled people’scommission.She saidthere had been regular meetings with the team of disabled residents – who werepaid for their work – and “everybody was giving feedback and opinions” and“nothing could be kicked into the long grass”.At the beginningof the co-production work, ProudlockAssociates ran a training day for the disabled residents in technical issuessuch as reading architectural plans, interpreting drawings and symbols, and howthe planning process works, as well as on inclusive design.Proudlock saidthe level of co-production on the scheme helped convince English Heritage toallow significant changes to improve access to the main council chamber.She said:“Disabled people were part of the planning. Their opinions were written intothe planning application.”Among thedevelopment’s features are wheelchair-accessible homes spread across theresidential blocks; a Changing Places toilet; a managed toilet area forassistance dogs near the town hall entrance; as well as many other inclusivedesign features.Jane Wilmot,one of the team of disabled residents who worked on the scheme alongside thearchitects and Proudlock Associates, said:“Barriers faced by disabled people in using buildings and open spaceswere raised early before plans were submitted rather than left to detaileddesign at a later stage. “This way ofworking together allowed robust solutions to be found early as well as savingtime and money for the developer. “This ismost unusual and should be adopted in all major development projects.”She said this would not have happened without the council’s commitmentand strategy of co-production.Cllr Stephen Cowan, leader of the Labour-run council, said in astatement: “We are determined to make our borough the most inclusive in the UK.“[This] is why we asked the borough’s independent to work with our architects from the beginning to make our new civic campus one of the most accessible buildings in the country.“The end result speaks for itself and demonstrates how the principlesof co-production can be applied to a wide range of areas – from designingbuildings, to designing services, and to dismantling all the barriers that disabledisabled people.“We’re very proud of all the advice and hard work Hammersmith and Fulham’s independent Disabled People’s Commission* has given and know that by delivering changes – such as those typified with this beautiful, accessible new civic campus – that they’ll not only help us change our borough to be the best place for disabled people, but will set the mark that helps change our country.”Tara Flood, who chaired the commission, said the co-production work wasa significant achievement and should act as a blueprint for other localauthorities to follow in engaging with disabled people.She said it had not been “perfect co-production” because the disabledresidents were not involved from the start of the design and developmentprocess.But she said: “Once disabled residents were involved, they were treatedwith the utmost respect and treated very seriously.“It would not have happened had the commission not existed. “This process fundamentally shifted in the right direction oncedisabled people were involved.“There is no doubt that Tracey and Liam Proudlock were instrumental in making that happen and provided some really excellent support to the disabled residents who got involved in that process.”*Due to a mistake by the council’s press office, in an earlier version of this article this comment referred to the independent Disabled Residents TeamA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. 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Tags: films • mission • roxie theater Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission Local: Tell us a bit about what drew you to these themes.Jenni Olson: I’m an experimental documentary filmmaker with a kind of unique approach. I always make 16 mm urban landscapes as my basis for my documentary films, and living in California I’ve always been interested in the history of Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War.I just kind of landed on the idea of El Camino Real as a good structural device for telling that story, since it was this thoroughfare that was used to colonize California and establish the missions by Junipero Serra and his colleagues. So I have landscape shots of the road itself and things associated with that story as well as just kind of simple mundane landscapes of the city.I look into Junipero Serra specifically and talk about how he has been held up as this heroic figure who “settled” California, but then in fact he can also be seen as a villain.ML: What’s your take on Serra and the canonization? Your thoughts on him as a figure?JO: It’s been interesting because I finished the film in December of last year and then got ready to head off to Sundance in January this year, and really the day that I was leaving to go to the Sundance Film Festival the pope announced his intent to canonize Serra. [It was] this very timely thing that I was having the world premiere of the film, and if anyone is the star of the film I think it’s Junipero Serra.It’s been great to have this film sort of as a catalyst for having those conversations about legacy, and it’s fascinating right now — the LA archdiocese in particular just few months ago launched this whole PR campaign for [Serra], he even has a Twitter account.When they initially announced, people were like up in arms, like, “You can’t canonize this guy” and I think they realized that they need to develop a PR campaign around it, generating all these stories about what a great guy he was and saying “Oh he was a friend to the Indians and the Indians loved him.”Clearly it’s a very complicated story and it’s very hard to kind of glean what all of the different realities are, but they’re trying to push that message very strongly.ML: So how do all these apparently disparate themes that you explore in the film come together? What’s Junipero Serra have to do with Alfred Hitchcock?JO: I always like to mix my stories. Along with that exploration is this stream of consciousness reflection on all kinds of other topics, including Vertigo, nostalgia, and pining over unavailable women, which is just my shtick. The main way I describe it is as a stream of consciousness meditation on this wide array of things that I’m interested in. As an artist, it’s always been my goal to tell stories that are queer stories, and as a butch dyke in San Francisco, I’m wanting to tell kind of my story, so that’s a primary thread. Then kind of mixing in other stories of especially under polled histories, in this case the Spanish colonization of California.I’m also really interested in the Hollywood film industry, but it was really easy to dovetail talking about Hitchcock’s Vertigo with this whole story, because I always like to say living in San Francisco is like living on the set of Vertigo. In my daily life, I drive past or walk past the sets of Vertigo on a daily basis. And coincidentally Mission Dolores was the terminus of El Camino Real in Junipero Serra’s lifetime. I wrote part of the script sitting on the steps of Mission Dolores.It has a lot of interest to a Mission audience. There are shots of the Mission, great shots of the Mission, including 17 Reasons, Mission Dolores as well. I feel like the Mission is the political heart of our city, or maybe the progressive heart of our city, and I feel like that’s where the film is coming from, speaking from both honoring the Latino heritage of the city and the neighborhood, and the state and the country, which really connects to Junipero Serra.There is a quality of nostalgia about the film, but I also feel like I’m interested in a more radical interpretation of nostalgia as a method of connecting us to the present moment in a more thoughtful way…as a way of grounding ourselves in the present as opposed to just hurtling forward into the future.ML: Do you think San Francisco is doing that?JO: Yeah, and I think that discussion gets easily kind of calcified and stuck. It seems that to say it that way sounds like I’m just saying “Let’s just come to a screeching halt” and I mean the ‘pro-development’ people will be like “Oh you’re just anti-development and that’s not realistic,” and that’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying there are more thoughtful ways.ML: Speaking of nostalgia and pieces of local history, what do you think about screening at the Roxie?JO: I’m thrilled to be screening the film at the Roxie, it’s the perfect match as a location of so much San Francisco history in general but also personally for me. When I first came to San Francisco in 1992 to be the co-director of Frameline, the Roxie and the Castro were and still are Frameline’s main venues, and I have a lot of personal love for the Roxie.ML: Going back to the content of the film for a minute, how do you make something like this watchable and accessible to an audience?JO: It is 65 solid minutes of landscape footage and voiceover, which is why it’s why it’s experimental, but it’s incredibly accessible — [when] it premiered at Sundance it got an amazing response.I think, oddly enough, people are really craving some meditative space and engagement in larger ideas about the external physical world that we live in and the emotional world of ourselves and how those two things connect, and to have that in a cinematic experience — people are, it seems, really craving that.Olson’s film will screen at the Roxie Thursday evening at 7 p.m. View the trailer below and click here for tickets. 0% A new cinematic essay on topics as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the pursuit of unavailable women, and the colonization of California by Junipero Serra will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater tomorrow at 7 p.m., a day after the pope is set to canonize the Spanish priest in a move that has faced controversy for Serra’s involvement in the brutal mistreatment of Native Americans in California.The Royal Road, experimental documentarian Jenni Olson’s latest film, features voiceover by the director and playwright Tony Kushner set against 16mm shots of “deceptively simple” urban California landscapes. Stream-of-consciousness narration focuses on “nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo” as well as Serra’s role in the creation of California’s Spanish missions.Mission Local spoke with Olson on her film process, her choice of subjects for the film, and the controversy surrounding Serra and the Catholic Church’s attempts to portray him in a benevolent light.This interview has been edited for clarity.
0% While Arce has not filed a financial declaration for the district supervisor race, he has amassed a $78,224 war chest for his race to return to the Democratic County Central Committee — the local political arm of the Democratic Party. According to public filings from the beginning of the month, he has spent just $5,020.However, that money must be kept separate from money raised for his campaign for supervisor. Because Arce announced his District 9 candidacy in mid-January and the current filings only cover contributions made before January 1, he declined to say how much he has raised for the supervisor race so far.Some $70,000 of Arce’s funds come from a dozen labor unions, the largest contribution being $25,000 from the construction union Local 261, where he works as a community liaison.“I don’t think that’s going to go over well with the district,” said Jim Stearns, a progressive political consultant. “That seems to me an inordinate amount of money, probably more money than I’ve ever heard a non-incumbent raise, and raising it in chunks of $25,000 opens him to very legitimate attacks of being bought and paid for.”Jason Stewart, Arce’s campaign manager, fought back against that characterization and said his committee money would be completely separate from funds used in the District 9 race.“Any funds that he raised for the DCCC campaign have to specifically be used for the purpose of DCCC,” Stewart said. “He’s going to be working hard to raise money from the residents of District 9 to show that he can be and will be a great supervisor for the district.”For his part, Stearns said that because many candidates run for both supervisor and the central committee at the same time, “it’s a judgment call as to whether people are ruthlessly exploiting the loophole or legitimately pursuing two seats at the same time.”The other currency of politics is weighty endorsements, and Ronen has garnered the support of the progressive half of the Board of Supervisors, including Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, Eric Mar, John Avalos, and current District 9 Supervisor David Campos. Tom Ammiano, Campos’s predecessor and “grandfather of the progressive Board of Supervisors,” has also declared his support for Ronen. Most of these supporters attended a Ronen campaign kick-off at the Brava Theater last Friday, where they drew links between Kim’s campaign for State Senate, the female progressive candidates running in Districts 1 and 11, and Ronen’s own race.“This is the year of the women,” said Supervisor Avalos, who is termed out in November and backing Kimberly Alvarenga as his replacement in the Excelsior. The mutual support among progressives is material too: Sandra Fewer, who is running in District 1 to replace termed-out Supervisor Mar, is also supporting Ronen financially to the tune of $500 — a gesture Ronen returned with a $250 gift to Fewer’s campaign.But the union support is no surprise. Ronen has worked as Campos’s chief of staff since 2010 and has gotten to know his colleagues well in that time, and SEIU 1021 has a history of backing progressive candidates in the city. “It’s an absolutely expected endorsement among progressives in San Francisco,” said David Latterman, a political consultant with a history of working for moderate candidates. “It is important, it does free up money and resources, but when progressives in San Francisco run for office, this goes in the asset column from the beginning.”Still, the backing is not lightweight. SEIU boasts 6,000 members citywide and is the largest government employee union in the city. Its support could free up hundreds of members in District 9 for flyering and door-to-door campaigning in the district.“[SEIU] 1021 is the largest single local, or one of the largest single locals in San Francisco, and they have a record of putting a lot of people power and money into their endorsements,” said Stearns. “It’s a big deal for her, and you can say it’s expected, but for 1021 you always have to earn it.”While Ronen is strong locally, Arce is pulling in statewide actors. Besides Lieutenant Governor Newsom, Arce has the endorsement of two members of the State Assembly: Phil Ting, who represents the western half of the city, and David Chiu, who represents the eastern half and beat out Campos in 2014 for the seat. “Generally the more statewide you get, they’re regarded as a little more important,” said Latterman. “For a San Francisco local race, [Newsom] is one of the more important endorsements. Arce didn’t have to ask for it, and he did and he got it.”Stearns, on the other hand, thinks Newsom’s endorsement means little because of the district’s more progressive leanings.“It’s probably less than zero in this district,” Stearns said. “I mean, no one cares. Even if [Newsom] came in here and actually campaigned for [Arce], it would be a negative.”Supervisor Scott Wiener from the Castro has also come out for Arce. Both Arce and Ronen also have the support of John Burton, the head of the California Democratic Party, and are also pulling dozens of lesser known politicos, nonprofit heads, and union bosses to their camps. Lindo and España have not gathered the high-profile endorsements of their opponents, though Lindo does share Supervisor Mar’s endorsement with Ronen. Because both are running as non-establishment candidates — in this year of political outsiders — they have focused more on consolidating grassroots support than going after political heavy-hitters.Both have attended community meetings in recent weeks to discuss housing and racial justice in the Mission District, though they have stopped short of campaigning and participate as community members, not candidates. Because they are longtime Mission residents — Lindo was born at St. Luke’s, while España moved here from Guatemala when he was child — they may drum up votes by emphasizing their local roots. District 9 is critical for the balance of power on the Board of Supervisors. Not only are six seats up for grabs — three of which are in the most progressive districts in the city, Districts 1, 9, and 11 — but the Mission has been ground zero for the housing and eviction crisis. A loss here would not only upset the progressive majority, but would be an embarrassment for the San Francisco left.But despite its importance, campaigning has proceeded slowly. Ronen just had her kick-off last week and Arce is holding his this Saturday, so electioneering may rev up in a more earnest — if expected — way by spring.“It’s pretty much breaking along normal lines, who’s getting what endorsements, the rhetoric,” said Latterman, the consultant. “It looks like a very standard San Francisco political race.”Check out our weekly column, 43 Questions, to see how the four candidates for District 9 supervisor respond to questions on homelessness, housing, police reform, and more.Correction: An earlier version of this article implied that John Burton was solely endorsing Joshua Arce. Burton has endorsed both Arce and Hillary Ronen. With Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s endorsement of Joshua Arce on February 12 and SEIU 1021’s endorsement of Hillary Ronen on Wednesday, the race for District 9 supervisor is becoming clearer — though two of the four candidates have yet to file any campaign financing declarations.Ronen has raised $41,076 and spent half of that by the beginning of January, leaving her with $22,683. Campaign contributions for the District 9 race are capped at $500 each.Edwin Lindo raised significantly less than Ronen, bringing in $15,497, of which he has spent very little. A spokesperson for his campaign said the rate of donations has increased since the beginning of the year but declined to give a specific figure.Iswari España has not submitted any filings and declined to say how much money he has raised. Tags: Board of Supervisors • election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
Hernandez and Gabriner were evicted in October by Jaime Maldonado, the son of the 67-year old bakery’s founder and its longtime former proprietor. He did this against his will, he told Mission Local — but was bound to abide by the wishes of his family’s trust, which had opted to sell the building at 24th and Alabama that housed La Victoria and several other establishments. The building was purchased by Mike Fishman, the owner of Cinderella Bakery. This move sparked calls for a boycott of the Russian bakery by a consortium of Mission community activists. Messages for Fishman were not returned. Calls to various community activists demanding a boycott were also not returned; it is unclear whether this development will alter calls for a boycott of Cinderella. Whether the new store will ever take on the familiar name “La Victoria” remains to be seen. According to Maldonado, that name is still registered and managed by his family trust, which handled all business affairs for La Victoria until its demise in October of 2018. “They can do whatever they want, but no one has approached us to use the name, and there is no agreement,” he said. Licensed under the name “Victoria SF,” the new bakery will still sell pan dulce and coffee, but will not bake any bread in-house. Rather, fresh bread will be driven in from a baking facility in the Dogpatch. They might even sell sandwiches.The doors may open for pick-ups by Friday, Hernandez said, in time for the Dia de Roscas celebrations on Jan. 6. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Two months after closing shop, the former operating staff of La Victoria Bakery is set to return to 24th Street under a new, yet familiar, name. The erstwhile operators of the old bakery will open a retail location at 3249 24th St. called “Victoria SF,” and plan to host a formal debut within weeks. This was a big leap, said Victoria SF co-owner Danny Gabriner, but he eventually found the location at 24th and Capp, a former corner store, to be perfect. “I was initially worried. It’s a big thing to move, but I really think it’s perfect,” Gabriner said. “It’s pretty ideal, being one block from the BART, and there’s more foot traffic.”According to Gabriner’s business partner, Laura Hernandez, a co-owner of Victoria SF, the new company was registered shortly after the staff moved out of La Victoria at 24th and Alabama streets. Although she currently employs 15 people, only two employees run the new retail location. Full retail operations won’t start until the permitting process is finalized, which Gabriner hoped could come by the end of the month.
THANKS to Steve Owen and the team at Sky Sports Rugby League for their time and effort on the wonderful tribute to Steve Prescott MBE.This was played on the big screen before the Saints v Hull FC match.Mobile users can see the video here.
DAY 19 – Academy have gone through their tour of Australia unbeaten following a 22-10 win over Penrith Panthers this morning.Lewis Furlong scored after seven minutes, goaled by Gibbons before Penrith hit back to make it 6-4 to the visitors after the first 20 minutes.Fairclough then bagged a try from a scrum – Gibbons converting for 12-4 – but a cheap knock on handed the Panthers the impetus.And they took full advantage, going over on 25 minutes to make it a two point game.Saints blew a couple of chances as the second ’20-minute’ period ended 12-10 to the visitors but they eventually controlled the ball better in the third.Another two tries went begging before Costello crossed with around three minutes to go.And Elliot Jenkins completed the win following great work from Levy Nzoungou and Matty Lees.Final score 22-10.Saints starting line up:Costello; Gibbons, C Brown, Furlong, K Brown; Jenkins, Fairclough; Lees, Billsborough, Nzoungou, Weldon, Follin, Lewtas.Full report to follow.
Police say the suspects are driving a gray Ford Fusion with out-of-state tags. They are wearing red and white shirts and cover their faces with masks. The four incidents have taken place across the city and the county. Police say the first robbery occurred around 12:40 P.M. and the last around 3:30 P.M. Police are urging the public to be extra cautious as these robberies are being considered a crime of opportunity.Make sure to keep your valuables out of sight, lock your doors and be aware of your surroundings. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington Police are searching for four African-American males they allege robbed multiple people at gunpoint Sunday. The males are reportedly in their early 20’s in age.
Police say Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Rescue, Sunny Point Fire Department and Brunswick County EMS responded to the scene. They say the man was treated at the scene.Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley urges drivers to be mindful of the barricades even as the road conditions start to improve. Police responded to a call about a driver stuck in a road washout in Boiling Spring Lakes. (Photo: Submitted) BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Boiling Spring Lakes Police responded to a call around 5:45pm Friday about a driver caught in a washout on East Boiling Spring Road.They report that an elderly man drove around the barricades near the second washout, coming from NC-87. Police say his car fell into a sinkhole in the road.- Advertisement – Related Article: Agencies hold disaster assistance workshop for Florence victims
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – This Saturday hundreds of motorcyclists took part in a charity ride for fallen State Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner.Unfortunately for a few riders the charity event ended with a trip to the hospital. The ride began in Greensboro and finished in Wilmington.- Advertisement – At least two riders were involved in an accident along Highway 74 to Wilmington according to video captured by participants.Organizers say one rider was taken to the hospital by air.The others involved were treated on scene and are okay.Related Article: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash near Wilmington intersectionOrganizers posted on the Facebook event page saying that the rider who was airlifted is okay and now home recovering.
Affidavits filed with the NCSBE accuse McCrae Dowless, a long-time political operative in the county and a soil & water conservation supervisor, of being behind issues with absentee votes. It’s not the first time Dowless’s name has come up in this sort of investigation.“Sadly, there have been past incidents of alleged fraud involving absentee ballots in Bladen County,” David said in an emailed statement. “During the 2016 election cycle, complaints about this problem were made to the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement Team (NCSBE). This agency began investigating the matter in November 2016 and subsequently partnered with the State Bureau of Investigation to expand the probe. The investigation uncovered the fact that some of the offending behavior occurred in Wake County.”David says back in January, the 2016 allegations were turned over to the Wake County DA.Related Article: PCSO: Pair steals car from store, crashes it during chase with deputiesDavid also shared a letter from January 26 to Special Agent Dirk German, the Interim Assistant Director of the NC State Bureau of Investigation, about the allegations.According to the letter, SBI was to review three NCSBE investigations about the 2016 elections in Bladen County. Those investigations included possible absentee ballot fraud by Patriots for Progress IE PAC and the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, as well as “voter fraud allegations and possible false statement to affect election outcome allegedly perpetrated by McCrae Dowless.”“Bladen County has a troubled history of political groups exploiting the use of absentee ballots in an effort to skew support for a specific candidate or group of candidates. Indeed, as a local elected official myself, I have had numerous encounters with various such groups, some of whom are the subject of the above stated cases,” David wrote in the January letter to German. “These groups package the anticipated ability to garner absentee ballots as a commodity to be brokered. As a candidate, I have never engaged the services of any group to get out the vote (GOTV) and as District Attorney I have been outspoken in my criticism of their efforts.”David also cited a 2010 WWAY story about Dowless’s “effort to get out the vote for the benefit of my opponent, Harold ‘Butch’ Pope.”Because of his “personal history” with the groups in question and Dowless, David wrote, “I perceive a conflict of interest in my office handling perspective litigation.” Because the case against Dowless alleged crimes in Wake County, David agreed to let Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman handle them.WWAY tried to reach Dowless last week about the latest allegations against him, but have not heard back.Yesterday, though, our ABC affiliate in Charlotte WSOC spoke briefly to Dowless at his home, but he had no comment.WSOC did talk with Ginger Eason, who admitted that Dowless paid her to pick up absentee ballots, which is why her name appears as the witness on so many of them.Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes in the 9th Congressional District race, but the NCSBE decided last week to hold off on certifying the results until it could hold the hearing on the Bladen County issues. Harris won the county despite far more registered Democrat voters. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County District Attorney Jon David says he is “deeply troubled” by allegations of voter fraud in November’s election. He also says the claims come while previous accusations are already being investigated.The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) will hold a hearing this month about claims about irregularities and questions about absentee ballots in Bladen County that are holding up elections for the 9th Congressional District, Bladen County Commission District 3 and Bladen County Soil & Water Conservation Supervisor.- Advertisement –