A Mission District property that was at the center of a fight over neighborhood gentrification will become the site of 100 percent affordable housing now that the city has agreed to buy the parcel for about $18.5 million. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is in contract to buy 1515 South Van Ness Ave., a former electrical contracting warehouse that had been on track to be replaced by market-rate apartments. Instead, the property will now accommodate about 150 housing units affordable to low-income families. Mayor London Breed said the deal would help “families who are at risk of displacement.” “For too long we have not built enough housing, especially affordable housing, and we are working to change that with investments like this one,” said Breed. She said the Mission neighborhood would continue to be a priority for her administration. The city was to announce the deal Tuesday. Along with the so-called “Beast on Bryant” … [Read more...] about SF buys South Van Ness site, turning it from market-rate to affordable housing
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More than half of the Democratic field crowded into San Francisco this past weekend for the California Democratic Convention, where they tried to stand out in the crowded primary as the clock ticks away for the candidates to hit the threshold to make the debate stage. And with less than a week for candidates to hit the threshold to make the debate stage, the Democratic National Committee announced a rule change which affects one candidate: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. Bullock had made the debate stage based on polling, however, the DNC announced on Thursday that two ABC News/Washington Post polls -- one of which qualified Bullock for the first debates -- would no longer be eligible polls. As of Thursday afternoon, 20 candidates had met thresholds via polling and/or fundraising to make the first debate stage in Miami at the end of June. In the wake of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach last week, the issue of gun violence was brought to the fore and former Vice President Joe Biden … [Read more...] about Bans, boos and beefs on Twitter: Here’s the weekly roundup of the 2020 field
Meek Mill loves dirt bikes the way Mick Fanning loves big waves and Jimmy Chin loves hanging off four-mile-high towers. It’s an inconvenient passion that may one day maim or kill him – but if you’d seen as much death as he did by 18, you wouldn’t be particular about your poison. “It’s the only time I ever feel peace,” he says, “kicking wheelies on the freeway, doing 60. You’re out there 20 deep, just a brotherhood of dudes. No gang shit. There’s like this . . . freedom you can’t get from nothing else.” Meek, the fiercest and most prolific rapper to come out of Philadelphia in two decades – millions of albums sold, multiple high-end beefs provoked, and one very public breakup with Nicki Minaj – picks at a bulbous clump of vending-machine pasta in the visitors’ room of the Chester state prison. It’s a place of emasculated, tube-lit sadness: men in orange jumpsuits … [Read more...] about #FreeMeekMill
Germany In the former textile quarter of the southern German city of Augsburg, Matthew Robinson, a 35-year-old school teacher, his wife Karoline and their two toddler daughters live in a three-room flat with a balcony that runs almost the entire length. It looks out over former brick factories-turned-flats, a park and a stream, along which Matthew cycles to work. The monthly rent for the 80 sq metre space is €1,090 (£948), made up of €780 in net “cold” rent, €200 for all the amenities, €60 for a garage parking space and €50 for the built-in kitchen. “Having rented in the UK before where I always had the feeling it was in my interest to keep the landlord happy and if anyone complained I could get turfed out. Here it feels a lot more secure,” the UK-born German citizen says. “Our landlord sent us a present when our daughter was born, and doesn’t forget us at Christmas, and he sorts repairs out immediately. I get the … [Read more...] about Renting property: how does it compare around the world?
Bosses at Thomas Cook pocketed a £47million pay bonanza as the firm headed for the rocks. Last night, after the travel operator was dramatically declared bankrupt, furious customers demanded executives hand back some of their ‘rewards for failure’. Boris Johnson also intervened, asking why directors had paid themselves large sums as the company went ‘down the tubes’. Ministers have opened an investigation into how Thomas Cook sank under £1.6billion of debt. Up to a million customers have seen their holidays thrown into chaos by the collapse of Thomas Cook. Many are unlikely to receive compensation (stock image) Stranded tourists line up in front of the Thomas Cook counter at the Cancun airport in Mexico. Thomas Cook folded in the early hours of Monday morning putting 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK and signalling the closure of more than 600 agency branches Up to a million customers have seen their holidays thrown into … [Read more...] about Greed of the Thomas Cook fat cats: How high-flying bosses creamed off £47MILLION in pay and perks in the years before travel firm collapsed – leaving 156,000 stranded
POMALAA, Indonesia - Where forested hills dip into the sea, Sahman Ukas scoops up rusty-red topsoil. His hands hold nickel that is more concentrated than many of the world's richest deposits. It's no wonder, then, that on Sahman's island of Sulawesi, companies have opened several mines in the past 15 years to feed the global market for stainless steel - made ductile and tough with nickel. Now, a growing appetite for electric vehicles is creating new demand for nickel, whose chemical derivatives are increasingly used in cathodes of lithium-ion batteries. But the push for clean energy is coming at an environmental cost to forests and fisheries in one of the world's most biodiverse regions. Sahman does not know how much more his fishing village can handle. In the decades of meeting nickel-for-steel demand, the seas have turned red, marine life has left past the horizon, and the exhaust of smelters has triggered respiratory problems. "We've been on the sidelines this whole time," said … [Read more...] about How greener cars could mean a toxic tide in Indonesia