One SF Mission Block What Was What Is

first_imgPanamericana Travel Systems, 2515 Mission St. This is the place that is the most special to me. My family worked here, and I would hang out and read all the random travel brochures and sneak in sugar cubes in the break room. People would show up to the agency to ask for my grandmother’s help, since she was so generous, and this is also the place where she once yelled at armed robbers trying to hold her up. She told them to get her water because she had a heart condition. It’s bizarre that a travel agency with the same name and same exact phone number opened up on the same block at 2533 Mission St., but the OG agency will always be at 2515. Standing at 2515 Mission Street today is a dentist (The Smile Center), as well as a pretty cool Peruvian store called Qosqo Maky. I still like to go in there to remember what once was.Photo by V. Alexandra de F. SzoenyiEvergreen Market, 2539 Mission St. I am so happy this place is still open after all these years (it opened in 1988). It is a symbol of Latinos in the Mission, of our food, and our love of cooking. My mom would buy groceries here, and this is the place to get a Colombiana or Inca Kola soda, as well as the best Peruvian alfajores (dulce de leche cookies). Fresh produce abounds, as well as meat, piñatas, and anything you would want to eat from the motherland.Courtesy of Burrito JusticeMiz Brown’s, 2548 Mission St. If you wanted a fantastic American breakfast in the heart of the Mission, this was the place to go. I had no idea there were other Miz Brown’s in the city – this was the only one that existed to me. We would eat here early Saturday morning before Panamericana opened, and I would color the placemat for kids, and go to the machine where Dino would yell “Yabba Dabba Do” and give you an egg toy.For some reason, Miz Browns closed, to be replaced with another Mexican restaurant (love them, but the Mission was saturated with Mexican restaurants), then the huge space was split up, becoming a string of nightclubs/bars (12 Galaxies, The Blue Macaw). Today, French restaurant and club Balançoire sits in the space, while construction happens next door.Photo by V. Alexandra de F. SzoenyiPhoto by V. Alexandra de F. SzoenyiLipstick Salon Beauty Supply, 2573 Mission St. I was the happiest preteen ever looking through all the makeup, hair dye, and more at this beauty shop. Open since 1988, it stands small yet proud between what was Miz Brown’s and King Fashions. The owner, Shula Ben-Simon, who has always sported a bright red bob, is the real star of this show. She’s sassy, opinionated, and has the best accent ever. You can get your hair cut on the cheap, your nails done or stock up on beauty supplies at this Mission Street mainstay. When I step foot onto the block of Mission between 21st and 22nd streets, I feel a sense of home, because I see many of the places I would frequent during the first 15 years of my life – from 1980 to 1995. Back then, my grandmother Graciela Gonzalez, managed Panamericana Travel Systems, a business owned by a family friend. I’m now 35 and many of the places once on the block have been replaced, but when I walk by now, I remember the sights, sounds, flavors, and essence of La Mission.Photo by V. Alexandra de F. SzoenyiAvalon Shop, 3190 21st St., now Calacas Prints. OK this is technically on the preceding block, but I loved this store so much I had to mention it. Here is where I would go to have the coolest chola moments (what was allowed). This meant buying all of my Art Laboe’s Dedicated to You tapes, getting iron-on old English letters for scarves, buying jewelry, Colombia key chains, and perusing the thousands of things that managed to fit in such a tiny establishment. The elderly couple who ran the store were hip to the game, carrying copies of Mi Vida Loca magazine and reading the book Cholo Style. Thankfully, Calacas Prints, a screen printing shop, seems just as cool.Photo by V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi 0%center_img Tags: history Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

San Franciscos Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

first_imgReporting like this takes people, feet on the ground. Keep us there. Join Mission local today. Make the Mission a place that values reported content. “We do not want to normalize people staying in tents in large numbers,” he said. “It’s behavior that’s not compatible with an urban environment.”However, he said his method of moving tents off the city’s streets is fundamentally different from the sweeps the city has done previously. These require weeks of outreach work, connecting homeless individuals to services and helping them prepare to move on. But he cautioned that getting rid of the encampments also means facing the reality that the city does not have the resources to subsidize housing for every individual on the streets. One key to helping reduce homelessness is to help individuals self-resolve their living situations in various ways including mending relationships with former housemates, offering them a ticket home, resolving landlord disputes, or even simply paying off utilities bills that got out of hand. The city has more than 6,000 units of housing specifically for homeless individuals, with about 400 of those units becoming available through turnover every year. Earlier this month the city announced the opening of 244 permanent supportive housing units in former SROs, 50 of them in the Mission. The city’s homeless population is estimated to be between 6,600 and nearly 10,000 depending on the count criteria. But even under these circumstances, a good number of the homeless end up on the street. In the case of Islais Creek, for example, six of 62 in a long-standing encampment stayed in the neighborhood, moving a few blocks away. Four of the campers moved back in with people they used to live with. A few took advantage of the Homeward Bound program, which buses homeless individuals to friends or relatives who have expressed willingness to take them in.  Of the remaining 45 who went either to a Navigation Center or a shelter, 25 were able to resolve their homelessness, and about half ended up back on the streets, Kositsky said.He said the passage of Proposition Q, the controversial tent encampment ban that prescribes a 24-hour notice and offer of shelter before tents can be removed, will not affect his method of resolving encampments. A sales tax that would have raised funding to allow for the allocation of funds to assisting the homeless and improving transit infrastructure failed to get approval from voters – the mayor has canceled the creation of these funds. Kositsky said the city is trying to identify other sources of revenue to expand programs.In the Mission, Kositsky has said that the area of focus has been from 16th to 19th streets, South Van Ness Avenue to Bryant streets. When that is cleared, the Department will focus on the areas north of 14th Street.Here are some more comments from Kositsky from an interview with Mission Local, edited for clarity and brevity:Encampment ResolutionJeff Kositsky: What we decided to do, rather than running around playing whack-a-mole, is we’ll use this list that we have, a survey by DPW (the Department of Public Works), sorted by the biggest encampments.They rank them [by how dangerous they are], based on subjective measurements, but better than nothing.There are usually informal leaders in encampments. We identify who those are, set up a community meeting, get a very good turnout, we do it right out on the street. We explain to people that we’re here because the neighbors are worried about the people living in the tents, it’s not healthy or safe for them, and that they’re the affecting quality of life in the neighborhood and we really need to resolve this encampment. We’ll set a date, set the stage for that, go out and do an assessment of everybody in the encampment. We try to figure out a plan to meet those needs. People who get into shelters need a TB test, so we do those in the field. We bring out Calfresh, food stamps, and GA [General Assistance] come out and enroll people in benefits.In some cases, depending on where it is, we’ll bring out porta-potties. We’re not doing that in the Mission district, but we’re doing in other places. We bring hygiene kits, access to showers. We’re working together this whole time with DPH. If we find people who have psychiatric issues or substance abuse issues, we’ll get them right into treatment. Well, not right in, it takes about four weeks.We start to make a plan for folks about where they’re gonna go. We set aside beds in the navigation center, primarily the one on Mission. As those upen up we start to move people out of the encampment into one of those beds.The big limiting factor that we have are the number of beds we can put people in. To fix that we’re opening a new navigation center. It’ll have 150 beds and will basically double our capacity from what we have right now, and it’ll just be dedicated to that team.Once we’ve cleared out an encampment area, the Mayor has made it clear that the police are to make sure that the encampments don’t reform. Are they doing that perfectly? No. Are they doing it pretty well? Yes.Next StepsOne of the things we need to do is to make sure that our sickest and longest term homeless are getting prioritized for housing and that’s not how it works now. We’re going to create this new system that’s called the ONE system, Online Navigation and Entry system. Everybody will be assessed with the same assessment, every service provider will have access to the same data system, and it will allow us to identify who’s been homeless the longest and who’s the sickest and make sure that they get shelter first and that they get housing first. If we have more resources I think we need to reopen resource centers. One of the mistakes I think was made around the country as the whole country moved toward this housing first model was, housing solves homelessness, shelter only solves sleep. So everybody said, well, we should solve homelessness, not just sleep. But the bottom line is that if you don’t solve sleep at least a little bit, it starts to impact not only homeless people, it impacts neighborhoods.My constituents are everybody, not just homeless people, it’s everybody who lives and works and visits this city. I need to think about in my job and how the work that I try to do can better try to improve their lives, whether you’re living in a condo in the Mission and there’s somebody pooping on your doorstep every night, or whether you’re a schizophrenic homeless person who has been homeless for ten years – I need to look at all of that.In looking at all of that, what I see pretty clearly is we need to more places for people to go so they can take care of their basic needs, they can exchange needles or throw a way needles, go to the bathroom, take a shower, wash their clothes, they can sit down somewhere, get a little break from the street. We need to rebuild that infrastructure that used to exist.Other IdeasThis one maybe wacky idea that sort of percolated out of this is: What if we just let two homeless people stay on every block, either in a tent, or we built some kind of tiny home for them, and said, you know, you take care of the street and the neighbors will kinda take care of you, keep you safe, bring you some food. I don’t know if that would work or not, maybe it’s totally crazy. Another possible model that we need to start thinking about more is that I think homeless people and housed people who are in the same neighborhoods need to sit down in a room together and have a dialogue about empathy. I actually think most housed people are actually very empathetic toward homeless folks. I go to community meetings and, yeah, people are pissed but it’s like one person out of every 10 at the most that feels like a hater to me. Most people are understanding, they’re mad at the city, they’re not mad at homeless people. Some people are just mad at the homeless people.Mission Local: Is this a wacky idea that you’re seriously thinking of implementing, of having two people on a block…JK: No, I’m not seriously thinking of implementing it, this other idea I’m about to describe is what I’m trying to think about implementing. Which is how do you get homeless people to have empathy toward people who are housed? I don’t think that they’re really thinking clearly about how they’re impacting other people, they’re thinking about their own situation, which is understandable – they’re in a desperate situation. And I actually believe that if we could bring people together and say, hey, you know, we don’t really want you to be here, but we understand you don’t have anywhere else to go, and that the city is trying to find resources for you, but in the meantime, could you clean your shit up? I’ve seen this in some encampments that are more organized than others, where they’ve got a place for people to go to the bathroom, women will cut off the top of gallon jugs and pee in those, they’ll keep their sharps kind of all in the same place, and they think about the area around them and they try to keep quiet. Portable ToiletsWe do not want to normalize people staying in tents in large numbers. We will [put up toilets] when it makes sense to do it, and where it makes sense to do it, and I’m not going to tell you the formula or how we decide to do that because we make the decisions based on an assessment of the situation. It’s not a formula, I’m not going to say well we’ll do it here but not there. We look at what’s going on what’s happening in the neighborhood, the prevalence of crime, how close it is to a place where somebody can go to the bathroom right now, we’ll do it based on that. But we’re not going to just sort of pro forma, across-the-board, put toilets up.Encampment ResidentsML: So what do you think motivates people to live in encampments rather than more spread out if they’re hotbeds of crime, etc.? Some of the ones that I’ve talked to say they know people there, they have relatives there, they have partners there, people look out for each other’s stuff, they feel like they’re being protected against rape, sexual assault, theft…JK: But they’re not. I mean, I would say, look a little bit harder and understand people are going to tell you what they think you want to hear, so those relationships are incredibly fragile…When we move encampments whole cloth quickly into the Navigation Center, you see those relationships unwind. In unproductive ways sometimes. So I think people do it because for the reasons you said, also because there’s easier access to drugs because in the Mission district at least, not every encampment is like this, there’s a couple guys who have been there in RVs who are hiring those guys to do bikes for them. So it’s a place of employment. You also have women coming in from other parts of the Bay Area to prostitute themselves in exchange for drugs. I met two women at the Best Buy who had just come in from Marin to party in the tents, is what they told me.There’s as many reasons as there are people in the tents. It’s also human behavior, human nature, to want to be around other people. But I will tell you, there’s way more homeless people on the streets who are not in encampments than there are who are in encampments. It’s not the majority of the homeless people, it’s the minority. I will also tell you that the people in tents are younger and whiter than the overall homeless population. Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction. The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August, then moved to the Mission District where it is still working north of 16th Street. Next, the department is likely to work on removing encampments in South of Market.  In each operation, the department is trying to move people off the streets in humane and practical ways, says Kositsky who is also figuring out the new organization of his office, which now includes workers formerly with the Mayor’s Office of Housing, Department of Public Health and the Human Services Agency. Eventually all will be under one roof at 440 Turk St.Even before that happens, however, the new department’s priority is to resolve encampments, a phenomenon Kositsky, formerly the executive director of Hamilton Family Center,  is intent on addressing systematically.  One of the priorities, he said in an hour-long interview with Mission Local, was to avoid normalizing the option of pitching a tent and living on San Francisco’s sidewalks. center_img 0% Tags: homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

KEIRON Purtill was praised by Royce Simmons follow

first_imgKEIRON Purtill was praised by Royce Simmons following Saints’ 28-12 win over Crusaders on Friday night.The club’s assistant coach was told he is doing a “fantastic job” by his gaffer – because of his continuing work on the side’s defence in recent weeks.“Our defence was good, especially down our end of the field,” Simmons said. “We held out for long periods and came up with good D when it mattered. We have been working on that and that’s down to Keiron who has been doing a great job improving that side of our game.“Crusaders came here with a good attitude and although we scored early you could tell we were in for a tough game. They responded well to that try and played good footy.“But we did enough to get through.”Saints welcomed back five players – Kyle Eastmond, Josh Perry, Andy Dixon, Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell – and Simmons was pleased to report all came through the match with no ill effects.“I thought all our returnees did well. Gasky started at stand-off but went to the wing when Ade got injured. He has experience there so it made sense to do that.“Kyle then went into 6 and combined well with Jonny.“Jonny didn’t just dip his toe in did he? He tackled really well and ran well too. It was a strong performance from all the boys that came in.“Ade Gardner doesn’t look too good though. It looks like he’s in trouble and his Achillies has gone. We need to wait for the scan and we will try to be positive but I think we won’t be seeing him for a long time. It’s a severe tear or a snap.”last_img read more

THE hard work continues for Saints Academy players

first_imgTHE hard work continues for Saints Academy players in preparation for their upcoming seasons.The under 18s and the under 20s were put through their paces at a cold and blustery Sherdley Park last weekend.As soon as the Christmas and New Year celebrations were over the lads were straight into the physically demanding combination of hill runs and other drills which have become part of the usual Saturday morning routine.Under the watchful eye of Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw, the lads were set a gruelling programme of hill runs and other sprints throughout the St Helens park.“The hill sessions have become an integral part of the lads pre-season training schedule,” he said “It is really tough for the boys and heavy on the legs, but all of the them are continuing to work hard and I’m sure all of this conditioning work will stand them in good stead for the long season in front of them.”The U20s League fixtures begin, just as the first team do, with an away trip to London Broncos on Saturday February 4.Before that they will face Oldham’s first team in a pre-season friendly at the Whitebank Stadium.The game will kick off at 8pm on Friday January 27.last_img read more

THE under 19s and 16s capped a superb treble winni

first_imgTHE under 19s and 16s capped a superb treble winning weekend for the Saints today.Derek Traynor’s 19s beat the auld enemy Wigan Warriors 44-24 whilst the under 16s hammered Warrington 54-8 on the road.This, of course, comes on the back of the first team’s 32-24 defeat of the Wolves on Thursday.Full match reports are now online – take a read and see how the future of the club is very bright indeed!#oursaintslast_img

They replace the suspended Matty Lees and Matty Co

first_imgThey replace the suspended Matty Lees and Matty Costello in the squad.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 23. Ben Barba.Steve McNamara will choose his Catalans’ 17 from:2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Iain Thornley, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Julian Bousquet, 16. Vincent Duport, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa, 31. Tony Gigot, 33. Josh Drinkwater.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee will be Robert Hicks.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052, or online here.last_img read more

Crusader Park in Thatto Health will host the derby

first_imgCrusader Park in Thatto Health will host the derby, which kicks off at 2pm.Saints are top of the table with three games remaining whilst the Warriors are hot on their heels in third, just two points behind.Entry for the game is £3.Saints Squad:Pip Birchall, Leah Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Faye Gaskin, Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Carys Marsh, Roxy Mura, Chloe Richardson, Rebecca Rotheram, Emily Rudge, Isabelle Rudge, Alex Simpson, Jade Ward, Naomi Williams, Vicky Whitfield.Table:POSTEAMPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1St Helens971127690186152Leeds9720344107237143Wigan861123692144134Castleford842223815484105Bradford9360214268-5466Featherstone9180150375-22527York808038410-3720last_img read more

Academy Reserves Match SAINTS TV

first_imgJosh Simm scored the opener on the last tackle as Ryan Horne spotted a gap down the short side jumping out of dummy half. He fed it to Sam Royle who made enough of a break to feed Simm who stepped inside the full back to stride under the sticks.From the restart the Saints marched down field again attacking the Thunder down the right on the last. This time a sharp cut-out pass under pressure from fullback Harvey McDaid put Tom Nisbett away. He took it to the full back before feeding captain Royle to go in for the second try.The Thunder had a glorious chance to reply, but knocked on over the line before opening their account with a try from dummy half through Oliver Gowing.Saints extended their lead on the half hour through a Jake Wingfield try. A last tackle grubber from Horne was taken in goal and a great kick chase from the Saints meant the full back remained there.Man of the Match Lewis Dodd went through the line fed it inside to Kye Siyani who in turn fed Wingfield to go under the posts after juggling with the ball.But the thunder scored twice in the final five minutes of the half to go in only two points behind thanks to tries from Jack Allen and Thomas Wilcox.Saints Head Coach Traynor brought Harry Brooks off the bench to stiffen up the middle and boy did he do so with the Thunder finding it much harder to go forward.A good run from his own line by Harvey McDaid coupled with drives from Jamie Pye and yet another from powerhouse winger John Hutchings put the Saints deep into Thunder territory.On the last the ball found its way to the impressive Dodd whose weaving run towards the centre of the field gave him the chance to step through a chink of a gap before taking on and beating the full back to the side of the posts.His fourth conversion gave the Saints an eight point cushion, but on the hour mark several Thunder offloads culminated in a try down the left before the game was finally made safe with two tries in a five minute period.On the last a fabulous grubber from Wingfield was grasped out of the air by Dodd again to score his second of the game under the posts. Dodd then showed his class, carving out an opportunity for Simm to put the game to bed.A pass from Siyani was swept up by Dodd who side-stepped inside three would be tacklers before committing the full back, getting a whack for his troubles, in the process of putting Simm away. With Dodd receiving treatment Simm converted.There was just time at the end for the hosts to score a last gasp consolation try but Saints were home and dry.Next up, a tasty derby vs Wigan Warriors at Robin Park Arena on Saturday, 2pm kick off.Newcastle Thunder U19’s:Team: Anthony Dyne; Jack Allen, Isaac Nokes, Sean Croston, Callum Piert; Fergus Simpson, Thomas Wilcox; Rory Nettleton (C), Oliver Gowing, James McGurk, Nathan Clemmitt, Malik Steele, Lewis Howe.Interchanges: Mark Roberts, Tyler Walton, Cai Ellis, George Robinson .Tries: Oliver Gowing (23), Jack Allen (35), Thomas Wilcox (38), George Robinson (59), Isaac Nokes (78).Goals: Anthony Dyne 2 from 5.Saints U19’s Team:Team: Harvey McDaid; Tom Nisbett, Josh Simm, Jumah Sambou, John Hutchings; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Keenan McDaid, Warren Smith, Lewis Baxter, Sam Royle (C), Jake Wingfield.Interchanges: Joe Sharratt, Harry Brooks, Zac Lee, Kye Siyani.Tries: Josh Simm (6 & 72), Sam Royle (9), Jake Wingfield (28), Lewis Dodd (52 & 67).Goals: Lewis Dodd 5 from 5, Josh Simm 1 from 1.HT: 16-18FT: 24-36last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgTeam News and Match Preview:It is 3rd vs 1st in the Betfred Super League and both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match.Head Coach Justin Holbrook believes  tonight’s clash will be another “massive challenge” and he has previewed the clash here.We also caught up with James Bentley who is expected to feature in at hooker tonight given the injury to Aaron Smith and ‘Bentos’ is enjoying life in the Saints first team.The Man in the middle:The referee for our clash with Hull FC will be Chris Kendall.Travelling to the KCOM Stadium:Address: Kingston Communications Stadium, West Park, Hull, HU3 6JU. For more information on how to get to the KCOM Stadium, click here. If you’re the designated driver, supporter parking is available on Walton Street car park adjacent to the stadium for £5 per vehicle.For a cheaper alternative, fans can also park at St. Stephen’s Shopping Centre on match nights for just £1, which is just a short 10-minute walk from the stadium via Londesbrough Street and the stadium footpaths.Turnstiles:The turnstiles open an hour before kick off so you can get into the ground early and find your seats. Toilets are also available on the concourses. Your tickets will include the relevant turnstile number that you can enter through and stewards will be on hand to guide you to your seats.Ticket Information:Tickets can also be bought on the gate at the KCOM Stadium Ticket Office, which is open until kick-off tonight and tickets are priced at £26 for adults, £23 for concessions and £12 for juniors.In the ground:There is plenty to look forward to at the ground, as well as 80-minutes of Super League action. The KCOM Stadium big screen will include fan pictures and tweets, as well as recent highlights and videos. Hull FC’s cheerleaders will be in action, as well as special pre-match build up before the teams come out!At half-time one fan will get the chance to take on the Black and Whites’ popular half-time challenge, ‘Boot It’, plus plenty more.Hot and cold food, snacks, drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available from the stadium concourses.How to follow the action:Supporters not making the trip to Hull can follow live score updates and behind-the-scenes coverage on our social media channels and minute by minute updates from 7:45pm here on Just head to the homepage and click on the match centre image.last_img read more

Former teacher of the year suspended NHSO investigating

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A former New Hanover County teacher of the year was arrested Friday night after reportedly crashing her car into three parked cars. Now she’s under investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office tells us deputies are looking into allegations that Laney High School teacher Meredith Kokoski had inappropriate relations with two students dating back to 2016.- Advertisement – A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman says Kokoski has been suspended pending a personnel investigation.The school system would not confirm if this was related to the sheriff’s investigation, but says Kokoski is being paid during her suspension.WWAY called a phone number for Kokoski for comment. She did not answer and has not returned the call.last_img read more