Fed-up San Francisco neighbors use rocks to block homeless

first_imgHomeFeaturedFed-up San Francisco neighbors use rocks to block homeless Oct. 02, 2019 at 6:00 amFeaturedHomelessnessNewsPoliticsFed-up San Francisco neighbors use rocks to block homelessAssociated Press2 years agoNo tags OLGA R. RODRIGUEZAssociated PressA group of San Francisco neighbors said they had to do something to make their street safe. Their answer? Some giant rocks.Fed up with what they see as the city’s failure to combat homelessness and rampant drug use, the neighbors had boulders delivered to their sidewalk to block people from pitching tents on their street.That started a fight that shows the frustration with an unprecedented homelessness crisis in California. Cities are struggling to address the lack of affordable housing and a growing number of homeless encampments that are popping up on city streets, sometimes in neighborhoods.“Everyone was so desperate that we decided to team up because this was not a tent or two with homeless people,” said John, a neighbor who spoke on the condition he only be identified by his first name because of threats residents have received over the boulders. “These were drug dealers in large tents, and people coming in and out, and people not feeling safe walking to their own home at night.”The boulders went up in an alley off Market Street, one of San Francisco’s major thoroughfares. They stopped people from putting up tents for a couple of weeks, until homeless advocates learned about them and rolled some into the street.The city stepped in because they posed a safety hazard, hoisting the giant rocks back onto the sidewalk. But the activists returned, pushing them onto the street again.The tug-of-war appears to have ended this week after neighbors asked the city to remove the rocks, saying they are being harassed with calls, emails and people shouting threats when they leave their homes.It shows the clash in California over how to curb a growing crisis. While residents want to protect themselves from drug dealing or other safety issues, advocates say there’s nowhere else for people to go who have been squeezed out by rising housing prices and income inequality.“I believe there has to be a better solution than blocking people from using a public sidewalk,” Greg Aherne, who was bringing sandwiches and hygiene kits to the homeless, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The rocks send the wrong message. But it shows how desperate people are.”Los Angeles also is struggling with homelessness, and the owner of a cultural center used a similar approach this summer by erecting massive planters to block people from camping around his building.The crisis also has triggered a new fight with President Donald Trump, who accused San Francisco and Los Angeles of failing to clean up waste, including needles, and blamed their liberal policies for the problem. He has said he would do something to fix it but didn’t offer specifics.The mayors of both cities have pushed back on his claims but have said they welcome his help if he contributes federal funding.In San Francisco, John said that in the last six months, neighbors started reporting dealers armed with knives and guns hiding drugs in planters outside their windows. Their street felt so unsafe that he and his wife would meet their guests at a grocery store nearby and walk them to their house, he said.John said about 40 neighbors chipped in to buy the boulders after calling the city and police dozens of times. He said they asked the city to remove the rocks after the harassment started.City workers removed the boulders Monday and are storing them while the neighbors decide what to do, Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said Tuesday.“Nobody wants drug dealers across the street from their homes, and the city has a responsibility to partner with neighbors to make sure they have a clean and safe neighborhood,” Nuru said.He said the neighbors did not have a permit for the boulders and agreed to work with the city in the future.Despite a $12.3 billion annual budget, San Francisco has long struggled to house homeless people and keep streets clean of human waste and needles, especially in districts with many people who are homeless or addicted to drugs.The city set up public toilets and announced formation of a team last year to clean up human waste. It says there are at least 1,000 people on a waiting list for shelter beds on any given day.In Los Angeles, figures released in June showed a 16% jump in its homeless population over the last year, to 36,300 people — the size of a small city.Peter Mozgo, who runs the Hungarian Cultural Center in downtown Los Angeles, had become so frustrated with losing business because of the rows of tents along the perimeter of the building that he set up about 140 planters on the sidewalk to prevent homeless people from camping.“We lost so much weddings because people don’t want to rent it anymore,” Mozgo told the Los Angeles Times.He didn’t return a message seeking comment Tuesday.share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWhat’s The Point – It’s domestic violence awareness month remembering Daniel CrespoSpa guests allegedly assaulted at hotelYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agolast_img read more

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How about a good game of Euchre?

first_img Long winter days and stormy summer nights were always a time when a deck of cards would come out of the drawer and those interested and maybe not so interested gathered around the kitchen table and passed the time by playing cards. There are literally hundreds of games that can be played and I know several, but the one that seemed to come to the front was Euchre. There are very few who don’t know how to play this fast-paced, quick-thinking game. .A quick overview of Euchre is that it is a game most commonly played with four people and two partners. The game is played with a deck of cards that consists of 24 cards with the winner getting to 10 points first. At home my parents, sister and brother played this game for hours. As the youngest, I had to challenge the winners and the losing team had to decide who was sitting out and who was the lucky one to get me as their partner. I learned the game at an early age and it was a fun way to pass the time. I also figured out that I had better learn quickly and play smart or my family wouldn’t allow me to play. It was not acceptable to make simple mistakes or lose.I played Euchre at neighbors’ homes and at friend’s places and when I was able to drive I played at “Old Man Adams Pool Hall.” Mr. Adams had card tables where Euchre was played for a dollar a game and a quarter on the Euchre and I played there a lot. There was another table where the stakes were higher but that was never really where I wanted to be. I never thought I was that good and I hate losing money. When my cousin Walt and I played bachelors for over five years we usually held a card night on Mondays and of course being more players than one table, we set up as many as three and played for a championship. This took all evening and the time passed by very fast.After I married, my wife (who had never played cards in her life) learned how to play games such as Hearts, Crazy Eights, 500 Rummy, and of course Euchre. She learned fast and became a pretty good Euchre player. We would go to friends’ homes on a Friday or Saturday and played cards until late at night, so as you can see I have always been interested in card playing.That is, until the last few years. I’m hearing more and more people saying, “I don’t know why but we just don’t play anymore.” What is interesting is that cards have been played forever and all over the world. From doing a little research, I see that the Midwest is the heart of serious card playing. But now with the TV having 500 channels, I-Pads, cell phones, tablets, and video games, the focus has moved off of what we always did and led us into a free-for-all land with no central goal of not only winning but being with others and having a great time.I still focus on Euchre as the most popular game in this area. When a person leaves the Midwest, they leave the people who know how to play and love the game. The dictionary says that Euchre is played in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and of course, Ohio. I bet if you were to go looking in your home you would still find at least one deck of cards and hopefully old habits never die.I know at our home we had several decks of cards. One deck was very worn and it was almost impossible to see the spots on them. That was Mom’s solitaire deck which she played with until they were worn out and then she would get another deck. Then there were two decks that we used when it was just our family playing on a rainy afternoon or a long winter’s evening. Mom also had a special deck that came in kind of a fancy package and had two decks with backs that were finished in a fancy attractive design. These were to be used for when company came to play and only then. Being caught with them out of the package was worthy of a harsh punishment. I know this first hand, a couple of times maybe.Playing cards has always meant to me an enjoyable time to be with family and friends. A person playing cards must be able to think fast and have good recall as to what cards had been played and psychology skills to figure out how your opponent was going to play. It occupied your time and your mind. I can remember a lot of good times and the people at the card table I had those times with. The cards held were insignificant, but the people were significant.I sit here thinking of when I played Euchre with my grandparents, my parents, our friends, our children, and hopefully in a few more years with our grandchildren. Just think about that. Five generations I will have had the pleasure of shuffling and dealing and laughing with over the same thing, something we all have in common and that was fun. A great time together and lots of winter weather passed by all at the same time. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if you dug out those cards and at least played a game of Hearts or something. This might sound crazy but turn off the TV or at least hit the pause button. It probably wouldn’t hurt.Rick Houser grew up on a farm near Moscow in Clermont County and loves to share stories about his youth and other topics. He may be reached at [email protected] How about a good game of Euchre?January 27, 2016Peoples DefenderColumns0 The Good Old Days – Rick Houser PreviousTHE PEOPLE’S DEFENDER SENIOR PROFILENextAdams County Library News Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Helen Mirren Visits in Costume, Fulfills Dying Boy’s Wish for Tea With Queen

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen the real Queen said she would not be able to meet ten-year-old Oliver Burton, a limo was arranged so the youngster could meet Dame Helen instead. The very ill boy’s wish came true because Mirren’s West End show features the actress playing the Queen. Oliver and his mother were given tickets and afterward invited backstage to visit her for tea. There was even a pair of corgi dogs and a butler who served them while Mirren remained in character the entire time. “She knighted him and told everyone that they had to call him Sir Oliver,” said his mum. “He had a brilliant day.”Oliver is facing his third battle with cancer and top of his bucket list was a visit to Buckingham Palace.(READ the story from the Daily Mail)Photo via FacebookAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Vermont governor announces $2.2 million in Community Development Program

first_imgJoined by community leaders and project organizers, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the award of $2.2 million in Vermont Community Development Program funding for affordable housing, economic development, and other local projects in six Vermont towns. Combined with other sources, these projects will leverage a total of $20.5 million in other public and private resources.   The grants awarded today are federally funded, with the money flowing to the state from the Community Development Block Grant Program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program is administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development with funding decisions recommended by a public board and finalized by Secretary Lawrence Miller.  ‘We have Vermont’s Congressional delegation to thank for ensuring funding for CDBG continues and making these important projects possible.  I offer my congratulations to the six municipalities and their partners selected for this round of grants,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘These grants address important issues facing our state and local communities: affordable housing, municipal projects, arts, and jobs.’ The awards announced today went to: Peru for $75,000, to make accessibility improvements to their municipal offices. Improvements include providing ADA parking, installing a new ramp at the front entry, code compliance doors and thresholds, renovating bathrooms for handicap accessibility, and improving access to common areas. Barre City for $353,500, as a subgrant to Central Vermont Community Land Trust to continue the Green Mountain Revolving Loan Fund, which provides rehabilitation loans and technical assistance to qualified low and moderate income homeowners in Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties. Saxtons River Village for $300,000, as a subgrant to Main Street Arts to improve building accessibility. The project will demolish a vacant building adjacent to the existing Main Street Arts site and build an addition to house an elevator, accessible bathroom, and ramp. Main Street Arts is a nonprofit community arts center providing art, theatre, music, and dance classes, concerts, cabarets, and performances. Shelburne for $1.25 million, as a deferred loan to Housing Vermont, Champlain Housing Trust and Cathedral Square Corporation to acquire and develop the Dwyer Property in Shelburne Village to construct 42 units of family rental housing, 36 units of senior rental housing and 5 single family homes. The 78 units of family and senior housing will be affordable to low and moderate income residents. St. Johnsbury for $200,000, to repair the slate roof of the historic Pomerleau Building, the former Railroad Depot, now utilized as Rural Community Transportation Depot, the Welcome Center, and future municipal offices. Newport City for $30,000, as a subgrant to Northeastern Vermont Development Association for the 2nd phase of planning for the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center, a combined food production, retail, distribution and education center, to be located in an unoccupied building on Main Street in Newport, VT.”Newport is pleased to accept the award of the $30,000 Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) planning grant to the City of Newport, on behalf of the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center,’ said Paul L Monette, Newport City Mayor. ‘This will allow the Tasting Center to proceed to the next level of the planning process helping bring the project closer to reality.’The Tasting Center will house several commercial producers including Eden Ice Cider, a pub/restaurant and part of the distribution operation of Green Mountain Farm to School making Newport a food hub. The Tasting Center will provide information about all Northeast Kingdom area producers, not just those with operations in the Tasting Center, with event and display programming showcasing wonderful products. ‘This planning grant is Phase Two of the project that was initially started with USDA Rural Development Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) funding of a feasibility study resulting in identification of downtown Newport as the best location in the Northeast Kingdom for the Tasting Center,’ said Patricia M Sears, Executive Director of Newport City Renaissance Corporation. Newport City Renaissance Corporation, a certified National Main Street® organization, is conducting Newport. Fresh by Nature. a marketing campaign linking Newport’s downtown restaurants with neighboring farms, promoting downtown Newport as a culinary destination. The Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center will be an important element in this program’s celebrations of the area’s natural assets.‘The Newport City Council is 100 percent behind this project knowing the great benefits it will bring to our downtown’s Main Street,’ said Mayor Monette. ‘The Tasting Center will be a great place for local Vermont producers to showcase their products. This is a win-win for Newport and its neighboring communities.” Governor’s office. City of Newport. 2.15.2012last_img read more

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The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

first_imgPinterest LinkedIn It’s a widely accepted fact that excessive drinking of alcohol is bad for one’s health. But what constitutes excessive drinking? According to a new report published today by the scientific journal Addiction, the answer to that question varies widely by country, and many countries don’t provide an answer.Researchers looked at 75 countries that might be expected to provide low-risk drinking guidelines and a definition of a ‘standard drink’. Only 37 countries (under 50%) did so, and their guidelines and ‘standard drink’ definitions were surprisingly inconsistent.The size of a standard drink varies by 250%, from a low of 8 g in Iceland and the United Kingdom to a high of 20 g in Austria. An 8 g drink is equivalent to 250 ml (8.45 US fluid ounces) of 4% beer, 76 ml (2.57 oz) of 13% wine, or 25 ml (0.85 oz) of 40% spirits. In the most conservative countries, low-risk consumption means drinking no more than 10 g of pure ethanol per day for women, 20 g for men.Want to drink more? In Chile, you can drink 56 g per day and still be a low-risk drinker.Got a reason to celebrate? In Australia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, and the UK, you are allowed to drink more on special occasions.Tired of the old double standard? In Australia, Grenada, Portugal, and South Africa, low-risk drinking guidelines are the same for women and men. The UK joins that list with its new guidelines.Co-author of the report Keith Humphreys says, “If you think your country should have a different definition of a standard drink or low-risk drinking, take heart – there’s probably another country that agrees with you.”The World Health Organization defines a standard drink as 10 g of pure ethanol, with both men and women advised not to exceed 2 standard drinks per day. Although the WHO’s definition of a standard drink is the one most often used, 50% of countries with drinking guidelines don’t use it. Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sharelast_img read more

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Counting the costs of the spending review cuts

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Boy, 13, who had heart transplant dies on 1st day of school

first_imgBoy, 13, who had heart transplant dies on 1st day of school GOSHEN, Ohio (AP) A 13-year-old boy who received a heart transplant months ago has died on the first day of school.WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports Peyton West died Thursday. His family says he was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and needed three open-heart surgeries before his fifth birthday. He had to have a transplant when his health deteriorated in March.Peyton’s father says he seemed fine Thursday. He smiled for a photo that morning before leaving their home in Goshen, about 31 miles northeast of Cincinnati.On the way to school, Peyton told his father he didn’t feel right. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. His family says they still don’t know what happened. Published: August 19, 2017 2:34 PM EDT SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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U-17 W/Cup: Spain and Brazil seal semi-final berth

first_imgFour semi-finalists have emerged at the ongoing 2017 U-17  holding in India. Brazil will on Wednesday 25 October face England while Mali lock horns with Spain at the semi-final of the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup in India.Spain and Brazil joined Mali and England in last four on Sunday after they ran out victorious in their respective quarter-final ties against Iran and Germany.La Rojita lived up to expectations by convincingly dispatching Team Melli, helped by one of the goals of the tournament from Sergio Gomez, which you can admire here.The blockbuster bout between Die Nationalmannschaft and A Seleção – two of the biggest names in world football and two heavyweights at this age group – did not disappoint either, serving up an engrossing, tight contest.There could only be one winner, however, and an inspired Paulinho proved the difference-maker, setting up his side’s first goal before scoring the second himself.Spain go on to face Mali in Navi Mumbai in the last four, while Brazil take on England in Guwahati.QUARTER-FINAL RESULTSMali 2 – 1 GhanaUSA 1 – 4 EnglandSpain 3 – 1 IranGermany 1 – 2 Brazillast_img read more

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Liverpool gild Van Dyke with a space contract

first_imgMore on the topicEngland’s almost certain new champions Liverpool are preparing a phenomenal contract for the leader of their defense Virgil van Dyke.Football Insider claims that the contract will be for 7 years, which is quite surprising, given that the Dutchman turns 29 next month.The material says that van Dyke will receive 200,000 pounds a week if he agrees to initial the new contract. The central defender’s current salary is £ 125,000 a week.Van Dyke has already played 113 games for the Merseysiders, and he must receive a £ 4 million bonus when he reaches level 150.As it is known, It became clear yesterday that the priority for Liverpool in the summer will not be star transfers, but the extension of the contracts of van Dyke and goalkeeper Alison.last_img

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Formula One is launching virtual series to overcome coronavirus

first_imgFormula One has announced intentions to launch a sim racing series to combat inactivity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Virtual Grand Prix Series will see a number of current F1 drivers compete on the F1 2019, joined by “a host of stars to be announced in due course.”Image credit: Formula OneRELATED: Supercars Championship to launch sim racing seriesStarting on March 22nd, the virtual edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix will take place in co-operation with tournament organiser Gfinity, where is looking to broadcast the race from its dedicated esports arena in London.Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports at Formula One, discussed the series launch in a release: “We are very pleased to be able to bring some light relief in the form of the F1 Esports Virtual GP, in these unpredictable times, as we hope to entertain fans missing the regular sporting action. With every major sports league in the world unable to compete, it is a great time to highlight the benefits of esports and the incredible skill that’s on show.”RELATED: NASCAR launches eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational SeriesFormula One is the third motorsport series to create dedicated sim racing events. NASCAR and the Supercars Championship have already confirmed the creation of similar events, with teams and drivers going head-to-head using iRacing’s platform for their respective competitions.Frank Sagnier, CEO of Codemasters, added: “We’re excited to be a part of the new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix Series. With sporting events currently on hold around the world, it’s great that the official F1 video game can help fill the void by bringing together an exciting line-up of talent to race online during the postponed race weekends. It’s going to be competitive, action-packed, and a lot of fun for everyone involved.”The initiative is set to end in May, in time for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but will be extended if further race weekends are postponed. Driver and talent lineups for the event have yet to be revealed.Esports Insider says: With other motorsport series creating sim racing events involving their drivers, it was only a matter of time before F1 did the same. McLaren driver Lando Norris was the highest-viewed streamer on Twitch when the Australian Grand Prix was postponed and with several other drivers likely to be involved, this event is a real chance to put sim racing and F1 esports on the map.Read The Esports Journallast_img read more

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