The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded more than £850, 000 to a project that will create a digital archive of the 40-year history of the disability arts movement.The Shape Arts project will catalogue more than 1,000 pieces of artwork, print and film footage created by disabled people since the birth of the movement in the 1970s, and make it available through an interactive website.David Hevey, project director of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), said the aim was to “preserve the unique heritage story of the disability arts movement, chronicling a time when disabled artists and their allies helped change society, helped change the law, and made great art while fighting the barriers they faced”. Among the significant moments in the movement likely to be included are protests by the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and the campaign to block ITV’s fund-raising Telethon, and the culture that came out of those actions.Others will include the London 2012 Paralympic Games – including actor and performer Mat Fraser drumming during Graeae’s performance of Ian Dury’s Spasticus Autisticus during the opening ceremony, and Jenny Sealey as co-artistic director – and the formation of the BBC Disability Programmes Unit.The project will include pop-up galleries across the UK; 100 new films featuring testimony from disabled artists, eye-witnesses and non-artists involved in the movement; and a national tour.NDACA will also tour a new documentary about the disability arts movement, which will be shown at mobile cinema screenings at locations such as museums, television studios and newspapers, from 2017. NDACA is also developing a physical archive of some of the most important and influential work that has come out of the disability arts movement, as well as conserving objects digitally.Organisations that have pledged to contribute work to the archive include Graeae, Shape, Zinc Arts, and major disabled artists such as Tanya Raabe and her Who’S WhO series of paintings (pictured, her portrait of Tony Heaton).Others include disabled activist Alan Holdsworth (also known as singer-songwriter Johnny Crescendo), who founded DAN and has pledged “a host of ephemera, tee-shirts and his unpublished autobiography”.The campaigning disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, NDACA’s patron, said: “This is exciting news and we are extremely pleased that HLF is funding the landmark National Disability Arts Collection and Archive.“In these testing times for disabled people – when disability hate crime is on the increase, assisted suicide pressures intensifying, and support services diminishing – there is no better time to show that great cultural revolution of the disability arts movement, which NDACA will record and which I am proud to have played a part in.”Shape had already secured a smaller grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help it develop the project.
A San Francisco conundrum: There’s a shortage of affordable rental units, but affordable rental units are not being built fast enough. Enter the in-law unit, long a popular asset in its many forms – from converted “murder-basement” garages that no person should live in but inevitably will because they have no other choices, to cute, private, bright little apartments tucked away at the top of or at the rear of a nice house. The city has been grappling with how to regulate this spectrum, and legislators have now agreed to allow for the addition of so-called “Accessory Dwelling Units” to existing buildings under certain conditions. The latter include stipulations on rent control in many cases and minimum square footage. The legislation also prohibits unit-adders from renting the new “awesome cute studio in a hip neighborhood!!!” on Airbnb because it prohibits short term rentals (though that hinges, of course, on the city’s ability to enforce). Having taken care of that, the city has moved on to the problem of navigating one of the smallest yet least accessible metropolitan areas anywhere. The solution is encapsulated in a 50-year plan. That’s right. In apparent recognition that our transit system is, um, in need of some attention, city thinkers are getting together to create this “Connect SF” plan by sometime in 2018. So, you know, if you’re planning on getting around between now and 2068, maybe get a bike or something. 0% Tags: Business • development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Snark aside, the good folks at MUNI do want your input on what works and what doesn’t (though whether that’s in relation to Connect SF or not is unclear). You can give feedback here, in multiple languages.And while the rental market is still tight and the housing market as a whole is still hot, and while predictions about a potential crash one way or another are still not really reliable, I do continue to read about how the condo market might be catching up to demand. This week’s example: the condo price index has gone negative, reports SocketSite. Plus more condos are for sale, while fewer are being sold. On crashes – we’ve talked before about that now (in?)famous New York Times piece about how people are almost eagerly anticipating a tech crash, so I was a little baffled by this Business Times story combining a few different sound bites from investors who say a tech payroll tax (which local techies are sort of all over the map on) would tank the local economy by driving tech elsewhere. The argument goes, California has one of the highest tax burdens on business anywhere, and taxing them more will make them go away. Okay, but… 1) some number of people would react to that statement with “good riddance,” and 2) if the highest taxes in the nation didn’t stop them from coming here to begin with, why do we expect them to leave if that margin is bumped up a little bit higher?And oh yeah, tech isn’t the only hustle in town. Here’s what’s going on in business turnover:Capp Street Crap has two scoops on local restaurant sales this week: Radish is for sale, along with the entire building, and a couple of blocks away, Osha Thai of molded butt chair fame is also for sale.It’s not all about closing though – local favorite La Taqueria is adding a new location, expanding to Turlock of all places.And while Nostra Spaghetteria is languishing over on one end of the Valencia corridor, more expensive pasta is on the way for the other end of Valencia.Other higher-end eats around the neighborhood: 22nd and Alabama now has a sushi joint with a prix fixe menu of $65 per person, and Central Kitchen is back from a brief hiatus. Remember how they closed to reinvent themselves as more unassuming? Well they’re open again, with a menu that includes duck ragu and beef tartare. The most unassuming thing I can find on that menu is that they included a potato dish under the “vegetables” category, a logic I apply to my nutrition habits more often than I should publicly admit.
Email Address The yearslong investigation was, as you’d surmise from the above detail, document- and data-heavy. But there were elements that would translate well to an Argo-like theatrical retelling. For example, after the city’s Office of Short-Term Rentals in 2016 flagged a number of the Lees’ properties, Valerie Lee and her attorney led city officials on walkthroughs of eight of her units. Per the City Attorney’s May filing, “Each of the eight properties inspected had been staged to appear as if a tenant lived there, but it was obvious that it was a ruse. Every apartment had the same staging: the same Costco food items scattered about, the same arrangement of dirty breakfast dishes in every kitchen sink, same personal products in each bathroom, same damp towels artfully draped over doors as though someone had recently showered, the same collection of shoes and clothes in closets, and same houseplants in each apartment.”The Lees were accused by the city of some 2,271 nights of illegal Airbnb rentals across 14 city residential properties — 439 Broderick, 1146 Fell, 1148 Fell, 1328 Fell, 1522 Fell, 1524 Fell, 1117 Leavenworth, 1119 Leavenworth, 1925 Lyon, 826 Masonic, 20 Natick and three in or near the Mission: 833 San Jose, 1362 Utah, and 1364 Utah.The $2.25 million settlement represents a sliver of the $30 million ceiling for the Lees’ voluminous tally of violations or the figure of $5.5 million plus fees proposed in May to remunerate the city for “well over 400 attorney hours, 250 paralegal hours, and 80 investigator hours unraveling Defendants’ scheme …”When asked for a comment, John Brown, the Lees’ attorney, said he could not speak at this time.“Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord who has been following the law, this is a victory,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “This outcome frees up more homes for long-term tenants and stops unfair competition in the marketplace. The serious financial penalty is an important deterrent. It sends a clear message to those looking to illegally profit off of San Francisco’s housing crisis: Don’t try it. We will catch you. But the most important part is that we preserved more than 45 housing units to be used as homes, not hotel rooms. We are fighting back against San Francisco’s housing crisis in every way possible.” A married couple who settled with the city after being nabbed running a chain of illegal Airbnb hotels — only to spend years fabricating an elaborate scheme to continue running those hotels — has settled again. Hours before a scheduled court appearance, Darren and Valerie Lee have formalized a deal with San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, agreeing to disgorge $2.25 million in penalties and no longer put any of their 17 properties on the short-term rental market — until at least 2025.The penalties imposed today are nearly 10 times higher than those levied in just 2016, after the Lees were popped for using the Ellis Act to clear out units and then flogging them on short-term rental websites. The couple, however, doubled down after pledging to go legit. A two-year city investigation revealed the Lees violated the terms of their deal more than 5,000 times in the first 11 months alone.The City Attorney charged that the couple “engaged friends and family to act as surrogates — to create host accounts on Airbnb and to short-term rent the properties.” In that 11-month window, upwards of $700,000 in “illicit profits” from running an Airbnb empire across 14 properties was funneled to the Lees, with greater than $50,000 more purportedly trickling into accounts created by “friends, family members, and associates.”All but one of the many Airbnb “host” accounts for the myriad properties ostensibly hosted by many different people were created via the same IP address. All of these accounts were likely created on the same computer. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter
Mission Kids Co-Op to hold its ceremonial groundbreaking for new preschool site Mission Kids Co-Op Preschool is holding its ceremonial groundbreaking for its permanent site at 969 Treat Ave. this afternoon at 5 p.m.At present, they share a space with a church and homeless shelter on South Van Ness Ave, in between 21st and 22nd Streets, which they have outgrown.Set to open in the fall of 2020, the new facility is an endeavor in “lessening the effects of displacement” in the Mission and surrounding neighborhoods. It will enable the co-op to increase its capacity from 50 to 100 kids. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter San Francisco’s Community Music Center on 454 Capp St. is hoping to raise $10,000 before the end of the fiscal year.Anyone who donates by June 30 will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize of four tickets to any regular season San Francisco Giants home game, pending availability.Founded in 1921, the community arts organization has awarded over $2 million in tuition assistance, serving more than 2,800 students of all ages, ethnicities and income levels.Donate here. The city’s Office of Early Care and Education provides subsidies to nearly 75 percent of the families who enroll at the childcare center, so low- and moderate-income families can avoid “exorbitant” fees on childcare, said Christina Maluenda Marchiel, co-director of Mission Kids.“We need to do more to make sure that families can afford to live in San Francisco and raise their children here,” said Mayor London Breed in a statement. “This means not only investing in our public education system, but also supporting important community organizations like Mission Kids so that parents have access to high-quality, affordable childcare.”Roxie Theater presents Hecho en México, a documentary seriesBeginning tonight and running through June 15, Roxie Theater will present its second edition of Hecho en México, a compilation of six documentaries that explore contemporary life in Mexico.Filmmakers are expected to attend the Q&A sessions. Individual tickets are $13, $10 for students. With a $60 pass, attendees can attend all six film screenings, as well as the filmmaker and special guest reception tomorrow.Mamacita will be the first film to screen tonight at 7 p.m. Directed by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano, the documentary tells the story of his extravagant 95-year-old grandmother’s life and the secrets she kept that affected five generations of a high society Mexican family.Buy your passes here or at the door.Falling from Glory art exhibition transforms former Curiosities space Where once there were toys, soon there will be knives; but for now, an art gallery, said Sean Quigley, founder of Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids.Before Bernal Cutlery relocates to what was formerly Curiosities, the 766 Valencia St. space will function as an art gallery.“Falling from Glory,” featuring the paintings and drawings of Nicole Rose Gelormino and Carlos Daniel Perez-Boza, aims to “explore the threshold between sacred and profane.”The free exhibit will run through July 11 on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.SFCASA receives grant to support foster youth A total of $1.28 million in grant funding from Battery Powered, a philanthropy program of the Battery SF, was allocated to six organizations that support vulnerable youth transitioning to adulthood in the Bay Area.As one of the grantees, San Francisco’s Court Appointment Special Advocates for Children, known as SFCASA, will use its $192,000 grant to continue empowering everyday citizens to advocate for foster children.“We are looking forward to the day when every child in foster care can be matched with a CASA volunteer,” said SFCASA Executive Director Renée Ezpinoza in a statement. “This grant will enable us to develop and launch our plan to get there.” San Francisco Public Library serving youth free lunch The San Francisco Public Library is serving free lunch to students ages 18 and under at the Main Library’s Children’s Center (101 Larkin St., second floor).Low-income children are more likely to face nutrient deficiencies during summer breaks.From Monday through Thursday, lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Friday, the lunch schedule is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.In partnership with the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, this program will continue through August 16.30-day notice for water system improvement project A water main installation project on 22nd Street between Hampshire and Fair Oaks Streets will impact the availability of parking beginning the week of July 8.Construction for the two new water pipes is estimated to last a year and-a-half, with parking only being affected on weekdays from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The existing pipelines are some of the oldest water delivery pipelines, built between the years 1870 to 1932, according to a notice released by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.Residents and businesses are encouraged to review posted signs during that time for exact work days, hours and locations.Community Music Center holding fundraiser to benefit program Email Address
ACTING Head Coach Mike Rush said he didn’t think Saints were too far away from Wigan on Friday.His side lost 28-10 to end a two game winning run and now must refocus in time for the Easter Monday trip to Castleford.“I didn’t think we were that far way,” he said. “At 12-10 we decided to run the ball instead of taking a shot at the penalty as we felt we had the momentum.“Then there was a decision by the referee on the half way line and that changed the game a little bit.”He continued: “We did suffer when Jonny Lomax left the field. You need ball players and a bit of push don’t you? It wouldn’t affect you if you had time to prepare beforehand but losing a key player part way through a game is difficult.“We don’t know how he is but it is a finger injury and will need to be assessed. Jon Wilkin has done his shoulder, but again, until it is assessed we won’t know the prognosis.”
A huge Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Thursday’s First Utility Super League tie with Huddersfield Giants.MATCH SPONSOR – Quick ReachQuick Reach are an innovative Powered Access Company with a wealth of experience in the plant industry. They offer an individual, honest and professional hire service and add the personal touch to business, talking common sense rather than the usual sales jargon.Their dedicated team have a vast amount of experience in this industry and will ensure that you have peace of mind – keeping you informed every step of the way.Their team have a wealth of knowledge of the hired platform industry and their main objective is to make sure you feel valued and supply only the best equipment which specifically suits your project. Quick Reach always has it covered, allowing you to get on with your day.Quick Reach are excited about talking to you about their extensive range of scissor lifts, booms and their fleet of new JCB Telehandlers from 7m to 17m.They can be contacted on Quick Reach – 0845 6022733 or visit their website www.quick-reach.co.uk MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSOR – Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon DecorKieras Occasions are proud to be this week’s Match Programme Sponsors and it will be their third time as sponsors here at Langtree Park this season.Kiera is a massive Saints fan who set up her business back in 2008 – firstly working from home until 2012 when she moved into her own shop on Greenfield Road. She is very proud to be supporting Saints as a local business again.Kieras Occasions is a locally based company that specialises in the very finest balloon décor and venue dressing. Whether it is weddings, christenings, birthdays or any special event they are sure to have what it takes to create an enjoyable and memorable day.To find out more visit their website at www.kierasoccasions.co.uk or call into her shop at 132 Greenfield Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6SH. Tel: 07955 600 101 / 0800 566 8415THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – North West PilingNorth West Piling are a local company situated at the Hoghton Road Business Centre.They specialise in all types of structural requirements including Piling, Groundwork, Underpinning, Foundations and more. They also have a project management service available if required. They are proud to say that all their work is carried out by their own staff and do not rely on the use of subcontractors to ensure that they maintain a high quality standard and 100% satisfaction is met.At North West Piling they are proud to be supporting their local team and even more so by sponsoring fan favourite Luke Walsh.To contact North West Piling Visit them at Hoghton Road Business Centre, St Helens, WA9 3HS or call 01744 813395 or 07549 731707
THE official launch of the eagerly anticipated 2016 season will take place on Saturday January 30 at New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds where fans will be able to enjoy an evening with Rugby League stars as they take part in Rugby League Rocks.Following the successful launch event in 2015 Rugby League Rocks makes its return with plenty of opportunities for fans to meet their heroes and watch them take part in numerous challenges and fun activities on the night which are sure to showcase the skills and personalities of many of the sport’s biggest stars.Earlier in the day there will be a free family fun day in the square at the Royal Armouries with fun inflatables and games for all ages and opportunities to meet and have photographs taken with the First Utility Super League trophy, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup trophy, players and mascots from a range of First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship and Kingstone Press League 1 clubs.To register your interest to attend the family event please go to www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukThe full entertainment line-up will be announced in due course including a top live music performance.Tickets for Rugby League Rocks at New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds on Saturday January 30 cost £10 and can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
KEIRON Cunningham has spoken of his delight at England call-ups for Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival.The duo were selected for the 24-man squad that will firstly take on France before facing New Zealand, Scotland and Australia.“I’m really happy for both Jonny and Mark on their selections to the England squad,” he said. “Jonny has been superb since he returned from his long layoff and for me is the best full back in the competition. He is at the hub of everything we do.“His commitment to his rehab and his professionalism is second to none and he thoroughly deserves his call up.“I thought Percy was one of the best centres in the comp up to his injury. Like Jonny he was very dedicated to his rehab and showed what he could do in our final two matches of the season.“It’s a good chance for both players to prove themselves at the highest level and I wish them all the best.”
IT’S time to be an Early Bird!Memberships for Saints’ 2017 Betfred Super League campaign are now on sale – and fans can save ££ on matchday walk-up prices if they buy before Christmas Day.For 2017, we have expanded your Strength In Numbers Membership scheme to include even more benefits.You will receive exclusive news plus Club and local partner discounts directly to your inbox as well as, naturally, all your Betfred Super League and Super 8s home games – up to 15 in total.It is the cheapest way to follow your Club – even more so as we have FROZEN all prices this year too.AND, one lucky member will win a trip to State of Origin in 2017.John Hill won the trip in 2016 and you can find out about his experiences here.Strength in Numbers Benefits:All your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership packagePriority match tickets for major games including finals (T&C’s apply)Your ticket reserved for additional major home games (World Club Series, Challenge Cup) which can be quickly and easily ordered online at our Ticket PortalExclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailExclusive news including new signings, via SMS before general releaseMembership access cardBring a friend for just £5 to a 2017 home match of your choice (excludes Wigan home games)Exclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your Membership – take a look at some of the offers we ran in 2016!50% off your 2017 Magic Weekend ticketExclusive invites to Member only events during 2017Access to our Member feedback channels to engage with the Club and give us your views and opinionsDiscounted away travel via Club Travel Partner Hattons TravelEntry into the Strength In Numbers Grand Draw – chance to win a trip of a lifetime to a 2017 State Of Origin match in Australia including flights and accommodationLog on to our Membership site at www.mysaintsmembership.com to find out how to buy or call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052.
Two early tries from Lachlan Coote and then Jonny Lomax’s 100th Saints try put us in control before a further three tries from Theo Fages and a Tommy Makinson double capped off a dominant first half display.Makinson secured his hat-trick in the second half and Lomax added a second try as Saints bounced back to winning ways with a 38-2 victory with Coote picking up four assists on a day when Sean Long waved goodbye.