first_img 0% She’s at home in that creative process. At university in Finland, her home country, Salonen studied how to ideally structure team-driven design projects. She examined the effects of having diverse viewpoints present, letting members claim ownership for ideas instead of attributing them to the group as a whole, and a bevy of other factors. Today, she applies that knowledge to her work in San Francisco’s tech industry.In Salonen’s field of Service Design, the best collaborative work happens when each member shifts a group’s direction a little, and they limit their personal expectations about what the final product should look like.“We have to embrace the whole process and where that’s going to take us,” she said. “And that’s how, in my opinion, you might discover something that you never knew existed, which is amazing.”Salonen came to the Mission District in early 2013. It was grittier, then. “When I first moved here, seeing all the homeless people in the Mission was really shocking.” Perhaps equally unsettling, she said, was that “over time, I got used to it.”She quickly came to appreciate the neighborhood’s dynamism and variety. “What makes the Mission interesting to me is this mixture of things. There are so-called hipster things, like Mission Chinese — and there’s Latino culture” and other markers of yesteryear, represented by some of her favorite haunts, like Taqueria Guadalajara on 24th Street or nearby dive bar The Phone Booth.Like others whom Mission Local interviewed for the 2015 version of its MyMission Zine, Salonen remarked on the Mission District’s utility. The mundane necessities of urban living — shopping for groceries, doing laundry or just getting out of the apartment for an afternoon — can seem daunting in a city where most activities are expensive, and whose 47 named hills can make it laborious to run errands on a bike. But in the dense Mission District, plenty is within walking distance.“I don’t have to leave the Mission. Everything’s here. I love it,” Salonen said. She buys almost all her clothes at Buffalo Exchange on Valencia Street, or the other little boutiques in the area. “They’re close by. And they make cool stuff. And I like the fact that some of the clothes in the boutiques are actually made in San Francisco. I really enjoy buying local.”But no one can say whether the neighborhood will look the same in years to come.This November, city voters shot down the so-called Mission Moratorium, a ballot measure intended to temporarily stall market-rate housing construction so that city officials and community members could figure out how to build more affordable housing in the Mission District, potentially staving off gentrification. If it had passed, the measure would have paused two massive, much-maligned housing projects: the “Monster in the Mission” and the “Beast on Bryant.” But now, they’ll continue.Voters meanwhile approved a housing bond that will set aside $50 million specifically for building or repairing affordable housing in the neighborhood, as well as a fund for helping longtime businesses continue operating despite rising commercial rents.Salonen is wistful about the prospect of losing the neighborhood she originally moved to. But years in collaborative-design settings have taught her not to hold on to her own notion of what’s best.“I can’t cling to that,” she said. “Nothing’s forever.” This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are included in the new MyMission Zine, which you can buy here. The contemporary dance class at ODC Theater lets Essi Salonen tap into her many passions.Under the guidance of teacher Christine Cali, Salonen and her classmates spend each session choreographing an original contemporary dance from scratch for later performance.“Every time we step into the classroom, we don’t know what we’re going to do,” Salonen said.center_img Tags: my mission Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgAt a meeting Monday night, service providers for the city’s Latino and immigrant populations said fear of deportation and family de-stabilization have risen while the resources to deal with both have diminished. “Our attorneys are doing quasi-social work,” said Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, executive director of the Mission-based Central American Resource Center or CARECEN, a nonprofit that provides immigration legal services to low-income Latino immigrants.“We started a fund solely for client emergency needs… because we needed to put cash in their hands,” she said at a hearing in front of the 15-member Immigration Rights Commission that advises the city’s mayor and board of supervisors on issues and policies related to immigrants who live and work in San Francisco. On Monday, the commission was joined by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts at 2868 Mission St. for a hearing that drew about 40 people. Celine Kennelly, the commission’s chair, called the Mission District “the hot bed of the current immigration debate.”While the hearing’s purpose was to collect testimonies about quality of life issues experienced by those affected by federal and local policies on immigration, testimonials during public comment came largely from service providers. They underscored the lack of federal funding, which has been exacerbated by a housing and displacement crisis locally.Unable to work and pay rent, many of those awaiting their immigration proceedings have become homeless or unstable in the process, Dugan-Cuadra said.“We had about five families sign voluntary departure forms even though they had legitimate cases that they could have won,” she said. “But because of the economic pressures…they were completely overwhelmed and they felt that if the journey north was difficult, the journey of going through the immigration court  in San Francisco was far more difficult.”Many Latino families who have expanded to District 10 – encompassing the Potrero, Bayview Hunters Point and Visitation Valley– are living “largely isolated and underserved,” said Monica Chinchilla, on behalf of the Mission Neighborhood Center. Chinchilla advocated for more resources and “culturally competent” services to be allocated in those neighborhoods.A growing wealth gap has not only displaced the clients of Latino and immigrant-serving organizations, but has also taken a toll on staffing levels and the quality of services provided.“Barriers to our legal services include access to mental health care providers who are bilingual,” said Dugan-Cuadra. “The housing and economics of the city are affecting how well we are able to respond. Our professionals cannot afford to live in San Francisco.”Dugan-Cuadra said that CARACEN recently advocated for supplemental funding from the city – which was approved by the mayor.  It will mean the hiring of 22 full-time immigration attorneys for 15 nonprofit organizations by July 1. The initiative will expand CARACEN’s capacity to represent immigrants involved in 800 active cases in the San Francisco Immigration court and expand representation to those already detained as a result of raids.The caseload is overwhelming. In the last two and a half years, only 100 of a total of 400 cases contracted to CARACEN have been successfully resolved. The rest remain tied up in court.“We have not lost a single case, which essentially means that the speed with which the court is making decisions is slow,” Dugan-Cuadra said.Latino immigrant families not only in the Mission, but elsewhere in the city, are in need of mental health services and increased access to resources, said Chinchilla. “They not only have burden of dealing with plight of their immigration status but also of dealing with community violence – many there have lost children due to gang violence,” said Chinchilla. “They are dealing with the trauma of death and of displacement.”Dr. Estella Garcia, executive director of the Instituto Familiar de la Raza, also spoke to a need for additional and more accessible mental health services in Latino and immigrant families.  “We are seeing families not living together anymore. We are seeing children who have a lot of distress over economic issues, housing insecurity issues, and most recently the aggression from our government around immigrant rights and population,” said Garcia.In an effort to carve out additional funding from the city, Garcia urged the commissioners to review a report crafted by the coalition, which has also been submitted to Mayor Ed Lee.“What we need is more resources to be able to serve our families more and respond more rapidly to them,” said Garcia. Although Ronen left the hearing early, the Mission’s supervisor discussed some of her plans for ensuring the wellbeing of and economic opportunities for the Latino, immigrant and other vulnerable communities in her district.  Among the list of commitments was building more affordable housing units to help counteract the housing crisis. “If we don’t build housing that normal people … can afford, then we are going to continue to transform as a city and we won’t be the special place that we all love,” said Ronen. Ronen also said that her office has responded to the federal government’s immigration policies by advocating for more community-based immigration lawyers and the addition of attorney to the Public Defender’s office lawyers to specifically represent individuals detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We have one of most prepared communities of any city in the United States to fight back if the federal [government] ever decided to do enforcement actions in our community,” she said. 0%center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • immigrants • immigration • Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts • nonprofits Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have revised their 19-man squad for their First Utility Super League Round 10 match with Widnes Vikings.Jonny Lomax, Luke Walsh, James Roby, Alex Walmsley and Greg Richards all miss out from the team that faced Wigan on Friday whilst Matty Fozard and Lewis Galbraith have been promoted from the Academy.Jordan Turner, Mark Flanagan and Lewis Charnock have also been withdrawn with Sia Soliola, Paul Wellens and James Tilley now included.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 24. Gary Wheeler, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand, 30. Carl Forster, 31. James Tilley, 33. Andre Savelio, 36. Matty Fozard, 37. Lewis Galbraith.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes side from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Jack Owens, 3. Cameron Phelps, 6. Kevin Brown, 10. Ben Kavanagh, 11. Dave Allen, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Chris Dean, 15. Lloyd White, 16. Willie Isa, 17. Danny Galea, 18. Paul Johnson, 19. Adam Lawton, 20. Paddy Flynn, 21. Danny Craven, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard, 28. Grant Gore.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be James Child.Tickets will be on sale from Widnes on the day, but we have now run out of junior season ticket holder swaps. They must contact Widnes’ Ticket Office for further information.last_img read more

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says his charges are confident heading into Friday’s derby with Wigan.Saints face the Warriors for the second time in anger this season – and the club’s head coach believes these games are easy to get up for.“My job is probably a bit easier this week,” he said. “The players probably only need a little bit of guidance and encouragement during the week and in the game but they will be motivated.“These games look after themselves and we are excited about playing Wigan.“They have been playing well and I didn’t read anything into their loss in France. It is a difficult place to play and then when you add the travel and heat then sometimes things don’t work out right and the result gets away from you.“But I knew they would come out and beat Leeds and then they were great against Huddersfield. They are in a rich vein of form and I’d like to think we are too.“Wigan have that stability because they are injury free but we are more than confident going into the game.”Saints lost Tommy Makinson for a prolonged period of time after he broke his leg in the Salford match whilst a decision on James Roby will be taken after he sees a specialist on a dislocated finger.Josh Jones and Luke Thompson both suffered knocks in the game – but they should be ok to return.He continued: “It was job done at Salford and we had to come through a lot of adversity to get the points. We have been through that a lot over the last few years.“Tommy’s injury isn’t season ending; it is a clean break, not a big one with some ligament damage and we’re confident he will be back well before the end of the season.“He has been the form winger in the comp and if he would have carried on he would have got an England call up. I don’t think it will be too late when he comes back to regain that faith from Steve McNamara and get that shirt on.“Matty Dawson will slot in there and we have full confidence in him.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was understandably pleased with his side’s performance as they beat Leeds 32-18 at Headingley – ending a run of four defeats.“It wasn’t the best we have been with the ball,” he said. “There is a lot of improvement in our attack but defensively I was really happy with our intent from minute one. You saw that at the start of the game and we forced a few errors.“We have been in a dark place in the last four weeks. The break did us good, we came back, did some hard work and I’d like to think we would kick on from here.“Defence wins games and we forced a lot of errors from Leeds and put them in a bad spot on a number of occasions.“We haven’t competed in the arm wrestle long enough in recent weeks but you could see us kicking early from quick rucks and challenging Leeds to return the ball. Luke Walsh was phenomenal and led a great pack. Jon Wilkin was great too and Alex Walmsley just gets better every week.”He continued: “It’s always tough to come here. Leeds are on the back of a cup win, their emotion as high and they have been talking about what they wanted to do after the Cup Final. But we were determined too. We had good focus in training and it showed.“Getting Wilko back gave the team so much. People asked why I made him Captain – well you saw that when he was missing. You could see the leadership he gave the team and the calmness tonight in heated situations.“We have changed the way we play slightly and it seems to be suiting us. It’s not like last year though, I’d prefer to keep my halves on the field and Wilko. Last year is gone, the fairy tale is never going to happen again like that.“It’s a results based industry and a few people have thrown some snide digs in and kicked us when we are down.“We have a lot of togetherness as the minute and are in this run together. We like the idea we have been written off.”Cunningham confirmed that Mose Masoe missed the game because he has been carrying a leg injury.last_img read more

first_img Charlotte Atkins works at Morris Caribbean Publications , WWAY’s sister company.A lot of people are still living in damaged homes, without power, and many without water. Our corporate office has established the Morris Hurricane Relief Fund, through the North Georgia Community Foundation.Your tax-deductible donations will be used to provide things like tarps, clothing, bedding, and water. Eventually the goal is to provide generators and possibly portable solar solutions, because residents are expected to be without power for months to come.Related Article: Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victimsIf you’d like to donate, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Earlier this week, we introduced you to a woman who worked as a publisher in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She temporarily relocated to Wilmington because of all the damage that remains from Hurricane Irma.Now, there’s a way to help her and others like her.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The license plate agency on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington is closing at the end of January because the current contractor is retiring.Now the North Carolina DMV is searching for a new contractor to operate an agency in New Hanover County.- Advertisement – The DMV is accepting applications until November 9.The applications are located on the Connect NCDOT website.License plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags, and duplicate registrations. Currently, 124 license plate agencies operate across the state.Related Article: Carolina Beach Road Streetscape project design funds approved by city leaderslast_img read more

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After 30 hours of hard work, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity has built its 195th home.This is what the site looked like on Wednesday when the structure of the home had been laid out.- Advertisement – The official building began yesterday morning at 7 a.m.Most of the work was completed by Friday afternoon.The homeowner said crews plan to come out next week to add some finishing touches, like putting up blinds and working on the driveway.last_img

first_img The paddleboard shop owner said he has been leasing the building along the Intracoastal Waterway for six years.Now, he said they have to find a new home. The search has had it’s share of rough waters.“There’s just not a lot of commercial space down here for rent that is good for a paddleboard shop,” Colclough said.Related Article: Walmart expanding pickup tower service in Cape FearFrom what Colclough tells us, the board at Crocker’s Landing, who owns the building wants to move on to a new tenant.“I have seen Jason come home the past several months and he’s been just beyond stressed out, worn out, frustrated. There’s just not much available as far as commercial property in this area, so and as a last resort we’re having to move everything to the warehouse and figure things out from there, Carolina Paddleboard Company volunteer Lama Tajeldin said.Even though they are worried about the future of the business, staying positive is a must.“I think at the end of the day ya know we’re going to do the best we can for now and we’re going to try and regroup and reboot for the spring,”Colclough said.The shop will not be closing and will operate out of the warehouse location for now.WWAY reached out to the president of Crocker’s Landing board and have not heard back yet.The paddleboard shop has to be out of the location off of Airlie Road by Tuesday. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  One paddle board company is moving after more than six years in the same location.“It’s kind of a labor of love. I enjoy getting people out and exposing them to maybe things they wouldn’t have been exposed to before,” Carolina Paddleboard Company owner Jason Colclough said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img The three-hour seminar will discuss ways to protect your business, your employees, your customers and yourself. The first is session is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The second session is 2 to 5 p.m.Certified trainers will discuss the ALICE method, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and take questions.Business owners from the Wilmington area and beyond are all welcome to attend.Related Article: Reward increased for info leading to homicide suspect’s arrestRegistration is completely free; however it is required. There is a limit of two people per business and a cap of 100 people per session. Registration closes June 10.To register, click here.To learn more about Wilmington Police Department, click here. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Keeping your business safe from the worst-case scenario. That’s the goal from an upcoming seminar hosted by Wilmington Police.The department is hosting two sessions of their Business Security Seminar on Tuesday to make sure you have a plan if an active shooter or violent intruder entered your business.- Advertisement – last_img read more