July 2019

Keir Starmer delivered a 2000word speech and ans

first_imgKeir Starmer delivered a 2,000-word speech and answered the questions of Labour activists at the Fabian conference this morning. The frontbencher covered the failures of the Tory government during the Brexit negotiations and the next steps for Labour policy. Here’s what we learned…Labour will keep trying to force a general election.“Wednesday’s no confidence vote was just the beginning of Labour’s efforts to secure a general election – not the end,” Starmer said in his speech. “Securing a general election is – and always will be – our priority as it’s the only way to deliver the radical change this country needs.”After the government survived the no-confidence vote on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson did not rule out tabling another such motion at a later date, possibly before the Prime Minister has returned to parliament with a substantive ‘Plan B’ for Brexit.“Motions of confidence can happen more than once,” the spokesperson said earlier this week. This was confirmed again as the Labour leader’s line in his Hastings speech: “We will come back with [a motion of no-confidence] again if necessary.”Labour will keep its conference motion commitment.At Labour conference in September, the Brexit composite motion unanimously passed by delegates pledged: “If we cannot get a general election, Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote.”Following phase one (voting down Theresa May’s deal) and phase two (seeking an election), Starmer confirmed that we are now “at the third phase of our policy”. He went on to describe the key pledge about “all options remaining on the table” as “a very important commitment”.“It’s a commitment to you, our members and our movement. And it is one we will keep,” Starmer promised in his speech today.Four options have been ruled out: May’s deal, no deal, Canada model, hard Irish border.Starmer ruled out four options today. First, supporting the Prime Minister’s deal, “or any tweaked version of it that may materialise”. The Brexit spokesperson explained: “The deal is so flawed, it is so far from meeting our tests, and the parliamentary opposition to is so great that this can no longer be considered a credible option. A majority of 230 speaks for itself.”It is of some interest that he said “this can no longer be considered a credible option” – as if it were a credible option at one point. There had been rumours towards the end of 2018 that Labour could countenance backing a version of May’s deal, particularly as many argue (and Barry Gardiner has acknowledged) that only the non-legally-binding political declaration part of the divorce deal would need changing.Second, leaving without a deal. This one came as no surprise, as the entire parliamentary Labour Party agrees (apart from Kate Hoey). “No deal simply is not acceptable to us – it never has been. The damaging impact of no deal to people across the country is so profound that no one should be casual about it,” Starmer said.Third, the Canada model favoured by some Brexiteers in the Conservative Party. “A free-trade deal along the lines of CETA – the so-called Canada model – is not acceptable,” Starmer said. “A CETA-style deal would weaken workers’ rights, consumer and environmental standards. It wouldn’t protect supply chains which are vital for our manufacturing industry. And it wouldn’t prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.”Finally, any Brexit deal that lead to a hard Irish border.Two options remain: Labour’s alternative plan and a public vote.Starmer clearly set out that after ruling out all of the above, there are only two options for Labour: “1) Instructing the government to negotiate a close economic relationship with the EU” and “2) As our conference motion sets out, the option of a public vote”.The Shadow Brexit Secretary conceded that Labour’s alternative plan is “far from perfect” and “involves trade-offs and compromises”. He also acknowledged that the other option, a fresh EU referendum, has “significant support” among Labour members and some Labour MPs. He emphasised that this “has to be an option for Labour”.Responding to audience questions on a ‘people’s vote’, Starmer said: “We’re no longer in the position we were in two years ago. We’re asking a different question, which is how to crash out without a deal. In those circumstances, we have to consider the options laid out in my speech.”Starmer thinks we probably won’t leave the EU on 29th March.“We also need to recognise that – whichever of these options we pursue – the 29th March deadline looks increasingly unlikely to be met,” he said. Listing the pieces of legislation still needing MPs’ approval, Starmer concluded that Article 50 extension is “inevitable”.Asked whether the EU elections taking place this year would affect that extension, Starmer replied: “It’s a pretty open secret that the EU have at least discussed extending until 1st July.” European Labour Party leader Richard Corbett has similarly advised in the past that extension until July would be feasible without the need to hold European parliamentary elections in the UK in May.Starmer is interested in the idea of a Brexit citizens’ assembly.Last month, Neil Lawson of Compass called for a Brexit citizens’ assembly, whereby a representative sample of the public would make a recommendation on the outcome. The idea has since been supported by MPs including Lisa Nandy and Stella Creasy. Starmer revealed today that he is “a fan”, saying: “We’ve got to bring people back into these discussions, whether it’s through citizens’ assemblies or other means”.Keir Starmer reads LabourList.We already knew that. But he has now also quoted a LabourList piece in a key Brexit speech. He said:“But as Andrew Harrop pointed out in LabourList last weekend: “In this moment of national crisis, [Labour] has a responsibility not just to oppose but to offer a constructive path forward.” I agree. It’s now time for an open and frank debate about how we break the deadlock.”Tags:Fabian Society /Labour /Fabians /Keir Starmer /Brexit /#FEPSFAB19 /last_img read more

Developments in Development Earthshaking

first_imgThe other earth-shaking real estate and development topic du jour is, of course, SB35, which passed last week in a bid to get housing permitted faster. Our state legislature has now pulled the trigger on this hotly debated piece of legislation, and if Twitter is any indication, the governor is supportive. The idea is to force municipalities to approve housing developments as a matter of course, aiming to reduce or eliminate time-consuming hearings, appeals and other delays. The bill makes some key distinctions — the streamlining only goes into effect for the type of housing on which a municipality is not meeting its state-set goals. San Francisco is reaching its production goal of market-rate housing, so those projects won’t be streamlined, unless things change by the time it goes into effect Jan. 1. Affordable housing, however, we are far behind on, so buildings that include 100 percent below-market-rate housing will be streamlined by the bill. Supporters (it was championed by San Francisco’s own former D8 supervisor and state Senator Scott Wiener) cheered its goal of efficiently speeding up production of much-needed housing. Detractors are concerned that it will simply steamroll communities that have valid concerns about what’s being built in their neighborhoods, including parking, traffic impacts, design and affordability levels. If the city falls behind on its state goals on market-rate housing even by a hair, activists will lose a lot of their bargaining leverage there, too. In fact, quite a bit has happened at the state level recently — a $4 billion housing bond is going on the ballot that would create funding and fees on certain real estate transactions, which would go into the state’s housing coffers. Plus, as two affordability advocates write in the San Francisco Examiner, an adjustment was added to a bill that would have allowed the city to force projects using the state density bonus to still include the local (higher) portion of below-market-rate housing. The adjustment gives the state the power to decide whether or not San Francisco implements that bill — which advocates say effectively kills it.On the one hand, it does seem like it might be a little late to be thinking about how to build more housing (might have been nice to start 30 years ago or so). On the other hand, if these are the answers, they are welcome, because the bubble or boom or whatever you want to consider it is still hanging around:The most recent American Communities Survey (interim mini-census) shows that San Francisco is more crowded than it was last year, and generally a touch younger. And our annual median income is now officially six figures: We’ve surpassed $103,000 a year.Sure, rents have stagnated a little and slapdash luxury condos are selling for a little less, but this is still a city where an uninhabitable scorched heap of a building sells for more than $1 million. Or where a condo with exposed pipes for some bizarre reason running along the ceiling still appreciates in already somewhat nutty value over a few years.And, if you’re on a budget, staying under that elusive $1,500 line on monthly rent, you’ll likely be looking at barely more than 300 square feet of living space, RentCafé shows. Berlin is on that list of sought-after locations RentCafé studied, and offers comparatively palatial spaces for the same price — I wonder how, and if, that may change, now that a court has ruled the city’s rent-control law, really a little closer to a rent cap, unconstitutional.For all my talk this week about state initiatives, our local public figures been busy, too. SocketSite reports that Planning is asking the developer of the Mission Bernal plot where Cole Hardware used to stand (and may again) to take advantage of local density bonus laws and build higher than the allotted zoning. Curious to see how that one will play out, given that following this recommendation would mean the developers suddenly need to do all sorts of things they didn’t before, like include below-market-rate units and go through a public hearing.But that is small potatoes compared to the potential showdown that activist groups are apparently hoping to bring to the Mission District: Members of the Plaza 16 coalition, the avowed foe of the 1979 Mission Street project at 16th, went to the Planning Commission to request that the hearing for that project be held in the Mission. No word yet on whether or not Planning will facilitate this. The last big public meeting in the Mission for that project was, um, spirited. Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.With Mexico City still reeling — though working valiantly to recover — from the Sept. 19 earthquake, there’s been no shortage of local what-iffery. And I’m going to join in, because now is as good a time as any to grapple with the unpleasant possibility: We could be next. Aside from doing some personal preparation (If an earthquake hits, how will you make sure you have access to your medication, your important documents, cash, food, water? Do you know where you’ll meet your family members if you can’t call them? Do you have a basic plan? Check our series on disaster training). We have a few handicaps as a city when it comes to seismic activity. For example, a good portion of the city — and, yes, a good portion of the Mission — is built on soil that will essentially be quicksand if the big one hits. See, for example, this map. This is why the city is mandating seismic retrofits — though nearly 500 buildings have missed their retrofit deadline. last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Off Top Planning Imposters and Victorian gets a makeover

first_img 0% This, he said, will be great for business. When Off Top first opened last April, it did business out of the front corner of the space. It soon expanded to take up a whole front half of the store, which was apparently a smart move. “We doubled our sales,” Ramirez said, explaining that now they take in $6,000 to $10,000 a month in revenue. But when they move into the new space, with its higher visibility and more room to be creative, Ramirez is projecting the business will take in $20,000 a month. “Having restaurants and stores around will help us a lot,” he said. Their rent will also help. At their current spot, Ramirez said they were paying $1,700 to share the space, and soon they will only have to pay $1,300. He said he persistently spoke to the Mission Economic Development Agency about leasing the space. (Mission Local also rents space from MEDA.)  What’s more, he said, last year he and his business partner, Daniel Rayes, were paying the rent out of their pockets. “In November, it started paying for itself,” he said. Ramirez is no stranger to doing business. In a past life, he was a mortgage lender in Sacramento, but became disillusioned and moved to San Francisco. After living out of his car for a time, he opened his store in the Mission. Once the move is complete, he’s hoping to turn a real profit, he said. “It feels amazing,” he said. “My kid (business) can finally walk now.” Planning Department Imposters Fake Planning Department notes went up around the site of a proposed three-story, 12-unit housing project at 25th Street and San Jose Avenue. The Planning Department was not happy. The note, complete with Planning Department letterhead, reads: Dear Neighbor: An outside group wants to demolish the Victorian at 350 San Jose Ave … so they can erect a huge building (condos) with an additional 3rd Floor featuring a 4-BR penthouse $$$ with balconies overlooking Juri Commons Park. This will dramatically change your park & your neighborhood. Please contact Megan at SF Planning Dept. today to oppose their plans before it gains any traction or city approval. Thank you. Of course, the Planning Department was less-than-thrilled. Megan Caplin, the planner for the project, sent out a letter shortly after false notes went up, notifying neighbors that the letters were indeed a hoax. “We are alarmed by this falsification of official materials and are disappointed by the author’s attempt to mislead neighbors,” the note reads. Caplin urged neighbors — and the imposters — to contact her with any questions or concerns. Moreover, on Tuesday, an environmental review was filed for the project. In an email, a neighbor named Edward Stiel said he supported the environmental review, citing a shadow that would be cast over Juri Commons Park, not enough off-street parking spaces, and the density of the project being out of scale with the neighborhood. The project would indeed double in height — from 21-feet-tall to 40-feet-tall, per the proposal. It will include four parking spaces total, with 12 bicycle spots. Stiel said he did not know who the note impersonators were. House transformed for the indie movieA Victorian on South Van Ness between 20th and 21st is going through some transformations, albeit temporary ones. Over the month of May, a film crew will be shooting part of a movie called The Last Black Man in San Francisco in the Mission, and in particular at the Victorian (where, full disclosure, this reporter lives.) The front of the house has a completely new look: set crews erected walls composed of wood and painted to look like stone. The wall is overlaid with real and fake vines. One of the designers explained all the hullabaloo. “We wanted to mask the garage to make it look like an original Victorian from top to bottom,” the designer said, explaining that Victorians originally did not come with garages. The film follows a young man who occupies and tries to renovate a house his grandfather built in San Francisco. The movie is primarily being shot in Hunters Point, but the Mission is also getting its fair share of screen time.Fake walls and vines at the Victorian on S. Van Ness. Photo by Julian Mark.Creativity Explored, Mind PlaceJoin Creativity Explored, a studio and art gallery for artists with developmental disabilities, for its opening reception of Mind Place on Thursday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through July 12, explores the “psychology of place.” It will feature artistic depictions that lead “the viewer on a journey to ethereal environments that are physical, yet based on the mind.” The artists: Ian Adams, Jay Herndon, Camille Holvoet, Laron Bickerstaff, Kathy Wen, and Marilyn Wong. Curated by Visual Arts Instructor Leeza Doreian.Orange Moon by Marilyn Wong. Off Top is growing up The Mission-based cap designer Off Top is growing fast – so much so that it’s finally getting its own space on the corner of 19th and Mission streets June 1. Co-owner Armando Ramirez, 29, said the move will allow the one-year-old cap-embroidery business to focus on its own branding. Right now, he shares a space with a hair salon on Mission Street, closer to 20th. “Here, it feels like we have roommates — we share the vibes,” he said. “It’s great and I love it, but our own space will give us our own home and atmosphere.” center_img Tags: mission street • San Francisco Planning Department Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS half-back Jonny Lomax has been ruled out of England’s Gillette Four Nations squad on medical grounds.The 21-year-old, who was named in Steve McNamara’s initial squad on Monday, has torn ankle ligaments sustained in the weekend’s Engage Super League Grand Final defeat to Leeds Rhinos. Lomax will now require surgery.Leeds Rhinos stand-off Danny McGuire has been called into the squad and will report, along with the rest of the players, to England’s training camp in Loughborough on Wednesday.England start their Gillette Four Nations campaign on Saturday October 29 when they take on Wales at Leigh Sports Village (2.30pm) with tickets priced at just £10 adults and £5 concessions.The tournament moves to Wembley Stadium on Saturday November 5 when Wales face New Zealand at 1pm before England clash with Australia at 3.30pm.England’s remaining game against New Zealand will be played at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday November 12 (6pm) and tickets are priced from £20 adult and £10 concession.The 2011 Gillette Four Nations final will be played at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday November 19 (6pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

first_imgHATTON’S Travel, our official coach provider and sponsor of the Sponsor’s Lounge at Langtree Park, is running a great trip to the Saints v Catalan match in August.For just £379*, you can enjoy a six-day trip to one of the highlights of the season.Anyone who has visited Catalan knows what a special experience it is and Hatton’s Travel’s package takes in the best the region has to offer.It includes:Trip runs from July 31 – August 5 2013B&B Overnight accommodation outbound & return in Southern ParisThree Nights Bed & Breakfast at the Ibis Perpignan CentreTransport to Game on Saturday 3 AugustTickets for game NOT includedTo find out more call Hatton’s Travel on 01744 811 818 or log on to www.hattonstravel.co.uk*this doesn’t include your match ticketlast_img read more

Wilmington man accused of secretly recording young girl

first_imgBernardo Garcia-Robles (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is in jail accused of secretly recording a young girl.48-year old Bernardo Garcia-Robles is charged with two counts of secret peeping and indecent liberties with a child.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say a 911 caller said Garcia-Robles was recording video of the child.Police arrested Garcia-Robles in the 5700 block of Market Street.He is in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a 100,000 dollar bond.last_img read more

Public library breaks ground for future Pine Valley location

first_img The new library will serve more than 100,000 residents who live in a five-mile radius of the location.Construction will begin and is expected to be complete in early 2019.The library will replace the existing Myrtle Grove library and will offer additional parking and expanded space for learningresources, library programs and services, and community meetings. 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) — In order to help service more people in the community and make reading more accessible a new library is coming soon.The New Hanover County Public Library broke ground on the future Pine Valley library.- Advertisement – last_img read more

BBT identifies cause of outage as customers left frustrated

first_imgThe bank did not provide an estimate on when services would be back up and running. For people here in the Cape Fear, the service outage changed plans they had.“We got paid today, so I’m like ‘OK, well I’m going to go pull out some money for laundry and then get something to eat, so we can do our errands today.” And it said insufficient funds. So I’m like that’s a bad feeling because I know we got paid today and puts me in a bind cause we got stuff that we gotta do today,” BB&T customer, Joye Smith, said.Related Article: Amazon offers to help employees start delivery businessBB&T first reported the issue on its Twitter feed yesterday evening.At this time, many of our services are unavailable, including digital banking, Phone24, and ATM. Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to restore your services. We will continue to provide updates here and on https://t.co/mww5FRNlBb.— BB&T (@BBT) February 22, 2018BB&T says it operates more than 2,000 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, DC. The said it does not believe a cyber-attack caused the problem. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — BB&T customers face a second day of frustrations as the Winston-Salem-based bank says many of its services remain offline.Just after 9 a.m. the bank posted an update on its Facebook page says the issue was caused by an equipment malfunction in a data center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Area hotels filled with Florence evacuees

first_img00:00 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 LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Hotels that stayed open in our area are full of coastal residents escaping the hurricane. Some are even completely full.Residents share how fearful they are of what is yet to come with Florence. Many are worried that they may not have a home to go back to.- Advertisement – “You know, it was a Category 4 for awhile, then a 3, and we just don’t want to take any chances. Human life is more important than material things,” Mark Campbell of Carolina Beach said. “We’ve met a lot of nice people here who are in the same situation that we’re in, so it’s kind of comforting to know that we’re not in it alone.”“We’re just hoping that everything is in tact when we return,” Oak Island resident Maryanna Dunn said. “And we just built the house two years ago. So it is on stilts. It’s 19 feet high up. So who knows?”Dunn says they were lucky to get one of four rooms at the Best Western in Leland that accepts pets. She says the hotel has been kind enough to let more people bring their pets for an extra fee.last_img read more

Columbus County recovery update new food distribution sites shelter info

first_imgFlooding in Columbus County (Photo: Viewer submitted) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Florida Baptist Association has set up a post in Columbus County to assist residents.  At this time, they are assisting with clean up, cutting and removing downed trees, and installing tarps.If you need assistance with any of the above mentioned items, please contact (904) 253-0502.- Advertisement – Distribution sites have been established at the below locations.  These sites have MREs, (ready to eat meals), water, and tarps available for Columbus County residents in need.  The NC Forest Service and the National Guard are at each location to assist with distribution.  Distribution hours will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.The site locations are subject to change depending on community needs.Bolton Fire DepartmentBrunswick Fire DepartmentChadbourn Fire DepartmentEvergreen Fire DepartmentFair Bluff at the old auto parts storeHallsboro Fire DepartmentLake Waccamaw at the BB&T located in the Hills PlazaNorth Whiteville Fire DepartmentTabor City Fire DepartmentWhite Marsh/Welches Creek Fire DepartmentWilliams Township Fire DepartmentThe Columbus Baptist Association has a distribution site set up at the Barefoot Church/ old Big Lots building located 20 Whiteville Plaza in Whiteville.Related Article: More money heading to NC fishermen harmed by FlorenceDistribution of donated items began at noon on Thursday and will last until all items are passed out.  The available items are non-perishable food items, water, and cleaning supplies.  Additional resources will be arriving later.As a result, distribution will begin again Friday at 8:30 a.m. until all supplies are distributed.The shelter at East Columbus has reopened to serve those in need in the Eastern portion of the county.  The shelter at Guideway Elementary School has closed.  Edgewood Elementary School, South Columbus High School, and West Columbus High School shelters are open.Waste Industries will resume normal trash collection services today, Thursday, September 20, 2018.The Columbus County Transfer Station opened today at 7:30 am.  They will close today at 4:00 pm.  All storm debris and construction/demolition materials must be taken to the Columbus County Transfer Station.  Household trash will be accepted at this location until Thursday, September 27, 2018.last_img read more