In First PostElection Interview Hillary Ronen Talks Trump and SF Mission

first_imgOn election night, she was a mixture of ecstatic and horrified — she beat her main opponent, Joshua Arce, 57 to 30 percent, but as the results came in it was also clear that Donald Trump would win the presidency. In an interview conducted on Tuesday, Ronen spoke about her thoughts going into local governance under a Trump administration and the host of issues she will face as the new representative of the Mission District, Bernal Heights, and the Portola.This interview has been edited and shortened for print. Hillary Ronen, a former immigrant rights attorney in the Mission District and the legislative aide of Supervisor David Campos, will become his replacement in January when she’s sworn into office after handedly winning her supervisor’s race. 0% Joe Rivano Barros: What do you think about San Francisco governance going forward in the age of Trump and what you as a supervisor will be able to do to ensure that it remains a sanctuary city?Hillary Ronen: I think that the role of local governments is gonna be more important than ever. I think that what we’re not going to see from our federal government — protecting our environment, making sure that healthcare is a right for all Americans, protecting immigrants and valuing their contributions to our country, making sure that there’s quality public education for every single child — all of these issues that we hold dear in San Francisco, we’re not going to be able to look to the federal government during the next four years for progressive action.My role on the Board of Supervisors has become more important than I had imagined. I’m very interested in looking to form relationships with other progressive local officials throughout the country so that as much as possible we can coordinate to come up with responses [to Trump] and introduce those at the same time so that it will be harder for the federal government to stop progressive policies. JRB: Can you talk about your feelings [on election night] and going into your new role with this new federal government? HR: It was a very strange night for so many of us. I never really had an overwhelming feeling of excitement because of the heavy responsibility I felt from the first instant of realizing that our next president would be Donald Trump.On winning the [supervisor’s] race, perhaps what was most satisfying was that my main opponent, Joshua Arce, and to an extent other opponents — their strategy was to attack David Campos and to attack [his] record and history as a supervisor. Having that decisive victory made it clear that the people of District 9 were very happy with David Campos and his record and his work on behalf of the residents of District 9. It was not only a vindication of his work, but also a reflection that the district continues to hold progressive values. JRB: Now there will be no Latinos on the Board of Supervisors, and you’ve been placed in the position of representing the Latino district in the age of Trump. What are your thoughts on that?HR: I take that responsibility very seriously. I’ve been working as both an attorney, organizer, and legislative aide in the main Latino district in San Francisco, so this is not a new role in many ways. What’s really important to me is that I’m not speaking for the Latino community, but that the Latino community speak for itself. I will have Latino representation in my office in terms of a legislative aide, just as it’s a top priority of mine to have an LGBT representative in this office. Not only will we not have a Latino representative on the Board of Supervisors, but it’s possible we will not have an LGBT representative on the Board of Supervisors either, and that’s something I take very seriously.JRB: What do you see as your role as a supervisor in pushing the Police Department to reform, and what should we look forward to in the coming months on police reform?HR: In the coming months we will find out who the mayor is going to appoint as our permanent police chief, and we are going to have an opportunity at the Board of Supervisors to appoint a replacement to the Police Commission for Victor Hwang, who has recently resigned because he has become a judge.That’s going to be the first role that I will play as a supervisor, making sure that someone who is very interested in meaningful and serious police reform is appointed to that position.There are many ways to engage [on police shootings]. One is to hold hearings and bring to light what is happening and use the power of inquiry to make sure that we have continued progress and implementation of the reforms that have been suggested, and when that’s not happening to introduce legislation that forces it to happen.JRB: Yesterday there was a meeting about a memorial on Bernal Hill to commemorate Alex Nieto’s killing. Are you in support of that memorial?HR: I was at the meeting last night and I am 100 percent in support of the memorial. As I said last night at the meeting to Elvira and Refugio Nieto [his parents] I believe that they are an example of what it means to stand up amidst unbelievable heartbreak and fight for justice. Their dignity and their perseverance, it humbles me to the very core. I believe their request to have a memorial for their son, who grew up in Bernal Heights, who grew up on that hill, where he was murdered, is incredibly reasonable to me and something that as a supervisor I am committed to working with and fighting with the Nietos to make that happen.JRB: The progressives have lost their majority on the Board of Supervisors. What do you think about going forward working with moderate supervisors?HR: As I said during the election, there’s not a member of this Board of Supervisors that I don’t think I can work with. While the clear-cut lines of moderates and progressives have shifted again, on single issues, the lines aren’t always so clear. On police reform for example, I’m really looking forward to working with Malia Cohen and London Breed, who when we do the strict divides fall on the moderate side of the line. We’re going to be able to work really well together. I hope that is the case as well on immigrant rights issues, on the environment as well. There will be fights, and hopefully we’ll be able to win hearts and minds with strong arguments and great community campaigns to pass the measures that are really important to us. When we don’t, we can always go to the ballot.JRB: What do you think about the tactic of appealing market-rate housing projects hoping for an eventual delay?HR: I really am hoping to create a new dynamic, where developers come and work with me and my office and the community from the get-go and offer higher levels of affordability to try to stave off the showdowns that we see during these appeals. That’s just a better system all around — it’s better for developers who want predictability, it’s better for the community who have a million other priorities rather than fighting project after project after project.I have made this campaign pledge of building 5,000 units of affordable housing in a decade, and a lot of those units will come through market-rate projects. My interest in seeing market-rate projects built is to see them with as much affordable housing in them as possible.Developers who want to come and work with me towards that common goal, please do so, I can’t wait to work with you. Hopefully the community will be in agreement with that.JRB: There was a sales tax that failed to pass on the November ballot that would have provided funding for homeless and transit services. You’ve said you want to build more navigation centers for the homeless. How do you find the money for that with this budget shortfall?HR: I’m very frustrated, and I’ve also learned a lesson with the sales tax. I was supportive of the sales tax, but seeing how it all went down I think it was a set-up. I will never in the future support a budget that is balanced on a future tax that may or may not pass, especially one that the mayor is going to set up as the solution to all our problems and then do nothing to campaign for its passage. Now it is being used as the excuse for not being able to pass any type of programs.I am going to continue to fight for those navigation centers. I am not going to allow the mayor to pit one service for low-income San Franciscans against another, which is what the mayor is doing right now, pitting homeless services against free City College, against street trees, against guaranteed legal representation for undocumented immigrants, using the sales tax as one excuse. I am going to be fighting for other types of budget cuts.JRB: Finally, what are you most looking forward to in the next four years?HR: I am very much looking forward to finally working on achieving the promises that I’ve been making for a year. I want to start working on building affordable housing, on building navigation centers and removing tent encampments from the Mission, on creating a universal preschool program, on fighting for immigrants, the climate, healthcare, and against a Trump administration that attacks all the values we hold most dear in San Francisco. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons thought Saints got off to a great st

first_imgROYCE Simmons thought Saints got off to a great start against Castleford but switched off to let their opponents back in.Saints led 18-0 after the first 12 minutes and were coasting until Rangi Chase inspired a Tigers recovery.But a vital Paul Wellens’ try as the half time hooter went was crucial as they ran out 46-26 winners.“I was happy with the start of the game and getting to 18-0,” Simmons said, “but I think we started getting a little bit ahead of ourselves and started worrying about next week.“We got there by playing some good footy but then Cas really began to control the ball and had 15 out of the next 20 sets. We should have been a little more professional and controlled the ball because as we know Castleford can score points.“We were down to just one interchange and ended up with none just after half time. In the end we ground it out and ended up with a win.”He continued: “I thought a number of our players did well; Michael Shenton has been good all year but you expect that from an international. He gets a lot of raps for his attack but he does not get enough for his defence. He played well today as did Tony Puletua.“There were a few stages when we did not have too many troops to put back out on to the field and he took the game by the scruff of the neck. I asked him to lead by example when he was going back out and I thought he did that.”Saints lost Shaun Magennis in the match to a serious looking groin tear whilst Jonny Lomax [head], James Graham [back] and James Roby [hand] also left the field.Robes has also been placed on report for what looked like an alleged spear tackle in the first half.“I haven’t seen it on video and would like to see it,” Simmons continued. “Blake Green did something similar last week and it wasn’t reported and this was very close to that.“He also has the cleanest record in the game so going off last week and his record I would like to think he will be ok.“But Magennis will be out for quite a while. I feel for the bloke – he is one of the most professional we have at the club and has worked so hard to overcome his injuries. He trains hard and has bounced from one injury to another.“James Graham took a bit of a blow around the head and then tightened up in the back and lost the power to his legs. Jonny Lomax had stitches to a cut and James Roby has a hand problem which we will get x-rayed.”Saints’ next match is the Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final against Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones stadium on Saturday August 6 at 4.30pm.Tickets are still available and details are here.Simmons said: “We know how much is at stake. The ground is going to be full and there will be a great atmosphere for what will be a great game of footy. That is why I am in the game – I love footy and like competing.“We have worked hard and come through a lot of problems with injury and so on through the year and got ourselves into a semi so we can be proud of what we have done.“But the job is not finished and so we will be going in there with all guns blazing against a side that will have their own guns too.“They are a good side and it should be a great contest.”last_img read more

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JONNY Lomax has thanked the fans after he received

first_imgJONNY Lomax has thanked the fans after he received the Player of the Year award from the Original Saints Supporters Club.The 22-year-old couldn’t be at the ceremony but was delighted with the accolade.“I’d like to thank everyone for the award,” he said. “I am made up and it means a lot that the supporters have backed me. It’s been a tough year and a lot has happened but it’s all to play for in the coming weeks.“Sing loud for us and COME ON YOU SAINTS!”Tickets for tonight’s Qualifying Play Off will be on sale until 3pm from the Saints Ticket Office today.last_img

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WE have received the sad news from Players Assoc

first_imgWE have received the sad news, from Players’ Association Secretary Geoff Pimblett, that former Saints’ wartime player Joe Dewsnip has died in Southport after a long illness.Joe was well into his nineties [93] and considered to be the oldest surviving player with First Team experience.Forceful and athletic, he could play in the centres or on the flanks with equal effectiveness and had a few games at loose forward. He made his debut for the Saints in the centre in the Wartime Emergency League, against Batley at Knowsley Road [12 February 1944] and scored a try in the home team’s 13-8 success. His next match was a 5-21 defeat against Wakefield Trinity, followed by his last game for the Red and Whites, when they were beaten 7-43 at Dewsbury, by Eddie Waring’s team of All Stars.Originally an amateur player in Salford, Joe talked about the wartime situation at Knowsley Road and how difficult it was to get players. There was a general manpower shortage, with men being called up for service in the Armed Forces and twelve hour shifts were the norm for those who worked in industry.Saints were so short of players before one game they actually announced over the tannoy system that if there were any rugby players in the ground, they would get a game!Indeed, Joe also played a few more games for the Saints under various pseudonyms, such as A. Field or AN Other.Joe remained an amateur player at Knowsley Road, but soon after he began to play regularly, he was called up into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He played Rugby Union in the Army [he was once introduced to Lord Montgomery] and later signed with Belle Vue Rangers before hanging up his boots at the age of 34.We send our condolences to his family at this sad time.last_img read more

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Local CNN Hero needs your vote for CNN Hero of the Year

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The deadline to vote is December 12th! Bitty and Beau’s Coffee owner Amy Wright has been nominated for the CNN Hero of the Year award and she needs your vote to win.She was named a CNN Hero back in June. The story featured Wright and two employees Matt and Jessie. The segment shows the inspiration that many see every day when walking into the coffee shop. We have featured Wright and her husband as an Extraordinary Person of the Week.- Advertisement – Each of these heroes will receive a $10,000 cash prize. One of the 10 will be named “CNN Hero of the Year” and receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause.Their efforts are being highlighted at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” a global broadcast event on CNN airing December 17 at 8 p.m. ABC’s Kelly Ripa will join Anderson Cooper as co-host for this star-studded 11th-annual show, live from New York’s American Museum of Natural History.You can vote up to 30 times daily (10 votes by email login, 10 votes by Facebook login, 10 votes by Facebook Messenger).Related Article: Bitty and Beau’s Coffee celebrates third birthdayVOTE HERElast_img read more

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All charges dropped in Pender County deputyinvolved shooting

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — District Attorney Ben David says all charges have been dropped in a shooting that involved a Pender County sheriff’s deputy last month.During a press conference Monday, David explained what led up to deputy firing shots toward a man near Maple Hill on January 17.- Advertisement – David said members of the Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit were patrolling an area of Maple Hill following complaints of drug activity around Webbtown Road. The unit approached a disabled, unoccupied vehicle on the road; nearby was a second vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, with two men inside.Sheriff deputies asked them if they needed assistance. The driver, later identified as Craig T. Pickett, asked if deputies were specifically looking for him. When Detective Justin Barnes answered that they were not, Pickett walked up a nearby driveway. Meanwhile, Captain Nazareth Hankins and Detective Michael Wortman approached the passenger side of the Tahoe and came in contact with another man, later identified as Walter Ray Thompson.Walter Ray Thompson (Photo: PCSO)Officials say Wortman gave Thompson verbal commands to show his hands, at which point Wortman viewed in Thompson’s hand what deputies believed to be a firearm. Hankins also thought that the object in Thompson’s raised hand was a firearm.Related Article: Durham police investigating after man found shot to deathWortman yelled “gun” and fired two shots. He reportedly slipped on wet grass as the gun discharged. One bullet hit the door frame of the Tahoe and the other struck the back passenger window and exited the windshield. Thompson was not hit.Wortman, Barnes, and Hankins approached the Tahoe and viewed what they still believed to be a Glock semi-automatic weapon in Thompson’s lap. Upon securing the object, the officers realized that it was not a firearm, but a flashlight. Thompson was detained.“Wortman believed at that time that if he did not take immediate action, Thompson would shoot him, or another officer on the scene,” said Senior Prosecutor Jason Smith.What deputies believed was a firearm was actually a flashlight. (Photo: DA Office)Meanwhile, Detective Sergeants Ryan Wilson and Kevin Malpass were standing near the disabled vehicle in front of the Tahoe. They heard the gunshots and, at that time, were unclear if Pickett, who was walking up the driveway, had fired the shots. They detained him too.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office immediately began an internal investigation into the incident. The State Bureau of Investigation, which often investigates officer-involved shootings, does not accept investigations in which no one was injured. As a result, we turned to an out-of-county law enforcement agency to review the incident.This investigation was completed by Chief James Crayton of the Wallace Police Department.Officials have dropped Pickett’s original charges that included felonies of maintaining a vehicle for the keeping or selling of a controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.The D.A. says the search of the vehicle was unconstitutional.“When evidence is illegally obtained or in violation of someone’s fourth amendment rights, that evidence will be suppressed,” said David.Officials have also dropped Thompson’s charges that were with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, identity theft, and driving while impaired.“You have to give the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Thompson, just as we do with officers in terms of looking at their actions,” said David. “Mr. Thompson could well be not only presumed innocent under the law, as of course every individual is, but people could look at this and say that he was trying to comply with commands.”Thompson had an outstanding order for his arrest from Onslow County for hit/run leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in property damage.Dante Murphy is the president of the Pender County NAACP. He says even with this outcome, he wants more corrective measures to be taken for everyone involved.“Sometimes, the emotional trauma behind these incidents are worse than being killed. Because you got to live with the fact that a bullet came that close to your head the rest of your life,” said Murphy.last_img read more

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Three arrested in Pender County armed robbery shooting

first_imgAnthony Rasheen Allen, Tyron Markel Allen, Jakell Markese Newton (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriffs Office PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three men faces charges related to an armed robbery that happened last month in the Willard community.On Wednesday night, Pender County deputies and Burgaw police searched a home on Tealbrier Street in Burgaw while investigating the armed robbery. During the armed robbery, one person was shot. Their injuries were non-life threatening.- Advertisement – As a result of the search warrant, three men were arrested.Jakell Markese Newton, 18, is in jail under a $400,000 bond for the following charges:2 counts of robbery with a dangerous weaponassault with a deadly weaponassault with a deadly weapon with intent to killdischarging a firearm into occupied property with serious bodily injuryHe is currently in the Pender County Jail under a $400,000.00 secured bond.Related Article: ‘I’ll take him to my grave’: Family of ‘cold medicine murder’ grieves lossTryon Markel Allen, 18, is in jail under a $250,000 bond for the following charges:robbery with a dangerous weapondischarging a weapon into occupied propertyassault with intent to killAnthony Rasheen Allen, 21, is in jail under a $200,000 bond for the following charges:robbery with a dangerous weaponassault with a deadly weaponIf you have any information, contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1212.last_img read more

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Kentuckys Calipari to return to UNCW as TipOff Dinner speaker

first_img The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Burney Center on campus. Ticket information will be announced later. Proceeds for the 7 p.m. dinner will benefit UNCW men’s basketball.“We’re very excited that Coach Calipari is going to speak at our tip-off banquet banquet,” UNCW coach C.B. McGrath said in a news release. “It’s going to be a great event, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back as a former student-athlete. His success as a coach is second to none. What he does off the court to help others is phenomenal. He is extremely generous to help UNCW basketball.”A 2015 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Calipari has coached six teams to the NCAA Final Four, including the 2012 national championship at Kentucky. Forty-nine of his players have been selected in the NBA draft during his 27-year collegiate coaching career.Related Article: Service dog helps put children at ease when visiting the dentistCalipari has made three NCAA Division I coaching stops: UMass, Memphis and UK. In 10 seasons in Lexington, Calipari leads all coaches in total wins (305), NCAA Tournament victories (31), Final Fours (4), Elite Eights (7) and Sweet Sixteens (8).While piling up numerous honors and awards, Calipari’s led the 2011-12 Wildcats to the NCAA national title in his third season as head of Big Blue Nation. He remains one of just two coaches to lead three different programs (UMass-1996, Memphis-2008 and Kentucky-2011, 2012, 2012, 2015) to a Final Four, joining Rick Pitino in the feat.Calipari owns a career coaching record of 708-209 (.772), including a mark of 305-71 (.811) at Kentucky. He has coached teams to 15 conference championships and a 51-17 (.750) NCAA Tournament record.The Sewickley, Pa., native also coached at Kansas (assistant coach, 1983-85), Pittsburgh (assistant coach, 1986-88), UMass (head coach, 1989-96), New Jersey Nets (head coach, 1997-99), Philadelphia 76ers (assistant coach, 200), Memphis (head coach, 2001-09).As a player, Calipari appeared in 25 games in two seasons with the Seahawks in 1978-79 and 1979-80 before transferring to Clarion, Pa. A point guard, he scored 21 points with seven rebounds and 22 assists for the Seahawks. He scored a career-high nine points at Campbell on Jan. 8, 1979.UNCW Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner Speakers2016 – Seth Greenberg, ESPN Analyst2017 – Roy Williams, Head Basketball Coach, University of North Carolina2018 – Brad Brownell, Head Basketball Coach, Clemson University2019 – John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach, University of KentuckyFor more information, contact the Seahawk Club at seahawkclub@uncw.edu. John Calipari (Photo: Photo: Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hall of fame basketball coach John Calipari will return to where his college basketball career started when he comes back to Wilmington this fall to speak.UNCW announced that Calipari, currently the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner. Calipari started his playing career at UNCW in the late 1970s.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Police appeal for public help in finding wanted man

first_img SharePrint The Police is requesting the public to help in finding a 34-year-old man who resides in Floriana.The police in a statement explained that Clive Agius is wanted by court orders.In their appeal, the police said that anyone with any information can contact the police on 21 224001 or 119.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

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Watch Over 500 cars for Malta Drag Racing Association charity event

first_imgMore than €12,500 was collected for the Malta Autism Centre in Mosta during the 16th edition of the Malta Drag Racing Association for Charity event, which was held at the Ħal Far Raceway on Sunday 31st March.Like previous events, this was organised by Mario Mifsud, a local TV presenter and promoter of motorsport, alongside the Association of Drag Racing.Most local clubs joined the organisers, with the result being that there were more than 500 cars on show.Drifting and off-roading clubs also offered rides, against a donation to those that wanted to experience this thrill. A burnout competition was organised for the first time in Malta.Photos: Alex ButtigiegVideo: CrispymediaWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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