Email Address Last week, we noted that millions of dollars are flowing into San Francisco political races, but it’s unclear if voters care who’s writing the checks. And, as if on cue, last week a $100,000 (so far) independent expenditure campaign targeting Mark Leno commenced — and, thanks to gaps between state and local reporting laws, its donors won’t be revealed until after June’s election, even if millions more are spent. Of that $100 grand and change, some $27,000 went to mailers and $72,500 went to online ads stating that “Mark Leno sure is full of baloney,” while depicting his smiling visage on a package of baloney. This is unsubtle, un-nuanced fare, but the twists and turns donors and campaign operatives took to ensure you won’t know who paid for this until after the June 5 election were very subtle and nuanced indeed. That’s because the group putting out these ads, “Voters for a Real Change, Opposing Mark Leno for Mayor 2018” got the $100,000 from another opaquely named group, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco.” And here’s where things get a bit gnarly: Despite its name, and despite the fact it appears to have spent exclusively on San Francisco-related matters, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” is a state committee, not a local one. As a state committee, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” would have to disclose its donors by May 24, if its giving was related to the state’s June 5 primary. Tags: Elections • Mark Leno • mayor’s race • politics Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But “Safe and Affordable San Francisco” has only given to local, San Francisco races — not state ones. So it won’t have to reveal its donors until July, by which time we’ll have a new mayor and the only recourse for angry voters will be fist-shaking. “This is something that needs to be fixed, regarding the confluence of state and local laws,” said Trent Lange, the president and executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign. “This looks like an attempt by the donors to get around having their names show up by hiding behind a good-sounding front group.” And yet, we do know who at least one of the big donors was — because, it appears, somebody screwed up. On May 12, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” filed a blank contribution report. What gives? In small text at the bottom, under “reason for amendment,” it notes “remove contribution.” The group seems to have revealed more than it legally needed to, and took attempts to walk that back. But too late: These filings reveal that $50,000 was contributed by the San Francisco Apartment Association PAC — which the group’s executive director, Janan New, confirmed to Mission Local. Our questions about who solicited this donation, and why the SFAA didn’t just give its money directly to the anti-Leno campaign instead of sending money to a Sacramento group to send back to San Francisco, were not quite answered in an e-mail from New. “A group of local Democratic activists solicited this donation to the general purpose committee formed to support a variety of priorities in line with the SFAA’s agenda for this June 2018 election cycle,” she wrote. “The decision was made by our SFAA PAC committee.”Perhaps that answer was shunted to Sacramento and back too, to ensure maximum opacity. “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” was formed in December. Its sole listed principal officer, Shawnda Deane, also serves as treasurer for “Progress San Francisco,” the Ron Conway-affiliated PAC. That PAC has, thus far, sent $200,000 to the firefighters’ union’s pro-London Breed PAC — though Deane’s company is affiliated with many campaigns. Messages for her have not yet been returned. 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter
After seven months of eviction purgatory, more than 100 small businesses at ActivSpace at the corner 18th Street and Treat Avenue will now be allowed to stay. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that allows scores of massage therapists, tattoo artists, psychotherapists and other businesses that operate outside the building’s designated use — production, distribution and repair (PDR) — to remain on site, so long as they obtain the proper permits. The permits must be obtained 90 days after the ordinance goes into effect, which will be on Aug. 30. In late January, 52 massage therapists received notice that their tenancy was potentially illegal at the complex, due to a Department of Public Health policy that restricts where massage therapists could set up shop. The law was primarily aimed at curbing sex trafficking. Email Address Amid the pandemonium of threatening to oust massage therapists en masse, city officials discovered that yet more businesses — hair stylists, psychotherapists, tattoo artists, acupuncturists, and others — had been operating outside the building’s designated use, rendering their status technically illegal as well. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, seeing their displacement an economic disaster in the making, introduced the ordinance weeks later to let them stay. “Closing nearly 100 small businesses on the same block, all at once, would be an economic crisis for the Mission,” Ronen said at Tuesday’s board meeting. It would, she says, exacerbate problems in “a neighborhood already suffering from the displacement of hundreds of small businesses.” Only businesses using their spaces strictly for “office use” must receive special permission from the city’s Planning Commission, via a so-called “discretionary review.” A spokesperson with the Office of Economic Workforce and Development said there are 48 such businesses. Most of the businesses in the building have already begun the process of obtaining the necessary permits, said Ronen aide Carolina Morales. “They have been waiting for the ordinance to pass and for final approval,” she said. The ordinance also tasks the Office of Small Business with helping businesses apply for the correct permits. But not everyone, especially massage therapists, felt they had the luxury of waiting months for the law to pass. Jae Greenman, a massage therapist who was operating at ActivSpace in January during the scare, vacated as she received notices from the Department of Public Health that threatened to fine her $1,000 per day if she didn’t move within 40 days. She knows at least two other massage therapists left ActivSpace after the crackdown. Greenman said she’s now unemployed. She said it has been nearly impossible to find spaces to do business since legislation passed in 2018 greatly tightened the massage therapy licensing process. “It’s not a happy ending for everyone,” Greenman said of the recently passed ordinance. “It’s a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.” Morales, Ronen’s aide, said she recommends that Greenman, and others who were affected by the situation, contact of the Office of Small Business to assess their options. “She should try,” Morales said. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter
KEIRON Cunningham has been impressed with the way things have gone in pre-season but knows the true test will come when the season starts.The players have been back in training since the beginning of November and have recently left the ‘confines’ of their training facility to try some alternative sessions.Last week the squad visited Cassius Camps in the Lake District and now they are with 42 Commando.“Pre-season is going to plan,” Keiron said. “The new players have integrated well into the squad and the leaders are leading and doing their jobs.“We’re training well and now we’re looking forward to the start of the season.“The trip to Cassius was an away day to break things up a little. It was a tough day in a beautiful setting. It was part of the world I enjoy coming to and the estate owner George is a good friend of mine.“We couldn’t replicate it back home and enjoyed it. They laid on a real challenge for us and the team building was crucial.”You can see a video of the day here.
SAINTS paid the price for a disappointing first half as they went down 24-16 at Leigh Centurions on Friday night.An Adam Swift try just before the interval gave the visitors a foothold in the game at 18-4 but scores from James Roby and Alex Walmsley couldn’t quite overhaul a significant deficit.The damage was done following a disappointing start.Right from the off Saints piled on the pressure but couldn’t break the deadlock – despite forcing a repeat set.And that was as good as it got as five minutes in Saints’ old boy Atelea Vea busted through the defence.Two repeat sets for the Centurions followed and Gareth Hock extended the advantage with a bulldozing run.Ben Reynolds accurate with the boot to make it 12-0 after 11 minutes.Saints dominated the next period of play, kicking deep to twice force Leigh to come off their own line.Danny Richardson looked lively with the ball whilst Adam Swift just couldn’t haul in Jonny Lomax’ pass.And the winger was bundled into touch on the very next play by an important Adam Higson tackle.It took until the 25th minute for Saints to finally cross the whitewash and it came off the back of a lovely move involving Richardson and Lomax.Ryan Morgan latched on to the final pass – but it was agonisingly called back for crossing.Leigh subsequently went up the field, on the back of two penalties, and scored through Jamie Acton.Reynolds making it three from three with the boot.Saints hadn’t had an ounce of luck throughout but a penalty with seven minutes remaining gave them the perfect chance to reply.A strong Lomax run set them up in good field position before Theo Fages linked with Jon Wilkin and Mark Percival to put Swift over acrobatically in the corner.Saints were buoyed by the try and looked to have reduced the deficit further when James Roby put down on the line.But he was adjudged to have been held up leaving the visitors with a 16 point gap at the break.Keiron Cunningham’s men needed a strong start to the second half but an error handed the impetus right to Leigh.Vea stormed onto a ball and plunged over the line too, but was denied the four points for crossing.Saints returned down the field at pace with Swift scorching down the left hand side.Higson’s tackle was perfect once more, but the homesters gave away a penalty that Saints frustratingly couldn’t convert.And on Saints’ next set a superb passing move was halted by some desperate defence.You got the feeling a try was coming and it finally did through the club’s tallisman.Denied in the first half, Roby darted over from close range to make it very much game on.In the final quarter Richardson went close before Cunningham’s men were held up over the line for the third time in the match.Leigh then struck to take the game away from their opponents.Back on for the final 15, Mickey Higham took on the ball from acting half and flew over from 20 metres.Walmsley pulled one back in the 70th minute – goaled by Percival – but they couldn’t force the issue and snatch an unlikely comeback.Match Summary:Centurions:Tries: Vea, Hock, Acton, HighamGoals: Reynolds (4 from 5)Saints:Tries: Swift, Roby, WalmsleyGoals: Percival (2 from 3)Penalties Awarded:Centurions: 7Saints: 15HT: 18-4FT: 24-16REF: Ben ThalerATT: 9,012Teams:Centurions:1. Mitch Brown; 2. Adam Higson, 3. Ben Crooks, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Matthew Dawson; 20. Ben Reynolds,7. Joshua Drinkwater; 8. Gareth Hock, 9. Mickey Higham, 22. James Green, 11. Cory Paterson, 17. Atelea Vea, 13. Harrison Hansen.Subs: 14. Eloi Pelissier, 15. Danny Tickle, 23. Sam Hopkins, 24. Jamie Acton.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 20. Morgan Knowles.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is in the middle of their summer program and they have three films this year to show to the public.The film festival started on August 10 with a documentary called Rock in the Red Zone.- Advertisement – The summer series is their mini festival running until the 24.Barry Salwen, Jewish Wilmington Film Festival co-chair, is excited for the next movies they will be showing at the festival.“We have the people against Fritz Bauer on Thursday, the 17 and then on the 24, the last of the series will be called Moos Se Dutch,” Salwen said. “It’s a comedy about a girl or young woman who is seeking a scene career and she flunks her first audition and she’s a very appealing character and it’s a very enjoyable film.”Related Article: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to close for two weekendsThe films will be shown at the Thalian Hall main stage on Thursday night at 7 p.m.Tickets are still on sale.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The numbers are in from Wilmington Christian Academy’s 5th annual “Patriots For Pink” volleyball and soccer game.On September 22, the school had a goal to raise $3,000 for Going Beyond the Pink, on behalf of a local man, Tom Kennedy, who is currently battling breast cancer.- Advertisement – At a check presentation Thursday, Joy Wade & Kara Kenan, directors of Going Beyond the Pink were on campus on Tom’s behalf.The ladies got a big surprise when they saw the check!Wilmington Christian Academy surpassed their goal and raised more than $5,000 for the organization.
He bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington. Beatty beat odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the Dec. 27 drawing.“I couldn’t believe it when I checked the numbers on my cell phone,” Beatty said. “When I told my wife, she was extremely excited.”Beatty claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $257,665.Related Article: Sunday drive lands Wilmington woman $4M scratch-off prize“I don’t have any big plans for the money,” Beatty said. “I’m sure my wife does though. We’ve been married 39 years, I’ll let her decide.”Draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. Carolina Cash 5 game. (Photo: NC Education Lottery) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Carl Beatty of Leland is saying goodbye to 2017 with a $370,734 Cash 5 jackpot.“It’s a good way to end the year,” Beatty said.NC Education Lottery check given to Carl Beatty- Advertisement –
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man they say is armed and dangerous.James Ali Pugh, 38, is wanted for two counts each of 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree kidnapping, and assault on a female. He’s also charged with violation of a domestic violence order.- Advertisement – According to warrants, the victim received a domestic violence protective order against Pugh on November 15. Over the weekend, Pugh allegedly went to the victim’s home in Shallotte and assaulted the victim.Warrants also allege Pugh broke into a home around 9 p.m. on Sunday and again at around 3:00 a.m. Monday morning, with the intent to kidnap a woman inside.During the first break in, Pugh allegedly swung at a woman, grabbed her by the shirt and pulled her down.Related Article: Teen shot during drive-by, attempted murder charges against him droppedWarrants claim when Pugh returned a few hours later, he charged at the woman with clenched fists, grabbed her and tried to pull her from the home.Several people were at the home during each break-in.Pugh was last seen in a red car, which is believed to be a Chevrolet Cobalt. He’s also believed to be armed with a gun. If you see him, do not approach him.Pugh is 5’8″, about 160 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and a has a pierced nose.If you know where Pugh is, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777.
At 11:30 p.m., there will be a Pender Pawz Walk along a trail. There is a $5 donation to participate in the walk and a raffle at the end for all Pawz Walk entries. All proceeds from this event benefit the Pender County Animal Shelter!For more information, or to see the pets available for adoption at Pender Co. Animal Shelter, click here. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Whether you have two legs or four, there’s an event next weekend for the whole family to enjoy, pets included!The first ever Pender Pawzapalooza is happening at Rotary Park (100 Industrial Dr., Burgaw) on Saturday, April 14. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be food, vendors, pet adoptions and even an agility course for pets to practice on.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly a year and a half after we first learned about the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River, we still know very little about how it affects our bodies.Results of a study were revealed Tuesday night aimed at giving a little more insight. But many who attended seemed to walk away with more questions than answers.- Advertisement – The NC State Center for Human Health and the Environment has revealed results of a study it has been conducting on GenX and similar compounds. 345 participants gave blood, urine, and tap water samples.“We can say, in our sample, we did not see GenX in the blood,” said Jane Hoppin, deputy director of the center that conducted the study.Hoppin says GenX was found at 50 parts per trillion in tap water six months after Chemours, the company that produces GenX, Stopped discharging it.Related Article: US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 yearsBut they say their blood test can only detect 2,000 parts per trillion or higher.“We take two milliliters of blood. So we couldn’t take a liter of blood out of people to get to those low detection limits,” said Hoppin.GenX may not have been found, but they say four previously unknown similar compounds were.Some of those chemicals were in 99 percent of the samples.Levels of other known compounds were found at higher levels in blood samples from Wilmington than in other areas of the US.44 participants gave another blood sample 6 months after the initial sample.Hoppin says compound levels went down in all of those participants, but they did not ask them if they had made any lifestyle changes.“[It’s] probably the reduction of discharge from the Chemours plant. Because Nafion byproduct 2 was one of the ones that the plant stopped releasing into the water. And people in Wilmington stopped drinking the water,” said Hoppin.Hoppin says the urine test results have not yet been released and she hopes to make those public by April.She says they also may take more blood samples from participants in the future, and ask more questions about lifestyle changes.Ted Leopold, an attorney representing people in a class action lawsuit regarding GenX released a statement saying:“What began as a search for GenX has led to the discovery of a Pandora’s box of chemicals in residents’ homes and bodies. We know that this family of chemicals is dangerous. We know that this company has a history of irresponsibly dumping toxic waste into the Cape Fear River – and hiding their conduct from state regulators. We now know that this toxic dumping goes far beyond GenX.”