Mayor Stands by Chief in Phone Call with SF Mission Hunger Strikers

first_img 0% The five hunger strikers who have gone without food for 15 days to call for the firing of the city’s police chief spoke with the mayor for the first time on Thursday during a five-minute phone conversation.During the talk, the strikers reiterated their demands that Police Chief Greg Suhr be fired, while Mayor Ed Lee held fast in his support for the chief.“We said ‘Are you gonna fire Chief Suhr?’ and he said ‘No, we’re not gonna do that,’ ” said Edwin Lindo, one of the hunger strikers and a candidate for supervisor for District 9. “We said ‘Well, then our blood is on your hands,’ and he said ‘Well, that’s your choice.’ ”“I told him from the gate that we don’t want to talk about reforms,” said Equipto, a hunger striker and rapper whose birth name is Ilych Sato. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Equipto took the lead in the conversation and asked Lee whether he would “hold a press conference tomorrow for the public of San Francisco and say that Chief Suhr is fired,” which Lee refused to do. “He was saying ‘He’s a good chief, I stand behind him, they’ve made progress,’ ” said Lindo, who added that the mayor said Suhr is “doing a good job” in comparison to “chiefs around the country.” “We said that’s absurd, you’re defending a person who’s allowing a police department to go with impunity, to not hold people accountable,” Lindo said.The strikers then repeated their demand before the call ended.“We said one more time ‘Are you gonna fire Chief Suhr?’ and he said ‘No’ and we just hung up,” Equipto said.The group has been camped outside of the Mission District police station since April 21 to call for the firing of the police chief. The fatal police shooting of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora in the Mission District in April and a series of other police shootings prompted the hunger strike.On Monday, Mayor Lee visited the Mission District police station and tried to meet with the strikers, who rejected the meeting because he came unannounced in what they called an “ambush.” The strikers said they would instead meet with the mayor the following day, after a planned march to City Hall.More than 800 people marched alongside the hunger strikers — who were pushed in wheelchairs — from the police station to city hall on Tuesday, though the group failed to meet the mayor. Strikers did engage in a heated back-and-forth with city supervisors during the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting, however.Christine Falvey, the spokesperson for the mayor, said the mayor called the group to talk about current efforts at reform of the police department. The mayor initially left a message that the group then returned.“Mayor Lee contacted the group today to let them know that he respects their right to protest, but hopes they will do so in a way that doesn’t harm themselves,” Falvey wrote in an email.Falvey pointed to an ongoing “top to bottom” review of the police department by the Department of Justice — which many activists have called toothless — and said the mayor hoped to speak with the strikers about current efforts under way to change the department.“He let the group know that reforming the police department is bigger than any one chief,” she wrote.The strikers said the mayor expressed no such concern for their health. “He never asked ‘How are you guys doing?’ Nothing,” said Maria Cristina Gutierrez, another hunger striker and the 66-year-old mother of Equipto. “In reality we’re winning. He’s a coward, but we’re winning. We’re going to continue the hunger strike.”“I had to mention [our health],” said Equipto. “He never asked once about our health or what’s going on. His response was just ‘You guys are allowed to do what you want to do, and I hope you take care of yourselves.’ ”Hunger striker Ike Pinkston, a preschool teacher who works with Gutierrez at Compañeros del Barrio, said the phone call went as expected. Pinkston knew the mayor would not fire the chief, but was still incredulous that Suhr has managed to keep his job throughout the ordeal.“I can’t believe this dude thinks it’s okay for the chief to have his job when you have a thousand people marching through San Francisco,” he said. “It’s not just the five of us. If everybody felt safe, it would’ve been like 13 people marching.”The strikers are at an impasse. Now that the meeting with the mayor has occurred and Lee held fast in his support for Suhr, the group has no demands other than the sacking of the police chief — an act that some say would not fundamentally change the department.Supervisor David Campos — who represents the Mission District — said during Tuesday’s action at City Hall that firing Suhr would accomplish little and that changing the police department required systemic reform.“We need to change the entire system. It’s not just about who the chief of police is, it’s about how this department sees itself,” he said then.Lindo, though, said the city would not continue on its current path. Supporters already shouted down police commissioners and the chief at a meeting on Wednesday night and delayed a conversation on use-of-force into the late hours, and Lindo hinted such events could become commonplace.“This city will not operate business as usual, period,” said Lindo, though he was mum on specifics and said the strikers themselves have no plans for disruption. They will continue to stay camped in front of the police station without food, Lindo said. “As you can tell, we’re here, we don’t leave.” last_img read more

Local fraternity alumni chapter provides Thanksgiving dinner for eight families

first_img The members spent more than $1,000 at the Food Lion on Oleander Drive.All the Thanksgiving necessities were covered, like turkey, ham, and stuffing.The group packed up all of the groceries and transported them to D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to present to the families.Related Article: Local food bank gets hearty donation“They don’t have to worry about coming up with the means to get food for Thanksgiving, it’s nice knowing that we have the ability to be able to bless these families with that, so we’re excited about doing that and we know it’s gonna put a smile on their faces,” said chapter president Derek Holland.The organization will be helping eight more families at Christmas.Those families will receive food, clothes, toiletries, and, of course, toys. Local alumni members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity load groceries into bins for needy families (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is taking part in the season of giving.Their goal is to provide Thanksgiving dinner for eight Wilmington families.- Advertisement – last_img read more

25 percent rate hike for homeowners insurance proposed for county beaches

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Insurance companies want to raise homeowner’s insurance rate by an average of 18.7 percent across the state, but that’s not the case in our area.The NC Rate Bureau is actually proposing a 25 percent rate increase for New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties and a 23.7 percent increase for Bladen and Columbus counties.- Advertisement – That number jumps to 40 percent for renters and condo owners.According to the NC Department of Insurance, the last time a homeowners insurance rate increase request from the Rate Bureau resulted in higher rates for homeowners was in 2012. The Rate Bureau asked for a 17.7 percent increase, then after negotiation settled at an overall statewide average of 7 percent.You can email comments about the proposal to They must be sent by December 29.Related Article: NC Rate Bureau wants to raise auto insurance ratesA spokeswoman with the NCDOI says they are currently analyzing the more than 2,000 page filing to see if the requested rate increases are warranted. .If Department of Insurance officials do not agree with the requested rates, they will be negotiated with the NC Rate Bureau. If a settlement cannot be reached within 50 days, a hearing will be called.last_img read more

Virtual Angel Tree Support a Pender Co family in need for the

first_img Earlier this week, Pender County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill says the school system launched a program aimed at helping those displaced by Florence.“We have now over 800 students that are homeless or displaced,” Hill said. “We’re at almost 80 staff members.”He says many of those families have lost everything and now must start over. Hill and other school leaders came up with the idea to create a Virtual Angel Tree for the holidays.Related Article: Surf City Elementary and Middle schools open in Pender County“Between now and the 16th families can sign up,” Hill said. “Supporters can sign up at any time to adopt a family or child.”Once all the families are signed up, supporters will receive a list of needed supplies.He says drop off locations will be at every high school in the county.Unlike the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program held each year at Independence Mall everything can be done online, even the donations.“People who are out of state or who may not be able to get to the sites can absolutely contact us to mail things in,” Hill said.He says if you want to order items from Amazon or other retail websites, you can have them shipped to the Pender County Board of Education building at 925 Penderlea Hwy, Burgaw, NC 28425. He says add a note saying that it’s a gift and who it’s for.The program launched on Tuesday and Hill says it’s already seen a lot of attention.“We’re seeing just massive number of supporters from industry, and from families who are pitching in and want to help,” Hill said.If you would like to sign up for an angel tree or support a family, you can do so here. Pender County Schools Virtual Angel Tree.(Photo: Pender County Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — With hundreds of students displaced after Hurricane Florence, Pender County Schools has come up with a way for you to help for the holiday season and you don’t even have to leave the couch.“We’re all trying to pitch in together, trying to make sure that we get them through and they’re not forgotten about after a few weeks, that this is something we got them all the way through.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Government shutdown puts historical sites biggest event in jeopardy

first_imgCURRIE, NC (WWAY) — The government shutdown continues to halt businesses throughout the country. For one local historical site, the shutdown means the site cannot open at all.“It could be a year. That’s ridiculous. We can’t do anything,” said Connie Hendrix, the President of The Moore’s Creek Battleground Association.- Advertisement – First a hurricane, now a government shutdown. Hendrix says the battleground’s biggest event is at stake if the shutdown does not let up.“We were close to doing our walk-throughs for the 243rd anniversary, but we can’t do anything now because we’re not allowed to go into the park,” said Hendrix.The anniversary is scheduled for late February. Moore’s Creek suffered major flooding from Hurricane Florence.Related Article: Pender Schools close Tuesday, four shelters to be set upHendrix says the recovery has been slow and steady, but with the shutdown, nobody can even get on the property.“We’re just on hold, hoping that the government will cut this short and we can get back to work soon, because we’ve got a lot of work to do between now and the 23rd of February,” said Hendrix.Now, they just have to wait. For Hendrix, she just hopes there is a resolution sooner rather than later.Right now, according to Hendrix, the association cannot even meet on the battleground.She says the anniversary of the battleground usually draws groups from all around the state.last_img read more

Wilmingtonshot Swamp Thing cancelled less than a week after premiere

first_img The remainder of the episodes will still roll out on the streaming platform.The series, which filmed in Wilmington, halted production early when it was cut from 13 to 10 episodes.Initial reports from the set about the episode reduction cited concerns over the future of the DC Universe streaming service as the reason for the early shutter, but Warner Bros. denied those claims, according to the StarNews. Virginia Madsen, center, stands prior to the filming of a scene for the TV services “Swamp Thing” next to the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington on March 28, 2019. (Photo: Matt Born/Star News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just six days after it premiered on DC Universe, ‘Swamp Thing’ will not be returning to the swamp.According to numerous industry reports, DC Universe has canceled the show after a single season, and the news comes after only one episode of the series has aired.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Attorney works to stop giving courtrooms control of heir property

first_img “I have families who contact me because a third party has purchased one owner’s share and is able to get the property sold through our court system,” Gragg said. “There are ways we can prevent that on the front-end, if we are proactive.”Gragg says the first step to solving this problem is having a comprehensive family tree. She says this is the primary tool attorneys use to determine how the ownership is passing through the family. 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) — Land is precious and, as history tells, it took many years for some racial groups to finally be able to purchase them. But, with tricky laws, courts across North Carolina are battling heir property cases. New Hanover County NAACP held a presentation Saturday morning to guide residents on how to not lose property rights.Attorney Mavis Gragg of the Gragg Law Firm says purchasing land has been represented as an act of defiance for minorities, but, between navigating the laws and dealing with family circumstances, she has observed many conflicts with clients. Gragg says she has met with many clients who have felt hopeless trying to get their right to their property they believe they deserve.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Special Olympics athlete hitandrun victim

first_img SharePrint The 21 year-old victim of yesterday’s hit-and-run in Paola is an athlete in Malta’s Special Olympics.Matthew, a Rabat resident, is a football player on the Special Olympics’ football team. He was run over by a 27-year-old Senglea obtained information about the accident that details that it happened in Triq il-Perit Dom Mintoff, near the Mosque. Matthew was taken to Mater Dei hospital in an ambulance, where he was certified to be suffering from grievous injuries.Many well-wishers expressed their solidarity on social media, and wrote him supportive messages.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Karius time at Liverpool comes to an end

first_imgLloris Karius has decided to join Turkish side Besiktas on a two-year loan deal after losing his place to Alisson who signed from Roma after impressing in Serie A. The German goalkeeper will be forever remembered by Liverpool fans for two costly errors that he made during last season’s Champions League final.Karius moved to Anfield from Mainz for £4.7m in 2016 and kept 13 clean sheets in 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool. Beskitas sold goalkeeper Fabri to Fulham during the transfer window and had also show interest in Karius’ team-mate Simon Mignolet.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Apple Google settle smartphone patent row

first_imgAdvertisement Apple Inc and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphones, ending one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology.In a joint statement, the companies said they would work together in “some areas of patent reform”.But the deal did not include licensing their technology to each other. – Advertisement – Apple , which produces iPhones, and firms that make phones using Google’s Android software earlier filed dozens of lawsuits against one another. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs called Android a “stolen product.”Earlier this month, a jury in California ordered South Korea’s Samsung firm to pay Apple $119.6m (£71m) for infringing two of its patents.The court also ruled that Apple infringed Samsung’s patents and awarded $158,000 in damages.Apple has battled Google and what once were the largest adopters of its Android mobile software, partly to try to curb the rapid expansion of the free, rival operating system.But it has been unable to slow Android’s ascendancy, which is now installed on an estimated 80 percent of new phones sold every year. Motorola, the U.S. company that pioneered the mobile phone, no longer ranks among the biggest smartphone makers.Source: BBClast_img read more