0% The Elbo Room, a well-known bar on Valencia Street whose fate has been up in the air for years, will have to move or close down after 2018, when new housing will rise above the current building, according to property owners.The existing structure will be incorporated into the new development that has been in planning since 2014.The current owners of the Elbo Room, Matt Shapiro and Erik Cantu, were present at a public meeting on Wednesday night and expressed their support for the new housing coming to the corner of Valencia and Sycamore streets, saying the bar’s lease expires on January 1, 2018, and that it was premature to speak about the death of their business.“We have the liquor license and the business, and we’re excited to continue on with the Elbo Room,” said Cantu. “We’re not seeing it as the end.” Shapiro and Cantu said they would look to stay in the Mission District, but had not gotten around to thinking about their next move, as it was at least 16 months away. Dennis Ring, the property owner who with his wife sold the bar to Shapiro and Cantu in 2010, said that he would support the pair in their relocation. When patrons of the bar at 645 Valencia St. were first briefed on plans to raze the bar and replace it with nine units of condo housing two years ago, attendees of the meeting reacted angrily. “You’re evil,” said one neighbor to Susan Rokisky-Ring, who owns the property along with her husband and previously owned the Elbo Room before selling it to its current owners. When the Rings said they were building the project so they could move in after retiring, attendees were unforgiving. “Move to Sacramento!” another neighbor said. But on Thursday, a smaller, more temperate crowd came to a meeting at the Mission District police station across the street from the Elbo Room to see new designs for the proposed housing. The new design would maintain the bar’s building but displace the Elbo Room itself.Toby Morris of Kerman Morris Architects presented plans to preserve the existing two-story structure and build three stories of housing above it. The new project is just seven units instead of nine, a result of significant setbacks to preserve the existing facade.“The addition is very different,” Morris said, pointing to three stories of white plaster, metal, and glass above the existing black brick-and-stucco building. “It’s clean and contemporary and blocky.”View from Sycamore Street of the proposed development at 645 Valencia St. Design by Kerman Morris Architects.View from Valencia Street of the proposed development at 645 Valencia St. Design by Kerman Morris Architects.The previous design for the Elbo Room at 645 Valencia St., which razed the old building and replaced it with nine units of condos. Design by Kerman Morris Architects.Morris said the Planning Department had advised him that the bar might qualify for historic preservation, given its previous incarnation as Amelia’s, a lesbian bar in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. It’s previous owner sold Amelia’s to the Rings in 1991.“The Planning Department said, ‘Gee, this is one of those buildings that might be significant for the LGBT historic corridor,’” Morris said.Though the department has not yet ruled on the building’s historic nature, Morris drafted a new plan placing the added stories away from the property line. That move, Morris said, would be required by the city if the building was designated historical because it ensures a marked difference between the new construction and the existing building. A historical designation, if it occurs, would be for the building itself and not the bar. As such, the Planning Department told Morris that he would be able to proceed with his current design even if the building were designated for preservation by the city.In the last two years, community opposition to the project seems to have waned. At Thursday’s meeting, just one person — of two neighbors to attend — raised objections.“My main concern with the project is losing a historic neighborhood venue and getting yet another condo project that I imagine is very high-end,” said the neighbor, whose first name was Daisy. She wondered whether the architect could preserve the bar by expanding the ground-floor retail space, something architects said would be difficult because they would have to dig underground to put in the parking that’s currently planned for the first floor.Morris said the retail space on the first floor would be small, some 600 square feet, and fit for a cafe or other eatery. Another bar, he said, was likely out of the question. “There’s no plan for it to continue to be an entertainment venue,” he said.The new design calls for four parking spaces on the ground floor alongside the retail space. The second floor would have three one-bedrooms and the third floor would have a two-bedroom and a studio. The fourth floor would be a single two-bedroom, while the fifth floor would be occupied by part of the three-bedroom (one of the bedrooms in the top floor unit is on the fourth floor). Morris said construction itself could last 12–16 months, but that he did not know when the Planning Department would approve their permits and allow them to break ground. It will be at least after the beginning of 2018, when the Elbo Room’s lease expires. Tags: bars • Business • development • elbo room • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
0% Tags: ICE • immigrants • immigration • Trump Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott made it clear at Wednesday’s Police Commission meeting that his officers will not cooperate with federal immigration agents during raids that are expected soon in Northern California. “Our instructions have been clear in terms of our policies … SFPD will not assist in any federal immigration enforcement,” he said. “That’s the message we’re putting forward to make sure all our members understand our policies in the spirit of the laws here in our city.” On Wednesday, the Chronicle reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, is planning to arrest some 1,500 undocumented immigrants in San Francisco and other Northern California cities. It’s unclear when, exactly, the raids will happen. Commissioner Petra DeJesus initially broached the topic. “It’s putting a lot of fear in the community,” she said, asking Scott how he is preparing for the raids. “How do we calm the community?” “It’s pretty clear — I don’t know how else to say it — we will not assist,” he said. DeJesus also raised the issue of ICE agents wearing jackets that say “police” when they are not certified peace officers in the state of California. “If they’re not POST certified, they should not be calling themselves ‘police;’ they’re federal agents,” she said. She wants the city to send a cease-and-desist letter to the immigration agency telling its officers not to wear clothing that says “police.” Instead, they should wear jackets that say “federal agent,” she said. DeJesus’s point was supported by Commision President Julius Turman and Vice President Thomas Mazzucco. “Right now, everyone’s been struggling for the last year and a half — certainly under the new watch with Chief Scott — to instill trust and confidence in the Latino community that the police is not there to harm them in any way, but to protect,” said Jim Salinas, a former police commissioner and head of San Francisco Latino Democratic Club.“For the federal agents to come in here wearing those police vests certainly diminishes the ability for this police department to continue to build and instill the trust and confidence we have lost,” Salinas said.
DARREN Lockyer and Martin Murray will both be appearing at Langtree Park in November.We will host a Special World Cup Forum With Darren Lockyer on Friday November 9 at 7pm with Saints Legends past and present also in attendance.Held in our Hattons Travel Sponsors Lounge, you can buy tickets now for £30 and £20.The £30 per head ticket includes a buffet and exclusive VIP drinks reception in the Boardroom. For the £20 option a buffet is also included.The Rugby League World Cup will also be at the event as we countdown to when Langtree Park will host Australia v Fiji.Tickets for the event are on sale here.A day later (Saturday November 10) St Helens boxing legend Martin Murray will be holding a Special Exhibition Training Session.Starting at 12pm this event is FREE but tickets must be obtained in advance from THE CLUB SHOP ONLY.Martin is preparing for his next fight and is looking forward to showing off his skills to his fans.There will be cash food at this event too for £6.50.
AS and from Monday July 22 and for all future matches St.Helens R.F.C. will be operating a road closure on Peasley Cross Lane.This will operate prior to the end of the match and will last for a period of 20/25 minutes or until the bulk of pedestrian traffic has cleared from the road.Warning signs will be placed on the roundabout at Parr Street and at the Traffic Light Junction with Sherdley Road.Peasley Cross Lane will be closed from the North Side of Hunter Street and from the South side of the Retail Park opposite Hardshaw Brook Depot.No traffic will be allowed to move between these two points and traffic will not be allowed to stop and park between these two points.
HULL KR have been somewhat of a nemesis for Saints over recent years.Last season, Craig Sandercock’s team emerged victorious three times as Michael Dobson inspired them to success.And although the half back has now moved on, and they’ve had an indifferent start to the season, Nathan Brown expects them to be just as challenging this season.“Hull KR are an interesting team,” he said. “Their attack is really challenging and they test your defensive line. They ran Leeds close first up, got a draw at Huddersfield and then lost at Castleford after losing some players to bans.“Those players will be back this week and the forwards are physical. I’m not sure the table reflects where they are going to end up. When they get going they play some great football.”Saints come into the match on the back of three wins, including what looked to be a comfortable win over Salford last Thursday.“It was a lot tougher than the scoreline suggested,” Brown added. “They completed something like 90 per cent of their sets and had a lot of good players on the field. To keep them to zero was brilliant.“We’re happy with how we’re improving and know we have to keep on doing that to keep up with the sides above us last year.“After Easter is when you normally see how teams are really going. Wigan rested players and did well against Wakefield whilst Warrington have good forwards coming back. There’s still work for us to do.”Brown expects Gary Wheeler to be available after missing the win over Salford with a dead leg whilst Mose Masoe could make his debut.“Mose has trained well and will be in our 19 man squad. We will make a decision on whether he is ready in the next day or so.“The fans have high hopes for him and Mose should get a lot of confidence from that. He is a mature player for his age and the minute he does start playing he will contribute well and will get better and better.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
MATTY Dawson is hoping Saints can change the record when they host Leeds this Friday.Saints head into the game having lost the last three at Langtree Park – and that is something that needs to be rectified according to the centre / winger.“Our home form isn’t good and it is something we need to change,” he said. “The fans have every right to go quiet when things don’t go right. A lot is expected of a team like Saints and when you’re not performing – and they are paying to watch – then they have a right to be quiet.“We weren’t good against Catalans and Keiron (Cunningham) was rightfully critical of us. He was disappointed with the effort especially after the performance of the week before. We need to buck our ideas up.“We may have players out but it doesn’t matter what age you are or your experience, you are expected to do a job. Part and parcel of being a St Helens player is you have to play well.“Catalans have some quality players and played well – but we are a good side as well and have to prove it.”Saints will have a chance to make amends when they host Champions Leeds on Friday.And it’s a match-up Dawson is looking forward to.“Leeds have two of the best centres in the comp in Joel Moon and Kallum Watkins and you always want to test yourself against the best,” he continued. “We have played them already this season and we know what they have to throw at us. The result against Hull will have perked them up and they won’t want to fall back into a slump. We have to be a speed bump along the way.“They play off the cuff and once the game speeds up the likes of Rob Burrow and Zak Hardaker come into their own. We have to control the ruck.“We need to find the solution we had in the Warrington game and if we take that forward then we should come out on top in most games.”Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 8pm, are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online.
THE Reserves and 19s are in action this weekend against Hull FC and Newcastle respectively.Ian Talbot’s side beat Hull FC on Saturday at Ruskin Drive 60-30 whilst the 19s travel to Newcastle on Sunday (12.30pm).The 19s squad is:Alex Eckley, Ben Sims, Brad Pinder, Chris Kellett, Elliot Jenkins, Evan Bullen, Joe Sharratt, John Hutchings, Jordan Olmez, Jorge Lewtas, Kevin Brown, Luke Ward, Paul Nash, Ryan Horne, Sam Royle, Sean Croston, Tom Nisbet.
SAINTS take on Warrington tonight with a stunning record against the Wolves in Super League.They have won 44 of the matches between the two sides in the modern era – but that will count for nothing tonight.Last Ten Meetings:Warrington 18, St Helens 10 (SLSF, 29/9/16) Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16) St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16) Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16) St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15) Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15) St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle) St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15) St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14) St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Super League Summary:St Helens won 44 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs) Warrington won 12 (includes wins in 2012 and 2016 play-offs) 2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin) Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Head to Head:SaintsWarringtonTries1413Goals1010Metres5,9445,492Breaks2518Tackles1,8151,684Penalties4238Career Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:James Roby needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 91 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015) and 1 for Great Britain (2006-2007).Stefan Ratchford needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 56 times for Warrington since 2012, to go with 40 tries for Salford (2007-2011). He has also scored 3 times for England Knights (2011-2012), and has 2 non-scoring appearances for England (2012 & 2016).Super League Milestones: (Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 454 2 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-2015) 439 3 = Andy Lynch (Castleford/Hull FC/Bradford, 1999-present), Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-2015) 438 5 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-2016) 432 6 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 413 7 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 412 8 Lee Gilmour (Wakefield/Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-2014) 407 9 Ben Westwood (Warrington/Wakefield, 1999-present) 386 10 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 385Try-Scoring Runs:St Helens’ Mark Percival (2-1-1) have all scored tries in their sides’ last three games.Losing Runs:Warrington Wolves have lost their last six Super League matches. Their last Super League victory was an 18-10 home semi-final success against St Helens on 29 September, 2016.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 9 2 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 8 3 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 6 4 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 5 5 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos), Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils), Mark Percival (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 4Goals:1 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 27 3 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 19 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 18 5 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 16Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 100.00 (27/27) 2 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 90.00 (18/20) 3 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 80.00 (12/15) 4 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 79.41 (27/34) 5 Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 68.42 (13/19)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 74 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 66 3 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 51 4 = Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Mark Percival (St Helens), Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 36
“It was a really good performance from us, we knew we needed it and it was really pleasing to see the boys play the way they did,” he said. “James Roby, Danny Richardson and Theo Fages linked up well and I thought Jon Wilkin was outstanding too in that first half.“We knew how big the game was for both teams and I thought we really turned up. We lost our way in the second half but found it in back end of the game.“After the Leeds game a lot of people said our season was over and I said I didn’t believe that. I knew we had performed well that night but just didn’t get the two points.“I knew we had to string some wins together and we have done that. We are right in the mix now and today was another sign of that.”Justin was also keen to point out the contribution of Danny Richardson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook after the game.“Danny is going well for us. He is loving playing and it is great for us to have him in there – and he will there for weeks to come if he continues playing the way he is. Him and Theo are playing well for us and are combining really well which is what we need.“Louie has been great too and deserved his try. The boys are enjoying it and we are getting some good results off that.“Now we have to continue it.“We have a week off now and of course I would have preferred to have kept on playing. We will have some time off and then look to continue it on.“We have clawed our way back but we cannot afford to relax at all or we know where we will end up.“We will enjoy today’s performance and then keep on moving forward.”
The centre makes the move after appearing 49 times for the club, scoring 24 tries.He made his debut in 2017.“We have a lot of competition for places in the squad and therefore we felt it was best for the club and Ryan if he went out on loan,” Saints CEO Mike Rush said. “Ryan is too good a player not to be playing regularly and will be a great fit at the London Broncos.“With Mark Percival and Kevin Naiqama being our starting centres, and Ryan needing to play week in week out, we felt the move was best of both parties.“We thank London and Danny Ward for their help in making his move happen and we wish Ryan nothing but the best for 2019.”