November 2022

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Pedestrian “Jungle”: the dispute in Paris over rental electric scooters | Paris

PAris is considering banning electric scooter rentals, warning that its fleet of 15,000 rental scooters has safety issues, stresses pedestrians, clutters city streets and has yet to prove its positive impact on the environment.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo is expected to announce a decision on the future of electric scooter rentals in the coming weeks as the three operators in the French capital – Lime, Dott and Tier – hope to renew their licenses which expire in February. Operators have proposed a range of changes such as license plates so police can track traffic offenses and identity checks to ensure users are over 18.

Paris was the first city in Europe to open up to the “self-service” shared electric scooter market in 2018, where scooters could be left anywhere and collected via a mobile app. Two years later, after complaints of lawless use, the city cracked down on what operators called the toughest regulations in the world: reducing the number of operators to three, automatically tracking and limiting the speed of each scooter. 20 km and 10 km in some areas, even zero. if entering public parks and assigning designated parking areas.

Dockless electric scooters from Lime and Dott sharing services are parked for hire on a street in Paris. Photography: Charles Platiau/Reuters

But a dispute is now underway in Paris over the future of rental e-scooters. Maud Gatel, a councilor for the centrist MoDem party, told a Paris council meeting last week that rental electric scooters had turned the city into a “jungle” where “pedestrians are afraid to cross a street or even walk along the sidewalk”.

David Belliard, the green deputy mayor for transport and public spaces, said all options were on the table, including a ban. “We still have three big areas of concern,” he said. “The first is safety: for scooter users and others, such as pedestrians.” His second concern was the congestion of the streets of the city, despite dedicated parking spaces. “There has been progress, but it’s still complicated: for example, in parking lots, we find electric scooters strewn on the ground and people forced to climb on them, including the elderly.”

He said there were also questions about the environmental side of electric scooters “which are slightly disposable and have a very short lifespan”.

A man reserves an electric scooter for Dott, one of three operators in the French capital.
A man reserves an electric scooter for Dott, one of three operators in the French capital. Photography: Chesnot/Getty Images

He said: ‘If we can’t find agreement with the operators on safety, public space and environmental credentials, then yes, it’s very clearly on the table right now to stop the contracts.’

Belliard said Paris could survive without electric scooter rentals, citing Barcelona which had never introduced them, and towns bordering Paris, such as Montreuil and Aubervilliers which had no rental system.

But e-scooter hirers have argued that Paris has one of the most regulated, dense and widely used e-scooter fleets in the world with 1.2 million passengers last year and a 76% increase. new users between summer 2021 and summer 2022 – most of them residing in Paris.

Operators said banning rental electric scooters would not remove all electric scooters from Paris, nor solve traffic problems.

A woman rides an electric scooter from bike-sharing service company Lime through Paris.
A woman rides an electric scooter from bike-sharing service company Lime through Paris. Photography: Chesnot/Getty Images

There has been a boom in French people buying their own personal electric scooters. In France last year, around 900,000 electric scooters were purchased for personal use, making it the largest market in Europe. Unlike the UK, which bans personal e-scooters on public roads, they are allowed in France but must stay in cycle paths, not exceed 25 km/h and carry no more than one person.

Renters said a majority of their users told them that if they couldn’t travel on a shared e-scooter, they would consider buying their own. The companies argued that private electric scooters were harder to regulate than tracked rental electric scooters. At 25 km/h, private scooters could go faster than Parisian rental scooters, limited to 20 km/h.

Nicolas Gorse, commercial director of operator Dott, said the “massively regulated market” in Paris was the most organized in the world. “There is no other city where you have 2,500 micro-mobility parking spaces, there is one every 200 meters in Paris. It’s an infrastructure boost that marks the massive transformation of Paris in recent years…including more cycle lanes, which aren’t just for cycling but for people using electric scooters.

Electric scooters lying on a Paris sidewalk.
Electric scooters lying on a Paris sidewalk. Photography: Chesnot/Getty Images

Paris recorded 337 accidents related to all types of electric scooters and similar small electric vehicles in the first eight months of 2022, compared to 247 in the same period of 2021. In a high-profile case last year, an Italian pedestrian was killed after being hit by a rental e-scooter carrying two women. But operators say rented electric scooters account for a small proportion of the city’s tragic crashes and have argued they account for fewer fatal incidents per trip than mopeds or cars.

Garance Lefevre, director of public affairs at US rental company Lime, said Paris was one of the cities with the highest Lime usage in the world – with a Lime scooter ride starting every four seconds.

She said shared e-scooters are often “scapegoats” in the debate over how to properly reshape public space in the city. “Disposal of shared electric scooters will not solve the problem of calming shared public space,” she said.

Fabienne, 53, who worked in the media, had picked up a rental e-scooter in the center of Paris because her bike had punctured. “Paris is right to regulate more,” she said. “But there’s a tendency to blame it all on rental companies when it comes to the people who use them. Like everything in Paris, there is a need for civility.

Djemila, 58, a Parisian department store manager and cyclist, said: “A ban is a good idea because, while some e-scooter riders are serious, many don’t seem to know the rules of the road. You can have two or even three young children on it, having fun. It’s like a toy.

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Closure of the Trig Road footbridge during the felling of trees

A view of Levin, Lake Horowhenua and the Tasman Sea from the top of the Trig Road Lookout.

An extremely popular footbridge crossing private forest land directly east of Levin will temporarily close as soon as the trees are ready to harvest.

The Trig walkway was extremely popular with the public with around 2000 people walking or cycling the track each week in the height of summer. Stunning views of the coastline await anyone who makes it to the top.

Harvesting of the 94-hectare block will begin on January 9, 2023 and is expected to last 18 months. When the forest block has been completely cleared, around mid-2024, the walkway will reopen to walkers and cyclists.

There is alternative access to the summit of Trig via the Gray Bush Track on Gladstone Road while Trig Road is closed for logging.
There is alternative access to the summit of Trig via the Gray Bush Track on Gladstone Road while Trig Road is closed for logging.

The Kohitere Forest Block was owned by Australian company Norsewood Estate Limited and managed by New Zealand-based Forest Enterprises since 2019, which was responsible for forest health, access and harvesting operations.

Logging companies were providing the public with an alternative walking trail during the Trig Road block closure. He had built a walking track on the other side of the hill so the public could maintain access to the top of Trig, with parking available at the track entrance on Gladstone Road.

Forest Enterprises Operations Manager Chris Hawthorn was on site at the Gray Bush Track this week and on the tools himself, helping clear the bush in anticipation of public access to the road during the Trig closure Road.

A couple of young wanderers walk up the popular Trig track from the Denton Road entrance.
A couple of young wanderers walk up the popular Trig track from the Denton Road entrance.

He said the company was aware of the popularity of Trig Road and wanted to do what it could to ensure there was an alternative available to the public during the necessary routine harvest.

“It’s a pretty nice walk – a bit steep at first so you need decent shoes – but it levels out and goes through some native bush. It’s less convenient, but it’s a nice walk,” he said.

The Trig Road block was originally planted with pinus radiata by residents of the Kohitere Boys’ Home decades ago. This crop was harvested in 1992 and replanted, and now this crop was ready to harvest.

The crop rotation cycle was approximately every 28 years. The next generation of trees were carefully selected from seed in Rotorua and raised in Woodville at Murray Nurseries.

Forest Enterprises Operations Manager Chris Hawthorn clears brush near the Gray Bush Track boardwalk sign.
Forest Enterprises Operations Manager Chris Hawthorn clears brush near the Gray Bush Track boardwalk sign.

When ready for planting, the new trees would be spaced at 1,000 stems per hectare. After a few years, there would be a thinning of non-performing trees to nearly half that number, with the remainder left to fully mature.

Hawthorn said the target yield was 750 tons per hectare. Each tree weighed an average of 1.67 tons. At least 70% of the trees would be processed by local company Mitchpine, with the rest likely to go overseas.

He said most of the trees were pinus radiata, although there were a very small number of Douglas firs planted in 1964 that would also be harvested. The block would then be replanted with the next generation of trees the following winter, at the rate of 2,000 saplings per week.

A sign at the entrance to the Gray Bush Track.
A sign at the entrance to the Gray Bush Track.

Hawthorn said when harvest is complete, the Trig Road Track will reopen to walkers and cyclists, and Forest Enterprises will seek to work with Levin Mountain Biking Club to restore existing mountain bike trails that were expected to suffer damage during the harvest.

The public has been urged to heed the closure for their own safety and should also take care due to the increased number of logging trucks near the area during harvest time.

The Gray Bush Track would remain open after harvest.

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Prologis plans an Arts District studio complex at 7th and Alameda

Prologis, best known for building logistics hubs, is looking to participate in the boom of the Los Angeles sound scene.

The San Francisco-based company announced today that it is filing an application with the LA Department of Planning to redevelop a nine-plus-acre property at 1716 E. 7th Street in the Arts District. The more than eight-acre site, which Prologis acquired last year for more than $90 million, has long been the headquarters of Greyhound’s Los Angeles bus station. doggy style recently moved its operations to a bay in the Union Patsaouras Transit Plaza station .

The 8.3 acre property recently purchased by PrologisGoogle Maps

Prologis intends to raze the now vacant intercity bus station, paving the way for a new production studio campus at the southeast corner of 7th and Alameda streets. The proposed project, named Alameda Crossings, would include 10 sound stages and 291,000 square feet of office and support space. The plans also call for a parking garage with a capacity of 941 vehicles and 136 bicycles.

Relativity Architects designs the proposed project, which is presented in a conceptual rendering as a series of contemporary low-rise structures clad in rust-colored paneling and wrapped in new street trees and landscaping.

Similarly, Prologis also has an alternative regime in its authorization application which would allow the construction of a logistics facility for companies in the field of research and development. In this concept, the property would also have commercial uses on the ground floor.

Rendering of Alameda Crossing built as a logistics facilityArchitects of Relativity

“We are excited about the opportunity to redevelop what was the Greyhound Bus Terminal in the Los Angeles Arts District,” Prologis Vice President Lauren Achtemeier said in a press release. “We will work with the city on our plans and engage with the community throughout the process. Prologis has been a longtime member of the Los Angeles business community. We own and operate 17 buildings in the City of Los Angeles , which creates more than 1,000 jobs and supports more than 60 customers.

The project, which has no announced timeline, is the third major studio complex planned along Alameda Street, which represents the western border of the Arts District. Atlas Capital Group has already secured approvals for a new campus with 11 sound stages and offices at the current site of the LA Times print shop, which has been dubbed 8th & Alameda Studios. A few blocks north, East End Capital earlier this year announced plans to build 16 sound stages and offices on a 15-acre property at Alameda and 6th Street.

Relativity Architects, the design firm attached to the project, is also working on similar production facilities in Boyle Heights and Glendale.

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Anchorage Assembly plans to eliminate all parking requirements for new developments

Anchorage may soon join dozens other cities in the United States that have eliminated or relaxed policies requiring off-street parking for new residential and commercial developments to increase affordable housing, reduce development costs, and curb urban sprawl .

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly is expected to vote on a reform proposal city ​​parking rules – removed citywide parking requirements and added requirements for bicycle parking.

“Anchorage has a parking problem,” Assemblyman Daniel Volland said during a meeting on the issue last week. Volland spearheaded the proposal alongside members Kevin Cross and Forrest Dunbar, along with a city planning department task force and some community members.

“Parking is expensive. This is a high cost for developers, whether residential or commercial. And right now, we have a housing shortage in Anchorage. Someone has to find ways to make it easier for developers to build multifamily housing,” Volland said.

Volland wrote the draft order after the planning department in December suggested a series of changes that would have greatly reduced the requirements. But the department’s original proposal didn’t go far enough, Volland said.

Large stretches of roadway push everything apart, making it harder to connect neighborhoods and create areas of green development, the three assemblymen say.

“As Kevin (Cross) likes to say, ‘You trade Alaskan splendor for pavement,'” Volland said.

Also, it takes more effort to get around without a car. “It’s a longer walk or bike ride from place to place because everything is separated by these big parking lots,” he said.

The three Assembly members say residents need not worry about losing their existing parking spaces. Removing parking requirements is not the same as getting rid of existing parking, Volland said.

“I don’t think anyone is going to immediately go out and remove their parking lot overnight,” Cross said.

Besides new construction, this would impact “primarily the use of vacant lots or excess parking areas in large lots,” Cross said. “It would give other commercial entrepreneurs who have an absurdly large parking lot that is not being used the opportunity to turn it into green space, turn it into a nice park, improve the facade of the property, create these indoor connectivities, as well as maybe building a small office building…and providing additional business opportunities within a community.

It would not be prohibited for builders, promoters and merchants to include parking in their projects.

“In fact, you could say they already have the incentive of the free market to do so,” Volland told Assembly members last week. Several new downtown developments, which do not have requirements, choose to include parking spaces.

All of Anchorage, except downtown, requires a minimum number of parking spaces for most residential and commercial developments. How much often varies depending on the size, use and zoning area of ​​the building.

But these numbers are usually set for “peak use” and are not data-driven. Parking minimums create situations where businesses must consider the maximum possible parking usage, when in reality, a large portion of parking is unused most of the time.

For example, current city ​​code requires Anchorage bowling alleys to have four parking spaces per bowling alley. It doesn’t make sense, Volland said.

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“So if you’re a bowling alley, you basically have to assume that every night is league night and no one is carpooling,” he said.

For bars in Anchorage — places where the city may want to discourage driving — the current requirement is one parking space per 350 square feet of gross floor area of ​​a bar.

Parking laws also hinder “adaptive reuse” or the repurposing of empty buildings, making it harder for businesses and contractors to renovate commercial spaces into something new.

In a presentation To other Assembly members, Volland cited the example of the former La Mex restaurant on Spenard Road, which is currently empty. A contractor might want to turn the space into a food hall, a popular model in the Lower 48 that houses several restaurants and small markets, often with outdoor and rooftop dining, he said. (The owners of Moose’s Tooth in 2018 says they were planning to do just that with the building, but last year they said the plan was pendingpartly because of high development costs.)

“Under current code, the facility would require 146.25 parking spaces, which is much larger than the current lot,” he said.

This problem often prevents certain types of businesses from using vacant buildings like this, he said. “So the question becomes, what’s best for Anchorage? A revitalized building that is open for business or a vacant building with an empty parking lot? Volland said.

All of these factors result in “empty space that doesn’t contribute to our tax base,” Volland said. Additionally, meltwater and runoff from parking lots have an environmental impact and cost the city’s stormwater department, he said.

By including additional requirements for bicycle parking in the measure, the group aims to encourage alternative modes of transport and reduce the demand for parking. Most new developments would require at least two bike spaces, such as a U-shaped bike rack. This minimum would increase for larger developments

But that wouldn’t impact existing buildings, which would be grandfathered and already considered to already have the two-space minimum even if the building doesn’t have one, according to a memo from the planning department. The bicycle parking requirements would come into force in 2024, after a transition period.

Also in 2024, the city would begin to need major developments to implement a strategy, from a list of several possibilities, to help reduce parking demand and encourage alternative transport and carpooling. That could mean building more bike parking, sponsoring transit passes for employees or residents, or developing pedestrian amenities, among other options.

The planning department is also conducting a study on right-of-way management, which the Assembly voted to fund earlier this year. This study explores strategies for on-street parking, snow storage, and parking spillovers.

“For us, that alleviated a lot of the concerns we had about removing minimums in Title 21,” said Tom Davis, senior city planner. “Because there are ways to manage parking or secondary parking or on-street parking behavior without having to resort to off-street parking minimums, and I think this study will really help the municipality.”

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Urgent warning to drivers about TikTok parking ‘hack’ that could land you a hefty fine

DRIVERS have received an urgent warning about a TikTok parking ‘hack’ that could land them a hefty fine.

Motorists are urged to avoid the #parkinghack challenge gripping drivers across the country.


Drivers have been told not to follow a TikTok parking ‘hack’ that tells them to fake a breakdownCredit: Getty

The silly TikTok hack has had over seven million views in the past two weeks.

It’s about pretending your car is broken down and waiting to be fixed to get out of a parking ticket.

But Harrison Woods, CEO of Your Parking Space, told the Liverpool Echo that their “seamless” hack leaves out one key detail.

He said: “Although many commenters believe that if you are willing to fight you might be able to get out of a ticket, if you follow this hack you will still get a ticket and have to pay unless you can prove, with receipts, that your car was either awaiting repairs or vehicle recovery.

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“Cameras can also be used to provide evidence of the condition of your car, in addition to your claims having to be consistent with what the parking attendant has said about your case.”

And those who can’t face a crushing fine and be taken to court under the Fraud Act, costing you hundreds of pounds in legal fees.

In the worst-case scenario, you could be convicted and receive an unlimited fine or even be sent to jail, Woods said.

He added: “Leaving the bonnet of your car open when you are away from your vehicle will only result in water damage or, in other cases, harmful intrusion and a temptation for thieves.

“That means you could be seriously out of luck if your car is damaged and you have no proof of how the damage happened.

“Paying to park might seem like an inconvenience in the moment, but keeping your car safe will cause you far fewer problems in the long run.”

In April, drivers were warned that a TikTok trend could land them in trouble with the law, or even send them to jail.

The craze, known as car camping or stealth camping, is outfitting your car with everything from foam mattresses to blackout blinds and then spending the night inside.

The movement has gained momentum in the US, but is also growing in the UK, with #stealthcamping receiving 9.5 million views on TikTok, while Google searches for the trend have doubled in the last year.

Enthusiasts report that it gives them the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, without worrying about the price.

However, would-be car campers have been warned that this can lead to heavy legal penalties if done wrong.

Mark Akbar, Managing Director of CarStore, gave drivers his top tips for participating in the craze safely and legally.

His main warning was that “sleeping in a car in the UK under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and Britons can face a hefty £2,500 fine, 10 license points or even a jail.

“Even if the car is stationary, you can still be considered legally in control.

“So if you’re thinking of camping in your car after a night out at the pub, think again!”

The Road Traffic Act 1998 states that motorists are liable to punishment if they exceed the limit while “in control” of a vehicle, not just driving it.

He also advised campers to be aware of potential parking fees and to turn off the engine and heater to avoid draining the battery.

Even stopping at a gas station can lead to unexpected parking charges after two hours, according to Mark.

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He further cautioned against driving when tired, no matter how far the destination is.

His advice is to stop every two hours to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, as well as to plan sufficiently long stopovers at hotels or campsites.

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The legendary In-N-Out in the middle of California

“An animal-style n°1, fries… and a Diet Coke. Then another #1 with, just regular, but ketchup and mustard instead of spread and no onions and a coke. And then a kid’s burger. Plain. Just meat and bread. But could you do like pickles on the side, like a bag of pickles in a bag of fries? Yes? Alright, great…”

Listening to the driver of the car in front of me talk about how they like their In-N-Out in the days leading up to one of the busiest travel days of the yearI realize that I am literally at the center of In-N-Outs: Kettleman City.

Kettleman City, an unincorporated town of 1,245, sits right in the middle of the road between San Francisco and Los Angeles, or, if you’re going east or west, between San Simeon and Bakersfield.

The Kettleman City, California skyline as seen from the parking lot of its popular In-N-Out.

Photo by Andrew Pridgen

And at this time of year, the city’s population seems to double during the day, with buzzing motorists weaving through the state.

As hungry travelers exit Interstate 5 or cross it on Highway 41, the iconic In-N-Out arrow is most visible on the skyline of the city’s fast food offerings.

Part of Kettleman City In-N-Out’s appeal is its key geographic positioning. It’s at 33464 Bernard Drive, on a horseshoe road past a Wienerschnitzel, a Little Caesars, and a Baja Fresh. Turn right at McDonald’s and there you will find a long driveway that leads to the oversized parking lot of In-N-Out, adjacent to a new Tesla charging station.

The restaurant is not only at the first fork of the bisecting highways, but it is also at the top of a gradual incline where you can see down the parking lot, past the chain’s double-crossed palm trees, and all the way down to the apartments endless sparkles. of the Central Valley.

That day, just a week away from Thanksgiving, the Kettleman City In-N-Out was busy and close to capacity during the lunch rush.

San Francisco residents Sam and Lauren Maslin stop at the Kettleman City In-N-Out en route to their wedding ceremony in Palm Springs.

San Francisco residents Sam and Lauren Maslin stop at the Kettleman City In-N-Out en route to their wedding ceremony in Palm Springs.

Photo by Andrew Pridgen

The oversized parking lot was two-thirds full and the drive-thru line snaked down the side streets. Those who wanted to get out of their car for a bit and stretch their legs were greeted by a line of people at the door. Some patrons were tucking into burgers and marveling at the holiday rush as they stopped at the In-N-Out, on their way to their own vacations.

“We’re about to get married,” said San Francisco resident Sam Maslin, who was taking bites of his double-double. “Well, we’re doing the ceremony in Palm Springs anyway, Indian Wells.”

His partner, Lauren Maslin, who grew up in Arizona, said the Kettleman City In-N-Out is “just kind of where you go in California when you’re moving around the state.” I learned that from him.

The couple burst out laughing as they said In-N-Out leaves nothing to chance. Sam continued to speculate that In-N-Out’s locations are all “very strategically placed”.

The In-N-Out at Kettleman City is the halfway stop for those traveling between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

The In-N-Out at Kettleman City is the halfway stop for those traveling between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Photo by Andrew Pridgen

“I actually thought about that,” he said, “like when you get up and leave SF in the morning to go to Southern California, that’s where you’ll be when it’s time to lunch. When you leaving for TahoeAuburn is where you’ll want to stop for a snack.

“Or an even stranger example: I did the Wildflower Triathlon on the [Central Coast] a few years ago and all I wanted after was In-N-Out. We got in the car and drove about 75 miles north to the first one. And there, as soon as I left, everyone is running athletes, in their lycra. For some reason, when you’re on the road, everyone always thinks In-N-Out.

By now, you probably know one side of the In-N-Out story almost as well as you know your order. The (still) family-run, never-franchised burger stand was founded in 1948, at the start of the post-war freeway boom, in the Los Angeles suburb of Baldwin Park. Since then, it has expanded to 358 locations in five states – California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Texas – all a day’s drive from its headquarters in Irvine.

In-N-Out’s head office is notoriously suspicious of location placement and volume of business done. They did not respond to SFGATE’s requests for details about the Kettleman City restaurant.

In-N-Out Burgers are served at the 13th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit Presented By Chrysler Featuring A Kids Tent By Hasbro Studios at John Varvatos Boutique on April 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

In-N-Out Burgers are served at the 13th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit Presented By Chrysler Featuring A Kids Tent By Hasbro Studios at John Varvatos Boutique on April 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.

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In-N-Out is now overseen by founders’ only grandson Harry and Esther Snyder. The current president of the company is Lynsi Snyder40, whose current side business is the military-themed Christian organization army of lovewith a mission to “act as an outstretched arm of the body of Christ to embrace those in need of direction, encouragement, prayer, discipleship, healing, training, and freedom,” according to its site. website.

The fast food company has a simple basic menu: burgers, fries, drinks, shakes. Over time, it has evolved into an art form with endless possibilities, thanks to its legendary and beloved “secret” items.

Roselynn Nixon, on the way with her family from Disneyland back in the Bay Area, said their favorite order was always on their minds when they were on the road. Kettleman City is also the stop, a marker of how far you’ve come and how far you still have to go.

“That’s the midpoint,” she said. “It’s time to get out and recharge.”

She meant that, literally. The family on vacation took advantage of the Tesla charging station to stock up on hamburgers and fries. Coming down the previous Saturday they had also stopped at Kettleman City, but the In-N-Out they said was too busy so they had to settle for McDonald’s.

“This one is still pretty comprehensive, for good reason,” Nixon said. “We’re not in a rush, but today was easier than the weekend. It’s a good place to stop but, you know, you probably don’t want to stay too, too long.

Waste Management's Kettleman Hills Hazardous Waste Facility is near the popular Kettleman City In-N-Out along Interstate 5.

Waste Management’s Kettleman Hills Hazardous Waste Facility is near the popular Kettleman City In-N-Out along Interstate 5.

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She’s right. Kettleman City may not be where most motorists want to stay for a while and by design it is not. Most notably, the area has made headlines for the effects of the nearby Kettleman Hills hazardous waste facility, owned by garbage giant Waste Management, just 4 miles west of the In-N-Out parking lot. .

In addition to its proximity to Interstate 5, the toxic waste site has been linked to birth defects and even deaths here since it opened in 1982. The town, which is 95% Hispanic, began in the 1920s as a place to live for those who worked in the nearby oil fields. It is now mostly residents who work in the rest area section of town or in the surrounding farmlands.

“I think everyone likes to stop here, it’s definitely a place we like to come to,” Michelle Peterson said. She and her husband recently moved from Long Beach to Nipomo on the Central Coast. “We love In-N-Out, but there are always stories behind these cities; there is always something going on, a little more than it seems.

Boise residents Jason Holm and Dylan Lindsey came to Kettleman City after fixing refrigeration equipment during the week at Delano Farms. This time, they decided to skip In-N-Out to sample Bravo Land instead, a 32,000-square-foot border town-themed restaurant and attraction of Bravo Farms owners, the Van Ryn family.

Bravo Land, a frontier-themed restaurant, snacks and sundries, relieves long lines at In-N-Out Kettleman City for some who stop by.

Bravo Land, a frontier-themed restaurant, snacks and sundries, relieves long lines at In-N-Out Kettleman City for some who stop by.

Photo by Andrew Pridgen

Holm and Lindsey enjoyed burritos and seasoned fries as they sat next to a shooting gallery with an animatronic bear waving at potential players.

“In-N-Out is great, but that line man,” Holm said. “You know, coming from Boise where we had a lot of our… import traffic [from] here it’s nice to take a break from sitting in a line of cars.

Indeed, Bravo Land and its Wild West aesthetic may be an alternative for folks who stop by Kettleman City and only see taillights at In-N-Out this holiday season. But for some, the wait is also part of it.

“It’s the anticipation, right?” said Sam Maslin smiling. “I guess you surprised us at a time when we were impatient and hopeful for the future.”

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Coweta plans to open Shenandoah Annex in early 2023

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A sign in front of the future Coweta County Government Annex shows the many departments that will be housed on the site.

Coweta County plans to open a new government annex in the Shenandoah area in the first quarter of 2023.

This new addition is being built on the former site of the former AMC Theaters, which for several years was the only movie theater in Coweta County. Coweta County purchased the facility in December 2021 and began construction shortly thereafter.

Mike Johnson, director of facilities management for the county, estimated that the installation is about 80 percent complete.

“We kicked off the project pretty quickly in January,” Johnson said.

Instead of movies, the facility will house a number of county departments, including the office of elections, the office of the tax commissioner, the Department of Veterans Services and more.

The need for the new facility was identified during a needs assessment survey several years ago, said County Government CEO Michael Fouts.

Fouts said county government had outgrown the existing administrative offices on East Broad Street due to county growth.

The new building will include a drive-thru window allowing residents to renew their car tag and pay property taxes without leaving their vehicles.

“The public, if they’re disabled, don’t have to get out of their car, they can drive through it,” said Justin McMichael, Coweta County’s deputy tax commissioner.

The drive-thru window will be just one of a handful statewide. McMichael said he remembered seeing one in Lowndes County, on the state’s southern border, but not many other places.

“We’re going to have additional service windows,” McMichael said. “It’s going to be a better design. We’re a little restless about where we are right now. This will reduce our service times (with) the drive-thru.

There will be 10 service windows in one location at the beacon office, compared to the nine service locations at the beacon office in two different windows.

“We’re pretty much maxed out where we are right now, so that’s going to give us a little bit more room to grow, which is what we need,” McMichael said. “We’re trying to keep up with the population where we are right now, so it’s been tough.”

Not only will motorists be able to have their license plates renewed on site, but they will also be able to apply, test and renew their driver’s license on site.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services will have an office in the Shenandoah Annex, making it one of the few in the entire state with both a tag office and a DDS office.

In the parking lot, Fouts said, a driving test area will be on site in the parking lot for motorists to pass the driving portion of their license exam.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Services will also be moving from the 22 E. Broad St. site for the new facility.

Fouts also said the new facility will be more central to most Coweta County residents.

“We’ve heard some people say, ‘Wow, you’re moving far over there.’ It’s still within the city limits here. I think it’s 2.3 miles from the location, and it’s really not that far. If you look at it from a density perspective population, it balances the east side and the west side. People on the east side have been driving downtown for years, so that kind of a balance.”

Additionally, the county’s main early voting location will be moved from the East Broad Street location to the Shenandoah site. For early voters, this will mean more parking, covered places to line up and an indoor place to vote.

County election officials will also have more space to store their equipment, which is distributed on Election Day to more than two dozen precincts across the county.

Additionally, the facility also includes a new training center, which county officials say could be used for a variety of purposes.

Fouts said the new construction takes an underutilized facility and turns it into an asset to the community.

Asked about the future fate of the location at 22 E. Broad St., Fouts said it was “to be determined.”

“We’ve been past that over the years, so we’re currently evaluating the best options moving forward,” he said.

When asked if the county would retain ownership of the facility, Fouts said the county was “still trying to decide what to do.”

The new facility will be located adjacent to the Junction Lanes bowling alley at 87 Newnan Station Drive.

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Petrol and diesel drivers warned to ‘never’ buy fuel at some petrol stations

The data shows that unleaded and diesel prices are expected to stay the same. Drivers can expect to pay an average of 164.89 pence per liter of petrol. However, diesel drivers are facing tough times as diesel costs remain high at 189.51p.

As a result, experts are warning drivers to be selective about where they fill up to help cut costs.

Motorway service stations will often have much higher costs for petrol and diesel as they do not sell the quantities that supermarkets sell and therefore do not get the same discounts.

These areas must also consider a number of other factors, including parking and amenities such as toilets and showers.

When fuel prices were at their peak in June and July, some motorists saw motorway service station costs reach £2.49 a litre.

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When petrol and diesel prices peaked at the end of June 2022, they had reached £1.91 per liter of unleaded petrol and £1.99 per liter of diesel.

This represents an increase of 209% and 219% respectively since 1997.

In 1997 fuel prices were fairly even, with unleaded petrol costing around 61.82 pence per liter on average and diesel costing only a fraction more at 62.47 pence per litre.

If these prices had risen in line with inflation over the last 25 years (3.03%), unleaded petrol would cost around £1.30 a liter and diesel £1.31.

Car prices have also increased dramatically, by 821% in less than 50 years.

At the time of release, a Ford Fiesta was valued at £1,856, while drivers will now be set back £17,905 for the latest model.

Based on an average inflation of 5.03% per year between 1976 and 2022, a brand new Fiesta could cost you £15,422.

This means motorists are paying £1,672 more than inflation-level prices, although advances in car technology and the infotainment system may make up for the price difference.

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Cleveland state unveils $650 million master plan

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State University has unveiled a visionary new master plan proposal capitalizing on its location in the heart of Cleveland that will guide the development of the university’s physical campus over the next decade.

The estimated $650 million proposal is designed to support the university’s academic and research missions, improve the student experience, increase and elevate on-campus housing, expand partnerships and spur economic development.

“Our downtown Cleveland location is one of our greatest assets,” said CSU President Laura Bloomberg. “As an urban public research university, we have a special obligation to serve the public good. For CSU, this means providing accessible, quality education for everyone on our campus, while serving as a catalyst for growth for our city and region. Our master plan provides the necessary infrastructure to support this mission.

The plan calls for a compact, mixed-use campus core that reinforces hallways across campus and better connects the university to the surrounding city. It outlines a strategy for new and updated communities on campus that include the Academic Core, a Student Experience District, and a Partnership District.

Academic core

Plans for the Academic Core, an area bounded by Carnegie and Euclid Avenues between E.22 and E.18 Avenues, include a renovated Rhodes Tower, new student housing, a new academic building, and a new quadrangle of campus.

Rhodes Tower, now a classroom and office building housing the CSU Library, will be completely redesigned. Plans for the iconic CSU building include student life and social space around the library on the first four floors of the building and 13 floors of new housing for nearly 500 students.

“Bringing together living, learning, dining and recreation spaces in our iconic building is designed to activate and energize the heart of our campus,” said David Jewell, CSU’s senior vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer. . “Rhodes Tower will be the center of a vibrant, active, 24/7 community.”

The master plan is designed to provide a flexible framework for campus development. This adaptability is exemplified by two new university buildings to the west of Rhodes Tower. The buildings will house active learning classrooms, labs and collaborative spaces and will be designed to evolve with changing teaching and learning methods. One of the buildings will include on-campus housing.

A quadrangle of campus will be created between a new academic building and the music and communications building to the south. The new quad will connect to the existing student center plaza, significantly expanding the green spaces at the heart of the campus.

The Academic Core also includes plans for a Corporate Connector building east of Berkman Hall. The center will provide a “gateway” to the University for businesses and other partners connecting them to research, faculty experts, and a talented workforce of CSU graduates and students .

The design also improves pedestrian access and circulation in the area and includes key improvements at Chester and 21st, Chester and 22nd, Euclid and 21st, and Euclid and 22nd intersections.

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Nearly 20 eviction notices issued at Mahomet mobile home park

MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) – Nearly 20 eviction notices have been sent to a mobile home community; just months after a new property management company took over. Now a mother Muhammad is out of breath.

She’s very emotional and scared and doesn’t feel comfortable telling her 12-year-old daughter what’s going on yet, which is why she will remain anonymous.

“I had to move too many times; my children had to move too many times,” said a mother of Muhammad.

After facing a host of health issues and not being able to work, she now owes over $1,500 in land fees at her mobile home park.

“I can’t work many hours; I cannot work enough to support my daughter because of my health,” she said. “I’m sorry that I don’t make so much money; I try.”

She has owned a home in Candlewood Estates for three years. When the bills started piling up, she worked with previous property management on a payment plan. But she says when new management took over, they weren’t as willing.

“She told me that if I had half of my balance of 15 hundred dollars, they would work out a payment plan with me,” the mother said.

She even considered taking out a loan to keep a roof over her daughter’s head.

“For the past three years, I’ve bought and paid for a house, and I’ve bought and paid for a car,” the mother said. “I have accomplished a lot in the last three years.”

We contacted Kodiak Property Management, and they emailed us this statement.

“Kodiak Property Management is committed to investing in the long-term health of our communities and wants all of our residents to remain in our communities for many years to come.

We understand that many people face financial hardship for a variety of reasons. We offered to help these residents and shared information about community grants and non-profit organizations designed to help tenants stay in their homes. We even offered to work with our residents on payment plans to help them catch up on late payments and stay in the community. We are pleased that many residents have already accepted our offer and are now on payment plans to remain in our community.

Other residents who have been in arrears for several months, some going back over a year without making payments, have chosen not to seek assistance or work with us on a payment plan. As such, in accordance with Illinois and community laws, we have begun filing notices with the court system. To date, less than 20 eviction notices have been filed with the courts. We remain willing to work with residents who now decide to work with us and enter into a payment plan so they can remain in the community.

The mother says she has contacted the person they recommended and is waiting for a response.

We reached out to Chicago Tenant Rights Law Attorney Charles Drennen. He says his situation is common.

“A lot of times renters in this situation like this will find themselves giving away their mobile home because they can’t find a place to take the mobile home to,” Drennen said. “So the resolution is that they give the mobile home to the mobile home community up to management, and management rents it out to someone else,”

She can’t afford to rent an apartment anywhere else and even if she could, Drennen says there’s now an eviction on her record.

“A lot of landlords will see this and not rent to a tenant even if they haven’t lost the case,” Drennen said.

Now she fears that with the winter months ahead, she and her 12-year-old son will have nowhere to go.

“I want more time to pay the money I owe, I love my neighbours,” the mother said.

We contacted Muhammad’s Village, who said there were no other approved mobile home areas in the village. So even if she could move, it would be out of the area, which means she would also have to uproot her child from school.

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Commercial rate hike puts ‘another nail in the coffin’ for struggling Cork businesses

Local authority rate hikes amid the energy, inflation and cost of living crises are “another nail in the coffin” for already struggling businesses and will render many unviable.

That was the warning from Mike Ryan, chairman of the Cork branch of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, after members of Cork City Council approved a 3.8% hike in commercial rates when passing the 2023 city budget. Rates had only increased by 1.2% in total over the previous 13 years.

The rise in Cork follows a 4% rise in fares by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and a 3.5% rise in Leitrim, with a 2.5% rise on cards in Clare.

Mr Ryan, who runs Cornstore and Coqbull restaurants in Cork, said the extra operating costs would make many businesses unviable.

“After the massive increases in gas and electricity costs, it’s now getting to the point where it’s becoming almost impossible to sustain a business,” he said. “Hospitality and retail have been hammered in recent years. Subsidies help, every little bit helps, but increases like this also hurt. They seem to be giving with one hand and taking with the other. I think some businesses will be able to hang on for the next six to eight weeks, but we’ll see a different landscape in January.”

Councilors voted 24-5 to pass a budget that will see some €268m spent on service delivery next year, up €28m from the 2022 budget.

The main contributors to the increase in expenditure are an increase of €4m in the housing budget, an increase of €9.3m in the wage bill due to national wage agreements, an increase of €8m in energy costs, a €500,000 supplement to homeless services and road surfacing, and a €1.8 million increase in a grant from Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

There will be no increase in car parking rates, which were increased in the 2022 budget.

In her report, council chief executive Ann Doherty said government fee waiver schemes introduced during Covid came to a halt earlier this year. She pointed to the cumulative 1.2% increase in commercial tariffs since 2009, well below the rate of inflation over this period.

But Cork House chief executive Conor Healy said businesses were footing the bill for “a legacy of underfunding of city and county councils” by the central government.

“While rebate programs will help, these increases will be a burden on many already struggling businesses,” he said. “The board should continue to invest significantly in economic development and marketing activities, which would generate additional business to offset some of the impact.”

Fianna Fáil councilor Sean Martin, chairman of the council’s finance committee, defended the government and said the council’s budget in 2019 was €166 million, and now stands at €268 million , with government grants increasing steadily over this period, from €32 million in 2019 to almost €. 91 million this year.

However, independent adviser Paudie Dineen described the rate hike as “an affront” to small businesses. Independent adviser Ken O’Flynn said it would likely have a devastating effect on many businesses.

Councilors were also told that new bike lanes and pedestrianization have cost more than 440 parking spaces over the past three years, representing a significant loss of revenue for the city.

Ms Doherty said the council will need to budget for significantly lower levels of parking revenue to fund future budgets.

Councilors are due to get a debriefing next month on roadworks and traffic changes around the city center amid growing congestion complaints.

Motorists blamed the congestion on work on the north quays combined with changes in traffic flow associated with the regeneration of MacCurtain Street to provide infrastructure for buses, bicycles and pedestrians.

The city council said the existing road network cannot accommodate further increases in the number of passenger cars and that plans to create efficient bus services as well as the continued development of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure are needed.

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Manteca will acquire a third kidney dialysis center

City Council, when it meets tonight at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1001 W. Center St., is expected to approve an improvement agreement that will allow the project to proceed.

A big sticking point was the location-related improvements.

The Walnut Creek Company which builds dialysis centers for several clients chose to develop a 10,150 square foot medical office building designed as a dialysis center at the northeast corner of Airport Way and Yosemite Avenue.

Because this is a major intersection, off-site upgrades beyond typical facade upgrades are required, greatly increasing development costs.

The complex will include 16 hemodialysis stations, five home hemodialysis training stations for hypertensive heart disease and an ultrafiltration room.

Patients will be treated between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is a shift change of employees approximately every four hours throughout the day. The dialysis center will employ between 20 and 25 people.

The site is offered with 42 parking spaces, nine less than the zoning ordinance calls for for a medical practice of its size.

The cost of the improvements is estimated at $837,992, including $204,773 for moving and modifying the traffic lights.

The developer will receive credits from the city for the Public Facilities Improvement Plan Fee they pay as their share for major street improvements in a specific area.

If the cost of the intersection improvement when constructed exceeds the figure of $837,932, the developer will be reimbursed for the additional expense when the city collects PFIP fees from other projects.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email [email protected]

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Rent your driveway? Spacer parking app adds new wrinkle to gig economy

Spacer Technologies was founded in Australia in 2015, before expanding to North America and the acquisition of Where I Park Inc. earlier this year. With more commuters returning to the office, parking has become a more pressing need — and Spacer has been one of the beneficiaries, with Boston receiving more reservation requests in October than any other city on the app.

According to Spacer, one of the factors driving Boston’s surge in users could be the upcoming winter weather. With snow causing headaches for drivers with outdoor parking, some users may anticipate, with requests to reserve covered spots in the Boston area up 77% since July.

Spacer said it has about 300,000 users worldwide and hundreds of locations for rent in and around Boston. He makes money by taking 25% of trades; the remaining 75% goes to users who rent their spaces.

Daniel Vernick, 25, joined Spacer last year to rent their driveway in Somerville.

“It was pretty simple,” Vernick said. “It definitely took some of the rent burden off.”

When Vernick started looking for an affordable apartment last year, his goal was to find an apartment with an empty driveway to rent, to help offset the cost. After some internet research, Vernick found Spacer and a tenant booked the driveway for a full year.

Vernick was able to earn $220 per month. That kind of extra money is what sets Spacer apart from other parking apps, according to Jeremy Zuker, general manager of North America for Spacer Technologies.

“You can actually take something that you’re not using, like your driveway or your garage, and you can just make it a source of income,” Zuker said. “We sometimes joke that we’re like the unsexy Airbnbs, aren’t we? Instead of the chic villa, it’s a parking space.”

Spacer is relatively new to the rental scene and has plenty of competition. Websites like Facebook and Craigslist have long served as platforms for advertising and parking space rentals.

But Janelle Emmanuel, who joined Spacer and Craigslist to rent her driveway last year, says she feels safer on Spacer than she did rummaging through Craigslist.

“I feel like with Craigslist, you don’t always know what’s going on there,” Emmanuel said. “But Spacer, I felt very safe.”

Emmanuel rented his driveway in Watertown, capable of fitting up to three cars, after a friend recommended the rental service as a side gig. Emmanuel said the app adds an element of separation between renter and host, which made him feel more secure.

Residential neighborhoods like Allston, Brookline, Somerville and parts of Cambridge are all popular locations on the app. Spaces in the downtown and seaport areas are fewer and more expensive, but Spacer executives hope the app can help ease parking congestion in the city.

“This idea of ​​efficiency is about both infrastructure and spaces,” Zuker said. “But also just to get people where they need to go without wasting time and fuel.”

Collin Robisheaux can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ColRobisheaux.

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NIMBY residents ‘concerned and distressed’ by ‘giant and ugly’ bike shed

Days after Brighton & Hove City Council said it would investigate the location of a bicycle shed sparking outrage from parking permit holders who said it was ‘deliberately’ blocking parking spaces parking lot, another resident told the local press that she didn’t want any of the “giant ugly objects” in front of her house.

Janice Goodlet told The Argus she was ‘concerned and distressed’ by a plan to place one of the bicycle warehouses – of which the council has provided 60 since July and plans to install 90 more here spring, totaling 900 bicycle spaces for residents – outside his home on St Leonards Road in Hove.

Although she says she is “not against the installation of bicycle sheds”, the resident of the road for nearly 30 years says she is “unhappy” that it is “directly in front” of her “living room and bedroom”.

> The council “investigate” after the indignation of a driver in a bicycle shed “deliberately” blocking parking spaces

“I am not against the provision of cycle sheds on public roads so that cyclists can store their cycles in a secure place, but I am unhappy with the way the council decided on its location without any direct consultation with residents who will be directly affected,” she said.

“There are many other places near my home where the bike shed would not be directly outside of a resident’s living room and bedroom. It would seem the negative impact this would have on me and my partner doesn’t matter.

“I’ve lived in my house for nearly 30 years and loved living here, but the idea of ​​having an immovable, large object directly outside my house that I have no control over makes me feel really concerned and distressed.”

> ‘Rude and insensitive’ homepage slammed after ‘Adolf Hitler’ signed bike lane petition

Local Councilor Robert Nemeth, who was ‘surprised’ to see his name on the petition linked above given his opposition to this particular cycle route, said the sheds are a ‘very controversial policy’ which ‘doesn’t has been subject to neither public nor democratic scrutiny”.

“Issues such as planning, access, loss of parking spaces, supply and the inevitable vandalism were not properly considered,” he said. “Of course I support Janice in opposing this monstrosity outside her home. These structures should only come out of the homes of those who wish to use them.

Earlier this week, Brighton & Hove City Council said it would investigate the location of another shed in the town after an image of it occupying two permitted parking spaces appeared on public social networks.

The Norfolk Square shed photo led to accusations of council ‘incompetence’ and a ‘continuing war on motorists’ before the authority confirmed to they would ‘investigate’ and were ‘aware of the concerns”.

The town hall, however, wanted to add that it was “delighted” with the general reception given to the new bicycle sheds and that “the local residents had wanted them for a long time”, which is apparent from the demand for available space.

“We started with 20 installations in July and saw 100% uptake in just a few weeks,” said Councilor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transportation and Sustainability Committee.

“Since then we have installed 40 more, and all but one of the 360 ​​spaces have now been occupied. This means that 359 residents now have a safe and secure place to store their bikes.

“There are also approximately 300 people on waiting lists for spaces. We are currently looking for more shed locations. We will have a total of 150 bicycle sheds installed by spring next year, i.e. 900 spaces for bicycles in total.

“We know that if we want more people to travel actively and sustainably, we need to provide them with the right infrastructure. Bike sheds offer people who live in homes with little or no storage space the opportunity to store their bikes safely.”

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Please don’t forget the horrors of COVID – Los Alamos Reporter

Los Alamos


Duncan Hammon’s letter to the editor reminds us of the horrific isolation and lost months (and lives) suffered by those living in care facilities. We need to remember what happened and use this hard-won experience to make sure we are ready for the next outbreak. Let’s not forget:

On Friday, March 13, the nation shut down as deaths from the novel SARS CoV-19 virus ravaged the lungs and hearts of people around the world. Individuals, treated by exhausted healthcare workers dressed in hazmat suits, have died. Then our doctors and nurses began to die from the disease they had so valiantly tried to stop. We have to remember all those gruesome images of rows of wrapped bodies in New York, of all the overcrowded funeral homes and cemeteries. And remember the videos of Italian military trucks transporting bodies to warehouses as the living Italians sang opera to each other from their balconies. New Yorkers, too, clung to their windows to bang pans to honor their healthcare workers. Here at Los Alamos, we joined in with our quintessential sound (besides the LANL traffic and explosions), and howled like coyotes at 8:00 p.m. in support of each other.

On Friday, March 13, because Covid was sucking the lives of humans in every state, our NM care facilities, offices, and schools closed while hoarders stripped grocery store shelves, and Smiths had a (was it 19 customers? sort of) limit who could be inside to follow social distancing arrows to stop people breathing on top of each other. That Friday, we thought we would reopen in two weeks. But the SARS CoV-2 virus – a bunch of brainless molecules, not to mention the ability to replicate outside of a host – thwarted us because it convinced us we didn’t need to isolate , to move away, to hide or to put our own human community before the viral spread.

Back to Care Facilities: On Friday, March 13, LARC (Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and Sombrillo Nursing Home) closed to isolate residents in their rooms to prevent the spread of disease. The staff have become family to the residents and, as family, many have restricted their social activities outside opening hours to help reduce their own chances of contracting Covid. Families stood in front of windows with signs or waved their residents to look down or, more technologically, talk to each other on cell phones. Staff served meals with disposable plates and cutlery in rooms. Activity directors went from room to room with snacks or, for Aspen Ridge Happy Hour, their favorite wine or margarita in a plastic cup. The orderlies (AC) took the residents out one by one for a solitary walk through the hallways. Friends and families hosted virtual birthday parties outside buildings with drive-bys, sometimes accompanied by county emergency vehicles, through parking lots.

Before the vaccine, as Covid continued to devour the elderly across the country, as Governor Lujan Grisham continued to impose isolation on try To protect New Mexico’s most vulnerable from those less diligent or aware of dying from the disease, Jessica Hefner, at the request of the LARC Board of Directors, devised a way to allow family members to d come in and take care of their loved ones. The program, “We Are Family”, has been approved by the state. He trained friends/family as CAs, and paid that they take care More precisely for their beloved. Despite furious complaints that no one could visit their families, less than ten people trained for this program.

December 2020: Sombrillo had a Delta variant outbreak and lost a resident.

On January 2, 2021, nearly nine months after the lockdown, LARC acquired vaccines for staff and residents. After residents received the two Moderna vaccines, they were “released” from rooms where, masked and socially distanced, they could meet again for meals and activities. The heroic LARC staff continued to tend to their burdens while at the same time, temporary workers from health agencies came in to fill the gaps.

Finally, a few months later (June 2021, I believe?), Aspen and Sombrillo opened to vaccinated and masked family members and friends. LARC knew when staff or a resident caught Covid even if the person was asymptomatic, because everyone was getting tested frequently and randomly. Unsurprisingly, since its opening, LARC has had several cases of Omicron.

So yes, thank you Duncan Hammon for reminding us how hard, lonely and horrifying these nine months of isolation have been for people in care facilities. And our elders who have lived long and have even more to contribute are, like us, grateful that LARC is still vigilant in keeping Covid out of buildings. Once again, the Greatest Generation shows their greatness: it’s their resilience, their patience, their sense of humor and simply their will to carry on while making the most of whatever happens.

Please. Everybody. Remember. Tell the stories of pandemic heroism: caregivers, rescuers and medical workers, Zoom teachers, those who kept our stores and gas stations open, janitors, letter carriers, linemen, delivery people , pharmacists, workers on farms, in slaughterhouses, medical equipment factories, even howlers and pan-bangers…. All those who supported each other and made the nation live. And particularly? Those who stayed alive to the rest of us to quietly confirm the hope that Yes We Can Endure All Things.

Thank you, our heroes. Thank you, our elders: Yes You Did. You taught us: Yes We Can, and for you and those we love? Yes we will.

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Campaign to save ‘vital’ South Downs car park wins more support

The link – a rural car park in Kithurst Hill near Storrington – is due to close next month following a row over its maintenance.

The car park is on private land at the top of Kithurst Hill and has been managed by West Sussex County Council for several years. However, the council said it could not continue – and the private landowner cannot get public insurance cover without it.

Now Storrington and Sullington Parish Council have written to the South Downs National Park Authority asking them to resume talks about parking takeover.

Horsham District Councilor James Wright is among those concerned about the closure of Kithurst Hill car park near Storrington – ‘a vital link’ to the South Downs

The council says it was informed two years ago that discussions were ongoing between the authority and the landowner about investment and improvements to the car park.

In its letter, the council says: ‘It appears that the SDNPA pulled out of these discussions at the last hour, leaving the landowner no choice but to close the facility in the coming weeks.

“The closure of this car park will have a serious impact on our local community and economy. The facility is widely used by various groups such as dog owners, equestrians, hikers, cyclists and families with young children.

“While the SDNPA’s philosophy of encouraging visitors to access the Downs on foot is laudable, the reality is that this is simply not feasible for some of these groups.”

Horsham District Councilor James Wright also supports the campaign to keep the car park open. ‘The car park is a vital link to the South Downs for residents of Storrington and visitors from further afield, allowing easy and safe access to our beautiful countryside,’ he said.

“The South Downs National Park, which pulled out of its commitment to take over the car park at the last minute, must work with the owners to find a lasting solution.”

A SDNPA spokesperson said: ‘We understand this is a difficult and moving issue. The private landowner of the Kithurst car park has been backed by West Sussex County Council, who have taken the decision to withdraw their support.

‘When the private owner said they would have to close without this help, the Authority made it clear that unfortunately they could not take responsibility for the car park.

The independent South Downs National Park Trust considered whether it could manage the car park, but decided it was unable to meet the significant long-term financial responsibilities.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: ‘The County Council’s agreement with the landowner to manage the Kithurst Hill car park expired in 2020. We had no plans to renew the agreement – in line with our approach of concentrating resources on the county council. ground. However, a third party has expressed an interest in taking over the management. To give the owner time to negotiate a new agreement, we have put in place a temporary agreement, running until December 2022.

“Unfortunately, following discussions, the third party was unable to take over the management of the car park, so now the council will exit from the current temporary arrangement when it ends on December 21, 2022.”

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Maple Shopping Plaza reconstruction unveiled at Longmeadow Planning Board meeting

LONGMEADOW – Longmeadow’s planning board heard plans at its November 2 meeting to rebuild Maple Shopping Centre, a plaza that burned down after a major fire on November 23, 2021. Plans have focused on larger storefronts and a new facade in the same footprint.

Diana Pun, representing Pun Longmeadow Realty, said the square “has been such a focal point in your lives”, noting the holiday dinners prepared by Armata’s Market and the people who prepared for special occasions at the Longmeadow Salon. The “tragic” fire will allow them to rebuild the 62-year-old structure with a “better shopping experience” in mind, she said.

Capital Studio Architects Principal Architect David Holmes, along with Architect-in-Training Damoy Porteous and Engineering Manager Suzanne Choate of Design Professionals, presented plans for the rebuilt Maple Mall.

Holmes began with an update on the demolition of the existing structure. He said the hazardous materials component of the demolition is complete and the remaining walls will be demolished within three weeks.

The start of construction has been pushed back from December to early 2023. Holmes told the board that the building should be finished within a year. The car park may take a further two and a half months, if the work is carried out at the same time as the building, however, depending on funding, the car park may be completed as a separate second phase of the project. When planning board clerk Walter Gunn asked why the land was being demolished and rebuilt, Holmes explained that it was at the end of its useful life and that it made sense to complete the two land projects. construction before stores reopen.

The building will sit on its original footprint; however, interior spaces have been redesigned to provide more space for some of the returning tenants. Four companies will return to the square once rebuilt. Armata Market will once again be the anchor of the mall, with an 11,600 square foot store larger than its former store. Similarly, Longmeadow Salon will have an additional 1,000 square feet of space. Iron Chef and Dream Nails will also be back in the square. There are a few storefronts that haven’t been rented yet, Pun said. Reminder publication.

Choate explained that the building will be designed to modern fire and building codes, including the use of sprinkler and fire alarm systems, grease traps for the sewer line and a sewer separator. debris to preserve water quality. The parking lot will be updated with an additional accessible parking spot and a realigned exit on Maple Road.

Regarding the aesthetic, Holmes said, “We strived to do something cutting edge.”
The part of the building to the right of the bottle store remained largely intact after the fire and is structurally sound, requiring only a cool facade. The 25-foot-tall roofline for the remaining building will be flat except for what Holmes called the “Clock Tower”, a 35-foot tower at the 90-degree corner where the L-shaped building sections meet.

Deputy Town Manager Corrin Meise-Munns told council that the Longmeadow Police and Fire Department had no stated concerns, but wanted to review the parking lot exit change. She noted that a PVC sewer line, but under Massachusetts law, PVC lines are not allowed within 10 feet of a building. Choate said she is working with City Engineer Time Keane to resolve these issues and any additional feedback from the building department.

Planning Board member Chris Legiadre noted that there is a slight spill on adjoining properties according to plans. Gunn asked about smells and noise from tenants, pointing out that restaurants often have such complaints from surrounding neighbors. Board vice-chairman Mark Gold, who attended the hearing, said the most common complaints about companies were about smells, noise and light. He told Holmes that the city had adopted the BUG lighting rating system (backlight, uplight, glare). Holmes said he would raise those concerns with his plumbing and ventilation engineer and consider the rating in selecting the height of the light and fixtures.

“We would probably want to approve each applicant their own review of the sitemap,” Gunn said. Although the building occupies the same footprint as its predecessor, he said, changes to the interior layout and the location of the walls qualified the project as new construction. He also said the commercial property was unable to claim reconstruction as “as of right”, as a burnt down residence would. While Holmes disagreed with this assertion, Meise-Munns said state law was silent on the matter.

Bruce Colton, member of the Planning Board, felt that site design reviews are not about internal structures; however, the location of exhaust fans may require tenants to submit to an examination.
Resident Alex Byrne asked if the flat roof could be used for solar power. Holmes explained that the option had been discussed but that more conversations would be needed with Eversource before a decision could be made.

Another resident, Marianna McKee, requested that the privacy fence separating the property from her neighbors be replaced. Holmes agreed to report the “reasonable” idea to the owners.
Resident Laurie Ferreira said the designs presented by Capital Studio Architects, which contained a variety of materials and textures, resembled “a strip mall” and asked if the architecture could be close to the colonial design of the Longmeadow Shops .

Holmes explained that the building materials and processes are new and “exciting”. He said a conscious effort had been made to change the appearance of the building.

Longmeadow salon owner Jose Rijos said he was “very excited and happy” to be returning to Longmeadow and, more specifically, the place.

Planning Board Chair Cheryl Thibodeau kept public comments on the matter. James Thomas, owner of The Bottle Shop, asked Pun if funding for the project had been secured or if it was “based on signed leases”. He also protested that he had material on the site that he had not been allowed to retrieve. Pun said funding had already been secured and suggested Thomas return the documents if he wanted to rent space in the rebuilt plaza. Additionally, she said, Thomas would be allowed on site to collect his belongings once he was safe. Thibodeau stressed that these questions were between the two parties and did not concern the objective of the public hearing.

Prior to the fire, the property’s dumpster was on adjacent land. Holmes explained that he expected the property to be used in the same way, but there were no plans to improve the land. A resident said the lot was often used as extra parking. Again, Thibodeau said the other lot was not the focus of the hearing.

The hearing continued until a next meeting. Meanwhile, Holmes said he would find definitive answers to the odor, noise and light issues, as well as present the changes to the parking lot to police and firefighters.

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Council ‘investigating’ after driver outraged in bike shed ‘deliberately’ blocking parking spaces

Brighton & Hove City Council reacted to the backlash from angry motorists and said it was ‘investigating’ after a bike shed was pictured set up in a car park.

The Norfolk Square bike shed is one of 60 installed in the city since July, each providing secure storage for six bikes in a space the size of which could otherwise house a single car.

However, the positioning of the shed – taking up two resident’s permit parking spaces – sparked outrage, with one resident calling it ‘pure incompetence or Brighton & Hove City Council’s continuing war on motorists’ before saying more later to the local newspaper that he “has no problem with sheds”, just the “madness” of one “which takes up two parking spaces”.

> ‘It’s absolute madness’: Brighton motorists claim bike shed ‘deliberately’ takes up two parking spaces

“It creates this hatred between residents and car owners. I think it should be removed and put inside the plaza and that way there would be no problem,” said Bill Young at Argus.

In response to a question from, Brighton & Hove City Council confirmed they were “investigating” and were “aware of the concerns” of residents.

The town hall, however, wanted to add that it was “delighted” with the general reception given to the new bicycle sheds and that “the inhabitants have wanted them for a long time”, which is apparent from the demand for available space.

“We started with 20 installations in July and saw 100% uptake in just a few weeks,” said Councilor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transportation and Sustainability Committee.

“Since then, we have installed 40 more, and all but one of the total 360 spaces have now been occupied. This means that 359 residents now have a safe and secure place to store their bikes.

“There are also approximately 300 people on waiting lists for spaces. We are currently looking for more shed locations. We will have a total of 150 bicycle sheds installed by spring next year, i.e. 900 spaces for bicycles in total.

“We know that if we want more people to travel actively and sustainably, we need to provide them with the right infrastructure. Bike sheds offer people who live in homes with little or no storage space the opportunity to store their bikes safely.”

However, not everyone shared Cllr Davis’ enthusiasm for the project, another resident told the Argus – despite growing demand and a growing waiting list – the sheds are “useless” and “take up paid parking spaces in the streets”.

“That shed would only take up one space, but the thing is, they could have put it in a corner of the park. I think they’re used to take up parking spaces. I think people will still take their bikes inside, so who are they really for?” they asked.

Another response to the original Facebook post came from a motorist who says he pays ‘£235 a year, up from £195 last year’ for a parking permit and ‘often spends ten to 20 minutes trying to parking near my house. Please explain what I am paying for, and how are these overpriced boxes acceptable?

Brighton is divided into zones with parking permits in ‘high demand’ areas such as Norfolk Square, costing motorists between £110 and £385 a year depending on their vehicle’s emissions.

The council says on its website that some parking spaces ‘can be retrofitted to accommodate cycle sheds’ which are rented by residents for three, six or 12 months at a time at a cost of ‘around £1 a week per space for bicycles”.

The sheds are accessible by mobile app or lock and key and are, according to the council, “about the size of a parking space and can store six standard-size bicycles”.

Whether the Norfolk Square bike shed will remain in place remains to be seen, but we’ll let you know as soon as there’s more on this story…

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Kerala School Science Fair to kick off on Thursday – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

KOCHI: Schools in Kochi are preparing for the State School Science Festival. More than 5,000 students from across the state are expected to attend the competition at six venues. The fair will start at 9am on Thursday at Ernakulam SRV school. Education Minister V Sivankutty will inaugurate the fair at 10:30 am on Thursday at Ernakulam Town Hall.

The competitions cover 154 items divided into five categories such as science, social science, professional experience, computer science and mathematics. Ernakulam Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Thevara Sacred Heart HSS, SRV HSS, Darul Uloom HSS, St Anthony’s HSS and St Albert’s Higher Secondary School are the six sites.

St Albert Higher Secondary School is the venue for the science fair. The Concert Hall will be the venue for the Maths and Science Fair at St Anthony’s HSS and Darul Uloom HSS will host the Social Science Fair. The IT Fair will be held at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, while the Work Experience Fair will be held at Sacred Heart HSS, Thevara. Ernakulam SRV will be the venue for HSS Professional Exhibition, Career Seminar and Job Fair.

Accommodation for girls has been arranged at Perumanur St Thomas School, Ernakulam St Teresa School, Ernakulam St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, St Mary’s School and Edappally Pius High School. Girls’ hostels have been set up at Perumanur CCPLM, Trikanarvattam SN School, Chathiath St Joseph High School, Chathiath LMCC School, Elamakara Government School, Edappally Government School and Kaloor St Augustine School.

About 200 employees of the education department manage the fair for which 17 committees have been formed. Apart from this, the students were also roped in to serve at the sites. The state government organized a facility to provide food for the students participating in the contest. A kitchen has been set up for this purpose at Government Girls High School. Also this time, the team led by Mohanan Namboothiri is in charge of preparing the food for the science festival.

Parking lots owned by GCDA and Kochi Corporation will be used to park vehicles arriving with competitors. The fair will take place in full compliance with green regulations. 200 workers from Kudumbashree will be delegated to clean up the garbage after the fair. The science fair will end on Saturday.

KOCHI: Schools in Kochi are preparing for the State School Science Festival. More than 5,000 students from across the state are expected to attend the competition at six venues. The fair will start at 9am on Thursday at Ernakulam SRV school. Education Minister V Sivankutty will inaugurate the fair at 10:30 am on Thursday at Ernakulam Town Hall. The competitions cover 154 items divided into five categories such as science, social science, professional experience, computer science and mathematics. Ernakulam Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Thevara Sacred Heart HSS, SRV HSS, Darul Uloom HSS, St Anthony’s HSS and St Albert’s Higher Secondary School are the six sites. St Albert Higher Secondary School is the venue for the science fair. The Concert Hall will be the venue for the Maths and Science Fair at St Anthony’s HSS and Darul Uloom HSS will host the Social Science Fair. The IT Fair will be held at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, while the Work Experience Fair will be held at Sacred Heart HSS, Thevara. Ernakulam SRV will be the venue for HSS Professional Exhibition, Career Seminar and Job Fair. Accommodation for girls has been arranged at Perumanur St Thomas School, Ernakulam St Teresa School, Ernakulam St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, St Mary’s School and Edappally Pius High School. Girls’ hostels have been set up at Perumanur CCPLM, Trikanarvattam SN School, Chathiath St Joseph High School, Chathiath LMCC School, Elamakara Government School, Edappally Government School and Kaloor St Augustine School. About 200 employees of the education department manage the fair for which 17 committees have been formed. Apart from this, the students were also roped in to serve at the sites. The state government organized a facility to provide food for the students participating in the contest. A kitchen has been set up for this purpose at Government Girls High School. Also this time, the team led by Mohanan Namboothiri is in charge of preparing the food for the science festival. Parking lots owned by GCDA and Kochi Corporation will be used to park vehicles arriving with competitors. The fair will take place in full compliance with green regulations. 200 workers from Kudumbashree will be delegated to clean up the garbage after the fair. The science fair will end on Saturday.

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Proposed apartment complex for another Oceanside cinema site

The Regal Cinema in the Mission Marketplace center could be Oceanside’s next multi-screen theater to be demolished to make way for a multi-story apartment complex.

A developer met with officials from Oceanside’s planning department last month to discuss plans to build 336 apartments wrapped around a seven-tier parking structure in the mall on the northwest corner of the road National 76 and Boulevard College.

The project applicant, NewMark Merrill Companies, is 40 years old and has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Chicago. The company owns and manages properties in more than 90 cities.

The Mission Marketplace center is anchored by a Target, Sprouts, Ross and other retail stores and restaurants, as well as offices and the cinema. However, theaters across the United States have seen a dramatic drop in box office since the pandemic, and Regal Cinemas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September.

“Significant headwinds in the theater business .. (cause) the plaintiff to anticipate the theater closing and a significant portion of the center to become unproductive,” says NewMark Merrill’s application filed with the city.

“The proposed project would not only provide a significant amount of new housing for the town of Oceanside, but would revitalize a soon-to-be-obsolete part of an otherwise thriving shopping center, while creating a customer base to support the success and longevity of other existing merchants,” the app says.

Six floors of apartments would wrap around a seven-level garage with 604 parking spaces, according to the plan. It would have 26 studios, 201 one-bedroom units and 109 two-bedroom units. The lowest side of the building would be 41 feet 6 inches tall next to the adjacent neighborhood of single family homes, rising to 65 feet 6 inches tall next to the existing retail buildings.

Access to the site, which is at the rear of the mall, would be improved by removing approximately 8,870 square feet of underperforming retail space on the main upper level of the mall to create an entrance. In addition to the cinema, a property management office, a residential real estate sales office and a day care center would be demolished.

Residents of the new building could drive from the commercial area across a bridge to the fourth level of the parking structure. The entrance plaza would also include space for community events, concerts and other activities.

The residential building would include a first-floor swimming pool with cabanas and barbecue, pavilion and fitness area, and landscaped courtyards.

An analysis by consultancy Kimley Horn indicates that even with as many as 400 apartments, the project could generate 826 fewer daily vehicle trips than existing uses on the property.

This is the second time this year that a developer has filed plans to build a multi-story apartment building on a Regal Cinema site in Oceanside.

A Newport Beach developer met with planning officials in May to discuss a proposed seven-story combination of residences, retail stores and restaurants for the 2.7 acres occupied by the 16-screen Regal complex on Mission Avenue in downtown Oceanside.

The proposed 75-foot-tall building would feature 321 residential units and three parking levels, including a basement, as well as outdoor courtyards, a “resort-style pool, spa, lounges and lush gardens,” according to the preliminary application filed at Oceanside City Hall.

Both of Oceanside’s redevelopment projects are in the early planning stages, and any groundbreaking could take years. However, they are embracing the trend of infill building in what planners are calling “smart growth” areas within walking distance of jobs, services and public transportation.

California isn’t the only state where apartments could replace Regal Cinemas.

A developer in Ormand Beach, Fla., proposed in June to build a 312-apartment complex on a vacant Regal site, according to a report in the online newspaper Ormond Beach Observer. The city’s planning council approved the project unanimously.

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Be prepared, free parking is a thing of the past at the Pearl

From now on, parking your car at the Pearl will most likely cost you dearly.

Earlier this week, the Pearl began charging visitors a fee to park at nearly all of its lots, based on time spent there, in and around the dining and retail destination along the San Antonio river walk, not just the nearest “premium” courses. to action.

The Silver Ventures-owned property began transitioning from completely free parking to a paid parking system in November 2020. After this pilot program, it converted most of its 3,000 spaces to paid parking in July 2021.

But the East Elmira Street lot and some areas under the freeway overpass remained free — a gift many San Antonians appreciated.

Not anymore. Signs are posted in these areas with instructions for paying for parking.

Recent parking updates at Pearl reflect its continued growth, a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Revenue from parking fees is dedicated to new projects and improving spaces, including areas like the new 1100 Springs Plaza.

The cost of parking is a flat rate of $3 Monday through Thursday and $8 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, according to Pearl’s website.

In most Pearl car parks, the first 30 minutes are free. So your coffee might not cost you anything.

In three areas that were not charged for parking, only the first two hours are now free: the Koehler Garage, the East Elmira Street (River West) lot, and a small lot at Avenue A and East Newell Ave. Surface parking on Camden Street is always free.

Valet parking is available at the Hotel Emma and at the Carriqui and Ladino restaurants.

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Minimum wage for hotel workers, public votes on developments

Voters in Laguna Beach will decide whether major developments and hotel renovations should be put to a public vote for approval and to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers in the city in the Nov. 8 election.


The measure would put major development proposals along the Coastal Highway and Laguna Canyon Road to a public vote for approval.

A row of shops faces Main Beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Nov. 18, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

This would apply to proposals that go beyond the following:

  • 36 feet tall
  • 22,000 square feet on the ground
  • 200 additional daily trips by vehicle
  • Lots over 7,500 square feet

Proposals for single family homes, 100% affordable housing, K-12 schools, hospitals and churches would be exempt.

The initiative was put forward by Laguna Residents First, a grassroots political action committee, and qualified for the January ballot, according to the city clerk.

Proponents of the measure say it will prevent overdevelopment in the city, thereby preserving residents’ quality of life, and allow voters to be involved in decisions about projects taking place in their neighborhoods.

Those opposed, including the city’s mayor and police chief, say it would discourage development and updates to decades-old facilities and affect the renovation of small businesses, such as salons. , restaurants and cafes.

The Laguna Beach City Council in July voted 3-0 against the ballot measure, with Councilmen Toni Iseman and George Weiss abstaining.


The measure would require all new hotel developments and major renovations to existing hotels along the Coast Road and Laguna Canyon Road to be subject to density, parking and open space restrictions.

Any hotel development exceeding these restrictions would be subject to a public vote for approval.

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Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

These standards are among the following for new hotels:

  • One hotel room per 800 square feet
  • 1.5 parking spaces for each room, plus one space for 15 rooms and two spaces for residences
  • 35% of the non-residential floor area of ​​the hotel must be accessible to the public, excluding parking and walkways

For existing hotels, renovations exceeding 15% of the following standards, over a 5-year period, would trigger a public vote:

  • Exterior walls
  • Roofs and floors, excluding eaves and terraces
  • 15 percent expansion of building area
  • Construction costs equivalent to 15% of existing buildings

The initiative was put forward by Unite Here 11 – a local union representing workers in hospitality, catering, transport and textile manufacturing – and qualified for the April ballot, according to the clerk of the city.

Proponents of the measure, including some residents and hotel workers, say it would allow for better regulation of hotel developments in the city and allow residents to get involved in what is happening in the city.

Those who oppose it, including the mayor, the president of the mayor’s interim chamber of commerce and hotel managers, say it subjects local hotel developments to an onerous process that could threaten property repairs and lead to dilapidated hotel complexes.

The city council voted in July 5-0 against the ballot measure.


The measure would raise the minimum wage for hospitality workers to $18 an hour, increasing by $1 a year through 2026.

That’s up from the current minimum wage, which is $14 for employers with 25 or fewer employees, or $15 an hour for those with more.

The measure, if approved, would also limit the amount of rooms workers can be asked to clean. In hotels with fewer than 40 rooms, workers would be required to clean more than 4,000 square feet of floor space per day and 3,500 square feet per day for larger hotels.

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The Coast Inn in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Oct. 15, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

It would also limit overtime to a maximum of 10 hours a day, unless the hotel worker agrees in writing.

The proposed measure also requires hotels to equip housekeepers with “panic buttons,” a device that can provide immediate help when someone feels threatened.

The measure was also put forward by Unite Here 11 and qualified for the ballot in April, according to the city clerk.

Supporters of the measure, including Councilman George Weiss and some hotel employees and residents, say that with the current salary, hotel employees are struggling to make ends meet and that most workers do not live in the city due to the inflated cost of living. .

They also say housekeepers need a panic button because they work alone in a room most of the time and are vulnerable to threats, such as sexual assault.

However, opponents of the measure – including the mayor, the acting mayor, the president of the chamber of commerce and hotel managers – say that the compensation workers currently receive already exceeds the minimum wage threshold required by the measure. They say the union is taking this opportunity to collect new union dues.

Additionally, they say that hotels in the city are already providing workers with panic devices.

City Council in July voted 4-0 against the ballot measure, with Councilman Weiss abstaining.

Sophie Li


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Mike Belisle’s unique route to show management

You might expect someone who has played major roles in big name competitions such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Split Rock series, the new TerraNova venue and many more to have a long history in the world of spectacle.

But no; Mike Belisle has taken another path to his impressive career in managing and troubleshooting on the circuit, developing expertise in everything from footing to finance.

When he got involved, he noted, “I had no knowledge of horses. I started small in a small town outside of Ottawa, Carleton Place.

But living there opened a door for him. “For some reason our city practically raised a ringside crew and provided Canada and a lot of American shows,” he pointed out.

His brother, Rob, who is 12 years older than Mike, started out in horse shows in Palgrave, Ontario, then across Canada and competed in the United States. He even made the ringside team for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

The equestrian angle was not Rob’s motivation, however. “He used the horse industry to pay for his education,” Mike explained. When Rob finished school, he moved on.

But Mike paid attention to the benefits of what Rob had done. “I saw what kind of opportunities there were, seeing him travel.”

Mike didn’t get the chance to travel “and be around horses, because our family couldn’t afford to do all that”. So when he was 14, his brother introduced him to emissions from the ground up, starting as a worker.

Until he went to Palgrave for that summer job, Mike recalls, “I had never left my town except for sporting events. I had no knowledge of horses. I followed in my brother’s footsteps and used the summer job as money to help me work on my studies.

He continued his education at St. Lawrence College, where he majored in marketing and earned a business degree. Then he got a job with the Hudson’s Bay Company as a retail buyer, but unlike his brother, he still felt the lure of the horse industry.

Always a fast learner, he discovered after just six months that being a buyer was not going to be his life’s work. “I quickly realized how monotonous it was. I don’t think the corporate world was for me, having tasted the equestrian side. Obviously, not the riding, but the lifestyle; being surrounded by horses, being outdoors, all the benefits that come with that.

Although he’s never been to the United States, that didn’t stop him. “My brother had contacts in California. I thought that would be a good starting point. I took the plunge, packed up the car that was breaking down all the time, and drove across the country.

He ended up in Woodside, California, where he didn’t know anyone, and stayed there for three years. The hard worker fits in quickly.

“I became a bit of a nomad and liked the lifestyle,” said Mike, who eventually moved to the east coast and became involved with the HITS series; then the shows of John and Pam Rush. In his late twenties, Mike “has worked on virtually every facet of horse show business,” from driving tractors, to announcing, to designing hunt courses.

“I climbed the ladder. I started to get noticed.

In the process, he was always looking for people he could learn from. “I’ve had the opportunity to work for just about everyone and every management company in the industry. Throughout my career, I’ve taken little pieces of these people.

Another big step for Mike was a call from Mark Bellissimo, who had just purchased the Wellington, Florida Winter Equestrian Festival and its show grounds. There has been a “changing of the guard” from the influential circuit’s previous Gene Mische administration. Mike became Director of Operations in 2008.

“It was a unique situation. I learned a lot from Mark and Michael Stone (then president of Equestrian Sport Productions). I worked with them on many projects,” he recalls, citing the complicated development of staging a show in New York’s Central Park among them.

“Mark taught me to work outside of my comfort zone, whether it was a gig or doing parking or ticketing. It helped me not be a one-trick pony “I learned a lot of things that weren’t just equestrian sport. It made me a complete person.”

As he says, “The story of my life is being able to adapt to any situation, make the most of it, and get rid of the rest.”

“It’s just about adapting…I’ve gotten to the point where nothing really bothers me.”

An example is what happened on a weekend in 2015 that included both a Professional Bull Riders competition and a $50,000 invitational show jumping grand prix in a hockey arena. He got involved just two months before the event at the Corel Center in Ottawa, when the organizer contacted him saying, “Someone told me I probably needed a show director. .

Mike didn’t know anything about the PBR. Then he learned that the bulls would be kept all night in the arena where Pierre Jolicoeur had just put all his feet on the ice. The result was “bull pee and poo” on the surface.

“A nightmare. Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood and all those people were coming,” he recalled sadly.

After the bulls left, “we had to tear off three quarters of the sole and put it back on.” Then jumps with 12-foot poles came along, all too big for an indoor arena. “We had to chop everything up. It was crazy.”

Mike handled it in his typical calm style. “We survived. It went off without a hitch. It’s just about adapting.”

Naturally, he said, “I’ve gotten to the point where nothing really bothers me.”

This situation of Corel was rare in many respects, including its participation in a Canadian show. “It’s kind of funny that I’m Canadian and 98% of my stuff is in the United States right now,” he mused.

After Mike had been with WEF for seven years, Derek Braun reached out to him with a vision to change the sport with the Split Rock series, telling him, “I want people to get what they pay for. I want to develop the sport. I’m going to put my racing career aside and use my own savings to do it.

He asked Mike to join the company.

“It took about a year for him to try to coax me. All the points he brought up in terms of changing the sport, making a difference, being a visionary have always been what I have summer,” Mike said.

“Not changing has really stifled the growth of the sport for everyone. They kept it too in-house, too protected. My generation wanted something different, they didn’t want everything classic, they wanted value, they wanted customer service.

The idea made sense, but it meant a major step for Mike to leave the WEF. “It was a dive for me. I had never taken such a risk before.

But he did and now the series has 12 shows in North America. Mike “really jumps on all the aspects of the event that are necessary,” Derek said.

“Mike provides excellent support. He is always there for any part of our team that needs him. It handles high pressure situations very well. He is good at finding solutions on the fly.

“He has always known the runners; who loved being stabled next to Leslie Howard and who loved being in another ending [of the stable] because they brought a lot of stallions.

Split Rock venues include TerraNova, the spectacular new equestrian complex east of Sarasota, Florida, where Mike helped develop a facility that offers eventing, dressage and show jumping.

Hannah Herrig Ketelboeter, who runs TerraNova with her husband, Zach, and her parents, calls Mike “an enthusiasm builder and kind of a dreamer for the installation as well. He has this intangible thing that gets everyone excited about what we do and motivates and inspires everyone to keep going and delivering the best product. He is always trying to come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things. This suits us perfectly, because our goal was to do things a little differently and think outside the box.

One example she cited was Mike’s idea of ​​thinking European style and “putting some grass around the dressage ring to add another element to make it more special. It really enhanced the look of our ring.

Eventer Sara Kozumplik, who is the Rider Ambassador for TerraNova, notes that Mike “never gets rattled. He’s pretty good on the hospitality side and setting things up. He has a good eye for setting up horse shows and aesthetically what everything should do, which is a bit of an art form.

When Jeff Papows was organizing the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament in Massachusetts, he contacted Mike, knowing that the new jumper-only business would involve “an atypical amount of stress that would make financial sense”.

After seeing Mike at various shows, he thought highly of him “and hired him right off the bat”. He knew Mike was able to balance the mix of making athletes and spectators happy while making sure the costs didn’t get out of control.

“He has always known the runners; who loved being stabled next to Leslie Howard and who loved being in another ending [of the stable] because they brought a lot of stallions. You can’t make this stuff up, either you know and understand it or you don’t. Mike has always been both a student and a manager, and has gone to great lengths to understand things in depth.

Although Mike wasn’t originally a rider, he tried his hand at riding for a while, even jumping a little, but never competing. His wife, Ariane St. John, was an amateur exhibitor who now cares for the couple’s four-year-old twins and 11-year-old stepson.

“I love animals and seeing the sport grow and make it more accessible. That excites me,” said Mike, who also owns his own consultancy and management business, Helm Ltd.

“I worked hard to get where I am. I never imagined myself in this sport or in this business as long as I have, but here I am, 45 years old and here I am. I worked hard for all this knowledge and experience.

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Furious driver ‘can’t talk to a human’ to appeal £100 parking fine | United Kingdom | New

A driver has shared his frustration after being fined £100 in a row for a £1 parking space – and claims he couldn’t even ‘talk to a human’ to complain. Keith Morby said he paid £2 – double the charge announced on Sunday – to use the car park before being ordered to pay the triple-digit fee.

According to Birmingham Live, a sign at the Backcester Lane site in Lichfield clearly states the £1 parking charge between 7am and 7pm on Sundays. However, the 68-year-old still received a request for £100 from operator Euro Car Parks, who later refused his appeal on the grounds that he had overstayed.

The denial letter – received by Mr Morby a month after he parked there on Sunday September 25 – said his pay-and-display ticket only entitled him to four hours of parking at the ‘clearly displayed rate’ . The stunned pensioner, who had been shopping with his wife, said he was amazed as he had been forced to pay £2 because the machine was not working properly.

The former vehicle damage assessor, from the village of Whittington, near Lichfield, described the situation as “a perfect example of the world gone mad”. He told BirminghamLive: “I feel really upset. You can’t talk to the manager, you can only fill in an online form.

“You can’t reply to the first email, you can’t reply to the rejection email, and you can’t talk to a human.”

A sign in the car park clearly states that on Sundays the charge is £1 between 7am and 7pm, appearing to contradict the letter received by Mr Morby. In total, he parked for four hours and 32 minutes, between 1:38 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.

He said he planned to take the matter to the parking ombudsman and had “waived” his right to pay a reduced fee. He added: “It’s just silly, just ridiculous. The previous Sundays it was exactly the same.

“As far as I know, this is still going on now. The machine asks you to select what you want to pay.

“Obviously Sunday 7am-7pm is £1 so you select payment but there is no plan to select £1. You can only pay the minimum of £2.

“The machine thinks you’re paying for four hours. I thought the first time it happened – because it’s happened before – the machine was out of sync, it thinks it’s Monday or Wednesday.

“But obviously not because it happened this time and I went over four hours and finished. is £1 all day on Sundays.

“There are two other car parks belonging to Euro Car Parks, which are exactly the same. Same advice, same machine, same result. I can’t be the only one.”

Euro Car Parks was approached for comment, responding with an automated response, stating that the parking operator would endeavor to respond within 28 days.

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Ludhiana traders oppose parking rate hike: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Harshraj Singh

Ludhiana, November 2

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the state AAP government are condemned by traders in various markets after parking rates were repeatedly increased in the city’s civic body parking lots.

Businessmen express their displeasure at the Sarabha Nagar market. Photo from the podium: Himanshu Mahajan

A day after traders and employees working at various offices in Feroze Gandhi Market made their voices heard, traders in Sarabha Nagar Market expressed their anger at the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for raising parking rates on Wednesday .

MP calls meeting of officials and contractor

On Wednesday evening, MP Gurpreet Gogi met with traders and workers from various offices in Feroze Gandhi Market, Sarabha Nagar and Model Town Extension Tuition Market. He called a meeting of shopkeepers, parking contractors and MC officials to resolve the issue.

Traders in Sarabha Nagar market gathered to protest against the parking rate hike and the hourly parking fee system. They said monthly parking pass rates had increased more than fourfold.

Sarabha Nagar Main Market Association chairman Wang said traders and market workers previously paid a monthly pass of 150 rupees for a scooter and 300 rupees for parking. Now the monthly pass fee had been unnecessarily increased to Rs 700 for a scooter and Rs 1,400 for a car. In addition, a system of hourly parking charges has been introduced. The increased parking rates were unjustified and merchants would not pay the increased fees, he said.

Another market businessman, Sukhjinder Singh Gill, claimed that the parking contractor had deployed bouncers and that the contractor’s men also misbehaved with some employees working at the contractor’s office today. today. “For issuing monthly passes, I was charged Rs 5,000 for parking my and staff vehicles, but no monthly passes or payment slips were issued. We will be forced to close stores if the rate increases are not revoked,” he said.

Students among the most affected

Hundreds of students come to study at various coaching centers at Tuition Market of Model Town Extension and they are also forced to suffer after the MC raises the parking rates. A coaching center owner said: “It is difficult for students to pay high parking fees. Previously, students paid Rs 10 for scooter parking for the whole day. Now the MC has introduced an hourly parking fee system which is a big inconvenience for students taking classes for more than two hours here. Many students take classes for five hours or more. Such a decision to increase parking rates should be revoked.

Amarjit Singh Tikka, a BJP leader, said, “Around 2,000 students regularly visit the tuition market. It would be difficult for the parents of many students to arrange a monthly pass fee of Rs 700 for scooter parking. Also, the hourly parking pricing system is not a good decision. In fact, it was necessary to reduce the surcharge instead of increasing parking rates in the city. The decision to increase parking rates should be reversed.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the Feroze Gandhi Market Association has submitted a memorandum to Commissioner MC against the parking rate hike. Traders in Feroze Gandhi Market and Sarabha Nagar Market also raised the issue before Ludhiana West MP Gurpreet Gogi.

Inderdeep Singh, president of Calibar Plaza Welfare Society (AC Market), near Bhadaur House, said the rise in parking rates had placed an additional burden on them and visitors.

BJP protests at Feroze Gandhi market

BJP leader’s lawyer Bikram Singh Sidhu and others staged a protest against the state AAP government and market MC Feroze Gandhi for raising parking rates. Sidhu said: “Parking lots have been allocated to a contractor who is close to politicians belonging to the Aam Aadmi party and the Congress. The government must remove the increased rates for scooters and car parking. Otherwise, we will be forced to launch an agitation against the government from Saturday.

Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said he had received a number of complaints against the parking rate hike. “I will speak to Commissioner MC in this regard. Necessary steps would be taken to resolve the issue,” he said.

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Workshop renovations clearing the way for a restaurant, cafe, brasserie

A cafe or restaurant at the Workhouse Arts Center?

Lorton Craft Destination says construction work to add these amenities has begun with two campus buildings, W13 and W15. Once completed, the Fairfax County government will lease these buildings to commercial entities. Workhouse officials also say a brewery could be located in one of the new buildings.

Over the years, the Workhouse has become a community center for residents of South Fairfax and Eastern Prince William Counties. In addition to visual and performing arts, the Workhouse will host the final weekend of its Haunt: Nightmare Harvest Halloween run this weekend, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, from 7-11 p.m.

The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. is working with Fairfax County on a master campus planning process to ensure the original vision for the entire arts center is still viable. This initial plan was considered in addition to the currently occupied visual art and interpretive components. This artistic complex would include a amphitheaterprofessional theatre, events and education center.

The Workhouse sits on land that once housed a prison run by Washington, D.C. In 2004, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors rezoned the campus, allowing the Lorton Arts Foundation to reuse the area through adaptive reuse of structures existing historic buildings and the construction of new buildings with a combination of uses, including theatres, artists’ studios, an events centre, museums, a music barn, other similar facilities, restaurants, commercial recreation and housing for resident artists/performers to establish the campus as a unique arts, cultural and recreational resource for the community.

Eleven historic buildings located on the Workhouse Arts Campus have been restored. The campus was originally intended to include: artist studios, a prison museum and community heritage center, an art gallery, and an event center for weddings, receptions, and conferences.

With up to 600 seats, a 300-seat performing arts center consisting of a black box or flexible space that can also be used for an event center uses a 450-seat theater, music hall 300 indoor seating and up to 500 outdoor lawn seating, an outdoor horticultural display area with a 2,424 square foot indoor exhibit/greenhouse area, and adaptive reuse of other historic structures to support the arts center, such as offices and warehouses.

Also located on campus is an 82,500 square foot green space known as the Quad and nearly 1,000 parking spaces. The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9518 Workhouse Way in Lorton.

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Experts offer cheap solutions to the bathroom fiasco. Will the bureaucracy be in the way?

After officials expressed outrage the $1.7 million prize and an extended timeline for a public restroom in San Francisco, construction experts across the country have dived into the debate about how the city can provide a cheaper, faster alternative.

Now, two men who run prefab construction companies plan to lift the lid on Wednesday about a potential solution to San Francisco’s overpriced toilet jobs: a modular bathroom they say they’ll give away for free instead of the town of Noe Valley that can be installed using local union labor.

The only catch is that San Francisco officials have to agree to a streamlined approvals process, given that the city’s plan to install a $1.7 million homemade bathroom should take a shine. two to three years to enable and build. After this column detailed the startling cost of just one toilet in 150 square feet of space, Governor Gavin Newsom froze state funds earmarked for the project and demanded a cheaper solution.

Chad Kaufman, President of Public restroom companyand Vaughan Buckley, CEO of Volumetric construction companies, are in San Francisco for a construction conference this week at the Moscone Center. Wednesday morning they will detail their bathroom offering at the conference, just the latest twist in the story of a small toilet that exploded around the world.

Trevor Noah talked about it on “The Daily Show”, international newspapers picked up the toilet story and many enterprising San Franciscans disguised as a $1.7 million toilet for Halloween – because nothing is scarier than city bureaucrats wasting time and taxpayers’ money.

“All my friends sent me the Chronicle story,” Kaufman told me on Tuesday. “My email blew up in two days.”

So he had a clever idea. He has a modular bathroom — complete with a toilet in a lockable stall and a small outdoor area with a sink — which he exhibited in the spring at the California Park and Recreation Society Conference and Expo in Sacramento. He sells this model for $135,000, but will donate the showroom bathroom to the Noe Valley town square for free, and Buckley will provide free architectural and engineering support to prepare the site. The city could hire local workers to install it.

The modular bathroom offered free of charge in San Francisco for the Noe Valley Town Square.

Courtesy of Public Restroom Company

“I want to donate a toilet to help the people of Noe Valley accomplish this as soon as possible,” Kaufman said, nodding at the city’s estimate that his exorbitant toilet wouldn’t be ready for use. used before 2025. “Our installation would take three days.”

Tamara Aparton, spokeswoman for the city’s recreation and parks department, confirmed that Buckley emailed the department Tuesday morning with the offer. She said the department has responded and hopes to meet with the men this week.

“We are happy to explore this offer,” she told me, noting that a verification and authorization process would still be required.

Kaufman sold seven similar modular bathrooms to the city of Los Angeles for about the same price as the $1.7 million Noe Valley toilet, and also sold prefabricated toilets to cities in northern California, including Tracy, San Bruno, East Palo Alto and Redwood City. .

It sounds like a win-win situation, but given that San Francisco is full of red tape, nothing is ever easy. The city may have to apply for a special waiver to accept the free bathroom because the states in which the two companies are headquartered – Nevada and Pennsylvania – are among on the 30th, the city declared a ban on travel and business because of their positions on abortion rights, voting rights or LGBTQ rights. The city is considering changing these rules because it increases prices and does not appear to affect other states’ laws.

Meanwhile, John Bauters, the mayor of Emeryville says he too has a much cheaper toilet solution that works great: Portland toiletsa prefab bathroom designed by the city of Portland, Oregon and now purchased by dozens of cities across the country, including Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Monterey, San Diego, Austin, Miami and Cinncinati.

Yes, surprisingly, other cities have figured out the dresser riddle.

“It goes back to elementary school. There’s a book called “Everybody poops,” Bauters pointed out. “Do you want them pooping on your sidewalk or do you want them pooping in an establishment?” It’s not rocket science.

Conveniently, San Francisco, notoriously short of public restrooms, hasn’t flushed Oregon down its contract sewers like it has those other 30 states and could conceivably buy Portland Loos.

Bauters, who is revered by Bay Area city planners who want more housing, more bike lanes, more car-free streets and more common sense, said his city spent $99,000 to buy a Portland Loo for the Joseph Emery skatepark and another $41,000 for the install.

Emeryville Mayor John Bauters says he has a much cheaper toilet solution that works well: the Portland Loo, a prefab bathroom designed by the city of Portland, Oregon and now purchased by dozens of cities.  Bauters is shown in an Oct. 1, 2019, file photo.

John Bauters, the mayor of Emeryville says he has a much cheaper toilet solution that works well:
Portland toilets, a prefab bathroom designed by the city of Portland, Oregon and now purchased by dozens of cities. Bauters is shown in an Oct. 1, 2019, file photo.

Paul Chinn, Staff / The Chronicle

He praised its stainless steel surface which resists graffiti and vandalism and is easy to clean with a connected hose. Its lower part has vents, making it easy to see how many people are inside and whether they are using the toilet appropriately, he added. Bauters said it’s been used a lot and the city hasn’t received any complaints about it.

Another Portland Loo will be installed in a new 10-acre Emeryville neighborhood that will include 500 housing units, a park, dog park, playground and organic garden, Bauters said, noting that the construction schedule three years of development relates to the identical to the Noe Valley toilets.

“You’ll have one bathroom, and we’ll have a 10-acre neighborhood,” Bauters said. “San Francisco can be a world-class city, but sometimes it has to go out of its way.”

He said investigating San Francisco’s budget allocation for the now-famous Noe Valley bathroom gave him some big questions, including his $300,000 architectural fee to design a small bathroom, which could be enough to pay for two Portland Loos.

I asked a handful of professional architects and engineers to review the city’s budget allocations for toilets in Noe Valley Town Square, as well as similar small bathrooms built by Rec and Park, one at Alamo Square and another in McLaren Park. All three projects had roughly the same construction costs, and no one I asked thought those cost estimates made sense.

Justin Watkins, who has worked as an assistant superintendent and project engineer on construction projects in San Francisco in the past, said the fact that the outages were so similar was a red flag.

“That means it’s very simple municipal budgeting, and if something has ever been approved at that price, it’s likely to be approved again,” said Watkins, who now works for 1build. , which makes software to help estimate construction costs.

He said the budgets appeared to include “a ton of markups,” including the Noe Valley toilet station of $175,000 for project management by the recreation and parks department and $150,000 for management of project by the Ministry of Public Works.

“Now you have two city officials overseeing the same restroom for what is effectively their annual salary,” he said. “A manager can manage several projects. It’s pretty useless.

Aparton, the spokesperson for Rec and Park, said the city provides a team consisting of an architect, landscape architect, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, structural engineer and of a geotechnical engineer – and that none of their salaries or benefits come from the general fund. Instead, they are paid by individual projects.

Assemblyman Matt Haney, who secured the $1.7 million in public funds for the restroom before Newsom put it on hold to see if the city can come up with a cheaper plan, said he wanted an audit of the city’s contracting processes because this little toilet provided a window into how broken they are.

He said the city needs to stop rejecting proven answers – like the Portland Loo or Big Belly Bins – in order to to create your own tailor-made answers which often take far too much time and money.

“Let’s hope some shitty bathroom can save San Francisco by convincing them to get off the potty and get to work,” he said with a laugh.

Leslie Crawford, co-founder of Town Square, said the international attention has come as a shock to little Noe Valley, but she is confident the toilet story will have a happy ending.

“We could, from all this, come up with something better, cheaper, faster and reasonable!” she says.

In San Francisco? Now that would be quite the end of the twist.

Heather Knight is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @hknightsf

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