The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.If San Francisco voters don’t love Mayor London Breed, we certainly seem to like her fine. We sure as hell don’t hate her. But when it comes to caring about who she wants to govern alongside and what she wants us to vote for, San Franciscans were totally indifferent. Nearly every hotly contested candidate or proposition on yesterday’s ballot that the mayor weighed in on lost, or is losing. Homeless measure Proposition C won. Matt Haney won in District 6. Gordon Mar is winning in District 4 — a progressive supe in the Sunset! Eric Mar’s brother! It’s an impossible scenario, and yet it’s happening. It seems the only people who listened to Breed’s advice this election season were the tech barons who deferred to her wisdom in opposing Prop. C (before admitting that, hey, they just don’t want to pay taxes). Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address In District 6, where Breed prominently supported Christine Johnson and Sonja Trauss and text-banked with them on Election Day, Haney’s people told me that the issue of Breed’s imprimatur came up only a handful of times during tens of thousands of voter interactions. In District 4, where Breed got behind Jessica Ho, Mar’s people said that, in the heavily Asian Sunset District, the backing of Mayor Breed didn’t mean quite so much as the backing of Mayor Ed Lee. You figure it out. What’s more, Breed’s advocacy for opening up safe injection sites didn’t exactly sit well with denizens of the city’s west side.Flanked by District 6 candidates Christine Johnson (left) and Sonja Trauss, Mayor London Breed texts would-be voters on election day. Photo by Julian Mark.Haney trounced Johnson and Trauss by an eye-opening margin (much more on that here). There are 139,000 ballots left to count and, perhaps 10,000 to go in District 4 — but the lead for Mar “looks very solid to me,” notes SFSU political science professor Jason McDaniel. In a crowded field, he continues, Mar “benefitted from the ranked-choice voting transfers.” So far, he’s pulled down more No. 2 votes from the candidate running a 1-2 campaign with Ho than she has.Is Breed vulnerable to be unseated next year? Barring a missile from Pyongyang or some manner of scandal worse than the scandals city voters have already ignored — and we ignored a married mayor impregnating his fund-raiser or a single mayor carrying on an affair with his married underling who was his close friend’s spouse — no. But it’s not Breed’s blessing that’ll do her appointee, Supervisor Vallie Brown, all that much good in 2019. Rather, District 5 voters are going to weigh whether Brown is a better neighborhood supe than Dean Preston. That’s all. In the meantime, like Lee before her, Breed will have an adversarial and potentially rambunctious board working against her. The relationship with the board has not been well-maintained. And, now, with perhaps eight supervisors finding common cause, the board doesn’t have to merely react to the mayor — it can go on offense. “Mayor Breed is substantially weaker today than she was yesterday,” sums up a veteran political operative. “That is a result of political miscalculation and hubris.” Far, far more San Franciscans voted for Prop. C than voted for London Breed. She now finds herself on the other side of a means of tackling San Francisco’s most pressing issue than 60-odd percent of this city’s voters. And, if the tech barons are supposedly receptive to our mayor’s wishes — will she lean on them to not sue the city over Prop. C? That could qualify as “leadership.” It is not yet known what Breed will make her signature issue for 2019 and re-election. It sure as hell won’t be a bold homelessness initiative. Fixing Muni is the perpetual motion machine of San Francisco politics. Affordable housing is a great idea, but a mayor can only push that needle so much. Your humble narrator is hearing rumors of a workforce housing bond. That sounds grand but, once again, your elected officials are far keener to extract funds from everyday folks (and go into bonded debt) than big business. We’ll see if Breed et al. express reservations about the “accountability” of those overseeing the housing funds. If the mayor had embraced Prop. C, it would not only have likely ensured a two-thirds majority and staved off years of legal wrangling (and potential crushing losses for this and other tax initiatives), but it would have scattered and routed Breed’s opponents on the left, leaving them in disarray for years to come. This was not an easy situation by any means for the mayor. But she played it into a triple. Questionable decisions were made following questionable advice. It remains to be seen if the mayor makes changes regarding her inner political circle — will anyone be held “accountable” for this? Incoming chief of staff Sean Elsbernd can’t arrive quickly enough. He should bring a fire extinguisher.
JON Wilkin and James Roby have been named in England’s Rugby League’s 30-man Elite Training Squad as the national team starts its preparations in World Cup year.The squad will meet up at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire over the weekend of March 16 and there will be a further four camps throughout this year including high altitude training in Potchefstroom, South Africa at the end of the domestic season.“The players are fully aware of the importance of this year,” said Head Coach Steve McNamara. “Every opportunity we have together will be vital in honing our preparations to make a real impact on the Rugby League World Cup in the autumn.“We have every confidence in the group, along with our Australian based players, to be competitive against the best teams in the world. We are leaving nothing to chance and our training programme will add variety and the attention to detail our elite players deserve.“The main focus naturally will be about the Rugby League World Cup, but we have a responsibility to ensure the future stars of the game are prepared and ready for international tournaments after 2013 and the World Cup in 2017.”England will start their 2013 campaign with the International Origin match against the Exiles on Friday June 14 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and will take on France in a warm-up game before the Rugby League World Cup gets underway on Saturday October 26, when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.2013 England Elite Training Squad:Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Garreth Carvell, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Ben Cockayne, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Gareth Ellis, Liam Farrell, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Gareth Hock, Chris Hill, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Danny McGuire, Michael McIlorum, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Richie Myler, Sean O’Loughlin, Stefan Ratchford, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Tickle, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Jon Wilkin.
NATHAN Brown remains positive despite the ramifications of Saints 44-22 win over Widnes on Friday.“The win came at a cost and unfortunately we’ve had a few that have come at a cost over the last few months,” he said. “That is the nature of the game we play I suppose. Luke Walsh was just making a tackle and we’ve had some news on Jon Wilkin that isn’t ideal too.“Luke has either a dislocated ankle or a compound fracture of his leg. Until he has surgery we won’t know.”He continued: “We were leading well and then Jordan Turner and Mark Percival made a bad read. I thought they played super but a couple of mistakes cost us those points in the second half. I was happy with the game apart from that two minute period but against the good sides you cannot afford to have those lapses.“I thought after that period we dominated with our offence and defence. We lost Mark Flanagan in the first half and have others out in key positions – Jonny and Lance – so I am proud of the guys. Jordan Turner and Gary Wheeler did super when we moved things around.“I thought Kyle Amor and Alex Walmsley were sensational. For a ten minute spell we were as good as we have been for the first or five weeks of the season. The forwards turned the game with their defence and carried the ball well.“It gives us a lot of confidence to take into next week and we are sure we can have a positive finish to the year. It is the nature of the game, the sun will come up tomorrow, we will train and go again.“We have a good group of forwards, a dummy half back at the top of his game, two young centres and one of those was terrific in the halves today.“Shannon McDonnell can come in, Paul Wellens can move to the halves and play well like he has done there this season and Lance should be back before the season’s out. We have to work hard and be positive.”
A SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors at tonight’s game.MATCH SPONSORS – Bold Skip HireBold Skip Hire are a well-known local skip hire business who are proud to be match sponsors again.They can be found at Moss House Farm, Fleet Lane, St Helens, WA9 2RJ and contacted via 01744 833891.MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon DécorA lifelong Saints supporter, this locally run business was set up in 2008 and specialises in all types of wedding décor including centrepieces, dance floor hire and more.They were match ball sponsors at our last game for the first time.Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon Décor is on 132 Greenfield Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6SH. They can be contacted via 07955 600 101. www.kierasoccasions.co.ukCORPORATE SPONSORS – ViridorBy transforming domestic and commercial waste and recyclables into high-quality raw materials or energy, Viridor making a substantial contribution to improving both its customers’ and the UK’s resource efficiency.They operate more than 320 facilities across the UK and use smart technology operated by smart people to deliver their vision – from user-friendly household waste recycling centres for the general public to some of the most advanced materials recycling facilities and energy from waste plants in Europe.To find out more log on to www.viridor.co.ukTHIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – Gibneys JewellersGibneys Jewellers are the proud sponsors of Luke Walsh, Mark Flanagan and Josh Jones.A local family run business since 1987 and proud to be a true St Helens business they specialise in designing and creating jewellery to bring your ideas to life.Based on Ormskirk Street in the town centre they truly believe that ‘seeing is believing’ and each piece of jewellery is hand crafted by their highly skilled goldsmiths.For more information call into their town centre store and explore their wide range of jewellery.Gibney’s Jewellers 21b Ormskirk Street, St Helens, WA10 1BQ. Tel: 01744 24135. www.facebook.com/gibneys.jewellers
SAINTS are delighted to announce that Matty Smith has inked a three-year contract with the club.The Grand Final winning International half-back arrives with more than 250 top flight games to his credit and a plethora of honours.He has won two Grand Finals and was named Lance Todd winner in the Warriors’ 2013 Challenge Cup win.The 29-year-old has also played four times for England – in the 2014 Four Nations and 2015 Test Match series against New Zealand – and been named in the Dream Team twice.Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said: “I’m delighted to have secured the services of Matty. He a class scrum half who possesses a fantastic kicking and passing game as well as being an accomplished goal kicker.“He has excellent leadership qualities and composure in big games after having experienced several over the course of his career.“Having come through the system here he understands the club’s ethos and culture and has had a lot of success at the Warriors.“This is a perfect opportunity for us to bring his experience and professionalism to the Saints to not only guide the side around the park but help nurture the youngsters we have here.“His partnership with Theo Fages will be an exciting one to watch.”This is Matty’s second spell at the club after he originally made his debut for Saints in 2006 – after signing from Blackbrook.He moved to Widnes on loan in 2008 and then Salford, but was recalled by the Saints to play in the 2010 Grand Final run in.Smith signed for Salford in 2010 but halfway through 2012 moved to Wigan – just a couple of days after playing for England against the Exiles.At Wigan, Matty continued his development as one of the top 7s in the British game.He was named Lance Todd Trophy winner in Wigan’s cup success over Hull FC in 2013 and played in the Super League Grand Final victory over Warrington in the same year.And, he won the Grand Final with the Warriors in 2016.Matty Smith said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be back at my hometown team.“It should be a seamless transition as I have come through the system at Saints and know the key staff and players as well as the club’s culture.“I am committed to bringing silverware back to the club and look forward to helping the younger players develop.”Smith joins Luke Douglas and Ryan Morgan in putting pen to paper for 2017 and beyond at the club.
Related Article: Bail set at $750K for soldier charged in girl’s kidnapping Police say they were seen leaving the Walmart in an older model white Buick car. The woman in the photo has a distinctive tattoo on her chest.Contact Det. Jonathan Berry at (910) 332-5003 if you have any information about the couple. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police are looking for a man and woman wanted for stealing from Walmart.Police say the crime happened on July 29 just before 2:40 p.m. Police say the couple are suspected of stealing $600 worth of Red Bull energy drinking from both Walmart and Lowes Foods.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s longest running comic, toy and hobby show returns this year bigger and better than ever.Find vintage to modern comic books, browse collectible toys and see some of the area’s best artists. There is even a sidewalk sale so you can take some home.- Advertisement – It will be fun for the whole family with prizes, raffles, gaming events and a costume contest.It is Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Wilmington Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington.A portion of your admission will go to the Rabbit Rescue of Wilmington and NourishNC.Related Article: ‘MAGA building blocks’ for sale encourages kiddos to ‘build the wall’
According to Trask Land Company and Harbour Retail Partners, the 22,700-square-foot organic grocery store will be the biggest piece of the more than 45,000-square-foot complex. The companies say the project will also include West Marine and Blaze Pizza.“We are thrilled to bring a unique set of tenants to a thoughtfully designed center,” Trask Land Company President Raiford Trask III said in a statement. “Over the years we’ve been patient about master planning the Renaissance corridor to create a mix of uses including office, hospitality, and residential. We intentionally saved the heart of the watermelon for a specialty retail center like Renaissance Market and excited about creating a shopping environment that fits the coastal nature of Wilmington.”Trask Land Company and Harbour Retail Partners say construction should begin next month with a grand opening late this year.Related Article: Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs riseEarth Fare is an Asheville-based organic grocery chain with 45 locations in 10 states.West Marine will locate from its current location in Lumina Commons, the release said.Blaze Pizza has more than 200 stores in 32 states. Plans for Renaissance Market (Photo: Trask Land Company and Harbour Retail Partners) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another new grocery store is ready to enter the Wilmington market.Developers announced today that Earth Fare will anchor the Renaissance Market project across from Mayfaire Town Center at the northeast corner of Military Cutoff and Sir Tyler Drive.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School Board brought lawmakers together Thursday afternoon to discuss improving school safety.“School safety is of upmost importance,” Rep. Holly Grange said.- Advertisement – “The state should take a serious look at assisting and providing the necessary funding so we can have counselors in the schools,” Rep. Ted Davis said.Those were the highlights, and goals, set for the upcoming year during the New Hanover County School Board Legislative Luncheon.“The Florida tragedy may not have happened if some of those red flags had been noticed,” Grange said.Related Article: North Carolina schools get $22M in safety grantsThe event gave local and state leaders the chance to not only talk with school leaders, but also sit down with teachers and hear their concerns. One of which is whether to arm school staff.“Teachers should be focusing on educating kids what they’re there for. They don’t need to be policing the schools and carrying firearms,” Sen. Michael Lee said.“I’m not a proponent of teachers having firearms,” Davis said. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go.”“If we’ve got SRO’s in our school and we’ve got good procedures in place then that’s not something that needs to take place,” New Hanover County Superintendent, Tim Markley said.“If a teacher was armed I would want them to be trained very vigorously,” Grange said. “Rigorous training with local law enforcement.”Rep. Deb Butler sent WWAY the following statement:“I honestly can’t believe that we are even discussing the notion of arming teachers. Teachers want to teach. There is a laundry list of sensible actions to take such that would improve school safety such as banning military grade weapons, increasing background checks for gun purchases, installation of metal detectors, and more school resource officers and counselors who are trained to spot the warning signs of troubled children. These are things we should implement now,” Butler wrote.As for adding extra security, lawmakers across the board believe there are several options.“Law enforcement. Perhaps retired military can fulfill some of those roles and let teachers concentrate on teaching,” Grange said.“When we build new schools now there are added safety features. We’ve added cameras. There are press-in alarms at almost all of our schools. Mental health workers, councilors, more councilors at our schools we think are critical. We’d love to see more parent groups at our school like watchdogs and those kinds of programs,” Markley said.Representatives Davis and Grange are on the House School Safety Committee created to examine safety standards and recommend changes.They both are taking what they learned today to the committee’s first meeting March 21.
Alvin Dean Jones (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the attack of a woman with a box cutter in Monkey Junction to come forward.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says just before 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Alvin Dean Jones argued with a woman in the parking lot at 5309 Carolina Beach Road, which is the strip mall where the Family Dollar is located. At one point, Jones allegedly entered the driver’s window and cut the woman with a box cutter on her face, lip, and shoulder.- Advertisement – The victim was able to get Jones out of the window and drove to the hospital.Jones is charged with attempted first degree murder.If you were in the parking lot at the time of the attack, if you have information, or saw the attack, contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4161 or use Text-a-tip.Related Article: Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett caseJust text TIP708 and your message to Crimes (274637). Your message must begin with TIP708.