Flood Victims Take City to Court For Damages

first_img“It continues to sadden us that (1) the PR spin and victim-blaming seem to tower over suggestions for solutions, (2) no meeting date has been set to talk with the community and (3) elected officials are frequently out of town and unable to meet until September,” Donna Marie Ponferrada, a plaintiff in the case, wrote in an email.Drainage problems from 14th to 18th streets between Folsom and Harrison streets date back to the mid-1800s. The area used to be a marsh; the city filled it around 1860 or 1870, but there have been problems there ever since.The area has settled, and in some places it is considerably lower than the street. “If you’re standing in the outdoor patio in the back [of Stable Café], in 1870-80 you would have been 24 inches taller,” Greg Braswell told Mission Local in 2012, when he was the sewer information system manager for the Department of Public Works. After last year’s two sewer failures, the Public Utilities Commission gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors to explain the repeated flooding at 17th and Folsom. “At times it just feels like it’s getting worse instead of getting any better,” said supervisor David Campos at the meeting in March. Emilio Cruz, assistant general manager of the Public Utilities Commission, said then that the city had already removed 1,830 tons of debris from the sewer system since 2013 and invested millions in improvements. But the cost of actually preventing flooding at 17th and Folsom would be astronomical. Cruz said in his presentation that dealing with a five-year-storm (one of a magnitude seen only every five years, which brings down about 775 million gallons in 3 hours) would mean improving a collection and conveyance system in the southeast part of the city to the tune of $2 billion dollars, and adding a connector tunnel between 17th and Folsom and the larger system for an additional $250 million. Even if the city shelled out $2.2 billion, such a project would take until 2020 to complete — and last December saw a 25-year-storm and a 100-year-storm, events that  would overwhelm even such an expensive system.Instead, the PUC has been working on solutions “upstream,” fixing problems higher up in the watershed, ideally to prevent as much water from flowing down to flood areas. Epstein worries that the opposite will happen. “What logically is happening and is going to continue to happen until they address the problem where it lies is that the city’s system is gonna get better and better at moving stormwater and sewage down to where my clients are,” he said.What has worked for some, he said, is taking advantage of the city’s grant program for property owners — some businesses have been able to get compensated by the city for installing flood barriers and backflow preventers. But for homeowners, that wasn’t the answer either. “Most residents on the unit block of Cayuga are non-native English speakers and senior citizens. They have found the grant program to be cumbersome and frankly, disheartening because it infers the PUC will not fix the sewer,” Ponferrada wrote. The city also recommends getting flood insurance. Private insurers, wrote plaintiff Blane Bachelor, often do not cover sewer failures, leaving even residents with often expensive flood insurance without recourse. The city’s program, which is offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), does cover sewer failures, and the PUC is trying to promote that insurance through local brokers, said Tyrone Jue, a spokesperson for the PUC. Premiums for that insurance start at $137 a year for homes and $647 a year for businesses.The city is also seeing if a water collection system could be built into a site near 17th and Folsom. Plans for a cistern under an empty lot there were set aside when it was found such a system would not have much impact on flooding, but Jue said the PUC is still examining other options for a similar solution.In the meantime, they’re trying to manage expectations.“When we design buildings we design them to withstand a certain magnitude of earthquakes,” Jue said. “Mother nature doesn’t conform to building standards. And that’s where we have to manage those expectations. But at the same time don’t want to leave people high and dry.”Jue said the PUC has not been served with the suit yet and so he could not comment on the suit directly. 0% Some 50 home and business owners have sued the city for damages after the sewer system failed twice last December at 17th and Folsom, Cayuga Avenue in Glen Park, and 15th and Wawona streets.Year after year, residents near 17th and Folsom streets suffer several feet of flooding in their garages and basements. Just last year, a storm that knocked out power across the city and sent water bubbling up through pipes inside homes also left homes and businesses heavily damaged by waist-high flooding — twice in a row. Now, they’re anxiously anticipating a strong El Niño.Mark W. Epstein, of Seiler Epstein Ziegler & Applegate LLP, has been representing tenants and businesses in flooding suits for years. A previous lawsuit he represented flood victims in resulted in a payout of about $5 million, to be divvied up among more than 40 affected homeowners with various levels of damage. But residents are still not seeing improvements they’ve been asking for for years. They’ve formed a group called Solutions Not Sandbags to pressure the city to fix its sewer system.Residents have also filed numerous claims with the city for damage sustained during previous floods, many of which the say have been denied or not completed. Epstein said some of his clients have been able to get the PUC to start on repairs to drywalls in response to claims, but the work stopped — leaving residents with garages open to the elements for months. Epstein estimated that total damages from the suit might be in the high hundred thousands of dollars.center_img Tags: real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF Driver tries to flee after colliding with a US Postal service

first_imgA driver collided with a U.S. Postal Service truck at 3 p.m. and tried to flee from the intersection of Mission and Valencia streets, but a retired highway patrol officer jumped in to help apprehend the driver.  The woman, who was later taken into custody,  appeared to be in her 40s.  The female postal employee driving the truck was transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.It is unclear how the crash occurred, but the collision propelled the mail truck into a sidewalk parklet near the intersection. According to several bystanders, the driver of the Ford Focus exited the vehicle immediately after the crash and ran on Mission Street towards 29th Street.“I heard a loud ‘thump’ and thought, ‘wow that sounded like a good hit,” said Ricardo Jimenez, a retired California Highway Patrol officer who was at Los Panchos, a Mexican  restaurant at 3206 Mission St. located steps away from the scene of the accident.  Jimenez said he walked outside and saw the mail truck “up against the curb” and the driver’s seat of the Ford Focus empty.“This girl started running up the hill kind of bent over, like she was in pain,” said Jimenez. After another bystander informed him that she was the driver of the colliding vehicle, Jimenez said he followed her half a block up, into the parking lot of a Bank of America. There, Jimenez said he confronted the woman, who was attempting to climb over a fence in the bank’s parking lot. Tags: crash Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “I said, ‘look you can’t leave the scene of the accident,’ and that I would detain her, said Jimenez. “She was denying it right away.”Jimenez said he locked the woman into a “bear hug,” but let her go when another man accused him of assaulting her. The woman then continued to flee, turning right onto 29th Street and taking refuge in a business near Tiffany Street. The business’s owner and Jimenez both alerted the police, who took the woman into custody upon arrival, according to Jimenez.A neighbor who lives across the street from the intersection and observed the crash from her window said that the suspect was not alone in the Ford Focus.  A man estimated to be in his 30s was sitting in the passenger seat. “He said he was the owner of the car,” said the neighbor.Eden Stein, the owner of Secession at 3235 Mission St., said she heard the crash while inside her store and after stepping outside, witnessed the male passenger exit the car and procure a ferret from its trunk.“He was in shock. He went into the trunk and grabbed his ferret,” said Stein.Also in shock was the female postal employee, said Stein. Firefighters and police responded to the scene, and the woman was given a neck brace before being transported to the hospital.last_img read more

SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston says his side ar

first_imgSHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston says his side are ready to take the fight to St Helens when the two sides come together in a Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Stobart Stadium on Saturday (3.00pm).Aston picked up the Lance Todd Trophy as a player when he inspired Sheffield to a shock Wembley triumph over Wigan Warriors in the 1998 Challenge Cup final and he says the class of 2011 won’t fear their Super League opponents.“Underdogs win games in every sport,” said Aston. “We proved that in ’98 and that game should have been the catalyst for this club but it’s all about progression and victory against Saints would be another great chapter in the history of Sheffield Eagles“There are always ways to win a game and we don’t go into any fixture thinking we’ll get beat so I can assure you we’ll take to the field against St Helens believing we can win.“Obviously it will be tough, they’re full-time and probably get more training in one day then we get in a week but we’ll put in a performance we can be proud of and look to win the small battles.“If we do that, the result will look after itself.”The Eagles came close to pulling off a shock victory during the fourth round stage of the competition last season against St Helens’ major rivals Wigan, eventually losing out 50-34, and Aston says that performance will give his side the belief that they can make life just as difficult for St Helens.“We’ll look after our own game and go out there and enjoy it and ensure we play the game with a smile on our face,” said Aston. “We always challenge ourselves to compete.“It’s a simple game when you break it down. If you can keep hold of the ball then you make life hard for the other teams to score, if we can put together a good kick and chase and compete in all the different sections then we have a good chance.“We went to-to-toe with Wigan in the Cup last season and they were THE team in the competition. We set ourselves little benchmarks and small objectives and we were close to causing a huge upset so there’s no reason we can’t repeat that this season.“If you break the game down from 80 minutes to small segments, it gives the players clear objectives to aim for and we’ll have a week off before the Saints game to prepare and study them and concentrate on breaking down their attack and exploiting their weaknesses.”Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round contest between St Helens and Sheffield Eagles at the Stobart Stadium Widnes cost £10 adult and £5 concessions.St Helens season ticket holders can gain free entry as can Sheffield’s Junior Season Ticket Holders.last_img read more

The Official Saints Elf on the Shelf is now in sto

first_imgThe Official Saints Elf on the Shelf is now in store!Priced at £9.99 you can join in the festive fun by letting him loose in your house or office to see what mischief he can get up to!And, as you can see from our pics below, our Elf has already been in the changing rooms and answering calls at the front desk.It is available in store and online – and what’s more, if you post your Saints Elf on the Shelf on Twitter, with the hashtag #saintsandproud, the best one will win a signed Ryan Morgan shirt!The more creative the better! Buy your Saintly Elf and then let your creativity flow!last_img

They faced a strong Leyland Warriors side but desp

first_imgThey faced a strong Leyland Warriors side but despite a valiant effort went down 52-38.The experienced Leyland side got off to a great start and established an early lead.Saints showed great courage and determination in the second half but couldn’t overturn that deficit.last_img

UPDATE Teen accused of attempted murder turns himself in

first_img It happened around 3:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Zack Street in Bolivia.He is charged with two counts of attempted murder. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says  a 16-year-old who allegedly shot at two people on Thursday has turned himself in.The sheriff’s office says Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins peacefully turned himself in to law enforcement in Columbus County Saturday evening. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Watkins shot toward a man and woman outside a home following a brief encounter.- Advertisement – last_img

FEMA to reach out to Hurricane Florence victims still living in hotels

first_img Transitional Sheltering Assistance provides short-term hotel accommodations for displaced survivors as they transition from locations other than their pre-disaster residence to temporary or permanent housing solutions.FEMA provides money for rental property, home repairs and other forms of housing to help eligible households transition from a hotel to a short- or long-term housing option.Following these tips will help make the appointment process as smooth as possible:Make sure FEMA has up-to-date contact information.This information can be updated online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling the Disaster Assistance Helpline at (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711 or Voice Relay Service), TTY: (800) 462-7585 Parts of Kelly remain flooded weeks after Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina residents who are still staying in hotels after Hurricane Florence can expect a call from FEMA about their long-term housing plan.If you are in FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, FEMA advisors will be contacting you to set up an appointment to meet with them, as well as voluntary agencies and state partners to discuss steps for moving toward a more permanent housing solution.- Advertisement – FEMA advisors may be calling from unfamiliar area codes. If you receive a message it is important for you to call the advisor back.Be willing to work with the FEMA advisor to schedule the earliest available appointment.Be available to meet with a FEMA advisor.Related Article: Carolina Beach businesses fight back from hurricane’s wrathSince Hurricane Florence struck in September 2018, FEMA has provided hotel stays for more than 850 households under its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. Now nearly two-thirds of those have moved on to a more permanent housing solution. There are currently 322 households comprising just over 900 people in Transitional Sheltering Assistance.last_img read more

Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans injuring 8

first_imgPhoto: ReutersPhoto: Reuters A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said.The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans thronged the centre of Moscow on a balmy summer evening, a short distance from the Kremlin.Moscow’s traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver’s licence issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic. It cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on purpose.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”The city’s police said they had opened a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code.Eight people were hurt and had been taken to hospital, Moscow city’s healthcare department said in a statement. It said seven were in a satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously hurt.The Mexican embassy in Moscow said two Mexican women had been lightly injured. Also among those hurt were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a source in the emergency services as saying.Video of the incident posted on social media showed the yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationary traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which was packed with pedestrians.The vehicle drove for about 10 metres along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car.The taxi came to a halt after hitting a traffic sign. As bystanders tried to pull open the driver’s side door, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.More bystanders chased after him and could be seen trying to tackle him to the ground as the footage ended.MEXICO SOCCER MATCHA witness told Reuters that some of the people hit were wearing Mexican team colours. Mexico take on Germany on Sunday in their first World Cup match at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, and thousands of Mexican fans are in the Russian capital.A second witness at the scene told Reuters about the driver of the taxi: “He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting: ‘It wasn’t me’.”Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.Describing the actions of the driver, she said: “He ran into a group of Mexicans. There were shouts, moans. He was only stopped because he hit a traffic sign.”“Someone gave him a punch in the face. He stayed in the car, people came up to him, said what are you doing, punched him in the face, he opened the door and tried to run away.”“It’s scary that it was in the centre (of Moscow) and I was right opposite,” she said.Moscow’s traffic management authority said the driver was not drunk and Interfax news agency cited a source saying there was no alcohol in his blood.The same source told Interfax the driver said he had fallen asleep at the wheel and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal. The driver also said he had worked all night and that he tried to run away because he was scared, TASS agency cited an emergency source as saying.The same source told TASS that a court will hold a sentencing hearing on Monday.Authorities have vowed a safe soccer World Cup, which Russia is hosting for the first time ever. It is taking place in 11 cities until July 15.In central Moscow, authorities have installed heavy concrete blocks across the entrances to pedestrianised areas following a spate of incidents in European cities in which vehicles were used to mow down people.The U.S. State Department on Friday updated its travel advice on Russia, saying terrorist groups were plotting attacks.“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities,” the travel advice stated.DRIVER’S LICENCEThe Moscow traffic authority posted on Twitter a copy of what it said was the taxi driver’s licence. It gave his name as Chingiz Anarbek Uulu and said he was born on April 22, 1990.It gave his birthplace as the town of Kochkor-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, near the border with Uzbekistan.An account on Russian social media platform Odnoklassniki for someone with the same name and date of birth was last updated two years ago.The last video he posted on his page depicted chapter 82 of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, which discussed judgment day. There was nothing on the page to suggest any links to, or sympathies with, Islamist militant groups.People walking around in central Moscow on Saturday evening said they were aware of the taxi incident, but it did not put them off spending time in the city. The streets were packed with people listening to street musicians perform, or sitting at pavement cafes.“We’re not scared but disappointed,” said Youseff Fraige, 27, from Monterrey, Mexico.“We didn’t expect something like this to happen in a place like this. It could happen anywhere in the world, but that it happens here in Moscow, in the middle of the World Cup, it’s shocking for us.”(Reporting by Christian Lowe, Maria Kiselyova, Jack Stubbs, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Tom Balmforth; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Stephen Powell and Catherine Evans)WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

NASA plans to send rats to space for longer duration

first_imgAdvertisement  The AEM-X is an advanced rodent habitat module designed for long-duration missions on the International Space Station.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to send rats to space for longer duration.Rats have flown to space before but the new “rat-stronauts” will stay between 30 and 90 days, depending on the how soon they can get transported on the roundtrip, space.com reported. – Advertisement – “This will allow animals to be studied for longer period of time on space station missions,” said Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the International Space Station (ISS).Of the 35 or so studies where rats have gone into space, few have gone for more than two weeks.Launching rats on for the experiment are preferable to mice, which are smaller and require less food, because rats’ neurocognitive functioning is similar to that of humans.Investigators are pushing for more life sciences experiments on the ISS to better understand the effects of microgravity on living organisms.Source: Business Standardlast_img read more

Never that easy with England

first_imgEngland v MontenegroWorld Cup Qualifier8pm, ITVENGLAND PRICE ‘UNDER PRESSURE’ WILL THE TEAM BE ?As reported in Starters Orders earlier today the England price to win tonight has been under pressure all day.Trevor on the desk reported that Montenegro were friendless in the crucial World Cup Qualifier.England are now around 1/3 which is a barmy price only justified by the injuries to the Montenegro team.There’s only one point between them in Group H and Montenegro have held England to a draw on the three times they have met.Montenegro are expected to be without captain Mirko Vucinic, goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic, centre-back Marko Basa and midfielder Miodrag Pekovic because of injury.England need to win both matches at Wembley to guarantee World Cup qualification.They must finish top of the group for automatic qualification for the 2014 finals in Brazil, while second place would mean a two-legged play-off in November.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Mar 2013 World Cup Montenegro 1-1 EnglandOct 2011 Euros Montenegro 2-2 EnglandOct 2010 Euros England 0-0 MontenegroIt’s not often I get England games right but rather than the win market I will be looking at under 2.5 goals tonight on the basis England seldom get things done the easy way.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points UNDER 2.5 goals at around 6/5BRAND BECKHAMPower couple David and Victoria Beckham have increased their combined business revenue to almost £100,000 a day, newly released documents have shown.Papers lodged with Companies House show that Beckham Ventures Ltd, which handles Victoria’s fashion range, increased its turnover to £15.4m in 2012.David Beckham’s football-focused business, Footwork Productions, grossed £16.5m on the back of endorsements and sponsorships.A third company, Brand Beckham, grossed £3.2m, taking their combined turnover to £35.1m – more than £96,100 a day.The growth of their business ventures shows the success of their ability to move on from being a football player and a pop star.last_img read more