Mission reacts to the end of protected status for Salvadoran immigrants

first_imgOn an already gloomy and rainy day in San Francisco, Salvadorans with temporary protected status in the city learned that they may be forced to leave the country by September of 2019, Trump’s administration announced Monday.The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program allowed Salvadorans to live and work in the United States after a devastating 2001 earthquake in their home country. The Department of Homeland Security’s statement said, “the substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake no longer exist.”“Salvadorans knew it was coming,” said Laura Sanchez, director of the immigration program at the Central American Resource Center, a nonprofit social services center for Central American immigrants known as CARECEN. Ninety minutes after CARECEN opened its doors Monday morning, seven Salvadorans had already called, concerned about their status. It’s unclear how many Salvadorans with temporary status live in the Bay Area. Tags: immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Last November, the Department of Homeland Security ended TPS for 60,000 Haitians and 2,500 Nicaraguans who arrived after natural disasters in their countries, according to the Washington Post.However, Salvadorans were the largest immigrant group benefiting from the protected status, with an estimated 195,000 living in the United States; another 273,000 U.S. citizens have a parent with protected status. Ending the program means that Salvadorans will have to obtain legal status before Sept. 9, 2019.Enjoying her lunch at Panchitas, a Salvadoran restaurant on 16th Street, Daisy Garcia, a Salvadoran native and U.S. resident, says she’s thought about the news she first heard it. Garcia, 38, has been in the country 15 years and has resident status. “The life over there [El Salvador] is horrible,” Garcia said.Jamie Gonzalez, 50, owner of Elsy’s, a Salvadoran restaurant on Mission Street and a U.S. citizen, says he couldn’t imagine being forced to go back to his home country.“My family and workers depend on me,” Gonzalez said.At La Santaneca de La Mission, a Salvadoran restaurant on Mission Street, José, 25, a Salvadoran native who has only been living in the United States for three years says he can’t imagine going back to his country because “there isn’t the same opportunity over there.”Before the Sept. 9, 2019 deadline, Ricardo Calderon, a senior paralegal at CARECEN, says the affected have several options. Calderon said the likelihood of someone being able to stay depends on how long they have been in the United States, whether they have close family members who are residents or citizens, and if they have a criminal record.If they meet that criteria and have an open case in U.S. immigrant court, they can apply for a “cancellation of removal,” which grants them a green card. However, immigration judges can only approve 4,000 of these cases per year.They can also apply for asylum, if they can prove they fear persecution in El Salvador. According to the American Immigration Council, in 2014 about 470 Salvadorans were granted asylum. However, with the news of the end of temporary protected status, that number could increase as more Salvadorans apply. In 2016, the U.S. Immigration Court was backlogged, with more than 620,000 cases pending.The Department of Homeland Security says the 18-month period from now until Sept. 2019 will allow Congress to choose to legislate a permanent solution for those with temporary protected status.Maria Elena Fuentes, a receptionist at CARECEN, is encouraging callers to drop by their office on Mission Street to seek legal guidance. She says she expects more people to call and visit, but it usually takes some time before news spreads in the community. last_img read more

SFPD town hall following Excelsior barbershop shootout features frayed nerves graphic footage

first_img Tags: SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address The first bodycam video released, labeled “Officer 1,” is from the uniformed officer. In it, he and the plainclothes officer can be seen entering the barbershop, approaching Eid in the back corner, and then almost immediately leaping to the ground as the gunfight erupts. Officer 1 is seen firing multiple times and reloading his gun.“I’ve got kids here!” someone shouts in the background. “There’s a kid in that chair!”“Are you hurt? Are you hit?” a fellow officer asks Officer 1 after the gunfire stops. “I’m hit,” he responds, and crawls to exit the building.The second bodycam video, labeled “Officer 2,” begins outside the barbershop, before the shootout. A man can be seen being placed in handcuffs and questioned. His face has been blurred because the SFPD says he was not involved in the incident, but at the town hall, the man identified himself as Chad Ayesh, one of the barbers at Amazon. “You guys got me confused with someone else,” he tells the officers on the video.In the background, Officer 1 and the plainclothes officer can be seen entering the barbershop. Seconds later, dozens of gunshots shots erupt and people on the sidewalk scatter.Matthews said Eid fired approximately nine rounds, and the two officers fired approximately 26 rounds. The medical examiner’s preliminary report indicated Eid was struck about 18 times.“God damn it!” someone shouts. “Cover, cover, cover! Get down, Get down!”Officer 2 approaches the barbershop entrance, shouting at someone crouched on a sofa near the entrance to leave. “Get out, get out now! Get the fuck out!” he says, pulling their arm and guiding them to the door.Children can be seen running through the barbershop towards the exit. One child appears to have been hiding behind the barber chair in which Eid was sitting, and runs away.The crowd of perhaps 150 was also shown a still image from Officer 1’s bodycam, in which Eid can be seen pointing what appears to be a gun at officers. Pictures of a 40-caliber Glock handgun recovered at the scene were also released.After the footage was shown, a member of Eid’s family read from a prepared statement. “We, the Eid family, have decided the best response to this horrific incident is an open letter to the public,” he said. He offered their apologies “to the officers who were injured in the line of duty. We would also like to apologize to the owner of Amazon Barbershop, the staff, victims, and clients for the actions of Jehad disturbing the peace.”“We understand the resulting consequences of Jehad’s actions and stand by the officers who made the decision to use lethal force. Although in our eyes he was family, we will always love him and remember this devastating horrific incident,” he said.He also apologized to law-abiding gun owners for “adding fuel to an already polarized political climate,” and that they “never wanted to be another statistic, persuasion tactic, or reason for taking away your Second Amendment rights.”But, after taking his seat, another member of the Eid family stood up and confronted him, angrily pointing at him. “You don’t speak in my name,” he said.SFPD body camera footage displays Jehad Eid pointing what appears to be a gun at officers.Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, also said she spoke for the family.“As you can see, this is a tragic incident that has really torn apart the family. There are multiple perspectives in the room, and the Eid family does not stand united in apologizing to the officers for what took place,” she said, to applause from the crowd.“We have a lot of questions here still unanswered, and want to remind you and everyone that Jehad’s murder was not an isolated incident. Once again, a call to 911 resulted in a loved one being murdered by police,” she said. “The family of Jehad will be issuing a public statement after tonight, and they will be calling for their own town hall and invite community members to stand with them alongside others who have also lost loved ones at the hands of SFPD.”“Jehad did not have to die that evening.”Speakers expressed a diverse range of views about the police’s involvement in the community. Some called on SFPD to step up their presence in the neighborhood. “Time and time again we have requested foot patrols at that intersection, Mission and Geneva,” one man said.Others disagreed.“We do not need you guys to do more foot patrols,” said Tomas Valverde, a 27 year-old Excelsior resident. “We’ve got to talk with each other, work with each other, because the result every time we call them is a black or brown person being murdered in our city. Obviously, this is not working.” Emotions ran high Thursday evening at Balboa High School as the San Francisco Police Department held a town hall to release details of the March 21 shootout at an Excelsior district barbershop that left 21-year-old Jehad Eid dead and several others injured, including an officer. The SFPD has not yet identified the officers involved in the shooting, but Chief Bill Scott said that information will be released within 10 days. Body camera footage from two officers and a dashboard camera video from a witness vehicle were shown for the crowd.Capt. Valerie Matthews, of the SFPD Major Crimes Unit, said officers responded to a 911 call — purportedly from one of Eid’s family members — reporting a man in front of a residence with a gun on the 200 block of Amazon Avenue. Dispatchers advised the responding officers that Eid was threatening his family, had flashed a gun from under his jacket, and tried to break into the garage of their house. Upon arriving, witnesses said Eid was at the Amazon Barbershop, one block away.At the barbershop, Matthews said one uniformed and one plainclothes officer walked inside. As they entered, Eid was sitting in a barber chair, stood up, and fired. The officers returned fire. One officer was shot in the leg, and four other people in the barbershop were struck or grazed by gunfire. All were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Eid died of his wounds, but all the others have since been released. It was not determined at this town hall who shot the bystanders. last_img read more

Anne Kihagi Court roundly rejects appeal brought by San Franciscos cruelest landlord

first_imgCourt of Appeal affirms $2.7M judgment for city — which has accrued nearly $500K in interest since last year alone Email Address Monday’s wholesale rejection of Kihagi’s appeal affirmed a 151-page 2017 ruling in the city’s favor, described by one of Kihagi’s own attorneys as being defined by “the numbing repetition of a judge being careful to nail down all the corners.” Those corners remain nailed down.That decision from Judge Angela Bradstreet hit Kihagi with a $2.73 million penalty for an astounding 1,612 separate violations; Kihagi systematically bought rent-controlled properties at comparatively low prices reflecting their limited income streams, then harassed and/or evicted their oft-elderly or disabled tenants out of the buildings, replaced them with new tenants and charged top dollar. She also undertook monumental amounts of unpermitted work on her many city properties, at times using the constant construction — and abrupt curtailments of water and power — as yet another means of tormenting her rent-controlled tenants.A photo of Kihagi, via the San Francisco Tenants Union.Yesterday’s ruling, affirming the massive 2017 ruling, isn’t quite as repetitious in damaging details as the original, but does contain an impressive variety of synonyms for “we disagree with the appellant.” The Court of Appeal systematically rejected every last argument put forth by Kihagi’s attorneys in their 134-page brief.Kihagi’s decision to disobey “at least 10 discovery orders” — along with her practice, during depositions, of refusing to answer even rudimentary questions such as her name on her birth certificate — continues to leave a sour taste in a series of judges’ mouths. The landlord has demonstrated a habit of ostensibly replacing her attorneys on the eve of a deadline, and then pleading for an extension so as to allow new counsel time to get a handle on a case involving tens of thousands of documents. On Monday, the Court of Appeal found that no rules were broken in denying such extensions, as “the landlord’s lack of diligence was extreme.”Very little, it seems, escaped the judges’ notice in Monday’s 60-page excoriation. At one point, the judges accused Kihagi and her attorneys of essentially cherry-picking quotes to present a false rationale as to why an aggrieved tenant left one of Kihagi’s properties on Guerrero Street in the Mission. While Kihagi’s brief claimed the ex-renter “chose to leave after breakup of a romantic relationship,” the panel of judges said this was a deliberate ploy to “pluck selective quotes” from the woman’s testimony.That testimony is reprinted at some length in Monday’s ruling and, rather than the tenant choosing to leave after the dissolution of a relationship, the claim was far more insidious: The horrible conditions placed upon the couple by Kihagi instead fomented stress, an untenable living situation, and a breakup.Yesterday’s ruling allows for the imposition of an injunction against Kihagi, which had been stayed until a decision was issued by the Court of Appeal. The terms of that appeal include mandating Kihagi and her co-defendant sisters reveal to the city all properties they own; invalidating some pending evictions; barring Kihagi from initiating new evictions; and, perhaps most significantly, requiring her to hire an independent management company to “be responsible for the day-to-day management of the properties for 60 months” (Kihagi stands to be barred from interacting personally with her tenants; a litany of such disturbing interactions form the basis for Monday’s ruling and the prior decision it affirmed).Monday’s ruling validated both the $2.73 million judgment against Kihagi and the methodology for calculating that penalty — and adds to it, as nearly $500,000 in interest has accrued since June 2017. The City Attorney’s office will additionally attempt to wring legal fees for this appeal out of Kihagi, as well as other costs incurred. A separate appeal is pending regarding the city of San Francisco’s overarching legal bill, which should equal or surpass the above figure.“If there is one thing Anne Kihagi is consistent about, it’s violating the law,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera following the Court of Appeal’s affirmation. “Once again, a court found that Ms. Kihagi’s predatory practices as a landlord subjected tenants to campaigns of harassment and unconscionable abuse. Now she has to face the consequences of her actions. This decision is a victory for San Francisco tenants and the rule of law, and it restores an even playing field for property owners who follow the law, unlike Ms. Kihagi.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The 1st District Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed a hefty 2017 ruling won by the City of San Francisco against Anne Kihagi, who has, in a comparatively brief tenure in San Francisco, earned a reputation as this city’s cruelest landlord.Kihagi obtained nearly a dozen San Francisco buildings in a $30 million buying spree between 2013 and 2016. She has acquired properties — and spent time in court — in Los Angeles and West Hollywood as well.last_img read more

Hundreds attend eclipse viewing party at winery

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Spirits were high even as visibility remained low at an eclipse viewing party at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach.WWAY Stormtrack 3 Meteorologist Justin McKee was at the event to answer questions about the eclipse.- Advertisement – Unfortunately, clouds and a light shower kept guests from being able to see the solar eclipse take place.The event featured music, dancing, wine tastings and even a rooster who crowed during the eclipse.Friends Patricia Eberz, JoAnne Murphy, and Deborah Mansfield came all the way from New York. Eberz found out about the event from the winery’s Facebook page.Related Article: Family: Shark bit teen at Ocean Isle BeachWWAY spoke to the friends about the event before the eclipse began.“I think it’s very cool,” Murphy said.“It’s wonderful,” Ebrez said.“It’s great,” Mansfield said.“Perfect spot for the three of us. A winery, the eclipse, what more could you ask for?,” Murphy said.“I know. It’s wonderful,” Mansfield said.Organizers said about 450 people showed up for the event.For more on future events happening at Silver Coast Winery, click here.To see WWAY’s solar eclipse webcast, click here.last_img read more

Man guilty of secretly taking photos up womans skirt at gas station

first_img While on probation, Bennett is not allowed to possess a device with which the image of another can be captured.On May 30, Bennett was standing in line in the convenient store behind the victim. She felt someone touch her buttocks and saw Bennett leaning down behind her holding a cell phone. She confronted Bennett who denied that he filmed up her skirt. The victim requested that the clerk retain store surveillance and she reported this crime to the police.Detective Nathan Boozell with the Wilmington Police Department was able to identify Bennett utilizing the video surveillance. Police were able to examine Bennett’s phone which revealed the video of the victim, and multiple other videos of women who were unable to be identified.Related Article: Former youth pastor charged with child sex crimes appears in courtConnie Jordan, the prosecutor, said, “Thankfully, the images Bennett captured have been seized and will be destroyed after his sentence is complete. This type of behavior poses a danger to our community and leaves victims with feelings of intrusion and violation. When officers are not able to locate and seize the recordings, as they were able to in this case, victims rightfully fear their images being circulated on the internet.”While this crime is a Class I felony, the lowest classified felony under North Carolina law, the Judge ordered Bennett to register as a sexual offender for 30 years. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man pleaded guilty to secretly taking photos under a woman’s skirt at a Wilmington gas station on Military Cutoff Road.47-year-old Michael Allen Bennett was sentenced to three months in jail and probation for a five years in the Sex Offender Control Program. Judge also gave him a suspended sentence of at least 9 months in prison.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Railroad work to close NC 410 in Columbus County

first_imgCHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) – Railroad work in Columbus County will require a section of NC 410 to temporarily close, beginning Monday.R.J. Corman Railroad will replace two of its NC 410 crossings near West Railroad Avenue in downtown Chadbourn. The NCDOT says the rough tracks over the two-lane highway now give motorists a bumpy ride.- Advertisement – Click here to get real-time traffic updates and join the WWAY Operation Gridlock team on the Waze appThe DOT is milling and resurfacing NC 410 in Chadbourn with contract crews working at night. The department says it coordinated to have the railroad company improve its tracks during the construction, so that crews could pour asphalt around the new rail crossings and make for a smoother ride for vehicles.During the closure, which will last about two weeks, transportation officials urge truck drivers and other motorists passing through Chadbourn to follow this signed detour:For southbound traffic, turn left onto Business U.S. 74 (East Strawberry Boulevard), then right onto Peacock Road, then right onto Old Pine Log Road, then left onto Clarendon-Chadbourn Road, which intersects with N.C. 410. For northbound motorists, follow the detour in reverse.last_img read more

Belville Elementary technology fundraiser ends in Fun Run

first_img Students were tasked with getting pledges from friends and family for laps they ran at the Fun Run.The money raised will go to new technology for the school, like smartboards for classrooms.Organizer Danielle Platt says the students were excited to see their hard work pay off.Related Article: Town launches buy-a-brick fundraiser to aid in memorial construction“This is a real exciting day for them. They’ve been trying, working with their families to get people to pledge for them and then they know that running each lap is what’s gonna bring in the money they’ve gotten pledged and they’re real excited,” Platt said.The students have raised $13,000 so far, a little short of their goal of $15,000. BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Belville Elementary students have been raising money for improvements at their school and were rewarded with a Fun Run Friday morning.The campaign kicked off with a pep rally last Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WFD Improperly discarded smoking materials causes deadly house fire

first_img Officials saw smoke coming from the home and after a search, found one victim.The fire was extinguished and the SBI, Fire Marshal and Wilmington Police Department are investigating.Fire Investigators have ruled this an accidental fire.Related Article: Fire at The Glen Apartments investigated as arsonThe Wilmington Fire Department says the origin was a bed, with the cause being improperly discarded smoking material. Damage estimates to the home are approximately $2,500. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after an early morning house fire in Wilmington.According to a release, Wilmington Fire Department responded to 1619 Grace Street just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img

Triple D episode featuring Fork n Cork airs Friday

first_imgBurger and fries at The Fork N Cork (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than three months after celebrity chef Guy Fieri came to town, one of the restaurants he visited will be featured on the food network Friday.The Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episode “Grab and Grub” features The Fork n Cork in downtown Wilmington.- Advertisement – A description of the episode says Fork n Cork is a funky pub spicin’ up duck wings.It airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Food Network.The locally filmed last episode locally featuring Cast Iron Kitchen  will air on May 25.Related Article: Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreaklast_img

Annual zombie walk returns to Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Saturday marked international zombie day. Communities around the globe engaged in zombie themed benefit walks including the Cape Fear.This year marked the 11th annual zombie walk in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Chairman Denny Best says each year the walk supports the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina but, this year was especially important because many are still in desperate need.Best says this walk is a creative way to get people involved.“Instead of just dropping off a check and saying a charity, they are more motivated to come out to something they can have fun at,” said Best. “It kind of started off as an adult event, when we started this off years ago, but kids have gotten really into it.”Related Article: UNCW classes to resume Monday for most studentsFor the last 6 years, CFCC and UNCW theater students have also offered zombie makeup sessions.last_img read more