Month: July 2019

Extending bar hours in SF Not so fast say some Mission bar

first_img“Lights on, water on, employees to pay — as an owner, I don’t see an increase,” he said.Athanas is not alone in questioning the profitability promised by the bill.“Do I think it’s a zero-sum game?” pondered Tom Tierney, owner of Pop’s on 24th Steet. “Yeah, probably.”Daniel Hyatt, bar manager at 25 Lusk, who lives in the Mission and has worked in the neighborhood on and off for nearly two decades, said that staying open for two more hours won’t mitigate the high cost of labor in San Francisco.On the list of cities with later last calls, the only one with a higher minimum wage than San Francisco is Washington, D.C., at $15 an hour — and San Francisco will catch up to that rate next year.More importantly, D.C. and others on the list, including Chicago and New York City, allow businesses to pay workers who make tips — like bartenders — less than the minimum wage.Bleiman said that a 4 a .m. close would allow San Francisco and the five other cities included in the bill (Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood, and Long Beach) to compete with other major cities for cocktail convention business and tourism.However, it’s unclear if San Francisco is wanting for visitors. The city had another record-breaking year in 2016, according to San Francisco Travel.This isn’t the first time that attempts to extend last call in California have been made. Former State Senator Mark Leno proposed the change several times, most recently in 2013. And Wiener introduced a slightly different version of his bill earlier this year.That first bill encompassed the whole state, instead of just the six cities Wiener now wants to focus on. The Senate Public Safety Committee approved it in March, but in September, Senate Appropriations Committee replaced it with a task force to investigate the risks of extended hours.In late November, Wiener announced he will introduce a revised bill affecting only those cities that have demonstrated support for his efforts.Bleiman called efforts to keep the state’s last call time at 2 a.m. “embarrassing” and “prohibitionist.”For other Mission bar owners, however, other concerns take precedence.Pop’s Tierney, for instance, said that while he has no “negative feelings about the bill,” he isn’t looking to expand his own hours.“I’m in a neighborhood,” he said. “I’ve got people who live above me and around me. I don’t foresee us wanting to make more of a presence past 2 a.m.”Pop’s opens at 6 a.m., to serve those who work through the night.“We feel like we’re doing our part to service outside the regular hours already,” Tierney said. Also, he added, “we need time to clean.”Others in the Mission said that a later closing time doesn’t align with the realities of San Francisco’s nightlife scene or civic infrastructure.“San Francisco is not ready for that kind of extension,” said Shea Shawnson, a manager at Elixir.For him, the biggest problem is San Francisco’s lack of early-morning options for public transportation.Allowing bars to stay open until 4 a.m., he said, gives people “two more hours to imbibe without an [affordable] way to safely get home.”To introduce this bill without first extending the hours of public transportation is “putting the cart before the horse,” Shawnson said.Will Popko, who manages Bear vs. Bull inside the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater on Mission Street, said that many people already face a dilemma when going out in San Francisco: leave early to catch the last train home, or stay out and pay for a pricey ride later.He said he’s worried that later hours might increase the number of instances in which people decide to forego both options and get behind the wheel.Data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Safety shows drunk driving is most common on weekend nights between midnight and 3 a.m. However, Senator Wiener’s office has aggregated research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to show that, nationwide, there is no correlation between later last calls and DUI-related deaths.Still, many agree that a robust public transportation system is a necessary component to a thriving nightlife.“If you’ve got public transportation running 24 hours — and restaurants open later serving people food after they’ve been drinking — it works,” said Daniel Hyatt.To Hyatt, the absence of those things, coupled with the city’s sleepy reputation, its high cost of labor, and the difficulty of finding people who will work all night, make the idea of a later last call a tough sell in San Francisco.“I’m not opposed to the option for people,” he said. “I just don’t see a lot of people jumping to it.”Popko said he can see it benefitting venues and nightclubs, which may already stay open until 4 a.m. but are currently required to stop serving alcohol at 2.He also wonders if a later last call could expand all forms of nightlife in San Francisco, including dining.“I would love to be able to go get some amazing dumplings at 4:30 in the morning if the mood strikes me,” he said. “Maybe it will change the city.”Others, however, don’t feel San Francisco needs to change.A manager and bartender at The 500 Club, who goes by Bone, scoffed at supporters of the bill’s reasoning.“We’re not a world-class city unless we have bars that stay open until 4 a.m.?” he asked. “That’s ridiculous.”Kilowatt’s Athanas agreed. “[San Francisco] is still a beautiful place to visit,” he said. “And you’ll feel better the next day.” State Senator Scott Wiener is reviving his efforts to extend last call in San Francisco to 4 a.m., arguing that the move would be a boon to the city’s nightlife culture and economy. But in the Mission, many bar owners are skeptical.One who isn’t is Ben Bleiman, who owns four bars in San Francisco, including Teeth on Mission Street. He is also the founder of the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance.Bleiman stood beside Wiener at a press conference last month to announce the reintroduction of the senator’s bill to extend last call.“New Orleans, London, Chicago, New York City — every place that’s world class allows people to stay at a bar until at least 4 a.m.,” he said. Wiener has used such backing as well as the support of organizations like the Golden Gate Restaurant Association as proof of widespread industry support for his bill. But across the Mission, it was difficult to find other owners who shared Bleiman’s enthusiasm.Many, like Carey Suckow of Doc’s Clock on Mission Street and H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir on 16th Street, said that while they can see the cultural benefits of some bars staying open later, neither would pursue it for their own business.Others are flat-out opposed to the proposal as a whole.“It’s a terrible idea,” said Peter Athanas, who owns Kilowatt on 16th Street.For him, it’s one of the aspects of the bill that is particularly bothersome: bars would have to apply to extend their hours, a process that would favor areas with less of a residential presence.“Most likely, that little bar in your quiet neighborhood will never be open until 4 a.m.,” Bleiman said.For Athanas, this is a problem and would create an “unfair playing field,” he said.Even if the opportunity to stay open later were offered to all, Athanas said he doesn’t believe two extra hours would bolster profits. 0% Tags: bars Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

A new voice leading the Community Music Center

first_imgML: There’s now a leadership change, what’s going to be different going forward at CMC?JRS: For the first part of my time here, I have only the intention of listening, hearing, growing. My hope is that as I’m getting established, that I can be a sponge for folks, that I can learn as much as possible about what’s important to each group here at CMC. Because, we serve a lot of people, and a lot of different folks are invested in a lot of different ways. So I’m just hopeful to get to know all those people, understand their hopes and dreams. ML: Can you talk about a couple of opportunities or goals that you have?I think the work that CMC’s been doing with our older adult choir population is super inspiring, everything from thinking about reducing isolation and creating social bonds for older adults is super important. But there are also really important health benefits for older adults in terms of sitting, standing, being physical when they’re performing that are really important. CMC’s recently been able to grow those through a partnership with UCSF, and a study we were a part of that was originally funded by the National Institute of Health. I’m really eager to be able to see those choirs continue and grow — It’s one of the ways we’re reaching folks from all over San Francisco, not just the Mission or the Richmond [where CMC has another center] so I feel particularly proud of that. Another place I see a real potential for growth is in early childhood programs. My background is teaching early childhood music to some degree, so it’s something I’m interested in. But also just realizing the kind of inspiration that young children can receive through learning music and the kind of great head start that it gives them is something that we can focus on.ML: We talked about growth. We’ve been hearing that CMC is possibly working on expanding physically, can you tell us anything about that?Well, I think it’s not a secret that CMC owns our neighboring building — we purchased it back in 2012 with the intention of being able to grow a beautiful campus that’s larger than the one we have now. CMC is constrained in a lot of ways by our space. It’s not accessible, it’s too small, we have way more students who want to come and study with us than we can accommodate in our very beautiful (but very small) Victorian. Right now, CMC is in the process of developing a campus expansion project, which we’re really excited about. It would possibly help us almost double our student capacity, which would be so amazing for our community, so we’re also working to raise funds for that, too. We’d also hopefully be able to have a second performance space, which means that not only could our students perform more, but we’d be able to have more performing groups from the local community come in and share their art with our crowd.Any other thoughts?One of the really cool things CMC has just started doing that kind of aligns the work of our students and the work of our organization is Field Day. It’s named after CMC’s very first Executive Director, Gertrude Field, and it’s a performathon, meaning that we offer performances all day long. They never stop, back to back. There are incredible performances, it’s totally open to the public, you can see our students in action, our faculty in action, our staff in action and they, too, can perform — they just have to sign up. Every performance helps us provide that $2 million of scholarships we provide to the community every year. We would encourage folks to come out to sign up to donate, it’s not until March, so put it on your calendar! Speed round:How many students do you serve?CMC serves about 2,600 students all over San Francisco.Do you play an instrument?I do. My training is in classical voice; I don’t sing solo as much as I used to for sure, but I do love choral singles, singing in ensembles, doing things like that, and I’m a very average but eager pianist. I should take lessons! Do you teach?I have taught. I’m not teaching at CMC now, but at my previous organization back in New York, I have done a lot of private teaching and a lot of classroom teaching.Can you talk about a piece of music that you have seen performed recently that really struck you?I came to what was labeled the Afro-Cuban dance party — really, there is a class here at CMC, but they had one of their open rehearsals on a Wednesday that turned into an incredible dance party where there was wine and food, and it was totally free to the public. It was maybe in my first week here or so that I saw it, and I just fell in love!Is there something that people might not know about that happens at CMC that they should show up for?One of the things CMC’s really proud of is the collaboration we have with SF Performances. So rarely are opportunities like this with high-level professional musicians possible and we offer them here. 0% Julie Rulyak Steinberg has taken the helm of the Community Music Center on Capp Street, assuming the role of Executive Director in mid-September. She comes to the Mission from a similar program in New York. Mission Local sat down for a quick interview about her plans for the future at the 92-year-old institution. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity, and links have been added.You can find information about how to take lessons here.Mission Local: Maybe you can talk about something you’ve learned about this organization that has surprised you, or is just particularly interesting?Julie Rulyak Steinberg: When CMC was founded out of the Dolores Street Girls Settlement — that was in 1921, when CMC became its own organization — the idea of using music as a vehicle to bring communities together and inspire folks to be their best selves was a pretty innovative thing at that time. Thinking about what CMC’s doing now, particularly around creative youth development and around working with older adults … it’s amazing that for such an old organization, innovation has been part of its thinking and nature for that long.center_img Tags: community music center • Music • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

JON Wilkin says Saints have now set a template for

first_imgJON Wilkin says Saints have now set a template for the rest of the season following their win over Wigan.Man of the match in the 16-12 victory, the back rower told Sky Sports the commitment and effort displayed now has to be replicated in every match.And he thanked the fans too.“We had a point to prove,” he said. “We have been soft against Wigan over the last couple of years and we wanted to come here and aggressively blow them away.“We lost Luke Walsh but we dug in and our commitment for each other has to be our template going forward.“We have to show that every week – we can’t go losing 42-0 away at Catalan. We are a champion team and have to start showing that.”He continued: “The adversity last year probably equipped us with a skillset to close a game out so losing Luke Walsh wasn’t a disaster even though he is a world class half back. It’s not ideal, but between four or five of us we have the flexibility to change the way we play.“Paul Wellens at full back releases a lot of pressure on the halves and I thought our big men were outstanding too.“We have been up and down this year and this win was a big thank you to our fans.“We wanted to put on a performance and this was for them.”Tickets for Sunday’s trip to Hull KR are now on sale as well as next Friday’s home clash with Bradford. Click here to buy.last_img read more

FOXY is on the hunt again for ladies in the rugby

first_imgFOXY is on the hunt again for ladies in the rugby league community that are doing great things for the sport, and deserve to be recognised.Last year, more than 250 ladies were nominated for the title, and more than 3,00 votes were cast to find a winning lady.Mandy Ibbison of Wigan St. Pat’s celebrated her win at the star studded, Man of Steel Awards with finalists Pat Benatmane, Yvonne Brown, Tara Jones and Catherine Bullock.Following the success of the campaign last year, Foxy Bingo will be looking to uncover plenty more rugby league heroes in 2015.The winner will once again receive £1000 in holiday vouchers, £1000 donation to a club community project of her choice, as well as the Ladies of the League trophy!She will also enjoy a VIP evening at the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards in October with four finalists and their guests.The stars of the Super League have been nominating their Ladies of the League to kick off the campaign, including our very own Jon Wilkin.Perhaps you’ve got a friend or family member who always goes the extra mile for their rugby league club, at either a grassroots or Super League level?Maybe she is a diehard fan who supports her club come rain or shine, or is she the lady who washes the players’ kit every week?If your colleague coaches the kids on a Sunday morning, inspiring the next generation of Super League stars she deserves to be celebrated!Make your nomination and you could win a pair of season game tickets of your choice!last_img read more

Bark In That Number Purr In That Number Tweet In

first_imgBark In That Number! Purr In That Number! Tweet In That NumberPaws for thought as Saints have launched a brand new Pet Membership scheme – in association with Pet Identity Insurance.Our pets are more than just animals, they are members of our family!Now Saints fans have the opportunity to join two of their passions together by signing up their pet as an official member for the 2016 season!For just £15 your pet can become an Official 2016 Member just like more than 7,000 of our loyal human fans!Your Pet’s Membership pack will include:Saints branded pet tag available in a choice of two sizes appropriate to your petSaints branded pet mat to place under your pet’s bowlsSaints Pet Membership CertificateFree micro chipping worth £15*Registration to Home Pet 365 Membership from Pet Identity UK – a 24 hour service to help bring your microchipped pet home safely should it go missing*Monthly Pet Member updates including articles and veterinary advice on all aspects of pet care and welfare.Joining part of a new community of pet owners who also support the Saints!You can share your pictures of your Pet Member on Twitter with the hash tag #saintspets*simply ring 0800 975 1960 to activateYou can purchase your Membership by visiting, by visiting the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or via 01744 455 052.Once you purchase, your Membership pack will be sent to your address within two working weeks.If you have any queries about the Pet Membership feel free to contact the teamlast_img read more

First Team Superstore Ticket

first_imgAs part of the Club’s close relationship with Liverpool FC and as the only professional Rugby League Club in Merseyside, Saints stars Tommy Makinson and Jonny Lomax were given exclusive, behind the scenes access to the Anfield Dressing Rooms, Media Suite and the pitch itself to show-off the Club’s 2019 Magic Shirt.Saints will face off in a huge clash against the Castleford Tigers in the final slot on the evening of Sunday 26 May (KO 6pm)The flagship event that has been played in a variety of cities across the UK since its inception, will make its arrival to the City of Liverpool. The iconic venue of Anfield Stadium will play host to the annual festival of Rugby League that is the Dacia Magic Weekend.The Saints and Tigers have taken part in some incredible matches in recent times across both the League and Cup competitions, including last second drop goals, incredible comebacks and featured some magnificent Rugby League.Tickets are available for the match and the full Weekend schedule of fixtures by calling 01744 455052, visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here.Don’t forget 2019 Members can save a huge 50% off their ticket when purchased via the Club (not available online) up until 30 April. All pricing and ticket info is available here. There is still time to secure your 2019 Magic shirt with pre-orders closing this Sunday, 28 April – at  the Catalans Dragons home fixture. All details around the shirt can be found here. You can also pre-order here.2019 Dacia Magic Weekend fixtures:Saturday May 252pm – Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons4.30pm – Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants7pm – Wigan Warriors v Warrington WolvesSunday May 261pm – Salford Red Devils v Hull Kingston Rovers3.30pm – Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos6pm – Saints v Castleford Tigerslast_img read more

Whiteville waives late fees for water utility services

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (Press Release) — Due to Hurricane Florence, the Whiteville City Council is waiving late payment fees for its customer relating to their water/utility accounts.Late payment fees are delayed until Friday, October 5.- Advertisement – The Whiteville City Council is waiving fees associated with building permits that are storm related damage. If the permit fee is related to normal construction or additional work, permit fees will be applied.The City asks its citizens to place all storm related leaf and limb debris to the curbside by Wednesday, October 3. Leaf and Limb debris placed on the curbside after the date of October 3 will be subject to the normal pick up schedule.The City thanks it citizens and customers in advance for the patience, respect for their neighbor, and understanding.last_img read more

Carolina Beach gives green light to distillery and golf cart taxis

first_imgCarolina Beach Town Hall (Photo: WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council is giving a thumbs up to a pair of very different business ventures.Council first gave the go-ahead for a distillery on North Lake Park Boulevard. The distillery got a unanimous yes vote.- Advertisement – Also ok’d were golf carts and low-speed vehicles being allowed to operate as taxi cabs.They will be allowed to work without meters only in Carolina Beach and rates must be posted in an obvious place for patrons.last_img read more

Country music singer Matt Rogers to perform in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Matt Rogers is no stranger to the stage. This rising Georgia native performs in more than 200 shows each year across the country.Prior to launching his music career a few years ago, Rogers worked in the medical field.- Advertisement – “I was in medical imaging doing brain and back surgeries every day and playing music every Friday and Saturday with my band in different places all over the Southeast,” Rogers said. “I had an opportunity to move to Nashville and write songs for a living, and haven’t looked back.”Rogers has opened for some of the music industry’s hottest names including Clint Black, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, Locash, and Michael Ray.“I’ve been fortunate in that aspect to play with some of the biggest names in country music,” he said.Related Article: CFPUA responds to multiple sanitary sewer spills in WilmingtonRogers’ love for music began when he was boy.“County music guys seem to be all the same, you start playing at a young age like I did and you start playing in the church some,” he said.Rogers received music scholarships and was a student at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.“I started writing songs in college and playing in bars for chicken wings and a pitcher of beer,” he said.He encourages other musicians who have a passion for singing or songwriting to follow their dream.“I left something I liked for something I love and you gotta follow your heart,” he said.Rogers will be performing at Burnt Mill Creek in Wilmington, Thursday at 7:30 PM.During his appearance on WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina, he performed his recently released single titled “Peaches and Pecans” which pays homage to his home state of Georgia.He has two other performances scheduled in NC towns this weekend including Washington and Wallace.last_img read more

Thunder will roll for the last time this Memorial Day weekend

first_imgFinal Rolling Thunder ride (Photo: Mike Raab) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Rolling Thunder will roll out to Washington DC for the very last time in honor of Memorial Day.This weekend, motorcyclists from our area and across the nation will take part in their 32nd and final annual Freedom Ride for Memorial Day.- Advertisement – But this will not be the end of Rolling Thunder as a whole. In 2020, states that have Rolling Thunder chapters, such as North Carolina, will continue the tradition.Rolling Thunder’s purpose is to raise awareness of prisoners of war and those missing in action.last_img read more