first_imgRemoving Supervisor London Breed as acting mayor required Oceans 11–level plotting and political intrigue. But getting the acting mayor off the ballot is going to require something more: Lawyers and litigation. Despite Breed’s very public Jan. 23 ouster in favor of Mark Farrell, she is still listed as “Acting Mayor/Supervisor” on June’s forthcoming ballot. The deadline for the Department of Elections to summarily change this passed on Jan. 9. (Mark Leno, by the way, is listed as “small businessman.” And if you think he’s peeved about being unable to list himself as “former state senator” — which is factual — while Breed describes herself as “acting mayor” — which is not — then you’d be right).After communications with a bevy of election lawyers, city political strategists, campaign operatives, elected officials and others, it has become readily apparent that a lawsuit to challenge Breed’s designation is all but inevitable, and is likely to be filed in the coming weeks. Such an action is necessary because the review period in which members of the public could merely petition to change a candidate’s designation expired on Jan. 22. Breed was, again, removed as acting mayor on Jan. 23. Interestingly, that vote was pushed back from Jan. 16 after Supervisor Malia Cohen claimed a conflict — after initially agreeing to meet. Tags: Elections • London Breed • politics Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% When we asked Breed if she would proactively move to change her designation to accurately fit her current position, she laughed. “No! Why would I?”The filing. True at the time.And yet, the optics of a candidate either actively attempting to inform voters she is still mayor when she is not — or taking no action to correct this misinformation — could be, shall we say, unflattering. Despite the Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 deadlines, the city won’t send its ballot to the printer until March 10, at the very earliest. The election isn’t until June 5; locking down the ballot designations at this early period harks not to the turnaround times of the last century, but the one before that. The California statute that enables a lawsuit, however, is not burdened by a hard-and-fast deadline. Elections Code Section 13314 states that “an elector” — that would be every registered voter in the City and County of San Francisco — “may seek a writ of mandate alleging that an error or omission has occurred, or is about to occur, in the placing of a name on, or in the printing of a ballot … “Local reporting isn’t free. Join Mission Local today and support feet-on-the ground reporting.The key here will be determining if listing Breed as “acting mayor” when she clearly is not is an “error” — and, per state elections code, would “mislead the voter.” She inarguably was acting mayor at the time she submitted her paperwork in early January. But, again, we live in an age when news of Breed’s ouster needn’t be conveyed to the print shop via the Pony Express — and, even if it was, there’s a long time between Jan. 23 and March 10. “If I were a judge, I might be open to being persuaded, but I would say it’s a misleading title,” says UC Davis law professor Floyd Feeney. “Would somebody who is reading this read it to mean she is the acting mayor now? I think there is some risk to that.” Still, “I don’t think it’s a slam dunk on either side.” Stanford political science professor Bruce Cain largely agreed. “She was acting mayor and that terminated. In the modern era, should we be able to fix ballots faster and are requirements antiquated, given what could be done? I would think San Francisco could do better,” he says. “But, you know, it doesn’t go down in the annals of history as one of the great misleading ballot designations ever.” center_img 0%last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS 2014 Half Season Tickets are now on sale!Fans can secure their ‘spec’ at the remaining six home games of the 2014 season including the big local derby against Warrington Wolves.Adult tickets start from just £120, whilst juniors can come to Langtree Park for as little as £40.Tickets are available in the Hattons Solicitors West Stand and both the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands.Supporters can receive exclusive benefits of being a Saints Season Ticket holder including:10% off all full priced Saints merchandise in the Saints Superstore (T&Cs apply).£15 off the 2014 replica home and away shirts (15% discount off the total price of both shirts combined, only available if both are purchased together).Ticket priority over the general public on cup, playoff and away tickets, including the Super League Grand Final if Saints take part.Discounted away travel AND, not only will you become a Season Ticket Holder for the remainder of 2014 but you will be entitled to the benefits and renewal price for the 2015 season and the exciting changes that will take place in Super League.Junior Season Ticket holders also receive entry into all Saints away games (subject to availability)You can secure your half season ticket by calling our Ticket Hotline on 01744 455 052 or online here.You can also call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.Prices:StandAdultConcession / Young AdultJuniorWest£120£77£40North (Bronze)£150£105£60South (Bronze)£150£105£60last_img read more

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham is expecting Castleford to provide a tough opposition when they come to Langtree Park on Thursday.Although they can’t make the top four, Saints have to be wary of the Tigers’ carefree style according to the club’s head coach.“They are playing really well,” he said. “If we hadn’t done what we have done over recent weeks I’m sure they would have gone again and grown another leg. They will come here to play for sure. They are playing a carefree type of rugby and have overcome a lot of injuries to do that. These types of teams are usually the most dangerous you can play against.“We have started slow in our last two home games but have played against two sides who have come here and wanted to play. Hull brought in six, seven fresh players who had points to prove and took it to us. We didn’t help ourselves but got better as the game went on.“There were a couple of mental errors in the game but the good thing for me was how we overcame our start. Even taking the Wigan game into account we have been phenomenal defensively over the last nine games and one of the best in the comp. We are growing into that and gaining confidence going into the back end of the year.”Saints will welcome back Luke Walsh and Luke Thompson into the line-up this Thursday after they completed their two-game suspensions.“We had good combinations with them before they were banned,” KC continued. “Theo (Fages) came in perhaps a little too soon for that Wigan game, but he was much better against Hull and looked comfortable. I have some tough decisions to make but you do lean towards that pairing who played well in that seven week block.“We still don’t know where we could finish. All we can do is take care of what we can take care of. We had four really tough games to start this phase of the comp and have taken six points from a potential eight. It has put us in a good spot and now we have the so-called lower teams in the Super 8s.“These games will be humdingers though. Cas pose all types of threat, Widnes rolled Wigan and then you face Wakefield and you don’t know what they can throw at you.“Of course we could like a home draw in the semi-finals – there is an advantage in that – but our away form has been good too. We will know more after the final round.”Tickets for Thursday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s little over two weeks until Saints launch their 2019 Betfred Super League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against our fiercest rivals on Thursday January 31 (7.45pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It’s not often the two biggest clubs in the game face-off so early in the campaign and this one is guaranteed not to be missed with so much at stake.Saints beat the Warriors twice last season and will want to get their season off to the best possible start against the 2018 Champions.New star signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are also set to feature alongside the World’s Best Prop Luke Thompson and Golden Boot Winner – and World’s Best Winger – Tommy Makinson.Tickets start from just £23 for adults and £10 for under 16s, they can be bought by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephoning 01744 455 052 or online here.,It’s little over two weeks until Saints launch their 2019 Betfred Super League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against our fiercest rivals on Thursday January 31 (7.45pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It’s not often the two biggest clubs in the game face-off so early in the campaign and this one is guaranteed not to be missed with so much at stake.Saints beat the Warriors twice last season and will want to get their season off to the best possible start against the 2018 Champions.New star signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are also set to feature alongside the World’s Best Prop Luke Thompson and Golden Boot Winner – and World’s Best Winger – Tommy Makinson.Tickets start from just £23 for adults and £10 for under 16s, they can be bought by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephoning 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_img She told the city council during a meeting last week that the storm has pushed this lack of affordable housing “beyond a crisis point.”Roughly 1,500 people have been displaced from two affordable housing complexes in the area, shrinking the already limited supply.Knight says people who need affordable housing are being forced to move several counties away because of the shortage. Residents toured affordable housing in the Wilmington area, including the SECU Lakeside Reserve. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city already short on affordable housing is really struggling for solutions after Hurricane Florence.The StarNews of Wilmington reported Tuesday on a presentation by Katrina Knight, executive director of the Good Shepard Center, which helps displaced or homeless residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and fire crews responded.The bicyclist was taken away by ambulance.No word yet on what led to the crash or the bicyclist’s injuries. Bicyclist involved with crash in Leland on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A bicyclist went to the hospital late Wednesday afternoon after a crash involving an SUV.It happened around 4 p.m. at Lanvale and Old Lanvale Road near Leland.- Advertisement – last_img

first_imgParking in Wrightsville Beach (Photo: WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Starting soon you’re going to be needing your bag of change again if you’re heading to Wrightsville Beach.Paid parking begins Friday for the season.- Advertisement – Paid parking is in effect from March 1 through October 31 except where otherwise posted.Parking rates are $3 per hour or $17 per day.Parking is enforced from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 7 days a week, unless otherwise posted.last_img

first_imgNew residential blocks for St Vincent de Paule care home near Luqa, have been given clearance for construction from the Planning Board.The new development is understood to include space for a further 490 elderly residents, alongwith a series of facilities including stores, laundry rooms, plant rooms, a waste marshalling area, therapy pools and a multi-purpose hall and reservoir.The release also states that all of the individual residential blocks will come with special activity and treatment rooms as well as dining/living areas, and facilities for staff. The 16,500 square metre development is also understood to include 264 new car parking spaces.This is the latest renovation and improvement in the St. Vincent de Paule complex, which was first built in 1862 by Sir Gasparre Le Merchant, the then governor of the Maltese Islands.Service stationsAlong with announcing the go-ahead for the care home, the Planning Board also granted planning permission for the building of a new fuel station in Burmarrad, close to San Pawl il-Bahar.The station is expected to include a series of new facilities including a car wash and retail outlet. The Planning Board also imposed a planning gain of the value of €94,000.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Instagram asked a federal court yesterday to throw out a class action lawsuit filed by users upset over the photo-sharing app’s changes to its terms of service.The lawsuit was brought against the service in December by an Instagram user who accused it of breach of contract, among other claims.As many people will recall (because the controversy dragged on for a while), an update in Instagram’s terms of service and privacy policy, which was introduced so it could better collaborate with Facebook after the social networking service purchased it, upset and confused users who worried that their photos would be sold or used in ads without their permission. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom changed the problematic wording in the policy, but it kept language indicating “that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.” – Advertisement – Instagram also kept wording that gives it the ability to place ads related to user content, as well as a new a new mandatory arbitration clause that means users waive their rights to participate in class action lawsuits under almost all circumstances (the lawsuit came before the new TOS went in effect on January 19).The lawsuit, filed by San Diego law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, alleged that even if users delete their Instagram account, they forfeit rights to photos they have already uploaded to the service. In its filing on Wednesday, Instagram argued that plaintiff Lucy Funes has no right to bring her claim because she could have deleted her account before the changes in the terms of service went int effect. The changes were announced on December 17, before Systrom changed them a few days later in response to the controversy. Funes filed her lawsuit on December 21, about a month before new terms of service went into effect on January 19, and continued to use her account after that day, according to Instagram’s filing.Instagram also disputed Funes’ claims that the policy changes meant she transferred rights to her photos to the company.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more