Santería Store in SF Mission Facing Eviction

first_imgA mainstay of the Mission District for 27 years, the Lucky Candles botanica at 3525 20th St. will be moving or going out of business because the new building owners will be conducting a city-mandated seismic retrofit of the property. Lucky Candle’s owner, Miriam Castillo, who has lived in the Mission for most of her life, said she has no idea where she would relocate to and cannot afford anything in the neighborhood.“I can’t do it, I don’t have the money,” said the 78-year-old, who moved to the Mission after coming to the United States as a 16-year-old from El Salvador. She and her husband moved to Antioch six years ago but return daily to work in the store. Miriam Castillo inside her Lucky Candles shop on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Castillo was previously told she would have to be out by October 31, but the building’s new landlords have given her until the end of the year to find a new place. Castillo will also not be required to pay any rent before she leaves, a representative for the landlord wrote in an email.“Today we informed [the business owners] that, to help give them more time for finding a new space, we are delaying the lease term to December 31, and we have also decided to forgive the lease payment so that they will not be paying rent on the final two months,” wrote Ron Heckmann, a spokesperson for Veritas, a real estate management firm with dozens of properties in San Francisco.Castillo has owned Lucky Candles — a Santería shop at 20th and Mission streets filled with as many prayer candles as sex enhancement pills — for almost three decades. She and her husband Jorge Polanco conduct psychic readings and give spiritual advice out of the small space.The shop next door, which has no sign, will also be displaced, Castillo said. Its owners did not return a request for comment.Customers come to Lucky Candles far off for tarot card readings and other spiritual services and the couple say they know hundreds of people in the neighborhood.“When I walk through the Mission, everyone says hi to me,” said her husband, Polanco.Wares at the Lucky Candles store. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezFor city-mandated seismic retrofits to proceed, Castillo’s new landlords say she must leave. The renovations, part of a 2013 law that applies to some 5,000 wood-frame buildings city-wide, including some 550 in the Mission District, usually require shoring up buildings with weak ground floors to prevent their collapse during an earthquake. Despite the retrofit, Castillo could be evicted at any time because she has a month-to-month lease. Under her previous landlord, she had a verbal agreement that she could keep her shop at her low rent of $650 a month while he was alive. But the landlord died in 2013, passing on the building to his children, who sold it to a limited liability company named for the address of the building — 305 San Carlos Street LLC. The firm’s owners are not known.“He told me I’d be here until he died,” Castillo said. “But then he died and his children thought differently.”The property management firm responsible for the building, known as Greentree Property Management, a subsidiary of Veritas, sent a letter to Castillo saying that her shop would have to be closed because the retrofit would take six to nine months. Those involved in seismic retrofits throughout San Francisco say they generally take no more than a couple of weeks, but Heckmann, the representative for Veritas, said the few weeks guess was not specific to the “current and long-term understanding of the building” and that because the building is old, the construction time could be unpredictable.Moreover, Heckmann said, the new owners have planned “further improvements” to the building “within the next year” and the seismic retrofit would have to occur before those can take place. The building owners submitted permits in July, which have not yet been approved.Regardless, Castillo seems to have little legal recourse because of her month-to-month lease, which can be terminated at will by her landlord. Castillo said the sales from her shop help her, her husband, and their 30-year-old daughter pay their mortgage in Antioch. “I keep searching for a place to move, because I live off my business,” she said. “[But] I’m leaving from here, because everything in the Mission is too expensive.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Photo essay Mission walkabout – Part one

first_img Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn This photo walk had me walking a huge circle around the Mission. Finally getting over to areas I had been wanting to take photos of. Part one of two walkabout essays Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn 0% Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturdays C

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Wigan Warriors.Josh Perry and Gary Wheeler are both named in the side as is Jon Wilkin and Shaun Magennis.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Tommy Makinson, 26. Josh Jones.Shaun Wane will choose from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. George Carmont, 6. Brett Finch, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Paul Prescott, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Jeff Lima, 16. Liam Farrell, 17. Chris Tuson, 21. Epalahame Lauaki, 22. Gil Dudson, 24. Anthony Gelling, 26. Jack Hughes.The game kicks off at 2.30pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

For over 10000 to attend the match after it had b

first_imgFor over 10,000 to attend the match after it had been rearranged at short notice speaks volumes for our supporters.Once again a big thank you.We are aware there were some issues regarding kiosk service in the West Stand and we would like to apologise if this caused any inconvenience.Our catering operation was geared up for a Friday game but with so many of our staff working at other venues over the weekend it meant we couldn’t operate the same level of service because of the postponement.We once again thank you for your understanding.Saints and Proud.last_img read more

The centre pointed to sloppy tries and a lack o

first_imgThe centre pointed to “sloppy tries” and a “lack of execution” as two reasons behind their 28-20 reverse.“Friday is all about the team and if we get the win we are still in a good position and set well going into the Good Friday derby,” he said. “The main focus is getting the win and getting back to it.“We worked hard the other night but I think we let ourselves down with execution and not putting our plays on. We also conceded some sloppy tries over the line too.“That is what we are looking to try and improve on this week.”Percy currently sits top of the Betfred Super League try scoring charts with seven, whilst teammate Ben Barba is just one behind.It’s a combination that has proved deadly so far this season – and one Saints will no doubt lean to as they travel to East Hull.“They’re a tough team to face, especially at their own ground,” he said. “But to be fair it would be hard wherever we played them. I have played there a few times and enjoy it because the crowd is good.“I’m looking toward to it.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Club First Team

first_imgThe Broncos stunned Wigan last week after an 18-16 win in London and our Head Coach believes Danny Ward’s men will head into the clash with Saints, full of confidence.“London had a good win over Wigan at the weekend and a good win in round one against Wakefield and they throw the ball around a bit too so they are a dangerous attacking threat, that is for sure,” he said.“I have done a lot more homework than I normally would and the big thing I noticed is how hard they work for each other and they are getting a few chances which they are taking. They defend really strong and we have to match that work ethic and make it hard for them.”Holbrook specifically made reference to the Broncos’ hard work which saw them jump back up to Super League after defeating Toronto in the Million Pound Game.“Full credit to Danny Ward the coach and the way they all playing as a team,” he continued. “I can see from watching them this year how they got that win last year over Toronto when no-one expected them to win. They just went there and all ripped in for each other and they are a really committed side and we are aware of that.“No one thought they could beat Toronto in that Million Pound Game, but they did so they must be doing something right and they have started this season in similar fashion. They are a dangerous side.”Justin made one change to the Saints squad for Friday’s game with Kevin Naiqama replacing Matty Costello in the 19 man squad. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The game against London Broncos kicks off at 7:45 pm this Friday, with tickets still available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

BCSO Man arrested for nearly 475 bindles of heroin half kilo of

first_img Danell Lamont McNeil, 33, was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, PWIMSD heroin, maintaining a dwelling used for keeping and selling heroin,trafficking cocaine, PWIMSD cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.McNeil is in Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $1 million bond. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Shallotte man was arrested on several charges following a drug bust Monday night.Brunswick County Sheriff deputies say the bust net nearly 475 bindles of heroin and nearly half a kilo of cocaine.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man dies from overdose in portapotty in downtown Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after a body was found inside a port-a-john in downtown Wilmington.According to a police spokeswoman, officers responded to the 500 block of S. Front Street, near Castle Street, around 3 p.m. Wednesday.- Advertisement – When officers arrived, they found a man dead in the port-a-john, along with bindles of heroin. Officials said he may have been inside for awhile.The death investigation is ongoing.last_img

Chemours plans to offer filters to some homes near plant

first_img The compound GenX is made at Chermours’ plant in Bladen County. The chemical is used to make nonstick cookware and other products. North Carolina environmental officials have been investigating GenX since it was found in the Cape Fear River in 2016.Chemours has since agreed to stop discharging the compound into the river, but the chemical has been found in more than 250 private wells near the plant. Chemours has been providing bottled water to homes with elevated levels of GenX.___Related Article: Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenXInformation from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) FAYETTTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The company that makes a compound that has been found in private wells near its North Carolina plant wants to install water filter systems at homes served by those wells.The Fayetteville Observer reported that state records show that Chemours plans to put carbon treatment systems in the wells.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear Swing Dance Society welcomes dancers of all skill levels

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Cape Fear Swing Dance Society is strong but they would like to encourage more people across the Cape Fear join their weekly dance lessons.Candi and Stephen Terry are the co-founders of the group that meets at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Nearly 500 people follow their activity on the group’s Facebook page and weekly dance lessons average about 20-40 participants.“When we do a big social on a Saturday night, we attract upwards of 100,” Candi Terry said.The couple started the group because they didn’t see any other swing dance group in the Wilmington area.“Candi wanted to [swing] dance and there was no place to do that,” Stephen Terry said. “We started a club in somebody’s garage teaching them to dance for their own wedding and it just grew from there.”Candi admits she’s not a lifelong dancer. She was actually introduced to swing dance while enrolled at East Carolina University.“I went to an interest meeting, it looked like a lot of fun and the rest is history,” she said.The Terrys say swing dance is not hard to learn.“I would say it looks a lot harder than it is,” Stephen Terry said. “The movements aren’t difficult to learn.”The couple says they’re passionate about teaching this type of dance and making it assessable to others who are interested.“We strive to make it a very safe and welcoming place,” Candi Terry said. “No matter what skill level you’re at, we want you to come.”Swing dance group lessons are offered every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Hannah Black Historic USO/Activity Arts Center located at 102 S. Second St. in downtown Wilmington. Advance registration is not required. The fee is $6 for adults and $3 for students.last_img read more