San Diego City Council approves homeless storage center in Sherman Heights

first_img Updated: 10:27 PM Dan Plante, Posted: March 20, 2018 March 20, 2018 Dan Plante center_img San Diego City Council approves homeless storage center in Sherman Heights 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s plan to keep neighborhoods clean by providing a safe and secure place for homeless individuals to store their belongings will move forward with the City Council approval Tuesday to lease a warehouse and hire Mental Health Systems (MHS) to operate the facility.The Transitional Storage Center, located at 116 South 20th Street, will be a place for homeless individuals to safely store their belongings instead of on the streets, while they access services, look for housing, attend school, interview for a job or go to work. The Center will help reduce clutter on streets and public areas, aiding the City’s efforts to improve the cleanliness of neighborhoods. In addition to opening the storage center, the Mayor has committed to several steps that will keep the surrounding neighborhood clean and safe.“This is another big step in our plan to reduce homelessness and get people into permanent housing,” Mayor Faulconer said. “With nowhere to safely store their belongings, many homeless individuals choose to watch over their possessions on the sidewalk instead of accessing rehabilitative services. This storage facility will change that and allow folks to go to job interviews, school or a doctor’s appointment without worry. It’s also going to keep those items out of public areas, leading to cleaner neighborhoods.”To address neighborhood concerns, the City and MHS will take several proactive steps to ensure the facility is a good neighbor, including:Limit storage capacity to 500 bins.Clients by referral only for first 90 days of operation.Open no sooner than June 13, which is after the end of the local school year.Creating a Neighborhood Advisory Committee to develop relationships and partnerships throughout the community to assist with addressing concerns or issues.Providing security within a one-block radius of the facility.Conducting homeless outreach to reduce homelessness in the surrounding community.Preventing queuing around the facility.Proactively removing litter, debris and graffiti on the premises.Prohibiting alcohol and drug use on site.Reporting criminal activity to law enforcement.Providing an enhanced level of police presence to address nuisance behavior and criminal activity as necessary.Increasing frequency of community cleanups in the area by the Environmental Services Department.The Transitional Storage Center, which includes 22,000 square feet with capacity for up to 500 lockable storage bins, is part of Mayor Faulconer’s comprehensive “Connect, Support, House” strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego. The strategy provides stability through shelters and programs, gives increased access to supportive services – such as the storage center – and creates more opportunities to end the cycle of homelessness through permanent housing.The City Council today approved $1.4 million for the operating contract, startup costs and tenant improvements.Councilmember David Alvarez, who was against the project, released the following statement after Council approved the transitional storage center at 116 South 20th Street:“Placing a Transitional Storage Facility for homeless people next door to an elementary school playground is terrible. While I strongly condemn Mayor Faulconer and the Council for forcing this facility onto the families in our neighborhoods, I am proud of the hundreds of community members that came to City Hall to fight for their community today. Because of the community’s activism the Mayor was forced to provide additional resources for security and cleaning, while also reducing the size of the facility. We will remain vigilant to ensure that this facility does not ruin our neighborhood for the many families who live nearby, our local small businesses and for the young children who attend the school across the street.”San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) also issued a statement on the vote:“The ability to safely store belongings is a turning point for an individual experiencing homelessness, allowing them the opportunity to connect with services, find gainful employment, attend school or address their healthcare needs. I’ve been calling for such an increase since March 2017 because we have seen the success of the current facility downtown and know the need of those living on our streets. This storage facility must deliver for both the clients it will serve and the neighborhood that surrounds it. The additional neighborhood protections in place – related to increased police and environmental services – will ensure we will minimize the community impact. I will be working closely with Mayor Faulconer and community partners to ensure that the protections Council included today are upheld.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mark Larson on the divided San Diego City Council

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 15, 2018 Posted: August 15, 2018 Mark Larson on the divided San Diego City Council 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI contributor Mark Larson was in studio to talk about the divided San Diego City Council and the impact the division is having on the city. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego ranked fourthbest large city in the country to live

first_img July 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is the fourth-best large city in the country in which to live, according to a ranked list released Tuesday by the personal finance website WalletHub.WalletHub ranked cities with a population above 300,000 by evaluating their affordability, economic strength, education and health quality, quality of life and safety. A total of 62 cities were sampled for the list, with Virginia Beach, Virginia, taking the top spot.San Diego ranked 51st in affordability but ranked among the top-10 cities in education and health, quality of life and safety, and 12th in economic strength. According to WalletHub data, San Diego had the second-lowest crime rate behind Virginia Beach and was tied for first for coffee shops per capita.Joining San Diego and Virginia Beach among the top five were Austin, Seattle and Las Vegas in second, third and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were San Francisco, New York, San Jose, Honolulu and Portland, Oregon.Detroit, Michigan, ranked last among large cities due to its dead-last ranks for economic strength and health and education quality. Memphis, Cleveland, Baltimore and St. Louis also sat in the bottom five. All five cities at the bottom of the list were in the bottom half for public safety, economic integrity and health and education quality.San Diego ranked fifth on last year’s list and fourth on WalletHub’s 2017 big cities list. Posted: July 16, 2019 San Diego ranked fourth-best large city in the country to live KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fire scare at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital

first_imgKOLKATA: A fire broke out at the emergency ward of Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on Sunday morning triggering panic among patients. No injury, however, has been reported in the incident.Some patients spotted smoke billowing out from the operation theatre at the emergency ward of the hospital at around 11.30 am. The smoke soon spread to other portions of the floor. Many patients fled the spot as the area soon got covered with thick black smoke. The power supply was disconnected immediately to avert any untoward incident. The staff members tried to douse the flames before the fire tenders reached the spot. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe hospital staff acted promptly and evacuated the patients from the building. The staff members also tried to douse the flames with the firefighting mechanism installed inside the hospital. The operation theatre was filled with smoke. After being informed, fire tenders were pressed into action to extinguish the fire.There was, however, no major damage due to the fire but panic broke out among the patients. The hospital authorities claimed that the fire might have taken place due to an electrical short circuit. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Four fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHospital authorities have asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to submit a report on how and why the fire had taken place. A senior official of the hospital said all the patients were safely shifted to another building of the hospital after the fire broke out.The firefighters brought the situation under control within an hour. Normal functions resumed at the emergency ward of the hospital. The preliminary investigation also suggests that an electrical short circuit might have caused the incident. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Contraceptive pills may impair womens emotion recognition

first_imgWomen who use birth control pills may have a poor judgement of subtle facial expressions, which could impact their intimate relationships, according to a study. Scientists from the University of Greifswald in Germany challenged women to identify complex emotional expressions like pride or contempt, rather than basic ones like happiness or fear. They revealed subtle changes in emotion recognition associated with oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study found that OCP users were nearly 10 per cent worse on average than non-users in deciphering the most enigmatic emotional expressions. The finding raises questions over the possible impact of OCPs on social interactions in intimate relationships, researchers said. Women deciding whether to take an oral contraceptive have access to a lot of reliable information about the potential physical effects, they said. Besides birth control, hormonal contraceptives can help control acne, heavy periods and endometriosis – as well as reducing the risk of ovarian, uterine and colon cancers, the researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the downside, the pill can increase slightly the risk of breast and cervical cancer, blood clots and high blood pressure, they said. However, the psychological effects of OCP use are less well documented. “More than 100 million women worldwide use oral contraceptives, but remarkably little is known about their effects on emotion, cognition and behaviour,” said Alexander Lischke of the University of Greifswald. “However, coincidental findings suggest that oral contraceptives impair the ability to recognise emotional expressions of others, which could affect the way users initiate and maintain intimate relationships,” Lischke said. The researchers administered a special emotion recognition task to two similar groups of healthy women: 42 OCP users, and 53 non-users. “If oral contraceptives caused dramatic impairments in women’s emotion recognition, we would have noticed this in our everyday interactions with our partners,” said Lischke. “We assumed that these impairments would be very subtle, indicating that we had to test women’s emotion recognition with a task that was sensitive enough to detect such impairments,” he said. The researchers used a very challenging emotion recognition task that required the recognition of complex emotional expressions from the eye region of faces. The results were subtle – but very clear: OCP users were less accurate in the recognition of the most subtle complex expressions than non-users – by nearly 10 per cent, on average.last_img read more