Mission Playground Not For Sale
"…youth from the neighborhood playing pick-up soccer at around 7pm on the Mission Playground synthetic soccerfield. A group of guys wearing Dropbox T-shirts (although at least one of the guys works at AirBnB) approached the youth and essentially said, “it’s time get off the field, we have a permit to play on this field from 7pm to 8pm.” The youth, who have grown up on this field (even before the synthetic grass was installed, and was concrete) cordially explained that the field had never been “booked” before - at least not to their knowledge - and that the established community rules allow all to play.
The youth welcomed the Dropbox guys to play with them, but the guys held strong to their position that it was their right to play on the field without interruption because they paid for the $27 per hour permit. The conversation became heated.
One of the guys … went as far to share his disdain: “Who gives a shit? Who cares about the neighborhood?”
"Nearly a hundred people showed up at City Hall Thursday to protest what they claim is the unfair privatization of parks. "When you have grown adults tossing children out of a playground, it’s wrong, intrinsically wrong — permit or no permit," said Catania Galvan.
Park officials say that it all boils down to a lack of playfields for both youth and adults to play. The city has renovated its athletic fields with turf and lights in recent years, adding nearly 80,000 hours of play for everyone.
Park department officials met with Mission youth and soccer advocates Wednesday to discuss more open play hours and decided to end adult permits until further notice.”
"As Columbus Day descends upon us, there is a harsh likening to deeds granted by European royalty of old to the New World to the colonizers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Instead of getting to know the existing culture of the seven-on-seven pickup games in the park and slowly integrating, these newly arrived settlers seek to bypass existing culture altogether, claiming sovereignty through access to government — and an app.
Dropbox, one of the many new tech companies stationed in San Francisco, has a 200,000 square foot headquarters in China Basin, and is expanding into 182,000 square feet at 333 Brannan (which probably could fit an indoor soccer field). However, this is not the only corporation to focus on when analyzing the political economy behind the cultural take-over of the Mission Playground.
As it turns out, according to Valleywag, the game was a corporate match between Dropbox and Airbnb. The man with the permit is an Airbnb employee named Conor Welch, Valleywag notes. Our research found Welch on the Airbnb site, described as a Community Support worker.
Airbnb, the leading corporation behind the so-called housing “sharing economy,” is being abused throughout the city not by those who want to share, but by those who desire to profit, often by displacing tenants. As the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s “Sleazy 16: Short Term Rental Hosts Displacing Tenants for Tourists” reveals, there are hoteliers such as Lois Wong with as many as 33 listings on Airbnb, and Ellis Act evictors such as Fergus O’Sullivan, all profiting through the short-term rental market.
Airbnb as a company has dragged its feet in paying hotel back taxes and in addressing the amount of evictions that participation in the sharing economy precipitates, and instead engages in “Fair to Share” propaganda. Yet, the sharing economy here seems reticent to share.”
Keith Novara, a Saint Louis community officer, called and text the employer of local activist @stacksizshort in an attempt to intimidate and cause her to lose her job.
The officer repeatedly called and text the activists’ employer because he believed her tweets were ‘insightful' because they were “against police [brutality]”.
She has been documenting the protests in Ferguson and Shaw through twitter.
In the video, the activist calls officer Keith Novara to confront him about the surveillance of her twitter account and the calls sent to her employer.
Photo Caption: Keith Novara
Furious students burn Mexican government building in protest over police corruption, demand justice for missing students
October 16, 2014
Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police.
The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves may contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday.
As an investigation is underway, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos – an infamous drug cartel. Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding.
The building in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, was seen from a distance, engulfed in flames.
According to local authorities, the crowds included hundreds of students and teachers from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, who blockaded the building and used sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails to attack it.
They initially tried to get into the state congress, but police in riot gear repelled the crowd.
This comes more than two weeks after a serious incident in Iguala, also in Guerrero state, involving the shooting of six students by police during a rally in support of rural teachers’ rights. The law enforcers opened fire on a bus carrying protesters and arrested dozens of students, who have not been seen since.
The situation touches on a problem that’s been plaguing Mexico for a long time – police corruption and rampant organized crime by ruthless cartels.
Monday’s events come after a case of mistaken identity, during which the police shot and wounded German student Kim Fritz Keiser of the Monterey Institute of Technology, according to state authorities.
Keiser was travelling with her other foreign classmates in a van from Acapulco, which passes through Chilpancingo. At the time, the police were involved in another, unrelated confrontation with kidnappers, and erroneously assumed the people in the van had some sort of connection with the kidnapping. The state prosecutor’s office told AP that, as the officers tried to pull the van over, some crackling sound resembling a gunshot was heard from inside the vehicle. The police shot back, wounding the student.
Fearing that it was a case of armed men kidnapping students, the driver of the van refused to stop and drove away from the scene.
The officers involved in the incident have been detained and their weapons are being examined, authorities say.
Warnings have been issued by US authorities in the past to avoid the northwestern part of the state of Guerrero, because of frequent violence occurring in places like Iguala.