first_imgWhy does everything new getting built in the Mission look like it’s made of earth-tone Legos? Planning codes, costs, and opposition, suggest a few of those in the architecture know.  Planning regulations prevent egregiously out of place structures like 20-story round towers from being plopped into the Mission, says San Francisco Chronicle architecture critic John King. But developers interested in preventing any slowdowns in the process is also a restraining factor, he said. “They’re going to wrap it in whatever they think will attract the eye of potential renters or buyers that the planners will allow,” King says. “So that’s why, on Valencia street, to varying degrees, all those buildings kind of look like they’re trying to… I  hate to get into the lazy cultural characterization … but you get all these condo buildings that are kind of designed like they’re trying to appeal to the 28-year-old tech worker who just got a lot of money and wants to hang out on Valencia street.”Hill and Valencia Streets.Architect Anne Cervantes also attributes some aesthetic trends, particularly when it comes to remodeling Victorians, to youth. “I don’t know why, younger people come and they’re obsessed with this modernism, and have to paint the buildings black with red doors,” she says. But the invasion of the boxes can’t be blamed purely on wealthy youngsters. The Planning Department, while not necessarily requiring specific aesthetics, does seem to set the stage for them.Zoning generally determines height limit, and planning does have guidelines for the size of a building, says Orrin Goldsby, an associate and project architect at Kerman Morris. The firm designed the V20 building at 20th and Valencia Streets as well as the remodel of the New Mission Theater, now the Alamo Drafthouse.The code gets pretty specific: “The planning code has prescriptions for the square bays [windows]. There is allowance for angled bays, but they tend not to look particularly nice on contemporary buildings, so that’s why you will see a lot of the square bays,” he says. According to some architects, while communities can slow a development down, their involvement can also mean getting a more interesting building.17th and Capp Streets.When it comes to working on public housing, “I have the community give a take through the beginning of design all the way through the design process, so they have ownership of the building,” says architect Ann Cervantes. “A lot of people don’t do that.”There’s another tech factor, and it’s not the buyers: How architects draw has changed, says architect John Lum.“The advent of CAD [computer-assisted drawing] and 3D has clearly influenced the design of our buildings, and you can see that very very clearly in some of these multiunit buildings that do look almost like CAD renderings,” he explains.Community buy-in influences the look of what is produced. Some of the city’s most lauded new developments have gone up in Hayes Valley, where community groups were heavily involved in the decision-making process. “[There was] this land kind of in the city’s control, and neighbors who said, ‘we want cool, contemporary buildings that have a fresh new look to them, and we want 50 percent affordability when you add everything up,” King says. “What you’ve seen in Hayes Valley is a number of good architects hired by developers looking to do buildings that will get some attention. They see it as, ‘it’s worth it to me paying higher fees to hire these guys or this woman, because it’s going to help me get through the process.’”John Lum, an architect whose offices are in the Mission District, says he is part of a discussion between the local chapter of an architecture group and the developers who worked in Hayes Valley. King points to buildings like 450 Hayes St., 400 Grove St., and 8 Octavia among others as examples of buildings that don’t look “pressed from a mold.”26th Street.“The community got involved and did not say, ‘housing shouldn’t be built’ nor ‘density is bad.’ It came with an enlightened viewpoint. In the Mission it’s different,” he says, pointing to the proposed Mission Moratorium on market-rate housing.Often, buildings are opposed because neighbors find them too tall and don’t like the idea of a flood of newcomers who will compete for parking. Or tenant advocates who fear the gentrification fallout of new high-end housing being built oppose the project wholesale. Aesthetics aren’t really the point in those cases.“People are so invested in their community in San Francisco, since community is so politically charged. That protectiveness often works against surprising, interesting architecture,” King says. “In the Mission, in terms of the housing being proposed, I don’t think that the look of it really matters. It’s a gentrification fight. The big fights over the different projects are very much having to do with a sense of displacement, the sense of who will be in those buildings.”That is the stated concern of anti-gentrification activists, who are often wont to ask, “Who is it for?”  King refers to a massive development waylaid at 16th and Mission streets after years of opposition as an example of a building where the exterior is the least of people’s concerns.“If the developer wrapped that up in adobe and clay tile roofs, it wouldn’t make any difference. There’s no premium to think, hey, can I get a design that will be in sync with what people want?” King says. Other neighbors have been known to give the feedback, “it’s out of character.” That can be a reference to anything from facade materials to shape of the building, but most often, it’s about size, or “massing.”19th and Valencia Streets.Cervantes cites the example of a building at the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez streets designed by Christiani Johnson Architects, which houses a Walgreens on the corner and condos above. Varying blocks of color and insets in the outer walls, as well as a soft curve on the corner, make it “respect the scale” of its surroundings, Cervantes says. But of course architecture is subjective. Lum disagreed, voicing some distaste about the materials included at the corner building.  And trying to make things fit in by copying what’s already there doesn’t seem to be the answer either. King says trying to make new buildings blend in by  imitating existing architecture was more popular in the 80s and 90s, but has gone out of style. Goldsby says the firm he works at stays away from that kind of thing. “When architecture is brand new, we tend to try not to do false historicism,” Goldsby says. Plus, the number of units still has to be enough to make sure the expense of the building is reasonable and, as Goldsby says, “Cramming a large building program into Victorian shell can be difficult.” Rather, it’s about context. “I believe in contextualism, especially when you’re dealing with the rich fabric of San Francisco,” Cervantes says. “I see it almost like an archeological site, you can see the layers of time on a building.” Tags: housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

first_imgWhen the barbarians arrived at the gates of besieged cities of yore, they weren’t riding venture capital-backed scooters — though, in a way, underwriting a band of for-profit marauders was the medieval precursor to venture capitalism. But, lo, that’s San Francisco circa right now, a city that has allowed itself to be pillaged by a succession of barbarians to the point where you can now scoot right down Market Street and plant your flag where you see fit. Bad decisions, bad media coverage, bad actors, and so much money — it’s this city on two silly wheels Well, we had it coming. Years ago, my colleague Benjamin Wachs coined a term for events in which more folks show up to do coverage than to participate: “Panopticonference.” This was more than a decade ago, prior to the ascent of social media and the resultant rise to sovereign status of the “hot take,” even among the professional media. Now almost every event is a panopticonference and the facts on the ground are, all too often, smothered under the resultant lava flow of hot takes. As such, a Dianetics commercial-worthy erupting volcano of hot takes has inundated us, cementing the narrative that our city has hit the panic button due to a deluge of two-wheeled tech-bro invaders and our leaders are derelict in their duty to do damn near anything else while they crack down on these ungainly interlopers. Alas. The record will show that our Board of Supervisors has, thus far, devoted one item on a 62-plus item legislative agenda to scooters during a solitary meeting. The City Attorney whipped up some pro-forma cease-and-desist letters, and Public Works deployed a couple guys in pickups to toss scooters in the back — which the companies deploying them, capitalized to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars of VC money, have retrieved for a few thousand bucks. This does not exactly constitute the Spanish Inquisition. Now, if any business with hundreds of millions of dollars on hand decided to drop thousands of objects into our city without consulting with the government, by design, as part of its move-fast-break-things business model — be it scooters, food carts, buses, cars, hotel rooms, rendering plants, Morris dancers, etc. — it would be incumbent on the government to act. Regular readers of this column are aware of my mother’s corollary on such matters: “You can’t shit on my head and make me wear it like a hat.” You would think wealthy, for-profit companies using the public right-of-way should be held to at least the same standards as paleteros selling popsicles in the park. And paleteros, to their credit, don’t rifle through all the data on your iPhone as a major component — if not the major component — of their business model. The dominant “hot take,” however, has essentially been: “Why focus on scooters when we haven’t solved every other problem this city has?” This, the young people tell me, is called “Whataboutism.” It’s a deflection, and it ignores the fact that San Francisco, a $10 billion-a-year municipal corporation that employs more workers than attendees of an entire Oakland A’s homestand, is capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. So, yes, this city can craft permitting requirements for electric scooters while also allowing you to use 311 to report double-parking or malevolent drivers or other foul automotive behavior. And, most notably, it can do so while spending some $77 million a year to clean our streets — including new teams focusing on needles and other such detritus. Conflating San Francisco’s response to scooters deposited around town by wealthy industrialists and the city’s constant and well-funded attempts to clean up the tangible residue of a nationwide humanitarian crisis is ridiculous to the point of offensiveness — and it’s unfortunate to see media coverage of San Francisco reduced to recapitulating Travis Bickle’s fulminations about filth on the streets. The fetid state of swaths of today’s city is due in large part to a homeless problem borne by four decades or more of catastrophic failures on the federal and state level with regard to housing funding and construction and curtailment of mental health resources — as well as an ongoing drug crisis, and this city’s own rampant inequalities and housing conundrums. This, to put it mildly, is more complicated than an outlaw business tracing back to identifiable individuals. There is a necessary and serious discussion to have about broken lives on this city’s streets. But scooters do not belong in it. Because San Francisco cannot solve America’s homeless problem with a cease-and-desist order. Whether scooters represent an unmet need or an unrealized want remains to be seen. But we can argue that the scooters could serve a useful purpose and also concede that VCs operating unregulated, for-profit businesses on city streets — and engaging in malthusian competition with one another — is not the way to an urbanist’s nirvana. It’s in any city’s interest to oversee how companies are using its public goods for profit. And it’s also in this city’s interests to oversee what those organizations do with residents’ information. The business model of most every vehicle-sharing outfit leans heavily on harvesting user data. Scooters are no exception; an alarming amount of your information will be scraped out of your mobile phone or gleaned via your internet activity, including where you go and when. A serious scooter-user will probably have to use multiple scooter apps — meaning they will be casting personal data to the wind. There’s a reason that the hard bargain the city drove with the Ford GoBikes people resulted in riders’ movements not being tracked as they navigate the city (provided you sign up on the GoBike site, and not the Ford Pass site). That could have been a problem if, say, Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanded the data. It would also have been problematic if data revealed a rider’s destination was, say, Planned Parenthood. Or, more benignly, Old Navy — and then the rider was bombarded with ads on his or her desktop computer.The GoBike docking stations, while ungainly, also prevent bikes from piling up in the trendy parts of town while being absent from poorer places a for-profit operation would gladly skip. The city mandated that bike stations be in underserved neighborhoods and be restocked regularly — and that indigent people can get a year’s membership for $5 cash. These are the sorts of concessions that come out of working with the city instead of acting imperiously and then hiring former city officials and PR mavens to marshal useful idiots to lobby the government on your behalf. City sources tell me that the regulations in the works for scooters mirror Seattle’s — which are lenient. So that means that yet another bad actor who did you-know-what on San Francisco’s head is probably going to get a sweet deal after all. But that’s on us. This is the city that knows how … to acquiesce to the whims of moneyed interests. We acquiesced to tech companies high-handedly operating vast private shuttle lines throughout the city and even squatting in Muni stops. We acquiesced to Airbnb running an expressly illegal business that cannibalized affordable housing during a housing crisis; we acquiesced to blackmail from Twitter; and we acquiesced to the hordes of Uber and Lyft and other vehicles rolling into town. “The scooters went full Uber on us,” noted a city official.   San Francisco fancies itself a savvy and technologically advanced city, but the notion of connected industries co-opting leaders likely dates back to Mesopotamia. The sight of wealthy corporations and individuals overtly flouting the rules with deference from the powers-that-be harks to the developing world — but, then, so does this city’s juxtaposition of wealth and poverty. Our remaining law-and-order types grouse that we roll out the red carpet in San Francisco for law-breakers. They’re thinking about the dope dealers and robbers and auto burglars who commute into town daily. But one needn’t limit this observation to street crime. Hell, at least we’re consistent. The purveyors of electric scooters put out publicity material lauding their product as if it’s the Jetsons’ car that folds into a briefcase. So, fine. Write moderate regulations. Be as lenient as you please. Then ban all the bad actors who came in here lawlessly; let some other VC-backed companies save the world with their electric scooters. Otherwise we’ll continue to carry the reputation as everybody’s test bed and pushover. And we’ll deserve it. Tags: Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address 0%last_img read more

first_imgA mural depicting Cesar Chavez, the co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union, was vandalized sometime Tuesday night.The mural “Y tu, y yo y Cesar” was dedicated to Chavez, to the community and to other revolutionary heroes, said Carlos Gonalez, the artist, who’s also a former probation officer.It was defaced with gang tags, including a “16” scrawled on part of Chavez’s face and an X crossing out the eagle, the symbol of the United Farm Workers.In recent years, the eagle has also been adopted as the icon of rival prison gangs. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Already, Gonzalez said, community members who work with youth have offered “to educate” those responsible about the mural’s history and heroes. It was particularly troubling, he said, that the vandals are likely from the Mission.Gonzalez first painted a mural on the York Street wall in 1984 with muralist Ray Patlan, his mentor. “It was a mirror of the neighborhood, snapshots of people here,” he said, adding that gang members helped paint the first mural.Ten years later, that mural had aged and he asked Patlan for permission to paint another mural over it. Chavez had died in the spring of 1993, and Gonzales wanted to honor him as well as other heroes, including Pancho Villa. To keep with the spirit of the first mural, Gonzalez also added members of the community and the mural was painted with the help of at-risk youth.The mural, he said, will be restored. center_img Email Address,0%last_img read more

first_imgSTE Leonard continues our countdown to this year’s Academy Tour of Australia with reflections of 2009:“The Tour saw the emergence of four of this year’s first team squad, Tommy Makinson, Josh Jones, Jordan Hand and Joe Greenwood. The story of the latter is one of real inspiration to all our young players.“Joe, who hails from Saddleworth, was an unsigned player who came into the Australia squad late in the day. He was under no illusions that he was going to have to work tremendously hard when out in Australia but set out as soon as we set foot in Sydney to impress every coach on the tour with his attitude, hard work and performances in the games. Needless to say the club didn’t waste any time after touching down in Manchester in securing the services of Joe for the future years.“The tour also saw Anthony Walker, now at Wakefield, Carl Forster now at Salford, Nathan Ashe and Scott Hale who now plays in the premiership. Sunday’s trophy winning Swinton side featured Aaron Lloyd with an array of players playing in Division 1 also making the 2009 tour.“The tour was also to see the first defeat of a touring side when we lost to Cronulla Sharks by 34-20 in sweltering heat. In true Saints’ spirit the squad dusted itself down and went into the last game with the Penrith Panthers with nothing but a win in their minds.“The outcome was one of the finest games of our trips to date with a hard earned win by 16-10.“The tour always concludes with an awards ceremony back at base at the foot of the Blue Mountains – the winners were Carl Forster, Anthony Walker and Nathan Ashe who all went on make first team debuts for the club.“One of the highlights of the tour has to be Mike Rush’s encounter with what can only be described as a whopper of a snake making its way out of the mid-day heat under the sleeping quarters of the said Mr Rush.“The scream was blood curdling and just when we thought he had got over his encounter with a quiet afternoon nap, he was cruelly attacked with a hose pipe brushing his cheek while he rested… Again he matched the scream to the same decibel level and from that tour to this he has never slept in the same room.“The comment of the tour was moments after the snake was seen and Mike had set off on his Forrest Gump run away from the scene… one of the players asked which way was is the snake going Mike?“To which he replied “you don’t think I’m bloody chasing it do you!”“All great memories.”Tourists:1. Nathan Ashe2. Marcus Baines3. Adam Barber4. Joseph Bate5. Jordan Case 6. Liam Fishwick7. Carl Forster8. Jack Francis9. Thomas Fry10. Joshua Greaves11. Scott Hale12. Jordan Hand13. Daniel Hunter14. Thomas Johnson15. Daniel Jones16. Joshua Jones17. Ben Karalius18. Aaron Lloyd19. Thomas Makinson20. Jordan O’Neill21. David Pike22. Adam Tatlock23. Daniel Wakefield 24. Anthony Walker25. Callum Welsby 26. Stephen Yates27. Joseph GreenwoodResults:St Helens 18 v 6 West Tiger CubsSt Helens 36 v 6 Balmain Tigers St Helens 20 v 34 Cronulla SharksSt Helens 16 v 10 Penrith PanthersThe Tourist’s View:Keiron Purtill, Coach: “The experience of a lifetime should be the title of the tour. What an absolutely fascinating insight into the world and lifestyle of a full time rugby player it gives to young players. The memories made on this trip could never be replicated by staying in the UK.“As a coach it was intriguing watching young boys leave and come back young men. Having to adapt to new situations for some – the first time to cook, clean and wash for themselves was an eye opener.“Then for them to deal with full time training playing in testing conditions against bigger and more physical players with intimidating crowds and overcome this. All this is a testimony to all the staff and players who have been involved from the first tour to present. A legacy has been left for others to follow.”Ross Mitchell, Physio: “The 2009 tour was a once in a lifetime opportunity so I had no hesitation in agreeing to go as the travelling Physio. The whole trip was incredible, not just for the players but the staff too. A real team bonding experience for all, with loads of activities and experiences that I’ll never forget.“The rugby was a tough challenge and the lads got a real taste of being a full time professional. It’s something I’ll never forget and I am very grateful that I got to go.”The 2009 Tourists.Keiron Purtill and Ian Talbot.last_img read more

first_imgDerek Traynor’s side are looking to secure their play-off spot in the Academy Championship and a win would take them top of the table.His squad is:Alex Eckley, Ben Sims, Brandon O’Neill, Callum Hazzard, Chris Follin, Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, Joe Sharratt, John Hutchings, Jorge Lewtas, Josh Simm, Kev Brown, Matty Foster, Ryan Horne, Sam Royle, Sean Croston, Tom Nisbet.Entry is £5 and £2 and is free for 2018 Members.last_img

first_img Young wants to teach others about how treacherous the ocean can be by sharing tips that could potentially save lives.“Many hazards on the beach, rip currents, other stuff, shark attacks,” attendee Carson Mauney said.Teaching beach goers about rip currents, what is in the ocean and how to perform CPR were all on the lesson plan.Related Article: When will bridges close due to bad weather?“Educate people about the water and you can see it’s kind of a rough day today. People get in trouble in the water especially if they’re not familiar with the ocean and so that’s what we are here for, is to try to just make people more aware of the dangers of the ocean,” Oak Island Water and Rescue Team Lieutenant Tony Young said.With the help of Oak Island Water and Rescue Team, Oak Island Fire Department and volunteers there was plenty of help to teach these skills.“CPR is one of those things you can actually save somebody’s life and it’s not hard to learn. It’s very useful and you don’t know when that time will have to come,” Oak Island Fire Marshal Joe Snapp said.If that time does come, knowing how to handle the situation properly could help save someone. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — While many go to the beach to relax, it can be easy to forget the dangers of the ocean.“You hear about people getting hurt or something it’s in Australia or Hawaii, it’s not here. It’s never in your home town, so it’s definitely important. I learned a lot. I learned that it’s good to be prepared. That’s why I do this and ya know to teach, try to help teach others,” event organizer Mike Young said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgCars and trucks were moving slowly along Highway 74 on the way to Wilmington due to a sheet of ice on the road on January 5, 2018. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Conditions throughout Brunswick county are icy and tricky. The magical feeling the snow brings has been replaced by a frustration because of the ice on the road.Highway conditions throughout Brunswick county were spotty, making the drive throughout Brunswick county fairly risky. Earlier today, there was massive back-up on Highway 74. Cars and trucks were slowly moving along a sheet of ice to get into the Wilmington Area. Those conditions led to a shut down of Highway 74, going eastbound. By the afternoon, it was reopened and several snow plows were seen cleaning the road. Many people were worried going out on the roads.- Advertisement – “I think it could be a little bit better in spots. I know the shady spots is pretty bad. I hit a spot a little earlier up 17 and I kind of slid a little bit. So they could probably do a little bit better cleaning up but I don’t think they got that equipment like they do in other areas,” Buddy Thomas, said.“I was hoping as we came up seventeen that we would see at least a scraper with a salt truck behind it, you know it’s starting to get slushy now. Now would be the time to get it up and we didn’t see anything. So I think with the refreezes probably tonight and the next couple of nights it’s still going to be a mess in the shady spots,” Joyce Thomas, said.Multiple area throughout Brunswick county reported better conditions. Places like Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Calabash and Shallote were doing much better and their roads were mostly clear.Related Article: ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to deliver baby, says he’s wanted for homicide in MexicoBrian Watts with emergency services asks for people to still be careful this weekend and some ice remains on the roads.last_img read more

first_imgThe 24th annual Cucalorus Festival will take place November 7-11, 2018 (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (News Release) — For the fifth year in a row, Cucalorus Film Foundation is proud to announce their receipt of an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).The $20,000 grant will support the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival, happening November 7-11, 2018 in downtown Wilmington, NC with its three main programs: Film, Stage and Connect.- Advertisement – Cucalorus connects visionary leaders in film, performance and technology and supports the creation of new work, the development of new ideas, and the establishment of new partnerships through festivals, residencies, funding and education.Cucalorus explores innovation and creativity wherever it shows up in our world and supports the development of creative leaders who shape economic and cultural trends at both the local and global level.National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.Related Article: Support local filmmakers at Cape Fear Independent Film FestivalThe Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.Cucalorus is one of two organizations in Wilmington, NC to receive funding through this grant.“These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Cucalorus, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.“NEA funding allows Cucalorus to support bold new artists from all over the world, to connect them with North Carolina audiences, and to showcase the City of Wilmington as a world class cultural destination,” says Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley. “We’re proud that our organization continues to receive support from the most important arts funder in the country.”At Cucalorus 23 last November, 203 separate events during the 5-day festival brought an accumulated attendance of 19,069 to Wilmington.For more information about Cucalorus, visit For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit read more

first_img At that time, NWS offices across the states will be issuing a tornado warning test.All communication devices that are setup to receive emergency codes from the National Weather Service will sound their siren alerting the public of a tornado warning for their area. This includes cell phones, television and radio broadcasts and NOAA Weather Radios.For radio stations, a message will be heard from the National Weather Service explaining that this is a test.For television stations, a crawl will appear on the screen notifying viewers of a tornado warning, as well as audio explaining that it is only a test.Cell phones that are set up to receive emergency codes from the National Weather Service will also receive a warning and test message.Schools and the public are encouraged to practice their tornado safety procedures at that time.Related Article: How well does Carolina Beach respond to tropical systems?In the event that significant weather is expected, the statewide tornado drill will be rescheduled and a message will be announced to the public of the change. Tornado drill (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday morning in both North and South Carolina as part of the National Weather Service’s “Severe Weather Awareness Week.”The drill will take place at 9 a.m., March 7, 2018, in South Carolina and at 9:30 a.m. in North Carolina.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Ranging from the increase in medical calls to which the department is responding to additional equipment or procedures needed to ensure firefighters remain safe, the 22 points raised by Martinette’s memo come from a staff survey. While the document only includes one budget request — about $18,000 for 63 bulletproof vests — for the $18.7 million agency, it does raise the possibility of such requests in the near future.Bill Saffo, Wilmington’s mayor, said, “There’s a lot of work to be done in the next couple of years, and these folks are always strategically planning and looking at things, so I’m sure they’ll be coming to us with some specific recommendations in this year’s budget.”Click here to read more at StarNews. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) Fire departments across the country are seeing a shift in services from firefighting to medical aid, a shift Wilmington is not immune from, according to a memo from the city’s fire chief to city management that raises a series of concerns that could impact the agency in future years.“It is in the spirit of conversation that I bring these issues to you and in doing so hope to create a degree of understanding as to what it will be important the fire department work on should we want our services to continue being high performance,” WFD Chief Buddy Martinette wrote in the July 25 memo to Tony Caudle, one of Wilmington’s deputy city managers.- Advertisement – last_img read more