La Victoria bakery is dead And the attempts to resurrect it are

first_imgAll bread half-off: La Victoria closes from Mission Local on Vimeo.Separate and apart from the withering assault of the invisible hand, La Victoria was throttled from within. Earlier this year, Maldonado himself served an eviction on his own bakery — by then operated by tenants — and other retail establishments housed on site. Maldonado did not return messages left for this column. But, at the time, he told Mission Local that evicting his own bakery was something he was mandated to do by the arbitrated terms of the family trust that controlled this deteriorating building — and which was, in turn, controlled by his stepmother. With whom Jaime has an overt and ongoing family feud. So, this is not your typical Mission Latino displacement and gentrification story. Rather, a Latino family’s internecine struggle led to Latino owners evicting their Latino bakery — which had struggled, for years, and was forced to adopt more and more untraditional and faddish foods and practices. This isn’t Mike Fishman’s problem. But Arguello and Calle 24 — and, now, the consortium of groups known as United to Save the Mission — are making it his problem.It remains to be seen whether Cinderella Bakery’s entrée into the Mission is a Cinderella story.Mike Fishman doesn’t consider himself a gentrifier. He’s an immigrant. A refugee even. His Jewish family was forced to relocate to Siberia during the last three of his father’s nine years of imprisonment in the Soviet Union. He arrived in San Francisco in 1987 as a teenager.  “I get up at 5 in the morning. I am a working person. How can I be a gentrifier?” He and Arguello disagree here. And elsewhere. Fishman recalls his phone conversation last week with Arguello as being distinctly unpleasant. “He said, basically, you don’t know what you got yourself into. We don’t let anybody in except Latinos around here; it doesn’t matter who’s going to come in because you are displacing a Latino business. You stay in your Russian district in the Richmond; we don’t come to you, you don’t come to us.” Arguello denies making the more racially charged statements attributed above. Clearly we have a Rashomon situation (evidently Japanese analogies have a place in the Latino Cultural District, too). “I did not tell him that,” Arguello says. “I told him a lot of businesses are being displaced in the area. I guess what’s being missed in the history of La Victoria is their signage, the legacy of the business and what it means to the Latino community. To immigrant families.” Arguello, on this and other occasions, has argued that ostensibly small or incremental Mission stories need to be viewed through a larger lens: The lens of 8,000-odd displaced Latinos, evicted or economically banished from this district since 2000; the lens of starved or cannibalized family businesses; the lens of gentrification and homogenization. He’s not wrong, and his work checking the amoral entity we call “market forces” is not without value. And yet, a one-size-fits-all approach in which all of the many aforementioned distinguishing and unique factors leading to the demise of La Victoria are cast aside as inconvenient to the preferred narrative is simplistic — if not disingenuous. And, worse yet, it’s potentially counterproductive. It gives that much more ammunition to callous people who don’t seem to understand why Latinos in the Mission would object to merely letting the market dictate their fates. (“Hey, neighborhoods change. Deal with it.“)Peter Papadopoulos, the land-use policy analyst for the Mission Economic Development Agency, said support for the boycott is widespread: “United to Save the Mission, a coalition of 14 community groups that includes MEDA, voted to join the Calle 24 boycott of any business that opens at this eviction site until La Victoria is given the opportunity to return.” He emphasized that his is not a boycott of Cinderella, but any non–La Victoria business: “Mr. Fishman was working to arrange the purchase of the building with the prior owners before they displaced La Victoria, and bought the building with full knowledge of the controversial eviction that would need to take place in order to pave the way for his purchase.”MEDA put in a bid on the building — and Jaime Maldonado purportedly would have preferred they purchase it — but the family trust opted for Fishman. A boycott of the winning bidder is an interesting Plan B. And no eviction would have been necessary if the Maldonado family had still been operating its own business. One feels for the evicted bakers. But, by the time the “family” bakery is being operated by tenants and the business model and fare is changing every few years, the question arises of what, exactly, you’re fighting to preserve — over the wishes, no less, of the actual business owners.  A decade ago, Jaime Maldonado told Mission Local that to close his family business would be a little bit like shuttering Disneyland. “People say, ‘No, don’t close Disneyland!’ Well you open Disneyland, and you’ll see how it really is.”La Victoria is gone. One could argue it’s been gone for quite some time. The thriving family bakery of the 1950s and ’60s has given way to a place called La Victoria, with La Victoria’s signage, serving as a for-rent catering kitchen and offering trendy menu items to an increasingly trendy community.The mission of Calle 24, MEDA et al. — of advocating for the neighborhood’s put-upon population and preserving its dwindling culture — is a good and worthy one. But there’s a difference between preservation and municipally enforced nostalgia.You open Disneyland and see how it really is.The clash between Mission groups in the Latino Cultural District and a legacy business hawking Russian Jewish fare is a collision of many elements of Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s personal and professional life.All of which is to say, Supervisor Hillary Ronen has been placed into a difficult position. Two of her signature legislative accomplishments as an aide and, now, a supervisor, have been the creation of the Latino Cultural District and the legacy business ordinance. They are now colliding with one another. What’s more, like Fishman, she is an Ashkenazi Jew whose lineage traces back to the former Soviet Union. Ronen refused to condemn the proposed boycott, which she said was not something an elected official should weigh in on. She was noncommittal on whether she would shop at Cinderella if it comes to pass, but noted she’s not one to cross a picket line. At the same time, she emphasized that this was a business that failed because of intractable internal disputes and that she’d have battled the evictions if they weren’t born out of this toxic familial situation. Ronen says that she and other members of the government did everything they could possibly do to keep this singular business afloat. And its ownership opted to scuttle it. Clearly, she hopes it won’t come to a boycott. “As an elected official, I welcome an opportunity to facilitate dialog and mutual understanding. It’s a role I’m not only willing to play but would be enthusiastic to play.” But, then, so would others. And they may be less concerned with dialog. “After the news broke,” Fishman says, “I was flooded with support from all over the community. Even the Latino community. Even from City Hall. “And,” he continues, “even from attorneys, offering their services.” Here’s a Mission Local story from 2008, in which Jaime Maldonado, son of the founder of the 1951-vintage 24th-and-Alabama institution, flatly says “I’m broke.” Here’s a 2010 story in which Maldonado has staved off the axe by renting out his kitchen to artisanal hipster hawkers of fare such as “Oaxacan mole, sushi, gumbo, vegan dishes, African American-style barbecue, Jewish and Jamaican food, and … innovative creations like duck confit chilaquiles with a quail egg.”Here’s a 2011 story about how business was still dicey enough that La Victoria resorted to offering Danny Gabriner’s free bagels —  good bagels, and as many of them as you could cart off — as a loss leader to draw customers within its doors. Once within, they could buy French pastries. And here’s a 2014 story about how, in an ongoing effort to keep his head above water, Maldonado was hoping to transition his panaderia into a “Latin bistro.” So when Arguello demands Fishman “bring La Victoria back,” it prompts the question “which La Victoria?” If running a Truman-era panaderia was the route to wealth and prosperity — and, critically, community support — Maldonado wouldn’t have had to jump through so many hoops. He wouldn’t have had to co-opt the quail eggs and vegan fare (and goddamn cupcakes) desired by the Mission’s gentrifying newcomers. He wouldn’t have had to rent out his kitchen to a cavalcade of food cart–type operations and he wouldn’t have had to give away bagels (also not a traditional staple of this or any panaderia). He wouldn’t have had to bring in pâtissiers to make Tartine-style delicacies. And he wouldn’t have had to lease La Victoria out to tenant bakers, provoking the question of whether La Victoria was even La Victoria anymore. So it’s asking a lot of Fishman — who has a legacy business of his own with a tenuous lease situation, and who just sank some $3 million into this building — to abnegate his successful bakery and “bring back” a bakery that struggled mightily for years and then failed. It’s an even more audacious ask because it wasn’t Fishman who took La Victoria away. Email Address Erick Arguello, the president of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, has one overarching demand for Mike Fishman, the proprietor of Cinderella Bakery, slated to move into the old La Victoria digs: Bring La Victoria back.A Russian bakery, per Arguello, has no place here in the former La Victoria site in the heart of the Latino Cultural District. He intends to lead a boycott of it. It’s not clear if chutzpah has a place in the Latino Cultural District. But it’s here. Arguello’s got it. This burgeoning conflict, reported by Mission Local’s Julian Mark last week, has been simmering for some time. 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YOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt has been revealedThis

first_imgYOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt has been revealed!This will be the kit your Super Saints will be donning in their new stadium next season.Featuring the historic Red Vee, the shirt is perfectly designed for a new era whilst pointing to the club’s historic past.AND, it is available to pre-order now for delivery well in time for Christmas.Main Shirt sponsors Ty-phoo Tea have been joined by ODs Designer Clothing on the collar as well as Knowsley Safari Park and Hunters Land Rover Chester on the sleeves.On its reverse – where you can have your own or your favourite player’s name printed* – are Hattons Solicitors and PSD Vehicle Rental.The shirt is created with a cut and sew construction and made from ‘Vector’ polyester material. The predominantly white body has red panelling down the sides, a red collar, and red piping around the sleeves.And the sewn on shield logo has been updated to reflect our return home to St Helens.Shirt Prices start at:£29.99 for Toddlers (Size 0-4) – saving £3 on 2010 price.£32.99 for Children (Size 8-16) £44.99 for Adults (XS -6XL) and Ladies (8-18).If you pre-order yours now the first 500 orders will receive an ISC Saints Scarf for free!You can pre-order at the Saints Superstore in the Brownlow Arcade, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com*Please ensure you buy the correct sized shirt as once it is printed it cannot be exchanged. The shirt is sized to be close fitting and slightly shorter so please ensure you order larger sizes if you prefer a looser fit.Your Statutory Rights are not affected.last_img read more

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THERE are just FIVE days to go until the start of

first_imgTHERE are just FIVE days to go until the start of the Saints Super League season!Saints will kick off their Super League season against Huddersfield at Langtree Park on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm).And last time the two sides met Saints scored FIVE tries in a 26-0 friendly victory.It was the first run out for Nathan Brown’s team and a satisfying performance for the new look Saints.Saturday’s game will be somewhat different as the Giants are set to field a stronger looking pack and will be going full bore to start the season on a high.And Saints captain Paul Wellens is expecting nothing less than a tough match.“We played them a few weeks back and won our pre-season friendly but they had players missing and I’m sure it will be a wholly different match,” he said. “Paul Anderson has added size to the forward pack and he was a big part of that when he was at Bradford during their successful spell.“We are happy with where we are at but it’s ok the players feeling great in February… we want to feel that way in October.“It is a long year ahead and we have 27 rounds, cup and playoffs to play and we are looking forward to it.”Tickets for Saturday’s game which kicks off at 4.45pm are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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SAINTS would like to inform all supporters that a

first_imgSAINTS would like to inform all supporters that a new and upgraded PA System will be in operation for its home Super League opener with Catalan Dragons.We have received a number of letters and comments about the PA System over recent seasons and have worked hard to find a solution.A new system will be up and running by our first home game that we’re sure all fans will benefit from.Tickets for our home opener with Catalan (Friday February 6, 8pm) are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.#oursaintslast_img read more

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JOIN us in 2016 and be in that numberMemberships

first_imgJOIN us in 2016 and be in that number!Memberships are on sale for the 2016 season and once again they are best way of watching your super Saints… and saving your hard earned cash against matchday prices.Our re-vitalised Membership offering will lay the foundations for the Club to build a stronger relationship with its fanbase – you.And, we are also offering fans the chance to win an all expenses paid trip of a lifetime to watch Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin series including flights, accommodation and tickets!Our fans are the bedrock on which the Club has and will continue to be built – without you there would be no Champion team on the pitch.For 2016, we want to show our Strength in Numbers by reinforcing and then growing our fanbase.We plan to dramatically enhance the Langtree Park fan experience and continue to build on the incredible atmosphere that is becoming the signature of our home sfadium.Where else could you get fantastic family entertainment, in a world class venue and watch a Champion team?Buy now and you will receive a range of new benefits exclusive only to Members.These will include Club, Matchday and Retail offers as well as special deals from local Club Partners – all increasing the value of your Membership and allowing you get closer and interact more with your Saints.Not convinced? Check out the great offers our Members enjoyed in December!January’s benefits will be announced shortly!To find out more log on to www.mysaintsmembership.comSecure Your NumberEach Member will be given a unique Membership number that they will keep for life. This will then be used going forward for a range of exciting initiatives in the future bringing more value to loyal Saints fans.BenefitsAll your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership package.Juniors can watch all home and away games in their Membership package.Exclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium offers exclusive local partner offers.50% off Magic Weekend Tickets.Priority match tickets for major games.Discounted away travel.To receive and enjoy the full range of benefits we need to have your up to date contact information when you renew or purchase your Membership. And! Strength In Numbers Grand DrawGet a 2016 Membership and you will gain entry into a GRAND DRAW to win the trip of a lifetime for you and a friend to watch Game Three of the 2016 State of Origin series including flights, accommodation and tickets!The winner will be drawn at the first home game of 2016. (T&C’s apply)To find out more and to be in that number visit www.mysaintsmembership.com, call 01744 455 052 or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.last_img read more

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Former high school principal passes pep rally held in honor

first_img Today at New Hanover High School a ‘pep rally’ memorial service was held to honor him.New Hanover High School’s current principal Rob Morgan said today was meant to be filled with positivity because McAdams always had a smile on his face.“Larger than life kinda leader. He always had a smile on his face. He was always looking out for other people, he had a huge heart. The stories that have come in about him since he’s passed they’re stories you know, but they are more numerous than you can possibly imagine,” Morgan said.Related Article: When will ILM stop flights?Instead of flowers the family ask donations be made to New Hanover High School Mac Hope Award for perseverance and endurance scholarship, a scholarship in honor of McAdams legacy. photos at James McAdams memorial (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former New Hanover High School principal died January 9th after his battle with cancer. Sunday he was honored at his memorial service at the school.James McAdams was known by students and friends as ‘Mr. Mac’. He served many schools in both New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Pender County airport is about to undergo a major expansion

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MTN Innovation Award winners receive their cash prizes up to a total

first_imgThe winners at the interaction and handover ceremony Advertisement The nine winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 have yesterday been given their cash prizes from MTN Uganda.The nine winners picked their cash prizes totaling $27,000 (Ugx.97.2m) during a handover ceremony and interaction with the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout. The nine came top at the recently concluded MTN Innovation Awards 2017 Gala Dinner. Each of the nine winners were handed $3000 (Ugx.10.8m).“These innovations are the future of the Ugandan economy. The developers spend a lot of their time trying to find solutions that will leave the Ugandan education system, health sector, entertainment, financial services and e-commerce in a much better way than it is right now,” explained Prentout during the handover ceremony and interaction with the winners that took place MTN Towers, Kampala.1 of 7 Innovator of the Year, David Gonahasa of RoundBob receives cash prize from MTN CMO Olivier Prentout. The winners at the interaction and handover ceremony Charles Muhindo, founder and CEO Mambo Pay receives cash prize from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout Buyinza Kabakubya, CEO AppAbout the Best Entertainment and News Application receives cash from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout Best Education Application team, Ronald Sebuhinja and Nakyejjwe Allen receive their cash prize from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout Outstanding Woman Innovator, Evelyn Namara receives cash from MTN Uganda CMO, Olivier Prentout Most innovative App and Best SME Application, Qwicart receive their cash from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout – Advertisement – The MTN Innovation Awards 2017 call for entries that closed in early October 2017 attracted more than 200 entries, a record number since the awards started in 2015. Through an audit process, a shortlist of 45 nominees was made and they showcased their innovations to the public. It is from the 45 nominees that the nine winners were picked.“The heartbeat of Uganda’s economy in the future is the young population. This demographic is inclined to technology and always innovating. MTN wants to be part of supporting that ecosystem that will support innovations since its history is from a small company to a pan-African and global telecom company,” he adds.The nine were selected by a panel of judges. The awards indicate MTN Uganda’s commitment to scale sectors critical to the improvement of lives and communities through digital innovations. The awards are in line with MTN Uganda’s mission to make the lives of Ugandans brighter.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Swansea v Arsenal

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother profitable day yesterday thanks to Chelsea’s win which eventually transpired at Anfield.Those holding slips about Chelsea being unbeaten all season must now be getting a tad excited. But, in terms of the neutrals, a slip up would at least inject a little more excitement.As it stands Chelsea have opened up a four point lead over surprise package Southampton and a big eight points over Manchester City who are going through their worst period for some time and were lucky to even draw with QPR judged by what I saw on Match Of The Day.Arsenal are 12 points off the lead but can close that lead this afternoon at the Liberty Stadium. However, they are hardly going to find Swansea, who are only two points behind the Gunners, a pushover.Arsenal haven’t enjoyed the rub of the green given they have had an overly decimated squad through injury. Despite that they have won their last two Premier League games at Sunderland (2-0) and at home to Burnley (3-0).Most recently though they inexplicably threw away a three goal lead in the Champions League against Anderlecht – the match finishing 3-3.Swansea v ArsenalPremier League4pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max 10 matches)Mar 2014 Premier Arsenal 2-2 SwanseaSep 2013 Premier Swansea 1-2 ArsenalMar 2013 Premier Swansea 0-2 ArsenalJan 2013 FA Cup Arsenal 1-0 SwanseaJan 2013 FA Cup Swansea 2-2 ArsenalDec 2012 Premier Arsenal 0-2 SwanseaJan 2012 Premier Swansea 3-2 ArsenalSep 2011 Premier Arsenal 1-0 SwanseaJan 1983 Div 1 (old) Arsenal 2-1 SwanseaNov 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 1-2 ArsenalSwansea have gone off the boil a little but do have a good record at home – but that is further complicated by the fact that Arsenal have a good record over Swansea and have also come in for some support with Star Sports today !!I’m struggling with a bet – and after a good recent run don’t want to give too much back today but am certainly in the draw zone and a small investment at 5/2 is on my Sunday menu.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 5/2 for 4 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 14.08 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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