Chicken John Rinaldi sells his iconic warehouse for 18 million

first_img Email Address Another artistic and whimsical piece of San Francisco sold last month — for top dollar — when showman “Chicken” John Rinaldi parted with his esoteric Cesar Chavez Street warehouse for $1.8 million. Per public documents available at the city’s Assessor-Recorder’s office, the listed owner is now one Andrew Greenstein. Documents reveal that Greenstein received a loan to buy the property from Erick Hachenburg, the CEO of the tech company MetaCafe. That’s the former place of business for current SF AppWorks CEO Andrew Greenstein. The sale closed on Oct. 22.  Contacted through multiple channels, Greenstein of SF AppWorks did not respond to messages seeking comment. It’s unclear what will happen to the unique and exquisitely decorated warehouse, but sources with familiarity with the building noted that there are far, far more lucrative uses for it than the artistic site and event space Rinaldi was, until recently, hosting.   The self-described showman and former fringe mayoral candidate was, in 2015, dinged by building inspectors for allowing up to 30 people to sleep in two bedrooms in the building, according to city records. He obtained permitting for the entertainment venue and corresponding single hotel room last year.Rinaldi is a musician, entertainer, and local cult icon who ran against Gavin Newsom for mayor in 2007. He obtained the warehouse in 2004 for $370,000. He has utilized the space as an entertainment venue and as the headquarters for the San Francisco Institute of Possibility. Rinaldi declined to speak to Mission Local for this article. The sale of this warehouse was long in coming. He has been attempting to hawk his digs since 2009. And, like most every city property owner, he did well to wait — the sales price in ’09 was $899,000. Back then, Rinaldi seemed in dire straits: “I’m caught in the mortgage crisis by association,” he told the culture blog Laughing Squid. “I took a five-year arm mortgage with a balloon payment thinking I could refinance. There are no loans today for showmen with non-conforming warehouses. So it goes on the block. Hell, I’ll even finance it … ”How times change. The 2018 sales price is nearly quintuple what Rinaldi paid in 2004. In other words: Good show. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SINCE the end of the oneyear contractual defects

first_imgSINCE the end of the one-year contractual defects period, which expired on October 24, St.Helens R.F.C. have been able to review in detail the requirements for added protection from the elements both within the seated and standing areas of the stadium, as well as the public concourse.Discussions are taking place with the developer, main contractor and structural engineers and a number of options are currently being assessed.The Club expects a detailed report to be received before Christmas for analysis and will then decide on the optimum method and timing.We are committed to doing all that is practical, and in as speedy a timeframe as is possible, to ensure that necessary additions and improvements are made and the Club is working closely with all relevant professional parties in that regard.It is a complex and demanding area from a structural engineering viewpoint, given the design of the stadium, and the correct long-term option needs to be decided and adopted only after the most detailed consideration.It is imperative that the right option is adopted given the potential costs involved and it is also critical that any additions do not detract from the unique design of Langtree Park.A further announcement will be made early in the New Year.last_img read more

Zeb Taia and Justin Holbrook preview this Thursday

first_imgZeb Taia and Justin Holbrook preview this Thursday’s Betfred Super League clash with Catalans. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img

Tabor City man tells police he set fire to home with dog

first_img Sibbett says Sandy Lewis Rhue, 45, was still there when officers and the fire marshal arrived. Sibbett says Rhue admitted to setting the fire while a dog was still inside.The dog died.No one else was hurt.Related Article: North Carolina police sergeant accused of drunken drivingRhue is charged with second degree arson and cruelty to animals.He is in jail under a $55,000 bond. TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City man admitted to setting fire to a home by throwing paper towels on the stove, police say.Capt. Greg Sibbett says it happened around 9:30 Monday night at a home on Ray Street.- Advertisement – last_img

Pender County Utilities pushing for water transfer between basins

first_img “We see the importance of this type of infrastructure being on the same level as water and sewer. It’s a demand that is necessary for the growth of our county,” Planning and community development director, Kyle Breuer, said.One major concern is the demand for water. Pender County Utilities director Brian McCabe says they want to transfer more than 14 million gallons of water per day from the Cape Fear River Basin. They want to bring it to the Northeast, New and South River Basins. However, some people believe the county should not take a risk like this because of GenX in the Cape Fear River.“With everything that is going into the river with the pollutants, the boats, the factories and including the GenX. To have that pumped that into my home and have my daughter and my husband and my pets drink it, it would be- no,” Kristy Wilson, a Hampstead resident, said.Related Article: Belville offers counter to Leland’s plan for H2GO, RO plantMcCabe says this is not related to the presence of GenX.“Of course we recognize the emerging contaminants of concern, including GenX and other perfluorinated compounds. And we’re looking at what we can do to help treat those issues. But this is more of a long term planning effort to supply the long term drinking water needs of the county,” McCabe said.He also said the goal is to provide enough water to meet the needs of the county for the next 50 years.State officials are hosting a public hearing tomorrow about this request. The public can come and comment on the petition. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been years since Pender County Utilities started plans to bring more water to the area in an effective way. They are now trying to make it a reality.Pender County continues to grow more and more by the day. The county says around 1500 people move into the area every year and they must compensate for the growth.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Florence sweeps away motel and familys hard work savings

first_imgHurricane Florence flooding (Photo: MSNBC) SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — When the floodwaters from Florencereceded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris.The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner’s family — even his father’s wheelchair. And it wiped out the investment that three brothers from India had spent years working toward.- Advertisement – “We put all our life savings in there,” co-owner Kishor Depani said of himself and his brothers. “We moved to America in 2007. We’ve been working until last year, when we bought this motel. We used to work at a gas station, small jobs — McDonald’s and stuff like that — just to save up money so we can start this business.”Now, he’s not sure what will happen. He said the property in Spring Lake, North Carolina, didn’t have flood insurance .“We have regular insurance, but I know for a fact there is no way they are going to cover this,” he said. “Hopefully the state government or FEMA can help us.”Related Article: How to help with storm recovery in Brunswick CountyDepani, 50, who’s a U.S. citizen, said he and his brothers moved to this country so their children would have better educational opportunities. His only child, a son, attends the University of North Carolina. His brothers each have two adult children, one of whom is pursuing a second master’s degree and another studying to become a doctor. The brothers moved to the Fayetteville area because their sister owned a gas station there, which she later sold.Photos from before the storm show the single-story brick motel stretched out parallel to state Highway 87, its sign bearing the words “Starlite” in old-fashioned red cursive above “motel” in all caps. Nearby is a gas station, a gun store and a neighborhood of modest one-story homes.The motel built six decades ago sits with its back to the Little River, but the brothers felt it was a safe investment because Hurricane Matthew’s floodwaters in 2016 — some of the worst the area had ever seen — put only a few inches of water on the property.As Florence approached, Depani sent his family to stay with relatives in nearby Fayetteville while he remained in their apartment on the property to man the business. He was there when the storm hit early Sept. 14.Flooding predictions became direr, and an evacuation was ordered. Depani went door-to-door telling the 40 or so people in the motel’s 20 rooms to find shelter elsewhere. A handful had been renting there for months. He thinks some went to stay with friends, others to shelters, but he’s not positive: “I didn’t have time; I couldn’t ask”Renters fled in such a hurry that they left belongings still hanging in one closet, a suitcase in another and golf clubs on one floor.“I’m so happy they were able to evacuate, because if they didn’t, it would have been really, really bad,” he said.Then he went to Fayetteville to wait out the flooding. As the water came in, he held out hope. He returned Sunday to retrieve some belongings and found only a couple of feet of water. A day or so later, while watching television, his worst fears were realized.“We saw on the news, from the chopper, that the water was touching the roof,” he said. “My mind went blank — could not think, could not function.”On Wednesday, the waters had receded and Depani went back to survey the scene. He and his wife walked past torn-out bricks, window frames and shattered glass. They went back into their apartment — now uninhabitable — to look for what they could salvage. Lost were a new refrigerator and dishwasher, television, two laptops, phones and his father’s wheelchair.Older brother Dinesh Depani, 55, was dumbfounded: “I saw it and I was shocked.”The three brothers had hoped the motel would be an early piece of a growing collection of businesses they could expand into other cities. They made a down payment of about $100,000 and still owe as much as $500,000 on the mortgage, Kishor Depani said — unable to say the exact amount during an interview because he believes mortgage documents were swept away.“It was what we saw as a good starting point for other future businesses,” Kishor Depani said. “The motel business is something that seemed like a small start to something that we wanted to build up to our future plans to move to bigger things.”He said business was great at the motel, where he charged $46 to $56 per night. His wife helped him check in people, keep the books and launder the linens. He said he had exceeded the previous owner’s best months for sales and had been planning to remodel and upgrade the property.What is left standing now, he believes, will have to be demolished. He was optimistic that he and his brothers would bounce back despite the uncertainty of government assistance. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be painful.“It’s hurtful because this was the foundation,” he said. “But I’m hoping God will help us create a bigger, better and a stronger foundation.”last_img read more

Former athlete shot and killed in alleged drug deal gone wrong

first_img 1 of 4 Javon Bethel (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The shooting that killed former high school athlete Jacary Bethel is the result of a robbery during a drug deal, according to prosecutors.The shooting happened Friday at around 10:30 p.m. at Cardinal Pointe Apartments in Shallotte. – Advertisement – Kasey Hollar (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) Jacary Bethel (West Brunswick High School/Twitter) center_img Colby Pridgen (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) Colby Pridgen, 16, is charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed handgun, among other charges.During Pridgen’s first court appearance on Wednesday, prosecutors said Jacary Bethel and his brother Javon Bethel, 17, Kasey Hollar, 19 and Jacary’s best friend Eyan Thomas, used social media to set up a meeting to buy Xanax from Pridgen.The group planned to rob Pridgen during the meeting, prosecutors said.Related Article: Former SBI agent pleads guilty to stealing campaign signsThe night of the meeting, Pridgen got in their car and sat in the backseat on the right, with Eyan in the middle and Jacary on the left behind the driver.Prosecutors said Eyan leaned forward and Jacary reached across and put Pridgen in a headlock. The other teens then began hitting Pridgen.Pridgen pulled out a gun and fired shots, hitting Bethel and Thomas. Pridgen fired another shot and took off.Bethel died at the scene, Thomas is in the hospital in stable condition.Javon Bethel and Kasey Hollar are both charged with kidnapping, common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery. They are being held under a $100,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Pridgen is being held under a $1 million bond. No word yet on whether Thomas will face charges once released from the hospital.According to an obituary posted online, a visitation for Jacary Bethel is planned for Friday night at the West Brunswick High School gymnasium from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

A church which loses her youth becomes a museum – Pope Francis

first_img SharePrint The Vatican, Tuesday, published Pope Francis’s reflection on the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people. The reflection is titled “Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), and is a letter to young people about their place in the Church.The letter is a plea to older members of the Church not to stifle the enthusiasm of the young, but to offer gentle guidance when needed. The Pope describes the life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one of them as “holy ground”.In the document, Pope Francis talks about how the sex abuse crisis, a history of sexism and an overly narrow focus on just a handful of moral issues can keep young people away from the church. But he also said many young people want to know and understand the teachings of the church and, despite what many people think, they long for and need times of silent reflection and opportunities to serve their communities.“A church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum,” Pope Francis wrote. “How, then, will she be able to respond to the dreams of young people?” Young people have a natural desire to improve the life of the church and the world around them, the pope said. If older people in the church will let the young people try, it will keep the church youthful, too.A more detailed write up and the link to the letter can be found here.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

PC Tech announces new date for the Africa Internet Entrepreneurs Conference

first_imgAdvertisement According to the organizing committee, more time is needed for international participants to make arrangements to attend the conference.“December is a busy month. We observed that the original date [10th December] would make it impossible for some students and lecturers to come to the conference because it will be exam time for most Universities,” said Albert Mucunguzi, the Conference Chair.“Some of our guest speakers will be traveling from different countries, and we feel they need more time to make travel arrangements,” he explained. – Advertisement – This announcement means more time will be available for those intending to make presentations at the conference to submit their papers.AFRIEC 2011 is organized by PC Tech Magazine, in collaboration with PearlRichards Foundation, Ghana, and will bring together speakers and delegates from Makerere Univerisity (Uganda), University of Ghana Business School (Ghana), and University of Ibadan (Nigeria), among other institutions.Important Dates:• Submission Deadline – 15th  February 2011• Notification of Acceptance – 25th  February 2011• Conference Date – 4th March 2011You can read more information about the conference on the website,  About PC Tech MagazinePC Tech is a monthly technology magazine that focuses on features of personal and enterprise technology initiatives, product and software reviews and research on information communication technologies in Africa. The magazine, published by PC Tech Communications, Uganda, seeks to tell the African ICT story by documenting and presenting the use of information technologies (ICTs) by private and public institutions on the continent.PC Tech Magazine is distributed in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria,and  Ghana. It is also sent to selected institutions in USA and UK.About the Africa Internet and Mobile Entrepreneurs’ ConferenceThe Africa Internet and Mobile Entrepreneurs’ Conference 2011 seeks to showcase the innovative use of new media – internet and mobiles – by entrepreneurs to address the socio-economic and development challenges in Africa. Next year’s theme is “Rebuilding Africa through Internet Enterprises and mobile innovations.” The conference has three interrelated objectives, namely:To offer participants an opportunity to share, discuss and learn from individual career experiences and profiles of African Internet and Mobile entrepreneurs.To educate participants on how to use Internet and mobile resources and applications to support and promote their creative ventures.To educate policy makers on how they can harness the potential of the Internet and Mobile innovations for youth empowerment and job creation.last_img read more

Uganda Innovations to offer improved mobile phone usage

first_imgAdvertisement The four are part of the 11 solutions in the areas of transport, gaming, education, motoring and health and marketing that were developed last weekend. The innovations sprung up during the Garage48 innovation competition in Kampala over the weekend. Garage48 is an Estonian innovation vehicle where software designers are assigned to develop relevant and competitive application within 48 hours.The project is an initiative of the Tallinn-based Garage48 Foundation and is supported by Google, Nokia, and MTN in Africa.It is the third time the competition has been held in Africa to identify mobile application solutions that can be exported to the world. The Foundation also helps talented developers to get into contact with successful entrepreneurs in Europe and America. – Advertisement – The Kampala competition was won by the group that designed the Somesha application including; Mr Rutatiina Gilbert, Mr Micheal Ntambazi, Mr Elijah Beesigomwe, Ms Damalie Muwonge, Mr Billy Kaye, and Mr Walugembe Everest.According to Ms Elise Sass, the Garage48 main organiser in Kampala, the Somesha team now has an opportunity to compete at the global Garage48 scale where they will vie for funding. The winning project is funded by Seedcamp, a European-based micro-seed investment fund and mentoring programme that further connects developers with entrepreneurs. A similar competition is due to take place in Nairobi in the search for East Africa’s best mobile application that will automatically qualify for the European competition.Source: Daily Monitorlast_img read more