New Legal Details Emerge on City Sidewalk Repair Settlement
The proposed Settlement requires the City of Los Angeles (“the City”) to expend in excess of $1.367 billion over 30 years to make its public sidewalk and crosswalk system accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. It will require the City to install, repair, and upgrade curb ramps; repair sidewalks and walkways damaged by tree roots; repair broken or uneven pavement; correct non-compliant cross-slopes in sidewalks; install tree gates and missing utility covers; and remediate other inaccessible conditions. The proposed Settlement will also permit Class Members to submit requests for access repairs such as curb ramp installations and tree root fixes at specific locations, which the City will use its best efforts to remediate within 120 days of receiving the request. In addition, the proposed Settlement calls for the hiring of an ADA Coordinator for the Pedestrian Right of Way, and includes effective reporting, monitoring and dispute resolution mechanisms.
There is an extensive list of types of sidewalk repairs the city will perform:
- (a) Installation of missing curb ramps;
- (b) Repair of damage caused by tree roots to sidewalk or walkways surfaces;
- (c) Upgrading of existing curb ramps;
- (d) Repair of broken and/or uneven pavement in the pedestrian rights of way (including utility covers and repair covers) deeper and/or wider than 1/2 inch;
- (e) Repair of vertical or horizontal displacement or upheaval of the sidewalk or crosswalk surface greater than 1/2 inch (including sidewalk flags, curbs and utility covers);
- (f) Correction of non-compliant cross-slopes in sidewalks or sections of sidewalks
- (g) Removal of protruding and overhanging objects and/or obstructions that narrow pedestrian rights of way to less than 4 feet of accessible width;
- (h) Widening of pedestrian rights of way and sections thereof to provide 4 feet of accessible width;
- (i) Providing 4 feet of clearance to the entrances of public bus shelters;
- (j) Repair of excessive gutter slopes at the bottom of curb ramps leading into crosswalks;
- (k) Elimination of curb ramp lips on curb ramps;
- (l) Installation of accessible tree grates, or other compliant remediation, where such grates are missing from tree wells;
- (m) Installation of missing utility covers where such covers are missing from sidewalks, crosswalks or pathways; and
- (n) Remediation of other non-compliant conditions.
- within one year, hire an “ADA Coordinator for the Pedestrian Right of Way” whose responsibilities will include: generating twice-annual status reports on sidewalk repair progress, and recommending city policies and procedures to overcome barriers to access.
- within two years, create and maintain a publicly-available database listing and mapping completed and requested repairs and improvements.
- within two years, provide an “Access Request Program” that disabled people can use to submit requests for repairs in specific locations. Initially 20 percent of the city’s annual settlement funding will be targeted to fulfilling these requests.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) Invites Women with Disabilities to Apply for the 8th International Women’s Institute on Leadership & Disability (WILD)
July 30 – August 21, 2016
APPLICATION AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH ONLINE AT: http://www.miusa.org/news/2016/WILDcallforapplications
MIUSA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) will bring together approximately 20 women leaders with disabilities from approximately 20 different countries, to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming. During the three-week program, participants will take part in workshops, seminars and discussions, conduct on-site visits, and participate in team-building activities, to explore challenges and exchange strategies for increasing leadership opportunities and participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs.
- Women with disabilities
- At least 21 years of age
- Use English, Spanish, or sign language
- Be from regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and South Pacific
- Membership in an organization and demonstrate a commitment to working for the rights of women and girls with disabilities
In order to make financial knowledge more accessible in the Peninsula, we will be offering these services in Redwood City in January 2016. Below is our upcoming workshop schedule. If community members are unable to make these dates, look out for our flyers in the coming months!
September Homebuyer Readiness Workshops
Understanding Credit: Jan 20
Understanding Debt: Jan 27
Money & Savings: Feb 3
If you would like to learn more about Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco you are free to visit www.habitatgsf.org, and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 415-625-1011. Thank you for spreading the word about Habitat for Humanity and helping us make our program meet your needs in Redwood City.
Homeowner Development Department
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
500 Washington St. Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
That Time The United States Sterilized 60,000 Of Its Citizens
At the time, however, sterilization both was countenanced by the U.S. Supreme Court (in the 1927 Buck v. Bell case) and supported by many scientists, reformers, and lawmakers as one prong of a larger strategy to improve society by encouraging the reproduction of the “fit” and restricting the procreation of the “unfit.” In total, 32 U.S. states passed sterilization laws between 1907 and 1937, and surgeries reached their highest numbers in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Beginning in the 1970s, state legislatures began to repeal these laws, finding them antiquated and discriminatory, particularly towards people with disabilities.
Join CID for the Daily Journal's FREE Health & Wellness Fair in Millbrae on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 9am - 1pm
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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County. Below is a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities through the Home Sharing Program as of January 2016
CONTACT HIP HOUSING AT 650-348-6660
Please note that HIP Housing updates
these two lists monthly
Home Sharing Program – Housing Offered
Daly City: Unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms house. Rent is $850 a month with an $850 deposit. Smoking outside only. No pets accepted. Street parking available and close to public transportation. Seeker is a single mother with adult child seeking a quiet housemate.
East Palo Alto: Furnished or unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Rent is $900 a month with a $400 deposit. No smoking. One small dog living in the home. No other pets accepted. Street parking and laundry available. Near public transportation. Seekers are a retired couple seeking a quiet, clean, and respectful housemate.
Foster City: Furnished or unfurnished room in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms townhouse. Rent is $1050 a month with a $500 deposit. Smoking outside acceptable. Two well trained dogs living in the home. No other pets accepted. Laundry, storage, and garage parking available. Near public transportation. Seeker is a retired female and is quiet.
Half Moon Bay: Unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Rent is $1200 a month with a deposit of $1200. No smoking or pets allowed. Laundry, storage, and street parking available. Beautiful room with private bath and built in dresser and huge closet. Close to the beach.
Millbrae: 6 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house to share with female housemates. Double, unfurnished room rent is $1400 a month with a $300 deposit. Furnished or unfurnished room downstairs is $700 a month with a $300 deposit. Smoking outside acceptable. Homeowner smokes inside the home. No pets. Laundry and street parking.
Pacifica: Unfurnished room in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. Rent is $750 a month with a deposit of $400. No smoking. Laundry and street parking available. Near public transportation. Homeowner is retired male senior who enjoys volunteering.
Redwood City: Unfurnished room in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment. Rent is $900 a month with a deposit of $500. Smoking outside acceptable only. Laundry and street parking available. Near public transportation. Provider is a single mother with a child.
San Mateo: Furnished room in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. Rent is $850 a month with a deposit of $850. No smoking. Has 1 cat, but no other pets allowed. Laundry, storage, and off street parking available. Provider is an older female who works full time and enjoys going to church and the gym. She is seeking someone quiet, clean, and sociable.
San Mateo: Furnished room in a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house. Rent is $1000 a month with a deposit of $500. No smoking. Two small dogs living in home, but no other pets accepted. Laundry and street parking available. Near public transportation. Provider is seeking a housemate who is clean and friendly.
South San Francisco: Unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house. Rent is $800 a month with a deposit of $500. Smoking outside acceptable. Street parking available and near public transportation.
Home Sharing Program – Persons Seeking
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room from San Mateo to Menlo Park. He is able to pay $1000 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He is willing to live with pets and seldom has visitors. He works evenings and is usually on the go during the day and weekends.
Female seeking unfurnished room from Mid to South County. She is able to pay $1100 a month. She does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. She is willing to live with pets and seldom has visitors. When she is not at work she enjoys going rock climbing Fri-Sun and is active in yoga, biking, and the gym.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in North County. He is able to pay $1000 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He is willing to live with pets and seldom has visitors. He works 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and enjoys going to church.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in Mid to South County. He is able to pay $800 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He stays busy with work and enjoys hiking.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in North County. He is able to pay $950 a month. He does not smoke but is willing to accept a room with housemates who smoke outside. He is willing to live with pets. He is a pilot and is originally from Guam. He is looking for a home provider who is willing to let his wife stay 3-5 days a month. He will only be staying in the room between 5-21 days a month. He is looking for a home with a carport to park his vintage car.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in Belmont, Foster City, or San Mateo. He is able to pay $1500 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He is on the go a lot and enjoys visiting friends in South Bay during weekends.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in Mid County. He is able to pay $700 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He works 10-15 hours a day and enjoys outdoor activities.
Couple seeking furnished or unfurnished room within the county. They are able to pay $1500 a month. They do not smoke and prefer a non-smoking household. They are willing to live with pets. Their two daughters may visit from time to time. They are quiet and respectful.
Female seeking furnished or unfurnished room from North to Mid County. She is able to pay $1100 a month. She does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. She works nights and sleeps during the day. She has a well-behaved cat who is indoor/outdoors.
Female seeking unfurnished room in Mid County. She is able to pay $700 a month. She does not smoke but is willing to live with smokers. She is responsible and clean. She enjoys outdoor activities and crafts.
If you have a room to rent in your home or a separate unit on your property, please consider registering with HIP Housing’s Home Sharing program. There is no cost to participate in the program. Ask about our $250 incentive!
Thank you for referring your clients, friends, family, neighbors, employees and others in need of housing.
- Alexander HowardSenior Editor for Technology and Society, The Huffington Post
The car-hailing service will not buy the wheelchair-friendly vehicles. Rather, it will tap into an existing pool of taxi drivers who rent and operate specialized vans in the nation's capital, according to WAMU, a local public radio station which has closely covered the company's record on accessibility. At least one of these vehicles is already available to use via the Uber app.
"While there is more that needs to be done to expand transportation options for riders in DC requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles, we—along with advocates for people with disabilities—believe our wheelchair accessible vehicles option is a step in the right direction," wrote Anne Hussey, a marketing manager for Uber D.C., in a blog post published Dec. 11.
To call a wheelchair-accessible taxi through Uber, just open the app, choose the UberTaxi option, and then enter the promo code "wheelchairdc." After the app registers the code, it will show a wheelchair option and the location of available vehicles nearby.
When I tested this new option on Monday in D.C., I found one van, seven minutes away from my location in Georgetown.
DCist was the first outlet to report Uber's news on Friday, including the detail that D'Arcee Neal, a disability rights activist employed by the Department of the Interior, was the first consumer to use the new option.
Accessibility advocates hailed the news as an improvement.
"Access to Uber’s service for the District’s residents and visitors with disabilities is long overdue," Carol Tyson, the director of disability policy at the United Spinal Association, told The Huffington Post. "Transportation is a civil right and people with disabilities should not be an afterthought."
It's not clear, however, whether the total number of wheelchair-accessible taxis on D.C. streets will increase as a result of Uber's new initiative.
That's perhaps the key question for Americans with disabilities as Uber and other on-demand services become a bigger part of transportation systems, from commuting to carpooling: If the taxi companies that operate city cab fleets go under as a result of increased competition, will cities work with Uber to maintain accessible options?
Tyson called on Uber and its competitors to work toward increasing the total number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in D.C. and other cities, particularly at peak commuting hours.
"We know that demand for accessible taxi service in the District far exceeds supply," she argued. Speaking about Transport D.C. -- the city's program for alternative, accessible for-hire transport to residents with disabilities -- Tyson said that funding was "falling short of demand" and that each month "the number of Transport D.C. rides has increased."
The D.C. Taxi Cab Commission told HuffPost that there are currently 153 wheelchair-accessible taxis servicing D.C. Back in November, when there were only 141, WAMU reported that approximately one-quarter of these cabs weren't being used.
Presumably, that's because of the higher cost of rental for drivers over traditional sedans. The D.C. Taxicab Commission told The Huffington Post that it has awarded 90 grants to offset the costs of rentals in 2015, along with free sensitivity and operation training.
Uber did not immediately respond when HuffPost asked for the total number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles people could find via the Uber app in D.C. and other U.S. cities.
NBC 7 News: Senior citizen, disabled son can't afford motel rent after eviction from Peninsula apartment
Friday, November 27, 2015 09:59PM
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) --
For a senior citizen and her son who takes care of her, their future may be either a shelter or the streets. It's a hard reality for many who live on the peninsula where rents have skyrocketed.
Ramona Low is 80 years old and her caretaker-son Steve Litton live in a small motel room and it is their only salvation from homelessness.
"We're fearful that we're going to be thrown out on the street. Absolutely," Litton said.
Low is crippled with severe arthritis and Litton also has disabilities. The two were evicted from an apartment they had lived in for two decades, after a dispute with their landlord. Low used to work for the city of San Francisco. They live on her modest pension and social security disability, but it is not enough to find an apartment on the peninsula.
"I think it's because of the booming economy. You have to have three times the rent just to get into any commercial housing," Litton said.
Now, they're two weeks behind in their motel rent. They've reached out for help from social service agencies with little success. Their church, they say, is their savior.
"Every time we go to Bible study on Wednesday, somebody puts something in my hand and says 'Buy food,'" Low said.
That's how they can eat. Their food in the tiny motel refrigerator is mostly donated, just like their Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Stulbarg Family from Redwood City learned about their plight and brought dinner to them.
"We were very fortunate and blessed to all be together," Andy Stulbarg said. "And I decided I wanted to try to do something for this family."
"I worked hard all my life. I'd like to live in my own little apartment. That's all I want," Low said.
It is a wish that's hard to fulfill when the average rent for a one bedroom on the peninsula is more than $2,500 a month.
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