SF officer grew up in the Mission now works with the homeless

first_img Tags: homeless • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Officer Huerta, who in September received the San Patricio Award, which honors first responders, offered his perspective on how the city and the police have evolved in working with the homeless, the kind of work that he does on a beat that he wants to stay on, and the experiences in his life that make him suited to the work.That life began in Excelsior with a stop in the Mission, the neighborhoods where Huerta and his two older siblings were raised by their mother, Marta Betancur, a Colombian cook with the work ethic of an immigrant determined to do right by her children. Officer Huerta talks about his mother — a “hardworking,” “loving,” “friendly” and “very good” person — with the affection of someone raised in the lap of a happy family.Indeed, Betancur said, she is proud of her children because they are honest and upstanding, just as she had raised them to be.She was, however, surprised that Huerta had chosen to become a police officer because, as a child, he had shown an interest in the kitchen.“I saw you as more of a cook,” she said in Spanish, laughing at the memory. The only missing piece in Huerta’s family was his father, who left when Huerta was about six years old. This, Huerta said, meant he grew up having to confront family struggles and other problems. “I’ve become humble through this,” Huerta said. He explained that his background helps him relate to people he meets on the job because many  have had tough lives, and he thinks about their backgrounds and situations when dealing with them.If the 2009 shooting provided the impetus for Huerta becoming an officer, the 2015 police shooting of 26-year-old Mario Woods in Bayview created a broader realization for the SFPD. Woods, like a third of the homeless in San Francisco, suffered from mental health issues, and his shooting was a wakeup call for the Police Department.“That’s pretty fresh in our minds,” said Huerta. “And it was just a tough situation. That was one of the main incidents that’s kinda made us realize that we all gotta be C.I.T. (Crisis Intervention Team)-trained.” C.I.T. training instructs officers on how to manage behavioral crisis situations in the field. Like 704 other employed SFPD members (as of April), Officer Huerta has completed it.“It’s very helpful, because a lot of the people we deal with nowadays do have a lot of mental illness,” he said.  Officer Huerta sees this in his weekly five-day, 10-hour shifts in which he and his partner Lawrence Gabriel patrol the Southern district. As they drive around, they respond to more than 30 calls a day from residents who have complaints about the homeless or their encampments. The number one complaint, Officer Huerta said, is of people acting erratic — having mental episodes — and this is closely associated with drug use.The homeless outreach officers encounter a lot of people who are addicted to methamphetamine and some to cocaine, he said. Heroin’s pretty popular, too.Needles are the most common find. These they come upon, Huerta said, “in places where they shouldn’t be at – near parks, near schools.”The second most common complaint that they respond to is about the presence of homeless encampments in neighborhoods.Officer Huerta said that over the past two years of working as a homeless outreach officer, the public, the SFPD and city agencies have gotten a better understanding of homelessness, and have increased efforts to find solutions. But without enough housing, the problem persists. These days, Officer Huerta said, the homeless outreach officers get many complaints from new areas. Part of the reason, he said, is that tech companies are moving into old warehouses in the South of Market and Third Street areas, where the homeless used to set up tents or encampments. So the homeless are forced to move to new areas, and new complaints flood in. Even on a good day, Officer Huerta said, few homeless people take up shelter services that the city provides. The long-term goal, he said, is to work with the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team, a city agency, to get the homeless off the streets and into a navigation center, “which is the first step of getting them off the streets.”What makes Huerta the happiest at work is when he helps someone, he said, and what he does makes that person glad and grateful. And what makes him the saddest is seeing homeless children with parents who are not in the right mindset because of drugs.While Huerta said that his role has not changed over the past two years, the length of time that he has spent as a homeless outreach officer has allowed him to build relationships with the unhoused. “They know they can reach out to me if they want any kind of help,” he said.His Spanish helps, too.“A lot of people, they have their guard up dealing with police,” he said. “And when I could break the ice by talking to them in Spanish, it makes them relax right away. It makes them comfortable, and they reach out to me.”It is a style that works.“Officer Huerta provides a level of compassion while balancing the needs of the community to his current assignment,” said Southern Station Capt. Daryl Fong, who described Officer Huerta as “one of our finest assets.”Officers can change their beats every six months, but Officer Huerta sees himself doing homeless outreach work longer.“I like what I’m doing currently,” he said. Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.Irvin Huerta had thoughts of becoming a police officer when he was younger. He wanted to give back to San Francisco, the city where he was born and raised. At first, he did other jobs, but when one of his best friends, Moises Frias Jr., was shot dead by gang members in 2009, he knew for sure that he would become a police officer.“Just the fact that he was a good person, his family was good people and something like that happens to him for no reason, that was a big motivator for me to wanna do something where I could try to prevent something like that from happening,” said the 31-year-old.Three years later, Huerta joined the San Francisco Police Department. For the past two years, he has been on the four-member homeless outreach team in the Department’s Southern District, an area that extends from the South of Market to the bay and that has more than 3,000 homeless residents, the most in the city, according to the latest San Francisco Homeless Count & Survey.center_img 0%last_img read more

IN what has been hailed as a resounding success fo

first_imgIN what has been hailed as a resounding success for cross-party co-operation, the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has today received confirmation that the North West Development Agency has agreed to honour its financial commitments to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.The tournament, to be played across England and Wales, will see games taking place in a number of regions, including several in the north west of England. But since the announcement that Regional Development Agencies are to be abolished, the Government instructed these public bodies to reduce spending, including invoking any break clauses in contracts. This lead to the NWDA threatening to withdraw previously agreed funding, putting games in the region in jeopardy.“The 2013 Rugby League World Cup is the first international tournament to take place in Britain after the 2012 London Olympics and provides opportunity to grow the sporting legacy of the Games and to ensure that people of all ages continue to take part in sport throughout the UK”; said Group Vice-Chairman Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West. “Members of the Group, led by those in the north west have leading the charge in what has been an excellent demonstration of the Group working together.”As well as Questions in Parliament, Members of Parliament wrote to the Agency, making clear their concerns and asking the NWDA to reconsider honouring their agreements made with the Rugby Football League as tournament organiser.One of the MPs whose constituents were affected is Group Secretary, Derek Twigg, Member of Parliament for Halton. On receiving the letter from the NWDA, he said: “On behalf of the Group, I wrote to the NWDA Chairman stressing that any decision to reduce or remove funding would have significant implications for the north west region that they serve and making clear that as one of the final major decisions the agency would have to take, a decision to remain committed to the World Cup would leave a significant lasting impression on the region. I’m delighted they’ve decided to continue supporting the tournament and I think it’s absolutely the right choice.”One MP that had been particularly vocal in Parliament is David Mowat, Member of Parliament for Warrington South who asked questions of his Government-bench colleague, Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.He said: “The Government committed themselves to ensuring the successful delivery of the World Cup, but my concern has always been that those of us in the north west would suffer through a nuance of one of the Government’s cost cutting measures. Independent studies have shown that the tournament will generate significant economic input for the region so it always seemed foolish to break an agreement of this scale. The NWDA have made the right choice, and I am looking forward to seeing the Halliwell Jones Stadium play host to some outstanding test matches.”The Group remains resolute in its support to the World Cup and will continue to work with the RFL and all Government bodies to ensure that a successful, world-class tournament goes ahead and is enjoyed by millions in the UK and overseas.last_img read more

WELCOME to a very special worldcupweds in the we

first_imgWELCOME to a very special #worldcupweds, in the week we celebrate 100 days to go until the start of Rugby League World Cup 2013.Thursday will mark 100 days exactly until the Opening Ceremony under the roof at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, an event already tipped to be “the greatest show Rugby League has ever seen”.The pageantry is followed by two epic RLWC2013 encounters that are certain to ensure a memorable start to the year’s biggest global sporting event.England tangle with arch-enemies Australia in a match that always means more than just competition points, while co-hosts Wales square-off against European rivals Italy.Following their poor showing at last year’s Olympics, their defeat to the Lions down under, and their current struggles against England in the Ashes, Tim Sheens’ men will be desperate to claim a scalp for Australia against “the mother country”.It promises to be an unforgettable day of sporting entertainment for all the family and you can be there for as little as £20 for adults and £10 for children.It’s a small price to pay to witness world class sport, and to be a part of only the eighth major World Cup to take place on British soil.To celebrate the passing of this monumental milestone in our countdown to RLWC2013, we are giving away a signed England rugby shirt and a signed Australia rugby shirt, both fully autographed by the squads of players.To be in with a chance of winning, find and ‘Like’ Rugby League World Cup 2013 on Facebook, and ‘Tag’ yourself in the image of the shirt you’d most like to get your hands on.The competition closes on August 21 – 100 days before the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Final at Old Trafford on November 30.Don’t miss your chance to win one of these exclusive signed rugby shirts, and make sure you BE THERE at RLWC2013.Tickets are now on sale, with 55% of tickets priced £20 or less.Buy now at http://www.rlwc2013.com/tickets or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.For competition terms and conditions please visit the Fanzone on www.rlwc2013.comlast_img read more

Its nice recognition to receive he said Ther

first_img“It’s nice recognition to receive,” he said. “There are a lot of quality players throughout the Super League but obviously to get that recognition is a nice feeling.“You want to be in the best in your position. Every week you try your best and keep doing the best you can for your team, town and club. I feel like I have tried to do that.“James Roby and Alex Walmsley have been immense too and deserve some recognition but as a team we have got massive job to do on Thursday and hopefully we can give the fans what they want and get into the final once again.”Percival leads Saints into Thursday’s game as the club’s top try scorer.He also kicked five from five the last time the two sides met – Saints winning 26-12 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.“If you look at the season as a whole I suppose it has been up and down, but like Justin said recently, over the last three or so months we have been consistent,” he added. “If we have lost a game it has been by a small margin. Now we are in the semi final which was something we wanted to achieve.“Both teams are 80 minutes from a Grand Final. We can take a lot of confidence from the games over the last few weeks. Cas are a great side and will test us but I feel if we are good defensively then we will give ourselves a really good chance.”last_img read more

The lads made their annual trip to the Childrens

first_imgThe lads made their annual trip to the Children’s Ward to meet the patients, parents and staff, and drop off some Saintly gifts.At this time of year it can be hard for patients and their families to be in Hospital so this is our way of spreading a little festive cheer at a tough time.We’d like to thank everyone at Whiston Hospital for making us feel so welcome and we wish them all a Merry Christmas.Also, we’d like to extend a big thank you to Nick Walker from Ellison’s Travel who organised transport to the hospital today.Ellison’s are our new executive coach supplier to the first team and academy squads.last_img read more

The 23yearold back rower will link up with his n

first_imgThe 23-year-old back rower will link up with his new teammates for the 2019 season.Batchelor, the brother of Wakefield Trinity star James, first played under York head coach James Ford in the Wakefield College team, before joining Sheffield Eagles’ academy and then having a year in Australia.He returned to the UK in 2016 for a spell at Coventry Bears and moved to the Minster city the following year.An outstanding 2017 saw Joe named both the Player of the Year and The York Press Player of the Year following his debut season at the club, which saw him score 15 tries in 22 appearances.Despite attracting interest from Super League, Batchelor signed an improved deal at York and to date has made nine appearances in 2018, scoring ten tries – including a try against Catalans Dragons in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.“Joe is a player we have had our eyes on this season,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “He has been a real standout in Betfred League 1 this year and has been very consistent for a competitive York side.“He is a strong running second rower with good skill and he also has a great work ethic. He has now matured as a player and hopefully he will continue to improve with us at Saints.“We are looking forward to welcoming him into our system.”Commenting on his move, Joe said: “I’m delighted to have signed with St Helens from next season and have the unbelievable opportunity to train in a full time environment with world class players and hopefully play Super League rugby.“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at York, especially Jon, Fordy and all the coaching staff for the amount of hard work they’ve put into getting me to this stage.“I am still 100% committed to finishing my year at York and making sure it ends with promotion to the Championship.”last_img read more

Last Ten MeetingsCastleford 18 St Helens 36 CCR

first_imgLast Ten Meetings:Castleford 18, St Helens 36 (CCR6, 12/5/18) St Helens 46, Castleford 6 (SLR1, 2/2/18) Castleford 23, St Helens 22 (SLSF, 28/9/17) Castleford 12, St Helens 26 (SLS8-R1, 3/8/17) Castleford 16, St Helens 12 (SLR17, 4/6/17) Castleford 53, St Helens 10 (CCR6, 13/5/17) St Helens 26, Castleford 22 (SLR10, 17/4/17) St Helens 40, Castleford 16 (SLS8-R5, 8/9/16) Castleford 20, St Helens 30 (SLR13, 1/5/16) St Helens 28, Castleford 22 (SLR4, 4/3/16)Super League Summary:Castleford won 7 (includes win in 2017 play-offs) St Helens won 41 (includes wins in 1999 and 2014 play-offs) 1 drawHighs and Lows:Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997) St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsCastleford Tries86 (1st)44 (7th)Goals73 (1st)49 (4th)Metres21,308 (1st)15,718 (11th)Breaks114 (1st)57 (11th)Tackles4,981 (4th)4,343 (7th)Penalties107 (10th)102 (12th)Miletsones:James Roby needs one try to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 99 tries in 412 games for the Saints since 2004.Castleford’s Liam Watts is appearance away from 200 (57 for Hull KR, 2008 & 2010-12; 135 for Hull FC, 2012-2018 and 7 for Castleford, 2018)Try Scoring Runs:Regan Grace (1-2-2-1-2) has scored tries in our last five matches.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 16 2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 14 3 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 12 4 = Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 10 6 = Regan Grace (St Helens), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors) 9 8 = Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 8Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 73 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 49 3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 47 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 44 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 34 6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 33 7 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 31 8 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 28 9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 27 10 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 25Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 94.11 (16/17) 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 88.00 (44/50) 3 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 87.09 (27/31) 4 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 5 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.84 (28/33) 6 = Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) (24/30), Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 80.00 (12/15) 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 78.33 (47/60) 9 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 78.26 (18/23) 10 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 78.12 (25/32)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 160 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 123 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 112 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 102 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96 6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 74 7 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 70 9 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 64last_img read more


first_imgIn association with our Official Kit Partner O’Neills, our brand new range of t-shirts, polo shirts, vests and squad tops have now landed at the Saints Superstore.The new range is crafted around the incredibly popular 2019 away shirt colour scheme of bright blue, navy and grey.The range also features the return of an old classic – the Saints Stickman, which is displayed on the chest of some of the key pieces of the range.The lightweight garments are ideal for Summer holidays, weekends out or for exercising and also can mix and match with pieces from the current 2019 main Trainingwear range.The range is available in limited stock levels from Small through to 4XL.A limited selection of the new range is also available in children’s sizes.You can shop the range both in store at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here.,The new range is crafted around the incredibly popular 2019 away shirt colour scheme of bright blue, navy and grey.The range also features the return of an old classic – the Saints Stickman, which is displayed on the chest of some of the key pieces of the range.The lightweight garments are ideal for Summer holidays, weekends out or for exercising and also can mix and match with pieces from the current 2019 main Trainingwear range.The range is available in limited stock levels from Small through to 4XL.A limited selection of the new range is also available in children’s sizes.You can shop the range both in store at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here.last_img read more

Deputies ask for help identifying Walmart theft suspects

first_img If you have any information, contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4162 or https://www.newhanoversheriff.com/submit-a-crime-tip/Two men are wanted for reportedly stealing from Wal-Mart (Photo: NHSO)Two men are wanted for reportedly stealing from Wal-Mart (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office needs your help identifying two suspects.The men in these photos are accused of stealing multiple Apple iPads, Nintendo Galaxy 3DS and other Nintendo products from Wal-Mart. The items are valued at more than $6,000.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cucalorus filmmakers discuss Hollywood sexual assault accusations

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Claims of sexual harassment and assault have swept Hollywood one actor, producer, and comedian at a time. It is a growing scandal that has taken over headlines across the nation.WWAY stopped by the Cucalorus Film Festival to get insight on how those in the industry feel about the latest accusations.- Advertisement – “Those things happen a lot, all the time,” “She’s Got a Plan” Actor and Director, Fatima Washington said. “Did it happen to me? Yes. There are thousands of Harvey Weinstein’s right now.”Washington is an actress and film director, she met Harvey Weinstein at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January. When she found out the allegations surrounding him she was upset.“I was hurt by it really. And to see the extent of it, you know, is shocking but more so it’s so disappointing,” Washington said.Related Article: Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn Man V. Food episode announcedAlthough Washington said she was never sexually assaulted by the now disgraced film mogul, she said it happens more than you think in Hollywood.“So it’s like, what are you willing to do? And that brings it back to “She’s Got a Plan”, would you give up everything you stand for to become something you want to be? And Isis Angelo, the main character that I play is grappling with ethics, grappling with how far will I go to make my dream come true.”Washington, along with her co-director Corey Johnson, have a film premiering Saturday at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Downtown Wilmington titled “She’s Got a Plan.” The film sheds light on the pressure women face trying to make their mark in Hollywood.Washington is not alone, WWAY  spoke with other actors who shared their stories about sexual harassment in the industry.“Were there uncomfortable moments between myself and directors or people in power? Absolutely,” Actress, Tracy McMillan said.Actor and director J.R. Rodriguez said he was raped as a young child.“If you’re raped, mentally you’re raped every day of the rest of your life. I know, I’m a rape survivor,” Rodriquez said.Seeing the latest controversy all over social media including the “Me Too” campaign makes Rodriguez very angry.“When it comes down to your livelihood, your work, putting food on the table, paying your rent, you’re afraid to mention something because you may be blackballed,” Rodriquez said.Many said the recent allegations are not that shocking but they are down right shameful.“How much would you sacrifice of yourself to get what you always wanted. And when you get it, is it really what you wanted? That’s the sad part,” Johnson said.If you are interested in seeing Washington’s film, “She’s Got a Plan,” it premieres Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Thalian Black Theater.last_img read more