0% Tags: crimes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Alejandro “Alex” Nieto was shot and killed on top of Bernal Hill by members of the San Francisco Police Department on March 21, 2014. “Starting March 1, all of the officers will have to undergo direct and cross examination, as well as the witnesses,” said Bac Sierra. “The supposed “scientific evidence” will be scrutinized, and the public will be allowed to hear the facts in this case without a distortion of only the police narrative.”Nieto was reportedly eating a burrito on top of Bernal Hill before beginning his shift at a local nightclub on the evening he was killed. Police confronted him following a call by a dog walker who claimed that Nieto was “flashing a gun.” The encounter proved fatal when the officers allegedly mistook the Taser for a firearm. As a professional security guard Nieto was legally permitted to carry a Taser. Nieto’s autopsy report, released six months after the 28-year-old’s death, revealed that he was shot at least 15 times – and the family’s representatives said that approximately 48 bullets were fired by four police officers that evening. Bac Sierra said the evidence will show a set of Taser timestamps, which document the times at which the taser that Nieto allegedly pointed at the involved officers – prompting them to open fire – was activated. “The City is failing to mention that these timestamps they rely upon are actually a set of recalculated timestamps, that differ from those an expert initially reported to the city,” said Bac Sierra.Benjamin Bac Sierra (second from right) called a federal district judge’s decision to proceed with a civll trial in the case of Alex Nieto’s death “a victory.” Photo by Laura WaxmannIn a letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr in February, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon’s investigation found that Nieto’s Taser was activated three times – his office decided not to press criminal charges against the officers. “The district attorney works for the city of San Francisco, and so does the SFPD. So to me, in some sense, they are trying to reduce liability,” said Patrick Buelna, of John Burris Law Offices. “Day to day, the district attorney asks the police to help them to prosecute crimes. So when police commit a crime, he can’t all of a sudden flip roles.”Civil rights attorney John Burris, whose offices are representing the Nieto family, said they wanted a criminal trial. “There were nearly 50 shots fired – none by Nieto. They essentially shot a person a number of times, continued to shoot after reloading their guns, under circumstances where he was unarmed. To me that’s unconscionable and its criminal conduct – these officers should have been prosecuted.”In August 2015, the police department closed its homicide investigation of the four officers involved in the shooting, determining that they acted within department policy.But Bac Sierra and the family’s attorney, Adante Pointer, said that major discrepancies in the police narrative are motivating the civil lawsuit, which was first filed in August 2014.Pointer explained that when the Taser allegedly used in the incident was inspected by its manufacturer, Taser International – an expert with no prior knowledge of the case produced timestamps that “did not match up” with the police’s account of when the Taser was activated during the incident.“Timestamps work much like a phone’s call log. When they were inspected, they didn’t correlate with the time that officers say the taser was used while they confronted Nieto,” said Pointer. He added that a lieutenant for the District Attorney requested that the Taser employee recalculate the timestamps, stating that “Somebody’s story didn’t match up.” The district attorney’s office did not return calls for comment. At the press conference, Bac Sierra also revealed that a “neutral third party witness” has delivered sworn testimony that Nieto never brandished or activated a Taser at officers. The eye witness decided to step forward because “the truth weighed heavily on his conscience,” stated Bac Sierra. “We wouldn’t be out here if we didn’t think we had a strong case,” said Pointer, who estimates that the trial will last 2-3 weeks. “This may be the last and best opportunity for the family to get justice and for the community to understand what the true facts are.”Pointer stated that once the case goes to trial, the jury will decide on the monetary recovery for the family. The San Francisco City Attorney’s office did not comment on the lawsuit. As Nieto’s supporters chanted “Amor for Alex,” at Monday’s press conference, his mother looked on, quietly.“I hope that there will be justice for my son,” said Elvira Nieto. “And that no other family has to experience what we experienced.” The civil lawsuit against the city and county of San Francisco for the incident in which officers shot and killed Alex Nieto in 2014 will go to trial on March 1, 2016, according to Benjamin Bac Sierra, a Nieto family friend and City College instructor. Bac Sierra made the announcement at a press conference held on Monday in front of the Phillip Burton Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. He called the development in the case “a victory.”“A full-blown trial in court, in front of jurors, means that there is enough evidence that Alex’s case could not be dismissed as a matter of law,” said Bac Sierra. On November 6, a federal district judge rejected a summary judgement motion by the city that aimed to dismiss the wrongful death suit brought by Nieto’s parents.
“El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido” at “Monster in the Mission” protest for 100% affordable housing on-site pic.twitter.com/hlgV33t6Vq— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) June 9, 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Ostensibly there to address the environmental impact of the project, speaker after speaker chose instead to speak of gentrification, displacement, and shadow in a bid to convince commissioners to kill the project when it eventually goes for approval.“The environmental impact report doesn’t talk about the effects of displacement, specifically [single-room occupancy] tenants,” said Chirag Bhakta, a principal opponent of the project and member of the Mission SRO Collaborative. Bhakta said several SROs in the area of 16th and Mission have been renovated and now use some of their rooms for high-end tourists, which he fears could lead to the displacement of the low-income and rent-controlled tenants in those hotels.Such hotels are allowed to keep a portion of their units for tourist rooms, but Bhakta fears the demand for the tourist rooms will lead SROs to illegally convert their non-tourist residential rooms — usually occupied by low-income tenants.“This is an impact, it’s a socioeconomic impact caused by luxury development,” he said.Mock-up of the 6-10 story building at 1979 Mission St., as seen from the corner of 16th and Mission.Larry Del Carlo, the community liaison for Maximus, fought back against attempts to characterize the project as a displacement bomb and echoed praise for the transit-rich location.“This particular project is not displacing any residents,” he said. “This project is very much needed in San Francisco, because of the amount of housing it provides in a transit rich area.”And Jonathan Bonato, a San Francisco resident who said he was homeless for years and used to live a few blocks from the project site, said he welcomed the new development and thought it might transform a crime-heavy area.“I didn’t appreciate the crime [when I lived in the Mission]. Just this week there was a murder at 16th and Mission,” he said, referring to a fatal stabbing on Sunday. “I think we need to not be afraid of change, otherwise we’re going to be left behind as a third world country in San Francisco.”That was met with boos and hisses from audience members, many of whom belonged to the Mission SRO Collaborative.Displacement WoesSome 50 opponents to the project held a press conference on the City Hall steps ahead of the hearing, saying the development would exacerbate gentrification in the Mission District, particularly in an area near single-room occupancy hotels, a homeless shelter, and cheap grocery and liquor stores.Latonya Jones, a member of the Mission SRO Collaborative and an SRO tenant herself, said market-rate housing in the Mission District would first affect “the poor, the working class community” in the area. She said rooms in SROs around 16th and Mission are disappearing rapidly to home sharing platforms like Airbnb. She said a new market-rate development could spur tourism interest in the area and accelerate the illegal conversion of residential rooms into tourist rooms.At least one SRO hotel in the area — the Hotel Tropica at 663 Valencia St. — advertises several listings on Airbnb going from $198 a night for a one-bedroom to $298 a night for a two-bedroom. Several more — like the Hotel Sunrise at 447 Valencia St. and the Union Hotel at 2030 Mission St. — can be found on other hotel rental sites for about $100 a night.“This city is disappearing and it’s not for us,” said Jones. “It’s for Google, it’s for the big people.”“We will be gone if that monster gets built,” said Laura Guzman, the director of homeless services at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center three blocks from the project site. Guzman said she was particularly concerned with the number of homeless people who convene in the area, saying gentrification would pose a mortal threat.“Our homeless community will be displaced, will be gone, will be killed,” she said. Don’t Cast a ShadowMirroring a move made in the Bryant Street case, activists on Thursday proposed an alternative for the site at 16th and Mission and called the fully affordable project — which would also transform the 16th Street Bart Plaza into a park — the “Marvel in the Mission.” The idea of towering complexes in the middle of the Mission District — two of the buildings in the current proposal will be 10 stories and another five stories — is concerning for opponents because of a shadow that would be cast on the playground of Marshall Elementary School nearby. The developer has agreed to raise the school’s playground by 15 feet to mitigate the impact, but opponents are still resistant. “In reality it’s a big monster that’s going to affect the health of our kids,” said Guillermina Castellanos, a grandmother of students at the elementary school. “It’s not just my grandchildren, it’s the kids of many families that are going to be affected by this monster.”The 7-10 story building on 16th Street Street as seen from 16th and Mission.The alternative proposal — presented to the Planning Commission after the rally outside City Hall — was true to those concerns and suggested that two of the buildings be lowered to eight stories and that a third go to two stories. That would likely shave off dozens of units from the total, though activists did not give a unit count for their proposal.“Over here, we have a community center, we have open space, we have a plaza where the needs of the existing residents and people who already hang out there are recognized,” said Maria Zamudio, a principal opponent of the project with Causa Justa. “And importantly, no shadow impact on Marshall School.”The project still needs final approval from the Planning Commission, but few expect this to go quickly or smoothly. Mock-up of the 4-5 story building on Capp Street. 0% The first volleys were fired in a renewed Mission District housing battle on Thursday, as dozens of activists rallied at City Hall against a recently-resurrected housing project at 16th and Mission that would be the largest planned for the neighborhood.It’s been just a week since the last pitched battle over housing in the neighborhood — a months-long affair concerning a 335-unit housing project on Bryant Street — ended in a loss for activists when the project was approved by the Planning Commission, though not without significant concessions from the developer.But activists are back on the offensive, with some of the same opponents to the Bryant Street project vocal on Thursday in a fight against the so-called “Monster in the Mission,” a 380-unit development at 16th and Mission at 1979 Mission St.The project — developed by Maximus Real Estate Partners — would also create a ground-floor market-place and house other businesses in three mixed-use buildings rising around the northeast Bart plaza on the corner.
Email Address A 2015 protest against Anne Kihagi. Photo by Allen Timon via Onpublica.1. SF goes after city’s cruelest landlord, snatching away her rent paymentsFrom AMR’s Facebook page.2. Prop 11: Ambulance company has spent nearly $22M on state ballot measure that could shield it from lawsuits, save it millions 3. SF protesters say no to “techsploitation,” block buses with scootersMark Farrell is sworn in as interim mayor by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, as he stands with his wife and children at City Hall after being voted interim mayor by the board of supervisors, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo by Santiago Mejia (Hearst Corporation).4. Mark Farrell is your new mayor — and pandemonium ensuesTweet by Jack Morse of kickballers who appear to be employees of video platform Twitch.5. Kickballers try to boot denizens out of SF’s Dolores Park; hilarity ensuesLondon Breed and Mark Leno are locked in a scintillating race. Photos by Mallory Newman.6. Election 2018: Counting the votes for mayor — London Breed extends lead to 1,861 as provisional ballots do not break Mark Leno’s wayWould-be developer Robert Tillman has filed suit after the city thwarted his plans to develop this laundromat into an eight-story residential tower. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.7. The strange and terrible saga of San Francisco’s ‘historic laundromat’ represents the worst of planning and development in this town 9. SF teacher says she was tricked into ‘I Am Not a Monster’ BART campaign10. Carlos Gutierrez, mentor to troubled youth, dies at 38 8. Scooters are the mess that San Francisco made for itself Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter This year, Mission Local’s coverage broadened to cover citywide issues and further inform the hottest conversations in the neighborhood. New managing editor Joe Eskenazi — the main culprit for the expansion — topped the ranks of this year’s most-read articles with the bizarre saga of “San Francisco’s cruelest landlord,” Anne Kihagi.Equally important, but fairly undercovered in the state, was Eric Murphy’s stripping of California Prop. 11 to its sole donor: a for-profit ambulance company slated to save millions from it.The death of Mayor Ed Lee and the long election season that followed also brought all sorts of controversy, as did the appearance of electric scooters, and residents’ concern about what the “tech takeover” of the Mission.Mission Local had more than two million unique visitors in 2018, up by 15 percent from 2017.
“San Francisco has never been afraid to lead,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement after last week’s preliminary full board vote to ban the sale and manufacturing of e-cigarettes, which passed unanimously 11-0. “E-cigarettes are a product that, by law, are not allowed on the market without FDA review. For some reason, the FDA has so far refused to follow the law. Now, youth vaping is an epidemic. If the federal government is not going to act to protect our kids, San Francisco will,” Herrera said. The board’s rationale for supporting the ban is clear: Protecting the health of millions of young people who are increasingly becoming hooked on nicotine seems like a no-brainer. But opponents of the ordinance fear that banning e-cigarettes could hurt both adults who are trying to quit smoking by vaping, and small businesses whose revenue is dependent on the sale of these products. Small mom-and-pop business owners in the city, and the Mission in particular, are devastated by the vote, especially if it is passed without any amendments or tangible steps for mitigation.Moe Mohomed, an employee of Smoker Friendly, a shop at Mission and 16th streets, said that last year’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes profoundly hurt his business’ bottom line. He said his brother Abdul, who is the owner, told him that profits went down by “probably 30 to 50 percent.”When asked how the current ban would affect Smoker Friendly, Mohomed said, “I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s going to survive.” Mohomed previously worked as a driver for Uber, but didn’t find it as profitable as he had hoped. He has been working at Smoker Friendly with his brother for about a year now, and isn’t sure what he will do if the business is forced to close. Nearly 800 businesses in San Francisco sell e-cigarettes. And Abdul Mohomed is one of many small-business owners who are worried for their businesses. In a press release from the Arab-American Grocers Association, grocer Rokia Sharifi said, “After last year’s ban, we lost $1,500 a day,” adding that he’d predict this new ban could cause a loss of up to $500 per day. “The store will not be able to break even if this most recent proposed ban passes. There is nothing else at this point I can bring in to make up for the loss of sales.”The not-so-small San Francisco business that will be hurt by the ban: JUUL Labs, which controls nearly three-quarters of the e-cig market, and whose stated mission is to help adults quit smoking by developing a “satisfying alternative to cigarettes.” It’s responsible for the most popular form the e-cigarette; Juul, an unassuming device the size of a thumb drive, as sleek as an Apple product, and decidedly appealing to youth. Until now, JUUL has thrived in the Bay Area and beyond: Its revenue in 2018 was $2 billion.In this past year, JUUL executives have struck a conciliatory tone, promising that they never meant for teens to use their products. JUUL sent Mission Local a statement on Monday that it shares the board’s goal to keep tobacco and vapor products out of the hands of anyone under 21 — which is why it stopped selling the teen-friendly flavored products (mango! cucumber!), enhanced its online age-verification, and shut down its social media sites. Still, JUUL unsurprisingly objects to San Francisco’s pending ban. “The prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers, even though they kill 40,000 Californians every year,” said the statement. The proposed bill is not retroactive, so JUUL will still be allowed to manufacture but not sell its products in San Francisco. As for Abdul and Rokia and other small shops, their biggest hope of continued livelihood is a proposed working group to address mitigating losses. According to Rokia, this includes reassessing the Cigarette Litter Abatement Fee; the 85 cents per pack of cigarettes sold that every retailer has to pay to the city. It also includes a proposed tobacco license buy-back program for businesses who may no longer profit from having the license, and potentially allocating more funds to the Healthy Retail SF Program, a city initiative that incentivizes corner stores into becoming places where healthy, fresh food is sold — so they don’t have to rely on the sales of e-cigarettes. Nicolas Cristobal, a manager at Cannabis Boutique on Mission street, said the ban isn’t expected to hurt dispensaries because they don’t have a tobacco license or sell e-cigarettes. But as a smoker, he says he doesn’t think the bill cracks down on underage vaping in exactly the right way.“It’s a double-edged sword,” he said. “I don’t want little kids smoking. But adults should be able to make their own choices.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address A walk down Mission street is a tour of nearly a dozen smoke and vape shops, mostly immigrant-owned. Nearly all sell a hip alternative to cigarettes: a battery-operated device that emits doses of vaporized nicotine for the user to inhale. But not for long.This afternoon, the Board of Supervisors is expected to vote its final approval of a citywide ban on the sale, manufacturing and distribution of all e-cigarettes — a move Mayor London Breed has said she’ll sign into law. This ordinance would make San Francisco the first city in the nation to take such drastic measures against “vaping,” a practice that is marginally healthier than old-school smoking, but still highly addictive because it delivers nicotine. The vote comes on the heels of a previous city ban on flavored e-cigarettes that passed last year. Brought forth by Supervisor Shamann Walton, the latest e-cigarette legislation is meant to further protect public health, and teens especially, who are increasingly vaping at such a rate as to be classified as an “epidemic” by the surgeon general. More than three million American high school students used e-cigarettes in 2018. And between 2017 and 2018, teens increased their usage by 78 percent, according to 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data. Once signed by the mayor, the ban will take seven months to go into effect.
ROYCE Simmons reckons this Friday’s Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants will be a real test of mental strength for his side.Saints were edged by Wigan in the Carnegie Challenge Cup on Saturday and have a short turnaround to prepare for the visit of Nathan Brown’s team.Both sides are separated by just a point too – adding more spice to the contest.“We’re all very disappointed about the match and now have to put that game behind us and get on with the Huddersfield match this Friday,” Simmons said. “We were all gutted we haven’t beaten Wigan. Even though we had senior players injured and they were very courageous to play we still thought we would win.“We defended so well for so long but two of their tries came from dummy half and that is basic stuff. We had good defence on the edges and controlled them well but let in a couple of soft tries.“We missed a few opportunities in the first half because our execution wasn’t quite right. You only get a couple of opportunities when you play a side like Wigan and you have to take them.“We have reviewed the match and have looked at the positives we can take from it. If we had selected our pass a little better we could have scored in the first half and that would have made a big difference.“But we now need to move on. As a coach you worry about if the players are deflated from the game – especially as we have a short turnaround. If we still feel sorry for ourselves we are going to go down the tube two weeks in a row.“But I think we are tough enough to deal with defeats like this. We have players here who have been there and done it. Some have won cups and Grand Finals… we aren’t a team of rookies after all.“Myself as a coach I have been there before too and done it. I can’t mope about the place; I need to get going and get the lads going too. We need to be mentally tough and good to go again. But we know it will be a real test of character for our side.“They took themselves to the heights to prepare to play a team like Wigan and they have to do it again.”He continued: “We have a lot to play for this week. We can be down and disappointed or we can say we are playing this week and it’s Paul Wellens’ 400 game for the club; a bloke that all the players love playing with as he competes every time he goes out on the field.“I can’t get my head around playing 400 games. I played about 250 and I can’t walk! He has played so long for one club and been part of so many victories, cups and Grand Finals. That alone should be enough for the boys to bust their arses to get the win.“There’s also the chance for third spot and we are on SKY TV too. It is the chance to show people around the world what a great rugby league side we have here.“I’d like to thank all the supporters for turning up at Warrington like they did and the atmosphere they brought, it was tremendous and the players appreciated it.“I know they have spent a lot of money and have to travel to Widnes but I think we should have a big big lot of that stadium full for when a guy like Paul Wellens plays his 400th game.“I know it is hard back to back to pay for tickets and things like that, but I just think it is a very special moment that should be celebrated.“It is very special and it would be good if we could have a great atmosphere there with a lot of people there.”Although James Graham and James Roby played injured last week – both are expected to play against Huddersfield on Friday after their problems began to ease.But Jonny Lomax, Chris Flannery and Tommy Makinson won’t feature as they suffered dead legs in the defeat.Kyle Eastmond won’t be back either as he has a groin problem.“Tom Armstrong – he’s been on the dual register at Leigh – will come and play for us and Andy Dixon will come into contention,” Simmons added. “Gary Wheeler came through his under 20s test last week – his first game back for 14/15 weeks – and he will come into contention for selection on the bench. Lee Gaskell naturally will be the half to come back in.“James Graham is a bit better this week too – his back as I said wasn’t too great last week and he has had concussion as well. I have spoken to Stuart Cummings as he is copping a few around the melon from game to game.“I asked him to have a little look at it and they said they are on to it.”Tickets for Friday’s game are now on sale from the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com
ROYCE Simmons expected a hard battle at London Broncos and got one as Saints came out on top 34-24 at the Stoop on Saturday afternoon.The lead changed hands several times before James Roby popped up five minutes from time to seal an opening day win.“It was a hard battle,” Simmons said. “They’ve recruited well in the off season and have two good hookers and a really good pack of forwards. I thought the conditions suited them as they would like to get us into a forward battle. Added to that their ball completion in the first half was sensational as was their kicking game too.“We had to pull ourselves together to get out of it. Our kicking game wasn’t as long as it should have been and that meant they were bringing the ball back because our on field position wasn’t great.“But in the end we got some repeat sets in the second half and that won us the game really.”He continued: “Our play the balls weren’t the best and that was because we ran one out a little bit and that meant they could put men in the tackle and slow the ball down. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us.“I thought Andy Dixon went well – he’s worked hard in his game and has brought a lot of extras to his game. He’s running a good lines, is bending his back and is straightening people up in his defence.“The new signings did well and they are continuing to learn the way our team plays. Anthony Laffranchi put in a lot of good carries and like Mark Flanagan does the little things right. They tackle well and don’t give away a lot of penalties.“Lance has been playing hooker in the NRL and has been training at half with us and doing a lot of kicking. Paul Wellens wasn’t quite ready today so he moved to full back and he’s catching bombs. His adaptability is very valuable to us.”
SAINTS travel to Catalan Dragons on June 14 and we have once again linked up with our official transport provider Hatton’s Travel and Catalan Sports Tours to offer two great trips.Hatton’s tour leaves on June 11 and offers an overnight stay in Southern Paris as well as three nights in Perpignan.Details:June 11 – 16 2014B&B overnight accommodation in Southern Paris outbound & returnThree nights B&B at the Ibis Perpignan CentreTickets not included for game £389 ppTo book contact Hattons on 0845 291 5631.Catalan Sports Tours Trip is:Thursday June 12:Depart Liverpool 07.05Met on arrival and transferred to hotel3 nights including breakfast at 4* Fenals Garden Hotel Lloret de Mar Matchday transfers includedMatch tickets includedSunday June 15:Transfer to Barcelona AirportDepart 22.45 and arrive Liverpool 00.15Cost £ 449 per person (based on twin / double share)For further details telephone 01925 589008.Tickets for the match will be onsale from the Ticket Office shortly.
THE Fourth Annual St Helens Autism Support Bike Ride will get underway tomorrow when a team of 15 will be jetting off to Amsterdam to commence this year’s challenge.The trip starts with the team pedalling out of Amsterdam in Holland before they head south to cross the bridges in the cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen.It will then continue to Rotterdam where a ferry will then take them to Hull to complete the UK leg back to St Helens.The trip of around 340 miles will be completed on Bank Holiday Monday when the cyclists will be greeted by family and supporters back at the Gerrard Arms. The team is hoping to raise as much money as possible to benefit those locally who have a diagnosis on the Autistic Spectrum.St. Helens Autism Support is a registered charity started in February 2013.Its aim is to raise funds and awareness of Autism and the implications of the condition, and to support initiatives that will improve life chances for people diagnosed with the condition.This year’s goals include the development of a central Community Centre in St Helens, which will be specifically tailored to support the autistic community of St Helens and to offer guidance and assistance to their families and carers.Previous initiatives have included the provision of iPads and similar devices to children in the borough affected by Autism.With the funds raised from this event and the kind donation and partnership formed with the Saints, SaS are hoping to make the Community Centre a reality.
SAINTS welcome Castleford Tigers to the Totally Wicked Stadium this afternoon in a Round 10 Betfred Super League clash.The game kicks off at 3pm and you can follow it live with us.For all the very latest from the match log on to our Official Match Centre.You can interact with like-minded fans across the globe at our Official Facebook Page and don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter.#saintsasone
Justin Holbrook’s side will take on Widnes Vikings at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on Saturday May 19 (3pm).The match will kick off the annual jamboree which sees six games take place in one venue over two days.Saints will be hoping for a Magic return after beating Hull FC 45-0 at the event in 2017; Holbrook’s first game in charge.Magic Weekend has been held in Newcastle every year since 2015 and has drawn in the three highest attendances for the weekend since the event began in 2007.Saturday’s other games see Castleford Tigers take on Leeds Rhinos (7:30pm) following Wigan’s game with Warrington at 5:15pm.Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons will kick off the second day when they go head-to-head for the first time in the event’s history at 1.00pm.Wakefield Trinity then take on Huddersfield Giants at 3.15pm, before Hull KR make their highly anticipated return to Magic Weekend against derby rivals Hull FC, bringing the curtain down on an action-packed weekend at 5.30pm.Tickets for the Magic Weekend in Newcastle are now on sale – with 2018 Members receiving a 50 per cent discount on prices.They are priced at:Members:Daily: £19 (adult), £9.50 (conc) – East Stand / £12.50 & £6.25 – Leazes Stand. Weekend: £28 & £14 – East Stand / £20 & £10 – Leazes Stand.Non-Members:Daily: £38 & £19 – East Stand / £25 & £12.50 – Leazes Stand. Weekend: £56 & £28 – East Stand / £40 & £20 – Leazes Stand.Coach travel is available priced at £22.50 for 2018 Members and £23.50 for Non-Members. It will leave the Totally Wicked Stadium at 9am.Tickets are now on sale form the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Fixtures:Saturday May 19 Widnes Vikings v St Helens (15.00) Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (17.15) Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (19.30)Sunday May 20 Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons (13.00) Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants (15.15) Hull KR v Hull FC (17.30)