LIVE: Anti-Evictions Protest on 24th Street

Photo by Daniel Hirsch

Photo by Daniel Hirsch

Welcome to Mission Local’s live coverage of today’s anti-evictions protest along 24th Street, which kicks off at 2 p.m. at 24th and Hampshire. The march, put on by a cross section of residents, merchants, local organizations and artists, comes in response to a rising number of evictions along 24th Street.

More well-known evictions of residents including artist René Yañez and the Lee family put a face on an issue that seems to be growing. As Mission Local’s Dorothy Atkins reported, between March 1, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013, the number of eviction notices filed with the San Francisco Rent Board jumped 26 percent compared to the previous year, according to the board’s annual eviction report. The number of landlords who evicted tenants using the Ellis Act, which allows building owners to evict residents provided they evict all tenants in the building and as long as owners keep apartments off the market for five years, rose 81 percent.

The protest will move along 24th from Hampshire to Mission Street. We’ll be covering it the whole way, so if you can’t make it in person, Mission Local has you covered.

42 Comments

  1. Bob

    Sorry, but having a rally so the Yanez family can keep TWO $450 flats seems outrageous to me. And why is Local’s Corner a target? Nobody was evicted there. This whole protest smacks of anti-white racism.

    • endangered species

      Wrong. A small grocery was evicted (priced-out = eviction for commercial space) from the space where “Locals” Corner resides.

      Furthermore, within months of this yup eatery’s opening, the Million Fishes artists collective across the street (Bryant and 23rd) was evicted, and is now some sort of techie office.

      Furthermore, 100 feet from said eatery, at Florida and 23rd, an entire large apartment building of HUMAN BEINGS with LIVES just like yours is being evicted. Good luck to them finding new homes within 20 miles at thrice the price! No big deal, right bob? They can just make new friends and find new jobs there.

      Restaurants like “Locals” Corner with its polished wine glasses neatly arrayed on the linen, act as greed force-fields. Make no mistake: they are the first step in the economic and class cleansing of the area.

      Anti white racism? Are you serious? Latinos are disproportionately impacted by this wave of evictions, which smacks of the old fashion kind of racism.

      • HoofHearted

        There is a Vietnamese community in the Tenderloin and Bayview. Both areas aren’t great, but they are affordable and within 20 miles. That’s what that community did. Frankly, I think if these people stopped whinging, they’d be surprised that there are other options. Oh, and there’s a place called Oakland too.

        • It's All For My Town

          There is a Vietnamese community in the Tenderloin soon to be Ellis Acted out so the greedy landlord can sell it to some newly minted Twatter multi-millionaire and there is a Vietnamese community in the Bayview that are soon to be Ellis Acted out to clear the way for some Willie Brown-backed re-devo bullshit.

        • CorazondeSF

          Yes, there is a place called Oakland… across the bridge where many former local SF residents have been forced to move due to the city rents rising like high tides. I would like you also to take a moment to consider that there is also a place where we locals who were born and raised in this city call “home.” When our families have our homes pulled out from under us due to a trend in high salaries in the tech industry, who suffers? We do…we lare literally in mourning of our homes which have been killed and ripped away from us…a common occurrence if you look back in history… gentrification: the takeover of community and businesses by wealthier newcomers at the expense of the working class and local community forcing them out of their own homes. Gentrification changes a place, the local latino culture is at the heart of the mission…in the last 10 years i have seen the heart of this neighborhood melt away. We deserve to keep our home and our culture as much as anyone else! Viva el corazon de la mission!

    • godzuki

      Just using the phrase “Anti-White Racism” speaks volumes about the mentality and politics of “new San Franciscans”. Fox News would be proud.

    • Wendy

      As a white person who was part of the march, I feel so disheartened by these comments. The march was inclusive for any of us who felt the pain and loss of seeing so many members of our community evicted, many of them elderly, some of them on the streets now. Also, Local’s Corner was targeted because of a specific racial profiling incident, the cancer survivor who was told that her group “couldn’t be accommodated” spoke when the march stopped there. Speaking of “other options” to someone who has roots in a strong community with a strong sense of place is unfeeling. The amount that rental prices (and other prices) have increased have resulted in a sense of ethnic cleansing in the Mission, I’m not saying that that’s the intent, but that’s what’s happening. And it’s very painful. I’ve lived here for 30 years, through many changes, and have never seen one that’s felt so threatening to the heart and soul of what makes the Mission the Mission.

  2. SFAdri

    I’m with Bob 100%. “La Mision “should be recognized as a “Latino neighborhood and “no tech workers” in the Mission are among the demands? This is hateful, exclusive, mean-spirited, ugly, and desperate.

  3. Carlos

    Question: Aren’t there are any Latino/Hispanic tech workers???

  4. HoofHearted

    “Our Mission .. ” and “Indigenous to the Mission” – are you serious? You know, regular hard working Americans bare and grin it, and move to Oakland.

    • missionite

      Hard working Americans fight for their rights and not get moved around like cattle.

      • Truth

        I’m pretty sure there is no such right. For every right, there must be a corresponding obligation … but I guess not everyone went to law school here.

        • endangered species

          Rights are human constructs, and the 67% of San Franciscans who rent can demand whatever rights they wish, including commercial and residential rent freezes and prohibitions of evictions.

          Property rights are NOT absolute and unchangeable. For example, the 1% used to have the right to own human beings, until the will of the majority changed that.

          The majority are victims in a stealth-mode class war, not only in SF, but across the country. They have been sitting there taking it because they have been brainwashed into passivity. But there’s only so much they can be squeezed before waking up and demanding their rights as the majority (this was a democracy last time I checked).

  5. Official Dogma of the San Francisco Rent Control Cult….

    1. Landlords are more evil than child molesters, serial killers and rapists… COMBINED!

    2. We demonize landlords to make it socially acceptable to strip them of their property and reposition it for our personal use. (Just how the Nazi’s started out initially with the Jews, before they upped the ante and started gassing them)

    3. We use the canard of “Compassion” to try and shame and make others think it’s amoral to control and use the property they are the rightful owners of. That by our theft and seizure of their property, they magically become “good” people. (this does not work well with anyone who has brains, but luckily for us there are plenty who don’t).

    • endangered species

      Since you are a firm believer in absolute property rights, how would you feel if some billionaire, say Larry Ellison, bought every farm in the world and charged so much for food that you starved?

      Don’t like it? Too bad. He’s the rightful owner of those farms and can control and use them as he wishes.

      • Blurpy

        He could only buy up all those farms if someone sold it to him.

        And what’s to stop a bunch of people from getting together and growing their own food?

  6. Schlub

    Jeez, judging by this blog post there were thousands in this march. There weren’t.

    I saw it go by down 24th st and there were maybe 100 people at most, not even a full block’s worth. And it came off as a bunch of people shouting, not really making much sense.

    I dunno, this cause seems a bit futile, as much as I feel for the folks effected by it (including myself). Economic laws of supply and demand can’t really be so simply “marched” against. Rent control is a big problem in this city, and gentrification is a natural and healthy part of any urban growth.

    What’s with MissionLocal doing such an oddly imbalanced report?

    • endangered species

      Why complain about the small size of the crowd? Hardly anyone knew about it in advance. It’s a small inexperienced grass-roots effort. (the real estate pumping SF Chronicle sure isn’t going to get the word out)

      SF is 2/3 renters, so gentrification is a HUGE issue. Housing profiteering is pure sleaze and it turns lives upside down, and people who have been remarkably patient up to this point are getting fed up. How is covering this issue “oddly imbalanced”?

      A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

      • Schlub

        Not complaining about the crowd size – just reporting it accurately, unlike the article above. Lots of people knew about this in advance – there was a lot of flyers and emails and whatnot in the ‘hood.

        My point is that it’s a sad response to the reality of the situation. SF economy is booming, housing is turning over and there’s a whole new reality here in a very desirably city with a huge infrastructural change underway. Folks who are getting squeezed out would be better served to think about the why of what’s happening and begin to think about how to deal with it realistically.

    • missionite

      The crowd was over 400…pictures speak a thousand words and those people shouting could poosible save your butt. It seems you have no idea about organizing and how it works. You should also look up the word “Gentrification” to get an education. Great job Mission Local!

      • Schlub

        Missionite, gentrification is the natural result of the current economic situation in San Francisco – you need to wake up to the reality. Actually, you don’t – you can continue to pretend that protests like this will do anything, it’s certainly your choice. It’s a bit like keeping your head in the sand.

        A small protest like this can be cathartic and all, but it’s ultimately pretty pointless. Shouting people who’re complaining about the reality of rising rents won’t save anyone’s butt. You should look up the words “Supply and Demand”, and then “Capitalism” while you’re at it. Doesn’t make me any happier than you – just how it is.

        • Blurpy

          They could always focus their rage towards City Hall and the Board of Supervisors, try to get some new laws passed.

          • Schlub

            You’re right, that would be a lot more useful. Still, rent control as it stands remains a seriously formidable problem in this city, so I doubt the city can do very much.

        • landline

          There is nothing “natural” about human activity leading to speculation, rent hyperinflation, involuntary displacement, eviction for profit, and economic cleansing.

          You should look up the word “natural.”

  7. It's All For My Town

    And it’s all for my town, my one and only town,
    It’s all for my own San Francisco,
    If they think it’s all ‘For Sale’, then let’s show ‘em that they’ll fail,
    And raise our voices loud all together!

    Well, we all pay the rent, the risin’, risin’ rent,
    Here in our own San Francisco,
    But if only billionaires can live here payin’ theirs,
    Then you and me are going to have to wander!

    SInce it’s all for the town, our one and only town,
    It’s all for our own San Francisco,
    We won’t let them buy us out, that’s what it’s all about,
    And let our city disappear forever!

    Oh where’s City Hall, where we’re going to pay a call,
    And don’t they have a care for San Francisco?
    They just want to masturbate in their dream of Real Estate –
    We’re going to show them it’s not over!

    And it’s all for the streets, the lively, lively streets,
    It’s all for our own San Francisco,
    Where we live and work and play, but they’ll steal it all away,
    Unless we stand and shout out, “No!” together!

    They want to bring in chains, for their profits and their gains,
    They want to bring ‘em in to San Francisco,
    When they fill up all the space, you’re not goin’ to know the place,
    When it’s just like L.A. or Fresno!

    And it’s all about eviction in the City’s jurisdiction,
    When they won’t let you live in San Francisco,
    They use the Ellis Act, and they hope you’ll just get packed
    And disappear for good without a whimper!

    And it’s condo conversions, their favorite perversions
    They’re using to clear out San Francisco,
    With the longtime tenants gone, they can push their program on,
    Until you see your friends and neighbors never!

    It’s all for the loot that they steal and persecute
    Whoever tries to stay in San Francisco,
    And we’ll call a Spade a Spade when their jack is widely played,
    And never be distracted by their blather!

    If the Mayor of the town doesn’t care how it goes down,
    And the Supervisors sell out San Francisco,
    We’ll make the speculators see they have to go through you and me
    Before they can start construction on the corner!

    All the while they gentrify, as the City starts to die,
    We still won’t just say good bye to San Francisco,
    We will make our voices heard, so help us spread the word,
    And save our special City from the dumpster!

    It ain’t a new boutique or fancy restaurant we seek,
    When we go out in San Francisco,
    It’s our own community, where we have a right to be -
    So let ‘em hear it now and forever!

  8. randolph mortimer

    No pictures of the ‘All Whites Out Of The Mission Now’ signs?

    It’s a total whitewash, I tell ya.

    • missionite

      No, but alot of white folks in the march, including blacks, young and old, asians, gays, latinos, filipinos, families and more and oh yeah some techies all for the sake of helping each other out.

    • missionite

      If your a white person feeling sacared that your not wanted here, that’s the same feeling all other working class and middle class folks of all color feel when they could be evicted. That they are not wanted.

  9. From a native SF raised in the Mission (24 & Folsom) I was really brought to tears the first time I came back to the Mission. Born in the 60′s had to leave for personal reasons late 90′s. Came back to visit and I know something was totally different. I am white and that’s the first thing I noticed was all of these young white people walking around. Well if you know the real Mission I would have seen a kaleidoscope of people. My neighbors were from India, Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Mexico, etc. I do see some good changes, Mission playground and the kids park at Dolores are beautiful but the impression I got was it seems everyone wants to been “seen” in the Mission cause it is cool or something.That’s the vibe I get and of course the neighborhood as I knew it is slowly being replaced by something I think will look like Noe Valley with an Edge.

  10. Peter

    Keep in mind many property owners are faced with the max assessed value increase year after year and are forced to increase rents. Circa 2009-10 the assessor offered generous assessed value reductions but now they are increasing in one year the cumulative % increase over the few years values were reduced. So instead of a capped 2% increase it’s 3 years of max increases in one year. IIRC correctly it’s the lesser of 2% or some inflation rate figure a property’s assessed value can go up.

  11. randolph mortimer

    Those demands are hilarious. That HAS to be a troll.

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