Below is a look at some of the people involved in this morning’s tech bus blockade at 24th Street and Valencia. Mission Local was unable to talk to any of the Apple workers – none left the bus while it was barricaded, and two slipped onboard without giving comments.

Each protester offers his or her opinion as to how this morning’s protest helps address the growing eviction and affordability crisis in San Francisco.

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  1. I’m sorry, I missed the part in this where the protestors acknowledged that people just trying to go to their jobs at Apple are in less of a position to do anything than the politicians and Mayor Ed Lee, who are all in bed with the uber-wealthy developers in this city. I fail to understand why these protestors think that someone else having a good job is a bad thing, unless they have sour grapes. Protest on the steps of City Hall. Protest in the front lawns of the homes of wealthy developers. But blocking someone’s transportation to and from work? That’s just mean and obnoxious.

    It should also be noted that not every business gets to stay in business forever, and while it sucks to see one’s business fail, that doesn’t mean it’s the fault of some unrelated 28-yr-old computer coder who has a job working for the company who makes the products that you probably use in your store.

    Also, Mission Local, it’s time for you to start offering more even-handed reporting on this subject. Either you offer legitimate news by presenting ALL sides of these issues, or you acknowledge that you are an activist rag, not a real news source with impartial journalism.

    1. Like the Wall Street Journal isn’t an activist rag?

      Newspapers have been partisan for centuries, though I haven’t found MissionLocal to be particularly leftist. Covering a protest is not an endorsement. Where is the editorial voice in the text above?

      It’s a myth that a story can be covered from “ALL sides.” That’s as suspect as insisting Creationism have equal time in science class.

      I believe a related piece here found Apple employees unwilling to speak.

      1. Of course a story can be covered from both sides.

        Interview a tenant and then interview their landlord.

        Interview a protester and then interview a google employee.

        Good reporting doesn’t take a side. It presents both sides and lets the reader decide who to support.

        1. They HAVE interviewed tech workers. Check back a few days. Also, watch the videos, the reporter is challenging the protestors. Geez, guys.

        2. Good reporting isn’t interested in “sides.” Do you think Pol Pot should have been interviewed whenever a journalist writes about his crimes?

          Good reporting is only interested in discovering facts. Facts don’t have “sides;” that is a FOX News invention. “Fair and balanced” is merely a mechanism for the powerful to limit the damage real reporting would do to their self-interests.

          1. If the facts were not in dispute, then you might have a point.

            But here they are in dispute. Tenants do not like to lose their subsidy – we all get that. but landlords should not be trapped giving de facto welfare to tenants forever either.

            That’s the problem with what you claim to be “facts” In reality, they are not facts at all, but subjective opinions

      2. By their definition, “activist rag” applies to any article that draws attention to landlord abuses, fraud in the housing racket, and the increasing devastating inequality caused by the very mechanisms that prop up the banker/developer/landlord/realtor complex.

          1. You know, John, I don’t like FOX, Red State, or Free Republic, but I go those sites and whine about how unfair they are.

            I’m okay with the existence of different outlets for different viewpoints. And there far more outlets for YOUR viewpoint than for mine. We don’t go pissing in your punchbowl; why do you have to piss in ours? What is it that makes you so uncomfortable with a fairly obscure blog that you have to blanket it with your opinions 24/7.

            There are many, many other news sources reporting stories in line with your views; why don’t you read them?

          2. I offer commentary here because i believe that most readers would rather hear both sides of a story rather than just one side.


    2. If you don’t like it, don’t read it, or even better, start your own blog.

      All you John, Bob, and ThatGuy are doing here is pissing in the punch bowl, because you are not comfortable with the attention that this story focuses on your own business practices.

      1. Wait, two beers, I thought your claim was that we’re the winners in this system, and that you are just fighting for the little man?

        Now you are saying that it is us who want to change the world?

        Which is it?

        1. I think you’re plenty happy with the world just the way it is. But why not grab just a little more, and eliminate rent control? Who cares if it puts seniors and the handicapped on the streets? They should move where it’s more affordable,and let you make _even more_ money.

          So, yeah, you’re fighting to protect the status quo, so any unpleasant stories about landlord abuse must be squashed, right?

          But we can make that status quo even more profitable (at the cost of human misery), so maybe we can make that little change, eh?

          It’s a win-win for you, John!

          1. two beers, can you describe a compromize that you would be willing to make to stop all Ellis evictions?

            Example. Maybe allow a LL a minimum ROI in return for no Ellis? Or exempting buildings where the owner lives there? Or an option for a tenant to agree to pay more rent in return for a long-term lease?

            Instead of just attacking LL’s., why not get creative and conjure up a win-win scenario where everyone gets something?

  2. Paula Tejeda: go back to business school. You’re a complete embarrassment to other small business owners.

    1. I think she’s a little more qualified than you to speak as a small business owner. Er, she is one.

      Is it conceivable, against all your free-market religiosity, that extreme social Darwinism is possibly bad for local biz?

    2. Paula is a great business owner and was an awesome neighbor when I could afford to live in SF. People like you are the reason that bricks get thrown through windows.

  3. “Mission Local believes that by covering a neighborhood fairly and thoroughly, we can build community and a sustainable model for quality journalism.”


      1. There’s not much reason for him to expound on the many rightwing pro-landlord echo chambers; it makes more financial sense for him to come here where he can try to shut down discussion of the landlord abuses, gentrification, and eviction that characterize his business model.

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