Tag Archives: displacement

VIDEO: Ellis Act evictions at 23rd and Florida Streets

Ellis Act evictions are on the rise and in the news almost daily  – so much so that Mission Supervisor David Campos and Mayor Ed Lee have been proposing legislation to either ban them or make them more expensive for landlords. Here’s the personal story of tenants in one ten-unit Mission property at 23rd and Florida facing an Ellis Act...

Round Two: Activists To Protest Tech Bus Friday Morning

They’re back again. After attracting the national media spotlight this month by blocking a Google commuter bus in the city’s Mission District, housing rights activists showed up to once again protest a tech bus near the 24th Street BART station in San Francisco Friday morning. Organizers would only tell Mission Local on Thursday night that they’d target a bus from...

Valleywag: Do Anti-Tech Protests Still Matter?

Or so asks Kevin Montgomery, founder and editor of Uptown Almanac, in a post this afternoon for Valleywag.  He’s wondering if specifically targeting big tech companies and their employees is the most effective way for activists to raise attention to issues of gentrification and rising inequality. Fixing income inequality and gentrification in San Francisco sounds like its outside of Google’s purview—because...

Mapping Project’s New Report: Vacation Rentals

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has a new report out today investigating the role vacation rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO play in San Francisco’s housing market. As you might expect from the activist organization, the report offers a grim picture of the effect these “sharing economy” services have on the city. The report uses data the group has gathered over...

Limited Options For Google Lawyer Evicting Tenants

Google lawyer Jack Halprin’s court date has been set, leading a case management conference scheduled for today on a lawsuit filed by five of his tenants at 812 Guerrero St. to be taken off the calendar. The jury trial will take place on August 3, 2015. The Halprin case has become a flashpoint for housing advocates because it demonstrates the way...

Chron Asks: To Whom Does the Mission Belong?

In a public forum sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday, community activists, experts, and city officials took on the thorny questions of how to preserve the character and vitality of the ever-changing Mission District, and what exactly that means. It’s a question that is clearly of some interest. An estimated 300 people or more packed the auditorium of Mission...

Fire Victims Have Right to Return, Yet Few Do

Within a few days of the fire that destroyed their homes on 22nd and Mission Streets, the 65 displaced tenants were told repeatedly that city officials and rights groups were there to serve them, would help them, and would guide them on their long round-trip journey back to their apartments.  After all, tenants were assured, they had a right to...

Electrical Short Likely Cause of Mission and 22nd Fire

Fire officials told the San Francisco Examiner today that the fire at Mission and 22nd streets that claimed one life and displaced dozens in late January was likely caused by an electrical fault in an upstairs wall. According to the Examiner: Investigators “could not rule out” an “unspecified electrical fault” in the wall as the cause of the fire, [Fire...

Holding On to Art and Hope As Time Runs Out

“Give me a blessing, I need it,” artist René Yañez called out in Spanish to his friend who had arrived at Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery on Sunday. The man was there to do just that – to give a blessing in the space exhibiting art from three local artists threatened by the all too common double whammy of poor...

Supes Stall On Short Term Rental Legislation

Poised to make a choice between two competing versions of legislation to regulate short-term rentals, the Board of Supervisors instead voted today to continue the items, delaying a final decision by more than a month. Supervisor Farrell, who sponsored one of the proposals together with Mayor Lee, made the motion to delay the vote on both his proposal and that sponsored...

Victory For Pigeon Palace Tenants In Court Auction

Residents of the so-called Pigeon Palace, who have been resisting its sale for fear of a massive rent increase or eviction and out of respect for what they say are the wishes of its owner, scored a huge victory today when the Community Land Trust won the $3.28 million auction for the property in probate court. Judge Peter Busch, presiding...

Building Trades Council Opposes Bryant Development (Chronicle)

The Chronicle reports that the Building Trades Council, a group of representatives from construction labor unions, has submitted a resolution to the Planning Commission opposing the large rental development planned for Bryant Street. The developer of the project, Nick Podell, has already begun striking compromises with various local opponents of the project, such as the arts organization Inner Mission (formerly CELLspace)....

Mission Eyes: Dancing For The Rent at Red Poppy

What do you do if you’re having trouble paying the rent? If you’re the Red Poppy Art House, you throw a dance party! Last Saturday night, the Red Poppy threw a “Make the Money” party, where they invited supporters to celebrate and fundraise at the same time. Mission Eyes went to check it out and talk to supporters about what the Red...

Despite the Best of Intentions, SF Family Faces Eviction From Affordable Housing

For 11 years, the Palacios, a family of five, lived in a below market rate unit in the Tiffany Gardens development in La Lengua – a mixed-use building completed in 2004 with 35 residential units, three of them rented out as affordable housing. Then, in April of last year, they received a notice that they had six months to leave...