Bird and Beckett bookstore in Glen Park hosted a panel discussion, SF Neighborhoods on the Brink, on March 12 before a crowd that spilled out to the sidewalk. The panel members, Sarah Brant an Urban Green Investments Ellis Act evictee, Gen Fujioka, Policy Director of Chinatown Community Development Center, John Avalos, District 11 Supervisor, and Alejandro Murguria, SF Poet Laureate and panel moderator, addressed the current housing crisis, city proposals aimed at curbing predatory speculators, and the need for tenant unity, commitment, and action in the future. Gen Fujioka announced that Urban Green Investments, a Dirty Dozen serial evictor, had withdrawn its Ellis Act eviction of sixteen tenants in North Beach. A spirited Q & A followed the presentations. Mr. Murguria, in addition to moderating the panel, read several of his poems, making this event a truly San Francisco experience.
Following our first North Beach Tenants Committee meeting in January, we learned that several people couldn’t make it because of evening darkness, as well as our more frail neighbors are unlikely to seek out information when it means traveling some distance from home.
We have been able to secure a room during the daytime at Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center and will host two “clinics” in March. The first session is this Thursday, March 13th from 10:45-noon. An attorney from the Asian Law Caucus will be able to answer individual legal questions regarding evictions-regardless of whether you are actually being threatened with an eviction or feeling fearful a notice may arrive. Tina Cheung will also be present to discuss housing issues. Counseling is free. No appointment is needed.
A second session is scheduled for March 20th, same place (Tel Hi) and same time: 11am-Noon.
Any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Theresa at 788-2775
Our thanks to Chinatown Community Development Center, Asian Law Caucus, and Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco.
Your North Beach Tenants Committee
March 3rd, 2014
“Eviction happens mostly to old people like me. It is an injustice.
I have lived in my home for 30 years. My sweet Josie passed 3 years ago.
I live alone. To be forced out is an emotional and financial blow to me.
We intended to finish the rest of our days here. Wherever I end up will
have a negative impact on my life.
If I resist to move it is because my life is at stake.”
(Photo by Melanie Young of KALW “Crosscurrents”)