SF Neighborhoods on the Brink

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 Gen Fujioka announced that Urban Green Investments, a Dirty Dozen serial evictor, had withdrawn its Ellis Act eviction of sixteen tenants in North Beach.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.

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