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OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org
October 27th – October 31st
October 27 – 31 – Monday thru Friday: City College of San Francisco – ACCJC ON TRIAL – 10:00am–12Noon / 1:30pm-4:00pm
California State Superior Court
Judge Curtis Karnow
400 McAllister St at Polk
You can help: join us in the courtroom to let Judge Curtis Karnow that San Francisco supports CCSF. Please RSVP on Facebook
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O 27, Monday 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum Presents: ADDRESSING THE HOUSING CRISIS HEAD-ON: Prop G & CARES Campaigns Attack Roots of SF Housing Woes
2017 Mission St. (nr. 16th ST BART)
Most of us have heard the statistics: Ellis Act evictions up 170% in the last three years; 10,000 San Francisco tenants have been displaced by the Ellis Act since 1997, many people who’ve been evicted, often long time residents, with low incomes so they can’t afford to stay in SF and must leave their community behind. We also know how the tech boom has brought a wave of young, single people with high salaries to the city which has resulted in huge hikes in rents and house prices making housing unaffordable to people with low or even average incomes.
With the tech boom, Real Estate companies and speculators have been making a killing with their investments in housing, often seeing at least a 25% return on their investment in a year. Much of the current crisis has been fueled by these large speculators who don’t live in the city, don’t intend to live in the buildings they buy and don’t even want to be landlords – their interest is purely profit
Efforts to reform the Ellis Act by State Sen. Mark Leno were defeated by Real Estate-funded Republicans. This coming election on Nov. 4, Prop G is on target to become the first significant legislation to address real estate speculation head-on.
Proposition G would levy a hefty tax on real estate speculators in San Francisco if they buy and then flip a mutli-unit building in less than 5 years. So Prop G would act as a significant disincentive for speculators to buy buildings, evict tenants and then resell them for huge profits. It’s supported by most progressive and moderate politicians such as Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim and by groups like the SF Democratic Party, the SF Tenants Union, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and many more.
Real estate agents who profit handsomely by selling our homes from under us aren’t going to let this huge source of wealth generation be slowed in any way and so thenational, state and local realtors associations have put well over $1.5 million into the NO ON G campaign, providing them with ten times the budget of YES ON Gwhich is mostly grass roots. They also know that this prop could be a trend-setter for other parts of the country.
Fred Sherburn-Zimmer is an organizer with Housing Rights Committee and a founder ofEviction Free SF Benito Santiago is also an Eviction Free SF member who has successfully fought the eviction of his and his neighbors from their Mission area homes. Both are active workers for the YES ON G.
Julien Ball of ACCE will discuss the current state of the housing crisis in SF and what other measures are being proposed such at ACCE’s CARES program. This is based on the City of Richmond’s bold plan to use eminent domain to take over foreclosed upon homes from banks when they won’t re-negotiate loans to keep people in their homes
James Tracy, a long-time Bay Area activist and author will discuss the crisis and his new book on the topic Dispatches Against Displacement in which he promotes the vision of cities constructed, not just for profit, but “developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running.”