Anti-eviction rally in the Mission tomorrow supporting the Mission and Rene Yanez

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San Francisco's Mission district
Image courtesy of Our MIssion: No Evictions page

Tomorrow (Sat/12 at 2pm) advocates and defenders of working class San Francisco will march to protest a rash of recent Mission evictions, including the potential ouster of artists and activists Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez from their Mission district home. 

The organizers want the mayor to declare a state of emergency in the city as the recent Ellis Act evictions have intensified -- 125 Ellis Act eviction notices have been filed this year, with the most recent numbers going to the end of August, according to the SF Rent Board. But 175 requests for Ellis Act evictions were filed, meaning 70 percent of Ellis evictions were upheld. The march follows recent wins against gentrification, including blocking a Jack Spade store from opening in the Mission

Organizer Roberto Y. Hernandez said that since he announced the march he’s been getting calls of support from all over the city, but most notably in Chinatown, the Bayview, and the Castro. 

“I heard horror stories of what's happening to the gay community in the Castro,” he said. “This doesn’t just affect the Mission, this affects the whole city.” 

Each of those evictions represents a person or family whose ouster from their apartments may mean ouster from San Francisco altogether. Ellis evictions gained more notoriety this year, first with the plight of the Lee family and now the ouster of Mission artists Yañez and Lopez. 

Yañez is widely credited with bringing the celebration of Day of the Dead to the city. He co-founded the Mission’s Galeria de la Raza and practiced art in his home of the Bay Area since the 60s. Now, while suffering from cancer, the 71 year old is being forced from the neighborhood he helped to shape. Lopez, his former wife, is an artist with deep roots in the Chicano/a movements of the ‘60s, and is facing eviction as well. 

After 35 years in their home, the artists face the same plight as the Lee’s and even San Francisco’s local nonprofits -- ouster in the face of the tech boom’s ever rising rents. 

Rene Yañez’s son Rio is an established artist in his own right and rents a unit in the same building. Rio faces the same Ellis Act eviction as his father. 

In an open letter to Yañez and the community, artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña wrote, “Rene, you are my artistic godfather and needless to say, you are an icon; the artistic Capo of the Bay Area Chicano movement...Our city has become a bohemian theme park for consumer fools with the latest gadgets in hand, but what happens when there are no more bohemians left?” 

Juan Gonzalez, the founding publisher of the Mission’s local newspaper, El Tecolote, said that Yañez’s ouster from the neighborhood is part of a larger context.

“He’s a leading force, someone who puts his energy in making the city aware that Latinos are here and here to stay,” he said. And of the Mission’s slow but brutal gentrification, “It’s not right. There’s always going to be change, but to see this lost --  I think the city as a whole will lose. I’m waiting for the city leaders, beyond our supervisors, to use their powers to stop what's happening.” 

One opportunity to call for change will happen tomorrow.  

The march for Yañez and Yolanda Lopez, “Our Mission: No Eviction,” will hit the streets Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2pm at the Brava Theater, which is on 24th Street between Hampshire and York. The march will move towards Mission where they’ll hold a rally at the 24th street BART station. 

“The mayor was involved in the I-Hotel movement back in the day, when they evicted my Asian brothers and sisters,” Hernandez said.  “We’ve got to wake him up. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, but now he’s gotta move, he’s gotta do something.” 

Later this month the Brava Theater will have a benefit for the family, and you can learn more about it here

Comments

there is a partucularly nasty Ellis Eviction going on in the Inner Sunset, yet very little media coverage. Many seniors, long time residents, and public workers are getting the boot, and yet because it's not in a "cool" neighborhood, no one cares. I guess seniors and others on the west side have to suffer from the anti westside bias of the Bay Guardian and aren't "worthy" of coverage, just hipster Mission. #slowclap

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

very few neighborhoods. As far as they are concerned, the southern and western parts of SF do not even exist. Even though they are probably more non-white than the precious gentrified neighborhoods of the NE part of the city.

But then, what else do you expect from affluent white liberals. Their white guilt only goes so far.

Posted by Guesty on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

just separating this post a bit from the one below and to the left from Joe, which is legitimate

Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

... where is it, and who's involved?

 

Posted by Joe Fitzgerald on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

That's very noble and generous of you.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

Amazing thing called "Google" can do all sorts of cool things:

http://www.sfrichmondreview.com/archives/SunsetBeacon/2013Editions/Feb13...

BAM! Done. Sorry if it upsets people and I get called a troll for pointing out how the BG and the "housing rights" people ignore the westside based on bogus assumptions. There is as much diversity here as there is anywhere else, to say it's all "White people" and "Republicans" shows how ignorant the left is. And why they will never win citywide.

Rents are going up 25% a year out here and yet we're just nothing, and the Mission is apparently the only place in SF ever to deal with this? This is why I hate the left as much as the downtown Willie Brown types. You can all go to Hell.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

... I started looking into this, to take a step back and try to see why the coverage is mostly of East side. When you look at the timeline of Ellis Act evictions  most of them happen on the East side of the city. North Beach, Market, Mission, Bernal, all those places are disproportionately affected. The Sunset certainly has Ellis Act evictions, but if you put them on a heat map the Sunset is a cool foggy day and the Mission is hot with evictions -- and this has been true for the past decade and a half. 

Posted by Joe Fitzgerald on Oct. 15, 2013 @ 10:22 am

in densely populated parts of the city where there are more homes?

Really?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 15, 2013 @ 10:44 am

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

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Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 12:31 am

Which one is this? I live there, and I have heard only about one that was in the Beacon last year.

Posted by guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 8:52 am

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Posted by A page manager for VanishingSF on Oct. 14, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

I hear Oakland is great for artists anyway, with half the rent.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

I thought Gullicksen's argument is that Ellis is os bad because there is no defense to them. Evidently he lied.

Posted by anon on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

count in Sf of probably 250,000 buildings? So 0.1 of one percent?

Yes, a crisis, the Mayor should call a state of emergency.

It's outrageous that one tenant in a thousand might occasionally experience some turnover.

Posted by Guesty on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

I think the real danger is that since once that place is "Ellis Acted," it is taken off the rental market, those actions are more permanent. That's what makes the seemingly small numbers more alarming. Those places don't necessarily come back, ya know? But yeah, fair contention. 

Posted by Joe Fitzgerald on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

And moreover, owner occupied units often come back onto the rental market.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

You all are like junkies angling for a fix.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 14, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

Once again, the left can't stand a discussion of any sort and has to un-person anyone who does not toe the party line. you people are as bad as those Tea Party jerks in DC and their crazy online censorship and harassment. Hope someone evicts you soon. Loser. enjoy your time online though on that AOL dialup!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

Joe, are you going to offer to share your home with these displaced persons?

Or would you rather just whine about it?

Posted by Guesty on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
Nah

we're just going to change the laws.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

Keep me informed. I'd like to Ellis my building beforehand.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

number of good reasons:

1) The Ellis Act was put on the statute book to formally ratify what was more important - a decision by a CA court, upheld upon appeal, that a landlord cannot be forced to rent out his building. The constitutional principle is that nobody can be forced to run a business if he/she does not want to, and especially not at a loss.

2) While the Dem's have a majority in Sac, many of them represent rural and suburban districts where this is not an issue. Likewise, most of them represent districts which do not have rent control, being eviction at will anyway.

3) Any initiative to repeal Ellis would be met, as you suggest, with a tidal wave of Ellis evictions trying to get in before the effective date.

All that said, I'd probably Ellis now rather than later for a different reason. With condo conversion now off the table, there is quite simply no reason not to Ellis. It's an easy 100K per unit windfall.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

There have been very few Ellis evictions in CA outside of SF. Even in Santa Monica, where it all started, there have been few - likewise in Berkeley. Probably none anywhere else.

My theory as to why is that Ellis was borne out of vacancy control, whereby landlords could only re-rent a vacant unit for the same rent as the old tenant was paying. That effectively meant that landlords never re-rented units but kept them vacant. Santa Monica then tried to outlaw that and prevent demolitions and changes of use, which lead directly to the lawsuit that led to Ellis.

But CA outlawed vacancy control in 1996, via the Costa-Hawkins Act. Had that happened a few years earlier, we would never have has the Ellis Act. Irony huh?

So San Francisco suffers because of a reaction to vacancy control - something SF never had because the voters rejected it.

I love this stuff.

Posted by anon on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

SF can pass all the rent control laws it wants but Ellis ensures that a property owner can always escape those onerous restrictions.

It's the classic law of unintended consequences - pass too much rent control and Ellis comes and bites you in the ass.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

Gracias for the article.

A couple of corrections. In respect for the language (español), these four español names should have accents over them just as other español names in the article do:

López
Hernández
Rodríguez
Río

Muchísimas gracias. Chau.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

The SFBG should apply this to other languages as well.

For example, it is racist to refer to Vladmir Putin as "Vladmir Putin" - he should always be referred to as:

Владимир Владимирович Путин in SFBG articles.

Please cease your racism, and comply.

Posted by LOL barrier! on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

trademark(tm)

Something like

"I bought some nestle(tm) chocolate."

I hope the good people at the Bay Guardian address this.

Posted by matlock on Oct. 13, 2013 @ 12:01 am

“I heard horror stories of what's happening to the gay community in the Castro,” he said.

What's left of it. It's becoming more and more hetero. I read that the merchants are very concerned that the area is losing its gay identify due to gentrification. I live in the Castro and I see that happening. It's changing quickly. Of course that rabid anti-gay troll (anon) will say this is a good thing because "a man should be with a woman" (anon has written that type of shit on here before. I believe the exact quote was: "white liberals can't commit to a woman," (well gay liberals don't because they're not into women...duh, anon). But that's what it wrote sometime ago. Just ignore anything the ignoramus writes from hereon out.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

the rather obvious reason that they typically do not have children.

So straights do not displace gays - it's the exact opposite. In fact, you always know when a neighborhood is gentrifying precisely because gays start arriving, and making homes and gardens oh-so cute.

That said, why is a gay being evicted any worse than a straight? Or a hispanic worse than a white? Or an artist worse than an accountant? These ideas that we see expressed in SFBG are in fact deeply prejudicial and discriminatory.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

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Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

I take it you haven't been to the Castro in some time. Come up from where you live in Los Ángeles and you will see what I'm talking about. I was just out in the Castro and it was mainly hetero.

In fact three hetero couples were having major loud brawls: 2 hetero couples were arguing loudly in front of Harvey's (the staff had to come out of try to intervene). The hetero couples were fighting over what gay bar to go to (are all the hetero bars closed in the city?) and a third hetero couple was having a major fight in front of Walgreens because he hadn't recharged their phone---"why not?" she kept screaming---so they were going to have to go without that precious phone ALL NIGHT. Imagine that!

The heteros are indeed taking over the Castro and this has been going on for some time now but trolls never get out so they troll from a position of ignorance, which is a requirement for a troll.

These days, the Castro is pretty much just a place to come and get drunk. Apparently people's lives are that dire, shallow and pathetic.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

8pm on a Friday night and every bar in the Castro is heaving with gay action. There isn't a straight guy for a mile around.

Anyway, what does it matter?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

Nope.

I live in the Castro too, but I don't live in denial as you do. I as well as the merchants see what's happening to the neighborhood. That's why the merchants are especially concerned about the "identity" of the neighborhood as they call it. You choose not to see it.

I don't consider male-female couples sitting and fawning over each other in gay bars "gay action." I guess in your world it is.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

Adding to that...

This is from the February/March 2013 Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association PDF newsletter, cover page:

"Candid conversations with many Upper Market/Castro retailers suggest concerns extend beyond the presence of vacancies. While vacancies are a problem, they are only a symptom suggesting larger economic flux. In many stores, sales are down. Some argue the neighborhood has too many bars
or nail salons. There is also mounting concern around the loss of the community’s historic LGBT character."

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Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

"No, gay couple are typically wealthier than straight couples for the rather obvious reason that they typically do not have children."

WTF?

All the gay couples I know have children.

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