Three upcoming events on housing in San Francisco


There are a few upcoming opportunities to have your say in the ongoing dialogue about the San Francisco tenants’ struggle as long-term renters grapple with rising rents and the threat of displacement.

Amid the housing pressure, a thriving tenants’ rights movement has unfolded in the city to spur multiple legislative pushes for reform. These conversations (and the art exhibit to piece these issues together on a deeper level) are timely.

Wed/12: San Francisco Neighborhoods on the Brink: A Panel Discussion on Displacement, Gentrification, Rising Rents & the Loss of Affordable Housing

Hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, this panel discussion will feature comments by District 11 Sup. John Avalos, Public Policy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center Gen Fujioka, and SFUSD teacher and Ellis Act target Sarah Brant.

An announcement description says the discussion will focus on the “dilemma facing long-time residents and renters of modest means — and the gutting and gentrification of San Francisco — as real estate speculation and a quickly widening income gap drive rents to dizzying heights while the rental supply dwindles.”

Details here.

“There’s a difference between a neighborhood changing—which is natural and organic—versus the destruction of a neighborhood, its history and legacy, which is what is happening right now in the Mission District.” Alejandro Murguía

Wed/12: "Sólo Mujeres: HOME / inside out" - An interdisciplinary exhibit at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Curated by Susana Aragón and Indira Urrutia, this exhibition features 24 women artists in exploring the symbolic space of home through a variety of mediums, including installation, painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, video and mixed media. Artists include Yolanda Lopez, Xuchi Eggleton, Ximena Sosa, Windsong, Susana Aragón, Sofía Elías, Tina Escaja, Tanya Marie Vlach, Rebeca García Gonzales, Solange Bonilla Leahy, Natalia Anciso, Melanie Lacy Kusters, Marta R, Zabaleta, Mariella Zevallos, Indira Urrutia, Gabriela Luz Sierra, Flor Khan, Fan Warren, Cristina Ibarra, Clara Cheeves, Carmen Lang, Camila Perez-Goddard, Anna Simson, Alejandra Rassvetaieff, Adriana Camarena.

From the announcement: “A home is a place that is close to our heart, it triggers self-reflection, thoughts about who someone is or used to be or who they might become. Each room or space is connected to memories, feelings, ideas, dreams, etc. As part of the exhibit, the gallery will be transformed into a house which rooms will be delimited by see through fabric to show the fragility of housing in The San Francisco’s Mission District.

It opens at 7pm with a live performance by María José Montijo and Diana Gameros. Details here.

Wed/19: Affordable housing from multiple perspectives

The Noe Valley Democratic Club is hosting what it calls “a distinguished and authoritative panel of experts” who will speak about affordable housing in the Bay Area. What’s interesting about this event is that it will bring together folks who are leading a citywide push at the grassroots level to strengthen tenants’ rights, as well as people from more developer-friendly entities such as SPUR (San Francisco Bay Area Planning and   Research Association) and the San Francisco Housing Action Committee.

The panelists will include:

Sarah Karlinsky, (panel moderator), Deputy Director of SPUR (San Francisco Bay Area Planning and   Research Association)

Douglas Shoemaker, President of Mercy Housing California, a non-profit dedicated to affordable      housing development, fundraising and services.

Teresa Yanga, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing

Tim Colen , Executive Director of San Francisco Housing Action Committee

Fernando Martí, Co-Director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO)

Sara Shortt, Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Rights Committee 

Details here.

One final tidbit, tangentially related at best. Salon has a great article, Gentrifying the dharma” How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness, which thoughtfully examines a trend that has led Buddhists to fear that their religion is turning into a designer drug for the elite.”

(A few weeks ago activists with Eviction Free San Francisco disrupted a Google panel about mindfulness, triggering a decidedly unenlightened onstage tug-of-war over a banner.)

Best quote is from the Dalai Lama, who sees things this way: “Capitalism only takes the money. Then, exploitation.”


Impeccable restorations and better paint jobs? Head down to East Palo Alto - residents of those neighborhoods would kill to be "on the brink" in the way San Francisco is currently.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 2:11 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

Hahahahaha. The crime just moves around. Gentrification does not "solve" that. More displacement is what you really meant.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am

I'm comfortable with crime going up in Oakland as long as it goes down in SF. Because I live in SF.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 10, 2014 @ 8:16 am

Have you been to 6th Street?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

Most SF neighborhoods are on the up. A few cannot be saved.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 10, 2014 @ 6:16 am

Nice to see these forums will be totally biased, with no representation from real estate and financier interests - the very people you need to convince

Still, nothing feels as good as a circle jerk.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

I'd say that btw MOH, SPUR, and HAC you'll get a pretty diverse set of opinions, moderate and progressive.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 9:44 am

first meeting cited, which will just be a whinefest by the "usual suspect" activists.

The Noe Valley meeting might be decent.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 10:00 am

You got a problem with poets?

Posted by Hank Chinaski on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

I wouldn't hire a moderator to write a sonnet.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

Assuming you get hired to do any hiring

Posted by Atticus Finch on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 6:28 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

So you've never been inspired by the lyrics to a song?

Posted by Idora Woodside on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

anyone would choose a poet to moderate a meeting?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 09, 2014 @ 8:59 am

And "Evil in League with Satan" by Venom.

Posted by guest on Mar. 10, 2014 @ 6:40 am

Those who support gentrification for cleaning up the neighborhood implicitly believe that the poor are dangerous, which is false.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

The real problems start when the poor decide that they hate the rich, blaming them for whatever ails them. Class warfare is fought from beneath and not from above. Most rich people don't hate anyone because their lives are comfortable and they have no reason to hate.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

Wait a sec. I thought that the progressive mantra is that socioeconomic status has more to do with crime rather than ethnicity. Now you're telling us that's not true?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

that A correlates to C.

But race is easier to spot then poverty. Especially in SF where it's cool for the rich to dress down.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

This is just a bunch of narcissistic lunatics who think their mere presence is a gift from God. Just go to Modesto where you all really belong ! YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL AND DO NOT DESERVE TO BE SUBSIDIZED

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

I watched it when Hong Kong money threatened the Mission in the late seventies, the Yuppies drove out lots of low income folk in North Beach in the 80's, Microsoft millionaires in the mid 80's - 90's seemed to overun the city- it only breaks when there is a disaster- natural or man made.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 09, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

In my building, the new owner wants to get everyone out so he can raise rents. This includes the family above me, who moved in 30 years ago, and their very frail grandmother who is on oxygen. Yes, this is a serial evicter, just a pawn of the shell corporations made up of unknown investors, who actually fund his elaborate real estate schemes. But this isn't just about money. How would any of you like it if it was your grandmother being tossed out, who had to move a lifetime of stuff and find new doctors and caregivers? Yes we tenants have some protections in SF, but still, landlords can evict grandmothers and children. No tenant is immune from being thrown out if the landlord wants them out. Accuse me of hating my landlord or starting class war, fine. I don't care. I swear I will do all I can to make it as hard as possible to evict us.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

12 Noon Wednesday March 19th Inside City Hall!
Wear Purple To Show Your Support!

"The City continues to give hundreds of millions of dollars to big corporations while refusing to address our needs for affordable healthcare, reasonable workloads, wages that keep up with inflation, and the the abuse of part-time and as-needed workers."

Posted by TrollKiller on Mar. 13, 2014 @ 10:18 am

The corporations give money to the city.

Who do think pays for all those pension and healthcare benefits for city workers? You? Me?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 13, 2014 @ 10:30 am

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