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September News

Mobilizations for Yes on G in North Beach & Mission

Saturday, September 20, 10 AM

YES on G Web Site

Join us to end the speculator driven eviction crisis!

With the realtors pumping in millions against Prop G, we can fight back with people power!
We need your help to spread the word that Prop G ends the evictions. Join us this Saturday—we have two locations (go wherever is easier for you!). These are two tenant-heavy neighborhoods and we definitely need to make sure that renters get the word about Prop G.
We’ll team up, get doorhangers and then distribute them in a precinct. It only takes an hours or so and is infinitely helpful to the campaign.

Date: Saturday, September 20th 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Dolores Street Community Services, 938 Valencia St. (at 20th)
DISTRICT 3 (North Beach, Russian Hill) MOBILIZATION
Date: Saturday, September 20th 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Washington Square Park, corner of Stockton and Filbert (across from Mama's)

We can win this ballot measure despite the many thousands of dollars the realtors and landlords will spend to defeat it. But to beat their money we need your help getting our campaign materials distributed door to door.
Join us this Saturday, September 13 when we kick off our campaign and then go door to door in the Castro and the rest of District 8. We don’t have the money the realtors have, but we do have people-power and with that we can win in November!
Prop G—the anti-speculation measure—will stop the speculators who buy buildings, evict tenants and then re-sell the empty apartments. Under G, these speculators will see most of their profits ”taxed” away which means buying up buildings and Ellis  evicting the tenants will no longer make them rich. Prop G is a great answer to our worst housing crisis in history, but we need your help to get it passed!
The Anti-Speculation Measure--chosen for the 2014 ballot at this year's Tenant Conventions--will be Proposition G on the November ballot.
The measure will impose a hefty tax on real estate speculators who buy rent controlled buildings, evict the tenants and then re-sell the empty apartments. Most Ellis evictions and buyouts are being done by a relatively small group of real estate speculators and Prop G will result in these speculators getting most of their profits taken from them. Go to the campaign web site if you want to get involved in the Yes on G campaign to stop real estate speculation.


SFTU Endorsements

SFTU Endorsements for November 4, 2014 Election

State Assembly

David Campos

Public Defender

Jeff Adachi


No Endorsement

BART Board

No Endorsement

Board of Supervisors

District 2 -- Juan Antonio-Carballo

District 4 -- No Endorsement

District 6 -- Jame Kim

District 8 -- 1st Choice, George Davis, 2nd Choice, John Nulty

District 10 -- Tony Kelly

School Board

Shamann Walton

Stevon Cook

Community College Board, 4 Year Term

Wendy Aragon, Brigitte Davila & John Rizzo

Community College Board, 2 Year Term

William Walker

San Francisco Measures

Prop A (Transportation Bond) - Yes

Prop B (Adjusting Transportation Funding for Population Growth) - Yes

Prop C (Children's Fund) - Yes

Prop D (Retiree Health Benefits for Redevlopment Employees) - Yes

Prop E (Sugar Tax) - Yes

Prop F (Pier 70) - No

Prop G (Stop Speculator Evictions) - YES, YES, YES

Prop H (Natural Grass on GG Park Athletic Fields) - Yes

Prop I (Artiifical Turf on GG Park Athletic Fields) - No

Prop J (Boost Minimum Wage - YES, YES, YES

Prop K (Affordable Housing Balance) - Yes

Prop L (More Cars in SF) - No

State Measures

Prop 43 (Water Bond, Delta Tunnel) -- No

Prop 2 (Reserve Fund) -- No

Prop 45 (Approval for Health Care Fee Increases) -- Yes

Prop 46 (Raising Cap on Malpractice Lawsuits, Drug testing for Doctors) -- Yes

Prop 47 (Lessening Criminal Penalties) -- Yes

Prop 48 (Indian Gaming) -- No Position


Sen. Leno's Bill Reforming Ellis Act Killed In Assembly Housing Committee

The bill for Ellis Act reform, authored by Sen. Mark Leno, was approved by the full Senate but then died on a 3-4 vote in the Assembly Housing Committee. Democrats killed the bill.

Leno's bill, which attacks the speculator use of the Ellis Act by requiring 5 continuous years of ownership before being able to evict tenants.Research by the SF Tenants Union and Tenants Together show that nearly all of the Ellis evictions are done within the first few years of ownership; the first 6 months of ownership, in fact, is the most likely time for an Ellis to be filed.

The failure of the attempt to reform Ellis was a disappointment tot housands of eviction victims in San Francisco, as well as the thousands more fearing eviction. Tenants Together Director Dean Preston wrote

"Our bill failed in committee yesterday by a vote of 3-4.  As expected, Dems Sharon Quirk-Silva and Cheryl Brown sold tenants out.  I would call them political cowards, but that would be too generous as it assumes that they wanted to do the right thing but lacked the courage to do so.  Instead, I believe they lack a moral compass, and instead possess a compass that points only to money and power preservation.

Despite promising to support the bill, Speaker Atkins did not as far as we can tell lift a finger to secure its passage.   In contrast to the Senate, where both Steinberg & de Leon fought for passage of the bill on the floor, Atkins did nothing.  Randy Shaw has a good piece on this in today’s www.BeyondChron.org

Our side did an amazing job advocating for this bill, and thank you all for your months of work on this.  We had great turnout (yet again) and our speakers blew away the other side.  If this was about the merits, we would have won in a landslide.  Our presence was felt in a big way in the Capitol, like it hasn’t been for decades.  But this is an election year, and real estate industry money prevailed in this committee."


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