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Mayor Lee and Supervisor Wiener are proposing the city build more affordable housing. Lee’s plan is contingent on state legislature being approved. Also, building enough affordable housing would require the same amount of construction as from 1920. Rent control requires no new construction. It’s cheap, fast, environmentally-friendly, and does not disrupt communities. Tell Mayor Lee […]

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Let your Supervisor know that you support stopping low-fault evictions.Tell Supervisor Jane Kim about low-fault eviction cases, preferably with names and contact information for the tenants. She is looking for data to back up the need for her new legislation stopping these low-fault evictions. Tenants are getting evicted for causes that are minor lease violations […]

Tell San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and Scott Wiener that the Airbnb legislation needs enforcement with suggested talking points. Also let your State Assemblyman know you oppose proposed legislation to let Airbnb off the hook for taxes by signing a petition. Short-term rentals are very risky for the tenant host and reduces vacant rental housing […]

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Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation to the Board of Supervisors to temporarily halt market-rate housing development to give time to plan for more affordable housing. Supervisors Avalo, Kim, Mar, and Yee are co-sponsors. Although polls show voters support a moratorium support from the other supervisors is expected to be difficult. Contact Supervisors Breed, Christensen, Cohen, […]

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The film “The Future of Parkmerced” by Nick Pasquariello will be showing as part of the open screenings at the Artists’ Television Access at 992 Valencia St. in San Francisco on May 7, 2015 starting at 8p. The film shows interviews and shots of the beautiful Park Merced rent-controlled residential units that will be demolished […]

Tenant Rights Bootcamps are a neighborhood-by-neighborhood effort to empower renters to stand up to speculators and prevent displacement. Featuring tenant rights expert Dean Preston, the bootcamps provide an opportunity for renters to learn their rights and ways to organize and fight back. Workshops will take place through the Spring. Please RSVP at the dates below. Dean […]

May 16, 2015, 2 pm to 4 pm 558 Capp Street (cross street 21st St), San Francisco Help us honor Ted’s commitment, legacy, and humor as we induct him into the San Francisco Tenants Union Hall of Fame. Food and refreshments will be served. Ted’s dedication, tenacity, humor, and intelligence continue to inspire us. We […]

In Defense of Rent Control
05/04/2015

An article by psmag.com rebuts criticism of rent control including giving the results of studies such as a 2012 study that seems to show that the removal of rent regulations did nothing to lower housing prices and ended Cambridge’s tenure as a mixed-income neighborhood.

San Francisco is ground zero for the struggle for economic inequality. Mayor Lee offered tax breaks to the tech industry before building enough affordable housing and now is scrambling too late to solve the housing crisis. Building enough housing to solve the crisis would require as many more units as has been increased since 1920 […]

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The San Francisco Supervisors in a 7/4 vote (Breed, Farrell, Tang, Wiener opposing) approved groundbreaking legislation from Supervisor David Campos which will stop the speculators from using buyouts to get around prohibitions on condo conversions and other tenant protections. Mayor Lee declined to veto the legislation. •Requires buyouts which are used to avoid the restrictions of […]