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Another Googler (And Serial Evictor) Personally Targeted in Ellis Act Protests | Uptown Almanac

Excellent investigative reporting by Uptown Almanac that almost makes me miss my past life working in local news. *Almost.*

Dolores Park capoeira instruments

Dolores Park capoeira instruments

Hoopin’

Hoopin’

I never get tired of taking this picture.

I never get tired of taking this picture.

Thanks to everyone who made the “March to End the Displacement of San Francisco’s Educators” a huge success last night. It was inspiring to see so many parents with kids coming out to support their favorite teachers!

The highlights were: Supervisor David Campos announcing that they’ll be amending the legislation increasing Ellis Act payments to take effect in 30 days instead of 120 (this is important b/c the date a tenant is forced out is the key, so it means many of the teachers whose homes we marched to will get the higher amount).

The United Educators of San Francisco (the teachers’ union) came out in force. According to their rep’s speech at Mission High, they haven’t gotten a raise in 7 years, as housing costs have soared. If I hadn’t gotten a raise in 7 years, I’d be one eviction away from being forced out of SF too!

The teachers who are being evicted and whose homes were on the route spoke passionately about how much they care about the kids they teach and how much they don’t want to have to leave them behind if they’re forced out of out city.

I don’t have or want kids, but if I did, I could only *hope* to have the quality San Francisco teachers, some of whom I’m lucky enough to count among my friends, to help educate them. I also appreciate the value of making sure all the kids in SF are well-educated, even if they’re not mine — because eventually a big part of my community will be made up of the next generation of San Franciscans, and I want them to have been raised right! Bottom line: We can’t force out all our teachers and still pretend to have a livable city, and I think everyone did a great job of spreading that message last night.

Hummingbirds on 21st

Hummingbirds on 21st

All roads lead to Sutro (looking up 21st)

All roads lead to Sutro (looking up 21st)

Two incredible paint jobs side-by-side on Shotwell

Two incredible paint jobs side-by-side on Shotwell

HUGE turnout, including lots of local parents with their kids, to protest evictions of SF teachers. Thanks to everyone who joined the March to Support SF Teachers this evening!

HUGE turnout, including lots of local parents with their kids, to protest evictions of SF teachers. Thanks to everyone who joined the March to Support SF Teachers this evening!

Supervisor Campos speaking at the March to Support SF Teachers. He said they’ll be amending the legislation to increase Ellis Act payouts to take effect in 30 days instead of 120, which is great news.  #KeepEducatorsInSF

Supervisor Campos speaking at the March to Support SF Teachers. He said they’ll be amending the legislation to increase Ellis Act payouts to take effect in 30 days instead of 120, which is great news. #KeepEducatorsInSF

Benito, a special ed teacher who is being Ellis Acted. #KeepEducatorsInSF

Benito, a special ed teacher who is being Ellis Acted. #KeepEducatorsInSF

"Don’t evict our teacher out of SF" #KeepEducatorsInSF

"Don’t evict our teacher out of SF" #KeepEducatorsInSF

Awesome representation of #812Guerrero at the March to Support SF Teachers, currently on Duboce near Valencia. #KeepEducatorsInSF

Awesome representation of #812Guerrero at the March to Support SF Teachers, currently on Duboce near Valencia. #KeepEducatorsInSF

March to support SF teachers is now at Duboce & Guerrero, home of another teacher being Ellis Acted #KeepEducatorsInSF

March to support SF teachers is now at Duboce & Guerrero, home of another teacher being Ellis Acted #KeepEducatorsInSF

"We ❤️ our city and we fight" #KeepEducatorsInSF

"We ❤️ our city and we fight" #KeepEducatorsInSF