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If you are a current or former tenant of the following hotels, there are pending lawsuits concerning the building conditions:

130 EDDY ST. ROYAL INN
56 MASON ST. BRISTOL HOTEL
118 TAYLOR ST. WARFIELD HOTEL
493 EDDY ST. ADRIAN HOTEL
481 MINNA ST. AUBURN HOTEL
1139 MARKET ST. BUDGET INN

Click the link below for information from the Law Firm handling the case. You may be entitled to receive damages resulting from the problems you experienced or are experiencing in your stay.

H O O S H M A N D   L A W   G R O U P

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Media Advisory — Mothers Gather at City Hall

For immediate release Press Contact:
May 9, 2013 Jennifer Friedenbach 415 346-3740×306 cell 577-9779
Irma Nuñez, 415-346-3740×318 cell (510)730-4050

MEDIA ADVISORY
MOTHERS GATHER AT CITY HALL TO
DEMAND HOMES

When: 12:00 Thursday, May 9, 2013

Where: City Hall steps, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, Civic Center side.

What: Homeless mothers and their supporters will rally for Mother’s Day, demanding the passage of two initiatives that would alleviate the homeless crisis San Franciscans are facing.

San Francisco – Homeless mothers and their supporter gather at city hall Thursday to tell local politicians that the way to honor Mother’s Day this year is to give ‘em a home.

San Francisco is at a critical juncture, where financial pressures are pushing low-income and impoverished San Franciscans out of their homes and communities. At the same time when rents have risen dramatically, income loss and real estate speculators are putting even more at risk. Homelessness is at a crisis level, with the now highest wait for shelter for homeless families in San Francisco has ever seen – families are waiting for more then 6 months just to get a bed for their children to sleep. SFUSD reports that over 2,200 of their students are homeless – and this number does not include the children aged 0 – 5 who are not public school students yet.

“We are calling on San Francisco to take swift action to prevent further displacement of San Francisco families by investing in the many successful programs, that have been forced to turn households away due to lack of resources. These intitiaves are exactly what SF needs right now.” According to Elisa Gasca, Chinatown Community Development Center.

The Coalition on Homelessness is putting forward two proposals, one to fund homeless prevention and rapid re-housing. This program was funded last year and staved off  homelessness for 1,300 families, but programs were only able to serve 15% of the need The Coalition on Homelessness is calling for the funding for this program to be doubled. In addition, the Coalition is calling for the city to fund 100 subsidies in affordable housing buildings units going on line in 2014/15 – units that are funded by San Francisco but remain unaffordable to homeless people.

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Jennifer Friedenbach
Executive Director
Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco
468 Turk Street
415-346-3740×306
fax 415-775-5639
jfriedenbach@cohsf.org
www.cohsf.org

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress… Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will.” —  Frederick Douglass

 


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Bocce Ball for Justice

Join the Coalition on Homeless for a Bocce Ball FUNdraiser. Click the link for complete information.

Dignity Without Bigotry

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dignity-without-bigotry copyOriginal Artwork by San Francisco Artist, Ronnie Goodman


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An as yet untitled story

by Samuel Bacome

At the end of my wooden pier, the morning was cold. After first
light but before dawn, I was being lazy. My head was under my
sleeping bag, I was trying for more sleep.

I came fully awake when a Viet woman arrived. She knew my bag.
Dao yelled at me as she threw a pack of Marlboro light 100,s at my
chest.  She yelled, “Sam! you fish now?”

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TASER COMMUNITY FORUMS RAISE QUESTIONS

by Carol Harvey

Forced by the San Francisco Police Commission’s own Feb. 23, 2011 resolution requiring community outreach on whether to put tasers in SFPD officers’ hands, Chief Greg Suhr and the Commission, after several 2012 cancelled dates, finally scheduled and held the required community forums where Suhr, Richard Corriea, and Mikail Ali described the Electronic Control Weapon [ECW} proposal and invited community input. The Commission’s final vote is projected for April 2013.

Another Rejection

Public commenters at the Jan 22 Hamilton Recreation Center, the Feb. 4 Scottish Rite Center, and the Feb. 11 Bayview Opera House forums, joined San Francisco taxpayers since 2001 in soundly rejecting Chief Suhr’s proposal to initiate a pilot program to arm Crisis Intervention Team officers with tasers, often lethal when used on people in mental health crisis and on medications or substances. Continue reading


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Out of Sight – Out of Mind

Homeless Community Swept away again to clear the way for a $300K fence – Your Tax Dollars at Work (AGAIN)

At the crack of dawn, trucks equipped with machinery and loaded with workers rolled beside the small enclave of homeless residents tucked underneath the 280 freeway, King St. entrance ramp. Driving the trucks were workers from Caltrans and the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) with one goal in mind: expel the people living there, trash any refuse that may remain behind, and erect a sturdy $300,000 fence to prevent anyone else from gaining shelter there. The encampment had existed for years but on this morning the residents were forced to gather what they could and say goodbye to what they had called home for quite some time.

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The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) had been notifying the residents of the impending raid and fence construction for nearly a month beforehand, leading many to begin preparing for their exit in advance. Some, however, were riled by the early morning disturbance and had to begin packing everything they owned then and there. This was, unfortunately, not a new experience for the residents—the camp had been raided regularly for the last several months, resulting in a loss of much property and leading very few people into services. Continue reading


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Current State of the Homeless Bill of Rights

The Current State of the Homeless Bill of Rights: A Summary for Community Organizers

(Technical Name: The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act)

After an introduction which consists of a historical overview that puts the oppression of homeless people in the context of historical laws that wronged other other marginalized groups of people and a brief summary of current governmental discrimination against homeless people, the Bill has a lot of “aspirational” language—things we’d like to see—about:

the right to income
the right to housing
the right to shelter and drop-in centers
the right to school supplies
the right to non-emergency and emergency healthcare
the right to social and healthcare services in adequate quantities, without barriers to entry

It doesn’t, however, guarantee any of these rights. Continue reading


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My politics and my humanity:

When I was a young adult, I was a social Darwinist. I despised homeless people as shiftless, useless. Excess population, living on the streets by choice. I turned my head or sneered when they asked for help.
My career was in political field work. First I gathered signatures, then worked in offices. Finally I ran campaigns. Sometimes I agreed with the legislation that I promoted, usually not. I was very good at what I did, and paid well. I’d become a gun for hire. My ethic was greed, and I valued that.

I had a house in San Francisco, with an apple tree, a lemon, a fig. Roses.
In my thirties, my undiagnosed PTSD began to ramify. Seeds planted in childhood had grown and were bearing their bitter fruit. My mind and body began to react to minor stresses as if they were life threatening. I was on alert, hyper-vigilant, all the time. I had no idea what was happening to me.

As things got worse, I drank more and more to deal with the symptoms. Continue reading


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What Now?

by Ian Smith

There is no simple answer. In fact even until now, there have been a suspicious lack of any viable answers forthcoming. I am a homeless man, a resident of the encampment at Fifth and King streets and as everyone who has an interest in this story probably knows, we have been displaced. The city as well as CalTrain thought it proper to allot $200,000 dollars toward the financing of a wrought iron fence which would in theory once and for all keep homeless people from camping or residing under the I-280 on-ramp overpass. Two. Hundred. Thousand. Dollars. I am not going to start in on the utter ridiculousness of that sum.

I am going to try to impart to you the situation from our point of view despite it coming as “too little, too late”. Our encampment worked as a model for many homeless encampments out there. We are self-governing, relatively clean, independent, and non-invasive. No more than any apartment complex at least. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you have riffraff living right next door to you and would probably be hard pressed to honestly say otherwise. Litterers, felons, drug addicts, you find them everywhere in all parts of society so let’s drop that impotent “war cry” some love to shake in people’s faces.

The truth is our encampment consisted of law abiding citizens whose ethics are not very different from yours or any others law-abiding citizens. Continue reading