A new answer for the homeless? Homes

A new answer for the homeless? Homes

Last winter, Kelly Breitenbach and her three kids, homeless for nearly a decade, sought refuge at a cold-weather shelter in Fullerton. That night, they got four beds. Soon after, they got something else: acceptance into a program that would get them into a full-time, permanent home. Now, with a year of finance and life management sessions under her belt, Breitenbach, 36, and her now four children have a two-bedroom apartment in Buena Park. Breitenbach said…

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Santa Ana woman killed in San Bernardino shootings ‘had a lot to give’

Santa Ana woman killed in San Bernardino shootings ‘had a lot to give’

Tin Nguyen spent Tuesday with her boyfriend Haisan Trinh celebrating his 32nd birthday. She had a surprise planned for him on Thursday. Together nearly six years, the couple had been talking marriage – Trinh had even been saving to buy an engagement ring – but the kind and generous Nguyen was already like part of the family, said Trinh’s brother Haian Trinh, 33. She was Haisan Trinh’s “first girlfriend, ever,” his brother said Friday as…

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Family members, national groups push to solve 1985 Santa Ana terrorist attack case

Family members, national groups push to solve 1985 Santa Ana terrorist attack case

SANTA ANA – Helena Odeh remembers going with her father Alex Odeh, then the West Coast regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, to his second-floor office on 17th Street in Santa Ana in the 1980s. “His work was his life,” she said. “That’s what he stood for. He wanted peace.” On Oct. 11, 1985, the morning after he appeared on local and national television praising Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat as “a man…

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SF muralists feel betrayed after work found in Zephyr calendar

SF muralists feel betrayed after work found in Zephyr calendar

For 15 years, San Francisco resident Sirron Norris has prided himself on creating murals across The City that inform people from all walks of life about the cultural relevance of neighborhoods. Corporations such as Mitsubishi, Sony and Ricoh Theta have paid Norris to use his murals for commercial purposes. So when the artist received a calendar in the mail in December 2012 from Zephyr Real Estate — the largest independent real estate firm in The…

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First Negev tech commune in SF also faced legal problems

First Negev tech commune in SF also faced legal problems

Each of the three Negev tech communes in San Francisco has run into problems ranging from code violations to a lawsuit, and it all started at a small property on 12th Street in South of Market. Danny Haber, 26, and Alon Gutman, 27, first became involved in their communal housing setups last year with a live-work property at 200 12th St. called The Negev Twelfth. The property became a model for at least two other…

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SRO tenants’ tales tell scary story

SRO tenants’ tales tell scary story

Craigslist ads, Facebook posts and The Negev’s own website tout 219 Sixth St. as the epitome of modern communal living in San Francisco — a like-minded group of people dedicated to entrepreneurship, engineering, weekly tech talks, family dinners and partying. While that might be true, there is a different side to life behind the bright-red metal gate of The Negev Sixth. Nearly all tenants in the single-room-occupancy building — mostly in their 20s and newcomers…

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The Extra Extra Show on BFF.fm: Displaced SRO hotel tenants sue tech commune (Radio)

The Extra Extra Show on BFF.fm: Displaced SRO hotel tenants sue tech commune (Radio)

On “The Extra Extra Show” with San Francisco Examiner editor Michael Howerton and Brandon Reynolds and Rachel Swan of SF Weekly on BFF.fm November 14, 2014 explaining my story on a lawsuit that former SRO hotel residents and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic filed against The Negev, a tech commune cited for various building violations. Story: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/former-tenants-sue-after-sro-housing-made-into-group-apartments/Content?oid=2911878

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Former tenants sue after SRO housing made into group apartments

Former tenants sue after SRO housing made into group apartments

Like other tenants that a fire displaced from a single-room-occupancy hotel on Folsom Street, Patricia Kirkbride, under the San Francisco rent-control ordinance was entitled to an offer to move back into her unit within 30 days of the repairs, at the same rent rate. Boarded up and draped in scaffolding until recently, the single- and double-occupancy-room Park Hotel at 1040 Folsom St. appeared uninhabited. Kirkbride said she had no idea the building repairs were complete…

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Giants, fans celebrate another World Series title with wet and wild parade

Giants, fans celebrate another World Series title with wet and wild parade

Like many others clad in orange and black around her, Cheryl Shawl, 60, had been waiting since dawn today through waves of rain to see her heroes: the Giants. And when the World Series championship parade finally started rolling down Market Street around noon, Shawl and the rest of the dense crowd went wild. Players, celebrating the third trophy in San Francisco in the past five years, towered above the crowd on double-decker buses, waving…

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