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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Ted Gullicksen remembered as passionate defender of SF renters’ rights

Ted Gullicksen remembered as passionate defender of SF renters’ rights

For more than a quarter-century, Ted Gullicksen piloted the San Francisco Tenants Union, the only fiercely independent renters-rights organization of its size and longevity in The City. News of his sudden death two weeks ago, just weeks before the November election, leaves the activists he nurtured with the Herculean task of passing the anti-real estate speculation-tax measure, Proposition G, which could be his legacy. Gullicksen, who was 61 when his roommate found him dead Oct….

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Lyft, Uber secure SFO deal

Lyft, Uber secure SFO deal

Uber and Lyft have signed deals to operate legally at San Francisco International Airport, officials announced Monday. The news comes after competing app-based ride service Sidecar signed a deal with SFO on Tuesday, the first agreement of its kind for any airport in California. SFO received a permit agreement signed by Lyft on Friday and one signed by Uber on Monday, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said. The deal details are identical for all three transportation…

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Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio One “On The Coast” with Stephen Quinn: Uber (Radio)

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio One “On The Coast” with Stephen Quinn: Uber (Radio)

Uber wants to set up shop in Vancouver and is being vehemently opposed by cab companies there as is the case in San Francisco. CBC Radio One host Stephen Quinn asked me to talk about how Uber has changed the transportation landscape in SF, as Vancouver says it needs 6 months to study the potential impacts.

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You better have a ticket to ride Muni

You better have a ticket to ride Muni

At the Van Ness station platform on a recent morning, three men wearing Muni uniforms stood alongside others waiting to board the next light-rail vehicle, chatting among themselves. The moment an inbound, two-car J-Church train arrived, the men broke off their conversation and methodically entered through different doors — one at the front of the first car, the second at the rear of the same car and the third at the rear of the last…

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