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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Ellis Act evictions changing landscape of San Francisco housing

Ellis Act evictions changing landscape of San Francisco housing

Home for Gum Gee Lee and her husband, Poon Heung Lee, has been a three-bedroom apartment at 1508-A Jackson St. near Chinatown since 1979. They have raised seven children there. Now the immigrants from China and their 48-year-old disabled daughter are the only tenants remaining in the eight-unit complex. That could change in just a couple of days. As “Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:01 AM” fast approaches, the Lees cannot ignore the “Notice to Vacate”…

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Reign barbecue Bulls in blowout

Reign barbecue Bulls in blowout

ONTARIO — The Ontario Reign caught fire on the ice Friday night, scorching the San Francisco Bulls 7-0 as captain Derek Couture notched a hat trick. Losing – by a lot – seems to be a recurring theme for the Bulls the last several times they’ve fallen to the Reign. San Francisco has lost by an unlucky 7 goals in three of their last four encounters. What exactly is it that the Reign have managed to do…

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Markets’ live poultry sales cruel, protesters say

Markets’ live poultry sales cruel, protesters say

For two decades, Raymond Young has set up his poultry stall to sell live chickens at United Nations Plaza every Wednesday and Sunday before the crack of dawn. His steady stream of customers are mostly Chinese. But in April, another group of early risers started showing up not to buy but to block sales. “Live animals don’t belong in bags!” read a banner that animal rights activists, most of them vegan, held beside dozens of Chinese waiting…

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Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

The past three days have been like a dream for Steve Li. After spending more than two months at a detention center in Arizona, Li, who was on the verge of being deported to Peru, is back in San Francisco – the only place he’s ever considered home. “Finally, this nightmare was over, but it’s still surreal to me,” the 20-year-old City College student said Monday. “I’ve been everywhere lately, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.” Since his return…

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Keeping Your Home Clean And ‘Green’

Keeping Your Home Clean And ‘Green’

If the founders of Method have their way, every house in the nation will be cleaned using green, eco-friendly products. Right now, the San Francisco company is happy to have its products on the shelves of prominent retailers such as Target, Whole Foods and Lowe’s. “We [built this business] because we’re human beings who care about this planet,” says cofounder Eric Ryan. Method pulled in revenues of $100 million last year, selling bathroom cleaner, dish…

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