S.F. protesters want $20 million to help homeowners, renters

By Wendy Lee : sfgate – excerpt

More than 40 community activists protested in front of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s home Saturday, criticizing him for not doing enough to help people facing eviction and foreclosure.

The group, led by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, called for the mayor to allocate $20 million for financial assistance for distressed Bayview homeowners and at-risk Mission District tenants. They placed protest signs depicting stockings filled with eviction notices on the doorstep of the mayor’s Glen Park home and sang revamped versions of Christmas carols like “In the 5 Year Reign as Mayor” to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

“In his five years reign as mayor, Ed Lee gave to me: A Twitter tax break, pay to play politics, thousands of evictions and the displacement of the black community,” sang the activist carolers.

Yul Dorn, a pastor at Emmanuel Church of God in Christ and a case manager at the Community Justice Center, said he is in the process of being evicted from his Bayview home and may lose another house his wife had inherited due to a series of misunderstandings with a bank…

Under Lee’s leadership, the city has grown to new levels of prosperity, with rising housing prices, more tech firms and a city budget that’s increased by more than $2 billion. But he’s also come under sharp criticism for not doing enough to help city residents who are in danger of being evicted and widening income inequality between whites and blacks in San Francisco… (more)



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