Activists organize, and some journalists chronicle, a progressive resurgence in SF

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Milk and Moscone championed progressive causes.
AP

While Mayor Ed Lee jets around the world, still too focused on fueling the economic fire that is gentrifying San Francisco and displacing its diverse population — and as the San Francisco Chronicle and other downtown boosters niggle on the margins of the city’s biggest issue — local activists and some media outlets are paying attention and pushing back.

The New York Times ran an excellent Sunday piece about the growing populist backlash here against Mayor Lee’s economic policies and his friends and benefactors in the tech industry, a story that the Santa Rosa Press Democrat also put on its front page, but which the Chronicle only briefly mentioned today on its business page in a short story wrapping all the high-end housing now coming online. Instead, on Sunday the Chron ran this pro-landlord garbage

Meanwhile, as we report in tomorrow’s edition of the Guardian, more than 20 local organizations have combined forces this year to organize and promote tomorrow's (Wed/27) annual memorial march marking the 1978 assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Sup. Harvey Milk in City Hall, which will this year focus on their legacy of advocating for renters and keeping this city affordable by and welcoming of the working class and outsiders of all types.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this is a struggle for the very soul of San Francisco, and it’s a struggle that we at the Guardian renew our commitment to with every issue we print. See you all on the streets tomorrow night starting at 7pm in Milk Plaza and Castro and Market.    

Comments

to 'Guest' who won't reveal their name:

What does the city get? Are you asking this because I need to fill out your application of "appropriate" residents living here? As opposed to the 25 year old techie who just moved downstairs? I'm full time professional, a voting, tax paying citizen. I don't do bath salts. Much. That's enough.

I cannot move because my fiance and I cannot afford the deposit anywhere else. Did you hear me say paycheck-to paycheck? We live with a 3rd roommate and none of us have the resources to move. Our savings go to medical, dental, and eye care, none of which are covered by Healthy SF or my work insurance. We have no choice. But I've heard Hawaii is nice.

Posted by Alex Orzulak on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

don't you move to a share in Oakland which will be much cheaper? Then you will struggle less and can save more.

Your assumption seems to be that you somehow deserve to be in Sf even though you appear to admit that you cannot afford it. Why would you have that expectation in any event?

And I asked about the value to the city of you being here because you appear to be giving support to polices that take money from other people and give it to you in the form of cheaper housing. What is the public policy justification for that?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

Alex said that he did not have enough to afford the first/last/security deposit to move. If you are so interested in seeing him gone, maybe you can lend it to him.

You seem like a rich asshole to me, you can afford it.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

With the rent he will save in Oakland, he'll be ahead in a few months.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

Why would someone move to a more expensive apartment in Oakland than what he has in SF now?

Current Oakland rents (without future rent control) surpass the rent paid by residents in SF rent-contolled apartments if they have lived here for five or more years.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

And rents there are about 50% of SF rents.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 6:05 am

"God" did not. She had nothing to do with it. Corporatists did. So you believe in The Floating Cloud Being, do you? Do you still leave a tooth under your pillow too?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

The point being that there is a much cheaper alternative to living in SF for those who lack the fiscal ability to afford Sf.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 6:06 am

"You seem like a rich asshole to me... "

On the face of it, yes. I suspect that asshole doesn't have a dime to their name. They are probably using the internet connection of friends (although I can't imagine such an asshole having any friends). It's all an elitist, pretentious, smug, arrogant, in-your-face lecturing, I-know-better-than-you act for them. That asshole doesn't give a damn about anybody here. They are just here to argue. They are dysfunctional. They just pretend to be rich to make the city for "their kind." The reason I say that is because of the rich people I know, none of them act the way that asshole acts and none of them live on websites. They have better things to do with their time, they tell me. Also, none of them have the disposition of that asshole. So I suspect that asshole is not rich, but rather just pretends to be for trolling purposes and has taken their act way too far to where it's obnoxious. Some people live pathetically sad lives and that asshole is obviously one of them.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

on their membership of a class (rich folks) but not OK to stereotype another class of people (blacks)?

Aren't you no better than a racist?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 6:08 am

san francisco is only getting more expensive and i doubt the government is going do anything to help. in fact, they only seem to make things worse.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

It doesn't exist to give you something you cannot afford.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

The Leebots on this site are unlike any I've seen anywhere else. Their god Lee can do no wrong and they're constantly rushing to pump him up in the face of the public, usually cheering for some phony opinion poll that they refuse to link to. If this corporatist, conservative piece of work Lee were "all that" he wouldn't need them to pump him up. They wouldn't need to serve as salespeople for him. The Leebots really show their insecurity with their god Lee by their actions on this forum. They are essentially STILL campaigning for him. What bootlickers! Such slavish devotion to their god Lee. They must be getting something out of it financially otherwise they wouldn't come on here and behave as blind-devotion-to-god-Lee lunatics on a public forum.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

The S/M thing is such a strange progressive motif.

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

We ALL know the Lee-bots are getting paid!! ;-)

Posted by The Goebblin Love Child of Smaug on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 7:46 pm
Posted by Matlock on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

pay anyone to sing his praises?

He has brought the good times back to the city.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

Shill. Hack. The Leebot bootlicker has spoken again for deity Lee.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 9:08 am

we were outspent, in the end the population is of course stupid and doesn't know whats good for them.

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 9:48 am

or brainwashing.

But when the left wins, it is the voice of the people and the arc of social justice.

The sad thing is that some here actually believe that.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 10:05 am

LIE.

(To anyone reading this outside the Bay Area, this LIE has been spammed by the Leebots countless times on this site. It is no longer worth responding to other than to call it what it is: A LIE. If you're interested, look back through previous articles and their comments and you can see the truth of what happened in that election and the eleven "rounds" it took for this man to become mayor).

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

requires a few rounds of voting for a winner to emerge. And many of the other candidates were also moderates and/or had more name recognition than Lee.

But in the final "runoff", Lee beat out Avalos 60-40 - that is effectively a landslide over the anti-jobs candidate and a clear polular mandate for the Mayor.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 29, 2013 @ 7:31 am

I guess this is the best place to put this.

There's an article on the wsws.org site titled, "On eve of Thanksgiving holiday
Hunger rises in US capital."

First two paragraphs:

As the Thanksgiving holiday comes this year, thousands of US families are forced to live in a state of hunger. As of November 1, over $11 billion has been eliminated from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) over a period of three years.

In the District of Columbia, where over 144,000 individuals rely on food assistance, the impact of the cut has been devastating. Nearly one in eight homes in the District of Columbia has been classified as “food insecure,” a condition defined by the US Department of Agriculture as a shortage of nutritionally adequate food, in which the ability to acquire such is considered “limited” and “uncertain.”

Then later in the article it says this:

“I’ve definitely noticed changes in this neighborhood,” continued Steve, speaking about attempts to gentrify poorer areas in the city. “They’re putting up all these high-rises and condos that weren’t here before. No way the people who live here now will be able to live in those places. It really seems like America is a place where the little man always suffers, but the big guys are never affected.”

Another woman who preferred to go unnamed said, “I see all these new buildings in areas where my family has lived for decades. They’re all over the place, right alongside these cuts you’re talking about. And this process of gentrification,” she added, “isn’t fair for the people who can’t afford to stay here and [are] going to get kicked out to Maryland and Virginia. Then they’ll probably have to commute to work, which will be more money.”

My comment: So this "luxury designer condo"-building craze is happening all over the place. I knew it was happening in the District (I used to live there), I've read that it's also happening in Manhattan. Who would have thought that they have any more room for more buildings in Manhattan, including more condos there?) and I suspect many other US cities, including Boston. I've also read that this is happening in London and that those who are not wealthy are being forced out of that city.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 3:19 am

This obsessional envy is becoming quite unhealthy.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 9:06 am

Chicago:
(March 14, 2013)

There’s a new wave of luxurious, residential towers about to hit Chicago, part of a high-rise building boom.

"Within the next four years, more than 5,000 units of high-rise luxury rentals are scheduled to hit downtown Chicago. Experts believe the demand is there. One reason for the demand: continued job growth downtown. That includes the 2,500 Google employees moving this spring from Libertyville to the Merchandise Mart. Those amenities don’t come cheap: K2 rents range from $1,650 a month for a studio to $6,500 a month for a three-bedroom, three-bath penthouse."

***************

I guess the Leebots will credit their god Lee for this too.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 6:54 am
Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 9:07 am

And what's comforting to me is to know there's not a problem in the world.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

should focus unduly on them while ignoring all the success and happiness.

Overall, life is good here.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 29, 2013 @ 7:29 am

The tiny elite (and their paid shills and hacks), versus the rest of us.

Thanksgiving in the US
28 November 2013

This year’s Thanksgiving holiday, coming more than five years after the Wall Street crash, highlights the devastating impact of mass unemployment and budget cuts on tens of millions of Americans. It underscores as well the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny elite.

Even as food banks across the country report increasing demand and dwindling supplies, the US media is obsessed with snowstorms, travel delays and Black Friday sales. There is barely a mention of the intractable unemployment, poverty, hunger and homelessness that impact millions.

Judging by the media coverage, one would never suspect that the United States is a country where, according to a July 2013 report by the Associated Press, “Four out of five US adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.”

In cities throughout the country, people have lined up by the hundreds for Thanksgiving food distributions, recalling the bread lines of the 1930s. Food banks are reporting rising demand not only from the unemployed, but also from the growing ranks of the working poor.

The dire conditions created by years of economic slump have been compounded by cutbacks in food stamp benefits that took effect at the beginning of this month, eliminating the equivalent of two days of food every month. Extended unemployment benefits are set to expire for millions of people on December 31, throwing them even further into destitution.

Read the rest at wsws.org

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

search engine: ‘US financial crisis deeper than debt ceiling’
(Paul Craig Roberts)

I like this part. It tells it like it is:

Roberts: Well, let me say, let me go to the most general level. What this shows is that the superpower, the exceptional country, the indispensable country is not even capable of governing itself and yet it claims to know what is best for Iran, for Iraq, for Afghanistan, for Somalia, for Libya, for Russia, for China, for the whole world and yet it cannot govern itself.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

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