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Shaping San Francisco
by Adriana Camarena
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Polo Gonzalez is a Mission District local. He has been involved in community services since his youth, including graffiti abatement programs, volunteering at event security for Carnival, and most recently, collaborating with the DJ Project at Horizons Unlimited, which teaches youth creative and business management skills. Today, he is a manager at a Philz Coffeehouse, where he politely admonishes clients who call The Mission, “The Mish” , to please call it by its proper name. His family was...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Polo Gonzalez, CalHumanities,...
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by Adriana Camarena
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Michael "Med-O" Whitson and LisaRuth Elliot were flatmates at 1668 Page St. in the Haight. After their building was sold and they initially refused to accept a buy-out settlement, the new owners hired the leading landlord law firm of Fried & Williams to pursue an Ellis Act Eviction in 2013. Michael has lived 32 years in the Bay Area and 30 of those years in his apartment on Page St. He is a community builder, musician, poet, writer, and activist, which is why he moved to San...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Michael "Med-o"...
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Steven has lived in San Francisco for 30 years. He was evicted from his apartment at 940 Capp Street after 26 years of living there by the resident owners of the house via family members move-in. He feels this move-in eviction was retaliation for, among other justifiable actions, his declining to sign a new and illegal rental agreement that would have doubled his rent. Karen Uchiyama, Esq. was their counsel.
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Steven Black, CalHumanities,...
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Lauren Montana Swiger is an activist, musician, and community member who was evicted from the Mission, along with her teenage daughter. It was an Owner-Move-In eviction, one of three kinds of no-fault evictions displacing San Franciscan families and communities. Montana and her daughter were forced to relocate to Berkeley. It’s pretty there, but they mourn the loss of daily living in a community that they toiled to create with other parents and kids to challenge the stereotypes of oppression...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Lauren Swiger, CalHumanities,...
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Michael "Med-O" Whitson and LisaRuth Elliot were flatmates at 1668 Page St. in the Haight. After their building was sold and they initially refused to accept a buy-out settlement, the new owners hired the leading landlord law firm of Fried & Williams to pursue an Ellis Act Eviction in 2013. LisaRuth lived on Page Street for 3 and 1/2 years. LisaRuth is a community historian, artist, bread baker, urban farmer, writer, editor, everyday bicyclist, activist, and San Francisco resident...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, LisaRuth Elliott, CalHumanities,...
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Jason and Sandy were evicted from 6511 Raymond St. Oakland by Dan Daigle. They had been living there 3 years and 5 months, since they arrived to the Bay Area. An Oakland story was included because few people understand that the epidemic of evictions is wrecking havoc in Bay Area wide communities. Residents of San Francisco have approved regulations to protect tenants, and despite this democratic exercise, real estate speculators find loopholes to damage communities. Residents pushed out of San...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Sandy Juarez, Jason Wallach,...
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Río Yañez, alongside his mother and father – Yolanda Lopez and Rene Yañez – are being evicted from their family home at San Jose Ave, near 26th Street in the Mission by Realty West. His family has lived in the same apartment on San Jose Ave. since 1978.  The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Rio Yañez, CalHumanities,...
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Zeph works as a cultural activist at the intersections of art, social justice, and the transgressive body. Since 2011, Zeph has helped move 35 friends due to eviction and has focused on creative direct action responding to the economic crisis and displacement. Zeph was evicted in 2012 along with 16 artists from the Million Fishes Collective, which used to stand at Bryant and 23rd. The spiritless office space that now inhabits the former collective space sits directly across from the infamous...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Zeph Fishlyn, CalHumanities,...
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Donna, her husband Robert “Jawara” Johnson, and the family dogs Xochitl (age 4) and DJ (age 2 and ½) were served with Ellis Act eviction papers in 2012, and forced out of their 73-B Pearl Street in San Francisco by serial evictors Kwok Chung Wong and Har Kwan Luk . Since 2003, this company has Ellis Acted 30 units in San Francisco, including the 6 units at Donna’s former home building on Pearl Street.
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Donna Johnson, CalHumanities,...
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Benito Santiago is a disabled elder, musician, and public school teacher currently being Ellis Act evicted from his lifelong San Francisco home on Duboce Street. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen City storytellers who shared their eviction horror stories that evening around the fire. Related event...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Benito Santiago, CalHumanities,...
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Patricia Kerman, now a disabled senior citizen, has lived in her current flat for the past 27 years and Tom Rapp has lived there as her roommate for the last 15 of them. They are being Ellis Acted from their home by their landlord Kaushik Dattani. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fourteen City storytellers...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Tom Rapp, Patricia Kerman,...
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Sarah Brandt is a San Francisco public school teacher and lifelong City dweller, who is currently being Ellis Act evicted from her Mission District apartment, alongside her 98 year old neighbor, Mary Elizabeth (M.E. or Emmy) Phillips. Emmy has lived in her home for over 40 years.  The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Sarah Brandt, Mary Phillips,...
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Three residents of the Mission District of San Francisco: Polo Gonzalez, Sarah Brendt, and Rio Yañez share their stories of eviction. They are lifelong San Franciscans, respectively, a cafe manager, a public school teacher, and an artist. In their narratives they also represent their elders: Ana Gutierrez (Polo’s senior mom), Mary Phillips (Sarah’s 98 year old neighbor), and Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez (Rio’s parents and legendary Mission artists). All of them are being Ellis Act...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Rio Yanez, Sarah Brendt, Yolanda...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Shaping San Francisco Talks
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continuing the conversation about the category of "natural disaster" and how many things taken for granted as normal or natural are actually artifacts of human culture. This episode features Chris Carlsson and Peter Davidson.
Topics: public health, heroin overdose, natural disaster
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Superfund sites in San Francisco? Come find out whether people and nature are being treated appropriately and fairly in these two well known but very different communities and environments. Is the Presidio Trust fulfilling its commitment to protect and restore the natural resources of this great urban National Park? Are the Navy and the City of San Francisco taking the best care of the residents and their environment at Hunter's Point Shipyard? San Francisco is blessed with significant...
Topics: Toxic waste, superfund, Bayview Hunter's Point, Presidio, Tennessee Hollow, Candlestick Point State...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Shaping San Francisco Talks
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The largest coastal lagoon between Point Reyes and Pescadero, Lake Merced is an incomparable natural resource for San Francisco. A controversial preserve has been proposed for East Lake and some intact habitats, to protect wildlife and threatened species. Dan Murphy GG Audubon Society, David Behar, SF Public Utilities Commission. A Nature in the City co-production (www.natureinthecity.org)
Topics: Lake Merced, aquifer, golf courses, habitat, species, wildlife, birds, Audubon, southwest San...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Doug Minkler was one of the first political artists to embrace the Mac and heâs been making scathing collages and edgy, often hilarious posters for several decades. See his solo show and find out how heâs kept himself going all these years!
Topics: Art, politics, labor, movements, left wing, social services, social movements, expressionism,...
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A 3-part radio program based on a Public Talk at CounterPULSE on March 8, 2006, under the Shaping San Francisco Spring Talks series. A historical look at how San Franciscans have fought for a human-centered city. From saving Telegraph Hill, stopping freeways, and resisting redevelopment, the corporate agenda has been thwarted again and again. Today new movements are again contesting the direction of the city. We'll have a look at the historic Burnham Plan and other ideas for reshaping the city....
Topics: anti-highrise, freeway revolt, citizens movements, saving Telegraph Hill, redevelopment
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San Francisco-based muralist Jet Martinez talks about Art & Politics as part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE. Martinez hails from Mexico originally, and he paints magical realist images of nature, incorporating metallic paints and repetitive geometric patterns (that in turn evoke both pre-industrial textiles and industrially homogenous designs) with natural forms from trees, leaves, and more.
Topics: art, politics, Shaping San Francisco, Talks, murals, magic realism
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Learn about the âColony Collapse Disorderâ afflicting commercial beekeepers and the threat to agribusiness, in juxtaposition to the dozens of native bees flourishing in Californiaâs urban environments, which reinforce local biodiversity and provide another important link to growing our own food in cities. K. Ruby and Philip Gerrie
Topics: bees, urban agriculture, biodiversity, agribusiness, Colony Collapse Disorder
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How Can Making Products Locally From Recyclables Solve Local Economic Challenges? "We need to make products locally from local recyclables." said Peter Berg. "Remanufacturing provides meaningful work, closes the energy loop, and stimulates creativity. It is a practical response to the economic slump that builds on our physical and human resources." Featuring: Neil Seldman, President of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute For Local Self-Reliance, Peter Berg, Planet Drum...
Topics: Recycling, waste, remanufacturing, materials, sustainability, green jobs, work
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Part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE. San Francisco California State Park at Candlestick, an urban shoreline park used by bird watchers, picnickers, and fishermen, is being ecologically transformed for the benefit of the Bayview community and local critters. Alan Hopkins, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Patrick Rump, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Claude Everhart, Friends of Candlestick. Oct. 29, 2008
Topics: nature in the city, ecology, urban parks, shoreline, wetlands, birds, state parks, fishermen,...