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The new Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, is beside herself at the abject squalor resulting from decades of “progressive” policies that encourage homeless residents to use the streets as their personal toilet.

In an interview with local station NBC Bay Area, Breed acknowledged that the poo-coated city she was born and raised in has a “huge problem” she aims to clean up.

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  • A dilapidated and tiny two bedroom, one bathroom home is being sold in the Outer Mission neighborhood of the city for $350,000
  • The 765-square-foot wood siding house is being showcased as a ‘single family’ listing
  • Built in 1906, it is described as a ‘distinguished home in need of work’

 

In many cities across the country, $350,000 is enough to buy a nice sized home with all the trimmings.

But in America’s most expensive city, San Francisco, that amount of money is only enough to land a person in a wooden shack.

A new real estate listing in the Outer Mission neighborhood of the city has a dilapidated 765-square-foot wood siding home for sale for $350,000.

The two bedroom and one bathroom California dwelling sits on a 1,633-square-foot lot on 16 De Long Street in the city.

The tiny abode is being showcased as a single family home and costs an expensive $458 per square foot

The tiny abode is being showcased as a single family home and costs an expensive $458 per square foot

What money can buy: The tiny brown home pictured above is being sold in San Francisco for  $350,000

What money can buy: The tiny brown home pictured above is being sold in San Francisco for $350,000

Located in the Outer Mission neighborhood, the  765-square-foot wood siding home only has two bedrooms

Located in the Outer Mission neighborhood, the 765-square-foot wood siding home only has two bedrooms

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2014 0425hudson2Protesters block a Facebook bus at intersection of San Francisco’s Market and 8th Streets and show unfair system of private tech buses. (Photo: Adam Hudson)

On January 21, dozens of protesters, decrying displacement and inequality, gathered near City Hall in San Francisco on a chilly Tuesday morning. At around 9:15 a.m., they marched down Market Street and blockaded two tech shuttles, one that was parked at a MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway) bus stop, the other in the middle of the street. Tech shuttles – also infamously known as “Google buses” – are private corporate buses that take tech industry workers from their homes in San Francisco down the peninsula to work in Silicon Valley.

Protesters surrounded the buses and placed signs near them that read: “Stop Displacement Now” and “Warning: Rents and evictions up near private shuttle stops.” A UC-Berkeley study and maps show that evictions and rent increases often follow the locations of tech bus stops. One sign bluntly read: “Fuck off Google.”

Present at the protest was Martina Ayala, a teacher, artist and consultant for San Francisco nonprofits working with low-income families. She is currently facing a no-fault eviction from her residence in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood that sits next to the Pacific Ocean beach. Ayala told Truthout, “The landlord would like us to self-evict” – but not by way of a buy-out, in which landlords evict tenants by paying them to leave. Instead, Ayala said, “They’re trying to get us out without having to pay the eviction costs. And so they’re doing that by harassing us and calling us every day, sending us three-day notice to pay rent or quit without following through with service.” Why would the landlord go to such lengths to push the family out? Ayala says, “Even though we are paying $1,750, that is still not enough for the landlord, because the average rent is now $3,000.”

The Google bus blockade lasted for a half-hour. Afterward, the crowd marched down Grove Street to the San Francisco Association of Realtors, then ended at City Hall. Much of the media coverage of the protest focused on the Google bus blockade. However, the protesters emphasized that the tech industry was not the only culprit. Developers, real estate brokers, and City Hall all play a role in economically displacing many San Francisco residents.

Not all protesters were mad at the tech workers riding the buses. Some encouraged tech workers to support the protesters’ cause. One sign read, “Get off the bus, join us!

read more@ http://truth-out.org/news/item/23305-the-bleaching-of-san-francisco-extreme-gentrification-and-suburbanized-poverty-in-the-bay

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Everyone is on the take.

It was their own Treasure Island.

Bored and unsupervised, five highly paid electricians working for the city of San Francisco spent years allegedly stealing from taxpayers during a remarkable binge that investigators say involved sex parties with prostitutes, moonlighting on city time and fraudulent billing to pay for their suburban lifestyles.

They allegedly charged the city hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal purchases, including BMW tires, lease payments on a truck and even remodeling a home in Contra Costa County’s tony Blackhawk subdivision. The men are accused of running a private contracting business on city time, collecting government paychecks while working on unauthorized jobs and billing the costs to taxpayers as well.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/04/MNIQ1E6VOR.DTL#ixzz0svWn2kdo

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SOMEONE IS DOING THE RIGHT THING

Hundreds of demonstrators, gathering at the Port of Oakland before dawn, prevented the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship. The demonstrators, demanding an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, picketed at Berth 58, where a ship from Israel’s Zim shipping line is scheduled to dock later today. The day shift of longshoremen agreed not to cross the picket line.

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