Another Google bus blockade, this time targeting a Google employee

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Claudia Triado (right) with her son on the steps of 812 Guerrero, where tenants are facing eviction.
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY REBECCA BOWE

This morning (Fri/11) kicked off with yet another Google bus blockade in San Francisco’s Mission District, only this time housing activists said a Google employee is directly to blame for displacing residents. 

The blockade, which took place at 18th and Dolores streets, was short-lived but featured speeches by tenants facing eviction, as well as a giant cardboard cut-out depicting 812 Guerrero, a seven-unit building where tenants are facing eviction under the Ellis Act.

The property owner is Jack Halprin, a lawyer who is the head of eDiscovery, Enterprise for Google. He moved into one of the units after purchasing the building two years ago and served eviction notices on Feb. 26, according to tenant Claudia Triado, a third grade teacher at Fairmount Elementary in San Francisco who lives there with her two-year-old son.

The Bay Guardian left a voice message for Halprin requesting comment. We will update this post if he returns the call.

After the bus blockade, activists proceeded to 812 Guerrero and staged a short rally on the front steps.

Evan Wolkenstein, who teaches Jewish literature at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, said he’s lived at 812 Guerrero for eight years. Other tenants facing eviction from the property include an artist and a disabled person, he added.

During the Google bus blockade, minutes before police officers arrived to clear a path for the bus by urging protesters onto the sidewalk, Wolkenstein gave a speech about the overall impact the tech sector is having on San Francisco.

This evening, Eviction Free San Francisco will continue its protest activities with a march to the homes of teachers who are facing eviction, beginning at 20th and Dolores streets at 5pm.

Comments

sorry for the duplication, this posting interface is so slow...

Posted by Hank Chapot on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

We aren't picked up at home, you moron. We walk/MUNI/bike to the stops—you know, the ones you have all been complaining about—and we get the buses there. Amazing that you tools can't even get your facts straight.

Posted by I suggest that you, sir, are an idiot on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

Run the small buses/vans out to the neighborhoods, dipshit, to a central point near the goddamn freeway where the long haul buses want and shuttle your tech drone asses to your suburban campuses, that is if you're too damn selfish to take the damn CalTrain. As if you'd give a shit.

With more smaller vehicles, the network could be made even finer and run closer to people's homes.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

People want door-to-door service.

Oh, and aren't you a "tech drone dipshit"?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 4:13 am

Nice manners, Poindexter. You're scoring a lot of points on the GoogleAssholeOMeter tonight.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

Clearly this one did not have to pass any pre-employment dynamic network topology tests.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

Or different from the test you failed there?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 4:14 am

That was programming in pen and paper jet lagged, John, and it was for a mere web site, not the Titans of the Tech Industry that Hire the Best and the Brightest and are Redefining the New Economy.

You'd expect a better grasp on modeling a network topology to accommodate external constraints from a googler, no?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 7:17 am

Maybe they wanted people who are better at anticipating problems and solving them?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 8:52 am

It is not all about me. I was not in charge of the travel arrangements and my efforts to account for that beforehand were fruitless. Not to worry, I've got a great job here in SF making more money than they'd have offered in Amsterdam and my overhead remains fixed and low. I'm set.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:31 am

That is probably what they were looking for, and you failed that test as well.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:45 am

Actually they fed back that I aced the business acumen aspects of the test which only made me further suspect of the firm given my demonstrated lack of entrepreneurial prowess. I did get a free weekend in Amsterdam out of the deal, tho.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:08 am

That was programming in pen and paper jet lagged, John, and it was for a mere web site, not the Titans of the Tech Industry that Hire the Best and the Brightest and are Redefining the New Economy.

You'd expect a better grasp on modeling a network topology to accommodate external constraints from a googler, no?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:46 am

my mother likes me, she says I'm smart.

Posted by Hank Chapot on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

Part of the answer is to have the buses congregate in central locations, out of traffic like in a parking lot, and have the tech workers get there by bus, bike, taxi, foot, uber, etc.
Commuting is hard for most workers, and expensive. There is no good reason these people should be picked up in front of the house or on their corner by huge traffic clogging buses. It's the fact that a privileged group is usurping public space that really concerns people.

Posted by Hank Chapot on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

a place close to where you live, not across town somewhere.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:47 am

So I guess, because I'm a tech worker, it seems fair that these protestors and "native" residents get to decide where I can rent or buy? Fuck that. And fuck anyone who thinks they have the right to tell me what to do with my money. I earned it making an honest living using the skills I cultivated, so step the fuck back.

I'm curious: why, when viewed through the fogged-up lens of the NIMBY set, is the buyer of 812 Guerrero solely at fault here? Couldn't one take that twisted logic all the way back to the seller of the property? How dare he/she sell the building and exit the landlord business—right? Of course not. Because even Erin McElroy knows how stupid that sounds. It's convenient to blame the new owner, never mind the fact that he is acting within his rights. The bottom line is: he owns the building, he bought it in an honest transaction, with money he earned. Does it suck for the people being evicted? Of course. Is it his fault? No. Leave him the fuck alone, you fucking losers. He does not owe any of you a goddamn thing.

Oh, and listen to that idiot on the steps: “We had a community where we knew each other…what was once a community of friends has become a piece of property to be traded and sold for money.”

I have a question for that retard: how, exactly, do you think property ownership works? Are landlords your servants for life, expected to subsidize the building you want to live in because you're oh-so-special? Because you "deserve" it? Because you're a teacher or an artist? Here's a newsflash: all property is exactly that—something that is traded and sold for money. Just because you pay rent by the month and put up a "home sweet home" sign doesn't mean you have any say in how or when it will be sold. You just don't. Thems the breaks, kid. Smart people save their pennies and buy a spot of their own. You're the one that wasn't looking out for yourself.

Posted by This is bullshit on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

afford, and so they want to claim that owners have no rights, despite the fact that both state law and the state constitution clearly state that the owner of a property cannot be compelled to run that building as a business.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

If things are so great for you, why are you so angry? You and these whining protesters are cut from the same cloth.

They hate ; you hate.

Fuck you both, because you perpetuate the illusion that there is open class warfare in SF.

Makes provocative news, but it is really a distortion.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

San Francisco.

Feel like you were sold a dummy?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

This is what happens when Manhattanization arrives. Thanks to all the East Coasters who have contributed to this- starting with Art Agnos (early entrant who came here as a political hatchet man - think left wing Dick Tuck), Chris Daly, Matt Gonzalez (via Columbia U), etc..

Can't wait until we have 1 million happy, jolly people here in little NYC

Posted by Richmondman on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:51 am

We cannot bury our heads in the sand and do nothing. Building higher in the eastern districts while leaving the western districts low-raise is an elegant compromise.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:13 am

If they wanted to stay they should have bought the building, not try and steal it via rent control seizure...

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 2:51 am

I agree with you, I pay rent for space that I don't own, I am not a tech worker but I know I have to pay my rent. My home sweet home sign is not nailed in, but taped on my fridge just in case I have to leave.

Posted by Garrett on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

I'm angry because people don't deserve to be treated like pariahs based on what industry they work in or how much money they make. It's fucked up and—I don't know what rock you've been living under but there is a class war going on here and it's being perpetuated by the protesters. Sorry, but when people get spit on and verbally assaulted when they peacefully exit a bus simply because that bus is an admitted "symbol" for what is happening, then the class conflict is officially real.

Posted by I suggest that you, sir, are an idiot on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

and then read the rhetoric from these protesters again.

In fact, Hitler rose to power based on resentment of the Germans about the Jews who had been economically successful in Germany.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

Great, play the holocaust card.

Posted by Hank Chapot on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

Only the objects of hate change

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

@Guest - What ridiculous hyperbole. Let's bear in mind that the person doing the evictions here is a lawyer/executive, not a codemonkey. It's weird and distracting to focus on "techies" when displacement is actually coming from a number of sectors.

Posted by Jym Dyer on Apr. 30, 2014 @ 6:19 am

spitting does not a war make. you have no idea....

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 6:27 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

You are not being treated as pariahs due to the industry we work in. We have been in the Bay Area, San Francisco and the Mission since long before I headed west 25 years ago.

No, as Spike Lee says about Brooklyn, y'all are Bogarting our communities and you need to stop if you have any respect for those of us who are already here and the communities and culture that we've created and which is being clear cut as we speak.

Take a moment to consider the place where you are living, think about why you were attracted to live here in the first place, assess how you're not really stepping lightly, and figure out how to lighten your load on the place, try to harmonize with it instead of remaking it for your pleasure and convenience.

Previous generations of white people and techies managed to respectfully integrate with the community over the decades. Sure, there was grumbling from the previous inhabitants when the white slackers began to move here in the 1980s. But we were slackers not achievatrons and there were only a few thousand of us over a few years. Thus, the residents did not respond with pitchforks and torches.

No, this influx is different. For all of the creativity that is said to take place at these commuter bus contracting firms, there is precious little creativity on the part of this tech influx. Most all of it involves spending money in the "experience economy" to purchase a simulation of what it is like to really live a life.

You can really do that in any upscale mall in the US. You don't need to occupy the Mission to get that.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 7:49 am

The city has always been changing and always will. Confident people do not fear change; they welcome progress.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 8:50 am

They're whining about being called pariahs, I'm shining light on why they're perceived as pariahs while previous generations of techies have lived relatively seamlessly within the community.

If they're going to live here they should lose the douchiness.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:38 am

1930's Berlin.

They were hated for being successful and prosperous as well.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:49 am

When you can point to the bodies of six million gassed techies, maybe you can make the third reich comparison. We'll need help piling up that many bodies.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:05 am

class of people for their failures, and then sought to persecute them.

The methods and results may be different, so far, but the principle is close.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:48 am

@marcos - There may not be 6 million gassed yuppies, but C.W. Nevius made fun of Daniel Steel's oversized hedge, which is essentially the same thing.

Posted by Jym Dyer on Apr. 30, 2014 @ 6:26 am

You're completely delusional if you think previous generations of techies lived seamlessly with the mission residents.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

spoken like the owner of a mission district condo purchased in 2002 and now worth three quarters of a million. Somehow Marcos' brand of emigrating to SF becomes "already here"

Explain to me how a highly compensated techhie living in a neighborhood with a median income of less than 30k demonstrates "integration with the community"

Posted by Becky Backside on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:03 am

between what he has done and what he is telling others that they should do.

When a while male tech worker and gentrifier decides to hate on white male tech workers and gentrifiers, then he needs to convince himself that he is somehow exempt from his stereotypes.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:17 am

Why do you defend douches?

I'm hating on brogrammer douches.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:36 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:46 am

Stop projecting your self-hate on others.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:47 am

My cohort has lived in the Mission for perhaps 30 years now without significantly displacing and gentrifying. There were so few of us and we did not tread heavily with our economic power.

The evidence is that the community barely changed over the first 20 years of that interval compared to what's happened the last 10.

The periodic catastrophic floods of venture capital due to Wall Street's commandeering of the government and economy is what makes these last two waves of migrants so odious.

Coincidentally, that financial froth provided the financing that's allowed us to stay in the community and lower our housing costs to less than what it was a decade ago. We were smart enough to get in on the ground floor.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:36 am

You outbid colored people of color and thereby deprived them of a housing opportunity. You are part of the problem and you are protesting too much out of guilt and shame.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 9:48 am

Someone with a rounded education and vocabulary uses the right term to express a concept.

There was little competition for housing in the Mission in 1989 when I first moved here, nobody outbid or outpriced anyone for anything.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:07 am

than the competing bids from colored people of color.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 10:49 am

It was fortunate for Marcos that colored people of color didn't have enough money - Marcos and his "cohort" were therefore able to establish a colonial bridgehead in the Mission, paving the way for the techies to come.

Marcos denouncing gentrification is like Christopher Columbus denouncing Spanish imperialism.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 12, 2014 @ 11:19 am

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