Join Eviction Free San Francisco for a spirited lunchtime march and picket at Vanguard Properties to demand that Michael Harrison of Vanguard Properties rescind the Ellis Act eviction of Benito Santiago!
Meet at 24th street BART station and march to Vanguard Properties at 2501 Mission Street at 21st.
Co-founder of Vanguard Properties Michael Harrison is currently using the Ellis Act to attempt and evict long-term tenant and native San Franciscan Benito Santiago.
Benito Santiago is a senior and disabled Filipino resident of the Duboce Triangle. He was born and raised in San Francisco. Benito is a teacher for the San Francisco unified school district where he teaches dance to children. He received his first eviction notice the day before Thanksgiving, on November 24th 2013. Benito has been organizing with Eviction Free San Francisco to fight his eviction.
Michael Harrison is a “property flipper”: his shell company Pineapple Boy LLC bought Benito’s home in November 2013 and tried to evict Benito and the two other tenants immediately. Vanguard Properties is currently involved in a number of luxury property developments in the Mission District including the development at 19th and Valencia that in February 2014 set record sale prices for the neighborhood with a 2 bedroom rental apartment going for $10,500 /month.
Endorsed by Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Our Mission NO Eviction, San Francisco Senior and Disability Action, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), San Francisco Tenants Union, POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE, Mission SRO Collaborative, Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP), Tenants Together, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Causa Justa Just Cause, Gray Panthers, New York City Anti- Eviction Network