Tenant Activists Protest Breed, Demand Support for Homelessness Ballot Measure
by Brian Haagsman
Aug 09, 2018
Mayor London Breed took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday to herald the city’s investment of $5.8 million over the next two years to provide legal services to anyone facing eviction - a legal defense program created by the passage of Proposition F in June.

But conspicuously absent from the City Hall steps Wednesday were key players responsible for creating Prop. F and getting it passed. Dean Preston, a tenants’ rights activist who wrote the measure and a candidate for District 5 Supervisor, and the San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which collected signatures and championed it in the run-up to election day, say they weren’t invited and learned of the event only through word of mouth.

The group’s members protested Breed at the event and were also there because they want Breed to support the “Our City, Our Home” gross receipts tax on large businesses to raise $300 million a year to fund homeless services. The measure, before voters in November, would also generate funding for legal defense services for San Francisco tenants facing eviction.