Petition demands Google attorney reverse evictions at Mission building 

A group of protesters will demand that evictions at a Mission residential building be reversed in a petition with more than 1,600 signatures they plan to deliver to Google's San Francisco offices Thursday evening.

Four tenants at 812 Guerrero St. have fought their evictions for over a year, according to the protesters from Eviction Free San Francisco. They said they are taking their cause to Google's city headquarters because the landlord evicting the tenants is an attorney at Google, Jack Halprin.

"It's really expensive to live in the city, and if the school district is not willing to pay us a living wage, we really can't afford to stay here," tenant and local teacher Claudia Tirado said in a statement. She continued, "especially if big corporations continue to attack my space and others that live in my building."

Eviction Free San Francisco said one 20-year tenant was evicted when Halprin issued an owner-move-in eviction, saying a relative would move into the building.

The remaining tenants now face an impending Ellis Act eviction: Alex and Claudia Tirado, with their 3-year-old son; Johnny Sideris, a therapist who works in support services; and Evan Wolkenstein, a high school teacher, according to the anti-eviction group.

Eviction Free San Francisco will present signatures to Google, and lead a protest, at 5 p.m. today at 345 Spear St., Google's San Francisco offices.

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Born and raised in San Francisco, Fitzgerald Rodriguez was a staff writer at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and now writes the S.F. Examiner's political column On Guard. He is also a transportation beat reporter covering pedestrians, Muni, BART, bikes, and anything with wheels.
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