Mar 26

Press Release: “March on Vanguard Properties” Wednesday, April 2nd


March on Vanguard Properties: The Ellis Act is Elder Abuse

Contact:  Erin McElroy, erinmcel@shazzlemail.com
Michael Harrison, co-founder of Vanguard Properties, is currently using the Ellis Act to evict Benito Santiago from his long time home at the Duboce Triangle through the shell company, Pineapple Boy LLC.
When:  Wednesday April 2nd 11:30am
What:  Eviction Free San Francisco March from 24th Street Bart Plaza to Vanguard Properties at 2501 Mission Street
Where:  24th Street Bart Plaza
Who:  Under threat of eviction tenant Bonito Santiago, members of Eviction Free San Francisco
Why:  To demand that Mr. Santiago does not get evicted from his home and to highlight the role of large real estate companies, like Vanguard Properties in Ellis Act evictions.
•Tenant will be available for interviews
SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday April 2nd members of Eviction Free San Francisco will march from the 24th Street Bart Plaza to Vanguard Properties, on 21st and Mission Street. 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.
Mr. 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 is a music instructor for special-needs children. He received his first eviction notice the day before Thanksgiving, on November 24th 2013. He was offered a $24,000 buyout, which he refused. On December 27th, he got his second eviction notice. Since then, Benito has been organizing with Eviction Free San Francisco to fight his eviction. “I’ll stay here, meeting the challenge instead of turning around and exiting. It’s not just for me. I’m doing this for seniors and those with disabilities,” he says.
Michael Harrison is the co-founder of Vanguard Properties, where he specializes in “residential investment properties.” He is a property flipper: his shell company Pineapple Boy LLC bought the building 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 and Duboce Triangle area including the development at 19th and Valencia that in February 2014 set record sale prices for the neighborhood.
Endorsed by:  the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Senior and Disability Action, Our Mission No Eviction, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Housing Rights Committee, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE, San Francisco Tenants Union, Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP), Mission SRO Collaborative, Tenants Together, Causa Justa Just Cause (CJJC), Gray Panthers, New York City Anti- Eviction Network


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