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S.F.’s housing mob and the death of property rights

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 5, 2010 10:13 AM

I’ve reported many times about the housing entitlement mob over the past several years. Boston has self-proclaimed bank terrorist and housing entitlement shakedown artist Bruce Marks of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA). Baltimore had criminal home invaders masquerading as bogus foreclosure victims.

In San Francisco, the housing entitlement mob is led by an anarchist-Marxist-inspired “social justice” group called “Homes Not Jails” that grew out of the Food Not Bombs/San Francisco Tenants Union alliance.

On Easter Sunday, the property rights-trampling mobsters of “Homes Not Jails” besieged a privately-owned duplex building while police officers stood around watching them illegally trespass. And San Francisco wonders why it’s a dying city:

A group of homeless people and housing activists took over a privately-owned Mission District duplex today in what served as the climax of a protest designed to promote use of San Francisco’s vacant buildings as shelters for the needy.

But the owner of the property – who was targeted over his eviction of a tenant – said the demonstration was nothing more than breaking and entering. “It’s not actually vacant. I use it for my own personal uses,” Ara Tehlirian of Daly City said in an interview, adding that he was in contact with the San Francisco Police Department. “I know nothing other than my property was apparently broken into.”

The takeover epitomized the tensions between property owners and tenant activists that have flared for decades in the city, and sometimes tip into outright hostilities near the peaks and troughs of the market cycle. This time, more than fifty people marched in the rain through the Mission District, hoisting picket signs that read “House keys not handcuffs” and chanting “Whose city? Our city.” The action was organized by Homes Not Jails, a 20-year-old group affiliated with the San Francisco Tenants Union.

Eight people stormed into the building. Where was law enforcement? Sitting on its hands:

More than a dozen police officers were on hand, most standing on the sidewalk on the other side of the street. Asked earlier whether they would take action if protesters occupied the property, officers declined to comment. One said, “We’ll see.”

By 3 p.m., all had left but one, who stayed to ensure that “nobody is out of hand,” said a police official, Sgt. William Escobar. No arrests had been made.

A glimpse of the squatters’ circus soon to come to your neighborhood? Note the rhetoric at the “Homes Not Jails” website: “People should not not be evicted for profit. People’s rights should come before property rights.” Property owners: Don’t count on the SFPD, Nancy Pelosi, or Barack Obama to stand up for yours when the housing entitlement mob comes to “sieze” (sic) and plunder.

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