By Tim Redmond

Mayor Ed Lee agreed Tuesday that the way speculators are using the Ellis Act in San Francisco is “unacceptable.” He said some of the strongest words we’ve heard to date about the need to end the evictions.

And then he said the only way to do that is with changes in state law. “All roads lead to Sacramento,” he told the supervisors in response to a question from Sup. David Campos.

That could turn out to be a position that leaves him at odds with the tenant movement in the city.

Campos wants to regulate buyouts. He also wants to increase the statutory payment that landlords have to give tenants in the case of an Ellis eviction. Those are things we can do here at home. And they’re apparently things that don’t interest the mayor. (more after the jump)