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Eviction lawyer, Ellis Act supporters hold fundraiser for Leland Yee



By Tim Redmond

State Sen. Leland Yee, who was conspicuously absent from the tenant rally in Sacramento, is raising campaign money from some of the most radical pro-eviction forces in San Francisco.

Andrew Zacks, a lawyer who represents landlords in eviction cases and is notorious in the tenant community, and the Small Property Owners of San Francisco, a group that opposes even modest Ellis Act reform, will host Yee at a March 13 fundraiser at Zack’s law office.

Yee has a very mixed record, at best, on tenant issues – but this is a step way, way beyond. Sup. David Chiu was forced to give back all the money he raised at a recent event held by an attorney who does Ellis evictions, and tenant anger in this city is so high that any politician siding with the most radical of landlord allies is going to be under immense pressure.

Yee is running for secretary of state – not a job that directly involved tenant issues. But he will, like any politician in San Francisco, be looking for support among progressive organizations – and I suspect that his connection with Zacks and the Small Property Owners will be enough to guarantee he gets nobody on the left on his team.

Everyone running for office these days gets real-estate money. I pointed out that Sup. Scott Wiener has raised a lot from that industry, but he’s not alone.

Still, it’s one thing to get a few donations from landlords, developers, and architects – it’s another to be in bed with people who don’t believe there should be any restrictions at all on the right of a landlord to evict a tenant under the Ellis Act. And that’s where the Small Property Owners stand.

I have left a message for Yee’s campaign, but have not heard back yet.

Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at), follow @supermarke on Twitter.


  1. fact is by flipping these building , because they are not interested in renting they buy and sell , they contribute in above normal housing market rates which in turn drive up the cost of doing business in San Francisco , The list is long starting by States organization to major corporation , in short term they make money in long term, they are destroying the infrastructure of society .
    These peoples and the lawyer that come with them are trash .
    The politician which are affiliated with them , you know the word .

  2. Well put Elizabeth!

    SF tenants rights have been to strong for many years.
    Tenants should receive only what their lease allows and in many cases that is 30 days tenancy.
    Ellis adds some rights for land owners.

  3. “the most radical pro-eviction forces in San Francisco”

    Just to be clear, you are talking about people who are merely supporting existing law, not a radical position. And calling them pro-eviction is like saying that people who are pro-choice are pro-abortion.

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