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The Agenda, Part 2: A couple more items I missed

Protecting students and teachers from eviction and real parental leave

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Sometimes there’s so much going on that I can’t keep track of it all. So this week’s Agenda missed a couple of interesting items that will come up at the Tuesday Board of Supes meeting.

Sup. David Campos wants to protect teachers and students from evictions
Sup. David Campos wants to protect teachers and students from evictions

There’s a significant housing issue that has five sponsors, one short of what’s needed to pass it. The measure by Sup. David Campos would ban all no-fault evictions during the school year if the tenant is a teacher or a student at a San Francisco school.

It’s not going to halt all evictions, and it’s only a temporary reprieve for the teachers and students. But it makes a statement: Evicting a teacher or student during the school year can have a huge impact. In this housing market, most teachers who live in rent-controlled units can’t possibly afford another place in the city, which means an eviction sends them so far out of town that continuing to teach in SF might be impossible.

Same for families with kids in the local schools. Imagine that you learn in the spring, when your kids are getting ready for the SAT or the AP tests, that you have to leave town – and very likely leave the school district, and put them someplace entirely new where they know nobody and the teachers and curriculum are not in synch with what they’ve been working so hard to master.

I have a high-school junior who is going through all of this right now. His college future depends to some extent on these infernal tests; if we didn’t have stable housing, had to move to a new city and a new district, I don’t what we would do.

It’s hard to imagine even the pro-landlord supes voting against this, but we shall see. Only five have signed on so far.

 

Then there’s a measure by Sup. Scott Wiener that would require employers to supplement that state-paid disability leave parents take when they have new children. Right now, disability only covers about 60 percent of a worker’s earnings, and for reasons that remain incomprehensible to many of us, the United States doesn’t pay for anything remotely resembling adequate maternity and paternity leave. For a lot of people, spending time with a new child and living on 60 percent of pay just isn’t possible.

I would be very surprised if this didn’t get unanimous support.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, every time a new class of people are given special “protection”, they immediately find it much harder to find a rental home because landlords are under no obligation to rent to them, and will simply discount such applications.

    The law of unintended consequences strikes yet again.

  2. How many teachers, how many students are we “protecting”? How many fingers do I need to count with?

    Its a pretty common saying: never rent to a Lawyer, or an ‘activist’. I guess ‘teacher’ will be added to the mix, too. But of course, its not just teachers, its lunch ladies, custodians, administrators, & clerical staff that work @555 Franklin. Its a broad brush using the halo of “teachers” as justification. Looking down the road, students – once enrolled – will not be ‘evictable’ until they graduate (CCSF); and teachers – till they retire. This is the way it works, right?

    I might support such a bill if there were even a smidgen of give-n-take: so why not make the eviction smooth, quick and certain after ‘recess’, with steep penalties for procrastination or evasion. Nah, thats not “progress”.

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