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Protest Herth Realty's Maliscious Anti-Tenant Practices!
Date Saturday May 24
Time 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location Details
Outside of Herth Realty
555 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorStop Herth!
Emailgetorganized [at]
StopHerth is a tenants' rights advocacy group for the Castro neighborhood. For too long have Castro residents stood by as our neighborhood is gentrified by real estate speculation. Our community leaders have long cried out against the "de-gaying" of the Castro, but have done little to stop the gentrification.

Chis is a disabled tenant who is living in on of the properties owned by the owner of Herth Real Estate, Larry Stebbins. Even though Stebbins already controls a trust that owns tens of millions of dollars of property across the City, he is trying to force out Chris from his home and replace him with a commercial tenant. Read more of Chris' story at

We have already held three very successful protests against Herth and Chris was able to get an article written about his plight in the Bay Area Reporter. However, Stebbins still continues to put greed above the community. Come out and protest with us against Stebbins and other landlords who put greed before the community!!
Added to the calendar on Sunday May 18th, 2008 8:49 PM
by Stop Herth! Sunday May 18th, 2008 8:49 PM

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by Concerned about what's right
Monday May 19th, 2008 6:48 PM
After reading the current B.A.R. you guys appear to be in the wrong. The actual tenants of that unit moved out. You both should have moved out when you were told. It really seems like you both stayed purposely to get that apartment. People like you ruin it for eveyone else who are trying to fight prop 98 the right way. Prop 98 is wrong , but so are you guys. How can you be justified by your wrong and decietful actions ? That's why landlords are the way they are. People like you make them like that by doing things the wrong way. You both need to get out of that apartment. It's really pathetic to read about what you two have done. It's obvious that you are opportunity takers. You had no right to be squaters the way you did. Come on , Do the right thing and move out of there. Everyone with half a brain knows that you both are in the wrong.
by goldlesbian
Wednesday May 21st, 2008 6:37 AM
I agree with the last comment on the situation, As a lesbian living in the castro and a strong supporter of my community, I believe that these two people are going about it the wrong way. They have been using proposition 98 as a crutch. Are they in a special program? Stop abusing prop 98! For people that need affordable housing,this situation makes it worse for them. People try to get into apartments the correct way by signing rental agreements. These two guys never did. They make it appear like they have every right in the world to be there when they actually don't. They never signed a lease and I doubt that they gave any kind of rental deposit. They expect rights when they really don't deserve them. They purposely squated in the apartment to take advantage of a situation. People like them need to be accountable and gain responsibility. Thier protest seems ridiculous! People will try anything when desperate.
by Aaron Aarons
Thursday May 22nd, 2008 5:49 PM
I have no knowledge about this particular case, but there are somethings that can be said just on the basis of the above:

1) Two commenters are making very vague and general assertions of fact about the situation without identifying themselves or, except for just mentioning the Bay Area Reporter without giving specific citations, referencing any identifiable sources.

2) The commenters both attack the protesters for mentioning the No on 98 campaign. But that is something every tenant activist should be doing, regardless of whether it relates to their own specific case or not.

3) Both commenters clearly defend the "right" of landlords to make a lot of money over the right of human beings to have a place to live. Apparently, for these commenters, the "right thing" for these tenants to do is give up their home so that some owner can make a lot of money. (In this case, apparently, it's not even the owner who's wanting the money but some trustees.)

If what these commenters say is the best that can be come up with against you, keep up the fight, guys!
by Jeff West
Friday May 23rd, 2008 6:01 PM
Clearly, neither of the two previous posters read the B.A.R. article. Makes one wonder if they work for Herth themselves...

- The tenants paid rent every month, including this month's rent of $4000. What squatter pays $4000 rent?
- Prop 98 affects all tenants. We should be thankful for any effort that gets out the word, regardless if we agree with the reason why.
- Deceitful? The B.A.R. article was very balanced and shows both sides of the story. The tenant's were very open with the information they released to the public, including their salaries.

Let's give the tenants a hard time and push them out of their homes. Defend the multi-million dollar corporation! Screw the tenants! That's what IndyBay is all about...
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