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Stories and media resources to help break the corporate media framing of the housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area
The Bay Area's 45 Worst Slumlords, Real Estate Speculators, Gentrification Profiteers and Other Contributors to the Housing Crisis

According to our tenant activist sources, slumlords are becoming rare in SF these days; they emerge when landlords want to make money by cutting back on expenses like repairs. But these days in San Francisco, it’s much more lucrative to be a real estate speculator in SF than to be a slumlord.

This research was developed by a team of volunteers who interviewed tenant attorneys, tenant rights activists, and tenants throughout the Bay Area and conducted background research (mostly on the web) on the landlords recommended by these people. We’re sure it’s not a complete list and would love for you to add to it—with information about other landlords or more details on the ones we already know about. A list of South and North Bay landlords is in the works, but to begin, here are our choices for the worst actors in San Francisco and the East Bay. Background articles on many of these landlords are available at Media Alliance, 814 Mission Street, Suite 205, San Francisco, CA.

Media Muzzle

O'Donoghue tries to escape media group's list of housing profiteers

Bay Guardian, August 30, 2000

Residential Builders Association president Joe O'Donoghue is trying to block an innovative media project from spreading information connecting him with the city's low-cost housing shortage.

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Homeless People Speak Out on San Francisco’s Shelters

San Mateo County apartment dwellers
reel from most recent rent increases

Letters to the Editor SF Chronicle

Single Room Occupancy Hotels


A Blueprint For Dislocation: Mayor
Jerry Brown’s Fateful Choice – The Preferential
Option For The Rich

We Close Our Eyes, A Poet Dies

Initiative to save Prop M filed w/Registrar today

Oakland Tenants Demand Justice

Disrespected Homeless People Seek Justice in
Small Claims Court

Mission Resident Fight Back

Mission Residents Speakout

Condo Conversions are New Excuse for
Landlords to Evict

California housing advocates gather
in Sacramento for Statewide Conference
and Demonstration

Just Cause Demonstration June 12, 2000 Coalition
Fights to Preserve Racial and Economic Diversity in
Downtown Oakland

Report on June 3, 2000 date press conference
with formerly homeless people from throughout
the East Bay.

Bolanos Real Estate

My little Richard Thomas experience

Boy, are you right about that scumbag!

Re: Dung Pham

Another slumlord

More on West Coast Property Management

Landlord problems in San Jose

I'm surprised you didn't mention the Litkes

Gentrification profiteers

I am stunned

Slum landlords

I write to you for your opinion on this