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Bay Set To Boil: Housing Woahs

12.28.15 - Protesters block Highway 101, and Oakland's affordability crisis deepens.

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On Wednesday the 23th, Black Lives Matter protesters shut down the San Francisco International Airport exit on Highway 101. The action was coordinated as part of six others across the country, including a large protest at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Activists locked arms and displayed a banner demanding justice for Mario Woods, the victim of a horrific execution by the San Francisco Police on December 2nd. It was not long before the Highway Patrol put a stop to the effort, arresting all nine participants, who have since been released. While this particular action was perhaps most significant in terms of building solidarity and raising public awareness, blockades like these also continue to demonstrate the ease of disrupting the logistics of capital. Bay Area highways constitute a massive vulnerability in the local economy.

Two Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies who were caught on video viciously beating a man in a San Francisco alley have been identified. Officers Luis Santamaria and Paul Weiber are currently under investigation for the violent attack, which left San Leandro resident Stanislav Petrov with shattered bones and potentially permanent damage to his body. Both officers are on paid administrative leave, and no charges have been filed as of this writing.

In San Francisco, people continued to demand the firing of police chief Suhr:

Housing and Homeless Crisis

The City of Oakland continues to do everything in its power to make the local homeless population suffer. The Department of Public Works targeted and razed over a hundred encampments around the city in 2015, stealing and destroying the personal belongings of countless of individuals. According to the East Bay Express, the raids cost a whopping $72K. The attacks in Oakland continue a trend from other bay area cities, such as Albany and Berkeley, where police have raided camps and the cities have enacted a series of draconian anti-homeless laws. Such pushes by local elites help facilitate gentrification and pave the way of an influx of development and capital investment.

The bad news for Oakland’s renters continues, with a report out this week naming the city the fourth most expensive rental market in the United States. This is on the heels of other recent data from a survey by SmartAsset showing that Oakland is suffering from the worst housing affordability crisis of any major American city.

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