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Individuals targeted as San Francisco tech money protests intensify

12
Apr
2014

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money. Jack Halprin, a landlord in the citys gentrifying Mission district, became the focus of the latest blockade of a tech company commuter bus, with protesters demanding Google ask Halprin to rescind eviction notices he has sent his tenants. Protesters told Reuters they will increasingly target individuals as part of a strategy to draw attention to the growing divide between rich and poor in San Francisco, a rift widened by a tech industry boom that is inflating rents and exacerbating social problems such as evictions. When you put a face on it, it suddenly becomes more real, Erin McElroy, an organizer at Eviction-Free San Francisco, said of what she views as a technology-driven housing crunch.

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