making the rounds recently, on Livin in the Loin and Curbed, this video shows two petitioners gathering signatures to stop a new high rise hotel near 6th and Mission

[color=red]update > this comes just days after a man was bludgeoned to death at a nearby 6th street hotel[/color]

The two petitioners are employed by the Central City SRO Collaborative, and is a part of Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which is run by activist Randy Shaw. The entire operation, all three, are paid for with city funds and is primarily geared, by contract, for advocating and housing for the homeless.

Except in this case they have gone far beyond merely advocating for tenants rights, or homeless housing, to actually trying to stop development in nearby areas, while using scare tactics and false claims to get signatures. Here is a recent photo of the place they are protesting

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It is abandoned and has been for years. Nobody will be displaced in that location or anywhere nearby as a result of tearing down 942 Mission and building a high rise hotel in it’s place. The city of San Francisco has actually slapped a graffiti abatement notice on their door and yet, these homeless advocates don’t want anything built there. This comes just days after somebody was

The Central City SRO Collaborative started out as a tenants rights organization by Jeoflin Roh but has since ‘become the political wing of Randy Shaw’ and has changed it’s original mission dramatically since being taken over by Randy Shaw and Tenderloin Housing Clinic. The Central City SRO Collaborative has also recently gone after The Power Exchange and the Community Justice Center on Polk Street.

from the Tenderloin Housing Clinic federal tax form 990

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But what most people don’t know is what the SRO Collaborative does when it’s not protesting other developments in the area. Their own internal postings within Randy Shaws own Tenderloin Housing Clinic. These are the people who protest all these developments in the Tenderloin

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Randy Shaw and Tenderloin Housing Clinic not only pays for the SRO Collaborative with city funds, they also pay their own tenants via rent reductions to be ‘activists’ which means going to city hall and the Board of Supervisors and other city departments and protesting anything Randy Shaw wants them to protest

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all of this, including the rent reductions as a form of payment, is from San Francisco city funds. This is how your tax money is basically being used against you. Most of Randy Shaws tenants are on welfare or social security, so they have the time to sit at the Board of Supervisors while the rest of us are at work, plus they get paid for doing it, with city money

oh yeah, it’s probably illegal, Tenderloin Housing Clinic as a major city contractor to engage in politics at city hall like that

and finally, this is what the founding member of the Central City SRO Collaborative, Jeoflin Roh had to say about it, repeated for the second time, but more complete. The context was the Community Justice Center, but he’s talking about the exact same SRO Collaborative, who, at the time, were protesting at the community meetings and city hall about the CJC, just like they are doing now with the new hotel highrise

Jeoflin Roh, January 20, 2008, via email

I did miss those blog reports. Thanks for forwarding them.

The comments regarding the Collab blowhards, “Shaw’s warriors”, who, by the way, don’t nor ever have lived in the ‘hood they pretend to represent. It disgust me what the Collab has turned into.

The account of the forum by “Lil Mike” at Metroblogging was in part correct. However, it’s obvious that “Lil Mike” hasn’t been involved, or taken the time to get informed about CJC. Yes, there’ve been problems with the design, coordination and implementation of the project … which is one of the reasons I am involved and on the Task Force. I want to make sure that this effort does NOT do an end run around Community Courts (CC).

In fact it was my vocal criticism of the Mayor that alerted his office, and suddenly I was getting calls from several of his aides, as well as Lisa Lightman, Director of Collaborative Justice Courts for Superior Courts (including drug, behavioral & youth courts). This is one of the reasons the Mayor included me in the delegation to NYC to study the CJCs there.

Upon my return I made it clear to the Mayor’s office, to Lisa and Commissioner Albers that what they’ve got going there, in NYC, is awesome — it truly has brought communities together — but that state & local laws out here would never permit that model to be transplanted and dropped into SF. They discovered that and agreed to redesign it with community participation. It’s definitely a work in progress.

But I was outraged & disgusted by those two Collab buffoons that I wrote the following to Chronicle letters to the editor, as well as Fog City Journal. Neither published it.

“It disturbs me that at last Tuesday’s Community Town Hall Forum at Koret Auditorium presenting an extraordinary coalition & cooperation of City departments with the effort to build a Community Justice Center that, of all the community folk who spoke there were two, just two who didn’t get it. Instead of adding to the dialog they stood at the microphone and lectured the City leaders on the dais, and everyone in the audience, about how this effort would “criminalize” homelessness.

It particularly disturbs me because these two were representing the Central City SRO Collaborative. I am one of the three people who fought like hell to establish the CCSROC, and I remember, the night before we were actually funded, sitting in the office of Anne Kronenberg, who is a high mucky-muck in DPH, which was to lord over the funding, when she warned me that putting the org in the hands of Randy Shaw of Tenderloin Housing Clinic notoriety was possibly a big mistake. Because he’d turn it into a political arm of his growing empire of “handling” homeless & housing issues, to the tune of millions per year out of the General Fund, just to foster his agenda. And he did.

Keeping homeless homeless is Randy’s business … it maintains the status quo, which maintains the millions coming into his coffers. And through his charms he indoctrinates these young folk, just out of college and with no experience of which they pretend to speak, into fostering his agenda.

If any one of ‘em had actually researched what CJC is trying to do they’d know that it’s about DECRIMINALIZING homelessness, and providing options while keeping offenses off record.

It disturbs me that what was originally meant to be voice of the poor and too often disenfranchised Tenderloin & SoMa SRO residents has reduced to rebutting the very City efforts that would serve the population they pretend to represent. It disturbs and disgusts me.”

Jeoflin Roh