Activists: City ignoring illegal hotel change

THC represents tenants of the Folsom Street Hotel, a residential building, alleging they were improperly denied a return to their home following a fire at the building. The City’s Zoning Chief is pressured to investigate the illegal conversion of the hotel into a youth hostel rebranded as the Soma Inn. 

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Space wars: When the Folsom Street Hotel was damaged by fire in 1993, it forced out residents including Lee Dudley, seen above in his new residence, the Chronicle Hotel on Mission. In 1997, the Folsom Street Hotel reopened as the Soma Inn, at left, a youth hostel that caters to travelers.