A protest is held over evictions at the Allison Hotel.
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TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC
Main Office: 126 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX (415) 771-1287
RANDALL M. SHAW
MARY JANE FORAN
STEPHEN L. COLLIER
TIMOTHY J. LEE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 19, 1994
Randy Shaw 771-9850
Disabled Tenants Fight Christmas Evictions
One of the richest men in America has chosen the holiday season to begin eviction actions against the disabled and elderly tenants of his residential hotel. A protest against this Scrooge-like act will be held in front of the Allison Hotel, 417 Stockton Street (at Sutter), on Tuesday, December 20, at 11:00 a.m. The protest will feature a skit with Santa Claus, Scrooge, and other holiday figures.
The Allison is a residential hotel that is illegally renting to tourists. After the hotel’s long term tenants sued the hotel to stop the illegal conversion, the hotel retaliated by seeking to evict them. The hotel’s owner, Harsch Investment Corp., is controlled by Forbes 400 member Harold Schnitzer, who also owns Berkeley’s Claremont resort and the 450 Sutter medical building. Schnitzer apparently feels that his wealth allows him to openly flaunt city laws and to evict elderly and disabled tenants with impunity.
According to Katherine Bobrowski, a disabled tenant who has lived in the hotel for nearly 20 years, “The landlord wants us out so he can get more money from tourists. We are going to fight to stay, and we need everyone’s help.”
Bobrowski is represented by attorneys from the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which has organized the protest in concert with a broad range of housing groups.