Tenderloin residents, merchants, and property owners announce lawsuits against 12 property owners who allow illegal activity in the Tenderloin.
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TENDERLOIN RESIDENTS DECLARE WAR
PLACE : CENTRAL TOWERS
ADDRESS: 350 TURK STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102
TIME: 11:00 AM
CONTACT: NEVEO MOSSER (415) 284-9000
A large group of residents, merchants, and property owners will gather in front of 350 Turk Street to declare more small claims court lawsuits against 12 property owners in our Tenderloin neighborhood who allow the drug dealers and prostitutes to operate from their property.
The residents, merchants, and property owners at ground zero in this drug ridden Tenderloin neighborhood have declared war on drug dealers and prostitutes. A group of over 60 residents of the Leavenworth / Turk neighborhood area has joined with the non-profit ” ADOPT-A-BLOCK” and SAFE STREETS NOW!” to take back the streets and make the Tenderloin, once again, clean, safe, and healthy. “We have identified 12 drug infested target locations in our neighborhood and either the property owner is going to clean it up or we will sue him/her in Small Claims Court”, declared Neveo Mosser, an operator of Central Towers, a 362 unit apartment building in the neighborhood. “Our first target was the drug ridden property at 425-431 Eddy Street owned by Arnold Gridley, who also owns and operates the S.F. Cable Car Charters”.
My daughters have to see and walk-through drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes”, said Ms. Stevens, a single mother of two who lives in the Tenderloin neighborhood. “My youngest daughter is so afraid that the drug addicts are going to climb into her window that she booby trapped it and sleeps on the floor under her bed to protect herself”. “That is outrageous, my daughter should feel as safe sleeping in her bedroom and walking in her neighborhood as any kid in Pacific Heights does”!
On August 21, 1995 , Superior Court Judge James Warren, awarded $82.000.00, the maximum amount allowed in Small Claims Court, to members of this neighborhood group for the injustices that they suffered at the hands of Mr. Gridley. Judge Warren stated, “the limited damages award available in this setting does not fully compensate the plaintiffs for the indignities and humiliation they have suffered! You can bet that Mr. Gridley’s motorized tourist cable cars don’t pass by his abandoned drug infested building.
Our next targets in the Turk and Leavenworth area are the Maryland Market, ABC Bida Market, and the Empire Market located in the 200 block of Leavenworth. These three markets have been catering to the drug dealers who have made our streets a war zone and selling fortified wines and beers to public alcoholics who loiter throughout our neighborhood using our buildings as public toilets.