Open Letter to Justin Keller, from Edna, one of your servants in San Francisco
Justin, this is a response to your open letter to Mayor Ed Lee and company regarding the homeless in the streets of San Francisco inconveniencing your idea of a utopian city. Brace yourself; I am about to publicly insult you for not considering a) your role in the disparity, b) your industry’s role in the growing homeless population, and c) your inability to follow news stories.
A) You’ve been here for three years, meaning you don’t know a whole lot about what’s been happening in San Francisco because you don’t know what it was like before you got here. And when you got here, you didn’t care to find out because you moving here was not about discovering a new city, it was about entering a new world that was going to cater to your every whim. Yes, we the people of San Francisco who have been here for decades, are catering to your new lives. Those who are not in tech have become servants to those in the tech industry. Realize that.
You writing an open letter assuming you know anything about your community is a crock of shit because your community is one of self-important techies and ping-pong gathering friends who like wine bars and love to have everything handed to them with a disposable waste of a garnish and a cloth napkin. Go fuck yourself.
B) The tech industry swept into San Francisco just a few years ago around the time you did and people who suddenly had $10,000 a week incomes did not think twice about paying a $9,000 rent in the Mission and the Tenderloin, some of the dirtiest neighborhoods in the city. Landlords got greedy because you all said, “yea sure, I can afford that, it’s only one week’s worth of my income.” You lacked common sense to determine the apartments weren’t worth that much and didn’t have the decency to consider that the rest of the city couldn’t afford it. So suddenly an apartment that cost $1200 went up for the average person to $2500, $3500, $5000, and up and up. We could no longer afford it. Those who could salvage enough money from their deposits to put money down on rent in Oakland, did so. Those lucky enough to have rent control stayed out of spite. Those who had neither ended up on the street. Now rents are so high for everyone, not even businesses can survive. All of people’s favorite local restaurants, theaters, community centers, toy stores, churches, venues and especially long-standing bars have closed due to this. And what about all of those fires the last two years that burnt down businesses and were replaced by wine bars? To quote you, “I’M WILLING TO BET THOSE WEREN’T COINCIDENCES.”
C) When the SuperBowl happened, there was a slew of news coming out of the television, the Internet, the mouths of people on the street, and protesters. How you didn’t hear about it is simply telling of your ignorance. Ed Lee forced the homeless out for the ‘prettification’ of the city while the tourists visited. The police force was filmed evacuating homeless tents all over and throwing everyone’s ONLY belongings away in the garbage…those tents were people’s homes. There aren’t enough shelter beds (and certainly no long term beds) for all the homeless here.
Someone under an organization supporting Broke-Ass Stuart, (who ran for mayor last year, if you even follow politics…you probably don’t because only 29% of people in the city voted and if you did, you probably voted for Ed Lee which is the reason the tech industry and rich influx has destroyed every beautiful thing in San Francisco), put out a call to the online community to replace those tents. A bunch of us donated.
Then there was a protest about this relocation of the homeless, and yet another one planned. HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THIS? HOW CAN YOU WRITE A PUBLIC LETTER WITHOUT RESEARCH? HOW CAN YOU BE SO BLIND AND STUPID TO NOT SEE THE IRONY IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU WRITE?
If you’re not going to bring anything good to this city or be part of the communities that grew here out of desperation for creativity and acceptance, then GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, GO BACK TO YOUR PERFECT SUBURB AND TAKE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS WITH YOU.
Sincerely, Edna Mira Raia