Monday, November 2, 2015


Below are my recommendations for the Proposition Votes.  They pretty much reflective of the progressive positions for the groups I associated with the conviction that we need the diversity that makes San Francisco great.
Y: A - Affordable Housing Bond
Y: B – Paid Parental Leave for City Employees
N: C – Expenditure Lobbyists
Y: D – Mission Rock
N: E – Requirements for Public Meetings
Y: F – Short-Term Residential Rentals
N: G – Disclosures on Renewable Energy
Y: H – Defining Clean, Green and Renewable Energy
Y: I – Mission Moratorium on Market Rate Building
Y: J – Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund
Y: K – Surplus Public Land
I especially concentrate on vote Yes on Prop I because that is so relevant to Freedom West and the Western Addition even though it’s only a building moratorium at the Missions.  Inasmuch the struggle in the Mission District is the same as the struggle in Freedom West and the Western Addition.
My father just passed away and I’ll relate how that strengthens my resolve to fight those corrupt people and traitors in Freedom West.  I will fight those sellout people and their contemptible attempt to evict me from the community.
Again, I lifted this from San Francisco Tomorrow.  It’ll suffice for our purpose:
Gentrification is essentially the process of replacing the affordable with the unaffordable; it drives up the price of everything in the neighborhood, incentivizes property owners to raise rents, and destroys local blue-collar businesses.  It drives out a non-wealthy population and replaces it with a wealthy one, the modern version of 18th-century Enclosure Acts.
Our current government sheds a mock tear and tells us that “nothing can be done” about the wild-west building boom that is not only displacing people, but wiping out many of the businesses that used to make San Francisco fun and interesting.  Of course something can be done!  We are the city, the government belongs to us, and we do not have to let invaders turn the place into yet another sterile playground for the rich, many of whom will never even live here.
Capitalism has always had to be tempered with a bit of sense to make it viable.  We need to lay down the law that whatever else happens in the Mission, space must be retained for current residents, and for some of the non-wealthy people who actually work in our shops and hospitals and schools.  Prop I would impose an 18-month suspension of city permits for large-scale demolition and high-end development in the Mission, with a 12-month extension available via Supervisor vote.  The purpose of the moratorium is to develop a “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan” (and there are a lot of good ideas out there) by January 2017, that will ensure that at least 50% of all new development in the neighborhood is affordable to low, moderate, and middle-income households, with priority of occupancy given to current residents.
The first thing to do is stop digging the hole deeper.


We people in Freedom West should vote “Yes” on Proposition I.  Although the Proposition is talking about a moratorium in the Mission District, every one of us in Freedom West could see the writings on the wall all around us, buildings across Fulton Street on our south side, buildings in the east across from Gough Street, buildings few blocks away, etc.  The way things going on now, only few of us will be left around here in three or four years. We are even more in danger of displacement than people in the Mission District, just that people in the media are not noticing or talking about us. 
Proposition I is a reaction of the native residents pushing against the invasive economic forces that bedevil San Francisco that’s pushing out our diverse native population of blacks, Latinos, poor and  middle income classes.  These are the economic and global forces which we have no control over.  Proposition I is our last stand to say enough is enough and we native population have to take matters into our own hand and that we who live in the community have every right to affect how our community’s going to develop.  When the City is not capable to provide a viable solution we’ve got to say “STOP”.

We people who live here a long time are not going to let those impersonal forces and the people behind it to push us around because we are going to do it our way, the neighborhood’s way, not the speculator’s way, not the power in the finance industry, the building industry, or the tech industry’s way.  That means we want to develop the Mission neighborhood, the Western Addition, and the Freedom West way.  We would not be snookered by the crumbs unprincipled developers and speculators’ leftover for us and fooled by traitorous bunch living among us who offers those crumbs to us.

That what Proposition I is talking about.  STOP and wait a minute.  We neighborhood are not going to get rolled over by the rumbling momentum of outside finance and economic forces and get crushed while doing nothing.  We are going to put together Neighborhood Stabilization Plans to allow we the people to stay behind.  And that can be done and we’re going do it because it’s our last stand and we are not going to leave without a fight.  SO VOTE YES FOR PROPOSITION I is not just about the Missions, but about the people in Western Addition and people in Freedom West.  Supporting people in the Missions means supporting and protecting our own selves and our own livihood here.


Praise the Lord Freedom West is a people-own cooperative and we do have the power to put together our own “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan”, now.  But we have to do it quickly now before the unprincipled developers come with the help of inside traitors cutting the entire Freedom West to pieces in two years.  The plan I submitted to HUD in June was part of my effort in this regard.

We people in Freedom West is in greater danger than people in the Mission at this moment in time.  How we are dealing with the problems in Freedom West will be an example for the people in Missions District.  We must all realize it.


I will explain it further presenting the plan I submitted to HUD.  But for now I’ll be busy being Election Inspector Tuesday.  Not only that, my father just passed away over the weekend and I would be busy over funeral arrangement and program preparations.  My father, William Tse, was a social worker at San Francisco General Hospital and devoted himself helping many disadvantaged people in his job.

My father also served in the first Freedom West Board 40 years ago.  Even as regular shareholders he always concerned about events in Freedom West and encouraged, to no avail, me to care more about where we live.  For his many credits he has an abiding sense of social justice.  I think I inherited that same trait from him even though he never taught me as such.  It came with the gene, I guess.  As I am also a Freedom West board member, so it’s very interesting that you have a “Tse” father and son duo to bookend Freedom West’s forty years history.


Months ago I talked with an Establishment type and he told me I made some, presumably Downtown People uneasy.  But he encouraged me to continue to do what I was doing.  That meant those Downtown People who want to control Freedom West are seeing me as a threat.  To them “David Tse” is bad news.

That was good because I’m getting affirmation that I’m doing something right.  To these people I must be someone to be get rid of because I became the downtown crowd’s biggest obstacle insofar as Freedom West is concern.  They are now using traitors and foolish people in our midst for their biddings.  At this point they are actively grinding me down and are going to evict me from Freedom West using all possible tricks.  They figured having me out of their way they would have smooth sailing taking over Freedom West and they can run over rest of you.

But I won’t let them get away with it.  Mark my words:  As long as I still have my last breath and if you still seeing me walking around, you will find someone out to fight for you from being displaced out of the community.  It is my mission and I will not quit even as those benighted and sellout gang doing their part to disable me in the service of their downtown masters.  I owe it to my father, I owe it to the people who had the visions to created Freedom West in the first place, and I owe it to supporters in our community who put their trust in me to protect their rights to live here.

My father marked the birth of Freedom West but I don’t intend to mark its end.  I don’t intend to quit fighting for you because I must carry on his legacy for the welfare of Freedom West.  My father got a massive stroke just prior to me first lit up the Freedom West Insurrection after elected board member.  He was pretty much in a non-cognitive state throughout his last years and I don’t believe he was aware of what I was doing in the Freedom West struggle.  I hadn’t intent to tell him lest he worried about me.  But I’m sure he would approve what I did and how I continue to struggle for this community.

After I’m done with my Dad’s business, I will lay out for you on what’s going on in Freedom West now, the personalities involved, what happened during my lull when you heard nothing from me, the plan I submitted to HUD, the important issues,  and what we can do to protect ourselves now and to create a better tomorrow.  Of course, I would let you abreast of my struggle against those traitors and corrupt bunch who see me as thorn in their eyes and who at this moment are out to get rid of me.  

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
San Francisco Tomorrow endorses Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for re-election. Ross was a member of SFT’s board for 5 years, was a City Supervisor and a member of the Coastal Commission. The Sheriff has introduced or carried on a number of important policies in the County of San Francisco’s Sheriff Department. These policies are at the forefront of the penal system in the United States. Here are several of them:

•  Sheriff Mirkarimi oversees the Five Keys Charter School – the first high school in a municipal jail in the United States.  Five Keys Charter School (and specifically, Sheriff Mirkarimi and Five Keys Executive Director Steve Good) recently won the 2015 Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition; “A unique and proven corrections education model offering adult inmates vocational training, and college dual-enrollment programs, which help to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline…embodies the promising movement towards restorative justice we’ve seen over the last decade,” wrote James Stergios, Pioneer Institute Executive Director.  Also this year, the school was named one of five finalists out of the top 25 programs in competition for the Innovations in American Government Award, by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

•  Sheriff Mirkarimi provided each inmate with health care from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – the first county jail system in the country to include this in the discharge planning of inmates.

•  Sheriff Mirkarimi lowered the visiting age from 18 to 16 – the first county jail system in the United States to do so – and expanded visiting hours, to improve reunification between children and incarcerated parents and guardians.

•  Sheriff Mirkarimi successfully took on the Telecommunications Industry and state and national law enforcement associations who opposed any regulations of the phone service to prisons and jails. Upon taking office, Ross terminated the phone contract and reduced the cost of phone calls for inmates by up to 70%.  “The profit generated is immoral,” he said. In 2104, Ross earned an invitation from the Federal Communications Commission to testify in support of national regulations.

•  Sheriff Mirkarimi has made the SF Sheriff’s Department the first in California to adopt body cameras to increase transparency and accountability of deputies and staff.

•  Sheriff Mirkarimi has provided the only Eviction Assistance Unit in a California Sheriff’s Department – aimed at helping people rebound into housing.

•  Then-District 5 Supervisor Mirkarimi legislated the City’s plan for State Prisoner Realignment, and authored many laws about improving community policing; he delivered the first veto override of Mayor Newsom to gain SFPD foot patrols. He voted against the Parkmerced project, which gained him the ire of the Mayor. Ross is the first legislator in the United States to ban plastic bags, and to establish Land-Use and Public Health regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries – over 12 states have adopted his template.

•  During the protests against income inequality at City Hall, Ross resisted using the strong hand recommended by the Mayor and law enforcement.

For these reasons, and the fact that Sheriff Mirkarimi is endorsed by former Sheriff Mike Hennessey, SFT endorses Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff.

Dear Freedom West Friends and Residents,
Election Inspector

This Tuesday we will have a City Election and I pray you all registered voters and come out to vote.  Unless unforeseen circumstances proscribed, I will be the election inspector for our precinct with our polling place at the Freedom West “Computer Center” in Freedom West I.
Polling Place
I recommend all of you vote for Ross Mirkarimi for sheriff.  His enviable record as a caring, innovative San Francisco sheriff I have lifted a page from San Francisco Tomorrow, a progressive urban environment organization I am active with.  I reprinted it in my blog at
Putting on posters and flyers all over the complex just like me doing it in Freedom West elections

Actually, garbage sites gives the best exposures

Ross Mirkarimi also were endorsed by the people I’m associated with at Save Muni, San Francisco Tenant Union, People for Justice, Senior and Disability Action, Housing Rights Committee, D-5 Actions, and Sierra Club.  You must understand these groups I associated all stood up for people who particularly has no money or power but whose interests and rights need to be defended.  They are activists just like I consider myself one when what we mostly care about are public interests regardless of our own self.
Freedom West Occupied City Hall
I endorse Ross Mirkarimi in our particular case on Freedom West because he is a real stick-up guy.  He is a stick-up guy while as D-5 supervisor he took inordinate interest in Freedom West.  Almost five years ago when Alton Management send a slew of eviction notices to harassed Freedom West residents I led a group of residents to “Occupy” City Hall, and that was before the Occupy Movement, invading then Supervisor Board President David Chiu, Mirkarimi’s, as well as Jane Kim’s office, all without appointments but with only my own midnight notices to those Supervisors’ offices.  Instead of chasing us out for such on-the-spot action, Ross immediately flared out a warning letter to Alton Management to cease and desist.  This helped us quite a bit in our Freedom West struggle.  So don’t forget the one who helped you.
A while back
That was the beginning of my relationship with Ross Mirkarimi.  Throughout the years I met him at gym and in other political and community events and every single time he asked about Freedom West and always interested in that we can be well-protected and I told him about those ups and downs within our community and my plan on how to stabilize our situation as well as that of the entire Western Addition.  He is more than enough supportive and heard me out even as he’s the City Sheriff and away from housing issues.

Second, I identified with Ross Mirkarimi because four years ago he survived a political witch hunt in which people who hardly cared about domestic violence took advantage of an unfortunate family incident to discredit and to impeach him as Sheriff, depicting him as a despicable domestic monster.  Even as I went around today I still heard reminders of that incident.

Well, I cannot judge what actually happened the night of that incident and I am disgusted about all and any forms of domestic violence or discrimination against women.  But as an unswerving God-fearer and follower of Jesus Christ I do believe in redemption and I had witness the years I’d seen him he had shown himself to be a loving father and caring husband.  His wife loved and supported him thru thick and thins.  Even during that tempest, then D-5 Supervisor Christina Olague, a real courageous and stick-up woman herself and Supervisor Jane Kim both supported Ross and saved him from that vacuous and uncalled-for impeachment proceeding.  Both these women were supporters of Freedom West resident interests, strong progressives, and obviously no compromisers for domestic abusers.  So for anyone who still holds grudges against Ross Mirkarimi for what been said about him, stop.  He is no such person you think he is.

Ross Mirkarimi had gone thru the searing cauldron of his political enemies who cared less about the regular folks but to do every vile thing possible to cause his demise so that he cannot speak for the less fortunate against the downtown establishment crowd, much like what I had gone thru from the flash mob the Fake Freedom West “Board President” Mohammed Soriano-Bilal and his Bilal Gang wrung me thru and continue to do so at this moment when he’s the real establishment sellout guy who don’t care a hoot about us except his own self.  But that’s for another blog posting and this one should be all about us supporting ROSS MIRKARIMI.

So re-elect SHERIFF ROSS MIRKARIMI Tuesday, November 3.  I’m looking forward to see you all on Election Day.  His good records stood for him continue to be excellent SHERIFF.  He was good to Freedom West and will be good for Freedom West.  I’m sure Ross Mirkarimi will stick-up for us when we need helps, even as SHERIFF.  So vote Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff.  Tell your friend, neighbors, and co-workers vote for Ross Mirkarimi.  Vote for the Man of the People.

Your Unbowed and Unafraid,

David Tse
The Real Freedom West Board President
(Tell you more about it another day)
 My riddle for you: Have you read about Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper”?  It’s all about the real deal and the fake deal.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015



If you don’t know it already, the Freedom West Board is in a frozen state right now.  That is because we have an elected board that the Management does not recognize and a non-elected board that the Court likely will not recognize.  Obviously the court is the one that has the final say but Freedom West will not get a hearing until September 3.  In the meantime, the legitimate board could not do anything and the fake board was ordered not to do anything to prevent further damage done to the community.

However, it’s not as if the fake board headed by Mohammed Soriano-Bilal had exhausted its bag of tricks.  And I write this to elicit your opinion on the next step.  That is because Soriano-Bilal and his group of attorneys are asking my team go to mediation with them.  The catch is that mediation costs lots of money.  And Soriano-Bilal is using your money for such expensive undertaking.

Also read my letter to Supervisor London Breed and Assemblyman David Chiu about my concern for my personal safety. 

I was so busy dealing with all the extra-legal shenanigans concocted by Mohammed Soriano-Bilal and his Freedom West attorney, and now “attorneys”, that I could not even catch my breath until now.  The ordeal I endured the past two months is worthy of a fiction thriller, except it occurred in real life and continuing in this very same moment.

We are in a very dangerous situation now, much of it caused by Soriano-Bilal and his accomplices  because they don’t want to be cooperative and don’t want to give up the absolute power they held the past two years.

But first the letter I wrote to San Francisco Board of Supervisor President London Breed and Assemblyman David Chiu.  I also cc to the office of Mayor Ed Lee, the Mayor's Office of Housing, and Congresswoman Pelosi's office.

Hi Assemblyman Chiu and Supervisor Breed,

It’s almost seems like deju vu that I am address this email to both of you.  Five years ago I let then Supervisor Board President Chiu about the concern for my personal safety when I was spearheading the effort to expel the corrupt management at Freedom West Homes.  The management then had its “Toughs”.  Right now I’m also spearheading the effort to expel Mohammed Soriano-Bilal, the Executive Director of the African American Culture and Art Center, from his leadership position from Freedom West Homes.

I am convinced there were abnormal practices and/or corruption under his supervision of Freedom West.  I am addressing my same personal safety concern to Supervisor Board President Breed now, as I had to then Board President Chiu previously.  I had, during an unlawful board meeting set up by Soriano-Bilal, received threat, from one of his “Toughs”.  In fact, I felt even more threaten by Soriano-Bilal than by the previous Alton Management, who ruled over Freedom West for over twenty years.  Alton Management knew the rules but Soriano-Bilal doesn’t seem to understand how far he can go.

How the huge Freedom West Project evolves should be of great concern not only to present Freedom West residents but also to The City as our evolution should affect the City’s approach in solving the housing crisis.  I had seen the connection five years ago and felt it even more so now.  However, at this point Soriano-Bilal has created a lawless jungle atmosphere within the community just to hold on the power he lost after a duly held election.  What’s occurring now had never ever happened in Freedom West’s forty-year history and according to a long time and experienced Freedom West resident, the most vindictive.

I’m making this a record of my personal safety concern.

Sincerely Yours,
David Tse
Board President-Elect, Freedom West Homes


I will explain the above letter when I get the chance.  But I need your input on what's come next below:

I could have told you more of what went on in recent weeks were much worthy of a novel.  But I have to fast forward to today because of a “mediation offer” proposed by Mohammed Soriano-Bilal’s “Freedom West attorneys” from Los Angeles.  Why he pick these attorneys from Los Angeles to represent Freedom West you have to ask him.

Below is a synopsis of recent events.

July 18:  Board Election Night – The Humble Team led by David Tse won the election with David Tse, Curtis Oler, Felix Fernandez, and Chong Park received the top four votes.  There was a three way tie between Hing Sang Chiu, Samuel Shamonda, and Renita Mason for the fifth director seat.  According to election inspector Rick Lewis, the fifth seat is vacant until further disposition of the new Board, which is now compose of 8 Board Members, the ninth seat vacant because of the tie: David Tse, Curtis Oler, Chong Park, Felix Fernandez, William Yi, Khorla Henry, Mohammed Soriano-Bilal, and Gideon Tesfaye.  Election Inspector certified the election results the same night.  Gideon Tesfaye  angrily threw back the invitation for the July 19 organization meeting because his team lost.

July 19:  Invitation email send out to all Board Members for an organization meeting according to the Freedom West Bylaws.  Soriano-Bilal and Gideon Tesfaye refused to attend.  The remaining six members elected David Tse Board President, Khorla Henry Vice President, Curtis Oler Secretary, and William Yi Treasurer

July 20:  Board President David Tse informed HUD and Kalco of the election and organization meeting results.  Asked Barry Levy of Kalco Properties notify Freedom West shareholders of election results.  He refused.  Instead Kalco mailed out the 8-page Mohammed Soriano-Bilal slandering letter against the newly elected board members this very same day.  The Bilal Board prepared for this moment way before the election result.  If they win, fine.  If they lost, they’ll continue to hang on to power.

July 28:  Bilal and Kalco requested the San Francisco Community Land Trust and the League of Women Voters to participate in an unlawful Recall/Organization Meeting.  The Recall attempt aborted and Soriano-Bilal unlawfully adjourned the meeting but majority of Board Members stayed behind.  The original July 19 Election of Officers was again ratified under extremely stressful situation created by Management and the Freedom West security guards.

August 3: Second attempt for a Recall.  The five newly-elected board members were unlawfully removed by in a vote count done by the League of Women Voters.  The League claimed not to take responsibilities for any illegalities if and when incur for this vote.

August 10:  Mohammed Soriano created a fake board with its concomitant slate of board officers:  Mohammed Soriano-Bilal Board President, Gideon Tesfaye Vice President, Renita Mason Board Secretary, and Samuel Shamonda Treasurer.  Note only the first two are real Board Members, the latter two are mere shareholders.

August 11:  Kalco quickly posted the fake board officers name throughout the complex, with the expectation that Soriano-Bilal will appoint his other accomplices to be board directors four days later, on Friday August 14.  The same day, an extremely biased shareholder panel put together by Bilal and chaired by his friend Daryl Stitt stripped David Tse of his Freedom West tenancy.

August 12:  David Tse et al. filed Temporary Restraining Order at the California Superior Court to prevent Mohammed Soriano-Bilal and Kalco from doing further damages.  Judge granted TRO.

August 14:  The illegal board meeting cancelled.  Soriano-Bilal’s unlawful plan to stack up a fake board aborted.  Freedom West Board frozen:  any board actions by either the elected board or the fake board members prohibited.

August 17:  Received Fisher Forensic lab results of election ballot.  Soriano-Bilal must have spent thousands of Freedom West money for this company to prove his allegation of ballot frauds.  No frauds found.

August 18:  The newly hired Los Angeles attorneys to represent Freedom West (bringing a total of three lawyers represent Freedom West) proposed a mediation session on Friday August 21 to Chong Park and Curtis Oler to reinstate them to be board members (no offer made to his chief opponent, David Tse).  The mediation service at ADR would be cost free for these members.  Freedom West will foot the entire bill of at least $4,000 and that doesn’t even count attorney’s fees.

This blog is long enough already and I have yet to give details to the individual events.  I should stop at this point but I will continue later.  I have expressed extreme dismay at how Soriano-Bilal never blink his eye to waste Freedom West money just to keep himself in power.

I have expressed to the team members mediation in general is good, but we should not spend Freedom West’s money for this service.  If Bilal wanted it, let him spend his own money to ADR and we will listen.  The Freedom West attorneys fee still must be paid though.  I received enough criticisms from my African American supporters for even walk into the Bilal’s Eviction Committee trap without any legal representation and got hammered as such. 

My conversation with the team members were the following:

"I don't know we are going to mediate over what.  Freedom West pay, paying on service over conflicts that shouldn't happen in the first place.  This is just amazing.  Confidential? (Who cares?)  I think people should know about this outrage."

"Do you want to participate or not?  Please advise."

"I'll participate if it's FREE, really cost-free, not "Freedom West paying for it".  I could not in my conscience spend Freedom West money on this.  It's a stigma against my character just for the convenience of appearing "reasonable"."

"I'm available at that time too.  And I concur with Curtis in that (we questioned) what mediation might accomplish at this time and why should we spending Freedom West public money for something we don't clearly understand.

Also I'm preparing to go public on this initiative of theirs.  I do not like the "confidentiality" aspect of this so-called mediation.  I've been fighting all these years for transparency.  Let everything spoken go public.  We have nothing to hide.  If anything, they are the one who's hiding something.  Let's set a good example for the community."

Overall you can see I'm pretty pissed off at Soriano-Bilal's wastage of Freedom West funds.

Curtis Oler, being a pretty good lawyer himself, advised us to listen to what the other side has to say, otherwise we could be construe as unreasonable to the judge during the September 3 court hearing.

Well, dear readers, what do you think?  It’s your money!  Should we conspire with Mohammed Soriano-Bilal to spend thousands of your dollars this Friday to pay ADR and his L.A. attorneys.  Or should we ask him to pay out of his own pocket because it’s mainly about his hanging on to power.  Why should we have to pay for him?

I also wrote William Yi and Sam Shamonda:

Hi, Sam and William,

Do you know Mohammed is hiring two more attorneys from L.A. to represent Freedom West on top of Julian Davis?  They also ask us to go to a mediator to talk about whatever we don't know anything about.  They said we don't have to worry about the mediation cost because we (me, Oler, and Park) don't have to pay for it.  Freedom West is footing the bill.  Do you realize that mediation cost at least $3,000 per session, and that's excluding attorneys (and mediator’s hourly) fee?

Furthermore, Bilal has already got a forensic company to examine the 7/18 ballots.  I got the result from the company and that doesn't even prove anything.  Don't be surprised that cost another thousands of dollars.  Had anyone of you approved that expense?

I hadn’t gotten any response from either one yet.  But I do know months ago Sam Shamonda complained vehemently to Soriano-Bilal about his transfer of the control of Freedom West bank account to Kalco at San Rafael without the Treasurer’s knowledge.

Sam Shamonda says he always defended me in front of Bilal whenever the rest of the Bilal bunch tried to swamp me with lawsuits.  At least there’s somebody of conscience under the Bilal Board.  I wonder about how he thinks about this type of misuse of Freedom West funds now.

Once more, what's your opinion of what I still consider, a flagrant misuse of Freedom West funds by Soriano-Bilal on useless "mediation service"?  Actually his attorneys' letter sounded more like veiled threats to the two board members.  Should I and the team go to this complete wastage of what little money we have?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015



Dear Freedom West Residents and Shareholders,

I heard it from the grapevine (just like weeks earlier I heard that Mohammed Soriano-Bilal was going to void the election if results don't turn his way) that Rick Lewis, our independent election inspector, was approached by Soriano-Bilal to conduct tonight's illegal RECALL election.  Instead of participating as he normally obliged, Mr. Lewis not only refused to engage, but indicated he will never ever do any Freedom West elections again, ending his 20+ years relationship with our co-op.
Rick Lewis, 2011, in less tumultuous days, but the start of craziness
I could definitely understand how Mr. Lewis feels.  He felt his impartial independence got compromised by consistent interference from the Board and Kalco Management in the election process that only he normally controlled.

Rick Lewis is an experienced election inspector who has been giving co-op education classes and conduct multiple board elections throughout California and the Bay Area.  He knows whether an election smell right or not, but he was restricted by instructions given by boards, i.e. the board presidents.  Mr. Lewis normally opted out of the legal interpretation business but make sure the election procedural mechanics going as instructed and non-contestable as much as possible.

Throughout the past two years anyone of knowledge could see the Soriano-Bilal Board had consistently flouting the Freedom West Bylaws that could put its actions and decisions to legal challenge.  Mr. Lewis could see through it but it's not his role to question.  I saw in recent elections, whether that of board or of loan votes, Freedom West had placed tremendous demand and strain on him that compromise his integrity and credibility.  The loud ruckus caused by Kalco employee Daniel English last Saturday evening during vote count was more than he could bear.

Involvement in potential lawsuits is the last thing Rick Lewis wanted.  Tonight's illegal Recall election is the last straw that breaks the camel's back.  What it amounts to is that Mohammed Soriano-Bilal is essentially call into question Rick Lewis's management throughout this entire past election and disputing the validity of the impartial inspector's certified election result.  Rick Lewis resigned rather engaging to give credence to another "election" that reeks of foul odors.

What's going to happen tonight?  Would Mohammed Soriano-Bilal go to pick any so-called "independent election inspector" off the street to do his bidding?  Or will Kalco Management cooperate with him just the way they conducted his "poll" on the Rehab/Redevelop vote?

We all knew how it turned out - full of deceits which they tried to hide but couldn't because of my photo evidence, with San Francisco police showed up to spare.
Kalco Properties Attorney to Me
Kalco wanted me to take the incriminating photo down and resorted to legal threat the moment I refused.  Will we see that sort of duplicity repeat again tonight?  With "Board/Management" cooperation? (I will forewarn the Fillmore Northern Station about this RECALL vote tonight lest Mohammed Soriano-Bilal managed to produce a rowdy scene just like last time).
The chaos in 5/21/15, with police in the middle, was largely the Board's doing
Just remember, in the end of the 8-page diatribe against me he said "When you come to the board meeting, if you find chaos, arguing and confusion, I would PUSH FOR A RECALL!" Well, he doesn't have the patience to wait for that.  He's doing it the other way around.  He is PUSHING FOR A RECALL and invite ample opportunities for "chaos, arguing and confusion", may be even get the Freedom West security into the act.  Who knows what kind of deals he could concoct up this time.

Below is a reply email I received from Mr. Rick Lewis:
Mr Tse;
I want to be clear that I have not been asked to oversee a Recall Election, not have I refused to take part in a recall.
The reason I am stepping aside from monitoring the elections at Freedom West is due to this type of misinformation being distributed.
There has been too much of this in recent elections, and my role as an impartial party is compromised when false statements are attributed to me.
Rick Lewis
The reason I could not check out all the facts with regard to Mr. Lewis is that his normal practice is to communicate with incumbent board presidents only.  As I said, I heard the news from the grapevine.  I'm glad he corrected part of what I said, and I welcome Mr. Lewis to correct any other parts of the above posting.  (David Tse)

(7/28) Blank

(7/28) What Happened After the Election: Soriano-Bilal Strikes Back

Monday, July 27, 2015

(7/27) Curtis Oler our new board member: Inspiration

My email 6 hours earlier
My name is with the White House info mail list.  Today I received this email that featured Haben Girma, a disability advocate who was honored by President Obama at the White House.  That Ms. Girma is deaf/blind is especially touching and relevant to Freedom West because one of our new African-American Board Member, Curtis Oler, is also blind.  He was an accomplished attorney before blindness struck him.

As mentioned in his election flyer, he was licensed to practice in the Supreme Court as well as with various federal circuit courts, among other accomplishments.  In this election, he stepped up for us in spite of his disability.  He had gone out his personal shell so should all of us able-bodied ones.  Curtis is an inspiration for all of us Freedom West residents and shareholders.  All of us should step up just as he did to do whatever we can to save our community and to build it to a great one.   Click on what Curtis had done with the new board over the weekend and for Haben Girma’s statement about social attitudes with the disabled.
Haben Girma greeted by President Obama
Last Saturday (7/25) the new Humble Board members attended a San Francisco Co-op Town Hall at the African-American Arts and Culture Center to learn about co-op finance and shareholders rights/responsibilities.  It was presented by the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC).  The Humble Board is quick to learn and the first to serve.  We walk the talk.  As exhibited in our flyers, we mean business.

Unfortunately I hadn't seen any other Freedom West board members or candidates came to learn from these free classes.  They all heard about it from a previous board meeting, but they chose to skip. In fact, I had never seen any incumbent board directors ever attended these training classes throughout the years.  When they didn't learn, they don't know how to be good directors in spite of their inherent abilities.  That's why it is so glaringly cynical for them to disparage the Humble Team and to Recall (kick out) these good people from the board today (7/28/15).

I hope the good people among you can show up at today's Freedom West Board Meeting at 7pm to support and to protect the Humble Board you just elected from an illegal and cynical RECALL organized by the incumbent board members who lost the election.  We cannot allow whatever contemptuous mob Mohammed Soriano-Bilal managed to put together to oust these good people and prevent them to serve you.
Felix Fernandez and Chong Park signed in
Blind Curtis Oler and wife Charlene all readied to learn
Charlene and Curtis Oler, David Tse, Felix Fernandez, Khorla Henry, Chong Park
Felix and Chong listened attentively
Reading materials
Curtis Oler, led by wife to the workshop on the floor below
NAHC Treasurer Linda Brockway
Learning Co-op Finance
Lunch, Baby!!
Curtis enjoying soul foods
In first impression, because of his disabilities, Curtis Oler looks slow and lackadaisal.  This is how our society, myself included, look upon disable persons.  It is a social attitude problem, as expounded by Haben Girma's statement printed below.

But you know how he is once he starts to talk.  He exudes knowledge, experience, and wisdom.  More importantly, he has a strong sense of justice and righteousness that combined with dose of indomitable fighting spirit.  I knew Curtis will be a great asset for this Freedom West Humble Board.  This is why I was sickened during election night when a losing candidate and former board member remarked when the election supervisor apologized for his bad penmanship on the board that it doesn't matter because someone can't see anyway.  This type of disparaging remark from a former board member is not acceptable.

Curtis is an inspiration for us all because he knew he would have to overcome attitudinal barrier by many Freedom West residents and shareholders as shown so openly by this former board member.  Every one of us should embrace him as he exhibit the courage, humility, and willingness to endure the belittling attitudes of the pessimists among us.  But you will find out he is an overcomer and one to respect not just for the accomplishments he had before blindness struck but for his will to go beyond his initial questioning of himself to serve all of us.  He knew Freedom West need to fix many things and as part of the Humble Board, he's going to do his part.

If Curtis Oler is willing to serve.  All of us have no reason not to.
Afternoon discussion session
Entertainment afterward
Audience joined in.  Curtis must be tire.  But he persisted.

Fun and learning, my favorite past times
These girls are very dedicated, teenage exemplars
Me, more social networking
Me, back to Freedom West.  Still got to worry about Recall organize by cynical people who don't want to learn and who think they know everything.

The President shared a moving story of how, in the years before Congress passed the ADA, his father-in-law -- who had multiple sclerosis -- would sometimes hold himself back because he didn't want his disability to inconvenience others. With that story, President Obama reminded Americans that "We've got to tear down barriers externally, but we also have to tear down barriers internally."

As someone who has struggled against attitudinal barriers, I loved hearing our President encourage the world to view access for people with disabilities as a civil and human right.

As a deafblind student, I witnessed advocates using the ADA to change social attitudes. The National Federation of the Blind regularly referenced the ADA when explaining to technology developers why designing access for people with disabilities is a necessity and not some optional cherry atop the Silicon Valley sundaes. I heard how the National Association of the Deaf used the ADA to increase closed-captioning online, and how Disability Rights Advocates used the ADA to compel Target's tech team to make their website accessible to blind Americans.

Impressed by the success of the advocates, I felt inspired to join them. Back then, and even now, I encountered so many barriers in the digital world. Not because of my disability, but because of attitudes among tech developers that trivialize access for people with disabilities.

When I entered Harvard Law School, I encountered a serious question: How would a deafblind student succeed? I remember the first time I presented my communication system to a real-live lawyer. I felt many of the insecurities probably experienced by President Obama's father-in-law. Would the lawyer think I was somehow inconveniencing her or slowing her down?

Knowing the power of confidence, I hid my insecurities and put on a smile: "Would you mind typing on this keyboard since I can't hear you? I'll be able to read what you type on this braille display." To my surprise, she started typing.

I started to think that maybe, just maybe, I would survive law school.

Not only does the ADA make it possible for people with disabilities to obtain a world-class education, but it also empowers us to overcome our own insecurities in pursuit of our dreams. Two years after law school, through my work at Disability Rights Advocates, I helped achieve a legal victory in National Federation of the Blind v. Scribd, the second decision to hold that the ADA applies to e-commerce.

Twenty-five years after the ADA, advocates still encounter attitudinal barriers among tech companies that continue to insist that they don't have to provide access for people with disabilities. Given the necessity of accessing online services in today's world, all of us with disabilities will continue to turn to the ADA to tear down barriers.

President Obama leads our nation in the quest to remove external and internal barriers. I received the honor of meeting our President at the White House celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Even though he had never communicated with a deafblind person through a digital braille display and QWERTY keyboard, he gracefully switched from speaking to typing.

Through our conversation, I experienced the genuine warmth of our President, his attentiveness to people, his understanding of the value of technology in connecting people, and his sincere belief that people with disabilities, like his father-in-law, should never let attitudinal barriers stop us from pursuing our dreams.

Do you have stories of the ADA helping you tear down internal barriers, digital barriers, or physical barriers? Share your stories using the hashtag #OurADAStories.


Haben Girma
Skadden Fellowship Attorney
Disability Rights Advocates