Hi Sheriff Hennessy,
Yesterday (5/24) at 11 am I went to the Superior Court per Eviction Defense Cooperative (EDC) instruction to ask for a stay of execution to vacate my apartment at 470-C Fulton St. At first the hearing was supposed to be heard at department 501 because the clerk of Judge Suzanne Bolanos said she’s on trial until 4 pm at department 504. However, after everyone at 501 was heard and decided the clerk there told me come back to 501 to hear from Judge Bolanos at 2pm. When I showed up the clerk just told me the motion was denied but no reasons were given.
This was a shock to me because EDC told me generally the judge would give a week extension until the week after in which the judge would either grant or denied another extension and so on. In fact when I was at the court room I met someone who actually got 4 consecutive weekly extensions and trying to get another one.
|Long time activist Ace Washington also got evicted. He lives at the Tenderloin Housing Clinics|
|Ace showed me some of his files, he cross sword with many people who he claimed selling out the Black folks, those blacks who don't care for their people who see only what they get for themselves.|
I was told the sheriff deputy will show up at 9:15 am today to evict me and change my lock. First of all, while they could change the apartment door lock because that is co-op property. But I don’t think they should change my metal gate door lock or destroy it without my permission because my grandmother installed that one using her own money when my family got burglarized and I inherited the metal gate, as well as the Freedom West share certificate from her.
As I told you before, my eviction was retaliatory because the Board President Mohammed Soriano-Bilal does not feel his presidential position safe as long as I’m around Freedom West. Many residents feel my eviction is entirely unjustifiable. I do not endanger anyone in the neighborhood but was instead supported widely as seen in my and my team’s board election victory.
No matter, I need to stay behind for at least a week to pack up my belongings and clean up the apartment without being locked-up and thrown out to the street. While I know the Sheriff Department has the responsibility to carry out court orders but I was told by my lawyer, who used to work at the Eviction Defense Collaborative, that often time the deputy sheriff would grant extension for needs and humanitarian reasons of the tenant as long as the tenant make good efforts to vacate. So I’m asking the Sheriff Department to grant me such stay, for a week or so, so that I could get what needs to be done accomplished expeditiously, disposing my belongings, and not going homeless.
I had started to make effort to vacate my apartment already, as I stacked up my boxes of books ceiling high emptying my closets. Fortunately my friends forewarned me to start packing just in case the extension from Judge Suzanne Bolanos won’t get granted. Good thing I listened to their advice. I spend the whole last night packing without any sleep at all as I hadn’t slept for over 48 hours already to beat the clock. As you said in our conversation, you won’t get the sheriff deputy to evict unless the environment is safe. As for my premise now, it’s not safe because my apartment is stacked with boxes and a mess and I’m very sleepy. I don’t intend to leave my premise today because I still have much to pack as well as looking for places to stay.
|My bedroom like a war zone|
|Over 100 boxes of books|
|Cloths out from the closet|
Freedom West doesn’t need my apartment because it has at thirty other empty units in the complex. But I do need mine at this time because I have no place to go without going homeless at this point.
It’s not too much for the Sheriff Department to grant me a week stay so that I could leave in an orderly manner.
This letter did no good anyway as three deputy sheriffs showed up on time this morning for eviction, all with guns in holster. Two Freedom West security officers also there, guns in full view as well. After a no-nonsense explanation, Officer Choi told me I have five minutes to pack up and leave. Afterward a Freedom West worker came in to change the common hallway locks as well as a new one on my door.
|Sheriff note on my door. If I go in there, it's trespassing.|