Supervisor David Campos this morning introduced new legislation with the goal of providing teachers and parents of young children additional protection in San Francisco's harsh housing market. The proposed legislation would make it harder for property owners to evict teachers and parents under no-fault evictions during the school year, and Campos sees it as an important step in protecting San Francisco families.
"Our housing affordability crisis is now causing a worker shortage in many industries," the Supervisor wrote this morning on Facebook. "Nowhere is this more urgent than in our schools where we are experiencing record teacher vacancy rates and a substitute teacher crisis."
As explained by the Chronicle, the new law, should it pass, will protect tenants who work in public or private schools (this includes janitors and cafeteria cooks) and parents with kids under 18 from all no-fault evictions "except for mandated seismic repair and the Ellis Act" during the academic year.
"The legislation I am introducing today will stop landlords from evicting teachers, other school employees, and families with children during the school year," continued Campos on his Facebook post. "Our teachers and children deserve stable learning environments."
Carolyn Goossen, a Legislative Aide in Supervisor Campos's office, told SFist that the bill will be held 30 days before being scheduled for vote by a committee. As such, it should be voted on "likely sometime around end of March."
Lita Blanc, president of the Teacher's Union, spoke to the Chronicle about how she believes this proposed legislation may help SF teachers.
“We support anything that will help our educators stay in San Francisco, and this legislation is a small step in that direction."
Campos himself seems to agree that this is only a step, and not a complete solution, telling the paper that “[what] this proposal does is it tries to stop the bleeding.”
But not so fast says Andrew Zacks, an attorney for Small Property Owners of San Francisco (a property owner advocacy group).
“The idea that teachers need protections is easy, but why is that something that is the problem of individual small-property owners rather than the community as a whole?” he told the Chron. “This is stupid, it’s illegal, and it’s a waste of time.”
Looks like Campos is going to have another fight on his hands, not unlike last year's fight over the Ellis Act payout cap.