Assessor Phil Ting Issued Owner Move-In Eviction

by Casey Mills on August 19, 2005

Beyond Chron has learned that Assessor Phil Ting issued an owner move-in eviction notice (OMI) in April of 1998. The eviction forced tenant Rowan Chapman to move out of a unit at 1452 6th Street so that Ting could move in. Owner move-in evictions have sparked the ire of tenant’s rights groups in the past, and Ting’s role in such an action could impact his current battle with Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval and Ronald Chun for the Assessor’s office this November.

Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Phil Ting to the Assessor’s office last month, citing Ting’s experience with appraisals and work with the Asian Law Caucus as qualifications. Ting, who formerly ran for MUD Board, must now defend his seat this November against Sandoval and Chin.

The race looks to be a tight one, with Ting snagging the DCCC endorsement earlier this week, and Sandoval racking up the endorsements of most of the city’s progressive politicians, including Matt Gonzalez, Aaron Peskin, and Tom Ammiano.

The recent revelation that Ting has issued an OMI, a practice often lambasted by housing rights groups, may play a factor in race’s outcome. Gavin Newsom was the subject of a campaign mailer in the mayor’s race highlighting his OMI eviction of a longtime elderly tenant, and this was widely seen as reducing his support among tenant advocates.

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