20 Year Mission Resident Battles Ellis Eviction

by Stephen Booth on March 15, 2016

(Second in the Series)

Carla Barata could be called “The Dog Walking Girl from Ipanema.” Born in Brazil, walking distance from Ipanema, the beach locale from which the famous Antonio Carlos Jobim song originated, Carla came to the States in her mid-20s and soon settled in the Mission District. The progressive and friendly San Francisco attitude drew Carla even from 6,000 miles away.

For Carla, living in the Mission stimulated personal growth and development and allowed her to build, from-the-ground-up, a dog-walking and care business. Her vocation allows daily jaunts through the parks and beaches all over San Francisco, be it, Alta Plaza, Golden Gate, Alamo Square, Baker and Ocean Beaches and the Marina Green. Carla describes dog walking as a simple, yet elegant means of earning her keep while staying fit and nature-connected. Canine owners who work long hours surely know that exercise, attention and socializing are essential to their four-legged family members’ well-being. Carla fills this need for many families.

For 20 years Carla has lived at 2828 21st Street, which has allowed her to flourish. In January 2016, San Rafael-based owner, the Meenaghan 2000 Trust, served Carla with Ellis Act eviction papers, calling for her to pack-up and leave her home within 120 days. For years this “hands-off” landlord has benefitted from the healthy rents, yet deferred a great deal of maintenance. In February 2016, one of Carla’s windows spontaneously fell out, crashing to the street below because the window framing had rotted away. The Meenaghan 200 Trust was cited for multiple Code violations and monitored by the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. The February 6, 2016 Department of Building Inspection Notice of Violation memorialized that “the broken window pane falling to the sidewalk below presents a serious and dangerous safety hazard.”

If she is now forced to leave her home of 20 years, Carla does not know where she will go and how she will be able to continue to earn a reasonable living and serve her many neighborhood clients with household pets in dire need of attention. Carla feels her case is emblematic of what is occurring all over San Francisco and she intends to resist eviction with all her might. This is yet another example how Ellis Act evictions, motivated by greed, are tearing the very fabric San Francisco.

Stephen Booth is an attorney at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic who represents Carla Barata.

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