Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser
San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener unveiled the latest version of SB50, the legislation that would allow upzoning for housing developments near transit centers, at a press conference on the steps of Oakland City Hall on Tuesday morning.
But protesters concerned whether the bill will include much-needed affordable housing drowned out the entire press conference with chants. When Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf spoke the large group of protesters lustily shouted her down. Following her remarks, Schaaf was surrounded by a small group of activists belong to the Moms 4 Housing coalition, a group of women who took up residence in a vacant home in West Oakland without the permission of the property owners. Schaaf engaged in the conversation for about 15 minutes. No middle ground appeared reached. One woman told Schaaf, “We’re done with you.” Schaaf stared back stony faced.