SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Police were called to a Paolo Shoes store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley Thursday after about 30 protesters stormed the business.
The group accused the store owner’s family of evicting tenants throughout the city. Cries of “Stop eviction” rang into the air at 524 Hayes Street as protesters like 73-year-old Lotta Garrity, a retired nurse, said Paolo Iantorno and his father are evicting her and about 15 fellow tenants from their longtime Guerrero Street home.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Dead, Woman Wounded in Friday-Evening Shooting in San Francisco
“Some of the people in my building have been there for 50 years,” Garrity said.
Iantorno arrived within minutes. “Please get out of my store, all of you,” he said.
He added that his family is getting out of the rental business because they’ve been losing $2,000 a month on every unit.
“My father has subsidized all these people in these buildings because he’s owned them for 15 years. Paying $300 a month does not cover the mortgage.”