Nothing exemplifies grotesque leftwing hypocrisy more accurately than the following report, which is as enraging as it is depressing.
On Wednesday The Guardian published an article titled, "Low-income families face eviction as building 'rebrands' for Facebook workers," which details the cruel way in which struggling Latino families are being evicted from their apartment building in order to make way for Silicon Valley professionals who are willing to pay top dollar for rent.
Now, people like Laura Hernandez and her three-month-old daughter face eviction in what the outlet is calling "the 'largest-ever' Silicon Valley eviction to displace hundreds of tenants." The Guardian provides the heartrending details:
The recent eviction notice that Laura Hernandez and her husband received at their one-bedroom apartment in Silicon Valley did not say why they were being kicked out.
But executives at Trion Properties, a private equity firm that recently purchased their building, have made it unusually clear that they want a different kind of tenant – high-paid technology workers at the nearby headquarters of Facebook, which is planning a large campus expansion.
Hernandez takes care of her three-month-old daughter while her husband Adan Estevez works at a nearby recycling center. They pay their $1,600 rent on time. With less than two weeks before she has to move out, Hernandez, 26, has become worried that her anxiety over the possibility of being homeless is hurting her baby.
“Because I breastfeed my daughter, I feel like I’m passing that stress and depression on to her,” she said during an interview in Spanish. “We’re not asking for a place to live for free. We just need a little more time.”
According to the housing advocates interviewed by the Guardian, this practice has been happening "en-masse" throughout the Valley. Still, the outlet reports that no other real estate or investment firm has been more blatant in their motives than Trion:
The firm, in announcing the purchase of the 48-unit Buckingham Apartments, said that its goal was to “rebrand” and “revitalize” the property, raise the rents, and attract “young working professionals” employed at “Google, Facebook, and other Fortune 100 tech companies”.
[...] Trion also noted that Facebook has offered its employees $10,000 and $15,000 bonuses if they live within ten miles of campus, helping make Redwood City a “new hub for tech employment”.
So far, Trion has sent eviction notices to 15 units to clear the way for renovations, said managing partner Max Sharkansky. The remaining apartments will be remodeled over time, which means it’s expected that most tenants will eventually lose their homes.
Now here's true gall. Sharanksy smugly says that once he renovates the property, he "welcomes back" the evicted tenants to come and rent from him... at prices they obviously would never be able to afford:
“While rents will be increasing at this property, we would, of course, be delighted to have the original residents come back to this building as residents in the renovated units if they would like to,” Sharkansky said in a statement.
Talk about low.
Salimah Hankins, senior staff attorney with an advocacy group called Community Legal Services, told the Guardian, "there’s no understanding of the real human cost."
And when it comes to the Left -- whose members like Mark Zuckerberg lecture us ad nauseam about our "obligation to humanity," "income inequality" and who routinely decry conservatives' so-called "bigotry" against the Hispanic community -- there never is any real understanding. Because they are always and without fail, the biggest hypocrites of all.