City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sued San Francisco landlord Anne Kihagi for an egregious pattern of unlawful business practices that includes waging "a war of harassment, intimidation, and retaliation" against tenants to force them from their rent-controlled homes. Once vacated, according to Herrera's complaint, Kihagi offers the apartments to new tenants at substantially higher rents. But the full scope of related violations and appalling tactics employed by Kihagi, her business associates and companies under their control -- as detailed in the 38-page complaint Herrera filed in San Francisco Superior Court on June 4 -- distinguishes their predatory business model as one of the most ruthless in recent memory.
Said Herrera: "Anne Kihagi is among the most abusive and lawless landlords I've encountered in my tenure as City Attorney -- and I've gone after a lot of lawlessness by landlords. It takes breathtaking cruelty to so aggressively bully and displace even elderly and disabled tenants from their rent-controlled homes, especially in the midst of our severe housing crisis. But Ms. Kihagi's apparent contempt for her tenants seems rivaled only by her contempt for the law. In bringing this case, I'd express particular appreciation to Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose district includes all but one of Ms. Kihagi's nine San Francisco properties. Supervisor Wiener's active engagement with these tenants helped us develop a strong case quickly, and it will be key to helping end these egregious injustices."
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is appealing an Oct. 21 decision by a federal judge invalidating recent amendments to a city ordinance that sought to mitigate the daunting financial harms facing San Franciscans who are evicted under the state Ellis Act. "There should be no doubt that when a landlord evicts a rent-controlled tenant, the immense rent increase the tenant faces is the direct result of the landlord's decision to evict," Herrera said. "The district court's decision is contrary to cases interpreting the U.S. Constitution. San Francisco is facing a housing affordability crisis that's historically unprecedented, and our tenant relocation law serves a legitimate and lawful public purpose in helping tenants to adjust to the loss of rent control and mitigating the harms of displacement."
After a thirteen year battle that broke new legal ground and consumed years of work by public and private attorneys, the City and County of San Francisco along with Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County and seven other California cities and counties won a $1.1 billion judgment from the Honorable Judge James P. Kleinberg of Santa Clara Superior Court, who ruled that three manufacturers of lead-based paints are jointly liable for the cost of removing their products from homes around the state.
City Attorney Herrera has filed a class action against the State of Nevada for its controversial "patient dumping" practices -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco, "with inadequate provisions of food and medication, and without prior arrangements for their care, housing or medical treatment upon arrival." The lawsuit is on behalf of all California localities affected by the practice.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is engaged in litigation against Monster Beverage Corporation for violating California law with its marketing of highly-caffeinated energy drinks to children as young as six-years-old, despite scientific findings that such products may cause "significant morbidity in adolescents" from elevated blood pressure, brain seizures, and severe cardiac events.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against three gun accessories companies and a gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines in California in violation of a state law that prohibits the sale, manufacture, or import of gun ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds. The equipment is marketed as gun magazine "repair kits" in a barely-disguised attempt to skirt a 14-year-old California gun safety law, according to Herrera's complaint.