The list, released by a group known as the Anti
Eviction Mapping Project, reflects frustrations over rising
rents and cost of living that activists say are driven by the
In recent months, grumbling has given way to blockades of the
private commuter buses that pick up technology workers downtown
and ferry them to their workplaces south of the city at
companies such as Google Inc, Facebook Inc and Yahoo Inc.
The list included the chief executive officers of various Bay
Area technology businesses, as well as several Google
David Duffield, who the protesters identified as the co-founder
of Web-based human resources company Workday, appeared on the
list. A spokesman for Workday said the David Duffield identified
was not the same as the company's co-founder.
Other executives on the list include John Golob, chief executive
of sales-software company Lanetix, and Peter Caswell, chief
executive of social intelligence company NetBase Solutions.
Representatives for Lanetix and NetBase did not immediately
respond to requests for comment.
Google lawyer Jack Halprin, the target of an April protest, was
also featured on the list. Other Google employees included
Thomas Fallows and Kansinee Adsanatham Jung, whom the protesters
identified as a Google product manager and user-experience
designer respectively. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.
Typically, the executives used a state law known as the Ellis
Act to evict tenants, according to the protestors. The Ellis Act
allows owners to evict tenants if they intend to take their
units off the market.
The total number of Ellis Act evictions in the city rose 25
percent to 1,716 in the year ended February 2013, according to a
report by San Francisco's budget and legislative analyst. The
executives on the list had allegedly evicted tenants from a
total of more than 100 rental units, according to the
There is growing ill will in the San Francisco area toward
technology companies as housing prices skyrocket and salary
growth is anemic outside the tech sector.
While many technology workers say protesters should blame
landlords rather than their industry for rising rents and
evictions, tenant advocates say the two are tightly linked.
(Reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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