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Sep112017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, sale of exclusive city street, update: "Rich S.F. residents hire big-time help to get their street back" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (San Francisco, auction sale of exclusive city street)....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "Rich S.F. residents hire big-time help to get their street back" - From the Chronicle:

The well-heeled homeowners of San Francisco’s Presidio Terrace neighborhood are assembling quite the army to help them win back the private street they lost to a South Bay couple when they fell behind — way behind — on their property taxes.

To lay plans for a showdown at the Board of Supervisors that’s still more than two months away, the Presidio Terrace Homeowners Association has hired a former assistant city attorney, Scott Emblidge, to run their legal operation. Another veteran of the city attorney’s office, former spokesman Matt Dorsey, is teaming with a onetime chief of staff for ex-Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Boe Hayward, to work the politicians behind the scenes and push the homeowners’ story to the media. Both are now with Lighthouse Public Affairs.

They all have their work cut out for them in trying to persuade the board to rescind the 2015 tax auction that resulted in Michael Cheng and Tina Lam of San Jose picking up the street near the Presidio for $90,100. “Unless they can show clearly and convincingly that proper procedures were not followed, I see no reason to rescind the sale,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who was recently visited by the homeowners’ team of advocates. “Sales like this happen every day to all kinds of people and businesses,” he said.

It certainly does when they fall 30 years behind on their property taxes. That’s what the owners of 35 multimillion-dollar Presidio Terrace homes managed to do when it came to paying the $14 annual bill on their small, gated private street, sidewalks and other common areas.

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The first the homeowners knew they had lost their street was when an intermediary for the buyers contacted them about a possible sell-back. Far from admiring the entrepreneurial spirit of the immigrant couple, the homeowners charged that they were being shaken down by a pair of out-of-town speculators and went to war. Their main target is the city treasurer/tax collector’s office ................