The executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, Ted Gullicksen, was found dead in his bed today.
From the Chronicle’s report:
Several friends said they knew of no health problems with Mr. Gullicksen, who recently had been working vigorously for Proposition G, a ballot measure designed to deter real estate speculators from evicting tenants and flipping the property by putting a steep tax on the quick resale of multi-unit buildings.
“One thing that’s very clear to me is that he would want nothing more than all of us as his colleagues and his allies in the movement to keep fighting,” [Sara Shortt, director of the Housing Rights Committee] said. “I know that I myself will be fighting harder than ever in Ted’s name.”
Mr. Gullicksen had been a champion for tenants and their rights in San Francisco for over 30 years. And with the shuttering of the Bay Guardian, it’s a one-two punch in the gut for progressives in San Francisco this week.