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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Landlord Sues Blog, City-Funded Nonprofit That Runs Blog

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Randy Shaw, activist, author, defendant - WWW.BEYONDTHEFIELDS.NET
  • Randy Shaw, activist, author, defendant -- the left-leaning online news source operated by Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic -- was sued for defamation on Monday by a landlord who has a long-running legal history with Shaw and his tenant-friendly organization.

Rita O'Flynn is a city landlord who owns property in the Sunset District. There, she allegedly violated the terms of a $38,000 city loan, given to her for lead paint abatement, when she evicted one of her tenants. reported that the city sued O'Flynn to recover the cost of the loan; O'Flynn alleges she was never sued, and is in turn suing BeyondChron for defamation.

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BeyondChron has in the past raised the cackles of moderate politicos and fiscal conservative types alike for using city money for news writing as well as supportive housing. Tenderloin Housing Clinic has also fought O'Flynn in court; THC attorneys represented O'Flynn tenant Susan Suval in eviction proceedings.

With that in mind, O'Flynn is certainly a BeyondChron hater, and has allegedly filed numerous Sunshine Ordinance requests with city agencies in an attempt to sniff out wrongdoing.

The problem is, O'Flynn was sued by the City Attorney's Office -- although it was Rita's husband Mark O'Flynn who was named as defendant in the April 2009 lawsuit, according to a release from City Attorney Dennis Herrera's Office. And while she is not a defendant, there are references to Rita O'Flynn in the lawsuit, as one of the parties who violated terms of the city loan by evicting tenants.

Is O'Flynn so eager to fuck over BeyondChron that she's willing to file suit over what appears to be a technicality?

O'Flynn did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. Reached at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic offices, Shaw said he hadn't yet heard of the lawsuit and asked for time to look at it before commenting (that's reasonable).

We'll post back when we hear any more. And in the meantime, please do not sue us. You may, however, buy us lunch.

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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