As a middle-class desk jockey who lives in San Francisco and works on the peninsula, let me just say this: fuck you.
I've lived out of my car and worked minimum wage jobs. I've also pulled 120 hour weeks in the tech sector. Given the value (in dollars) of the work people in tech do, and the shortage of competent workers, it makes sense to take away the hassle of driving and have people spend those commuting hours working.
On the flip side of things, it's a free fucking market, and San Francisco hasn't done lower income residents any favors. Rent control that severely limits rental income on older properties but leaves a gaping legal hole for eviction? Stupid. Idiotic zoning and permitting practices that leave residential developments in limbo for years and see them stifled by an *anonymous* violation reporting process that stops work for days at a time *at the moment of report*? Batshit. Public transit that shuts down at midnight and renders local suburbs impractical for really taking part in San Francisco's night life? Pathetic. A miniature slice of a peninsula with desirable weather, great sprawling vistas, and wonderful access to water? Okay, that one is nature.
The reality is that the local and state governments have basically set eye-popping real estate prices up as the inevitable outcome of some pretty short sighted choices. You want to protest people who earn money in another city and then pump it into the service economy in San Francisco? You want to protest the people who fund universal healthcare in San Francisco? You're going to give a pass to the elected officials who actually caused these problems? You're going to dismiss the ballot measures passed by residents? You're going to go after people who are the next rung up on the ladder instead of the top?
I rent my place in SF. I'm not happy about skyrocketing rates, either, but I'm not going to just abandon the city because other people want me to make it magically cheaper for them. Someone else will just come fill the void. It is *nice* here.
If half of these protesters had a fucking clue about the basics of supply and demand, maybe they'd figure out a way to make real estate approachable instead of going after mass transit that does the whole city a traffic reduction favor.
As it stands, fuck you.