This past weekend I attended a memorial service for a local
activist. Eric Quezada was important in many planning-related issues here in
San Francisco – how we create space that reflects the cultural traditions of
our large immigrant communities, the importance of preventing displacement of
low-income people, the development of affordable housing and institutions that
meet the needs of all of our citizenry. I had known Eric for many years, but
had the privilege of working most closely with him when I served on our city’s
Planning Commission and he was a lead organizer in the Mission District, an
historically Latino neighborhood threatened by dot-com fueled gentrification.
In his short 45 years on earth, Eric touched the lives of thousands here and
around the world.