ACLU of Northern California Argues Tenants' Free Speech Case Before the California Supreme Court

Golden Gateway Center v. Golden Gateway Tenants Association

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The California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case about the free speech rights of tenants and private property ownership. In the case, Golden Gateway Center v. Golden Gateway Tenants Association, a large commercial landlord in San Francisco has banned tenants from distributing newsletters and leaflets to other tenants.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th at 2:00 pm, in the Ronald Reagan State Office Building, 300 South Spring Street, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Los Angeles, California. Alan Schlosser, Managing Attorney of the ACLU of Northern California will participate in the argument as amicus in support of the Tenants Association. The Tenants Association will be represented by Robert De Vries, a San Francisco attorney.                          

“This case is important because the California Supreme Court is called upon to strike the proper balance between free speech and private property ownership, this time in the context of a large commercial landlord’s attempt to prohibit its residential tenants from distributing written information about tenants’ issues,” said Schlosser. “It is especially important because large residential apartment complexes such as the Golden Gateway Center, that include 1,254 residential units, are like small urban neighborhoods that provide an especially effective forum for communication between neighbors about issues of common concern.” 

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