When I first met Tristram in 2008, it was before he had his second child. He is a valuable asset to the staff because he has a strong sense of core values. A family man, he supports his kids and wife on the income he makes working at the center. He also rides his bike back and forth to work from the Richmond district nearby. If you ask him about working recycling, he can give you a good sense of the various patrons who come in and has a deep sense of compassion for those that have-not. Tristram first worked at the center as a part of a community service plan and eventually got a gig there in 2001. Eleven years later, he is still part of the family.
Tristram’s declaration to the court is written below. The included video is an excerpt from an interview we did four years ago, before any legal action, where he introduces himself and talks a bit about the problem of homeless in the park and closing the recycling center. Tomorrow morning, three judges will consider an appeal to stop the eviction of this center. If they accept the arguments presented, it could mean a trial to finally reverse this ridiculous effort to close a valuable environmental resource that welcomes everyone and employs individuals who are most vulnerable to the impact of extreme poverty.
TRISTRAM SAVAGE declares
I have been employed by the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling center for approximately 11 years. In addition to myself, I support my wife and two children with my income.
My highest level of education is high school, and my prior job experience is food service. If I lose my job, it will be a severe hardship on me. The effect on my family is likely to be homelessness. I am the sole provider for my disabled wife and children. Any loss of income would cause loss of housing, food, clothing, medication and other basic needs.