by Lauren Gard
In last week's feature, Home, Suite Home, we reported on Emeryville residents who have been living at the Woodfin Suites hotel for the past few years because their defective condos at The Terraces have yet to be fixed. The Express has learned that the family of one of our subjects, Juanita Carroll Young, was served Wednesday with an eviction notice. (She is the mother of our 11-year-old cover girl Larissa Campaña). Young and her family were offered no immediate explanation for the sudden eviction, although she says that today her husband bumped into a Woodfin executive and was told that the eviction was related to "inappropriate behavior" and that the Woodfin has been "more than tolerant." Calls to hotel management made early yesterday, and again today, were not returned. Young says she corresponded with representation for The Terraces' developer, Wareham Development, whom she believes is uninvolved in the eviction.
Young surmises that the action may have to do with her ongoing active involvement with Woodfin housekeepers organizing for better treatment, a story the Express covered in January (Christmas at Woodfin Suites, Jan. 24). She is considering meeting with a tenants' rights attorney to determine if the eviction is legal. As far as we've been able to deduce, no other Woodfin residents who told their stories in last week's article have been served with eviction notices.