Perhaps you think I'm biased since I currently work for Google, but this is idiotic. And I don't just mean throwing a brick in what should be a peaceful protest. I mean the entire idea behind the protest. It's classist and disgusting, and completely counter productive.
They are mad about high costs of living and have identified the people who can afford to live in San Fransisco as the cause. What would be the solution then, ban 'a certain kind of person' from moving to San Fransisco? Crash the tech economy so San Fransisco becomes a much less desirable place to live?
How about focusing a little anger on the people who are ACTUALLY at fault, i.e. the politicians and the people who have voted for incredibly restrictive land use and development policies that create an extreme shortage of housing in this area.
I live in San Jose, a half hour commute from Google on a good day. I like where I live, but it's as close as I can afford. There is literally not a house I could afford anywhere north or west of here and I work at google.
This has nothing to do with the ability to provide more housing. One of the things that I marveled at when I came to this area was how open and low density it is. And this is coming from someone who lived in LA for many years. The problem is not a lack of space to build new housing. The problem is the people who are already there decided that they liked the the almost 'rural' character of their neighborhoods and made it extremely difficult for anyone to build high density housing there.
Parts of San Fransisco, while denser than the rest of the west bay has similar issues. You know what would help the cost of living there? Let developers build high rise apartments.
But no, the people staging this kind of protest are EXACTLY the kind of people who would scream if any of their precious row houses were scheduled for demolition to put in a bunch of high rise apartments.
Cities don't become or stay great by holding onto a static view of what they should be. The best cities in the world grew organically when a bunch of different people found a reason to settle there.
When you support anti development policies in places like San Fransisco and the bay area in general, you are playing right into the hands of the wealthy who don't mind paying 2 million dollars for a house and like their brown people (certain varieties excepted) far away except when said house needs to be cleaned or there are dishes to be washed.