Santa Rosa Allows Occupy Protesters To Camp With Permits

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An Occupy Wall Street encampment at Santa Rosa City Hall. (CBS)

An Occupy Wall Street encampment at Santa Rosa City Hall. (CBS)

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) —  The Santa Rosa City Council approved by a 5-2 vote Thursday night an urgency ordinance that allows ‘Occupy Santa Rosa’ protesters to apply for a permit to continue camping at City Hall.

The protesters have been camping without a permit since Oct. 29, but city officials allowed the camping and held two public hearings on the issue.

There are an estimated 60 tents on the City Hall lawn at First Street and Santa Rosa Avenue. Everyone now camping must individually apply for the 15-day permit, which may be renewed.

The vote came after dozens of people spoke during a three and a half hour public hearing.

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