Oakland Mayor Demands Occupy Protesters Dismantle Camps

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Notice was issued by the Oakland city administrator on Sunday that Occupy protesters’ camps in city parks were a violation of local ordinances and would be removed.

In meetings with protesters over the past week, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan discussed the possibility of relocating the “Occupy Oakland” encampment that has occupied Frank Ogawa Plaza for most of the last month, according to Mayor’s office officials.

“The city’s ban against public parks remains,” said Sue Piper,
special assistant to Quan. Piper said that some protesters suggested public and private sites that the encampment could voluntarily move to.

After previously issuing several eviction notices demanding protesters vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza, a Saturday notice was addressed to “Persons lodging in all parks citywide,” informing protesters that they did not have permission to “lodge on or in ANY city property or parks, including and not limited to Frank Ogawa Plaza, Lafayette Square Park, Jefferson
Square, and Snow Park.”

An encampment in Snow Park has grown over the last several days,
according to accounts by protesters and residents, and as many as 20 tents were pitched there as of Saturday.

Some protesters had previously occupied Snow Park, located near
the corner of 19th Street and Lakeside Drive overlooking Lake Merritt, but that encampment was dismantled on the morning of Oct. 25 when police raided both Occupy Oakland encampments.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

A statement released by the Old Oakland Neighbors organization
Saturday said that as of Saturday morning one tent had been pitched in Lafayette Square Park, located on the corner of 10th and Jefferson Streets.

Old Oakland Neighbors said that the group had not been contacted
regarding any efforts for relocating the campers, and said that existing shelters should be consulted on where the protesters can go.

A group of several Occupy Oakland protesters released a statement Saturday as well to say that they were not aware of any meetings with Quan or the city regarding relocation, and that Occupy Oakland General Assembly had not issued any resolutions regarding voluntary relocation.

The statement said that if anyone had met with Quan regarding relocation, they were “purporting to represent the Occupation without any kind of authorization.”

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  • Oakland Taxpayer

    Past time for Oakland officials to bring back their progressive city…including landmarks, Oakland Museum, Chabot Space and Science, Jack London Square, and the other downtown landmarks. The original “occupy wallstreet” w/a message has now degenerated to a “occupy Oakland” circus…What’s it to be city officials? Landmarks or a circus?

    addendum…one could only imagine if city officials spent their energy and taxpayer monies promoting landmarks… uptick in tourism, more visitors, more jobs, more tax base…and on and on.

  • tn

    Just wondering approximately what percentage of these occupiers have brought an idea or solution to this important stand that they are taking? Also, I wonder what percentage of the occupiers pay property taxes to support the running of our civil government and services (right and wrong) and to clean up after the occupiers’ occupant expenses? Just asking.

    • Oakland Taxpayer

      just wondering why we, also part of the 99%, who: 1) reside in Oakland 2) are Oakland homeowner-property tax payers 3) registered Oakland voters 4) shop in downtown, have been forgotten in favor of “occupiers” by our city officials.

    • bm

      It is because Oakland elected the stupid Quan as the leader , she is without a clue, it is way over her head and she should resign!

  • gladys

    I want every single one of the occupy occupants to have to provide volunteer hours in community services – such as neighborhood watch, literacy programs, caring for seniors, etc. until they make up the amount of money spent on their protest that no one even understands. They are demanding responsible government and business, how about they put be responsible for their actions and put in some time making an actual difference instead of eating up Oakland’s diminished resources.
    How about they organize and run the gangs out of Oakland – now that I could get behind and support! Set up your little tents in East Oakland

    • Another Oakland Taxpayer

      Gladys, you should be mayor. They are not the 99 percent but the 1 percent of communists, anarchists and rabble with a few naive fools thrown in.

  • gladys

    what the heck are your talking about hh?

  • NoFlyZone

    Turn on the sprinklers! There, problem solved!

    Red china looks at this ineptitude of American officials and laughs. You can’t control a few dozen spoiled teenagers?

    • gladys

      Thanks for the giggle – a low cost “clean up” solution. Might rid the place of some of the unique scents as well!

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