Phil Matier: Mayor Lee Wants Occupy SF To Relocate To The Mission

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reportedly wants the city’s Occupy protestors to move to the Mission.

KCBS, CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said that Mayor Ed Lee’s office is talking with members of the movement about relocating its encampment at Justin Herman Plaza to a former high school site on Mission Street between 15th and 16th Street. That’s the site of the old Phoenix Continuation High School.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

Currently the area looks like a parking lot ringed with portable classrooms contained behind a fence. The city’s top public works official took a group representing Occupy SF on a tour of the site over the weekend.

The offer comes after police removed a set of Occupy tents along Market Street just east of Justin Herman Plaza over the weekend.

Matier joked that it might behoove the city to leave the protestors right where they are.

“I’m down there every day at 5 or 6 and you would be amazed at the number of tourists down there taking pictures in front of this thing, waving, to send back home,” said Matier.

Meantime, a number of businesses near the current encampment have threatened legal action against protestors.

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  • rich

    nope I think Pac Heights or St. Francis Woods is more appropriate.

  • Mark Perry

    How ’bout relocating 20 miles offshore with no oars

  • adam

    I say relocating to Castro District and make gay porn!

  • Erika

    I think the mission has enough trouble already, no need to add the encampment.
    I wonder if the mayor has discussed his plan with people In the Mission and how the local police department feels about that idea. I believe they have their hands full as it is.

  • Ja Rule

    Is he suggesting this so the gang bangers take care of the “occupy” problem? Might just work out for everyone.

  • Man on the Mission

    No, the mayor has not discussed his plan with the people in the Mission. I am a homeowner whose multi-unit building is located next door to the proposed encampment site. In fact, the site would be surrounded by high-density housing, many occupied by low-income Latino immigrant families with children (therefore, easily exploitable by Mayor Lee and associates).But it is also an area with empowered residents and business owners who would not stand for such an irresponsible move.

    The Mission has indeed enough trouble already, and we are working hard to improve our neighborhood, I fully support the goals of the Occupy movement, but to turn protestors into urban blight is an insult to that cause and disrespectful to Mission residents.

  • tn

    How about busing them to one of the old Japanese internment camps that was used for WWII? They can set up a live cam that we can see the protesting on the internet (minus the gay porn stuff).

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