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November 17, 2011

The OTT (Occupy Temper Tantrum) continues to spiral, and yet continues to get more press than any Tea Party activities that were 10x larger (easily). Of course, I contribute to this… so, guilty. But here’s the latest from the Bay Area, where we’ve now moved across the bridge from Oakland to San Fogfrisco.  It’s time for “dramatic changes.”

City officials reissued a set of 11 conditions they expected to be met, including that no more than 100 small tents can be erected at specific spots in the public plaza and that no alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs can be distributed or consumed at the site.

“We’ll see what happens,” said Lee, who met for more than an hour behind closed doors at City Hall on Wednesday with representatives of the Occupy SF encampment in an attempt to avoid a confrontational showdown, like the one that led to rioting two weeks ago after law enforcement officers dismantled the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall.

The enlightened progressives in SF are apparently looking to restrict things inside the park that they pretty much let go on everywhere else in the city.  So that’ll work.  I like the bold, “see what happens,” language.  Next, he’ll be sending a relative down to reason with them (per Oakland).  Meanwhile, what does the fire deparment say?

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who has been closely monitoring the situation, was more direct in her assessment and said the camp should be cleared out.

“In my opinion, it’s an unsafe and an unhealthy situation, and it’s escalating,” Hayes-White said.

She said that authorities have seen firsthand or responded to reports of fistfights and other acts of violence, alcohol consumption and improperly discarded human waste. Tomas Aragon, the city’s health officer, said there has been an influx of people with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems, and one person camping there was found to have lice.

We’ve been hearing about health problems in the various encampments.  Maybe it’ll take some outbreak of a virulent disease for the cities to break this up.  Oh, wait, that’s pretty much San Francisco as well.

We’re at the point where this has turned into an adventure for the participants, like Lynn mentioned below.  If it’s just a camp where everyone can enjoy time with friends, then that’s cool… as long as they’re paying for the campsites in the state parks.  At this point, the adventure is on the backs of the taxpayers, and it’s not one they’re going to be happy to fund.

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  1. November 17, 2011 2:28 pm

    The mayors around here are behaving in a way that’s only encouraging the occupiers. Bloomberg probably realized that the occupation is going to end with dead occupiers (and possibly others), but Lee is a bit slow.

    • November 17, 2011 2:41 pm

      Well, Oakland led the way there, yes. You don’t have to be slow for long.

      I think the combo is typically weak, liberal mayor and inneffective or understaffed police force. Where you didn’t have both, you had very little news.

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