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Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association calls on Mayor to forcefully end Occupy Oakland
Mayor Jean Quan and City Council members are debating options for dealing with Occupy Oakland such as forced relocation to areas outside of downtown. Mayor Quan is additionally arranging for city operatives to push a proposal in the General Assembly on Wednesday, November 9th, denouncing protester "violence" such as broken windows, graffiti, and throwing rocks at police. No such proposal regarding denunciations of police violence against unarmed demonstrators seems to be forthcoming from the Mayor's office. Oakland police, most of whom do not live in Oakland and spend their tax-payer funded paychecks elsewhere, have complained that are "confused" when occupiers retook the plaza after their violent actions the day before. The Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce has been quite vocal with their mantra of "OCCUPY OAKLAND ENCAMPMENT MUST GO! OCCUPY OAKLAND ENCAMPMENT MUST GO! OCCUPY OAKLAND ENCAMPMENT MUST GO!" as they twist the arms of elected officials and try to engender popular support for their position. Now today, the Lake Merritt/Uptown District (business) Association, claiming to be a part of the "99%", has piled on, delivering a letter to the Mayor calling for "forceful action" to end the "social experimentation" of Occupy Oakland. Despite rampant corporate media reports suggesting the contrary, the Association writes that "we do not believe that many, if any, companies have yet made the decision to move out of Oakland" as a result of the occupation in front of City Hall. The Association board of directors say they are "extremely concerned that the City appears to have learned nothing from the damages we suffered during the recent Oscar Grant demonstrations." The Association disingenuously continues that "this is a public space – to be enjoyed by all the people of Oakland," but fails to note that the plaza minus the occupation typically hosts no more than a few dozen downtown workers eating lunch or wandering through during business hours, leaving behind the other 16 hours a day a relatively lifeless wasteland of disenfranchised youth and homeless people who are rousted, searched, arrested, and abused by Oakland police on a daily basis. It seems to be wishful thinking on the part of the Association when they declare that "the protest has been allowed to run its course."

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