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Daily Show idea about relocating Occupy Oakland being debated by Mayor and City Council
After Oakland police raided the camp at Oscar Grant Plaza then proceeded to attack marchers in the street for hours on end later that evening, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show jokingly suggested the following day on October 26th that Occupy Oakland be offered space at Jack London Square or the Oakland Arena instead of the plaza in front of City Hall. It is now coming to light on November 7th that Mayor Jean Quan and various City Council Members have taken the suggestion to heart as they consider forcibly moving the occupation away from downtown to the Oakland Coliseum, Grand Lake, or other areas. If the the city follows through with these discussions remains to be seen. Law and order council members such as Larry Reid and Ignacio De La Fuente have been adamantly opposed to occupation encampments anywhere from the very start. Others council members representing wealthier districts such as Jane Brunner, Patricia Kernighan, and Libby Schaaf have not been overly friendly about Occupy Oakland to say the least. Councilperson Desley Brooks originally had a tent in the plaza but removed it after the first warning notice from the city of impending arrests was delivered on October 21st. Nancy Nadel appears to be open to a continued Occupy Oakland, in another location, based on information surfacing today.
"Zennie" at SFGate, who hates Indybay by the way but frequently references this website, claims to have received an email from a city insider who asked that the email not be forwarded. Zennie chose to publish the unattributed email anyway. Note that Zennie frequently gets ahead of stories publishing things that he later retracts. He once ran with a story about medical coroners having found drugs hidden in Oscar Grant's rectum, for instance.
Here's the supposed email:
Zennie, you have been doing a great job covering Occupy Oakland from different angles, and you understand what it’s like for us in the Mayor’s office to have to make decisions for the whole city. I thought you would want to see this. I am very frustrated with how we’re communicating to the media and I think people need to know what is really going on, that we do a plan to fix the problem, and people need to be patient and help us. Mayor’s possible sites for Occupy relocation. DO NOT FORWARD. D1: Not many parks in D1. Looking at Safeway on College parking lot. Brunner likes encampment’s support for small businesses and proximity to BART. Finding out if asphalt will be issue – or if it will actually be safer with the rain. D2: Grand Lake – Space at Splash Pad. Pamela Drake from BID supports camp, Grand Lake Theater too. Plenty of space for campers, some protection from rain under freeway. On border with District 3 so may get support from Nadel. D3: Nadel offered to try to expand existing homeless camp in Clawson. May have some resistance from campers regarding this location. D4: Woodminster – plenty of space, away from neighbors, not used in winter. Transportation will be difficult, talking to Mary at AC Transit about shuttles. Schaaf supportive of encampment. D5-7: Several large parks or parcels in several neighborhoods and possibly Coliseum parking lot. Will be difficult to move camp here due to Councilmember resistance. Trying to move to D1-4. http://blog.sfgate.com/abraham/2011/11/07/oakland-news-mayors-office-plans-to-move-occupy-oakland/
For reference, here is a map of various Oakland councilperson districts: http://g.co/maps/nha8y