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An SC country judge denied a temporary restraining order that would protect the Occupy encampment at the courthouse. The eviction notice gives until 5pm today for protesters to pack up and leave. I bet things will get really weird downtown after they break up the camp tonight. (by Santa Cruz Sentinel)
The light that this splinter group of Occupy Santa Cruz shines on their cause baffles me. Their Robin Hood-esque claim of taking, or “reclaiming” the space and giving it back to the community is an exceptionally short-sighted guise for a brand of idealism that exists on another planet from the majority of residents of Santa Cruz. There are dozens of community centers and spaces in Santa Cruz available legally to the public. Why not go to Louden Nelson? And if your goal is to truly serve the community in a sustained manner, why choose the unstable and obviously temporary route of illegally breaking into and trespassing on private property? Do you really think you’ll have a chance to serve the community in a productive way before getting shut down? In a town filled with amazing social and community services, how arrogant and deluded must this group be to claim that they offer anything except a foolish agenda that has nothing to do with giving back to the community. 75 River Street, Santa Cruz is not behind you. -Ricky
Occupy Santa Cruz at 75 River St. has a tumblr. Their “Adverse Possession” argument would be valid, but they’d have to occupy the space for 5 years, while paying property taxes (As I understand it). Their tone of permanence, that this is a “Community Center” for Santa Cruz and will indefinitely be benefitting the community is deeply misguided and unrealistic. Then again, so is the entire action. Their claim that they entered without breaking & entering is likely untrue, despite there being no signs of forced entry. Word on the street is there was a key lock box that went “missing”. Either way they’ve broken a slough of laws and will be shut down any moment now. AND FOR WHAT. -Ricky
They broke in and are cruising the vacant lobby. Hauled in a couch and everything. We were told to walk over to the protest at our own risk, not because of getting in trouble but because of the lice and scabies. PS they misspelled and corrected “Occupy” in that sign.