Latest Occupy Bust Happened in Santa Rosa

Those who did what the city wanted when it came to registration got to stay.

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011  |  Updated 2:36 PM PDT
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The Occupy camp in Santa Rosa thinned out a lot following the police raid.

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Santa Rosa police said campers without permits voluntarily left  the 'Occupy Santa Rosa' site at City Hall this morning.

There was no resistance, and no arrests were made, Lt. Craig  Schwartz said.

Police and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies arrived at the  encampment at Santa Rosa Avenue and First Street around 3:45 a.m., Schwartz  said.

Officers announced four times over a loudspeaker that everyone at  the encampment had to vacate the area, and that those without permits had to  leave the site and take their belongings with them, Schwartz said.

Campers with permits were allowed to leave their property in  place, Schwartz said.

Officers gave everyone 40 minutes to comply and entered the  encampment at 4:25 a.m., Schwartz said.

Officers dismantled the unpermitted tents and collected property,  Schwartz said. He said much of the property was unsanitary, with evidence of  fecal and urine contamination.

The Santa Rosa Department of Public Works filled two Dumpsters  with property for disposal, he said.

Afterward, officers escorted campers with permits back onto the  site. Twenty-two campsites remain, Schwartz said. The permits expire Nov. 30.

There were 45 campsites on Monday, 26 of which did not have  permits, Schwartz said.

'Occupy Santa Rosa' protesters have been at the City Hall site  since Oct. 15, and received permission to obtain camping permits at a City  Council meeting on Nov. 10.

The city issued permits for 29 campsites on Nov. 15, but many  'Occupy Santa Rosa' members boycotted the permit process in part because of  the conditions attached.

City Manager Kathy Millison then suspended the issuance of  permits, and on Nov. 17, police began issuing written notices to unpermitted  campers to remove their tents and sleeping bags or face arrest.

'Occupy Santa Rosa' members said their encampment attracted the  homeless, who received most, if not all, of the camping permits.

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