Occupy SJ Takes Over City Leaders' Driveways

Occupy San Jose makes house calls to city manager, mayor.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Nov 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:38 PM PDT
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Occupy SJ Takes Over City Leaders' Driveways

Occupy San Jose is now going door-to-door making house calls.

A "small but hearty" group of Occupy San Jose protesters gave up on occupying the area in front of City Hall -- in favor instead of occupying the driveway of City Manager Debra Figone, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The campers are angry over Figone's refusal to issue them a permit to camp at City Hall, according to the newspaper. The camp at City Hall plaza was removed last week after being in place since Oct. 2.

"You kick us out of our home, we are going to come to your home," said Shaun O'Kelly, the man who famously spent 26 days camped on top of a wall in City Hall plaza, before he was issued a cease-and-desist order and descended on Friday.

A tent has also been pitched in Mayor Chuck Reed's front yard, and protesters also visited the home of San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle.

City officials say camping in public areas is illegal, and therefore no permits can be issued.

The protesters did not stay overnight at city officials' homes. They sang protest songs and listened to a rendition of "We Shall Overcome" piped over a protester's car stereo. Then, later, they left, the newspaper reported.

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