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Protest Damaged SF Store Threatened With Fine

Weston Wear Store says it has 30 days to remove graffiti from Monday's protest or face a fine.



    Graffiti and broken windows were common sights in San Francisco's Mission District Tuesday morning following a somewhat violent Occupy protest overnight. (Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012)

    While residents of San Francisco's Valencia corridor are stepping forward to raise money for businesses damaged during protests Monday evening, the city has reportedly threatened to fine one of the boarded up businesses.

    A group of demonstrators allegedly broke the windows of several shops, cars and even the local police station Monday evening during the Occupy protests.

    The Weston Wear Store at 569 Valencia St. said it received a letter from the Department of Public Works Wednesday saying graffiti on the boarded up broken windows of the store had to be cleaned within 30 days or the store would be fined.

    The letter was later rescinded by the city.

    The store said it was trying to replace it smashed out windows Thursday but the weather was not cooperating.

    Store managers said they would try again on Friday, which would make the department's complaint mute.

    On Tuesday, residents launched a campaign to help businesses like the Weston Wear Store and the police station repair the damage.

    They hope to raise $10,000 in 10 days to help at least 16 businesses repair the damage done.

    So far, more than $6,100 have been raised since the page was launched. A list of which businesses will receive the money has been added to the campaign page.