San Francisco supervisor wants Occupy SF protest protected 

With things heating up in Oakland between police officersand the local demonstrators in OccupyOakland, an offshoot of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, San Francisco politicians are taking the opportunity to protect the protest in The City.

Supervisor John Avalos introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow the 300 or more Occupy SF demonstrators to stay in Justin Herman Plaza – a space they’ve occupied since early October – without future harm.

San Francisco police most recently entered the encampment Sunday, Oct. 16, with intent to dismantle the camp and remove tarps and tents. Five people were arrested in that clash.

Avalos’ legislation would allow for the tents and other infrastructure, such as the medical tents and supplies, to stay in Justin Herman Plaza.

The resolution supports the movement and states the need of protesters to have certain supplies.

“Board of Supervisors recognizes that Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly should not be limited to daytime nor short-term activities and we deem the need of protesters to have tents, tarps, First Aid supplies, environmentally clean and fire-safe energy sources, and the ability to store, prepare, and serve hot food reasonable,” according to the resolution.

The proposed resolution also calls for Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the San Francisco Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Police Department to be “flexible” and “collaborate” with protesters.

The resolution is expected to go before the full board by November.

Avalos also opened discussions regarding new bank options, including creating one of its own, to control the billions of dollars handled The City instead of putting it in a large corporation. A hearing was held Monday to allow residents to air grievances.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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