Police: Occupy Occupation 'Not Part of the Deal'

Officers, city councilman were negotiating with demonstrators.

Santa Cruz police want to have a balanced response to but there's no formal plan to address the occupation of an empty bank building, the police spokesman said Wednesday.

“The first line is always dialogue," SCPD spokesman Zach Friend said shortly before 6 p.m., just before riot cops arrived at the abandoned Coast Commercial Bank in downtown Santa Cruz.

However the turn of events Wednesday was a surprise. Occupiers broke into the building through the roof and barricaded themselves inside.

“This is just not part of the deal," Friend said.

Police and city councilman Don Lane are involved in negotiation with protesters.

Brian December 09, 2011 at 06:23 AM
you people are living in fantasy land, denial on the san lorenzo river, never mind the pharohs on the nile. hey willow i think that silver spoon is stuck, all up in your muck. We live in a town lacking x space with people fighting over ever sq foot of space while large buildings are kept vacant because there worth huge amounts of money and nobody wants to rent them. Its abundantly obvious this whole abandoned bank heist was a staged event. the question is how is it related to last years window smashing and tagging ?
Willow December 09, 2011 at 06:47 AM
Since the encampment along the San Lorenzo River has now been disbanded, there is no reason to debate the right or wrong of that. However, I must question your "silver spoon is stuck, all up in your muck" remark. What the hey was that all about? I cannot see anywhere that I mentioned or even implied that I have a "silver spoon." That was a completely uncalled for remark that had nothing to do with the comments at hand. As for the buildings, many are vacant for one simple reason: there is no one willing to start a business in Santa Cruz, whether it be an independent business or a corporate one. Whether or not you like it, a business cannot stay open, and thus hire employees, unless it makes a profit. PROFIT is NOT a dirty word, but is how businesses, big and small and everywhere in-between stay in business. If the profit isn't there, the business has to close or move on to where a profit can be made (and thus hire people).
Brian December 09, 2011 at 07:32 AM
your wrong, there are plenty of people that want to start business, they cant afford to rent that building, and or its zoning prevents its. Face it, its a big expensive building, and unless a bank wants to buy or rent it, its going to sit vacant.... you never lknow somebody with big bucks might rent it, but in this economy until further notice nobodys looking for expensive office space. All the big silicon valley companies bailed for cheaper cheaper territories with cheap labor and cheap rents. Other than small software startups, there isnt much in the way of industry or opportunity going on in santa cruz... Retired people dont do startups, students if there smart move away after college, that leaves disabled people, medical industry jobs and tourism jobs. liquor is big business, coffee shops, expensive restaurants that pay crappy wages and get substandard employees. fast gas fast food? oh did i mention locals on drugs?
Robert Norse December 09, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Thanks for the education, Brian. There is a fundamental difference between huge corporate properties held vacant for investment purposes by predatory banks and personal homes. Blurring the distinction between the two puts you on the cheerleading team for the banks. And falsely demonizes those peacefully (and temporarily) occupying property that is being withheld from the community to the detriment of the community. Letting the police use this protest as an excuse to engage in life-threatening behavior against the peaceful self-managing homeless community is foolish. Letting them use it to forcefully truncate more basic rights for everyone is even worse. See "Police Raid and Destroy Occupy Santa Cruz Encampment in San Lorenzo Park" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/08/18702101.php & "Courthouse Steps Now Free Speech-Free at Night; SCPD Threats Downtown; Offices Close" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/09/18702196.php .
Daniel Wootan December 09, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Shocked everytime I get and email telling me you guys are still commenting here. Zach Friend seems like a popular guy!


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