Occupy S.L.O. is located in front of the San Luis Obispo County California Government Center. We currently have about seventy regular occupiers. Twenty of these are homeless people who have joined the movement, as well as about fifty regular drop – in members.
Currently there are marches on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, and a Wednesday night seminar called Food Not Bombs. On Tuesday evening my contact member at Occupy San Luis Obispo distributed scarves, caps and blankets to occupiers (who send Firedoglake a warm and cozy THANK YOU!) at their location outside the County Government Center.
Currently, there is pressure from the County to form an organization with officers so that we can apply for a use permit that would be subject to a lot of conditions. Our G.A. responded that there is no group or individual with authority to make such arrangements, besides this is a first amendment matter. The County had previously banned tents at the encampment but was allowing a few over – niters to guard the information tent and equipment.
Wednesday (12-15) at 4 am the police dropped by and ordered the over-niters out of the tent and issued an order that we could occupy only during the hours of 7am to 10pm which they referred to as “during business hours” There was a meeting Wednesday evening to plan the next move. The group decided that several people would remain after hours sitting in chairs and staying awake (since sleeping also seems to be an issue with the County).
The occupiers were also careful not to wrap themselves in blankets since In California that constitutes loitering or (gasp!) camping. Curiously the wearing of a poncho seems to exempt one (go figure).
So. We all hope Firedoglake finds a supply of ponchos. So far for at least one night the police have not disturbed the wide awake occupiers.-posted by cadogblog