Berkeley clears out encampment

December 4, 2015 - storage organizer

Berkeley officials privileged out an Occupy outpost outward a former City Hall building Friday, boring 13 truckloads of luggage and waste from a criticism stay that officials pronounced had turn a open health disaster.

“The conditions had been deteriorating,” pronounced city orator Matthai Chakko, observant that a camp, dubbed “Liberty City”, had stirred countless complaints from residents 3 weeks given a Nov. 16 genesis.

Conceived as a one-off criticism to malign a new set of homeless ordinances that a legislature authorized Tuesday, Liberty City incited into a mini building town. Despite a best efforts of a organizer Mike Zint, who imposed a imperative still hour and manners banning drugs and alcohol, a stay fast got out of control.

When staff from a city’s Neighborhood Services, Public Works, and Parks Departments arrived Friday morning, they found feces and hypodermic needles, Chakko said. On Thursday, a chairman was stabbed mixed times during a stay and taken to a hospital.

Most inhabitants of “Liberty City” left peacefully. Three were arrested for illegally stay on open property, and were approaching to be expelled Friday afternoon, Chakko said.

The protesters set adult their stay to rebuke new ordinances by Councilwoman Linda Maio to settle a smallest customary of good function on a streets of Berkeley. The new laws forestall people from strewing their effects all over open sidewalks, and also tie existent bans on open urination and defecation.

The legislature voted to approve them 6-3 on Tuesday with Councilmen Kriss Worthington, Max Anderson, and Jesse Arreguin dissenting.

Arreguin pronounced a laws foul targeted homeless people but charity “real solutions” like shelters or open restrooms. Maio pronounced they will not take outcome until a city installs 50-100 vast storage units for homeless people to reserve their belongings.

Chakko pronounced a city regularly handed out lists of homeless services to a squatters during Liberty City. The squatters also perceived 4 eviction notices before a crackdown on Friday.

Rachel Swan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail:

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