G.A. Minutes 1-15-13

G.A. Minutes 1-15-13

We’re back at 3803 Grand Ave. again. We’re hoping that new people will join us now that we have a comfortable meeting space. Tonight it’s all the regular people again.

We continue our discussion about the lack of public bathroom facilities in the downtown area. An Occupier informs us there is a Skywalk Administrator with a city office and everything. Maybe we can get some information there, such as what is public area and what is privately owned and what are the laws governing all this. Another point is, even if an area is privately owned; if taxpayer money has been used to support the private owners, do the owners have the right to deny citizen’s the use of an easily accessible and visible bathroom. A very lengthy discussion develops with everyone telling what they can remember about the creation of the Tech Village. We know that the City spent 3.5 million dollars to build the skywalk overpass that connects to the Village. Most of us remember that quite a big stink was made around the late 1900s about the amount of tax dollars needed to build the Tech Village. We just can’t remember the details. More investigation is needed. We will do this and then determine if this is an issue we wish to address. We all agree, the fact that homeless people and poor people are denied use of bathrooms yet cited and possibly arrested when they are forced to relieve themselves outdoors just doesn’t make sense.

The movie “American Autumn” has been given to the Zinema, the event page has been sent out and flyers are in production. Everything is coming along fine but an Occupier reports she has seen a notice for another film to be shown at the Zinema on January 31st at 7pm for a one time showing. This is the exact time and date of our movie. She is trying to get more details. The Zinema has two movie theaters so this is not a big problem however, seeing as the other movie appears to be an interesting music production, we know some of our supporters will want to see both films. Oh well, there’s not much we can do about it now.

An Occupier states she has discovered the City doesn’t actually have a noise limit for amplified music. The decision to declare amplified sound in a public space unacceptable is at the discretion of the police officer. Really? This means the DPD lied to us when they attempted to destroy our May Day event at the People’s Power Plaza. What a surprise! This issue has been brought up in the past. We will need to address it. May Day isn’t far away.

The lengthy discussion about the Tech Village has taken up much of our time. An Occupier without a vehicle realizes he has only 20 minutes to make his next appointment on the other side of town. We hastily say our goodbyes and head out. Back again on Saturday.

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