SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Forget taking on city hall, Occupy Sacramento protestors say they will now begin an occupation of Sacramento City Hall.
The protesters say they are making the move to occupy city hall after Sacramento City refused to grant a special permit for peaceful assembly at the movement’s base camp of Cesar Chavez Park.
Last week, Occupy Sacramento lawyers were denied a special permit to stay at the park 24 hours a day.
“We attempted to be reasonable, to make application for a special permit and agreeing to large concessions, thereby ending the arrests and court costs that have been wasting Sacramento taxpayer money. The City chose to ignore us, and ignore how they are squandering the people’s money,” said Cres Vellucci, a spokesperson for Occupy Sacramento.
Organizers say they got the idea to occupy city hall from the federal judge in their case last week who happened to mention there is no permit needed to stay at for city hall.
Occupy Sacramento protesters are now moving their tents, tables and other items to Sacramento City Hall on I Street.
Protesters say they will still maintain the base camp at Cesar Chavez Park.
Occupy Sacramento leaders just announced the move to protest at city hall and Sacramento City leaders have not had a chance to respond.
So far, 83 Occupy Sacramento protesters have been arrested at Cesar Chavez Park.