Occupy Santa Rosa Permit Conditions
by Sue Basko
The City Council of Santa Rosa, California, voted November 10, 2011, to grant permits so Occupiers could camp on the City Hall lawn. The permits are limited to 100 tents. Each permit is good for 15 days and is renewable. The Occupiers cleaned up their camp and have agreed to be more selective in who is allowed to join, as the encampment had become troubled with drug users and crime, as have many other Occupy locations.
Many of the conditions required on these permits, such as no smoking, drinking, drug use, dogs, fires, cooking, or glass containers, are identical to the existing law in other places, such as Los Angeles City Hall Park. Those laws are contained in the Los Angeles Municipal Code and are not part of any permit process, but rather, are the standard laws affecting everyone who uses Los Angeles parks.
The Occupy Santa Rosa permits have these conditions: