Occupy the Farm Declares Victory in Run-in with the City

Occupy the Farm (OTF) at Gill Tract
Occupy the Farm (OTF) at Gill Tract
Occupy the Farm has declared victory in the run-in with the police on the Bulb, posting on Facebook: "Folks at the Albany bulb stood down the police and backhoe twice today! No homes destroyed! Meeting and bonfire at the bulb at 8pm tonight, breakfast at 8am. Not a full on occupation, but bringing tents for those who want to keep watch is welcome."

While the OTF 'happy dance' may seem silly, today's credible report that the city was stopped from removing an encampment that had only been occupied by its resident for a few days is troubling, as is the continued importation of people and tents.  If OTF is moving in people and tents, we can be sure others are taking advantage of the opportunity as well.   

It seems incredible that even now the Bulb remains open to new settlement, and a camp occupied for a few days is to be treated no differently from a camp that was in place in May when the City made its decision to resume enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance.  There is no credible legal reason to allow this, and if there is a practical reason it has not been explained to the public. 

Let's hope that the recent announcement that some campers have moved into housing is the beginning of a welcome trend, and that at least the influx to the Bulb can be stopped sooner rather than later. 

And let's hope the campers stay warm, the protestors stay calm, and the law enforcement officers stay safe.   

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Alan Riffer December 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Excuse my ignorance; I have been away since Thanksgiving. What is the link between OTF and the Bulb? I believe I understand the issues separately. It is the link to OTF (as contrasted to Occupy Oakland or Occupy anywhere else) that I am missing. Is there a Patch item that describes such a link?
Rochelle Nason December 10, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Alan Riffer, the protesters at the Bulb are led by Eric Husted, Lesley Haddock, and others familiar as leaders of OTF. The Facebook post cited above suggests OTF is 'coming out' as a sponsor of the Bulb protests (as opposed to just happening to involve the same people). Occupy Oakland and Bay Area Intifada are also promoters of the protests on social media. If you look at the first few comments on the following blog post, you will see some back and forth between Eric Husted and me about OTF's involvement: http://albany.patch.com/groups/rochelle-nasons-blog/p/campers--albany-shelter-an-insult Hope this is helpful.
Chris Wells December 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Wouldn't it be funny if right after the police and the high and mighty citizens of Albany who are harassing these poor people out on the bulb get their way and have them removed a quake on the Hayward fault flattens the East Bay and makes them all homeless? Karma is a bitch.
Ross Stapleton-Gray December 10, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Yes, Chris, that would be hilarious. If you're meaning that, while homeowners with insurance policies struggle to restore homes, the poor find themselves utterly scr*wed due to excessive demand for reduced city services. The citizens of Albany have, through their city council's actions, and through the federal and state and county property taxes paid, have already done an awful lot to address the plight of the homeless. Taunting them, and wishing them ill, will likely not improve your position.
Mr Eous December 10, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Yes, Chris, I guess I am one of the "high and mighty" because I prefer that people obey the laws and stop wasting city resources and my tax dollars with useless litigation when they know they are in the wrong. Karma? You have no idea what you are talking about.
concerned educator December 10, 2013 at 06:29 PM
It is true that taunting people does not solve problems That comes from a sarcastic and despairing place. People are trying to get together and solve problems.
Andrew O December 10, 2013 at 06:50 PM
what would be really funny is if we made the bulb a wildlife refuge for mountain lions.
dorthy manser December 10, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Or we could make it a farm. I think I read somewhere it is rich in alluvial soil and the last best hope for the hungry people of Albany.
downerave December 10, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Jack Osborne December 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Chris Wells is, very simply, a troll. As such, I'll point out that no responses are necessary. Irregardless of that fact, I'll point out once again that Albany has done much, much more to accommodate those living in the bulb, including assistance with transitioning out, than virtually any other community in the US would. I'll also point out, again, that the folks camped out there are either fully aware of the risks they've taken with that location, or in fact require assistance to understand the consequences of their choices.
Gary Matalucci December 11, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I would venture a guess that this will NOT end well for the bums at the Bulb. I would once again plead with them to leave as soon as possible. Every other city in California is looking at this as something that do not want in their town. Once established, this malignancy becomes entrenched and it is extremely difficult to extract. The bums must realize they are losing the very small minority of support they have.
Kei December 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM
But they have the political/quasi-legal support of those groups and people that intend to make disruption their chief contribution. And these days, litigation can stifle so very much, and be so very expensive.
AHS'95 December 11, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Ah that's right Karma is on its way from Fukushima. Have fun booking Chemo treatments at Kaiser neo-con Albanites.
Kei December 11, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I'll assume that in an alternative universe, whatever you said here is relevant, and makes some sort of sense.
dorthy manser December 11, 2013 at 02:22 PM
AHS'95 appears to believe that anyone who objects to illegal camping with unleashed dogs in a public park must be a rabid conservative, and, somehow, that makes us responsible for Fukushima, which will give us cancer. Because we are bad, bad people who deserve what we get. So there.
thorn December 11, 2013 at 03:12 PM
so if we let the Bulb camps stay, the radiation wont get any of us but if we kick them out it's three legged children for everyone... right. PS.. all those charts on the web that show the "massive plume of radiation in the ocean" are CRAP- they all show the radiation traveling opposite the actual direction of ocean currents. It would hit Alaska first, not Hawaii
Kei December 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Really, Charles-- are you going to allow this clown to have access? I think he should be blocked.
dorthy manser December 11, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Wow. So much hatred and bile from one who obviously thinks of himself as compassionate. Sad. That being said, I'm so pleased that you choose to leave.
AHS'95 December 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Really when did Albany become such a back country village? You people complain about a couple dozen or so bums living by the bay, and bay that stunk of sewage for the 23 years I lived there... when was the last time any of you posted on the internet about our latest carrier $15 billion or out latest fleet of fighter jets $66 billion... you obviously don't give a monkey's about your tax dollars why complain now? I've been to many parties thrown by embassies in Europe for dignitaries. Those budgets would make these containers look like chump change. Are you people that self centered in your community? A place where business up and down Solano struggle because you now all order off of Amazon? You people make me sick. Mind your own business.
Kei December 11, 2013 at 04:01 PM
...said the pot to the kettle.
AHS'95 December 11, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Absolutely amazing how socialism freaks Americans out.
Alan Eckert December 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I've been holding off on saying anything, just enjoying this show. However, I'm very curious to be told how using government funding to support services for those that need it is anti-socialist.
AHS'95 December 11, 2013 at 04:17 PM
because the "tax payers" are bitching about funding it and the bulb residents just want to be left alone.
Kei December 11, 2013 at 04:21 PM
What a coincidence-- reading your posts, I have the same desire, to be left alone.
AHS'95 December 11, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Just log-off and download something to your kindle and have a glass of mondavi. I grew up in Albany and never once needed to go anywhere near the bulb unless it was to do doughnuts in the parking lot or go watch the the trainers shoot up the ponies at the track. I met a bunch of counter-culture off-the-grid types at a warehouse compound in Oakland once (some of whom have spent time on the bulb) and they are good people... yes they like their alcohol and weed but so do most of the attorneys, vets and pharmacists I've met in Albany as well. I was at Normandy a couple years ago. I saw the hundreds of thousands of teenagers buried there. They fought for freedom and liberty. Not for a bunch of nationalist nazis that treat illness and alternative living like traitors or jews. Try giving a bulb resident some flowers and a cake not a bulldozer and a boot and maybe we can figure out a way to live in harmony.
dorthy manser December 11, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Clearly, you are one to teach us all about living in harmony and love...
dorthy manser December 11, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Actually, though, AHS'95's comments, as silly as they are, do raise an interesting point. Many of the people that want middle class people to help the poor have contempt for middle class people. What with our bourgeois values, our kids, our taxes and our concern for public space. The contempt for the rest of us drips from his post, and it reflects a general contempt for Albany citizens exhibited by many of the activists that have graced us with their presence over the last few months, blathering about "community" notwithstanding. For myself, I was fine with the bulb as it was for years, but the dogs, and to some extent, the meth, pushed me over the edge, so I support kicking the campers off the bulb, and I also support providing them with assistance. I'm not sure that actually makes me a Nazi, but I guess AHS finds that a winning argument.
Mr Eous December 11, 2013 at 05:42 PM
"I grew up in Albany and never once needed to go anywhere near the bulb..." So in other words, other than your meaningless ranting, you really have nothing constructive to add to this discussion.
Brian Parsley December 11, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Well at least we got 32 comments in before the invoking of Godwin's law.
dorthy manser December 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Check out the puff piece in the Express about Occupy the Farm. Like much of their coverage of this issue, it might as well be a press release, full of the usual lies. Is this really passes for "journalism" these days? http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/an-urban-farm-collaborative-grows-in-albany/Content?oid=3789222


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