This describes what is happening. Occupy SD told to pack up; faction heads to Balboa Park
This is mostly a repost of a diary from Tuesday. What I left out then is the discussion that I heard with the police and a representative of the group, but now is relevant. The last video I have below the jump is with the deputy police chief who was in charge. He told representitives that the entire plaza is part of the tall building surrounding it to provide emergency egress (we do have earthquakes) and he was troubled that the tents were blocking this. At that time the tents just had to be partially relocated. So, it was known that this was not a viable location for several days. An event was planned for this weekend, where the auditorium was to be used. This was the explanation for requiring the move.
The latest news isn't in. But it looks as if most of the people have peacefully relocated to another venue.
This diary will be short on commentary, showing three video interviews I made that give some idea of the range of activity at this smaller venue. It reflects the goals and current state of organization of this small local manifestation of the much larger movement.
First there was this interview with Larry Garcia, who had been a residential mortgage broker, and was in the media booth. The caption of this interview is response to my question about the clout of entrenched powerful corporations, "We're collecting a different type of capital here, it's called votes"
Next we have this interview with Larry Sweet who represents a movement not associated with our financial distress, but fits into the larger, still amorphous, mosaic. Listen carefully as there was a generator nearby.
And finally, an interview with the second highest ranking police officer of San Diego, showing the importance the city gives this movement, and the respect:
Now to attempt to be balanced in my presentation to our country's problems, there is an entirely different approach to solving them, one that will not be disruptive of all of our valued and valuable corporate, financial military, professional structures that are serving us all so well. I didn't quite get it, but it has something to do with using our right hand, patriotism and following a strong leader: