From: Gary Jackson
Subject: Re: Occupy Asheville
Date: 2011-10-18 14:15:15
Gordon - Jeff and Bob will collaborate on a response.
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On Oct 18, 2011, at 1:38 PM, "Gordon Smith"
> Gary, Jeff, Bob, et al.,
> I have a number of questions about Occupy Asheville (OA). Thanks for
your willingness to investigate these questions and help us make good
decisions at our next Council meeting.
> 1) I understand that there have been public safety issues at the
encampment. Have these been reported to APD? On a Facebook post, one
woman reported an assault that was thwarted by other campers.
> 2) I understand, again via Facebook, that there are growing health
needs as evidenced by calls for donations of items such as Gold Bond and
> 3) Were the city to maintain this arrangement, what would be the cost
in lost revenue, enforcement, and other associated activities?
> 4) Were the city to maintain this arrangement, what are the legal
implications for the City if future political organizations request
> 5) Were the city to open any public space to such an encampment, what
are the legal implications for the city in regards to the current
encampment and any future requests from political organizations?
> 6) Regarding assembly during current permitted park hours - at what
point does an ongoing gathering require a permit under our current
> 7) What process might the OA pursue if they wanted to move their
operations to private property and stay within the law?
> 8) What is the City's position regarding 1st Amendment claims made by
some members of OA?
> If there are any other relevant matters that you feel would help
Council understand the present situation and future implications, please
> Thanks again for your time and attention. This is a strange and unique
situation, and I understand that everyone's doing their best to find