DAILY GRINDER: Occupy Philly Told to Leave; Will they ‘Self-Evict?’
Occupy Philly received an eviction notice last night that may be more vague than it’s letting on. It reads: “Notice of start of Dilworth Plaza construction. Be advised that the permit for demonstration on city property issued by the City of Philadelphia effective 10/6/11 expires at the start of Dilworth Plaza construction project. The project’s commencement is imminent. Accordingly, you should take this opportunity to vacate Dilworth Plaza and remove all of your personal belongings immediately.”
Amongst that chaos, the candlelight vigil for Continued Nonviolence happened.
City officials are going to sweep through Dilworth Plaza today, talking to homeless members of the demonstration about alternative places to go.
One idea Occupy Philly brought up last night was to hold a self-eviction and move their things across the street with the help of several labor unions who support Occupy Philly.
Today’s a national day of Occupy Everything. Occupy Philly and others have events planned, though they’ll also be holding meetings on “What now?”
Right now, Occupy Wall Street is attempting to nonviolently block, uh, Wall Street.
An Occupy Philly protester got a permit to hang at Independence Mall for a bit, but was fined $125 by the National Park Service when he was found sleeping.
Rick Santorum thinks he’s got a shot at this president gig. Why? Because the GOP polls in Iowa are “wide open.” Via a fundraising email: “[F]our out of five polled said they were still undecided in who they’ll support on the GOP side. And only 19% of those polled said their minds were made up. Only 19%!” See? Only 19%! are 100%! positive they absolutely won’t vote for Rick Santorum! But seriously. Donate.
SEIU of Pennsylvania is backing President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. No shock there.
Philadelphia City Council is trying to even things out a little bit. See, penalties for late parking tickets—which you will get, one way or another—are going up $5 because. But you get an extra ten whole days to pay them. So, happy?
Council also gave preliminary approval to bills that’d allow for the doubling of the size of Sugarhouse which, according to CEO Greg Carlin, could begin next summer and be done by fall 2013.
‘Til the end: Penn State is trying to claim protection from liability, saying it’s not really a public school, and therefore doesn’t have to comply with public records laws, because it doesn’t use public funds for its athletic programs. Fantanstic!
Two-thirds of correspondents to a USA Today/Gallup poll think Penn State football has too much power.
Linda Weston, the center of the Basement of Horrors story, has been deemed competent to stand trial.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz isn’t through with Former Sheriff John Green by a long shot. After alleging “widespread financial irregularities” in the office, Butkovitz wants justice. He gave federal prosecutors his 149-page investigative report and won’t take no for an answer, probably.