Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Occupy Boise Reps to Meet With State Officials Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 5:20 PM

The Occupy Boise movement has slated Saturday, Nov. 5, as the date for an occupation similar to that of the Zuccotti Park encampment in New York City. They've selected the lawn of the old Ada County Courthouse on Jefferson Street, directly adjacent to the Idaho State Capitol.

They've selected the area to avoid city involvement: the land is owned by the state, subject to Idaho's Department of Administration. It's currently undergoing renovation to become the home of University of Idaho's law library. The group has appealed to director Teresa Luna directly.

"They sent a letter yesterday," said Luna. The letter was drafted by Occupier Dean Gunderson, who has aided in planning events. "I just spoke with Mr. Gunderson. We are meeting [Wednesday] morning to discuss their plans."

The Occupy group is not asking for permission, per se. The consensus was reached in prior general assembly meetings that even if the group cannot procure a blessing to use the lawn.

"It is sort of a weird area," said Luna. "They say that they have an operational plan, and we’re going to see where we go from there."

Luna is largely concerned with safety and security, but it's unclear right now if Idaho State Police or Boise Police Department would be involved when an encampment begins.

"The state owns the property, and we want to make sure that they’re prepared to take care of it," said Luna. "That they have sanitation issues worked out, parking issues and security issues—that they’ve thought through those."

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