October 17, 2011. The Occupy Wall Street protests reached the one-month mark, and spread to cities around the world. Demonstrators march against greedy bankers, politicians, government cuts and the growing gap between rich and poor, among other issues.
Oct 28, WaPost — Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis and Portland OR, are content to let the Wall Street protests (#OWS) go on for now. U.S. cities breaking up the protests include San Diego and Oakland CA, Atlanta GA, and Nashville, TN.
October 25, 2011. Seattle Times. Spokane's version of the Occupy Wall Street protest has dwindled to only a handful of demonstrators, just a few weeks after a march through downtown drew some 300 people.
October 22, 2011. Oregonian op-ed. "Last week we were struck by the difference between two political events now taking place on center stage in the region. One is a lackluster Democratic primary. The other is a dramatic protest movement encamped in downtown Portland."
Police overtime for the month of October is the bulk of the cost - $97,200. Police spokesman said most OT costs are from "deliberate, law-violating behavior," like spending the night in the park. Approximately 45 have been arrested.
18 Nov 2011 - A group representing more than 150 Capitol Hill businesses want the Seattle Community College camp to be cleaned "immediately". Will Seattle use "public safety" to close the camp? Source: CapitolHillSeattle.com
October 25, 2011. RegisterGuard. The Occupy Eugene protest group, currently encamped in Alton Baker Park, will be allowed to stay there or possibly at another city park until Dec. 15, the City Council decided Monday night.
October 25, 2011. Oregonian. An informal survey of businesses on the perimeter of the encampment shows that owners have had to adjust, but the problems have not been threatening. Instead, they have added security, hunkered down and complained in writing to organizers when issues have arisen.
The Today Show had some unexpected guests Thursday morning while filming an episode live in Seattle. Turns out, the Occupy Seattle protest moved a few blocks down to Pike Place Market to get their message on camera.
"Obviously, a movement centered on being allowed to put tents in Westlake is nowhere near as sympathetic as one aimed at the occupation's true opponents: those who corrupt our politics society towards their own greedy ends, and as the months drag on, sleeping arrangements must be able to withstand Winter weather. For these reasons, the Westlake site is fundamentally problematic, but as anyone who's witnessed a week's worth of fruitless brainstorming and debate among the occupiers can tell you, there is no obvious alternative."