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‘OWS’ Costs NYC And Oakland $13M – So Far

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Occupy protests cost nation’s cities at least $13M

By MEGHAN BARR and RYAN J. FOLEY
November 23, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.

$13 million dollars would feed a lot of hungry children.

But that is really just the tip of the iceberg. The AP only surveyed 18 ‘Occupied’ cities. In fact, by the AP calculations, the protests in just New York City and Oakland have already cost $10 million dollars.

Moreover, the AP is only estimating the cost of police overtime and services. They are not even calculating the cost to businesses, or even the cost of shutting down the Port Of Oakland for a day.

The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.

The AP gathered figures from government agencies in 18 cities with active protests and focused on costs through Nov. 15, the day protesters were evicted from New York City’s Zuccotti Park, where the protests began Sept. 17 before spreading nationwide. The survey did not attempt to tally the price of all protests but provides a glimpse into costs to cities large and small

So the AP is not even counting the cost for the police and city services for all of ‘man-caused disasters.’ Just some of them.

But the price of the protests is rising by the day — along with taxpayer ire in some places.

The Occupy movement has intentionally never clarified its policy objectives, relying instead on a broad message opposing corporate excess and income inequality

In other words, the protesters can’t say what they are protesting or what they want done. And we are supposed to believe that it is intentional.

Protesters blame excessive police presence for the high costs in some places. And they note the cost has been minimal in other cities, and worth the spending because they have raised awareness about what they say is corporate greed and the growing inequality between rich and poor….

Actually, we are tempted to say that it is almost worth the $13 million for the country to see the real face of liberalism. To see how our educational system and our media have indoctrinated so many kids with socialist gibberish.

To see how stupid and violent and dangerous the left really is.

"We’re here fighting corporate greed and they’re worried about a lawn?" said Clark Davis of Occupy Los Angeles, where the city estimates that property damage to a park has been $200,000…

Who are the greedy people here?

In Oakland, where protesters temporarily forced the shutdown of a major port, the city has spent more than $2.4 million responding to the protests. The cash-strapped city, which had to close a $58 million budget gap this year, was already facing an uphill battle when Occupy Oakland began Oct. 10

Notice that the AP doesn’t even try to calculate the cost of shutting down the Port Of Oakland and many of its businesses.

Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, president of the Oakland Police Officers Association, said Occupy-related costs will soar past $3 million when it’s all said and done…

In New York City, the police department has spent $7 million in overtime on the protests… Pete Dutro, a protester in charge of finances in New York City, called the NYPD’s response "completely unnecessary."

So these protests have cost New York City and Oakland $10 million alone.

"It’s $7 million of taxpayers’ money that’s being spent to stifle our First Amendment rights," he said. "You know, they’ve consistently overreacted."

One of the things the Occupy protests have complained about is corporations donating to political campaigns. They hate the First Amendment when other people try to use it.

In Seattle… the city has already spent at least $625,000 on the protests, with the police department taking the bulk of the costs.

"These costs are currently being absorbed by the departments and may result in reduced service levels in other areas in the future," said Julie Moore, a spokeswoman for Mayor Mike McGinn. She did not specify which public services might suffer

They might have to cut back on midnight basketball. And aid to women with dependent children.

But not all protesters have been the best neighbors. In Tennessee, where protesters have been camped outside the Capitol, a State General Services spokeswoman said two cleaning crew members have spent about three hours every morning pressure-washing entrances to the building using household cleaners to deodorize them.

Three hours, every day? What are the protesters doing? — On second thought, we don’t want to know.

And in Los Angeles, property damage to the park surrounding City Hall — where nearly 500 tents are jammed in — is estimated to be at least $200,000, including the destroyed lawn, sprinklers, graffiti on a fountain and damage to trees and shrubs. City Hall spokesman Peter Sanders says there’s not a definite estimate on damage yet because workers have not been able to properly inspect the site

Not to mention the cost of the 10,000 square feet of downtown office space and farm land that the LA city fathers are offering to the protesters, to get them to leave City Hall.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

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