Protest is as american as apple pie and the 4th of July. unless the damages and cleanup outweigh the purpose of the protest. The occupy UC Davis movement spent two weeks camped in the Quad and student service building, costing the university $8,500 in damages. Most of the damage was due to the occupation of Dutton Hall, where an estimated 30 protesters camped overnight for two weeks. Damages ranged from broken door locks, graffiti, stained carpets and other assorted blemishes. Campus employees spent over sixty hours total on the repairs and cleanup.
Most of the destruction was in Dutton Hall, where at least $7,000 was spent after the occupiers left the building. Another $1,500 was spent on labor and supplies to re-seed the Quad, where campers had erected 80 tents. One of the protesters said the estimates seemed too steep. “The university has a tendency to over-exaggerate the cost of maintaining facilities, the cost of operational budgets, so I would doubt that it actually cost that much” said Enosh Baker, a 2007 UCD graduate and a local business development consultant. Enosh went on to say “On top of the fact we talked with the grounds crew ahead of time to tell them we would support them with our donations to re-seed the lawn, our logistics team made sure to rotate the tents on a consistent basis” Baker continued “Yes I’m sure there was tape left on the windows and some dirt on the rugs, but I’m sure it’s all part of the operational expenses to clean rugs in general”.
The campus police had hourly walk-throughs at Dutton Hall and responded to numerous service calls in the building during the protest. They also picked up belongings that the occupiers left behind. The day-to-day services in Dutton Hall were held in alternative sites during the occupation, while other student services were by telephone or online. I am sure these protest, like the Wall Street occupation were worthy and noble causes by the majority of protesters, unfortunately, it takes a few bad apples to spoil the worthiness of the overall protest. Anyone have a story they would like to interject, or maybe even being a part of the occupation? In general, any feelings on what has transpired over the last few months, regarding the occupation? Please visit my website at www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my other informative blogs and to view all local area homes for sale in Davis,California and the surrounding communities.