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City moves to bail out vendors hurt by Occupy San Diego protest

November 2, 2011 |  6:58 pm

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San Diego officials moved Wednesday to bail out two food vendors whose businesses have been hurt by the Occupy San Diego protest in the plaza behind City Hall.

Mayor Jerry Sanders announced that the owner of a coffee cart will get a rent waiver for October and will not be charged rent until she is able to bring her cart back to the plaza. The city's lease with the owner of Centre City Coffee calls for a payment of $1,000 a month or 15% of the gross receipts, whichever is greater.

The owner says protesters have harassed her and scared away her customers. She closed her cart last week and has not returned, according to the mayor's staff.

Also on Wednesday, Councilman Carl DeMaio, a candidate to succeed Sanders in next year's mayoral election, announced that he will host a fundraiser for Centre City Coffee and also the owner of the Brooklyn Dogs hot dog cart.

"These two business owners got a raw deal due to the recent Occupy San Diego protests," DeMaio said.

The fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Downtown Johnny Brown's, the restaurant on the edge of the civic plaza.

Protesters arrived at the civic plaza Oct. 8. Police last week arrested 51 protesters in the plaza and a nearby park for defying an order to move and take their tents and other property.

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Photo: Police and Occupy San Diego protesters

Credit: Dennis Poroy / Reuters

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