City moves to bail out vendors hurt by Occupy San Diego protest
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.
"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.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Police and Occupy San Diego protesters
Credit: Dennis Poroy / Reuters