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Woman facing foreclosure arrested outside bank executive's home

April 27, 2012 |  9:43 am

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Foreclosure showdown: Woman, supporters protest at San Marino home of bank executive

A disabled woman facing eviction from her South Gate home was arrested Thursday night following a two-hour standoff between police and 80 protesters outside the home of Wells Fargo Bank Chief Financial Officer Tim Sloan.

The group also was challenging a San Marino ordinance requiring demonstrators to stay 150 feet from a protest target’s home or 75 feet from the curb, a law enacted by the San Marino City Council after a protest in front of Sloan’s home on Oct. 5.

“They want to kill the Constitution in that town and we aren’t going to stand for it,” said David Mezarioegos, an organizer with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

San Marino police initially held off from enforcing the ordinance, instead working with organizers to keep loudly chanting demonstrators with ACCE and the Service Employees International Union at the edge of Sloan’s lawn.

“We’re not here to hardball anybody, violate their civil rights. As long as it stays peaceful and doesn’t damage any property, we’re good,” said Sgt. Robert Cervantes.

If police applied the letter of the ordinance on Woodstock Road, a 30-foot-wide, 500-foot-long cul de sac of eight homes, demonstrators would have had to stage in front of another home.

Police also allowed Ana Casas Wilson, who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheel chair, to wait 15 minutes at Sloan’s door with a mortgage payment on her foreclosed home. Casas Wilson, who has lived on the property for 27 years, said Wells Fargo has been unwilling to negotiate a loan modification although she is once again able to make payments after falling behind during a hospital stay.

About a dozen San Marino officers were joined at the scene by a handful of Pasadena police, while dozens of officers from Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Gabriel and Alhambra — many in crowd-control gear — waited on surrounding blocks.

Just before 8 p.m., about 90 minutes into the demonstration, police formed a line around the home, declared the assembly illegal and ordered the group to move 75 feet up the street.

Casas Wilson refused to go and was taken to San Marino police headquarters with the assistance of San Marino Fire Department paramedics.

“I’m doing this because people need to see what the banks are doing. It’s awful. It has to stop,” Casas Wilson told the Pasadena Sun. “When I was down and out in the hospital they took my house.”


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-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Ana Casas Wilson, who was protesting the foreclosure of her home. Credit: Cheryl Guerrero Times Community News