How Freaking Gross—
The Occupy Santa Cruz squatters are not only suffering from a ringworm and scabies problem… Hazmat officials were called in to remove 200 pounds of feces from a lot near the #Occupy Santa Cruz squatter camp.
On November 15 the Occupy Santa Cruz website announced that the members had provided its own portable toilet and handwashing station and soon would be placing more toilets in the park itself (photo by Alex Darocy)
This week, two portable restrooms were installed in the park to supplement the one on Water Street since October, Pleich said.
“I think a lot of those sanitation issues came before the portable restrooms,” Pleich said. He added that there are hand-washing stations.
“We’re doing everything we can to ameliorate this problem,” Pleich said.
Protesters had asked city leaders to keep bathrooms in San Lorenzo Park open overnight. A permit unilaterally issued by the city earlier this month required that protesters install two more portable toilets.
Shauna Gunderson, another Occupy member, said the new restrooms, “put to rest the city’s largely exaggerated claims around sanitation.”
At least one incident on the county list wasn’t noted by the Sheriff’s Office: the discovery of an estimated 200 pounds of human feces near the county Veterans Memorial Building, just across the Water Street bridge from the camp.
The county called in a hazardous materials team to clean up the mess, and installed a security fence around the building, which is closed for renovations. There is no evidence that linked the excrement to the camp
Back on November 8 KSBW reported that officials were concerned because piles of human feces have multiplied since there were no toilets.