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Sanjiv Handa and the East Bay News Service are circulating a report that says that expenses for Occupy Oakland will costs the city more than $3MM. Handa's email, making the rounds of the city, says:
"City officials confirmed Nov. 3 that costs had exceeded one million dollars by Oct. 28, the day East Bay News Service published that figure. Police overtime for the Oct. 25 raid on the camp in Ogawa Plaza, and three ensuing days of many marches and protests, alone topped $700,000.
City sources estimate another half-million for police overtime during the subsequent ten days, which included the Nov. 2 “Day of Action” by organized labor, concurrently with Occupy’s call for a General Strike that same day.
Another $100,000 was incurred by the city’s information technology department, primarily to safeguard the police web site against hackers.
The Public Works Agency incurred $28,000 for the two-day cleanup last week at the Ogawa Plaza encampment. Estimates hover around $40,000 for the subsequent ten days. Supply costs are expected to exceed $70,000 — everything from fuel for vehicles to water bottles for police and other employees in the field for 10 or 12-hour shifts.
It is not yet known whether meals are included in this price. Pursuant to labor agreements, every police officer below the rank of Captain is entitled to overtime. Civilian employees, except managers, also receive overtime pay. Many also are paid a meal allowance after eight or ten hours.
The total city costs will likely exceed $1.5 million by next week — but that is just from the city treasury.
Hundreds of officers responded from police and sheriff departments throughout the six-County Bay Area for three separate shifts — one at 2 a.m. on Oct. 25, a second at 2 p.m. the same afternoon, and a third on the evening of Nov. 2. Exact numbers and costs are not yet known.
But based on videos and photos, at least 440 non-Oakland officers were deployed, and most will be on straight overtime. Invoices from all these agencies would likely exceed $400,00.
Under state procedures, all costs incurred for mutual aid will be reimbursed by the State of California, and are not included in any estimates provided by Oakland officials."
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