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November 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

College trustees set to oust Occupy Seattle?

The chancellor of the Seattle Community College District is apparently trying to remove the Occupy Seattle campers from campus.

Jill Wakefield requested a special meeting for noon tomorrow so the district’s board of trustees can vote on an emergency proposal to ban camping on college property. The ban, which would take effect immediately, is aimed solely at Occupy Seattle’s camp at the Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill.

“The encampment is overcrowded and unsanitary,” Wakefield wrote in a memo to the board about her proposal. “The College has observed and received reports of syringes, human feces, public urination and drug and alcohol use.”

The proposal would also ban any protesting on campus between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. It would be valid for 120 days — the maximum time allowed under a state regulation that allows public agencies to act in emergencies without following normal rule-making procedures. Such an emergency rule can be challenged only by a petition to the governor.

Patricia Paquette, a spokeswoman for the district, did not respond to multiple emails requesting clarification about how the college would enforce the proposal.

The chancellor’s proposal is the only item on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the five-member board. There will be 15 minutes set aside for public comment before the vote.

The proposal follows two inspections by local health agencies, the most recent of which reported that conditions were getting worse every day.

Since that report, the protesters have worked to improve conditions at the camp, said spokeswoman Aliana Bazara, pointing to a new hand-washing station and a mop sink obtained from Z Pizza to handle wastewater.

Bazara said this evening Occupy Seattle was not informed by the district about the chancellor’s decision or the upcoming vote. The demonstrators will decide their response and potential next steps during a meeting at 7 tonight, she said.

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