SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego councilman asked today for a report on what obligations the city might have regarding two small businesses whose owners closed up shop at the Civic Center Plaza because of the Occupy San Diego protests.
Carl DeMaio suggested at a City Council meeting that the operators of the hot dog cart and coffee cart might be due rent credits or other assistance from the city.
His request was forwarded to the mayor's office.
Letty Soto, the owner of Brooklyn Dogs, told the council she lost regular clients and was "threatened verbally" by protesters. She also had equipment stolen and her car smeared with blood, she said.
Soto described her enterprise as "a small independent business" that is her only source of income.
Last week, the woman who owns the coffee cart had to close after a confrontation with protesters, which was captured by television news cameras.
The protesters, part of a loose-knit nationwide movement against perceived corporate greed and government corruption, came under heated criticism from public speakers before the City Council for the first time.
Samuel Huerta said he has videotapes that show the protesters "party all night and sleep all day" and are so loud after dark that many downtown homeless have moved away from the area.
"I have witnessed the members of Occupy San Diego disrespecting our San Diego police officers every day," Huerta said.
The number of protesters at the downtown Community Concourse has dwindled to just a few since their unauthorized tent community was cleared out by police early Friday morning.
Christopher McKay told the council during the open comment period on non- agenda topics that "a serious independent investigation" of "police brutality" was necessary because of Friday's raid.
He said that just like a "very few" Occupy San Diego members have caused trouble, so have a "very few" police officers.
Occupy San Diego member Chase Fite asked city officials to grant them a "sanctioned space," which he said would reduce tension with police and allow officers to return to their normal law enforcement duties.
Supporters of the protest movement renewed their demands for a resolution of support, but for the second week in a row, no such declaration was on the agenda.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.
Two men involved in an apparent road rage incident - that ended with one car tipped over - are facing charges. This weekend, the father of the driver whose car flipped onto its side spoke out.
It's safe to say birthday parties will be a big deal for one local family. Their family tree added three new members within just 24 hours.
A five year old girl's dream came true today with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Leona, who lives in San Marcos and is battling cancer, wished to have the ultimate pirate ship playhouse in her backyard.
In celebration of American Heart Month, Rady Children's Hospital hosted its 34th annual Heart Party. It was a chance for former heart patients and the doctors who treated them to reunite.