Pressure mounts on Mayor Ed Lee to crack down on Occupy SF

The Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco wrote Mayor Ed Lee a letter urging him to do something about the Occupy SF encampment. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)The Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco wrote Mayor Ed Lee a letter urging him to do something about the Occupy SF encampment. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

The Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco wrote Mayor Ed Lee a letter urging him to do something about the Occupy SF encampment. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)The Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco wrote Mayor Ed Lee a letter urging him to do something about the Occupy SF encampment. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

The pressure is mounting on Mayor Ed Lee to crack down on the Occupy SF encampment with a second business group stepping forward to express its concern.

After The San Francisco Examiner detailed complaints from Ferry Building merchants about the Justin Herman Plaza camp, the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco shot off a letter Friday to Lee demanding action.

“I am aware that you have received a number of communications from members of BOMA citing the vandalism, theft, public urination and defecation, physical altercations, business interruption, etc. that the public has had to endure with increasing frequency,” Marc Intermaggio, executive vice president of BOMA SF, wrote in the letter.

He added: “The right to public assembly and ‘free speech’ is NOT a license for such irresponsible, uncivil, unhealthy behavior — and it must not be tolerated.”

He said BOMA SF members are “very upset and very concerned” that further criminal acts and public safety violations will degrade the quality of life in San Francisco.

The Mayor’s Office has yet to respond to The San Francisco Examiner’s calls for comment.

Allan, a camper who didn't want his last name used for this report, told The Examiner Thursday that he knows some fringe members commit crimes and give Occupy SF a bad name. But those members are often homeless and misguided and need help.

“They're part of the reason we're here,” Allan said. “To demand that they get help.”

BOMA San Francisco is a commercial real estate advocacy group representing more than 72 million square feet of office space in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma counties.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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