Photo by Chelsea Hawkins

Update 6:50 p.m. San Francisco police arrested 75  protestors this afternoon for misdemeanor trespassing after a request from the San Francisco Archdiocese, said SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak. Last night protestors took over a church-owned building at 888 Turk St. intending to turn it into a center for the homeless, Occupiers said.

Police became concerned after protestors barricaded gates to the building shut, began stockpiling provisions and stacked buckets of paint, bricks and chairs on the roof to possibly use as weapons against the police, Andraychak said.

The majority of protestors were arrested on the second floor of the building after locking themselves into rooms. One protestor jumped out of a second floor window, but was uninjured.

Update 3:37 p.m. Occupy supporters report that San Francisco police have arrested 50 protestors.

Update 1:51 p.m. Occupy SF supporters report that police are moving in 888 Turk.

Original Post: A group of Occupy San Francisco protesters remain camped out in a church-owned building with plans to create a community center there to serve the homeless, Occupy SF representatives said this morning.

After taking over the two-story building at 888 Turk St. following a late-afternoon rally and march in downtown San Francisco on Sunday, protesters settled into the building, which Occupy SF representatives said once housed a mental health clinic.

Occupy SF protesters said in a statement that they want the two-story building to serve as a haven for the city’s homeless, who they say have “become subject to arrest and harassment simply for now existing in these very same streets they were forced into.”

Officers have been monitoring the building, but as of late Sunday night, had not made any arrests.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco said in a statement:

The Archdiocesan properties at 888 Turk St. and 930 Gough that have been occupied are properties for the use of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School, which is an archdiocesan school.

 SHCP is an urban high school with a campus that is compressed in an urban environment. SHCP and the Archdiocese bought these buildings five years ago to serve the students on campus in a variety of ways. Some of the buildings have been used for music and art classes until as recently as 18 months ago. These classes have been relocated to the newly built theatre arts center directly adjacent to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

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  • Anonymous

    An open letter to the president of Sacred Heart Prep School

    Mr. Scudder:

    There are three buildings in this compound, 888 Turk St., 950 Gough St. and another address on Turk St.  While St. Paulus Lutheran Church  owned them, they illegally evicted two HIV+ gay guys from the third building on Turk St.  Arch Diocese of San Francisco and/or Sacred Heart Prep School bought them from St. Paulus about 5 years ago to tear down and build a 250 seat theater. They changed their mind and built the theater in a different location in our neighborhood. 

    A few months ago I video taped a woman and her boyfriend on my front porch in the same block as 888 Turk St. as they made terrorist threats against me. I gave a DVD of that threat to the SFPD. They refused to arrest her and accused me of provoking her from inside my house through the door glass. I found out from a friend that she was in police custody for stealing a car. He also told me they were often camping on your property at 888 Turk St. I called the police to see what the status of the case was. They pretended to not know where to find her even though she was in jail for car theft.

    Recently, I caught her on my front porch again and she threatened me again. I called 911. She left and sought refuge on the 888 Turk St. Property. When the officer arrived, I told him that’s where I saw her go. He got in his car and went around the block. I watched him secretly and he did not get out of his car or even park in such a way that he could see that property. He sat in his car for 5 minutes and then drove away. I called 911 agin and made a complaint and at 4 AM, about 5 hours after my first 911 call, the police looked at that property and said she was not there. They indicated that they checked the tent of the person who also camped there and she was not in it. They indicated that they knew someone camps there every night in plain view This proves the SFPD had knowledge of these people camping on the property. I’m sure the Arch Diocese and or the school did too. I filed a complaint against that officer who faked the investigation with the SF Office of Citizen’s complaints and reported the church property to the San Francisco department of building inspection as a public nuisance abandoned building property that was providing a hiding place for people who had committed crimes against me or others. The buildings had graffiti and peeling paint. That was over a month ago, and the city still has not to my knowledge cited the Arch Diocese for maintaining a public nuisance. The $1 million and counting bill for the police to evict the occupy people should have to be paid by the Arch Diocese of San Francisco, and the city should tell them to give the building to the occupy movement or face prosecution for maintaing a public nuisance. Churches should have to pay property taxes like everybody else, but they don’t.

    For many years I have watched the parking control officers turn a blind eye to school staff illegally parked. All they had to do was put a Sacred Heart Prep School business card in their windshield and they were not ticketed, while residents of the neighborhood had cars ticketed, booted and towed.

    Your school has treated this neighborhood with contempt the entire time I have lived here. You never notified the neighborhood when you built that huge addition atop your building on Ellis, or anything else to my knowledge. You are above the law. You get special treatment from the planning department, the building inspection department, the parking control officers, and the police department.

    I hope that the chickens have finally come home to roost re your abandoned building properties. I intend to see that your school pays for all the expenses the city incurs as a result of you willful neglect of your property and illegal favors you receive from city employees re willfully ignoring your violations.

    I believe that your behavior and lack of behavior is grounds for a claim by the Occupy people that you had abandoned these buildings to homeless people, and they have right to occupy them.

    Why did you wait till now to send in those guys in the white pickup truck today to board up the building? Why didn’t you fence off the property and have it patrolled by your security guards when you saw people camping there day after day, or after I made this complaint over a month ago? Are you going to have Occupy or homeless people evicted if they occupy the building on Turk St. where St. Paulus illegally evicted two HIV+ gay guys?

    I heard that a man was injured by the police today and they refused to let his injures be attended to in the police lockup bus by the paramedics who were on site and waiting. This was announced by loudspeaker for everyone to hear. A woman testified that she had spoke to the paramedics and the police would not let them provide aid to the injured man under custody, and she said he was crying out in pain. I saw the paramedics at the Shell Station standing and waiting outside their vehicle. Do you think the school is in any way responsible for turning the neighborhood into a harbor for criminals and then a police state?

    Mark Pope
    president
    Cathedral Hill/Van Ness Neighborhood Association

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