A group calling itself the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment staged a third protest Saturday morning in front of the San Marino home of a Wells Fargo Bank executive to state their objection to what they perceive as predatory home mortgage lending.
At 12:21 p.m., the San Marino Police Dept. received a call declaring that approximately twenty protestors had assembled at the residence, which is located above Lacy Park. One family member was home at the time of the demonstration.
By the time police arrived, the number had swelled to seventy-five. The protestors made a barricade in the street using yellow caution tape in order to enclose them in front of the property.
Citing two ordinances recently adopted by the San Marino City Council to control such disturbances, Police Sgt. Timothy Tebbetts issued several verbal warnings in order to relocate the group to a legal distance from the property. When the mob refused and it was determined the protestors were blocking street access, the assembly was declared unlawful. At approximately 12:58 p.m. a dispersal order was given and the protestors broke down their effort and left the area peacefully, according to Sgt. Tebbetts, who served as the officer in charge at the scene.
The SMPD received assistance from the San Gabriel and South Pasadena Police Departments, according to Tebbetts, who indicated that a total of ten officers were on site. No arrests or citations were issued.
“The new ordinances really worked well,” said Police Chief Tim Harrigan, who left his home in LaVerne when he heard of the protest and praised Sgt. Tebbetts for a job “extremely well done.”
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment had brought an attorney to the demonstration who reportedly told police that the group just wanted to finish their media opportunity and they would leave peacefully.
“Give us a dispersal order and we’ll leave, the attorney said.
Tebbetts gave them five minutes to vacate the area. The group was gone in three, save some stragglers who were waiting for a ride.
See the August 1 San Marino Tribune print edition for more.
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