Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Spokane kitchen gets reprieve

Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Occupy Spokane protesters will have continued access to a makeshift kitchen, at least for another 14 days.

Director of Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement Jonathan Mallahan says an agreement was reached between the city and protesters to grant the kitchen a permit for 14 days of operation on their site just off Spokane Falls Boulevard and Monroe Street.

The protesters will have an opportunity to renew for another 14 days.

The permit is going through the city's departments for approval today. Mallahan says he does not anticipate that it will be rejected.

The kitchen, run by Hippie Family Ministries, is located on land belonging to the public library. Library director Pat Partovi initially wanted the un-permitted kitchen gone by Saturday night. She reversed her demand after negotiations with the protesters.

"I will say, though, that they're really well-behaved," Partovi says. She was less enthusiastic about the kitchen renewing its permit. 

"I'd prefer that they didn't. That doesn't mean I wouldn't consider it." 

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