In the ongoing saga of the activists currently occupying the former Hayes Valley Farm on Laguna between Oak and Fell, SFPD has confirmed that it has served the members of the encampment a notice to vacate the premises. The occupiers tweeted a photograph of the announcement on June 6 (@LiberateLand), which was quickly picked up by neighborhood blog Hayeswire.
The grounds of the eviction is the group's trespassing on private property, a misdemeanor, says Gordon Shyy, an SFPD public information officer. If the occupiers of the space, which they have rechristened "Gezi Gardens" in solidarity with the protests in Turkey, don't vacate the premises, they could be subject to arrest.
Here's the tweeted photo of the eviction notice:
With their occupation of the space, complete with newly assembled tree platforms and barricades, the Gezi Gardens group is trying to prevent the land from becoming a $42 million, 185-unit mixed-use development. Currently the city is in escrow on a deal with Avalon Bay Communities and Build Inc. to sell the southern half half of the former Hayes Valley Farm space, formerly the Central Freeway on-ramp, for around $9 million.
The organizers of Hayes Valley Farm had a temporary interim-use agreement with the city of San Francisco, and peacefully left the land on June 1. They have no comment on the current residents, and have focused their attention on other urban farming projects around the Bay Area.