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Friday, June 7, 2013

Hayes Valley Farm Occupiers Served With An Eviction Notice

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

click to enlarge One of many banners around the perimeter of the former Hayes Valley Farm. - MIKE KOOZMIN
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  • One of many banners around the perimeter of the former Hayes Valley Farm.

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.

See also: Occupy Moves Into Hayes Valley Farm, Declares Sovereign State, Plants Kale

Hayes Valley Farm to Close by June 1

What's Happening at Hayes Valley Farm?

Here's the tweeted photo of the eviction notice:

click to enlarge A tweeted photograph of the eviction notice for the occupiers of "Gezi Gardens" - TWITTER/@LIBERATELAND

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.

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