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First Occupy Protest of The New Year

Occupy Walnut Creek groups numbers 25 at 4'oclock.

The Occupy Walnut Creek faithful were out downtown on Wednesday evening, protesting the inequities in income distribution and corporate influence on government.

Prudence Capelle of Antioch, who works in Walnut Creek, said she favored an excise (or luxury) tax (as used to be more popular a generation ago) to generate government revenue. "If you can afford a $70,000 car, if you can afford a $70,000 bracelet, if you can afford a $70,000 anything, you should pay a 1 percent excise tax," she said.

The protesters covering the four corners at Mount Diablo Boulevard and Main Street numbered 25 at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Jeff January 05, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Isn't that fun! We got our picture taken again. People are looking at us! I feel wanted and important. It is so easy, all you have to do is blame those who worked harder than us for any and all of our gripes. Hey Occupyers... You fad is done. Go away. The party is over. No one is interested in your stupidity and need for attention.
Paula Miller January 05, 2012 at 07:21 AM
It seems that Lance really has a love of the Occupyers as he gives them pre and post protest publicity. Lance, please go find some REAL local news on which to report. We don't need or want to see photos of the same tired faces who show up weekly with the same tired signs. When these people accomplish something positive, that will be news.
Triple Canopy January 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The foreclosure process holds accountable the people who signed the contract (speculators?). Go away Occupyers. You and your ilk are irrelevant.
michael frederick January 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Occupy protestors are relevant. They express growing frustration over the growing disparity between haves and have-nots. It is an important message. It's relevant because people like TC continue to believe the wide spread economic devastation we enjoy was due to private impropriety, as opposed to a banking system organized for Wall St. profits, that subsequently changed its lending practices when ITS pyramid scheme imploded. It is not a case of the general public following the rules and failing, as TC naively avers. Going into any loan, from Day 1, there has been a reasonable expectation of refinancing. This has been precluded for many in order to lock them into loans AT UNCOMPETITIVE RATES -- to buttress a banking industry run by greedy boobs. Likewise, anyone notice the proliferation of unprecedented banking fees? An example: I went to refinance some condos. The bank hired an appraiser who used REO sales as comps so they wouldn't qualify! In another instance, the appraiser threw away a more recent sale of a townhome, with an identical floor plan, NEXT to the subject property and included an older six-month old condo sale a mile away ... When desperate banks hire appraisers to violate 3 of the 4 basic tenets of THEIR appraisal theory to maximize profits, they are the vermin -- not their victims. Economic devastation, neighborhood blight, and even homelessness has been perpetuated for banking profits. Someone should hold up a sign.
Mike January 05, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Triple Canopy says: "The foreclosure process holds accountable the people who signed the contract (speculators?)."... Does that apply to banks and Wall Street who speculated for profit... or just to people trying to gain a home for their family? I'm not sure from his comment that I would find consistency there.

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