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Plans Take Shape for 'Occupy Elk Grove'

Protestors plan a march Wednesday to the Laguna Blvd overpass on Highway 99.

Organizers held the First General Assembly of 'Occupy Elk Grove,' the city's entry into , Friday at . 

Eight people—joined by a handful of journalists—gathered on a muggy evening to discuss and plan for their first demonstration.  They chose a theme particularly symbolic to Elk Grove: "99% on Highway 99," a reference to the bulk of the U.S. population and the city's major transportation artery.  

The march will begin at on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.  From there, demonstrators plan to make their way with signs and banners to the Laguna Blvd overpass of Highway 99.

“We want into the conversation,” said Gretel Elving, who attended the meeting with her husband, Todd, and twin babies.  “We’re tired of Wall Street representing the one percent when we’re the 99 percent and we haven’t been heard.”

A major concern expressed at the meeting was the high rate of home foreclosures in Elk Grove and the nation.

Elk Grove joins hundreds of cities around the country where demonstrators have held rallies and campouts in recent weeks to protest the concentration of wealth and income among the upper echelons of the population.

Todd Elving, who started the 'Occupy Elk Grove' Facebook page, said he wasn't aware of any organized groups supporting the protest. He had never met any of the other participants until Friday's meeting, he said.

"I just opened up a Facebook page, and people started saying they wanted to do something," he said.

Organizers say they are contacting police to see if they need a permit for Wednesday's protest. Anyone interested in joining the march can go to the event's Facebook page for further information.

Mario October 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM
BW, dont confuse living wage with living desires, you can rent a room in Elk Grove for $350 a month and it even includes a pool ( http://sacramento.craigslist.org/search/roo?query=elk+grove&srchType=A&minAsk=&maxAsk=), if your working 40 hours that gives you money for food etc. Dang i didnt even have to sleep on that one to figure it out, try thinking outside the box .
Think Free October 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM
You guys are funny
Bwood October 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM
The single room idea sounds like you are thinking more inside the box than I am. Mario, that's fine if you're a single guy that already owns his own reliable transportation, has no healthcare issues, no afflictions or addictions, and no other major cost-of-living bills, and can make the security deposit+cleaning deposit+first+last rent just to move in. I guess that's about it, however, one size does not fit all. Do all your employees fall into that category? If I was married w/children, that one empty room wouldn't be looking too good. Is it doable? Maybe, but how long would you want to live like that? I'm about done with this debate now, because it's never-ending, and I think we've hijacked this thread long enough. What say we just agree to disagree, and move on ….?
Elk Grove Laguna Forums October 20, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Bwood, if you were on here at 6 pm. I guess you weren't at the occupy event tonight?
Bwood October 20, 2011 at 02:12 PM
I didn't get the memo … Were YOU there?

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