‘Occupy’ Protesters Attempt To Arrest San Diego Mayor On Embezzlement Charges

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Members of Occupy San Diego attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of the city’s mayor on Monday over allegations of embezzlement.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the protesters accused Mayor Jerry Sanders of breaking the law when he allowed the temporary name change of Qualcomm Stadium to “Snapdragon Stadium”.

The group presented paperwork to officials at City Hall claiming taxpayers lost revenue when Sanders approved the name change for three football games in December without City Council approval.

“He has committed a felony under state law,” said protester Martha Sullivan. “If the D.A. does not perform her official duties and prosecute this felony, which she’s responsible for, we intend to go to the state attorney general.”

Qualcomm paid the city $1,000 to compensate for staff time associated with last month’s temporary name change, during which time the facility hosted two college football bowl games and a Chargers contest. All three events were on prime time national television.

The name change was part of a promotion for Qualcomm’s new “Snapdragon” line of mobile processors.

Ray Lutz, an Occupy San Diego leader who formed a new group called the Citizens’ Oversight Project, said Qualcomm received at least $125,000 worth of exposure and probably more.

The money the city actually received in exchange was “a paltry sum,” said Lutz, a former congressional candidate who was arrested last fall during the Occupy San Diego protests.

A spokesman for Sanders said the mayor had no comment.

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  • Debra R Steinman

    So the guy pays for the name change for a total of 3 games, and Occupy Protestors scream foul? I thought they were against all the Capitalism stuff, and here they are getting non profit status monies. A little hypocritical….on ‘their’ part.

    • wounded defecator project

      > Liberal, neo-conservative, useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for all your fvcking service, and congrats on Man o’ the Year.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachik of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement that patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble defecators, lest the streets flow with blood.

  • scott

    Operation bong hit alive and well I see. I’m going to “citizen arrest” you for “embezzlement” right after I’m done with with my bowl-ful of chronic!

  • John

    Occupy is not against capitalism, but its misuse and corruption. All the names of those quoted in the article above are local business people who support and endorse the right use of our economic system. When it is abused as is clearly the case in the mayor’s illegal deal, done without approval of the city council and deemed illegal by the district attorney himself, then it is the right of the people to step in and take action where government authorities are not. The action being taken here is simply an exercise honoring laws that local public officials are mandated to apply to their own house. Where they do not do so it is the responsibility of the rest of us to act. This is one important example of how alert and active citizens can make a difference in improving and advancing life for all residents of San Diego. What’s to complain about in that?

  • krg

    Then when aren’t the arresting the politicians for not enforcing immigration laws (yeah, I wen there). I bet dollars to donuts we’re losing a hell of a lot more money to them than we did on this deal. Oh that’s right, you guys get to pick and choose which laws you want enforced.

    My bad.

  • Hank Pfeffer

    The Republican Mayor of San Diego hiding from arrest by my fellow Occupiers? That should cause some chuckles.

    I commend their efforts, but I am taking a slightly different tack.

    Usually, I don’t believe in blaming or taking scalps. Sanders was a SWAT cop – he’ll understand why this needs to happen.

    His refusal to stop using Sleep Deprivation tactics cannot be forgotten. This was and continues to be torture of American citizens asserting their First Amendment rights. They were not under arrest at the time – unless they fell asleep.

    Who cares about his legalistic quibbles except lawyers? Other lawyers will find other laws to use against his arguments. For anyone with any sense of right and wrong, this is a No Brainer. People who find legal excuses to do wrong have gotten us into this gigantic mess.

    Win, lose or draw, Jerry Sanders will spend a lot of time and effort defending his actions, and explaining why he followed the orders of his masters.

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