By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
City officials on Wednesday refused to consider an application for a special events permit by Occupy Sebastopol protesters because it was not signed.
The City Council had given the protesters until Tuesday to submit an application. A last-minute submission by Sebastopol attorney David Bush contained the letters “n/a” — short for “not applicable” — in the space for the applicant’s printed name and signature.
“At 11:11 Tuesday night we sent an email to Bush that the application was unsigned and we could not accept an unsigned application,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “We waited through the course of the day and didn’t hear anything. At 5:11 p.m. we decided there has not been a valid submission.”
The Occupy Sebastopol camp has been set up at the town plaza since Nov. 5, in violation of the city’s ordinance against camping without a permit.
However, the City Council refrained from enforcing the ordinance while it decided how to handle the situation.
Bush could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
The issue of the protest will be considered at a special council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Youth Annex.