There were occasional outbursts throughout the council meeting, but then a very loud and persistent group of demonstrators got everyone kicked out. In an effort to get through all the public comment, Mayor Sam Liccardo warned people that if they shouted or clapped, they would be escorted outside.
At 9:00 p.m., San Jose police, which had a heavy presence at City Hall throughout the night because of rumors about a disruption, ushered everyone out of chambers. Then about 20 officers stayed behind to handle eight demonstrators who chained themselves to their seats. Eventually, police used bolt cutters to cut their chains off and arrest them.
But the protests continued just outside chambers.
Many San Jose residents opposed to the land sale are concerned about losing their housing to soaring housing costs. They also want more answers from Google about what exactly they plan to build.
The controversy is over Google's proposal to spend more than $110-million on land in Downtown San Jose near Diridon Station and SAP Center.
Google wants to develop the 50 or so acres into a mixed-use office, residential and retail village. There is the potential for 25,000 new jobs with the Google complex. And a lot of people are in favor of the project.
The council was expected to approve the land sale-- they resumed their meeting after the arrests about an hour later.
People continue to line up for public comment at San Jose City Hall. Council is expected to approve a major land sale to Google for a mixed use development in the Downtown area... that’s been getting mixed reaction in the community for months pic.twitter.com/CDUxxZLPPl— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) December 5, 2018
Mayor San Liccardo has asked police to escort disruptors - who shout or clap - to be escorted out of council chambers in order to “make sure everybody is heard” during public comment about sale of San Jose land to Google pic.twitter.com/ASGlzZX848— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) December 5, 2018
San Jose PD just made the decision to clear everyone out the council chambers after continued disruptions over the Google land sale. Police are escorting everyone up and out of the room. Unclear how/if the vote and meeting will continue. pic.twitter.com/5vMGipFX8R— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) December 5, 2018
Police cut the chains on protestors with bolt cutters, arrest them and lead them out of council chambers pic.twitter.com/gw3ZxMqQnn— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) December 5, 2018
You can see the silver chains the protestors used to anchor themselves to the seats in council chambers. I counted at least 20 police officers to handle the un-chaining and arrest of remaining 8 demonstrators pic.twitter.com/JJE8QxI4V7— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) December 5, 2018
8 people who police unchained in council chambers have been arrested and will be booked at Santa Clara County Jail for “disrupting a public meeting”... a misdemeanor. pic.twitter.com/UFCYEs2KvP— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) December 5, 2018
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