Tuesday, September 8, 2015

[SDCPJ] Che Cafe updates: new report in SD Reader; new press release



Friends,

 

Here is a new 9/3/15 article in the San Diego Reader.

 

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/sep/03/blurt-university-offers-foot-bill-che-cafe-repairs/.

 

And, attached please find the new press release from the Che Café Collective's press committee.

 

Please note that the lease for all four of the UCSD coops (including the Che Café) started 5/1/06 and runs for 10 years, so the August 2016 date in the article is incorrect. Also, the lease for the Che Café is STILL legally terminated (pending the ruling of the appellate court on the trial court's decision from last fall). So whether the Che Café coop will be included in the negotiations for all four of the coops to renew the 10 year lease remains a big question.

 

Although the "fire/life safety" improvements which UCSD Chancellor Khosla has now agreed to fund are not and have never been required by law, it is no longer an issue being used to pretend there is a justification for terminating the Che Cafe's lease and/or for eviction. The administration is no longer pretending these improvements MUST be done before the lease can be restored. The administration is no longer pretending there are no funds for these improvements and that THEREFORE the Che Café must be shut down. This is a substantial victory for the Save the Che Café campaign, for all the thousands of people who have spoken up and supported the Che, and, of course, for the members of the collective and especially for the students who maintained an occupation/sit-in 24 hours a day since March 24, to guard the Café against any surprise effort of the Sheriff's Department to finalize the eviction and change the locks. This has been the longest sit-in in UCSD history and the administration probably would not be negotiating a mutually agreeable solution if we did not have the occupation.

 

We still need to work out the maintenance and repairs needed to bring the kitchen fully back online and to make the Café restrooms ADA compliant.

 

It is not time to relax and enjoy a victory, yet. The time for that will be when the UCSD administration once again respects a long term lease that gives us security of the space.

 

Keep up all your efforts, your emails and phone calls to the administration, your donations to the defense fund, and your fighting spirit!

 


The Che Will Stay!
Monty Kroopkin,
for Che Café Support Network

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