Downtown Oakland Workers Asked to Come Late

By Sasha Lekach (BCN)
Tuesday October 25, 2011 - 07:31:00 AM

City officials are advising downtown Oakland employers to consider having employees delay their arrival downtown this morning after police action at the "Occupy Oakland" encampment. 

City spokeswoman Karen Boyd said city employees are also advised to delay their arrival to work this morning after Oakland police officers and other authorities enforced an eviction notice on protesters in Frank Ogawa Plaza at Broadway and 14th Street. 

A number of arrests have been reported after police entered the camp just before 5 a.m. An official number of arrests has not been reported. 

As of 5:20 a.m. the plaza was contained, but authorities are still cleaning the area, Boyd said. 

A BART official said the 12th Street station is closed this morning with trains running through the station. The 19th Street station is open. 

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus service has been disrupted and there are detours in place throughout the downtown area. AC Transit has listed detoured bus lines on their website at www.actransit.org.