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Protesters Flock to Wells Fargo CFO’s San Marino Home

Five police departments responded to an Occupy-type protest, where more than 100 people chanted and held signs outside Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan’s San Marino home Thursday night. One disabled woman was arrested.

Numerous organizations in solidarity with the Occupy movement protested outside the Woodstock Road home of Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan for about two and a half hours Thursday night, chanting and holding signs.

The protest of about 100 or more people was non-violent, but one woman was arrested for trespassing onto Sloan’s lawn, San Marino Police Captain Tim Harrigan told Patch at the scene.

Police departments from San Marino, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel were called in for backup when three San Marino officers were greeted at the scene by more than 100 protesters shortly after 6 p.m. Harrigan said the San Marino Police Department had no prior knowledge of the protest.

“It’s about balancing people’s right to protest and the law,” said Harrigan.

The group assembled to protest Wells Fargo’s refusal of a loan modification for a woman with cerebral palsy, Peggy Mears, the Refund California organizer for Alliance California for Community Empowerment (ACCE), told Patch.

“The bank refuses to work with her,” said Mears. “They’ve evicted her from her home twice, she refuses to leave, so she wanted to come to Tim Sloan’s house today to give Tim Sloan a check since the bank won’t to take the check and ask him to let her stay in her home. It’s only fair.”

The woman, Ana Casas, was arrested for trespassing when she went up to Sloan's front door and demanded to see him, according to the Pasadena Star-News. 

"Casas ... said she wasn't leaving until Sloan accepted the check or police arrested her, said the Star-News. "San Marino police declared an unlawful assembly about 7:45 p.m., nearly two hours after the protest started, and took her away by ambulance half an hour later."

Many in the group were part of the , in which protesters chanted, “Make banks pay” and spoke out about the financial crisis.

As part of a , protesters are required to assemble at least 150 feet from the front door of a home or 75 feet from the property line, whichever is further. Police gave protesters 15 minutes to move 75 feet from the Sloan home in this case, so protesters complied and gathered in the street, according to Harrigan.

Mears said the protesters did not see Sloan during their protest, and Harrigan was unaware if Sloan or any of his family was home at the time, but the protesters don’t plan to go silently.

“We will continue to swamp his emails, his telephone, we’re going to go to different branches of Wells Fargo, any meetings they have we’re going to disrupt them,” said Mears.

Check back on Patch for video from the scene of the protest.

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Mei Ling April 27, 2012 at 06:26 AM
It's amazing how you are right there on the spot...getting the news as it happens....photos...quotes....you're quite the journalist keeping your viewers informed! Kudos to you....and at this late hour!
Jessica Hamlin April 27, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Thanks. I got there later than I would have liked but spoke to an organizer and the SMPD Captain about the situation. There were a lot more police at this protest than at the last one I covered.
Patrick Lee April 27, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Mei Ling: Thanks for your comment! I agree Jessica seems to be everywhere in San Marino, doesn't she?
Ray W April 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM
People have their right to protest. I felt sad about their situation. But, it was so wrong to protest in front of private homes. It made me doubt about how they made their own financial decision. Maybe, they should not purchase that house. I do not feel sorry for them anymore. Go to Wells Fargo HQ office and do whatever you want legally. LEGAL private property is protected in this country by law.
Kris Williams April 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The banks make decisions, the people who work at the banks make a decision to work there. This lady wasn't even asking for a modification, just people a couple payments on the back of a 30 year loan, seems better than the tax payer picking up the loss?? Yes, I think it is fine for the people to protest at your home, being socially ostracized is why most people behave decently, unfortunately the bankers haven't acted decently, morally and even intelligently. I feel bad for the neighbor 75' feet away, it makes it look like their protesting at the neighbors house. I love San Marino and I know a lot of wealthy people who are top-notch human beings, it must be embarrassing with this sad and feeble attempt to stifle Free Speech by a little city...
CanyonMan April 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The offensive law in San Marino that shoves protesters in front of their neighbor’s houses does not surprise me. They are a bunch of wealthy NIMBYS. They want to extend the 710 freeway and they promote extending it, BUT they don't want it going through their city, they want it built through their neighboring cities of El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington, South Pasadena, and Pasadena. What the clowns on their city council don't realize is the freeway will only increase diversion traffic through their area. When the cars and trucks encounter the $5.64 ($7-$8 peak) and $15.23 tolls respectively, they'll just hop off and drive through town in greater numbers than currently using that route. (http://rtpscs.scag.ca.gov/Documents/2008/fFinance_AppF_02_SR710.pdf) The other surprise they will get is pollution. The wind, which predominately blows to the east, will blow the unfiltered particulate matter into their children's lungs. I hope Mr. Sloan enjoys dirty air.
Donald W April 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The woman is seekingr a modification and is not trying to get current on the mortgage she freely took out, and her stunt of trying to deliver her mortgage payment to the CFO of the bank isnt just a person trying to make things right. She has not made a lot of payments and and is only trying to pay the current one, knowing that if the bank accepts it, the law says that the foreclosure must stop. Then the bank will have to start all over again when she stops making payments again or continues to refuse to make the back payments. Protesting at a mans private home, terrorizing his family and disrupting the community and blaming it on "a banker" in their midst is just terrorism. Their motto is, attack people, not institutions, because people hurt when you do it. Institutions dont. So if they terrorize his wife and children also, it is a plus in their book. I thought we were beyond going out and singling out victims because of their religion, or race or associations. This is nothing but a shakedown by a corrupt political group looking for publicity and their method is to terrorize the innocent to achieve their aims. Many people who "made the decision to work at banks" are now getting death threats from people associated with these groups. How long before deaths start happening with all the hate being stirred up against identifiable groups who are politically easy to demonize. People in San Marino stand up for their neighbors and do not blame the victim for the actions of mobs.
Kris Williams April 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Donald W. - You are incorrect, you state that taking a payment causes the foreclosure process to start over, it does not. In evictions you would be correct. As to the amount of the check you have ZERO idea how much it is for. Your neighbor isn't the victim, the lady who has a disability and then cancer too boot is the victim. I do sympathize with the CFO bcse he works for a machine and he has very little input, but the banks have terrorized millions of home owners - taking millions of homes over the last 5 years. And the deaths are happening, I was trying to help her save her home, and the stress literally killed her, of course her income went with her and her husband and the kids couldn't afford the house at all at that point...Any sympathy for those beyond the San Marino? You know these other people aka mobs are your fellow Americans. What about all the servicemen the banks have victimized while they were overseas fighting for your freedom? I have nothing against the wealthy, I'm getting closer every day to being there, however when I get there, I don't want to live in a fortress inside a compound because we raked over the middle class so hard we have to hide out, maybe I'm alone in my concern we preserve the middle class.
Donald W May 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Kris, the "lady with the disability" admitted she is a paid protestor. And you are lieing about the foreclosure process. It will disrupt the foreclosure process and that is why they are only willing to make a partial payment. The occupy mob is terrorizing this guy based on where he works and not only doesnt care that they are terrorizing his wife and young daughter using paid demonstrators, that is their intention. Terrorizing and isolating people. We see the occupy mobs terrorizing people in their homes, attacking policemen in the streets and taking over public areas turning them into open air cesspools. If you people were interested in helping (the disabled lady) you would help her raise money to get her mortgage current. But you'd rather use the money to pay protestors, hire buses, and attack political enemies. Many people in San Marino had personal experience with the Red Guards in China. They started off spreading lies and demonstrating against "the elites" and then moved on to killing people and fighting in the streets. Again, you lied about why they were trying to present a partial payment (political stunt you knew the bank couldnt accept) and you lied about the woman (she is a paid activist). This is nothing but lies and the family hiding inside the house while your mob terrorizes them over and over again are the true victims. You admit that the guy you are terrorizing has no input on things, but you don't care. The ends justify the means. Sad.

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