“SANTA CRUZ – A couple hundred students have blocked both entrances to the UC Santa Cruz campus and began marching near the base of campus as the March 4 Day of Action began. Some vandalism to cars has been reported.
UCSC officials, via their Web site, are warning everyone, including employees, not to come to campus because of potential safety concerns. Around 7 a.m. the university reported a vehicle windshield smashed near Hagar and Coolidge Drive, which is near faculty housing. Another UCSC staff member attempting to enter a campus entrance reported that protesters took photographs of the employee’s vehicle and license plate, “in an intimidating manner.”
Protesters jumped on a passing car near the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus this morning, shattering the windshield, Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark said.
The incident happened just before 8 a.m. at Western and High streets. Officers are still investigating, Clark said.
That was the only protest-related incident so far, according to city police.
For information, go to http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/protest/03-10. The campus radio station, KZSC 88.1, and campus communications hotline – 831-459-INFO – will provide updates throughout the day Thursday.
Also, Santa Cruz police will send out alerts, when necessary, though the new Nixle alert system. Register for free text and e-mail alerts at http://www.santacruzpolice.com