According to Gossips sources, the mayor finally agreed, after appeals from Friedman and Common Council president Don Moore, to ask that cars and motorcycles be parked only on the north side of the street, leaving a traffic lane on the south side of the street open for cars traveling east, but Fierro was having none of it. Having gotten his mass gathering permit, he refused to comply with the mayor's request.
There is ample evidence that Fierro's claim, reported in today's Register-Star, that he "had spoken to everyone he could think of and gotten a favorable response" is at best an exaggeration and at worst a complete fabrication. Unfortunately, John Mason reported that the First Presbyterian Church was going to sell food during the event. Gossips has it on good authority that this is not the case. Apparently, Fierro told Mason that "the church" was going to sell food, and Mason assumed "the church" was the First Presbyterian Church, since it's the only church in the 300 block of Warren Street. It seems more likely, to Gossips at least, that "the church" Fierro referred to is the Rock Solid Church, located on Union Street and City Hall Place.
The real question, of course, is whether or not the mass gathering permit should have been issued in the first place. This is what the city code has to say about the approval process for mass gathering permits:
Subparagraph (3) is the important one here: "Does the proposed special event unreasonably interfere with the rights of the neighbors?" The answer to that would seem to be a resounding yes.
Addendum: So far as I could see, checking out the event a couple of times throughout the afternoon, no church was selling food.
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