UC Office of the President to shut down in response to Oakland protests

The University of California Office of the President in Oakland will be closed tomorrow and employees will work from home in response to the general strike organized by Occupy Oakland protesters, according to UCOP Media Relations Director Steve Montiel.

The office is located two blocks from the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway, where mass gatherings are planned at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to hundreds of posters advertising the event.

Montiel said the decision to shut down the office was made based on the fact that employees need to remain productive throughout the day, which won’t be possible with the protests planned for tomorrow. In addition, accessibility to the building will be hindered due to street closures and the potential closing of the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station.

“We need to remain operational and maintain the practical aspects of the workplace,” he said. “In light of the street closures and BART possibly closing down, we thought that our employees would be more productive at home.”

The office will reopen on Thursday, Montiel said.