Denver's new system for issuing permits to occupy parks during the 2008 Democratic National Convention ran aground as it began Tuesday, delaying the process for two more days.There's video! This bit is good, too:
Several applicants for the coveted Civic Center park discovered that their names had been omitted from a pile of cards that were to be drawn from a clear, plastic lottery box. Another applicant for another park was awarded a permit for a day he hadn't requested.
Protest groups critical of the new system seized on the blunder, accusing the city of unfairness and incompetence.
"I think it's a disgrace," said Glenn Spagnuolo, an organizer with the protest group Re-create 68. "They had all this time to figure it out, and they still couldn't get it right."
The lottery was supposed to give everyone who wanted to occupy the parks during the convention an equal chance.Slapstick Politics has more.
After months of meetings, the city's new system came to this: two groups, one anti-war and one anti-abortion, packed the process with multiple applications to improve their chances.