Health Concerns, Property Damage In L.A.
"The lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren't working ... our trees are without water" - L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
By Dell Hill
point in time the Occupy (insert city here) crowd has been waiting for
has finally arrived in Los Angeles - of all places - California!
mayor has set the tone and the protesters/occupiers have answered. And
it sounds just exactly like a TEA Party event! “It will be violent”.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
said Wednesday that the Occupy Los Angeles encampment outside City Hall
"cannot continue indefinitely" and has asked city officials to draft
restrictions limiting when people are allowed on city property.
respect the protesters' right to peacefully assemble and express their
views," Villaraigosa said. "City officials have been in a continuous and
open dialogue with the organizers of Occupy L.A. However, the
protesters must respect city laws and regulations, and while they have
been allowed to camp on City Hall lawns, that cannot continue
spokeswoman for the mayor said he has also instructed city officials to
begin drafting a plan to identify another location for the
FULL COVERAGE: Occupy protests
an interview Wednesday, the mayor said county health inspectors
recently visited the encampment and expressed concerns over the
cleanliness of the camp. In addition, the demonstration is hurting the
city’s lawn and trees.
"The lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren't working ... our trees are without water," Villaraigosa said.
said he has instructed city officials to begin drafting restrictions
limiting when people are allowed at City Hall. That could lay the
groundwork for the city to force protesters to abandon the tent city
surrounding City Hall where they’ve been camped for nearly a month.
was not clear how the proposed rules would be different from a current
law that bars people from camping in city parks after 10:30 p.m. Police
have not been enforcing that law at City Hall and have allowed the 350
or so nightly protesters to camp there overnight.
On Wednesday, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said police should impose the park law.
protect the public health and safety of all residents, the LAPD and
General Services Police can and should enforce the law in a fair,
consistent, and even-handed manner,” Trutanich said. “The law addresses
conduct. Enforcement may not be based on the content of any political or
personal opinion or message."
about a dozen protesters showed up at Wednesday’s City Council meeting
to ask lawmakers to allow them to stay. Protester Alex Everett, 26,
said he came because he was alarmed by Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s
comments to KABC that it was time for protesters “to move on.”
who moved out of his house and into a tent outside of City Hall two
weeks ago, said he thinks many protesters would not leave without a
fight. He said if police move in to clear out the protest, like Oakland
police did Tuesday, “it will be violent.”
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of course, is what they’re seeking at every occupy venue. That’s what
grabs the headlines and that’s how “those innocent protesters” are
pictured by the lame-stream media every single time violence explodes.
seldom, if ever, see the protester throwing gallon cans of wood stain
in a police officer’s face; you always see the police reaction to that
assault and a felony take-down is never pretty.
But, that’s what they want and - in many cases - that’s what they’re going to get.