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L.A. Mayor Gives Occupiers an Eviction Notice

Posted on Nov 25, 2011
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He’s here, he’s ... the mayor of Los Angeles, get used to it: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rides high at the Pride Parade in Los Angeles last June.

It’s not like Los Angeles’ slickster Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would have missed out on that multicity conference call that Oakland’s Jean Quan squeaked about to the press. So it’s not surprising that on Friday, as he visited the Occupy L.A. encampment to pay tribute to the spirit of the movement, he followed the predictable script that his counterparts around the country have used in telling the tent-dwelling protesters they would soon have to decamp because of—you guessed it—health concerns.  —KA

AP via Google News:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave a lengthy tribute to Occupy LA protesters on Friday before telling them they must leave their encampment on the lawn of City Hall by 12:01 a.m. Monday, citing public health and safety concerns.

Villaraigosa, who has expressed sympathy for the protest’s aims from its beginning seven weeks ago, announced the ouster at an afternoon news conference with police Chief Charlie Beck. He said the movement that has spread in two months from New York to numerous other U.S. cities has “awakened the country’s conscience” — but also trampled grass at City Hall that must be restored.

“The movement is at a crossroads,” the mayor said. “It is time for Occupy LA to move from holding a particular patch of park land to spreading the message of economic justice and signing more people up for the push to restore the balance to American society.”

The camp of about 485 tents was unsustainable because public health and safety could not be maintained, and the park had to be cleared, cleaned and restored for the public’s access, he said.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, November 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm Link to this comment

Today the snippet from Tony the LA major is loosely “the protestors should move on from the small area they are occupying and spread the economic awareness..” or something like that.

Now, either that is double speak or he is a bigger buffoon than I thought ( and I’ve met the guy ) or some other reason.. for the occupation IS the method of spreading the message of economic awareness… duh….

But surely, making such idiotic statements is ‘logic’ for Jack and Jill Docile Citizen to accept in between Dancing with the $tar$ and whatever comes on after that…

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, November 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

Assistance to the homeless, the downtrodden and those less fortunate for whatever reason always seems to come from the people / private places and not government…. government RELUCTANTLY and under DURESS from it’s sovereigns ( what Amerikans are supposed to be, instead of ‘citizens’ or ‘civilians’ )....

I hope he ‘gets it’ for if not, it is going to be a long 2012…

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By gerard, November 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Actually, though Villaraigosa may be too stupid to see it, he has a marvelous opportunity here and now.  Obviously, he is not so much of a corporate slave as Bloomberg, Quan and any number of others. He dared to make friendly noises toward OWS from the beginning. That leaves the way open for a more creative and harmonious answer to “clearing the park for health reasons.” 
  What could he do?  Offer OWS people an opportunity to put their concerns to the City Council in a series of open meetings.  The goal:  To look at mutual problems together, and to address unmet concerns together to whatever degree possible.  To organize cooperative efforts for changes toward democratic justice and away from corporate politics.
  Particularly take on the re-negotiation of foreclosed mortgages city-wide. Engage banking interests together with neighbor-for-neighbor recruitment to re-constitute home loans city-wide and at least prevent the continuation of foreclosures.  Work with L.A. Mission downtown to improve hospital care for indigent; provide more better housing for people living on the streets.
  The city could benefit greatly from making room to engage positively with the OWS movement.
  Some forward-looking politician needs to openly recognize the potentials of OWS and what they stand for and will persist in representing.
  It’s new energy, new ideas, new strength. New leadership.  Respect it! Admit it! Give it more space, not less!

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By estebanmgil, November 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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Check out the Los Angeles General Assembly’s response to the City Council!

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By Peter Manning, November 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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Villaraigosa is using the narative given to him by the Feds. This is another example of the current administration’s influence upon these “independent” mayors. Threaten the cutoff of federal monies and you can get any mayor to sing any song. It’s also yet another example of just how desperately the administration wants this OWS movement to you away. What they can’t understand, and will never understand, is we have no where to go! Chris Hedges is correct, this is a battle for survival.

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By felicity, November 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

Wonder how many of those occupying the City Hall lawn
are part of our 50,000 LA homeless.  Really, they don’t
seem to understand that they belong under our freeway
ramps - out of sight (and out of mind.)  It’s really
most disturbing when people don’t know their ‘place.’

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, November 26, 2011 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

Evict the Occupation? 


That’s what he thinks.

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By DrSorders, November 26, 2011 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

It is easy to understand why there are many downtown who want the camp at City Hall gone, out of sight, relegated to the dustbin of memory.  Tucked away as it is behind all the bank towers, the Occupy camp stands, as long as it stands, in severe contrast to the rest of the world around it.  It stands as an unyielding living testament to the idealism, dedication and selflessness of our truly best and brightest who believe not only that a better world is possible, but that the need to start creating one is past-due.  And sometimes it doesn’t just stand, sometimes it starts walking—right up to those banks.  Then the contrast is severe.  The bank employees in their discount suits, holding their manhood cheap, snickering and drooling in anticipation of the hundreds of police getting the order from their criminal employers to go in and use force against the few, the precious few, standing arms-linked in peaceful resistance, standing up for the criminals’ victims as no one else has.  The city can close the public park around City Hall so only the private parks belonging to the banks remain.  I wish those valliant souls in the camp would simply disband without letting the banks use their billy clubs, I wish they’d go make themselves safe, get some warm nights’ sleep and regroup elsewhere or in another way to continue the struggle.

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By Craig Stock, November 26, 2011 at 4:47 am Link to this comment
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We have given them amnesties only to have them use their new found citizenship against us, to gain political power. Are we Mexico or are we America?

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By ardee, November 26, 2011 at 3:42 am Link to this comment

Robespierre115, November 25 at 9:29 pm

Typical Democrat is the unfortunate truth.

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By Scantron, November 26, 2011 at 2:21 am Link to this comment
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You know, just to throw it out there, the health
concern business might be based upon the litigious
nature of Americans.  Maybe cities are legitimately
concerned about being sued by a random person over
frivolous but feasible issues of the most minor
substance.  This whole health issue might just reflect
fear over what is at the root of the OWS complaint,
which is greed.

We value wealth more as a reflection of achievement in
this country.  At its root is greed.

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By fritzherald, November 26, 2011 at 1:00 am Link to this comment

Meanwhile, somebody gets grabbed and taken off by the police without charge on the steps of City Hall and nobody seems to notice that the duration of his disappearance coincides perfectly with Villaraigosa’s speech. It’s Chinatown.

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By waytoomanybottlesofrum, November 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm Link to this comment
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Once they quiet the Occupy movement and remove it as a major focus of public attention, they can restart the shock doctrine: crash the economy and use the chaos and panic to ram through structural reforms that further dehumanize the public, disempower them, and enrich and empower the wealthy and connected.

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By mrfreeze, November 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment

The comic, Adam Carolla, always refers to this mayor as Villaretardo…....wonder why…

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By Robespierre115, November 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

Villaraigosa embodies the most disgusting aspects of California politics and areas of the culture: Claiming to promote liberal values while at the same time working to stop any serious, popular movements that aren’t extensions of the Democratic Party.

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