Cleanup of Occupy L.A. site going pretty much as you’d expect

posted at 11:25 am on December 1, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

At long last it seems that the squatters’ village errected outside of City Hall in Los Angeles has been cleared of occupiers. The number of delays and problems arising from that particular encampment were, if we are to be honest, every bit as much the fault of the mayor and his staff as those who remained there in defiance of lawful orders to pack up and leave. But it’s the “packing up” portion of the operation which is taking center stage as the week wears on. The “peaceful protesters” may have gone, but they left the cleanup operation in the hands of the city – and on the dime of the taxpayer. So how much is this going to cost?

Sanitation workers wearing hazmat suits and masks moved into City Hall park Wednesday to clean up tons of trash, debris and human waste after police evicted the 2-month-old Occupy LA tent camp and arrested almost 300 people in a mostly non-violent pre-dawn raid.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the cleanup and repair to the damaged lawn and park facilities would cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly more than $1 million.

Well, that’s certainly a hefty bill. In addition to just removing all of the garbage and built up debris, they’re going to have to replace the lawn. The total cost will… wait a minute. Did you say hazmat suits?

Villaraigosa said that sanitation workers had been working throughout the night in the park, which was littered by trash and flattened tents and smelled of urine. According to The Associated Press, the park’s lawns were covered with two months’ worth of clothing, tents, bedding, shoes, trash and other debris…

By dawn, trash, flattened tents, strewn clothing, bedding and the stench of urine were the legacy of the Occupy LA.

“It’s so contaminated that it doesn’t even make sense to sort it out,” said Jose Garcia, sanitation superintendent of the city north central district.

An estimated 25 tons of trash and debris were to be carted away by mid-afternoon. Workers were finding bottles of urine throughout the camp.

“That’s probably the biggest hazard there,” Garcia said.

That’s simply lovely. One thought does jump to mind, though. They arrested somewhere in the range of three hundred people. When you go to court on relatively minor charges like this, isn’t it often a common practice to sentence people to community service and a small fine rather than jail time? Perhaps there’s an opportunity for some community service here, picking up all of the bottles of pee and other human waste, bagging them up and hauling them away.

It’s an ill wind that blows no good, as they say. Of course, you’ll probably want to stay up wind of this place for a while.

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The Occupy movement is just like the Tea Party.

/s

Renwaa on December 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Hazmat suits? No, they are disposable (use once and throw away) coveralls, to protect uniforms.

(I wonder if the content filter will flag this comment as advertising spam. Place yer bets…)

Skandia Recluse on December 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I doubt any of them are going to plead out this early. But, it is a good idea. Then again, I don’t think you can sentence people to hazzardous waste clean up even if they contributed to it.

Blake on December 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Strong language.

Adam Carolla Breaks Down Occupy Movement: ‘F**king Self-Entitled Monsters’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJD8pZiRIzs&feature=player_embedded

The Blaze

Zcat on December 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The Occupy movement is just like the Tea Party.

/s

Renwaa on December 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

This was the Pee Party.

Steve Z on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

What’s funny is I’m listening to Urinetown, The Musical right now. Who knew it was really about OWS?

Rufus on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Those aren’t jugs of Urine. It’s the 99%er juice!

portlandon on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

isn’t it often a common practice to sentence people to community service and a small fine rather than jail time? Perhaps there’s an opportunity for some community service here, picking up all of the bottles of pee and other human waste, bagging them up and hauling them away.

Some whiny liberal judge would probably consider that cruel and unusual punishment.

CurtZHP on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

The Occupy movement is just like the Tea Party.

/s

Renwaa on December 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

And even tho all the OWS pics show them to be mostly white and male, it was the Tea Party rallies that were sexist and racist…

I tell ya, I’ve talked with quite a few OWS proponents, and they all claim the media only shows the handful of the nuts. That argument ceased with things like this mess and cleanup.

JetBoy on December 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I still think putting a fence around the OWS camps and making them stay there in their filth would have been the way to go but whatevs.

Fallon on December 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Bottles of urine?

Sounds like an Army FOB. Of course, we’d dispose of said bottles pretty quickly, ourselves.

Red Cloud on December 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

So, fine them all $500.00 (each) and sentence them to help lay new sod that their fines will pay for.

Extrafishy on December 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

If the cost is $1,000,000 and 300 people were arrested, I say give the occupiers their wish and spread the wealth. Adjust the fines for the arrestees to cover the cost of clean-up, police overtime, court costs ,and anything else a creative District Attorney can think of.

DAT60A3 on December 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Gee, if only the Occupiers had been required to have a permit with the requisite million dollar plus insurance policies that the Tea party was required to have when they had demonstrations that lasted a few hours.

Someone should file suit against the city for failing to obey the statutes regarding use of public, ie, taxpayer, property.

William Teach on December 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

This was the Pee Party.

Steve Z on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Does that mean that they’re pee-baggers?

Oldnuke on December 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The OWSers can all put that on their resumes …….

Protested in LA
Chanted like 1st Grader
Urinated in bottles
Got arrested

Please hire me.

fogw on December 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

JetBoy on December 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

That’s a lot of garbage that handful of nuts left.

Cindy Munford on December 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Adam Carolla Breaks Down Occupy Movement: ‘F**king Self-Entitled Monsters’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJD8pZiRIzs&feature=player_embedded

The Blaze

Zcat on December 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

dude; that was awesome by Carolla. Total smackdown.

ted c on December 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I tell ya, I’ve talked with quite a few OWS proponents, and they all claim the media only shows the handful of the nuts. That argument ceased with things like this mess and cleanup.

JetBoy on December 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

When in truth the media was trying hard to put the best light on this civil unrest, looking hard to interview and represent the sane protestors… they sanest they could find were a handful of nuts.

Lawrence on December 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM

The Occupy movement is just like the Tea Party.

/s

Renwaa on December 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Stole my post… Well done!!

Khun Joe on December 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Zcat on December 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Is that the same one that was in the Quote of the Day last night?

Cindy Munford on December 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Sanitation workers wearing hazmat suits and masks moved into City Hall park Wednesday to clean up tons of trash, debris and human waste after police evicted the 2-month-old Occupy LA tent camp and arrested almost 300 people in a mostly non-violent pre-dawn raid.

1. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that job.

2. “mostly non-violent” Funny, I never heard the Tea Party described as “completely non-violent”.

Scrappy on December 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Someone should file suit against the city for failing to obey the statutes regarding use of public, ie, taxpayer, property.

William Teach on December 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Best suggestion I’ve seen: A taxpayer, class-action lawsuit against the city/county/fed government claiming misappropriation of taxpayer funds to support illegal activities.

And file one in Boston, too, where these scumbags are still squatting in their filth. (The city went to court today to try and lift a restraining order preventing their eviction)

Rod on December 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the cleanup and repair to the damaged lawn and park facilities would cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly more than $1 million.

That’s $1 million that could have helped the poor or feed the children.

You’d think that Obama’s Wild Squatters would care about them..

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Funny thing (sad really) is that the area that was invaded had been recovered and put in good shape just recently. Did these child of the 60′s and younger “I-don’t-have-a-job-but-I-am-Tweeting-from-my-new-Ipad” had any concern for doing something good and at the very least keep the place cared for? Of course not. In the brave new world of equal results for all, who cares about private property?

ptcamn on December 1, 2011 at 11:57 AM

When you go to court on relatively minor charges like this, isn’t it often a common practice to sentence people to community service and a small fine rather than jail time? Perhaps there’s an opportunity for some community service here, picking up all of the bottles of pee and other human waste, bagging them up and hauling them away.

Never happen. Constitutional lawyers would stop this on the grounds of Free Expression.

Making liberals clean up their own mess would violate the whole POINT of the demonstrations.

logis on December 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

They should charge the Mayor for the clean-up. He’s the one who allowed them to stay, sympathizing with them…

sandee on December 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Local radio talkers John & Ken have dubbed it “Occu-POO” LA.

peski on December 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Slightly off topic, but the lefties are not happy and have gone all creative on us. See the March of the Rats.

bloggless on December 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Universities of Higher Education are not what they used to be.

They are now Marxist indoctrination centers. Nothing more, nothing less.

Look at the results of Marxism. Lovely.

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Key West Reader on December 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Does that mean that they’re pee-baggers?

Oldnuke on December 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Or, Poop-baggers and Pee-bottlers. Surprise, the liberal base is actually base.

Fallon on December 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I doubt any of them are going to plead out this early. But, it is a good idea. Then again, I don’t think you can sentence people to hazzardous waste clean up even if they contributed to it.

Blake on December 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

They got arrested, then they should be fined for the cleanup.

Unfortunately, the taxpayers will be on the hook for this, again. No wonder they are going broke in CA.

IrishEyes on December 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The Mayor should have to pay for the clean-up. He’s the one who let them stay so long,even siding with them .

sandee on December 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Yeah, about that community service idea for getting arrested OWS protesters to clean up the mess–who is going to clean up their “cleanup?”

In related news, how’s that Congressional cleanup of the mess Congress made going?

Christien on December 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

They should charge the Mayor for the clean-up. He’s the one who allowed them to stay, sympathizing with them…

sandee on December 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

L. O. L.

He’s going to be rewarded with a lifetime pension. Like the public sector unions. Who honestly believe that they are “owed” lifetime pensions from the taxpayers.

Public sector Unions… WTF? Why are they needed? Am I, as a taxpayer usurping them? Am I, as a taxpayer under paying them? Am I abusing them? What right do they have?

God Help Us.

Key West Reader on December 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I would call OWSers infants, but most infants at least appreciate having their diapers changed.

NotCoach on December 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Cindy Munford on December 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

I have no idea.

Zcat on December 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Does anyone at all, realize that there is no need for Public Sector Unions?

Anyone at all?

Key West Reader on December 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

As expected, Obama’s buddies are a bunch of slimy pigs.

rplat on December 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

They arrested somewhere in the range of three hundred people.

Hey, maybe while these dopes are in lockup, they’ll learn how to use a proper toilet.

Better yet, let them crap on the floor so they can see what happens when the warden shows up with billy club in hand.

UltimateBob on December 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM

By dawn, trash, flattened tents, strewn clothing, bedding and the stench of urine were the legacy of the Occupy LA.


“God Bless Them…” – Nancy Pelosi

Seven Percent Solution on December 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I’m betting most of the people who read and post on political forums have seen Michael Wadleigh’s Woodstock , the 225- minute documentary that captured the event. Think of the ending scene, where a handful of hippies are walking among and picking through the mountains of trash left over from the concert and not yet cleaned up. Same thing here.

There, right there, that is what they are about, what they’ve always been about. All this endless talk about making a better world, where all is peace and love and sunshine and rainbows, a wondrous paradise where all the pretty flowers pick themselves: a lie, all of it.

At the heart of things, there exist two kinds of people: creators and destroyers, those who want to build, make, create and those who want to blow up, tear down, destroy–well, okay, three kinds of people if you count the masses in the middle without the energy and enthusiasm for either. They can be swayed either way, given the right incentives.

The anarchist Bukharin once said, ‘Destruction is beautiful’, and he’s right: it is or can be. But his problem and the problem of all anarchists is what to do when all is burned down and blown away. And communists? The revolution is the thing, and one of the reasons why the proletarian paradise is always off in the distance somewhere, sometimes close and sometimes far, a shimmering mirage bound to solidify into reality after the next five-year-plan.

Are you telling me we can’t beat these people? That this coming election will even be close? Make a short video of the clean-up efforts in OWS sites throughout the country, workers in hazmat suits populating the scene, do a straightforward voice-over reciting the number of tons of excrement, the gallons of urine, the sheer volume of refuse, as well as the number of sexual and physical assaults, thefts and vandalism reported, and let it play on a loop until election day.

troyriser_gopftw on December 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Ewww. Poor sanitation workers. What a bunch of lowlifes, leaving a mess like that.

scalleywag on December 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM

” community service “ – - are you farkin’ kidding me ??

And deprive the union bosses of those hard-working cleanup employees their cut of that ‘work all night’ overtime ??

balderdash
/.

CaveatEmpty on December 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Why in God’s name aren’t each of those arrested required to pay a $3333.33 fine?

playblu on December 1, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Last night, the wind was blowing unusually hard in LA: up to 85 MPH. Perhaps God was having mercy on the rest of us…

baldilocks on December 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM

There is no need, no reason, no relevance to PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS. Why do they feel the need for protection from taxpayers? What is their purpose?

Why do we “need” Public Sector Unions? Who is abusing these civil servants? Not me.

Key West Reader on December 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Why do we need TEACHER’S UNIONS? Who is abusing the teachers? The taxpayers?

Why do they even exist? What is their purpose?

Key West Reader on December 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

If the cost is $1,000,000 and 300 people were arrested, I say give the occupiers their wish and spread the wealth. Adjust the fines for the arrestees to cover the cost of clean-up, police overtime, court costs ,and anything else a creative District Attorney can think of.

DAT60A3 on December 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Exactly! Why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill for illegal activities?

LtBarnwell02 on December 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

This was the Pee Party.

Steve Z on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

+1

shick on December 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM

By dawn, trash, flattened tents, strewn clothing, bedding and the stench of urine were the legacy of the Occupy LA.

“You are the reason I ran for office.” (Obama)

Which explains why there’s nothing but cr*p coming out of the WH.

GrannyDee on December 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Does that mean that they’re pee-baggersbottlers?

Oldnuke on December 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

+1

shick on December 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

And even tho all the OWS pics show them to be mostly white and male

Don’t forget being forced to set up “rape free zones.”

Yup, it’s the Tea Party that’s sexist.

crazy_legs on December 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Unions have driven jobs overseas.

Unions have destroyed States and productivity. Look at Detroit.

Unions have created nothing but destruction.

Key West Reader on December 1, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I would call OWSers infants, but most infants at least appreciate having their diapers changed.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a thread winner!

crazy_legs on December 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Reasonable people can disagree about how many immigrants the country should welcome (I’m in the pro-immigration camp). But liberal supporters of Occupy Wall Street, many of whom have expressed solidarity with undocumented workers, must reconcile the fact that their embrace of large-scale immigration of unskilled workers is a driver of the inequality they denounce.

J_Crater on December 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

“community service and a small fine rather than jail time”

Not gonna happen. The Mayor of Al-Lay needs them on his and his party’s side.

PattyJ on December 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I keep sayin’

Tort suits. Joint and several liability. Everyone who was arrested, everyone belonging to an unincorporated organization and every corporation supporting the occupations.

Taxpayers suing for the cost of cleanup and policing, businesses suing for lost trade.

LarryD on December 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the cleanup and repair to the damaged lawn and park facilities would cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly more than $1 million.

Hey Tony! Why isn’t your fat ass down there cleaning it up? You like to boast “We clean your toilets!” You condoned the ‘protest’.

Sounds like you’re just the guy to get that mess cleaned up.

Tony Villar – pompous fool masquerading as a mayor.

GarandFan on December 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Tea Party vs. Pee Party

Who’s really got the sway? Who’s really got the stroke? Keep going, Pee Party, no one can delegitimatize you any more completely and finally than you can yourselves. It shouldn’t be much longer now before Barack Hussein Obama, San Fran Nan Pelosi, and the bulk of the rest of your reprobate ilk disavows you and throws you under the bus in order to save their political hides.

P.S.- “Keep going, Pee Party…” is meant as a euphemism and is not to be taken literally, please. Thank you.

FlatFoot on December 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Adam Carolla explains the OWS Generation

Jump to 2:30m where Adam really gets rolling.

I swear I’ve seen alot of stuff in my life …but …that …was …awesome!

Terp Mole on December 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I wouldn’t trust a bunch of OWS losers to do be able to clean up after themselves. If they were responsible adults, they wouldn’t have lived in such filth in the first place.

RebeccaH on December 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

It’s suddenly occurred to me why these “occupy” fun fests have drawn such an enthusiastic assemblage of supporters.

It’s always important, in assigning jobs or tasks, to best match the task to the skills of the person who will be performing the task.

And this occupy movement has truly done that. It has tapped into the innate skill of some people to sit around and do nothing.

Perfect.

IndieDogg on December 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Speaking of environmental catastrophes …

Priceless Climategate email 682: Tom Wigley tells Michael Mann that his son did a tree ring science fair project (using trees behind NCAR) that invalidated the centerpiece of Mann’s work:

‘A few years back, my son Eirik did a tree ring science fair project using trees behind NCAR. He found that widths correlated with both temp and precip. However, temp and precip also correlate. There is much other evidence that it is precip that is the driver, and that the temp/width correlation arises via the temp/precip correlation’

From email 682.txt

J_Crater on December 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

isn’t it often a common practice to sentence people to community service and a small fine rather than jail time? Perhaps there’s an opportunity for some community service here, picking up all of the bottles of pee and other human waste, bagging them up and hauling them away.

Some whiny liberal judge would probably consider that cruel and unusual punishment.
CurtZHP on December 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM

A judge wouldn’t assign them to clean up the area because it’s a HazMat site now and the city doesn’t want to be held accountable for any illness they might contract; even though those same people had zero problem living among that filth.

mizflame98 on December 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

troyriser_gopftw on December 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM

At the heart of things, there exist two kinds of people: creators and destroyers, those who want to build, make, create and those who want to blow up, tear down, destroy–well, okay, three kinds of people if you count the masses in the middle without the energy and enthusiasm for either. They can be swayed either way, given the right incentives.

I stole this and posted it on my facebook as my status. Excellent!

Queen0fCups on December 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM

As Justice Louis Brandeis said:

In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipotent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. If government becomes a lawbreaker it breeds contempt for law: it invites every man to become a law unto himself. It invites anarchy.

J_Crater on December 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

So, let’s get this straight. The Occupiers create a toxic environment, leave their refuse behind, and local officials are just fine with cleaning it all up on the taxpayer dime. Meanwhile, in Richmond, Virginia, the Tea Party presents a request for a refund of all of the fees they paid in compliance with the law because they feel that the the Occupiers have been given preferential treatment, for which they are rewarded with a tax audit. The double standard is so blatant that liberals no longer make even a pretense at fairness.

College Prof on December 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

So these people show up, set up camp for a couple months, leave behind tons of debris and destruction, which the non-violent, law-abiding, toilet-using taxpayers will be paying a million bucks to clean up, and they’ll still go on TV complaining they never got any kind of bailout.

Bruce MacMahon on December 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Strong language.

Adam Carolla Breaks Down Occupy Movement: ‘F**king Self-Entitled Monsters’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJD8pZiRIzs&feature=player_embedded

The Blaze

Zcat on December 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Wow, besides the fact that he’s a total gearhead and a top-notch carpenter, I’ve got another reason to like Adam Carolla.

Ward Cleaver on December 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Disgusting little piggies.

HazMat crew is still hauling out and disposing of bags of crap and bottles of urine.

A buddy tells me it reeks like an overused outhouse in the midday sun – everywhere down there.

Tim_CA on December 1, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I would call OWSers infants, but most infants at least appreciate having their diapers changed.

Like infants, the OWS parasites have an insatiable appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

single stack on December 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM