The city of Los Angeles has had the most laid-back response to the Occupy protests, despite calls for a French Revolution-style uprising at City Hall. Last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even offered the Occupiers a deal that would have given them farmland, 10,000 square feet of office space, their name above the title, and three gross points and some back-end merchandising revenues, or something. After that deal got rejected, the Mayor has another message for the Occupiers: Don’t call us, babe, we’ll call you.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says Occupy LA protesters must leave their encampment on the lawn of City Hall by 12:01 a.m. Monday.
The mayor and police Chief Charlie Beck announced the planned ouster at a Friday afternoon news conference.
The mayor praised the protest and its aims but said the camp of about 485 tents is unsustainable and City Hall Park needs to be cleaned and restored.
Villaraigosa withdrew the original deal offer after it went public and the backlash started, Politico reports, which is absolutely hilarious. Did Villaraigosa really believe that he could cough up 10,000 square feet of office space and no one would notice? Furthermore, did he think that the Occupiers would meet in camera to discuss that deal? Even the most casual observer will notice that the general assemblies tend to be indiscreet forums (THE GENERAL ASSEMBLIES TEND TO BE INDISCREET FORUMS), and the constant, loud repetition (AND THE CONSTANT, LOUD REPETITION) makes secrecy an unattainable status (MAKESH SREBRECY FAN UNNTRETATTINO FLATULENCE).
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Occupiers reached 100% consensus that they would not leave, and that all previous meetings between LA and Occupy representatives didn’t count anyway. No, seriously. Plus, they have ten grievances that they want the city of Los Angeles to address before they even consider leaving:
The mayor said officials here had done things differently by negotiating with protesters. “From the start, we’ve talked with one another and we’ve listened to each other,” he said, before being interrupted by a protester who had found his way into the news conference and shouted: “You haven’t listened!”
City officials have held regular meetings with several Occupy protesters, including a representative from the National Lawyers Guild. But other protesters have complained that those representatives don’t speak for everyone and have dismissed the meetings as going against the demonstration’s democratic principles and its “horizontal” organizing structure. …
Some demands on the list are specific, like a call for a moratorium on all home foreclosures in Los Angeles, as well as a call for the city to divest from all major banks. Others, such as a call for “money to be removed from politics,” are less so.
The protesters also want a new name for the 1.7 acres of lawn surrounding City Hall: “Solidarity Park.”
They’ll probably get the name change, considering the current leadership of the city. On the rest of it, well … let’s hope the occupiers aren’t holding their breath. Perhaps they should be, though, because if they don’t move out on Monday, we may get another demonstration of pepper-spray deployment — if Villaraigosa is serious.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the Occupiers have to be doing better, right? After all, Frisco is the epicenter for Occupier-style politics. The populace must be united behind the anarcho-socialists fighting corporate power … or, maybe not (via JWF):
Bargains and a pretty holiday tree trumped politics Friday night.
Occupy SF activists had hoped to keep shoppers out of downtown San Francisco stores to protest corporate greed, but no matter how hard they yelled, shoppers shoved right on by.
Two dozen Occupy protesters began marching around downtown at sundown, chanting protest slogans. They’d hoped to make their anti-consumption point at the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Union Square, but the crowd was so massive they couldn’t get near.
Maybe that (MAYBE THAT) should tell them something (GET A CLUE).