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November 5, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Oakland -- A year ago, lifelong progressive activist and Oakland Councilwoman Jean Quan linked arms with protesters and faced off against a phalanx of officers in riot gear near this city's graceful civic center. On Thursday there she was as mayor, police chief by her side, trying to explain her response to Occupy Oakland. Quan had ordered police last week to dismantle the tent city. Then she let the protesters rebuild. A general strike Wednesday started out peacefully but turned violent.
November 15, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
With Occupy protesters cleared out of camps in Oakland, Portland and New York in recent days, the encampment of tents surrounding Los Angeles City Hall is among the biggest and last such protests still standing. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said it cannot stand indefinitely. Beck said police were working with protesters on a timeline to shut down or move the camp while avoiding the sort of confrontations seen in other cities. But several protesters said they knew of no negotiations or timeline to end the demonstration.
October 27, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Maria L. La Ganga and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles -- Hundreds of supporters of the Occupy Oakland movement were gathered late Wednesday near the area where police and demonstrators clashed in a violent confrontation the night before that left several people injured and more than 100 others arrested. Meanwhile, across the bay, Occupy San Francisco demonstrators faced off with police clad in riot gear along the Embarcadero. Officers chased after several people who had gathered along the street, but it was unclear late Wednesday whether any arrests had been made.
January 19, 2012 | By Ruben Vives and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
In November 2008, police say, two gang members entered a secluded homeless encampment covered by brush and trees near the intersection of the 405 and 710 freeways in Long Beach. The gang members were looking for a homeless man who apparently owed them money for drugs. They located him and allegedly opened fire, killing him. The gunmen turned to two men and two women at the encampment, authorities say, killing them because they saw the first slaying. They "were executed ... to ensure there were no witnesses to the crimes," Long Beach Police Lt. Lloyd Cox said of the Nov. 1, 2008 killings.
November 25, 2002
"Crackdown Demanded on Skid Row Camps" (Nov. 19) states that some agencies that provide services to the homeless denounced our plan, saying that "it was merely another attempt to sweep the streets of homeless people who have nowhere else to go." In fact, our plan specifically calls for an anti-street encampment ordinance in conjunction with providing a shelter bed for every person removed from an encampment. Another so-called homeless advocate stated that "most addicts and mentally ill are not service-resistant," they just don't want to abide by the rules at shelters.
November 9, 1992 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
On the patio outside Ambassador Auditorium, a couple of Frula musicians-turned-vendors manned a sale table filled with trinkets representing the arts and crafts of Eastern Europe. A few minutes later, onstage, they picked up their instruments and accompanied the troupe's 25 dancers in a program titled "Tzigane." That's where the resemblance to Gypsy life, as strangers might perceive it, ended.
December 30, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A makeshift encampment a stone's throw from Staples Center was cleared of more than 100 street people by police before a city skip loader flattened it Monday. City officials said they were responding to complaints from local businesses, increasing crime and unsanitary conditions at the encampment, next door to a homeless shelter on Golden Avenue just west of the Harbor Freeway. Los Angeles police had posted notices warning the homeless that their camp would be dismantled Monday and offering room in shelters.
January 27, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Facing mounting public pressure and the demands of a powerful labor union, Tunisia's interim government named 12 new ministers to the Cabinet late Thursday and removed those with ties to ousted authoritarian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who served in the same post under Ben Ali, was among the few high-ranking officials to retain their positions. The ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs, which are key posts, and nine others were replaced by figures considered independent.
February 6, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports.
The Camp Paradise homeless plan to resurrect their riverside encampment, but the city has said it will boot any squatters. "I'm going all the way," camp founder Larry Templeton said, vowing to pitch tents this week along the San Lorenzo River near the California 1 bridge. About 15 people were expected to move into Camp Paradise, which had 50 residents in its heyday last year. The encampment existed openly from February 2001 until the river washed it away in December.
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