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November 28, 2011
Backward thinking Re "Clueless candidates," Editorial, Nov. 23 Your editorial exposing the clueless, arcane, 19th century policy positions of GOP presidential candidates — focusing on Newt Gingrich's call to roll back child labor laws — was brilliant. It reminded me of the famous scene in "Blazing Saddles" in which the Waco Kid explains this kind of folly to Sheriff Bart: "What did you expect? 'Welcome, sonny'? 'Make yourself at home'? 'Marry my daughter'?
November 27, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Howard Blume and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Activists and L.A. officials faced difficult choices over the next phase of the Occupy L.A. movement as a 12:01 Monday deadline approached for the departure of nearly 700 protesters from an encampment on City Hall grounds. On Sunday evening, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reiterated an ultimatum that the city's tolerance of the eight-week occupation would end at midnight. "While Occupy L.A. has brought needed attention to the economic disparities in our country, an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely," he said in a statement.
November 25, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the shutdown of the Occupy L.A. encampment on City Hall grounds at 12:01 a.m. Monday, saying officials can no longer "maintain the public safety of a long-term encampment," according to a statement issued Friday. Villaraigosa said the city's General Services Police Department, which enforces the law in city parks, will walk through the encampment handing out bilingual fliers and give verbal notice that the park will close. Social workers will also visit the encampment, according to the statement.
November 25, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Who says history has to be about dead men and a dreary assortment of dates and names? For countless students and teachers, the Occupy L.A. encampment at City Hall has become a living classroom, a place to put a contemporary twist on topics such as the causes of the Great Depression and the limits of the 1st Amendment. On a recent afternoon, students from at least three schools joined the colorful milieu of protesters - playing ball, posing with pet roosters and sounding off about corporate greed - to interview them about their aims.
November 25, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
When Thanksgiving Day arrived at Occupy L.A. on Thursday, campers greeted the occasion in true revolutionary form: They boycotted the holiday's name. "We are calling it International Giving Thanks Day," Regina Quetzal-Quinones said. "It's a day of sovereignty and healing. " With city officials and police making plans to clear the encampment after seven weeks of protests, some demonstrators reflected on what they had accomplished, while others vowed to remain on the lawn of City Hall.
November 19, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay man to lead a major American city, is no stranger to street protest - he's been in the middle of more than he can count. He's battled for bike lanes, railed against social services funding cuts and led the charge for green buildings. Now, he's the progressive mayor of one of the nation's most progressive cities - and his police force recently stormed in riot gear through a camp full of true believers. "It turned into a brawl over Porta Pottis and crime," Adams said glumly last week at City Hall, not far from where the abandoned parks of Occupy Portland stood empty and forlorn, surrounded by makeshift chain-link fences.
November 18, 2011
Occupy L.A. has occupied the grounds outside City Hall for nearly two months. City leaders, to their credit, did not pick a fight but welcomed the protesters and allowed them to camp out. But it's crunch time now. New York has dispersed its Occupy demonstrators, Oakland has battled with its activists, and it is becoming clear that Los Angeles is disinclined to allow its protesters to stay too much longer. PHOTOS: Day of protest There have been a lot of smart reasons for the city and the Police Department to sanction the weeks of illegal camping overnight in a public park — "a very minor infraction," LAPD Cmdr.
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.
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 5, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Police were called to two violent incidents at Occupy Los Angeles on Friday, adding to questions about the protest and its future. In the morning, a woman was arrested at the encampment outside City Hall after she set another person's clothes on fire, police said. In another incident hours later, a woman was arrested after protesters said she struck a man with a tent pole. Both were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Also Friday, police arrested a man on suspicion of climbing a tree and dumping fluorescent paint on a historic marble fountain that the city barricaded earlier this week to protect from vandalism.
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