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April 5, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
In a move that seems designed to keep Occupy L.A.demonstrators from resuming nighttime protests at the park outside City Hall, a Los Angeles city councilman is calling for the park's hours of operation to be shortened and for rules regarding tents to be clarified. Councilman Jose Huizar on Wednesday introduced a motion that asks the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that would "help protect and maintain" the park by limiting the hours it's open to between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The previous hours of operation were 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The 1.7-acre park is expected to reopen in May, after city crews finish a nearly $400,000 restoration job. It has been closed since December, when police arrested hundreds of demonstrators who had been camped there as part of a national protest against income inequality and other economic and social issues.
November 27, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
The white neon clock at the park couldn't be missed. It was 10:03 p.m. At the northeast entrance to Lincoln Park in Long Beach, a handful of people were on the move. Some were dragging a blue tarp from the grass to the sidewalk along Pacific Avenue while others were folding chairs. Nearby, sleeping bags were laid out, side by side, on the concrete. This is the nightly ritual for Occupy Long Beach. Unlike other demonstrators across the country, the three dozen or so Long Beach loyalists leave the ground they've staked as protest central by 10 p.m. to avoid violating a city ordinance that prohibits overnight camping in parks.
June 7, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Looking to reopen the City Hall lawn without sparking a new and protracted occupation by demonstrators, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to bar tents from being set up in more than 400 parks. Wednesday's vote also explicitly prohibits using sleeping bags or cots in a park once it closes for the day. The changes were spearheaded by Councilman Richard Alarcon, who supported the Occupy movement that brought encampments to major cities around the nation. The city has prohibited camping on city parkland for years, except in areas designated for that purpose.
February 10, 2010 | By Joel Rubin
Few things are certain in Jislene Brisson's life these days. The Haitian mother of four lost her husband and her house in the earthquake that ravaged this impoverished country a month ago. She has little money left and the emergency food deliveries that aid groups are still struggling to establish have yet to reach her and her children, she said. In fact, there is perhaps only one thing Brisson can count on and it terrifies her: The rains are coming to Haiti and she is not prepared.
August 30, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Gul Nar's new home is a canvas tent on the median of the Peshawar-Islamabad expressway. To get to the grassy shoulder where they can have room to play, her two boys dart across three lanes of 60 mph traffic. Her tent is one of hundreds along the dirt median of the M-1 where victims of Pakistan's catastrophic flooding have taken refuge. They've decided that despite the danger and the din of incessant traffic just a few feet away, the expressway is their best bet. Why? Because every once in a while, a car stops with a handout: a bag of rice, a carton of milk, a handful of dates, a small wad of cash.
March 21, 2011 | Steve Harvey, Only in L.A
California's coastline is full of colorfully named strands like Seal Beach, Pismo Beach and Muscle Beach. However, Tin Can Beach — a wacky monument to littering — is just a memory. The nickname for a 3½-mile stretch of sand just north of Huntington Beach, Tin Can Beach reached the heights of trashiness in the 1940s and '50s when it was the sometime domain of hobos, drinkers, free spirits and vacationers. They built cardboard shacks, erected tents and thought nothing of tossing used cans, bottles, paper plates and other debris to the ground.
November 15, 2013 | By Gale Holland
PLACERVILLE, Calif. - At Hangtown Haven, Wednesdays were family night, and on movie night 30 to 40 residents watched DVDs on a mammoth outdoor TV. Residents nursed one another through drug and alcohol detoxification and helped heart and stroke patients recover in their tents. The mayor championed the endeavor, churches embraced it and one police chief said it brought down crime. But on Friday, what is believed to be California's only authorized, self-governing campground for homeless people shut down.
January 8, 2012
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May 26, 1986
William C. Baer pontificates on how it is unimportant to preserve historic places. After tearing down City Hall, the L.A. Times building and other dated structures, perhaps Professor Baer would suggest setting up tents, which could be thrown away when they get dirty so the new tents might replace them. JIM WALKER Glendale
November 9, 1987
Los Angeles police Sunday monitored a group of homeless people who have pitched tents on the Venice Beach, but did not issue citations enforcing a law prohibiting tents on the beach. Police action last week that cleared out makeshift shelters established by other transients along the beach prompted homeless activist Ted Hayes and a group of about 20 men and women, following him on a "trek for justice," to pitch their own tents on the beach at the foot of Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.
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