City Hall OK With ‘Occupy LA’? Mayor Hands Out Rain Ponchos To Protesters

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Protesters camped out on the lawn outside City Hall said Thursday that — rain or shine — Los Angeles officials are starting to show signs of support for the movement that has spawned demonstrations in multiple U.S. cities.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports protesters with “Occupy Los Angeles” may no longer have to move off the property on a daily basis.

An estimated 400 people are spending their sixth day on the streets of downtown voicing their frustration over the direction of the U.S. economy, jobs, and health care.

“For the last five nights, we’ve been flip-flopping back and forth,” said protester Clark Davis. “We were told that if we slept on the sidewalks at night we’d be arrested…we were then told that we could sleep on the sidewalks and that we could not sleep in the parks.”

The group now believes they may be able to stay on the lawn permanently and that sentiment in City Hall for their platform could be growing.

At least one official is expressing support for the movement: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is holding a jobs town hall meeting on Thursday, reportedly has been distributing ponchos to the protesters to stay dry during the recent rain storm.

“We, quite likely, could have the support of the city in this movement,” said Davis.

  • BA

    Wow…they’re too stupid to prepare for rain, and here’s the government, wiping their butts. Just how they like it.


      it’s raining a bulletstorm on the draconian reptillian republican movement/NWO!!! you shlt-bags!!!! LOL

    • meesha4

      All the “protestors” are NOT WORKING. They are paid for by those “evil PRIVATE SECTOR” employees. Bunch of socialist morons.. The well is running dry idiot-sticks and you’ll all do a Rodney King and tear down “your city” by looting, stealing and killing when your PRIVATE-SECTOR plastic cards are NO GOOD when you swipe them. But rest-assured, YOUR liberal politicians, YOUR liberal MILLIONARE entertainers, and YOUR liberal football players will be well taken care of. I DARE you to call ANY of them out to put THEIR lifestyle up against yours.

      • Edward Riepe

        Wasn’t Chad the name of the brother in Weird Science that was turned into a pile of uh,..excrement by Kelly? Just asking.

      • Edward Riepe

        Oh, I think is was Chet. My bad.

      • Caligula

        This Chad character is so obviously a moron trying to act as if he has an education and is a vet. What a disgraceful human being.

    • Chad

      You must not live in Los Angeles or have a heart. First if you live in LA, then you would know it seldom rains People nor weather people can predict 100% a weeks out look. Keep your negative comments to your self. And unless you are a millionaire they are marching/protesting for you. So in the best peaceful, non violent way I say to you / show up or shut up.

      • Chad

        You bunch sound like KFI listeners hateful and heartless. Move to the OC, cause you do not represent the true LA.

      • diane

        Keep my comments to myself? Free speech is only for idiots like you and the protesters? You must be an obamabot. I am far from a millionaire, but they DO NOT speak for me. Bite me!

      • Chad

        Oh real nice A hole, I’ll bite you. Feel free to call me an idiot with my Masters Degree cause you sound like an uneducated trailer trash pile of what flies like to sit on. You want some? Bring it cause I’m 99% and we out number you. Have a good night and don’t choke on your hatred and stupidity, now go watch Fox news.

      • Kip Noxzema

        Keep my comments to myself, but allow a bunch of hippies to cause property damage, fight police and get arrested, and demand we all turn into good little Socialists? How is that peaceful and non violent? If you want peaceful and non violent demonstrations, ones with a purpose for a good American way of life, with freedom and liberty, join me in the Tea Party.

      • Torrential

        Chad you must not live in Los Angeles, because the Los Angeles that *I* live in has been calling for a half an inch of rain for 3 solid days. Last I checked, they make portable radios… but these kochsuckers downtown want to cry like babies about nothing. They are LOSERS who vote in the corruption they whine about by paying tuition to fancy colleges that teach you entitlement instead of the skills they should teach you to start your own business. I spit on them and their low-life, generic, and unspecial stupidity.

      • Chad

        Owww baby I love a fight and I’m educated unlike your little minds know. I live in Echo Park (that is in LA) ,BTW a $700,00 purchased house. I fought for the US, Keep calling us looser, keep mocking. Cause we build on your hate, we multiply on you weakness . We the 99% laugh in your face cause we know you are week and uneducated sheep. I have fought for the USA while you sit back and become fat week people. I invite you to come to Occupy Los Angeles, talk with the vets, speak with the teachers and union members/ Tell us why we are not Americans to our face. You lazy couch potatoes will not march, will not stand up..Keep eating your KFC and spewing your hate. You make me laugh, cause you are a waste.

      • American Made

        it amazes me how many people sit and watch this country go to hell and then badmouth the only people that are not going to sit by and continue to watch it. So for these people, anybody who complains against what is going on is a Socialist, lazy, hippy,…..whatever. You can tell them by their works….they sit here, judge others and continue to namecall the president and people who act like Americans. This nation was built on protest and rebellion. I don’t agree with violence, but it’s about time someone stood up and said something other than pointing fingers and namecalling. PS…I didn’t vote Obama in, I’m not unemployed, and I didn’t go to a nice, prestigious school educated by socialists. Stop the generalizations (that’s too easy) and start making changes…that’s all people really want.

      • Daniel Bryant

        Nobody protests FOR me. I work for a living. I am an adult and am approaching millionaire status as I continue to work; which I’ve done since I was 15. I’ve NEVER complained or sued my way into anything. Save the few years I was in college I’ve lived and worked in LA all my life. Before work, I will ask these people PERSONALLY who they voted for in 2012. My guess is they picked Pres. O’Mayhem
        Show up or shut up? November 2, 2012. You’ll hear us loud and clear.

      • Julio Pezuka

        They aren’t marching for me Chad, and I am far from a millionaire. They are marching for Obama and you are either too stupid or too willfully ignorant (politically correct just for you) to realize it.

      • Bill

        Chad has a Master’s Degree and spells “weak” as “week” twice in the same paragaph. Methinks Chan is lying about his Master’s Degree. And I doubt Chad could put $70 together for a house, let alone $700,000. Owebama better enjoy the next 15 months. After that he and Moochelle will be protesting with Chad with the so-called Master’s Degree.

      • Kevin Pearson

        THE ONLY ONE that they are marching for is THE ONE and his re-election. I don’t see any crowds in Washington. Unless there are people there dragging Michelle Antoinette and the Emperor Barry out into the street and bashing him in the crotch with a lead pipe, then they are just jousting with windmills.

      • Kevin Pearson

        Excuse me I have TWO Master’s Degree and one in is electrical engineering, a REAL degree, not one of these stupid worthless liberal arts degrees were your grade depends on parroting the socialism bile that comes out of the mouth of your professor.

        As an engineer, it is my contention that anyone that cannot handle Freshman level calculus – regardless of their “field” of study, has no business being in college in the first place. However, there are too many unqualified liberal art majors that wave a piece of paper to show that they are “edujamacted” when they don’t have enough sense to get out of a paper bag with both ends cut out and a slit down the side.

        So you are trailer trash is part of the “1%”? Dude you are a useful idiot.

        The issue is NOT the 1% but rather THE ONE.

        A little history: Prior to the French Revolution, French society was divided up into the First Estate, the nobility, the Second Estate, the clergy, and the Third Estate, everybody else. The French Revolution came about because the First Estate and the Second Estate enjoyed privileges that were paid for by the Third Estate and they refused to give them up.
        If this were true to form, then you idiots would be protesting at the Palace of Versailles on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and not in Wall Street. The First Estate was the GOVERNMENT CLASS. Wall Street, non-noble, non-title bearing commoners , constitutes the THIRD ESTATE.

      • Prophet2525

        Hey Chad, quit bragging about your education because your posts show that it has been a substandard one. I usually give a pass to people who spell “LOSER” as “LOOSER” or “WEAK” as “WEEK”. However, when you start propping yourself up as superior to others because of your education, it behooves you to hide your inadequate education by spell checking every word you write. Your twisted posts and anger at people opposed to the protesters appear to be seated in the fact that your education has done nothing for you.

      • Prophet2525

        Can’t afford a new computer with a spell-check eh Chad. You make “WEEK” arguments every “WEAK”. You are a “LOOSER” when you are “LOSE” with your money. Can’t wait for your rebuttal. I bet it takes a whole lot longer because you have to check the dictionary for every word you type. Properly-educated people do not need spell checkers. Apparently you do.

      • SNOOPY1

        keep having sex with your mom and sisAND WOW A 700.00O HOME
        YOU LIYING TOOL.Hey great idea chad how many ilegals you letting stay with you.MY GUESS IS NONE MR COMPASSION

    • Bco

      well said

      • American Made

        “Well said”….really. American taxpayers being called “stupid” and because the mayor is offering protection from the weather (whether for selfish reasons or not) then must all be socialists (because they like it that way.) Wow, truly you are blind and stuck in a corner, only listening to your own stench so much that you not only believe it but are attracted to it more than you are the truth. An american standing up for what they believe in, however unorganized is still a patriot to this country. Stop the complaining and namecalling….BE AN AMERICAN.

      • Todd Lashley

        American Made … Did you say “An american standing up for what they believe in, however unorganized is still a patriot to this country???. This is a socialist movement, set up by Stephen Learner of the SEIU, to bring down the US. The presence of socialist flags and non-existence of American flags, except the ones being set on fire, might be a clue. Still call em patriots??? The proper words would be socialist traitors. And they have the support of the mayor. Very fitting.

    • American Made

      your generalizations blind you….they are hardly Obama supporters, any more than they are democrats, republicans or tea partiers……they are dissatisfied American taxpayers….wake up!!

      • spinblastr

        “Not Obama supporters…wake up???” Of course you’re Obama supporters, even if you’re too dumb to realize it yet. How clueless are these people! These people are acting as absolute puppets of the Obama administration and are too brainwashed to see it. Being dirty and lazy and whining about the success of others doesn’t make you a patriot, either. It makes you a communist. You people missed the hippie movement that enamored your parents, so you see this as your very own bandwagon to jump on. Anti-Americanism isn’t going to get you what you want. Also, you all think that your movement is some sort of universal tidal wave, because you’re not seeing much opposition. That’s because the vast majority of Americans are too busy and/or lack all inclination to drop everything and attend your Obama Propagandist circle-jerks. For now, you’ll see our opposition only in the blogs, but come next November, you’ll get a better grasp of the true situation. If you want to change this country, get a job. All of you whiners keep touting your advanced degrees (which I’m just not buying in many cases, btw). Anyhow, SO WHAT? If you can’t find adequate employment in your field, find another field. That’s not the government’s problem either, it’s yours. Under duress, I’ve already helped subsidize your B.S. liberal arts degrees, Your degrees mean nothing to me. I’d be more impressed with work ethic and maturity.

    • Dave

      True, their claims and demands are straight from the looney bin, yet the Dems (Pelosi “blessed” the protestors today, gag!) are flocking to ANY port in the storm they’ve created among the REAL PEOPLE in this country who are FED UP.

      And you’re right, L.A. has a population of what? 28-35 MILLION but you watch the media give air time to a bunch of hare krishnas in the hundreds like it was a second coming of christ.

      They should hand out barf bags for the rest of us along with the raincoats for the bums.

    • Kevin Pearson

      Hello non-American Made. If you are not on the White House steps DEMANDING the resignation of Obama. you are an Obama supporter.

      It’s the Democrats that are constantly sucking more and more out of the taxpayers and their insipid policies are responsible for the economic “crisis”. I say is toungue-in-cheek because anyone paying attention KNOWS full well that the financial crisis was engineered in September 2008 to get Obama elected.

      As long as the streets of Washington are navigable, it is obviously that all of this is being choreographed by the Dark Lord himself directly from the Death Star.

    • commie_shooter

      lol this is too funny.

      Mayor VivaLaRaza is aiding and abetting the people that will eventually start rioting and burning down LA. Priceless….

      • snoop1

        impeach or re-call the mexican mayor
        P.S AMERICAN MADE my guess is you are about as much a taxpayer as they are.No you are the me me me whiney new american who has no clueYou want free stuff too huh american made

    • Caligula

      American Made, you’re crazy. These people openly support Obama. You must be blind or stupid.

    • Caligula

      I wonder if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa handed out the ponchos by tossing them over the 6-foot security fence he erected to keep himself safe from his subjects…and these types of protests? lulz

    • DrRob

      “American Made
      ……they are dissatisfied American taxpayers….wake up!!

      October 7, 2011 at 12:55 am ”

      WOW !!! You had me at dissatisifed but you lost me at American taxpayers..

    • JustAGuy

      BA, that was a pithy and brilliant comment!

    • Alan

      ‎”If you’re not careful, the newspapers (MEDIA) will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

      Unless you are already part of the 1% in which you are saying this out of fear.

      But if you are in the 99%, we’ll keep fighting for you until you wake up on who to blame.

    • abbey

      Not Governemnt. A frigging MEXICAN!!!! The mayor does NOT belong here.

  • Greg

    Villaraigosa is a socialist, and an idiot.

    • trkesq

      A “useful idiot.”

    • thegoat1970

      i 2nd that… stick with IDIOT!!

    • Earl

      Stick with idiot.

      • Barry's CT. SSN 042-68-4425 FAILS 'E-VERIFY'

    • Dave

      And American Made thinks these miscreants pay taxes……ROFL!!!!!

    • Alan

      You fools are on the wrong side of history. But soon we will stop calling each other names and stand together as Americans.

      We are the 99%

      • Dave

        Real Americans believe in Capitalism, we do not blame the Capitalist.

      • snoopy1

        alan you are the 99% stupid pal
        99% IS A SLOGAN THATS ALLyall couldnt get your neighborhood together much less 99% of anything but socialist tools like you.

  • Alicia

    I hope he used his own money to buy the ponchos, because I did not authorize him or any other idiot to use my money for him to look good on the eyes useless people.
    If he and the unions are so againsts corporations, let the unions create jobs…they only distribute jobs at their wish created by corporations. They know what they do, but the followers are just a bunch of pin heads…what a shame… another wrong idea of Oblabla he still an Organizer:(

    • Daniel Bryant

      Poncho Villar

  • Ray

    These are all lazy a-holes that have nothing else to do go look for a job do something useful in your life don’t depend on government hand outs.

  • wobbles

    Are tax payers paying for this stuff? If he wants to support a cause, it better be out of his paycheck, not out of the taxes we expect to be spent on services.

    • Jennifer Kennedy

      Ummm…they cannot accept the ponchos…didn’t some evil corporation make them??

      • Julio Pezuka

        Beautiful!!! They are also worried about the economy, but not to the point where they would be willing to not accept the rain coats subsidized by the taxpayers.

    • OutInTheOC

      Chances are the tax payers have paid for the ponchos. And if that is true, why not hand out ponchos to the homeless….but than again, the homeless don’t vote. Way to go mayor…..LOSER!

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  • celita perez

    Villaraigosa sooooo stupid. what a horrible mayor…. get these people off the streets why is he supporting them. horrible horrible horrible

  • M Masters

    Mayor Vivalaraza supporting a populist and socialist protest? No surprise there. Hard working LA residents will have to increasingly shoulder the burden of providing social services for Vivalaraza’s illegal immigrant buddies and their children, on top of taxing us to extend unemployment benefits for those who refuse to accept the realities of today’s economy and job market/pay scales.

    • commie_shooter

      Darn you beat me to “Mayor VivaLaRaza” :P

      Good comment by the way. Spot on.

  • Aunty Bren Aunty

    I can’t get out of LA fast enough.

  • Hardmoney

    I love to hear the inverviews with the protesters…it kinda like listening to a Dr. Seuss story…lots of words that make no sense.

    • Tim

      Now that’s funny…

  • Mary Wright

    Hand him a set of jail jumpers and sandals and arrest him for fomenting civil unrest. What a dufus you folks in La La land elected.

  • Max

    Mr. Mayor,
    You are an idiot, a wuss and a loooooooooooser!
    JQ Public

    • American Made

      Mr. Mayor,
      Thank you for your assistance and not turning this protest into something worse. Kindness extended will always be returned. I apologize for the namecalling taxpaying americans who are so okay with the condition of this country that they are only willing to point out and badmouth those who are not willing to accept failure.
      JQ Public’s Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters and children.

      • Mary Wright

        Wow. Multiple personality disorder?

      • Julio Pezuka

        American made, thanks for your ignorance. I love to work hard and if it weren’t for people like you I would not have to work hard. I do love paying taxes to keep squids like yourself alive. You are welcome. P.S. Do not try to speak for anyone else, especially the majority, because you do not represent us.

      • Prophet2525

        American Made, do you think your “revered” mayor would hand out ponchos if protesters were against the incompetence of Villaraigosa? I would think not. Liberals like you only call for acts of kindness or summon constitutional right only if the issue is something you agree with. Drop that American Made moniker. It really does not fit after seeing all the drivel you have been posting.

      • snoopy1

        american made is part of the problem and people of his ilk

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  • pokey5735

    Who paid for those ponchos? You can bet it was the taxpayers!
    Listening to these protesters one gets a real good picture of what the indoctrination and BS is being taught in schools today. Are these people for real?

    • American Made

      And I’d like to thank you for all the money you spent paying taxes for their education….evidently you didn’t pay enough. In fact, it gets worse….there is far less money going to education next year and it was already dismal this year. You can expect more disatisfied Americans to protest on this same agenda. If you don’t like it then do something about rather than sit there judge others who are protesting something you know to be true.

      • Kevin Pearson

        There is a thing in Economics called “The Law of Diminishing Return”, means that there is a point where adding more of a resource has less and less of an impact and usually another point where addition resources are in fact detrimental

        You are exhibit A that we have long passed that point with education spending A LONG TIME AGO.

      • Prophet2525

        Me thinks American Made is a teacher with bloated pensions and benefits. Me thinks that the time is up for teachers like American Made. Americans need real teachers who can really educate.

  • Bob K

    And the California tax payers pay for these clowns to protest whatever comes into their empty heads. Are you taxpayers stupid or ???? Did you really vote theses guys in?? Your state is going bankrupt and your sponsoring these kooks. Where did you leave your brains???

  • Hector

    Panchos for protesters…i guess the mayor doesn’t like any backs to be wet…

    • Jennifer Kennedy

      Now that was funny!

      • American Made

        Wow, you three are funny, but then not really. As an American I find it difficult to watch other Americans belittled by racial insinuations because they are protesting the poor decisions our Private & Public sector leaders have made. Taking a stance, voicing one beliefs are as American as our Constitution and are protected accordingly.
        So many negative comments have been made of the education of the protestors, but these three comments could easily have come from middle school students, and I would easily be able to ignore them.
        Nonetheless, take a stand and go out there and speak your mind on how things should be repaired, or tell everyone how satisfied you are with the condition of this country, but do something other than ridicule those that have the guts to. Being an American is more than just living legally in this country and paying taxes.

      • Kevin Pearson

        They may have been born in this country but there is NOTHING American about them between the ears.

    • Astonished

      Oh, no you didn’t! Wish I’d thought of it first!! :-)

  • Narnia Nitro

    What boggles my mind is that 1) their grievance is so vague and general that they can’t hope to accomplish much, 2) the cause of the economic downturn has much to do with the same people these people likely voted for, and 3) the media has not yet denigrated them like they have the Tea Party, even though the “Occupy Wall Street” project has already lead to hundreds of arrests.

  • Johnny

    Useless idiots being used. :()

  • MarkG

    Why are there still white people left in LA ?

  • big bob

    LA hasn’t had a mayor in months. Villar is a punk

  • alien5

    Hope they choke on their own fecces

    • Juan Garcia

      Good comment.

  • Juan Garcia

    I was going to pay my taxes but these fools were in the way. Can I get an extension?

  • digitus

    Maybe they will use the ponchos to pick up after themselves when they leave, like litter bags? Sorry, I am so dumb at times.

  • Terk

    They should be handing out cyanide capsules to these losers.

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