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.

Comments (220)
  1. Frank Z says:

    Are those Mexican ponchos or are those Sears ponchos?

  2. joe stenger says:

    Tony Villar, Jerry Brown the Democratic legislature. See what they have done. California has the second highest unemployment in the country. If only we could tax just a little bit more things would be fine, right. takes 5 years to permit a fast food restarant here, six months in Texas. Another local company just left for Nevada taking 200 jobs. Way to go guys

  3. NJK says:

    No doubt paid for by those nasty, “Capitolists,” as they like to say. They didn’t sew them, like they thought about sewing their sleeping bags, did they? But, did they consider that the needle and thread were made by those, “Capitolists?”

    Where are they eating? At a fast food place, run by a “Capitolists?” I hope none of them drove, because they would be supporting the “Capitolists,” if they did, by buying a car, and pumping gas.

    The spelling of the word “Capitolist” is how they spelled it on their website. That website is run by a “Capitolist.” They shouldn’t be using an iPhone, or website, come to think of it. They should all give up their worldly possessions, and I’ll personally buy them a one way ticket to their communist country of choice.

  4. Margot H says:

    Did my tax dollars pay for those ponchos? : /

  5. malclave says:

    “Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. . . reportedly has been distributing ponchos to the protesters”

    Good thing L.A.’s budget is doing so well.

  6. L HEGR says:

    Homelessness in California is Now Punishable by a Year in Jail
    Wed Jun 29 2011 California Laws Make it Illegal for Homeless People to Sleep at Night
    For protesting on the county steps against Santa Cruz laws that make it illegal for the homeless to sleep at night, homeless activists Gary Johnson and Attorney Ed Frey were sentenced to 6 months in jail on June 10th. Bail was set for Ed Frey at $50,000. Their only act of civil disobedience was sleeping. This occurred at a three month protest called “Peace Camp 2010”. Revealing the political nature of the draconian sentences, Judge Gallagher told Gary Johnson that he “could get some sleep in jail” before they were dragged away in chains for their 6 month sentences.

    The law for which Gary Johnson and Ed Frey were arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced was Penal Code Section 647(E), for “unlawful lodging”. This is a California state law. It was also recently used in August 2010 by the Santa Barbara Police to ticket Courtney Caswell-Peyton, a Santa Barbara disabled woman who fell asleep in her wheel chair.

    In May 2011, this anti-homeless law 647(E) was made even worse with the State Legislature making a second violation punishable of up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine. So now homelessness in the state of California is punishable by up to a year in jail if one is caught doing it twice.

    Voting for this worsened anti-homeless law were Democrats and Republicans alike, including local Santa Cruz Democrat and darling of many reformist liberals, Bill Monning. HUH THEY CAN BUT HOMELESS GET ARRESTED FOR IT ,,,

  7. antimsmnews says:

    The occupy protester have collected over $400,000 in donations so far.

    Yet the homeless are shunned from eating there.

    How about Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    You can get more stats on the protest at my website:
    http://www.antimsmnews.blogspot.com

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