LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is evicting the Occupy L.A. protesters from the City Hall lawn, ordering them to move by Monday.

During a press conference Friday, Villaraigosa was joined by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in commending the Occupy movement for “raising America’s awareness” of economic and social inequalities and the need for reform, but, ultimately, told them to do it elsewhere.

Demonstrators were given until 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, to pack up their belongings and leave.

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Protesters interrupted Villaraigosa and Beck several times throughout the announcement to say that they objected the proposal.

The mayor said police officers would begin handing out flyers, in both English and Spanish, notifying them of the closure. Social workers would also be sent to inform protesters of social and public health services that were available. He said protesters would be allowed to park along Spring Street to load their gear. As of Monday, Villaraigosa said 50 shelter beds would be made available to protesters who were homeless and needed an alternative place to spend the night.

“I’m proud of the fact that this has been a peaceful, nonviolent protest,” Villaraigosa said. “It’s been peaceful because we decided to do things differently here, in Los Angeles — not stare each other down across barricades and barbed wire. From the start, we’ve talked to one another and we’ve listened to each other. I trust that we can manage the closure of City Hall Park in the same spirit of cooperation.”

Earlier in the week, the mayor’s office had offered Occupy L.A. protesters incentives to move, which included leasing the protesters 10,000 square feet of office space in the Los Angeles Mall for only $1 and land for Occupy L.A. to use as a community garden.

James Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, has been working with the protesters and said it would have taken weeks to get the hundreds of people involved to discuss and agree on the incentives.

Instead, the Occupy representatives walked out of the negotiations, prompting the mayor’s announcement Friday.

A demonstrator sits outside a tent at the Occupy LA encampment in front of Los Angeles City Hall October 25, 2011. Demonstrators at the encampment are protesting bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

“From the start, we’ve said that a long-term encampment is not sustainable in City Hall park,” Villaraigosa said. “This is true for reason’s of public health, this is true for reason’s of public safety and for the security of the encampment itself. It’s time to close the park and repair the grounds so we can restore public access to the park.”

Beck echoed the mayor’s sentiments, praising the protesters for abiding the laws and being respectful, but said their encampment was breaking city laws.

“They’ve made this 56th day of occupation something that the city has been able to deal with — in a way,” said Beck, adding, “But that way is now over. After 56 days of not enforcing three city laws that prohibit the use of that park the time is now.”

Beck said the encampment must move in order to rehabilitate the park and to maintain public safety and health standards.

“That does not mean that Occupy’s message must end,” Beck said. “The mayor has made the west steps of City Hall available, it will continue to be available, and I think it’s time for Occupy to grow its message in a different medium.”

Lafferty called the breakdown in negotiations disappointing, saying the two sides could have come to a “remarkably unique and beneficial resolution of this occupation.”

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“You can’t possibly expect a beautiful democratic, but wild-and-woolly process like the General Assembly to be able in the matter of a few days, including the holiday weekend, to come up with a list of proposals and demands,” he said, adding that the ultimatum made negotiations unproductive and led him to walk out.

According to Lafferty, the Lawyers Guild will use the next few days to prepare a legal defense for protesters, including ways to defend people who might be arrested if they choose not to obey the closure.

“We want to make it very clear that we will be non-violent,” said Mario Brito, a vocal protester who was in the meeting with city officials. “We will not react in violence if evacuation occurs.”

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Comments (36)
  1. Doug says:

    It’s about time the spineless dwarf did something.

    1. Deborah DeStefano` says:

      yeah Doug, like join the occupation, but he’s too busy draining the people’s money into his own pockets… The only thing he should do is give the money back and butt out, he’s an idiot.
      interesting how the ‘interact with facebook’ option isn’t functioning

    2. Madrussian says:

      Gather all of his illegals that he lets stay in our ONCE glorious city and leave the country by Monday.

  2. darn it says:

    You do realize that the Occupy protesters consist of ALL races right? Moron.

  3. Deborah DeStefano` says:

    Like we have said all along, you won’t hear about the truth via the news… this is L.A. channel 2 news… liars and butt kissers

  4. Wetb@ck says:

    How about this Mr. Mayor. We are giving you until Monday to leave city hall. You are part of the most corruption in the state. You overpay city workers so they will support you. You Mr. Mayor have made it a “for us or against us climate” here in Los Angeles.

    If you do not have a government position then the state will let you die.

    1. darn it says:

      I agree, he is the reason why we still havent had a Anti Illegal Immigration law in Los Angeles. The guy is letting his buddies come here with no hassle.

    2. Madrussian says:

      Also, I am tired of seeing you face at every event and news story. Enough with your hamming for the cameras.
      Leave and take all of your illegals with you.

  5. tigger says:

    it’s gonna be an interesting start to the work week……

  6. tigger says:

    OCCUPY is still an unorganized group of people who have no direction….it’s been a few months. come on folks……what are you there for? stop the smoking and start a real organizing effort…..leaderless, you guys make the rest of us folks living pay check to pay check look bad…..

  7. Debbie says:

    Why don’t you do us a favor and make like horse chit and hit the trail you POS Mayor.

    1. tigger says:

      such harsh words coming from a woman, man! lol

  8. ben says:

    Occupiers, DO NOT LEAVE. This country is in serious need of revolution against the bourgeois ruling class and their bourgeois business partners. Do not in any let the ruling class tell you what is right and wrong. Create your own morals and stand up for what you believe n and stand up for the American working class, the 99%.

  9. ben says:

    Occupiers, DO NOT LEAVE. This country is in serious need of revolution against the bourgeois ruling class and their bourgeois business partners. Do not in any let the ruling class tell you what is right and wrong. Create your own morals and stand up for what you believe in and stand up for the American working class, the 99%.

  10. The Truth says:


    1. Madrussian says:

      I agree 100%
      But he also lets them stay anywhere in the city

  11. Republican Empire Falls says:

    wgaf is over here servicing me now.

  12. Mark says:

    Let’s stop beating around the bush. The majority of these idiots are overly delicate white people. And we all know how white people love to whine for any reason and at any business establishment. It’s their only way of venting the fact they don’t make six figures a year because they chose to major in something stupid in college like Art, Religion etc…lol. Time for all of you morons to spoon-feed yourself now. Have fun 🙂

  13. Republican Empire Falls says:

    wgaf is trying to come out of the closet. Everyone can see the turmoil he puts himself through. Can’t make a complete sentence without cursing. I know something he uses his mouth for without cursing though.

  14. Republican Empire Falls says:

    You’re the poser. You pose naked as a center when your daddy’s behind you.

  15. wgaf's daddy says:


    You don’t make any sense. Don’t know or care who your talking to, because in the end, wgaf likes the word end, and wgaf knows who his daddy is.

  16. Viva Revolution!! says:

    This is a revolution and like any revolution blood must soon be shed, “God Bless all the Occupy People”.

  17. Madrussian says:

    I am a law abiding citizen who has every right under the Constitution of the United States to gather and express my opinions. I am also a taxpayer, who has paid my dues to put in, and upkeep the lawn areas around City Hall. That should make it legal for me to stay. The ACLU should see it my way, I am only staying on the grass that I and countless other protestors have paid for with our taxes.
    Why has the ACLU keep quiet, join in and support our cause.

  18. Madrussian says:

    I just hope that the Mayor is not just words, but puts on some LAPD riot equipment and tries to do the job he is paid to do. He wants us out, let HIM do it himself, and see how far it gets him.

  19. Hardmoney says:

    When they FINALLY remove the morons from the city hall lawns, I sure hope the police remember to bring plenty of ammunition with them.
    If they need more ammo, I would personally be glad to chip in to buy more, just let me know what they need! Glad to help.

  20. Joe says:

    How can American People elect a Mexican as a Major? If we elect Mexicans we will live in Mexico or they will transformed America in a big fin ca which is a Farm, I still don’t get it. He is even against protesters just like Mexico,he is a corrupt politician,why we allowed people like him do whatever they want to do in our country? I think we are going backward instead of going forward,please Americans lets stop this. No more Mexicans for Senators,Governors and Majors,enough is enough.There is not a single American Major or anything in Mexico.

  21. Joe says:

    I hope we won’t elect a Mexican President, then we will better go to live in Mexico as American Alien in Mexico. We need to think about all this mess,why are Americans voting for Mexicans to occupy a City,State or any other position with the Government? that is why they want to do whatever they want,they do not ask for anything they demand.I do not know any American going to Mexico and ask for anything,because all we could get is get kill or robbed. They do not like us at all,they never appreciate a single thing they get from us,and they get everything they want.

  22. LON CHANEY says:


  23. George Vreeland Hill says:

    Occupy is a joke.
    They camped out by L.A. City Hall and claimed to occupy Los Angeles.
    Come on.
    Occupy is in a dream world.

    George Vreeland Hill

  24. Guenstige Fluege Buchen Linienflug says:

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