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Moment of Truth for Occupiers & L.A. — Last Stand or the Real Start?

For nearly two months the Occupy L.A. protesters have trashed the grounds around City Hall with the full permission of the Mayor and City Council. 

The Council unanimously supported a resolution that endorsed every element of the Occupy movement including their right to “occuppublic space in order to create a shared dialogue by which to address the problems and generate solutions for economically distressed Americans.”

It’s a resolution worth re-reading for its denunciation of the rich, the corporations, the bankers, the Supreme Court; its dire warnings that the nation’s economic crisis is “eroding the social contract, undermining the Constitution, and the “sobering reality” that “income inequalitin thUnited States is even highethan that of some of the (Middle East) countrietorn asunder by violent revolution.”

Authored by Bill Rosendahl and indicted felon Richard Alarcon, it promised to go to war against all forms for inequality and to punish the ban
ks with a legally questionable assertion of authority that has lingered for three years without action.

Amazingly it singled out the Los Angeles CountFederation oLabor — which hand picks and funds nearly every elected city official — for its endorsement of the Occupy movement and insistence that Americans  ”are fed uwith an unfair economy that works for 1 of Americans whilthe vast ajority of people strugglto pay the bills, get an education and raise their families.”

Even more incredibly, the protesters loved it as if the unions were not as much a part of the problem of corrupting government at all levels as the corporation, as if there was anything integrity in the words and actions of the nation’s highest paid municipal officials, as if it were perfectly OK to cost taxpayers in a nearly bankrupt city millions of dollars in services and damage to public facilities.

The damage done plus the demand on police and other city services has mounted into the millions of dollars.
And now the stage is set for a midnight showdown tonight between between the hypocrisy and dishonesty of City Hall and the hypocrisy and naivete of the protesters.
After full consultations with former Police Chief Bill Bratton and other mayors (Villaraigosa leads their national organization, our mayor, backed by the lovable lapdog Police Chief, has decided to stand for law-and-order for the the first time in his life. The encampment will be destroyed at 12:01 a.m. even though he supports everything they stand for. They will be removed kindly and without force unless some of them actually have the courage of their convictions.
Gandhi sat down on the railroad tracks and dared the British to run him and his followers down. They blinked and he changed the world.
Let us see how may of the thousand occupiers and the tens of thousands of their supporters dare to defy arrest, beatings, pepper spraying, tear gassing tonight and how many pull up stakes and move on to a place that is mostly out of sight and out of mind.
I see the same forces at work as the occupiers. They are the same forces at work as the Tea Party see from a very different set of values.
Our government institutions are corrupted to their core from Washington to Sacramento to our own City Hall by the bankers, corporations, unions and other special interests who are predictably looking after themselves. 
It’s the politicians who are the problem for all of us. They are the ones who won’t engage in an honest dialogue about how we move together for the common good. 
Occupy L.A. can begin to end the stalemate if they stand up to the attack by our city government tonight in large numbers and don’t just cut and run. 
It would take courage and true belief and commitment few of us have. 
But they can take heart from the fact that our two-faced mayor and City Council  are terrified they will make this the last stand for the occupation movement and expose them for the crooks they are.
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19 Responses to Moment of Truth for Occupiers & L.A. — Last Stand or the Real Start?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I see some of those illegal structure shanties have wood protruding into the ground for almost 60 days.
    I wonder how many legal aid attorney’s right now are scouring the city ordinances to see if there is a loophole that would require the city to pay relocation fees to the tenants.

  2. Heywood Jablowme says:

    Ron, ya think the Mayor and City Council are bad? You should see the people who put ‘em there.
    Do any of these occupiers vote or are they part of the 82% that sit it out?

  3. Heywood Jablowme says:

    Ron, ya think the Mayor and City Council are bad? You should see the people who put ‘em there.
    Do any of these occupiers vote or are they part of the 82% that sit it out?

  4. Wait and See says:

    We cannot predict what will happen. Will anything chnage the basic fact that the voters have elected and re-elected the same crooks for a decade? Of all the band things that Tony V, fat Tommy, Greasy Wesson, and Erika hav done, the one thing they did not do was Elect Themselves.
    So now we may have a stand off between crooks with the public’s support and clueless protesters who lack an analytical bone in their bodies.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just watched the process at City Hall. The First Amendment is in effect. So is the
    right to free speech and City Hall must allow people to present their objections to
    their deals with AEG, CRA and people like Eli Broad. Neighborhood Councils must become public forums. Unfair taxation without representation is what the issue is. AMERICA!

  6. MissAnthrope says:

    Re:3:09 p.m.
    Wouldn’t that be the height of some kind of irony if the mayor and council dug the loophole?
    They gave the O.L.A.ers carte blanche to squat and they stuck with it.
    Now we could be stuck with the tab–twice!
    Once for the damage they’ve done to the lawns and sprinklers, and once for relocations fees.
    LAPD should be taking names, addresses, cardboard box addresses, cell numbers and the occupiers should be sent the bill for the repairs. But, again, the mayor said we welcome you and embrace you and all the damage you’re going to do.
    What a bunch of idiots who don’t think things through before they speak.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ron, you aren’t dare comparing these fools with Gandhi are you? The problem with Occupy LA is they are losers. They haven’t accomplished a damn thing and have such an arrogant sense of entitlement any support they had in the beginning is gone. All you have to do is read all the blogs on media sites and others and see the negative comments posted about this group. I can’t believe Child Protective Services didn’t go in the encampment and take the children these losers had living there. Occupy LA don’t represent the people. They are protesting and hurting the small businesses in the area. Go figure!!! even though they are saying its the banks fault. Businesses under the mall are hurting because of them and may have to shut down. So thanks to Occupy LA small businesses have suffered. Occupy LA is being run by the UNIONS. Angelenos want them GONE and we hope they don’t EMBARRASS OUR CITY with violence. You can already see the anarchists on the news in the encampment.

  8. Party's Over says:

    Ron, I love you, but I agree with 6:25 AM. If OLA was smart enough to “get” that the unions are part of the problem AND that the many destructive votes by Council contributed to the demise of this City, do you think they’d be allowed to “Occupy” for so long? These local “selected”/elected politicians banked on hiding behind OLA’s ignorance and OLA served them well.
    If you wish to make a real impact, go occupy Council Chambers. That’s where the real damage is happening.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Leave it to dumb Rosendahl to go to the encampment yesterday and make more empty promises like he is going to start a committee to help them. The fact that Occupy LA would even be speaking to ANY council member shows how naive they are and easily swayed. I agree Occupy LA should go into chambers and show who the real culprits are in LA, the politicians. The money wasted on this movement is ridiculous given so many people are out of work. I just read the polling on Daily News and 100% of people don’t support Occupy LA.

  10. wayne from encino says:

    Re: 4:01pm: It’s not YOUR police force or City, IT’S AEG AND ELI
    BROAD’S Police Dept. and City.
    The rest of us just OCCUPY parts of L.A BUT pay all the bills! At least
    the OCCUPY LA gang are smart enough to pay NOTHING and most like will
    PROFIT from this when it’s all done. That’s why the LAPD backed off the
    12am deadline.
    OH…JUST IN: AEG JUST GOT A NEW NBA DEAL so they can resume stealing
    parking and concession fees for Clippers and Lakers’ games. YEP, THE
    RICH GET RICHER AND THE HOMEOWNER GETS SOAKED MORE AND MORE.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ron, you are right to make the Tea Party comparison.
    It all boils down to campaign donations. Neither party would dare say
    that, nor take the appropriate action, lest they give up their means to
    stay in office. Each party is bought and paid for and the Occupiers and
    the Tea Party people are reflections of their agendas.
    The only way to slow the destruction of our city, state and nation is
    to eliminate campaign donations. Yes, it would be stupid to believe
    this could happen. Even if “the people” put it on the ballot, it would
    be shot down by–you guessed it–campaign donations.
    Commenter name: Broken Record

  12. Ron Kaye says:

    Does anyone remember the LA Times article stating that Occupy LA folks
    “were resigned to eviction” from City Hall grounds? If you are
    listening Occupy LA, the LA Times is part of the problem. Someone at
    the LA Times wrote that baseless article in order to try to discourage
    people from coming downtown to support you. Instead, through social
    networking, the REAL story got out that Occupy LA folks had plans to
    resist eviction peacefully. When more than 1000 people came downtown to
    support your cause and to defend your encampment, the police and the
    Mayor backed off. There is a lesson in here for you. Use you power to
    go to City Council Chambers and use public comment to get on television
    to spread your message. City Hall and the 1% behind them are scared of
    you. Get your act together and go Occupy City Council.
    Commenter name: Anonymous

  13. Anonymous says:

    Headline: Dickless Mayor Proves He Has No Dick
    Occupy LA Stares Down Tony Villar and Villar Runs Away — Like He Has
    Done All His Life (Ask His Ex-Wife)
    Commenter name: Anonymous

  14. Anonymous says:

    Headline: Dickless Mayor Proves He Has No Dick
    Occupy LA Stares Down Tony Villar and Villar Runs Away — Like He Has
    Done All His Life (Ask His Ex-Wife)
    Commenter name: Anonymous

  15. Ron Kaye says:

    Re:3:09 p.m.
    Wouldn’t that be the height of some kind of irony if the mayor and
    council dug the loophole?
    They gave the O.L.A.ers carte blanche to squat and they stuck with it.
    Now we could be stuck with the tab–twice!
    Once for the damage they’ve done to the lawns and sprinklers, and once
    for relocations fees.
    LAPD should be taking names, addresses, cardboard box addresses, cell
    numbers and the occupiers should be sent the bill for the repairs. But,
    again, the mayor said we welcome you and embrace you and all the damage
    you’re going to do.
    What a bunch of idiots who don’t think things through before they
    speak.
    Commenter name: MissAnthrope

  16. Ron Kaye says:

    Just watched the process at City Hall. The First Amendment is in
    effect. So is the
    right to free speech and City Hall must allow people to present their
    objections to
    their deals with AEG, CRA and people like Eli Broad. Neighborhood
    Councils must become public forums. Unfair taxation without
    representation is what the issue is. AMERICA!
    Commenter name: Anonymous

  17. Phil McCracken says:

    Ron – you need to go down there and lead these fools to the promise land. Explain to them how the 14 crooks who sit around the horseshoe have ripped them off, and are a big part of the reason why they have no jobs or shelter.
    Only you can do it. Get down there tomorrow and lead them into council chambers. You’ve always wanted a mob to back you up. They’re all right down there and probably not for long.
    Get moving!

  18. Phil McCracken says:

    Ron – you need to go down there and lead these fools to the promise land. Explain to them how the 14 crooks who sit around the horseshoe have ripped them off, and are a big part of the reason why they have no jobs or shelter.
    Only you can do it. Get down there tomorrow and lead them into council chambers. You’ve always wanted a mob to back you up. They’re all right down there and probably not for long.
    Get moving!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Ron the 1st amendment rights are trashed in city council. Depending on who you are the public comments can be reduced to 1 minute. Garcetti did that all the time to people he thought would go off on them. Council also makes the public wait for hours while they congratulate themselves for being do nothings. I have a big problem with these Occupy LA morons working with the Unions. It shows their not supporting the 99% and Occupy LA have lost their message a long time ago.

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