City officials, protesters meet to discuss Occupy movements
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City officials and protesters are holding a meeting Friday afternoon at the mayor’s office to discuss the Occupy movements throughout Los Angeles County, a police spokesman said.
The meeting includes representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department, members of the Occupy L.A. movement and at least one representative of the start-up Occupy San Fernando Valley protest, which is slated to kick off Saturday morning, according to LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.
The meeting will likely determine the fate of Occupy San Fernando Valley and lay out guidelines if it is to proceed.
The discussions come after several city officials aimed tactful criticism at Occupy groups early this week. On Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the movement "cannot continue indefinitely."
But North Hills resident Marcos Perez has been part of four Occupy San Fernando Valley general assembly meetings already, and he said Friday morning that the local protest is “absolutely happening.
"If we want this idea of occupying public space to actually do something," he said, "this is something that can't stop."
[For the record, 3:20 p.m. Oct. 28: The headline on a previous version of this post incorrectly said the mayor attended the meeting.]
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Occupy L.A. continues on the lawn of City Hall. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times