Occupy L.A. protesters say city wants them out by Monday
There were growing signs Tuesday that city officials were moving to bring the Occupy L.A. encampment to an end.
Los Angeles officials have given Occupy LA protesters a Nov. 28 deadline to get off the City Hall lawn, according to protesters who have been in negotiations with the city.
At a meeting on the west steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon, the negotiators told their fellow protesters that they have asked for an extension of that deadline as they decide how to respond to the city’s recent proposal to give them a work space in a city-owned building nearby.
Neither L.A. officials near Los Angeles Police Department commanders could immediately confirm the deadline. A top LAPD source said there were no imminent plans to remove people from the camp.
According to Scott Shuster, a protester who said he has been present in all of the meetings with the city, city officials on Tuesday backed down from their proposal for work space, blaming political difficulties within City Hall. He and others said officials said those difficulties include getting the necessary permission from various agencies and possible pushback by council members.
City Councilwoman Jan Perry’s downtown district takes in the Los Angeles Mall, a city-owned shopping center adjacent to City Hall where protesters said they were offered work space by city officials. On Tuesday, she said had not been approached about the proposal by the city officials in charge of the negotiations, who include representatives from the mayor’s office.
“I have not been approached,” she said. “I have not been contacted about it.”
She also said she had not complained about not being asked, and said she would refrain from commenting on the matter until a formal proposal was made.
Photo: Jim Lafferty, who has been negotiating with city officials on behalf of Occupy L.A., addresses protesters. (Robert Lachman, Los Angeles Times / November 21, 2011)