Steve Lopez: Will tonight mark the end for Occupy L.A.?
They won't say, so it's cat and mouse out there, and more than a little surreal at what to this point has been one of the friendliest, most well-mannered revolutions in history.
There were the cops, all lined up on the perimeter but not looking particularly adversarial.
And there were the demonstrators, many of whom were trying to talk other protesters out of getting arrested as the clock ticked past 4 a.m.
The smart ones stayed in their tents, sleeping through the revolution.
My conversations with occupiers were about the inevitable: At some point, police will arrest those who refuse to leave and the tents will be removed. And then what?
They keep working, said Kylene Wolfstein, 29, who hopes enough people will still meet daily, somewhere, and strategize on how to grow the movement and agitate for change. Though some occupiers believe American politics is too corrupt to be an agent for addressing greed, exploitation and economic disparity, Wolfstein, who was a political science major at UC Santa Cruz, thinks that if enough people educate themselves on the issues and demand legislative change, it'll happen.
I'll have more on Occupy in my Wednesday column, but if you could be the leader of this leaderless movement for a moment, what would you do after the tents come down?
-- Steve Lopez
Photo: Tents linger at the south side of Los Angeles City Hall on Monday morning despite orders to vacate. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times