Occupy LA Day 5: It’s a Gift!

It poured most of today in Los Angeles, and unlike Day 4, the rain did not spare the nearly 300 people camped out on the north lawn of City Hall. But thanks to gifts of tarps and other waterproof gear, everyone stayed pretty dry, though clean socks would be very welcome! The skies were clear and the sun warm again by 5pm.

Today seven City Councilmembers voted to support the

peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by Occupy Los Angeles.

and Mayor Villaraigosa delivered 100 rain ponchos to the encampment. The council approved a resolution to vote later this month on a measure requiring the city to divest from financial institutions that have not cooperated with measures to prevent foreclosures.

Councilman Rill Rosendahl said:

There was an Arab Spring. You’re seeing an American Autumn. And it’s connecting all over America. And if Washington can appreciate that, they’ll withdraw the troops from these crazy wars. They will make the rich pay their fair share and reinvest in education, health care, infrastructure and the American people.

Every night at 10pm the camp moves all tents onto the sidewalk to comply with local laws. Earlier this week around move time, a guy and his girlfriend showed up and asked what they could do to help.

What are you good at?

asked Media Lisa (who volunteers her webcasting, media and producing skills and has been involved in planning and coordination since September 24). The guy responded

Do you need trash hauled? I could do that!

Media Lisa pressed further:

Yes, but what would you like to do? What can you do?

The guy replied:

I’m an actor.

He then helped lug tents, signs and equipment from the lawn to sidewalk. As the couple were leaving, they stopped by the finance department’s table where he wrote a check for $5,000. Until then, no one knew the helpful guy was Lucas Neff from the Emmy-nominated series Raising Hope.

Nice guy Neff

Neff is the first celebrity to stop by, but he’s not the only generous donor. Today a woman who was visiting learned that Occupy LA was paying $3,000 a week to rent porta-potties, made a couple calls, and voila! Sir Reel–privy provider to the stars–is now donating the vital resource, with an upgrade from the smaller, two-seater that OccupyLA had been renting. And Sir Reel is providing a shower trailer, too!

While I was there, Media Lisa put out on LiveChat that the camp really needed pallets. Within minutes, a stack of them arrived on a handcart, a volunteer shouted:

Hey, if you can, we could use some help!

and the pallets were offloaded, then placed to make walkways over the mud.

Visitors I saw today included noted photographer Gary Leonard snapping away; and Du Mien and some of the staff from Orange County’s VietNam-American Television (VNA-TV), who spent nearly an hour taking photos and chatting with the media department and Occupiers. Enthused by the energy, they are bringing a busload from their community on Saturday for the big 5pm rally, planning on attending the General Assembly and even camping out overnight. The promised to bring bahn mi, those awesome Vietnamese sandwiches.

General Assembly is held nightly at 7:30 and livestreamed. This lady came by at 6 to see what Occupy LA was all about, and decided to stay and watch the GA.

If you are interested in contributing to Occupy LA, reading the minutes of the GA, seeing what’s planned for the next day and more, here’s their home page.

22 Responses to "Occupy LA Day 5: It’s a Gift!"
Phoenix Woman | Thursday October 6, 2011 06:34 am 1

The contrast between how the LA mayor and LAPD react and how Bloomie and his thuggish police chief Ray Kelly have reacted in NYC is quite telling.

texan99 | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:09 am 2

I’m curious to see whether they’ll pick up their own trash when they’re done.

mswinkle | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:10 am 3

This is awesome and how great was that actor. GO LA.

PeasantParty | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:12 am 4

Thank you, Lisa.

It so great to have another update from the different areas of occupation.


BoxTurtle | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:15 am 5
In response to Phoenix Woman @ 1

LA does not have Wall St. to protect. And Hollywood seems much less paranoid about the 99%, in fact despite their money they seem to be joining us.

A cynic would say it’s an example of what happens when Hollywood buys a politician as opposed to when Wall. St. buys a politician.

Boxturtle (I think there are more actors there than you think, just not recognized without their makeup)

demi | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:19 am 6

I love L.A!
And, thanks for the continued reporting, Lisa.

BoxTurtle | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:19 am 7
In response to texan99 @ 2

I’ll bet a $50 donation to your local foodbank that they pick up their trash when they’re done if they’re not arrested or run off with tear gas.

We’ll have to be patient to see who wins, it looks like they’re setting up for a long stay.

Boxturtle (I think a garbage truck could just pull up and honk and they’d get loaded)

Shoto | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:21 am 8

Good stuff. Nice to see people stepping up to help.

alan1tx | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:26 am 9

We need to have an Occupy West Texas.

It seems to have been raining in NY and LA since the occupations started, and we could really use the rain more than yall.


MartyInNH | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:35 am 10
In response to Phoenix Woman @ 1

Also, contrast with SF and basically moving for eviction.

TalkingStick | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:37 am 11

Good write up. Helps me to feel more a part of it all.

EvilDrPuma | Thursday October 6, 2011 07:46 am 12
In response to alan1tx @ 9

Precipitation patterns have a distinct liberal bias.

Adams | Thursday October 6, 2011 08:19 am 13

Very informative post, thank you.

Don’t want to go all hopey/changey, but this looks like the real deal. The contrast with the “official reception” in NY is shocking, but illuminating. Of course it’s only real because the MSM is actually paying attention. Good attention, bad attention, it’s all good.

All the $$ I had already decided not to donate to Dems in the next election goes here. Great theater, great politics.

Job and family commitments make it difficult to show up, but I’ll be at the premier when this performance opens at a theater near me.

bluewombat | Thursday October 6, 2011 08:48 am 14
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 12


bluewombat | Thursday October 6, 2011 08:49 am 15

Today seven City Councilmembers voted to support the

peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by Occupy Los Angeles.

That’s not a majority of the 15-member Council. Is it official, or just the expression of the seven members?

BSbafflesbrains | Thursday October 6, 2011 08:55 am 16

State sponsored Capitalism is Facism. We have to get the money out of politics.

mzchief | Thursday October 6, 2011 09:42 am 17

OMG you’re getting bahn mi?! You dawGs! :D

KrisAinTX | Thursday October 6, 2011 10:09 am 18

Great coverage Lisa! Thanks so much!

Lisa Derrick | Thursday October 6, 2011 10:43 am 19
In response to texan99 @ 2

They have been picking up, recycling and hauling trash nightly.

DonWilliams | Saturday October 8, 2011 01:09 am 20

Lisa, put on your reporter’s cap and find out what the major is of the Chicano kid in debt.

DonWilliams | Saturday October 8, 2011 01:10 am 21
In response to BSbafflesbrains @ 16

If you want to get the money of out politics, you have to get the money out of the government.

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