Jim Lafferty of the National Lawyer’s Guild, Los Angeles, was on Randi Rhoades’ radio show Wednesday night and said the following, which was typed out during Thursday’s livestream chat and read durng General Assembly:
I have just been assured by Sargent Baker, who speaks for the LAPD on OLA, that the ABC report upset the LAPD because they have absolutely no plans to move against, attack, etc. OLA. Baker said the LAPD was as surprised as we were to hear [councilman Bill] Rosendahl say what he said. Baker said the Chief’s position is that, “If the council decides there must be some change in OLA, we will all sit down with OLA and NLG and have discussions about what the council wants and what the OLAers want. Jim,please tell them we have no plans to attach the occupation and will NOT do that.”
Tuesday Rosendahl was on local KABC-TV and said:
They’ve made their statement. I agree with their statement, but it is time to move on. The trees are in the process of being impacted. The grass is being impacted. Other activities that we need to do on the lawns are being put on the back burner. I frankly think if we can be civil about it, they should get the message that it’s time to move on from our lawn at City Hall. It is everybody’s lawn, not just those with their tents right now.
However in Wednesday’s city council meeting, Rosendahl said he was taken out of context/edited.
The comments from the LAPD’s Sgt Baker to Lafferty of the NLG have definitely allayed some of Occupy LA’s fears, as did deliveries of food from Firedoglake’s Occupy Supply Fund (100 jars of peanut butter, 70 lbs of fruit, and loaves of bread) and the Santa Monica farmers market which dropped off even more fruit and loaves of bread. On top of that bounty, Mary and her mom, who sell bacon wrapped hot dogs, donated their wares to anyone who came by their cart.
Mary also spoke at General Assembly because she and her immigrant mom have been hassled by a couple of the 99% for vending just outside the park. She said that they are struggling too, that they work hard and she is in school and wants to be a lawyer. I’ve eaten a lot of bacon wrapped hotdogs in LA, and the ones from Mary’s family are definitely awesome! And while there is no vending in the park per city regulations, there’s no reason this delicious food, a Los Angeles tradition, can’t be sold just outside the park limits.
Local rabble-rousers John & Ken of radio station KFI–who recently angered immigrant rights groups for broadcasting the phone number of a pro-DREAM Act activist (which was on the guy’s press release)–came by Occupy LA. John & Ken aren’t all bad: They have been loudly calling for the ouster of Fullerton city council members and the police chief over the beating death of Kelly Thomas by Fullerton patrolmen; and by devoting three hours to Occupy, and giving the Occupiers the opportunity to speak about why they are there, to tell their stories, John & Ken were actually supporting Occupy. Over the weeks Occupy has been at City Hall, the anti-government corruption duo has expressed displeasure with banksters, saying that
Wall Street goons ought to go to jail
and today’s show gave listeners a direct unfiltered view of Occupy LA. The Occupiers were, for the most part, clear, direct, informed and personal in their responses to why they are there and what they hoped to see accomplished. John & Ken were also outraged over the actions in Oakland. Despite their often mocking tone–especially about the lawn being damaged, John and Ken are actually subversively spreading the Occupy message to their most conservative audience.
On Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, KFI holds Occupy KFI and have invited several Occupy LA members to come on air at the Clear Channel studio and speak their pieces with Shannon Farren. KFI’s attention on Occupy is overall positive (okay there are the occasional joke about pot smoke and BO, as well as mock outrage over the lawn dying) and shows that Occupy’s overall message is catching the ears of Southern California. Thursday’s live KFI broadcast from Occupy LA is archived here.
Occupy LA still has needs: They are out of most medical supplies, including bandages, both adhesive and elastic; single use antibiotic ointment packs; powdered electrolytes like Emergen-C; hand sanitizer; alcohol wipes; single use saline eye drops; Lysol; bleach wipes; tear-off paper covers for exam tables; latex-free gloves; Maalox or other liquid antacids. Blankets are especially important as it gets colder. Thanks to Firedoglake’s Occupy Supply Fund and a private donor, I can pick up some of these items, but more are constantly needed by the LA medics, and by medics at other Occupys.
And Friday one of Occupy’s media team, Lisa Clapier is getting married on the steps at City Hall, and there are rumors of three other Occupy weddings in the works!
Here’s 30 minutes of Occupy LA and the FDL Occupy Supply funfood delivery.