The PJ Tatler

LA Mayor to End the Occupation by Monday?

That’s what he says:

The City Hall park where Occupy Los Angeles protesters are camped will be closed at 12:01 a.m. Monday, according to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, triggering what officials hope will be an end to the nation’s largest remaining Occupy camp.

But police might not immediately begin removing protesters who linger, the mayor said at a news conference Friday with Police Chief Charlie Beck. He said officials hope in the coming days to help protesters move their belongings and to find beds in homeless shelters for those at the camp who need them.

The two officials would not say whether police were prepared to use tear gas or rubber bullets to clear protesters who refuse to leave, tactics officers in other cities have turned to while clearing Occupy encampments. “The goal is to do this as peacefully as possible,” Beck said.

Mayor Villaraigosa tried bribery, in the form of farmland (?!) and nearly free office space, last week. That didn’t work. There probably aren’t a whole lot of future farmers lurking under those giant chicken heads and behind those anti-Semitic signs.