This was passed onto me to share via Occupy Los Angeles PR Team -- please read and post around the internet! -Liz
The Los Angeles City Council voted on Oct 12th to support the Occupy Los Angeles activists congregating downtown. We are very thankful for their support and are encouraged by the good will shown by all City officials and the LAPD in particular.
Regarding what City Hall Support does and does not mean; it means they like us. However it does not mean that Occupy LA was granted the right to have camp tents on the grounds 24/7. City ordinance in fact states that tents must vacate the lawn at City Hall between 10:30pm and 5am. Thus far LAPD has not enforced this ordinance. Their leniency has made the occupation less stressful for many of us. As a result roughly 400+ Occupiers In tents have occupied the grounds around the clock.
Within the last week, in a private meeting with City officials, the Farmer's Market was issued verbal notice, as was Occupy LA, stating that if tents are on the South lawn or blocking the sidewalks adjacent the South lawn (excluding 1st St) the Farmer's market would not be allowed to set-up. The Farmer's Market hours are every Thursday between 4am- 6pm. Obviously this South lawn schedule overlap is a concern for both our awesome local farmers as well as our amazing Occupiers.
Fortunately this past Thursday and option was offered by the City that allowed the Farmer's Market to set-up across the street. It has not been announced by the City if this is going to be an ongoing solution. Occupy LA respectfully request a formal and public statement to clarify the City's position on this matter.
We thank everyone involved in making this a peaceful and safe Occupation.
-Occupy Los Angeles PR Team