Dear Antonio:

Posted on October 28, 2011 by

Dear Antonio:

We hear you’re getting impatient with the guests hanging out on your lawn. 

It’s like when out-of-town relatives overstay their welcome.  You don’t want to create a family incident by asking them to leave, but they’re disrupting your routine and eating too much of the food in the refrigerator. 

Plus your neighbors are starting to complain about the noise they’re making at night. 

Relax. 

Your friends are not talking behind your back, accusing you of being too permissive with those kids in the tents. 

In fact, people in the city appreciate your support for the protesters.  We’re proud of you, your staff and council members for being kind and gracious.  And we’re especially pleased with the way our police officers have handled themselves during Occupy L.A. 

So be careful. 

You’ve helped to make L.A. America’s most progressive big city. 

We trust that your departments will be able to replenish the lawn and improve sanitation on the site.  And if the protesters really need to move, that too can be worked out without getting rough. 

Here’s our chance to showcase Los Angeles as an extraordinary and welcoming place, where everyone – including those scruffy occupiers – can enjoy their stay. 

Even if it’s more of a hassle than you expected.

Comments (10)

 

  1. Maria Elena Durazo says:

    I always enjoy your blog. This one is especially thoughtful in a nice way.
    Thank you.

  2. It’s great to see LA be a place of reason and restraint for a change..

    Good blog, Lou.

  3. Vivian says:

    I agree with Maria Elena. Your message is short and sweet and right to the point. Don’t mess with our family, because they represent us–the 99%!

  4. Peter Dreier says:

    Mayor Villaraigosa must be under some pressure to clear the Occupyers from the area around City Hall. So I hope that the Occupy LA folks appreciate how the mayor and the LAPD has handled the situation. There’s been no violence, no “sweep,” and no intimidation. Particularly compared to their counterparts in Oakland, New York and other cities, the LAPD has been a model of cooperation and civility as the Occupyers sleep, meet, and protest. The LAPD’s behavior is not a fluke. It is the result of having a progressive mayor, a mostly liberal City Council, and a labor movement and community organizing movement that has worked closely with City Hall over the past six years. The pols, the police, and the protestors don’t agree on everything (for example, the “safe cities” initiative in Skid Row), but they’ve developed mutual respect and trust. I hope this continues as the Occupy movement grows stronger in LA and around the country.

  5. Peter Dreier says:

    Once again, I agree with Lou. Mayor Villaraigosa must be under some pressure to clear the Occupyers from the area around City Hall. So I hope that the Occupy LA folks appreciate how the mayor and the LAPD has handled the situation. There’s been no violence, no “sweep,” and no intimidation. Particularly compared to their counterparts in Oakland, New York and other cities, the LAPD has been a model of cooperation and civility as the Occupyers sleep, meet, and protest. The LAPD’s behavior is not a fluke. It is the result of having a progressive mayor, a mostly liberal City Council, and a labor movement and community organizing movement that has worked closely with City Hall over the past six years. The pols, the police, and the protestors don’t agree on everything (for example, the “safe cities” initiative in Skid Row), but they’ve developed mutual respect and trust. I hope this continues as the Occupy movement grows stronger in LA and around the country.

  6. Salvador Sanchez says:

    The developers who have occupied city hall for years are putting a lot pressure to this mayor…. If these so called “progressive” politicians dare to keep these kids out they will ignite the outrage of true progressives in this community, including me, that might lead to chaos….

  7. Rod Bradley says:

    Well, Antonio doesn’t really know what he stands for. He wants his cake and to eat it too. He is, alas, more about Antonio than anything else, and is pretty ordinary and unimaginative. And he knows where his bread is buttered and that’s why he has to kowtow under the excuse that the grass is being hurt.

    Hey Antonio, the grass will come up on its own. City Hall isn’t about grass. The grass will take care of itself without spending 300K a year. Don’t worry about it.

    And do yourself a favor. Don’t become Berkeley. What’s happening there is actually a heck a lot more interesting than what usually goes on there. Embrace life, Mr. Major, not your position. Embrace real life as the occupiers embrace the grass. You’re set for life anyway. Why not leave office as a mayor with some common sense who actually could embrace the people who are doing no harm except to a pristine lawn that is wasting water anyway. (I thought you were supposed to be ecology hip!!)

    And well, I would like to think LA is the most progressive city in the US — but a think a few bergs to the north have us beat by quite a bit.

  8. John Connolly says:

    Yeah! I’m TOTALLY glad that LA is cooler, more progressive, less tear-gassy and just mo’ better than Oakland every day in just about every way!
    Except Oakland does have a baseball team.

  9. Bill Thomas says:

    I am with you on this one, Lou. It’s called democracy, and the right to peacefully assemble, and all that good stuff in one of those stuffy old documents that the Right purports to support– of yes, the Constitution, that’s the one.

    Yes, the democratic process can get messy, but surely Los Angeles can come out of this protest movement looking better than cities who have recently displayed heavy handed police tactics like Oakland, New York or Denver.

    If it requires cops, and sanitation workers and portable toilets, that is what I pay my taxes for every year. I say let them stay.

  10. Rey says:

    We should be posting the email & snail mail address of the Chief of Police and the Mayor and encourage all those you stand in solidarity for the right to protest peacfully to send a thank you letters expressing our collective gratitude for the great job LAPD & the Mayor have done with regard to this issue. We need to publically applaud them for doing their jobs properly with respect to OCCUPY LA. They need to know with no uncertainty that their behavior is VALUED, WELCOMED & HONORED!

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