Officials in the City of Angels are attempting to reach an agreement with the Occupy protesters that have been camped in front of their city hall for the past several weeks: Leave and we’ll provide you with office space and farmland.
Los Angeles, which has reportedly been one of the friendliest cities to the Occupy protesters, has extended the olive branch to the group in an official effort to avert violent demise of the protest encampment similar to what has taken place in New York; Oakland, Calif., and other cities in recent weeks.
According to Los Angeles Times, details of the proposal were revealed Monday during the demonstration’s nightly general assembly meeting by Jim Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who has been advocating on behalf of the protest since it began seven weeks ago.
The city has refused to comment on the proposals, saying only that negotiations are ongoing, but reports indicate that the offer includes: a $1-a-year lease on a 10,000-square-foot office space near Los Angeles City Hall, the promise of farmland for protesters who wish to continue to camp and want to farm, and housing for many of the large number of homeless people who have joined the city’s Occupy group.
Lafferty said that it is unclear whether Occupy L.A. will accept the proposal which has angered at least some of the protesters.
“I don’t appreciate people appointing themselves to represent me, to represent us,” one woman called out during the assembly. “Who was in those meetings?”