Santa Monica, December 14th 2011 -
In light of the recent raid upon the Occupy LA encampment, many wondered how much of our resources had been spent on clearing out City Hall. With over 1400 cops, choppers, bomb squads, HAZMAT suits and more – the cost is likely high. The outcome could potentially make public the immense and disheartening mismanagement of money by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
As a witness to the entire raid process put fourth with a chilly calculation to not just clear out the area but bestow fear in people, I have been seeking out a detailed report. The cost could very well be upwards of a million dollars, a ludicrous amount of money when Veterans and homeless are still in the streets with no end to their houseless-ness in sight.
Upon speaking to a protected source, I learned the report had not yet been completed. I did learn that Councilmembers Englander, Zine, Parks and Krekorian have called for the report via a Council motion, which is attached. The report, when completed, will be heard in the public safety committee, chaired by Mr. Englander, and the budget committee, chaired by Mr. Parks. It will be made available online when submitted to the Council prior to the hearings.
- Gia Trimble
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