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City Council Introduces Resolution in Support of Occupy L.A.

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Following yesterday's Los Angeles City Council meeting, some of the members of the council toured the Occupy L.A. protester encampment outside City Hall. Today, Councilman Richard Alarcon introduced a resolution to support the protesters, and, with the seconding of several other councilmembers, the resolution will be voted on early next week. Additionally, Alarcon has asked Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to issue an Executive Order that will allow the protesters to remain outside City Hall for the duration.

The following is the full resolution as presented by Alarcon:

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In his letter to Villaraigosa, Alarcon points out that the protesters are currently forced to move from the grass to the sidewalk every night, since City Hall is considered a park, and asks that the Mayor accord Occupy L.A. any needed permits urgently so that they can camp on the grass and avoid any safety hazards springing from sleeping for so many nights on the sidewalk.

The protesters have said they are looking to stay camped out until December. The Occupy L.A. City Hall protest began on October 1, and has grown in size and support in the ensuing days. They are acting in solidarity with the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement, which holds the banking industry responsible for the economic crisis in America.