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Report: Occupy LA cost city of Los Angeles $4.3 million

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The city of Los Angeles' decision to allow Occupy LA protesters to remain on the lawn of City Hall cost $4.3 million, according to the final report on the matter.

The Los Angeles City Council’s decision to allow Occupy LA protesters to camp out on the lawn of City Hall cost the city $4.3 million, according to the final financial report on the matter. 

The Budget and Finance Committee is expected to discuss the report next week. The estimate is about the same as the one given in May, though the City Attorney’s Office spent $61,000 more than originally estimated. Insurance and donations covered about $400,000 of the cleanup.

The bulk of the tab came from the Los Angeles Police Department, which spent $2.5 million on officers and supplies, such as restraint cuffs and light towers, when it disassembled the Occupy LA camp in November. Recreation and Parks, which took eight months to restore the lawn around City Hall, spent another $1 million.

Occupy LA participants camped on the lawn around City Hall for about two months, beginning in October of last year, before the LAPD cleared the park in the middle of the night. 

The Budget and Finance Committee will meet at City Hall on Monday at 2 p.m. 


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