LA to Occupiers: We'll Give You Farmland if You Leave

City officials offer office space, housing for homeless, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2011 7:16 AM CST
Occupy LA: Officials Promise Office Space, Farmland if Protesters Leave City Hall
Demonstrators talk in front of tents at the Occupy LA encampment in front of Los Angeles City Hall October 25, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Perhaps aiming to catch more flies with honey than pepper spray, officials in Los Angeles are offering Occupy LA protesters incentives to dismantle their City Hall camp. The city has offered a 10,000-square-foot office space near City Hall for $1 per year, plus farmland elsewhere and housing for homeless people in the camp, Occupiers who have been involved in negotiations tell the Los Angeles Times.

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Los Angeles officials have been largely cooperative with protesters, and do not want to see the encampment end violently. Some protesters, however, may not agree to the deal. "I don't appreciate people appointing themselves to represent me, to represent us," said one after the incentives were announced. "Who was in those meetings?" But according to a lawyer advocating for the protesters, police "have said that the day is growing near when they will not allow the occupation in its present form to continue." (Read more Occupy Los Angeles stories.)

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