why they can’t have nice things

Sanitation officials said Wednesday that they expect to haul away 30 tons of debris from the Occupy L.A. encampment –- everything from clothing to heaps of garbage to oddball curiosities left behind by the protesters who lived at the City Hall tent city for two months.

Andrea Alarcon, president of the city Public Works board, said workers already have removed 25 tons of belongings from the City Hall park, all of it heading straight to a landfill.

Sanitation crews also have vacuumed up about 3,000 gallons of water that had washed into a catch basin in recent days and are testing it for hazardous materials, she said.

The sheer volume of personal belongings left behind after the early morning Los Angeles Police Department raid has astonished city workers: books and CDs, luggage and boom boxes, mattresses and dining chairs, cellphones, electric razors, a small red guitar with its neck snapped –- all surrounded by dozens of collapsed and empty tents.
A steady flow of people stopped by the park Wednesday to take photos and video and watch workers in white hazmat suits rake trash into neat piles.

As workers broke down tents and placed them in trash cans, Ramir Delgado, 25, snapped photos out of curiosity.

“It’s a shame how I see all trash around here,” he said. He pointed to his head. “People don’t understand that the freedom starts here in your mind.”

Delgado said he was disappointed in Occupy L.A.

“You know why this is filthy and not clean is there isn’t leadership,” he said.

A few feet away, crews in the hazmat suits raked trash of discarded protest signs, nail polish and jars of peanut butter…


  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm |

    ” …. 25 tons of belongings from the City Hall park, all of it heading straight to a landfill.”


    Oh, yer goin’ straight to hay-ull fer thay-ut!!

  2. mech
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm |

    Obviously city dwellers totally unfamilair with the concept of “pack it in, pack it out”.

    Anyone remember how much trash was hauled out of the Mall in DC after the coronation?

    How about Dan’s Bake Sale or the Tea Party Rallies?

  3. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm |

    I don’t recall any haz mat suits at any TEA Party rallies either.

  4. Justin Credible
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:07 am |

    Does that count the 292 units of garbage they hauled off early this morning?

  5. bocopro
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:16 am |

    This guy is no more Amerind than Obamalaise. He was born Espera Oscar di Corti to Sicilian immigrants in Louisiana. He started doing bit parts in movies when he was around 12 as Tony de Corti, which he shortened to Tony Corti, and finally Tony Cody. I think he took the “Tony” from his father’s name, “Antonio,” a little more anglicized than Espera Oscar.

    He claimed to be Cherokee/Cree, and denied all reports that he had no native American ancestry, often living near Indian communities and strongly supporting their rights and causes. In fact, he was honored on some occasions by Amerind groups for his activities protecting and enhancing their image.

    His subterfuge harmed no one, of course, and regardless of his true ethnicity, he was a true champion of native American rights and believed we’d all be better off living more simply and having greater respect for the land and our natural resources . . . kinda like Marlon Brando, without the appetites, of all kinds.

    We all have our little masks and personae that we don for certain situations, some of us even claiming unearned fame or notoriety. For example, our table manners at Grandma’s house were very likely much different from those we displayed at the frat house. Some even pretend to be American by birth and culture and wind up getting elected to jobs for which they’re neither eligible nor able.

    So, Te Salute, Oscar. You were one of the good guys, whoever you were.

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:12 am |

    AND, with Sicilian blood, had he been born earlier, he would have made Geronimo look like a Gay Apache!!!

  7. geezerette
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:47 am |

    Yup Ya’ll are why I visit the porch—

  8. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:46 am |

    “You know why this is filthy and not clean is there isn’t leadership,”

    Worng again, Statist Breath.

    See TEAparty: wherein the Value of Personal Responsibility and the Genuine Self-Respect of Free Individuals led to their protest spaces being cleaner than when the folks first showed up.

  9. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    Perfection in graphicismical ironing, Missy.

    You know why this is filthy and not clean is there isn’t leadership
    Scratch a liberal …
    They almost always opt for the top-down thing rather than the self-discipline thing.
    As usual, I chalk this up to the “enlightened despot” fantasy.
    Now, change “leadership” to “parenting,” and you’ve got something.

  10. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 10:12 am |

    My “leader” was my mama when I was like, 4.
    Clean up after yourself.

    Well, except JR because when I clean up after him I get shoes and stuff.

  11. ZZMike
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

    bocopro: Good research. Ol’ Iron Eyes may have been a paisano, but he seems to have been straight as an arrow.

    Let’s ask the Unasked Question: How much did the City (L.A., for starters) have to pay for the cleanup and the police?

    Part 2: Where are they going to send the bill?

    In related news:

    Richmond Tea Party says city audit is harassment

    “The Richmond Tea Party said an audit by the city is retaliation for the conservative group seeking refunds for rally permits and fees, arguing that Occupy Richmond activists have not been charged anything for the same activities.

    The group said the audit is punishment for its complaint that the city had charged it $8,500 for permits and other costs for rallies, while Occupy Richmond activists have not been assessed any costs related to their former occupation of a city-owned plaza.”

    Here are more details of this detestable activity

  12. TheOldMan
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |

    I thought that the protesters were the “oddball curiosities”?

  13. mojo
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    The “Chief” there is actually Italian.