Occupy LA organizer says lease deal fell apart

By Christina Hoag

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

A protester burns a one dollar bill during a protest outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, as part of the "Occupy Wall Street Movement". Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy protesters a vacant office building and two empty lots for a community garden if they dismantle their tents from the City Hall lawn.

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — An Occupy Los Angeles organizer says city officials have pulled back on an offer that would have given protesters a downtown office space in exchange for their removal of encampments.

Occupy organizer Ryan Rice told the Los Angeles Daily News (http://bit.ly/vhQHtZ ) Tuesday that staffers in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office were unhappy about the media attention the offer got.

The offer would have leased a 10,000 square foot office space in the Los Angeles Mall to the protesters for $1 a year.

Rice says other departments were also unhappy because they hadn't been briefed in advance of the offer.

The mayor's office declined comment.

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