The two-month protest last fall by Occupy LA cost Los Angeles $4.3 million in overtime and services, according to a report prepared by the city’s administrative officer.
The Los Angeles Daily News
reported Tuesday that most of the price tag covered overtime for police and the parks department staff charged with maintaing the area outside city hall where the Occupy demonstrators camped and protested.
The costs included overtime payments of about $2.5 million for the 1,400 police officers that were sent in to evict the demontrators on Dec. 1. Some 200 people were arrested during the eviction after refusing to disperse.
The expenses of $1.1 million associated with the parks department included $431,000 to repair the lawn and install a new sprinkler system, the Daily News reported.
The city’s General Services Department, meanwhile, spent $571,753 to provide various items to the protestors and clean the park, while the Bureau of Public Works spent an additional $88,808 to clear and clean the park after demonstrators were removed.
The City Attorney’s Office also billed the city $249,345 for consultations provided to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the police and other city departments.
Taxpayer costs would have been more, but private donations of $461,508 for the restoration of the park reduced the final tab from $4.7 million to $4.3 million.
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