I'm going off topic a bit but I have to ask this question, if the City already has a 72million dollar shortfall this fiscal year, why does the City Hall lawn cost 2.35 million dollars?? I agree that those who cause damage to public property should be held accountable for the cost of repairs, but the fact that it would be next to impossible to prove certain people were responsible for X% of that 2.35, why aren't the conservatives here asking why a city is spending 2.35 on a lawn? I get that its a great chance to bash the Occupy Movement, so excessive gov't spending can be ignored for that, but I think you could do both.
On top of that I agree with the Occupy LA representative that police services are the responsibility of the city, it was the city who decided upon their use and how to use them. On top of that it would set a horrible precedence for denying free speech by requiring any movement to shell out millions to pay for the cost of the police which they have no power to decide how they are employed. I could see abuses now of someone creating a massive police presence for no other reason than billing the protestors to shut them up.