IRVINE — On Tuesday the City of Irvine extended the camping permit for the OccupyOC-Irvine patriots for two weeks. The encampment at City Hall has generally complied with the agreement that has been in place for a couple weeks. There have been some complaints about noise, primarily surrounding the honking of passing cars in support of the movement. The agreement includes a quite time between 10 pm and 6 am to help address the concerns.
The Orange County Register has a short report on the extension here. Register columnist David Whiting spent some time camping with the OccupyOC patriots and writes about his experience in his column today.
Yes, I’m camped out in Irvine.
But there’s something going on here that makes the misery worthwhile.
I’m surrounded by about 30 tents and 50 people in what the Occupy movement calls a village. And I’m discovering that the people who some pundits call slothful anarchists are neither slothful nor anarchists.
Most are thoughtful, dedicated people who are part of an embryonic movement that arguably is already affecting the way some politicians and big corporations do business.
Of course, every village has its idiots.
Note to supporters driving by the camp at night: Please flash your lights in support rather than honking your horn. It’s Irvine after all, and some of the neighbors turn in early.