Since the Occupation of a small patch of lawn at Irvine City Hall began in late October, the OccupyOC movement has cost the City of Irvine more than $8,600 according to a post in the Irvine World News.
The costs cover legal counsel and electronic signs to discourage honking. The signs are costing the city $450 a week. Additionally, the dead lawn is maintained by the Westpark Homeowner’s Association and will likely have to be re-sodded. Negotiations are underway to have Occupy protesters pay for the new grass when they leave.
The latest agreement to allow the Occupy movement to camp expires on Dec. 21. The OccupyOC group is not engaged in voter registration, has not endorsed any candidates for local, state or federal office and has not raised any significant money to back candidates or ballot measures that support the 99 percent.