Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is considering a lawsuit against Occupy L.A. protesters to reimburse the city for damage caused during the occupation of the City Hall lawn.

“The city is contemplating any and all of its options,” said William Carter, Trutanich’s chief deputy.

The two-month encampment cost the city at least $2.35 million, not counting repairs to the lawn and fountain outside City Hall, according to a report issued Friday.

Much of that cost — more than $1.7 million — will be added to the growing pool of red ink in this year’s city budget. The Occupy bills will increase an anticipated $72-million shortfall over the next six months, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.

“In isolation, the cost is manageable. But in the context of a $72-million problem, it only made our challenge bigger,” said Santana, the city’s top budget analyst.

Continue reading →