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Occupy Claremont, last SoCal holdout, prepares to clear out

February 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
One of the last remaining "Occupy" camps in the Southland is getting ready to move out. Occupy Claremont has been praised for the way protesters have conducted themselves.

Three months after arriving to "occupy" Claremont City Hall, the time has come for its members to pack up.

"We've gotten some things accomplished considering our goals and we have plenty more goals that we're planning to work on," said Andrew Mohr, an Occupy Claremont member.

Mohr occupies one of three tents on the site. He and other Occupy members agreed to take down the tents after city leaders passed an ordinance banning overnight camping

"Even though the tents and that part of it is moving, the discussions and requests can continue to go on," said Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza.

On Saturday, occupiers are inviting the community to an "Occu-Party" celebrating not the end, but the group's movement forward.

"I know that overall I think the movement has diminished somewhat from TV and what I can see on the news, but overall I think that they stayed their course and I really have to hand it to them for being so dedicated," said Upland resident Katy Taylor.

Just because the tents are coming down doesn't mean that the movement is tapering off. Occupy Claremont says they will continue to be a daily presence in front of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Claremont resident Jim Jaqua is hopeful their presence will continue to influence city leaders. He says he supports and applauds the movement's efforts.

"I hope they maintain a presence and get their voice heard," said Jaqua.

Andrew Mohr says Occupy wants to work with the city to establish programs for the homeless and the working poor and continue with efforts on the national level.

"Just because there is only four or five people here, we have hundreds and hundreds of supporters that are working with us," said Mohr.