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Geneva Reese, et al. v. City of Los Angeles

December 12, 2011

GENEVA REESE, ET AL.
v.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES, ET AL. KATHERINE KNOX-DAVIES, ET AL.
v.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES, ET AL.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian, United States Magistrate Judge

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian, United States Magistrate Judge

Hana Rashad None None Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No.

Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:

none none

Proceedings: (IN CHAMBERS)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THESE TWO ACTIONS SHOULD NOT BE CONSOLIDATED

On November 28, 2011, plaintiffs Geneva Reese, Summer Reese, Edward Cotton, Michael Lemmon, Carlos Marroquin, Susan Lomas and Emilio Aguirre, all of whom are involved in Occupy LA and are proceeding pro se, filed a Complaint asserting federal civil rights claims under Title 42, United States Code, section 1983 ("Section 1983") against the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Department ("LAPD") Chief Charlie Beck and LAPD Deputy Chief Jose Perez, Jr., in Case No. 11-9790 (the "First Occupy LA Action"). The First Occupy LA Action *fn1 asserts that defendants have violated the First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, and, more specifically, challenges the constitutionality of defendants' actions in threatening to eject plaintiffs from the public park adjoining City Hall and applying Los Angeles Municipal Code ("LAMC") § 63.44 to them. Plaintiffs primarily seek injunctive and declaratory relief.

On November 28, 2011, plaintiffs Katherine Knox-Davies, Jesse Dotson, Matt Ward, Mario Brito and James Lafferty, all of whom are involved in Occupy LA and are represented by counsel, filed a Complaint asserting federal civil rights claims under Section 1983 and a California constitutional claim against the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in Case No. 11-9792 (the "Second Occupy LA Action"). The Second Occupy LA Action asserts that defendants have violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and Article I, Sections 2, 7 and 13 of the California Constitution and, more specifically, challenges the constitutionality of defendants' actions in threatening to eject plaintiffs from the south lawn of City Hall, applying LAMC § 63.44 to them, and revoking the City Council's grant of permission to plaintiffs to in peaceful assembly on the south lawn of City Hall. Plaintiffs primarily seek injunctive and declaratory relief.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

No. CV 11-9790 GHK(JC) CV 11-9792 GHK(JCx)

Date December 12, 2011

Geneva Reese, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al. Katherine Knox-Davies, et al. v. ...


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