Everyone heard that the South Central Farmers were evicted yesterday, and some people were vocal about how the city should have stepped up to cover the $16.3 Million asking price for the land to preserve the farm. However, in an LA Times story about the evictions today, it sounds like buyout offers were turned down and the price raised at the last minute. Check this bit:
“During an afternoon press conference, a visibly annoyed Villaraigosa said the city made a last-ditch effort to preserve the land, offering landowner Ralph Horowitz the price he had sought, raised through a variety of nonprofit groups.
But the mayor said Horowitz then said he thought the land was worth an additional $3 million and also said he was sick of the protesters, some of whom he said had made anti-Semitic slurs against him.”
Tony weighs in on this as well, but it sounds more and more like Horowitz was just kicking the farmers off the land for the sake of kicking them off the land, which is pretty lame if you ask me.