The Farm Is Gone
Bulldozers cleared a path through the fruits and vegetables to allow the deputies to enter. 44 people were arrested over a seven hour period.
Protestors chained themselves to picnic tables. Actress Daryl Hannah and famed tree-sitter John Quigley were plucked from the top of a walnut tree on the property and arrested.
Mayor Villaraigosa said "Today's events are unfortunate, disheartening and unnecessary." However, landowner Ralph Horowitz told television reporters "Even if they (the farmers) raised 100 million dollars, this group could not buy this property. It's not about money. It's about I don't like their cause and I don't like their conduct. So there's no price I would sell it to them for.''
I agree that Horowitz has the right to do with his property as he wishes. The real villians here are the City, who bought the property through eminent domain back in the 80s, and then sold it back to Horowitz for $5 million (the property is now said to be worth $16 million). The other villians are the political organizers who sold the farmers a bill of goods in representing them. It was their behaivor and tactics that made a deal with Horowitz impossible.
The City goes on. Horowitz makes a mint. And the radical, leftist organizers move on to their next cause. But the poor folks from the neighborhood are left holding the bag. Nice.