This crisis has reached a fever pitch because it is ground zero in the most affluent business district on the West Coast of America. Evidently, ABM, who supplies the cleaning services to CB Richard Ellis for the building owned by JP Morgan CHASE, had a contract that was up for renewal. Bids were accepted by multiple bidders to clean the offices. The bid submitted by ABM was at the same levels as had previously been being paid by CB Richard Ellis. One or more of the bids came in substantially lower and ABM was given a “last look” to maintain the business but at a substantial decrease in billing rate. They agreed to perform the services at the lower rate to maintain the piece of business. They couldn’t lose money on the contract so layoffs had to be made.
In Los Angeles, Rocky Delgadillo created a system where protesters who are arrested appear before an Assistant City Attorney and they receive a hand slap as punishment for being civilly disobedient. The procedure is worked out ahead of time with the Los Angeles Police Department as to who will be arrested and any activist considers this his or her rite of passage.
PO Box 67132, Century City, CA 90067