Occupy Altadena? Not Yet, But Look Next Door (Discussion)

The Occupy Wall Street movement came to San Marino and Pasadena this week.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has consisted of thousands of protesters taking to the streets in New York and elsewhere, technically arrived in Southern California prior to this week with some small scale protests in downtown Los Angeles.

However, this week, the spirit of the movement came a little closer,  with hundreds protesting lending policies at the regional headquarters of Fannie Mae in Pasadena, and a more personal protest at the home of a Wells Fargo executive in San Marino.

The San Marino protesters, which can be seen right in the photos of San Marino Patch editor Jessica Hamin, actually occupied the lawn of Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan and gathered for an anti-Wall Street protest (for more photos, check out the ).

The San Marino Police Department has already , but what do you think readers?  Did the protesters go too far in this case?  How would you feel if these protests came to Altadena?  What do you think of the Occupy Wall Street movement in general?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Lori A. Webster October 08, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Very good response, Terry - I agree!
Lori A. Webster October 08, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Doris is absolutely correct. Before Scott and I became owners of a retail store here in Altadena, I supervised the Foreclosure/Bankruptcy/REO department at First Interstate Mortgage, just down the street on Los Robles & Cordova (before we moved to L.A.). I was training to become an underwriter and spent a lot of time with that department learning the ropes. I know that from inception to doc signing, from funding to shipping the loan (to FNMA, FHLMC or other institutional lenders), the majority were tailored to "fit" the requirements. I heard and saw so much nonsense that when FIMC was bought out by Wells Fargo and we were all laid off, I never went back into the mortgage banking business. Personally, we bought my deceased parents' home in 1998, so the loan was modest. We took out a HELOC to fix it up and all was good in the world. Then, we bought our store, the economy dived and we haven't paid ourselves for over a year and are unable to make the payments. Our loan documents didn't lie - we were able to cover payments then but the circumstances changed, and this is now. Times me by ten million - we are the 99%.
Steve Lamb October 08, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Terry- well you are incorrect. Protests in the 1960's were regularly conducted both by the Panthers and the VVAW were regularly conducted on people's lawns. There were four conducted on McNamara's lawn alone, and many others. I don't say I endorse this, but a just society as I said before is not a subsidy tot he middle class and poor. Its a subsidy to the rich and powerful, as Bismark once explained. Its what keeps starving, desperate peasants (thats us) from encamping on the estate lawns, burning down the palace, rental properties, and factories, raping the wives and daughters and killing the sons.... that anyway was Bismark's thought when he first developed the national welfare semi socialist state....
terry Morris October 08, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Yes, there were people who did all sorts of things, including protesting on some peoples's lawns. But it was not endorsed by the movement as a whole, and one could argue that the majority of leaders were opposed to it. There was a lot of dissension amongst the ranks about which tactics went too far. That might account for the fact that there were only 4 conducted on Macnamara's lawn. Even within the SDS there was incredible dissension about tactics, with those who felt that the ends justified the means (including fatal casualties), broke off to form the Weather Underground, a very small group, relatively speaking. But that was never the primary focus, nor tactic of the civil rights or anti war movements, because those tactics would alienate the working class, and labor. Which it did, turning those groups firmly away and into the waiting arms of Richard Nixon and the Republican Party, where they remain to this day. Those hot headed, childish, pseudo revolutionaries (many of who are now Wall Street execs), dealt possibly a fatal blow to the left in this country. The working class and much of labor continue to vote against their own interests, now a couple of generations in the pockets of the Republican Party. I stand by my statement that "Bring The War Home" did not mean to some banking executive's family home, nor to the front window of a local grocery store, or a shoe repair shop. It meant to the streets, to the National Mall, to the White House to the Induction Centers
Steve Lamb October 09, 2011 at 12:21 AM
And yes, the weathermen had disagreements as to tactics. Some wanting to continue public and lawn type of protest and some idiots wanting to blow things up.


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