Stem Cell Debate Continues
SACRAMENTO -- In a blow to the city's prestige and economy, Los Angeles' last-minute bid to become home to the state's new $3 billion stem cell research agency failed to meet two minimum requirements Tuesday as four other cities made the short list of finalists....
"The bid was supposed to be complete when it was turned in," said Walter Barnes, acting chief administrative officer of the institute. "The fact they did not provide anything on these minimum requirements is all (the chances) they get...."
Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., called the failure a blow to Los Angeles' efforts to promote itself as a biomedicine rival to the Bay Area.
"There would have been a tremendous amount of prestige, but also it would have made people recognize that L.A. is a player in biomedicine," Kyser said. "We have a huge base, but we don't have the recognition. It's the Bay Area, it's Orange County, it's San Diego that are the players in biomed. Yet you have so much research being done around the (L.A.) area..."
Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles failed to make the short list of cities vying to land California's $3-billion stem cell institute Tuesday, after state officials said the city did not complete the proper paperwork...
Shannon Murphy, Hahn's spokeswoman, said city officials had been in contact with the state's Department of Governmental Services, which oversaw the bids, and had tried unsuccessfully to clear up the points in contention.In particular, she said city officials had complied with the requirement for an irrevocable lease offer. A City Council resolution that was passed prior to the bid should have been enough, she said."We provided clarifying information to the state, and it's unfortunate that the state doesn't see it our way," she said.Matt Bender, spokesman for the Department of Governmental Services, said in response: "The staff report speaks for itself."
In my previous posting my source was incorrect on one of the finalist cities - I listed San Jose instead of Sacramento.
LA Voice claims i was wrong on the reason Los Angeles didn't get into the finals.
"UPDATE 2: Chief Parker did indeed get the short list wrong, and got the cause wrong: L.A. apparently failed to make the correct offer of facilities, rather than failing to fill out the application correctly."
I wrote that we filled out the application wrong.
The Los Angeles Times reports we "did not complete the proper paperwork."
Not filling out the "proper" paperwork is wrong.
You got me on the listing the wrong cities - but blasting holes in what i post hopefully doesn't become a new sport for you Mack.
Cause the Chief doesn't lose.