Don't let Griffith Park be like the Titanic.
That's okay. I like a man who sets boundaries and thinks about the future! However, this Master Plan includes a hotel, restaurants, a pier in the LA River (!), flying trams, and all sorts of things to turn the Park into Disneyland North. No word on if there's room on the trams for the GP animals that will be squeezed out.
Getting Landmark status from the Historic Cultural Commission is essential to protect the park from arbitrary use and building like this. The meeting is TOMORROW!
The future of Griffith Park is in your hands. Please show your support by attending the 10AM Thursday Commissioners' meeting in Room 350, third floor, City Hall.
Ron Kaye recently sent it on as an email alert, as well:
ACTION ALERT: Support protection of Griffith Park as a cultural-historical monument by turning out for the meeting of the CULTURAL HERITAGE COMMISSION at 10 a.m. Thursday, Room 350, City Hall. The commission is expected to vote on the issue.
But there's another way you can support this, if leaving your computer would be a hardship, and it only takes a minute - trust me, I did it. Register support at: http://www.friendsofgriffithpark.org/GPPreservationRegister.html
307 people have registered. Don't more people than that use the park? Come on, be #308! And any comments you make there will be printed out for the whole Commission to read.
But I'm torn. I'm getting a lot of pressure from my esteemed and intense Griffith Park Open Space Committee, of which I'm a member, to actually go to this meeting. At 10 AM. Downtown. Aside from the fact that some people HAVE to work, it's almost as if they didn't read my previous post on this! Not to mention that at the last meeting LaBonge didn't even show up, nor did one of the Historic Cultural Commission! How rude.
I predict the Historic Commission will approve this status. But like the Felix The Cat sign, that's not going to cut it. The fate of Griffith Park, and most issues in LA, it seems, lies not in the hands of the Historic Cultural Commission, but in the City Council members, who oversee the Historic Commission.
And in the City Council, almost all of the Council will defer to the councilperson whose district the issue is in. In this case, that's LaBonge. Who is against this proposal.
So do I really have to go? [/whine]