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Monday, June 29, 2009

June 30, 2009, "Day of Reckoning" for the Southwest Museum

Los Angeles Oldest Museum
As a child growing up in Council District 14, I was blessed to be exposed to the vast collection of the Southwest Museum.
Childhood exposure has turn into adulthood appreciation of the contributions of the Native American Culture and the impact on our local history.
In recent years, earthquakes, mis-management, and the ravages of time has taken its toll on this cultural icon, but the museum still stands as a proud symbol of our city's and community cultural identity.
But now in the biggest challenge to the Museum, the Los Angeles City Council Board of Referred Powers will take up the Autry National Center proposal to expand their site in Griffith Park and relocating the vast collection of the Southwest to newly expanded location, if approved.
This saga has played out here in cyberspace, on the the pages of local newspapers (but rarely in the "OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET", aka LA Times), has been debated thoroughly in the local community and in the chambers of City Hall.
The cast of characters have included an convicted felon, a ruthless law firm, widow of a singing cowboy, flip-flopping politicians, a "Barrio Pimp" and citizens across the community who care about preserving our cultural identity.
Then there is the cost, in terms of payouts to lobbyists, payoffs to the "connected few", favors for the political class, and the cost to our community heritage.
My hope is that the five members of the Board of Referred Power will pause and give thought to what damage a gutted and hollow Southwest Museum would have on our community heritage and city history.
Your thought...................
**Board of Referred Powers Special Meeting Los Angeles City Hall, Room 350Board of Public Works Hearing200 N Spring St., Los AngelesTuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 3:00pm
The future fate of the first museum in Los Angeles, the Southwest Museum, is tied to a set of decisions to be made by the City of Los Angeles. A June 30 th special hearing is the pivotal meeting. The City will decide whether to approve Autry’s proposed project to double its size in Griffith Park and absorb the Southwest Museum.
The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition are opposed to the three requested actions as presented in the staff report without modifications to protect the Southwest Museum and Casa de Adobe’s future.

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Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:


First - WELCOME BACK!!!!! Missed ya!

Second - your hopes to god's ears.

June 29, 2009 11:19 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

The sad thing about this is that it disrespects the name of Gene Autry who was a good and decent man.

June 29, 2009 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spoot, U was nt miissd!

June 29, 2009 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, Gene Autry would not do this.

Jackie married him as his second wife. He was 72 and she was 39. She rose from a telephone operator at Security Pacific Bank to be a loan vice president. She met Gene when he would come into the back to sign loan papers.

Jackie is an imperial "know-it-all" who throws her money around in pursuit of her own selfish and ill-informed world view.

She does not like the Southwest Museum because of the working class Latino neighborhood of Highland Park. She and some of her board members are incredibly insensitive to communities of color. They have what is know as the "suburban" sensibilities.

So she wants it ALL moved from private land now owned by the Autry to PUBLIC PARK LAND owned by the people because she like the suburban feel of Griffith Park. And to get her way she has hired sleazy Latham & Watkins and convicted felon Steve Sugerman to try to grease it through City Hall.

Gene would say no, but once they got married, the books about Palm Spring celebs reported that in that family "Jackie wears the pants."

June 29, 2009 2:02 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Welcome home Spot! Got your message yesterday but nutso busy but will try to call you when I have enough time for a good chat.

June 29, 2009 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

...Gene would say no, but once they got married, the books about Palm Spring celebs reported that in that family "Jackie wears the pants."

...and Gene wore the Depends. And a smile.

June 29, 2009 4:57 PM  

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