Urgent message from Friends of Southwest Museum on "illegal secret expansion plans" for Autry National Center at Griffith Park
** Afternoon Update: The Griffith Park Wayist has a excellent post with background documentation, on the illegal actions of the Recreation and Parks Commission.
URGENT REQUEST FOR YOUR ACTION TODAY TO END THE AUTRY MUSEUM
PLAN TO MOVE THE SOUTHWEST MUSEUM INTO GRIFFITH PARK
Your Coalition Steering Committee is writing to report to you a series
of actions of the General Manager of the Los Angeles Recreation and
Parks Department and the Autry Museum that once again imperil the
Last Friday, the Board of Recreation and Parks Commission, after
extremely limited notice to the public, quietly took up a secret Autry
proposal to expand its exhibition space in Griffith Park to enable Autry replace
and destroy the Southwest Museum institution.
There is a way to obtain public review and proper consideration of
this item of business. Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes, in
whose districts the Southwest Museum’s assets are located, must
immediately work with Council President Eric Garcetti to put on the
City Council’s meeting agenda an item to consider “assuming
jurisdiction” over the Recreation and Park Commission’s decision.
Unless the Council assumes jurisdiction within five council meeting
days after the Recreation and Parks Commission action, it will become
final. If jurisdiction is assumed, then the Council has 21 days to
consider the item and veto (or not veto) it.
It is absolutely critical that as many voters as possible contact
Councilmembers Huizar and Reyes immediately. And that is where you,
the supporters of the Southwest Museum, have in the past changed the
outcome and you can do it again.
The most powerful thing you can do is call their offices tomorrow.
Tonight and tomorrow, you can send an email expressing outrage over
Autry’s attempt to sneak a scaled down version of its expansion
project through the Commission without ever disclosing the existence
of a revived project to any community group or the public. Then open
your address book and send this Action Alert on to your friends asking
them to do the same.
Our communities across Los Angeles must object firmly and with
justified outrage at this time or the Autry truly will have succeeded
in walking off with $5 million of endowment, a priceless collection,
and a 13-acre National Register Historic site with the museum and Casa
de Adobe. Officials at City Hall told us that the Southwest Museum
letters, faxes and phone calls in June 2009 was the biggest response
to any issue in recent memory – including Billy the Elephant at the
Zoo! As soon as you receive this alert, at a minimum, send it to your
address book, post it on Facebook, Twitter your outrage at the “sleazy
backroom politics of City Hall” that seeks to destroy our City’s
historic sites like the Southwest.
It is time to take off the gloves and punch with all your might at the
corrupt practices of the Autry and the Recreation and Parks
** ..... and lets see if Councilman Huizar backs his words with action.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: Friends of the Southwest Museum