CAO Recommends Eliminating Department of Cultural Affairs

In a document dated March 18, 2011, City Adminstraive Officer, Miguel A. Santana recommends eliminating the Department of Cultural Affairs to save the City $10,708,000.

Please attend the Budget and Finance Committe Meeting, Monday, March 21, 9:00 am, City Hall, Room 340, Agenda Item 9.

Here’s an excerpt from “Current and Future Opportunities to Strengthen City Government” pages 95-98 (I recommended reading the rest of the 219 page document so you can see what else he is proposing to elimnate.)
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City Offers 96% Rent Reduction for Its Facilties

Ever wish for a bigger place? Maybe an extra room for a home office or another bedroom for guests or family members or maybe you thought about going into business for yourself and need a prime location to execute your entrepreneurial dream.

Now’s your chance! The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the City Council and the Mayor is offering prime real estate for 4% of the going market rate. Yes, you can get a 16,700 square foot art gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard with new solar panels and a new freight elevator. They’ll even throw in $14,000 a year just in case you have trouble paying the $1,169 a month rent on the place. Don’t forget the utilities are included.

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More Free Music at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Friday, August 13, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Classical Music Trio, Vincent Reyes on guitar, Lisa Grzanka on violin, and Mini Zabala on flute perform classical interpretations of contemporary pop hits.

Saturday, August 14, noon to 5pm
DJ Counterstryke hosts Three the Art Way (Live: Music, Poetry, Art)
Music by Prayers for Sale, Poetry by Mike the Poet, and Live Painting by Mear One

Sunday, August 15, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Musical performances by The Shipl with roots in klezmer and branches extending into Balkan and Eastern European melodies.

All performances are free and open to the public.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-6269

Free Live Music at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Marten, Piry, and Harry (three amazing Chicano indie rockers) have formed a band called Family Tree Analog.

For the past few years, they’ve been playing shredding shows around town and people say they sound like the next Nirvana/Smashing Pumpkins/Sonic Youth/At the Drive-In/Radiohead/???…

They are a mostly instrumental post-rock band from Lynwood, CA. Their music combines jazz style drums, distorted guitars and all with no use of a bass guitar. It’s amazing.

Family Tree Analog plays tonite, August 6, at 7:30
Where: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood, Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 644-6269

Special Public Meeting to Determine the Future of the City

Voice your thoughts on the City’s decision to partner out the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, the Junior Art Center, the Barnsdall Art Center, the Warner Grand Theater, the Madrid Theater, the Willam Grant Still Art Center, the Vision Theater, the Watts Towers Arts Center, and the Charles Mingus Youth Art Center as well as a 50% reduction in the Department of Cultural Affairs budget.

What: Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee Special Meeting
When: Monday, March 22 at 10:00 am
Where: City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street
Details: Discussion of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ current budget, Department’s submittal for 2010-11 Budget, impact of the Early Retirement Incentive Program, possible restructuring of Department operations, and other related matters.

Click Here for the Agenda

What Would You Cut?

The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is threatening to lay-off many workers, the number fluctuates daily. In addition, various Departments like the one On Disability is being threatened with elimination. There have been quite a few posts here about what is going on.

Since the Mayor can’t come up with any ideas other than laying workers off, privatizing municipal institutions, and hiking up parking tickets I think we should come up with our own budget cuts and pass them on to him.
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The winner is…

Will Campbell is the Everyday in LA winner. His name was chosen by our blindfolded judge who’s identity cannot be revealed but who has no bias towards any answeree.

Please contact me to make arrangements for the delivery of your previously owned black rolling office chair.

Tomorrow starts another round of photos and questions for a large jar of homemade marmalade.