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Arts and a Park

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005, at 09:27AM

We had an Arts Committee meeting last night. I got my meeting times confused, so I ended up there at 6:30 when the meeting really wasn't until 7. My meetings need to all have a standard time so that I don't get confused. Agenda items were fairly uneventful; a lot was updates on progress. Several members of the public came to address us, presenting the concept of an LA Civic Park on the site where the City is trying to put the new LAPD headquarters.

The meeting procedings themselves were pretty straight-forward. We've been a committee that likes to get bogged down in a few key issues lately, but I felt like yesterday we did a pretty good job of sticking to the agenda and getting through everything.

The people presenting the Civic Park idea made a good case -- who wants to argue against a park? On their website they present the case for why the arts community needs the park. The location is the end of Gallery Row, and the motor pool would require the demolition of the building currently housing the MJ Higgins. The pool's construction could also lead to the elimination of much of the public parking in that area.

If you're reading this today, and you're interested in getting involved, the headquarters is on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting of the Cultural Affairs Commission. Otherwise, you might want to go to the LA Civic Park site to sign their petition and give them your information so that they can get in touch with you for future events.

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