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LA Times Sticks LATC In Calendar Ghetto

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, May 05, 2005, at 09:09AM

So the LA Times has a very brief article on LATC today, but it's stuck in that non-free ghetto of the Calendar section.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to discard the results of a 2003 process that sought a management company for downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Yet developer Tom Gilmore, whose proposal finished first in the preliminary results of that process, was optimistic after the vote. He had feared that the council would also move toward turning over LATC to a partnership between Latino Theater Company and the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture.

The theater company had tentatively received a $4-million state grant for capital improvements at LATC, and its supporters cited a May deadline for them to be able to prove that the city would match the grant.

But council members indicated that they might start from scratch, with a new and improved request for proposals.

Latino Theater's artistic director, Jose Luis Valenzuela, said that a new process "would be difficult for me, but if that's what they want to do, that's fine."

No matter what, this is now a new process. If it's not, that's illegal. In the time that the RFP was before them, Council was legally unable to consider other proposals or even think about what another deal might look like. Now that they have decided to throw out the RFP they get to do so with a clean slate.

Still no agenda posted for a Friday meeting. Last time the matter went before Budget & Finance it posted just minutes before the 24-hour deadline. In a few hours we'll see if that happens again.

Update (10:15am): As is the beauty of rumors, now I'm hearing no meeting for Friday. All the better. I'd rather just go to work.

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