The report of Jan. 26 that the Cultural Foundation is celebrating a $25,000 contribution toward the building of an Arts Park in the Sepulveda Basin boggles the mind. What's to celebrate?
Here is an organization with no experience in a project of this kind and with a track record of one failure after another. After seven years of no progress other than press releases, they have achieved the magnificent sum of $50,000 in the bank and $25,000 worth of a corporation's stock, which all together amounts to less than one-fifth of 1% of the $45 million they need. And, at the rate they're going, they'll need twice that before the thing is fully funded.
Now, they're talking about five more years to raise the first $15 million to start building something nobody wants but the "arts" people themselves, and the contractors who look forward to the orders for the concrete for the monstrous buildings and the asphalt for the parking lots. So, after 12 years, they'll maybe start digging up the area for a project they'll never be able to finish, leaving the people of the Valley stuck with a hole in the ground or, at best, a music hall that can only pay for its upkeep with the kind of entertainment that further sullies the environment.