Berg and others said De La Paz's willingness to look at history through a different lens made her work appealing.
But some members of the historical association, including McCreary, who served on the MTA's advisory group for the station, do not see it that way. McCreary was not a member of the artist selection panel.
De La Paz said she is willing to talk with McCreary or anyone else for that matter. She also notes that she has asked Bill Mason, former curator of the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, to review the wording of the narrative that will accompany her work.
She is reading a number of history books, manuscripts and articles, including one written by McCreary, as background for the narrative she will write, said Mason, who has already conferred several times with De La Paz.
"The problem in Los Angeles is, we've been blighted by chamber of commerce historians," Mason said. "For example, it's a prevailing self-conceit on the part of Americans that they were liberating California by signing the treaty (of Cahuenga). The U. S. weren't really liberators. There were very few in California who wanted annexation. The area was 95% settled by Mexicans."
Observed De La Paz: "Sometime in 1995, maybe we can attain the same level of civility that was attained in 1847 when the treaty was signed. It was an honorable peace. That much, we all agree to."