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City landmark deserves attention

July 27, 2009

Re "Dead end on Olvera Street," Editorial, July 13

I appreciate The Times' attention to a recent audit released by the city controllers office on the El Pueblo Historic Monument. This important landmark in the city of Los Angeles indeed deserves our attention.

Even before the audit's release, I, along with other city officials, had taken steps to transform El Pueblo into a financially self-sufficient venue.

As a member of the budget and finance committee, I requested last month that the general manager of El Pueblo begin negotiations with the 61 merchants currently without lease agreements to bring their rents more in line with current market rates. As the audit pointed out, this would provide a sizable revenue source.

I also believe the department must do all it can to ensure that the merchants of El Pueblo are treated fairly and that we as a city do more to make sure the day-to-day operations and maintenance of El Pueblo are carried out in a way worthy of the birthplace of Los Angeles.

Jose Huizar

Los Angeles

The writer is the 14th District Council member.

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