Responding to concerns that plans to rebuild the Los Angeles County Museum of Art could result in environmental damage to the La Brea Tar Pits, county leaders voted Tuesday to ask representatives from both landmarks to present details about the proposal to the Board of Supervisors within the next 45 days.
But the vote came after some acrimony between Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mike Antonovich, after Antonovich raised the matter.
"The board has not been given the courtesy of a briefing. Consequently, the broader public has not heard about the plans," Antonovich said, putting forward a motion that county workers report back with information about the proposal and its potential effects.
Yaroslavsky bristled, noting that all the supervisors and their staff had been invited to see a model of the plans at the museum, and that it was premature to know of any potential damage on the tar pits.
"I appreciate Mr. Antonovich's incredible interest in things well beyond his district, but he's entitled," the West Los Angeles supervisor said. "In all seriousness, this issue has been widely discussed. Every member of this board has been invited to the museum to see the model," which is too big to fit in the board room.