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ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa doesn't agree with a proposal floated by the city's chief fiscal officer calling for eliminating government support for the arts as a way to address a $404-million budget shortfall, a top aide said Monday. Miguel Santana, the city administrative officer, suggested saving $10.7 million by doing away with the Department of Cultural Affairs as one of three options for the arts included in a wide-ranging, 219-page memo he sent to the mayor and City Council leaders on Friday with his ideas for closing the funding gap. The least drastic measure Santana offered calls for $1.3 million in savings while preserving all of the department's current functions, which include making grants to arts organizations and individual artists, partially funding community festivals, and running a network of cultural landmarks and neighborhood arts centers and theaters.
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OPINION
January 2, 2011
It's simple: Follow the tax money Re "Stimulus for L.A. mostly sits unspent," Dec. 26 The failure to effectively use hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money is Exhibit A in the case that as much as possible, government should function on a local level, relying on federal powers for limited areas. All tax money originates locally. But we send it to Washington, let them remove their vig and return the rest with restrictions on how it can be used. To install left-turn signals, we tax local citizens, send the money to Washington, have the city submit a proposal to get some of the money back, and have a federal committee grant it back to us and another federal agency oversee it, creating several extra steps to put a signal at Sunset and Wilcox.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
With some city arts centers on the verge of shutting their doors, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to shift money earmarked for public art projects to keep classes and other cultural programs running over the next two years. City leaders have authorized as many as 4,000 job cuts to address a $485-million budget shortfall next year. Arts supporters pleaded with the council to intervene after the first pink slips were issued to employees at the William Grant Still Arts Center in West Adams, the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center in Watts and the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
The Los Angeles City Council scrounged for money Wednesday to help keep the city's network of 25 neighborhood arts centers above water amid the current municipal budget deluge. Among the most promising ideas: changing current law to tap into a fund of $5 million created by the city's charging itself a 1% arts fee for every government-funded capital construction project. Rules call for that money to be used to buy artworks for public spaces and to pay for new cultural facilities.
OPINION
February 9, 2010 | By Gillian Bagwell
The lead paragraph of The Times' Feb. 7 article, "A shifting canvas in Pasadena," states that the "city has carried out a tradition of giving back in the form of art." As the founder and artistic director of the defunct Pasadena Shakespeare Company, which performed 37 critically acclaimed productions over nine seasons, my experience is not consistent with the oft-repeated claim that Pasadena is supportive of the arts (at least in any meaningful way). Indeed, it comes as no surprise to me that the artistic canvas to which The Times refers is shifting -- or in imminent danger of sinking beneath the waves.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
Struggling to cope with a severe budget crisis, the Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal Wednesday that would strip the municipal arts agency of the guaranteed funding it has enjoyed since 1989. The idea of cutting off a direct pipeline between hotel tax receipts and arts funding drew an immediate outcry from arts supporters, reminiscent of one in 2004 that stopped then-Mayor James K. Hahn from eliminating the Department of Cultural Affairs and putting arts operations under the Recreation and Parks Department instead.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2009 | associated press
At the annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. gives away gold-and-marble statuettes. At its annual summer luncheon Tuesday, the group gave away $1.2 million in grants to arts organizations nationwide. Warren Beatty, Rose McGowan, Eva Longoria Parker and Dylan McDermott were among the stars who joined association President Philip Berk at the Beverly Hills Hotel to present grants to 29 film schools and nonprofit groups. The private, untelevised luncheon drew scads of celebrities and industry execs, who schmoozed over Champagne and fine food.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Leaders of L.A.'s financially troubled Museum of Contemporary Art said Friday that they have crafted a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year -- but only by sacrificing four planned exhibitions and 17 more jobs, including two of seven curators. They hope that a fall exhibition drawn solely from MOCA's acclaimed collection of post-World War II art will be a blockbuster and signal that the museum's turnaround from last year's near-collapse is well underway.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Los Angeles County's three biggest government-supported cultural institutions figure to reap $60 million in taxpayer funding for the coming 2009-10 fiscal year, their subsidies holding up well despite falling property values and other recession-spurred declines in tax receipts that are draining public coffers. Public libraries and county and municipal arts agencies didn't fare as well in the county budget proposal released Monday, or in the city of Los Angeles spending plan just issued by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
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