It's kind of short notice but anyone who has time time to go tonite or tomorrow morning to the actual meeting please show up..this is a really important issue..please forward this to your email list..thanks..s
Wednesday, February 3rd, L.A. City Council's Budget & Finance
Committee will put forward a motion to dissolve Cultural Affairs.
We are inviting the community to an open forum discussion.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
132 S. Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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The arts in Los Angeles are in crisis and they need your voice.
The City of Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee has put forward a
motion to eliminate the Department of Cultural Affairs dedicated source
Voice your support to maintain the only dedicated revenue source for neighborhood art and culture in the City of Los Angeles.
Take action by sending your Councilmember a letter voicing your opposition to this motion.
Take action by joining Arts for LA in providing public testimony at the council meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd.
Take action by blasting this alert to your networks.Use the service links below to share with Facebook, Twitter, Digg etc.
Take two minutes and send your city council member an email. Remind your Council Member that the arts:
Arts, like parks are for everyone
This motion will go before to Council for a vote this Wednesday,
February 3rd. Show the City Council the power of the arts community.
Attend the Council meeting and provide public comment. We need to
remind Council of just how important the arts are to Los Angeles.
I am emailing to ask a huge favor. The LA City CAO has recommended to cut
the Cultural Affairs Department by 30 employees, or 48% of its workforce,
AND *eliminate* the entire Human Services Department.
As you know I am a member of the Human Relations Commission (HRC), so most
of the info I am fwding is related to HRC. Please see attached and
links/info below regarding the elimination of the Human Services Dept. This
will mean that *all* staff that serve the three commissions: Human Relations
Commission, Commission on Children, Youth, and Families, and Commission on
the Status of Women, will be layed off. If this happens, this would lead to
the demise of the three commissions and public safety in Los Angeles.
City Council members must make informed decisions, realizing the existence
of the HSD far outweighs the costs of any lawsuits and private/contract
services needed to implement peace mediations around race, gender, religion,
citizenship, etc. They need to realize the history of how the HRC was born
out of the 1965 Watts Uprising and the role these commissions continue to
play in making LA a great place to live.
You will find articles about the budget recommendation to eliminate the HSD
I would truly appreciate it if you could email or call your City Council
Rep. or all of City Council for that matter, urging them to vote "NO" on
cuts to the Cultural Affairs Dept and the elimination of the Human Service
Department. The Mid-Year Status report will be heard in Budget and Finance
Committee on *Monday Feb.1st at 1pm* and will go before the full City
Council on *Wed. Feb. 3rd at 10am *in Council Chambers. Please feel free to
forward this email.
Los Angeles City Human Relations Commissioner
It is budget time of the year again and of course that means that the
Human Services Department (Human Relations) is on the chopping block again.
This year, they are talking about *complete elimination* of our department.
So, as is my tradition each year, I'm encouraging people to ask their
electeds not to cut a department that does so much for so many in this
City. I tell you very sincerely with 100% certainty that your calls and
e-mails in previous years have been immensely powerful.
Please take 5 minutes and send City Council and the Mayor a little e-mail
message to let them know that we do invaluable work. You can compose your
own e-mail message or cut and paste the "model" e-mail I have attached for
you into the body of your e-mail. Please don't forward this e-mail--just do
a simple cut & paste.
Also please feel free to call AND e-mail. Here is the contact information
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Council Member Ed Reyes
Council Member Paul Krekorian
Council Member Dennis Zine
Council Member Tom LaBonge
Council Member Paul Koretz
Council Member Tony Cardenas
Council Member Richard Alarcon
Council Member Bernard Parks (Chair of Budget & Finance)
Council Member Jan Perry
Council Member Herb Wesson
Council Member Bill Rosendahl
Council Member Greig Smith
Council Member Eric Garcetti
Council Member Jose Huizar
Council Member Janice Hahn
THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!
Melany Dela Cruz-Viesca
AAPI Nexus Journal Managing Editor/Census Coordinator
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
3230 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone| 310/206-7738 Fax| 310/206-9844
FROM: Kathy Gallegos, Avenue 50 Studios, Highland Park
Action Alert Cultural Affairs grants in jeopardy
Dear Friends: I want to alert you to a City Counsel meeting that will take
place Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 am at City Hall in the council chamber.
There is a motion being heard ³Item 13² which will remove the guaranteed
funding from the hotel tax which comprises the entire budget for the
Department of Cultural Affairs. DCA is not funded though tax dollars,
solely through this tax on hotel tourism. The grants program is being
targeted; all existing grants will be revoked and no grants will be given
Please see motion
and LA Times article
What this motion does is open the door for the City Council to reduce or
eliminate funding for DCA¹s programs without any impediments. It is clear
through the LA Times articles that the grant program that support small arts
organizations such as the Avenue 50 and other arts organizations throughout
the city is the target. Our organization is dependent on this funding which
supports artists and the arts community and has social and economic impact
for the many artists we serve. This is a serious situation unlike those
that may have happened in the previous years. This is real. If you want
the City Council to see the faces and hear the voices of those impacted, I
want to encourage you to attend this meeting. If you want to speak you need
to fill out a card and hand it to the bailiff. There is public comment
opportunity for you to speak for about one minute. I will be there. I hope
to see you there too.
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042
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