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City at Noon: Maria Elena onstage at LATC, + Rutten on Team Tony


JM, LATC, 4.16.08

Labor as Theater: The lineup at the Latino Theater Company's Los Angeles Theater Center includes a conversation with labor leader Maria Elena Durazo. Inserting politics into a theater space seems like a deliberte slap in the face to the City's Department of Cultural Affairs. The bitter dispute for control of the space involved many recriminations.

The LATC venue was awarded as a home to the Latino Theater Company through a considerable taxpayer admixture of City and State funds, and string pulling by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Fabian Nunez, over the wishes of the City's Department of Cultural Affairs, which wanted to award the space to a Shakespeare company.

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Up Spring Street a little, Tim Rutten is the latest Times scribe to jump into the Mayor's lap:
Most important, the mayor demonstrated his commitment to the gang issue by increasing funding for anti-gang initiatives from $19 million to $24 million. That may not sound like a lot, but in a year of budgetary crisis and proposed fee hikes on electricity and trash collection, it's the equivalent of giving a quart of political blood.
No it's not. It's the equivalent of 1/12th of a gift from Eli Broad to LACMA for something with his name on it. I'm sure you can find plenty of your own equivalents. Who does he think he's kidding?