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Cultural Affairs Likely to Surrender More Arts Centers

One thing the CAO's budget indicates strongly is that the Mayor intends to farm out Barnsdall's Gallery Theater and Warner Grand in San Pedro to arts organizations--the way Cultural Affairs did to the erstwhile Los Angeles Theater Center, now operated by the Latino Theater Group after a very embittered political process in 2005 and 2006.

The CAO's budget calls for elimination of Cultural Affairs positions at Barnsdall and Warner Center. The City has already issued a Request for Proposals to arts organizations interested in operating the sites. The two Councilmembers in question, Eric Garcetti and Janice Hahn, are ambivalent towards the Mayor's wishes, and have not announced any plans to go to bat to protect the arts centers in their districts.