Bob Barker to dedicate future PETA offices in Echo Park *

Former game show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker is scheduled to appear at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Echo Park this afternoon * at the future West Coast headquarters of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, according to Associated Press. Barker donated $2.5 million to purchase the Sunset Boulevard building west of Alvarado Street. The Eastsider reported last December that the animal rights group had purchased the former mattress showroom and planned to relocate 55 employees – including some 40 members of its East Coast headquarters staff – to the Echo Park building.

* UPDATE: Barker, TV news crews and PETA supporters dressed in denim short-shorts and hard hats showed up for a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony shortly after 12 PM.

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