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Friday, September 30, 2016

Council men in standoff over Autry expansion

Parks committee meeting draws a crowd. Photo by Martha Benedict

The City Council’s Arts, Parks & Recreation Committee failed this morning to take a position on a proposed expansion of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park after the only two committee members who showed up – councilmen Tom LaBonge and Ed Reyes – disagreed about what to do. LaBonge indicated that he wanted to support and forward the proposal to the full City Council for a vote but Reyes voiced his opposition, said Nicole Possert* with the Friends of the Southwest Museum.  The friends group and its allies have opposed allowing the Autry National Center, which owns both the Autry and the Southwest Museum on Mount Washington, to expand the Griffith Park museum unless it agrees to reopen the Mount Washington facility as a full-fledged museum. The Autry has refused.  What’s going to happen now?

Possert said LaBonge, who is committee chair, can refer the motion to the full City Council without a recommendation, postpone the matter until the next regular committee meeting on June 14 or call a special meeting. “Tom said he’d let everyone know [by email] what his decision was and ended the meeting,” Possert said.

Related post:

  • Next step in Autry expansion approval process still uncertain. Patch

* Possert is a frequent contributor to The Eastsider



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  1. Where is Councilman Huizar?
    Doesn’t he represent the Southwest Museum?

  2. I, too, am surprised and disappointed that Councilman Huizar was not in attendance. He has been a supporter of the Southwest Museum, so this seems out of character.

    Councilman Huizar knows first-hand that the Autry Museum says one thing and then does another.

    There are enough treasures to support BOTH museums.

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