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Councilman Ryu seeks to halt LaBonge’s last-minute spending; L.A. Coroner gift shop under review; don’t let Fido freakout over fireworks

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  • New 4th District Councilman David Ryu wants to block giving more than $600,000 to various community groups and projects that were requested by his predecessor, Tom LaBonge.  L.A. Now
  • The County Coroner is reviewing the operations of Skeletons in the Closet, its Lincoln Heights gift shop that sells “party” body bags, Coroner hoodies and other items in the same facility where grieving relatives gather. Daily News

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5 comments

  1. I’m happy to see that Councilman Ryu is taking a second look at Tom LaBonge’s ‘donations’. I wondered when I saw the original list why LACMA, one of the best funded museums in the country, was being given $50,000!

    • I was thinking the EXACT same thing when I read the funding plans … that the museum is being given the most money, but needs it the least. There are so many other ways that money could be better spent. He probably just wants his name up on a wall somewhere at the museum, or in bigger font if it’s already there. I would prefer to see it all being given to schools in need. When I was growing up, public schools didn’t have to regularly hold fundraisers for basic supplies, amenities, and upkeep. In any event, I’m glad to see Ryu is starting off on the right foot by saying his constituents should have some say in how the money is spent.

    • So Ryu, who hasn’t even been in city hall yet, knows better than long Tim LaBonge? And Arturo is going to get input from the community when he doesn’t even know who’s who? Oh yeah, he’ll listen to his contributors.

      • So Ryu, who hasn’t even been in city hall yet, knows better than long time Tom LaBonge? And Ryu is going to get input from the community when he doesn’t even know who’s who? Oh yeah, he’ll listen to his contributors.

  2. The $50,000 allocation is to pay for pre-Columbian pottery broken when LaBonge hopped the rope during a special tour for elected officials of LACMA’s vault.

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