City Council Moves Lease Subsidy Issue to Committee

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 1:09pm

On June 1st, 2010, the Los Angeles City Council voted to move the proposed Nonprofit Lease Subsidy Council File into the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee. 

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Over 3,000 advocates had written to City Council urging them to give the proposal more careful consideration by moving it to Arts, Parks, Health & Aging. 

There was considerable discussion on the issue, with some Councilmembers lobbying to pass the motion as written.

Councilwoman Hahn noted, "I can’t vote for this yet. I don’t have enough information before me." Ultimately, the majority of Councilmembers agreed, with 12 of 15 voting to move the proposal back into committee. 

Councilman LaBonge made the motion, with Alarcon seconding.  LaBonge said, "I think it's important to listen to the nonprofits on this issue."

Councilman Alarcon spoke eloquently about the contributions of nonprofits within his district, both to the community and to the preservation of their buildings. "If the nonprofits charged us in real value what they are providing us, we would owe them money," the Councilman said.  

Representatives from many local organizations signed up to give public testimony at the meeting, including advocates from LA Conservation Corps, Central City Action Committee, ONE Generation, People Coordinated Services, McGroarty Arts Center, Hoover Intergenerational Center, West LA Family Resource Center, Barnsdall Art Park, Hollyhock House, Hollywood Arts Council, BACSAC, SPARC, El Centro del Pueblo and the Odyssey Theatre.  The Council was not able to get through all speaker cards, but those who spoke can be seen here on Arts for LA's Flickr Set

Arts for LA will provide additional information as we receive it.  To view all City Council files & information or receive up-to-the-minute updates on this issue, visit cityclerk.lacity.org and search for Council File 08-2762.

For the background on this issue, please click here.

Photo: Julia Salazar from Center for the Arts Eagle Rock providing testimony.

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