Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 15 Archive

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 15 Archive

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Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to revise or submit responses, please contact Abe Flores at info@artsforla.org or 213-225-7526.

Elections for this city council are run by district, meaning voters in each district may elect one name from the district’s candidates. Voters may vote in only one district.

To determine your home district, please visit the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk website.

A runoff may be held on May 21, 2013 between the top two candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Candidates: Joe Buscaino, James T. Law

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

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Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 11 Archive

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 11 Archive

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Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to revise or submit responses, please contact Abe Flores at info@artsforla.org or 213-225-7526.

Elections for this city council are run by district, meaning voters in each district may elect one name from the district’s candidates. Voters may vote in only one district.

To determine your home district, please visit the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk website.

A runoff may be held on May 21, 2013 between the top two candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Candidates: Mike Bonin, Odysseus Bostick, Tina Hess, Frederick Sutton

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

As a child, I was inspired and left in absolute awe by the beauty of the stained glass in my hometown church in Clinton, MA, St. John the Evangelist, a beautiful Gothic Revival structure built by 19th Century immigrants. The stained glass windows, the stunning ceiling murals, the gorgeously painted Stations of the Cross, instructed me in my faith, taught me history, and exposed me to centuries of culture without a single word, and with the tremendous power of the eye, and the universal language of the heart.

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As a young person in Orange County’s public school system I recall being introduced to the arts through an ambitious school program that provided field trips to various cultural venues – particularly in Los Angeles. It was during these trips that I received my first entrée into the wealth of culture offered by the City of LA. These visits included matinees to the theater and opera, as well as LA County Museum of Art, and smaller venues in Orange County. I remember the opera, The Barber of Seville, started and the sights and sounds immediately floored me. From that moment on I developed a rich appreciation for art and culture. It is an appreciation that remains.

As an artist myself, acting taught me to chase my passions, feel compassion and helped me relate to people across the spectrum. Acting is about giving and being selfless. It is being blank and willing to search deep parts of your soul to find sensitivities that exist. The average person does everything in their power to void these hidden places. It taught me to not only face my fears but charge at them head on. It taught me patience, hard work and the simple value that nothing comes easy. Acting allows you to delve into experiences one normally does not encounter. It pushes you to be a better person and allows you to be affected by everything. If it were not for the life lessons I learned from art, I would not have the strength to run for City Council.

Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

This needs so much more than 100 words! There are dozens of specific things, but it all begins with the personal and emotional commitment of the elected official. We need councilmembers who understand, embrace and feel the power of art to uplift, challenge and inspire. That is why I helped create the Venice Art Walls and the Venice Beach Poetry monument, why I have championed murals and public art, and why I have fought for arts programs for young people, especially at-risk youth. I want to do more of that and be the Arts Champion on the LA City Council!

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I believe that City Council should foster and patronize the arts to enrich our communities and youth. I believe that art brings civility to our neighborhoods. It should be nurtured as a component of education and recreation. I believe that, as with most ventures in which the City is involved, it is the City's job to foster public-private partnerships. I also believe that local colleges and universities should play a large role in planning and making cultural venues accessible to young people and other members of the public. Additionally, other advantages of supporting the arts are that it encourages people to spend money in the local economy, which in turn supports jobs and surrounding businesses, and increases tax revenues on a local, state, and federal levels. Artistic and cultural endeavors support the ideals of a connected and compassionate community. The prestige of our cultural and artistic successes brings investors and tourists from all over the country and the world. I feel it is essential for the City Council to have an active role in developing and maintaining cultural and artistic infrastructure. In addition councilmembers should, when possible, attend and promote a calendar of cultural events offered in the community.

I believe the city council should help the community come together by fostering community events and activities like the downtown art walk and Santa Monica GLOW festival. The council need to be cultural cheerleaders. One of my favorite art exhibits over the summer was the Hammer made in LA exhibit promoting local artists. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world but really it should be the art capital of the world. We need to foster and promote our artists in all endeavors and create awareness for what is emerging and the genres of art that exist in this city. Our city is full of artistic talent and there should be more avenues to display these forms to the public.

Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

First of all, I would vigorously defend and protect the 1% for Arts fund, and would seek to find ways to expand or augment arts and cultural funding. When faced with development proposals, I would push for additional arts funding as mitigation, and would encourage major employers in my district to support and partner with local arts organizations. I would also consider an arts surcharge for city-subsidized special events, such as marathons and road races, creating a new revenue stream for arts and cultural programming.

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In 1989 the city passed the Transient Occupancy Tax that earmarked $1 in taxes per $100 of hotel room charges for the Department of Cultural Affairs – providing for most of the $9.6 million dollar budget. In 1991 City Council approved the Arts Development Fee Ordinance mandating that arts fees be gathered as mitigation for new construction in the city. The mayor-appointed cultural affairs commission (CAC) serves as an advisory body to the Department. I think it is essential that the Commission encourage and facilitate the establishment of public-private-academic partnerships as an important avenue from which to pursue expansion of local arts. As a City Councilmember – I would work with businesses, homeowners, commuters, and other community activists in order to determine what other action we might be able to agree to impose a modest tax on (assuming we can agree on such an activity) in order to support increased funding for the arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs. For instance a development tax, a venue tax or a cigarette tax.

Unfortunately due to negligent management of our cities finances, funding for the arts is in jeopardy. My candidacy is built upon raising the awareness of the financial recklessness that has taken place in city hall. Every dollar that is saved by righting our financial course, is a dollar that can be used for public services. Plain and simple. We need to get back to the basic function of improving the life for all Angelenos.

Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

I want to list more than three! 1) I would try to inspire or initiate something similar to the “Community of Angels” project of a decade ago. Such projects unite the city, create public art, and create a public relations buzz and a tourism draw. And it was just totally cool to see and experience. We need more of that! 2) I would help restore LA’s rightful role as Mural Capital of the World. 3) I’d create more affordable housing, because artists (like the rest of us) need a place to live.

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1. I would convene a District Arts Council comprised by appropriate agencies, community members, private industry and local colleges and universities to discuss increased funding opportunities and joint ventures. 2. Actively collaborate with local for profit and non-profit artistic and cultural centers to determine their most pressing needs, desires, and ideas for improvement. 3. As a councilmember I would personally pledge to promote and attend one cultural/artistic event every week. In addition, I promise to assist in the development of cultural exchanges wherever it is feasible and can be agreed upon by my constituents.

I want to focus on bringing jobs back to Los Angeles. As business thrives, arts thrive. Part of this equation is the crusade to bring television and film production back to Los Angeles. Our signature industry is being starved out. We can start by helping independent filmmakers create their art here. We need to look for alternatives to help small budget productions work within our system and not outside of it. We want the small productions as well as the large to feel comfortable and encouraged to film here. I want to reduce the gross business tax, a relic from the 1930's to encourage small business to open here. This will create more jobs for those artists just starting out and needing the ever elusive "survival" job. It will help them sustain themselves as their passion and art develop. I will work every day to promote this city and attract those explores of art who blaze new trails. The made in LA promotion that took place during fashion week was fantastic and we should have more spotlights put upon all art forms and use partnerships to help implement them. We need our local government to create conditions where mankind can chase their passions if they so wish and step aside to let the human mind run free. Local government should foster art and business, not hinder it. Once an artist, always an artist and I will bring those sensibilities with me to the council seat.

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 5 Archive

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 5 Archive

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Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to revise or submit responses, please contact Abe Flores at info@artsforla.org or 213-225-7526.

Elections for this city council are run by district, meaning voters in each district may elect one name from the district’s candidates. Voters may vote in only one district.

To determine your home district, please visit the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk website.

A runoff may be held on May 21, 2013 between the top two candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Candidates: Mark Matthew Herd, Paul Koretz

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

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Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 7 Archive

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 7 Archive

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Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to revise or submit responses, please contact Abe Flores at info@artsforla.org or 213-225-7526.

Elections for this city council are run by district, meaning voters in each district may elect one name from the district’s candidates. Voters may vote in only one district.

To determine your home district, please visit the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk website.

A runoff may be held on May 21, 2013 between the top two candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Candidates: J. David Barron, Nicole Chase, Krystee Clark, Felipe Fuentes

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

In grade school being the solo singer in recitals. Solo singer at Church of the Assumption choir. As a youngster, I drew caricatures on sweat-shirts for neighborhood friends. Drawing colorful cartoon caricatures on large posters for high school clubs and later on for community events. . I don’t know at what age you stop growing up? But, the most meaningful….a grand love for music and dancing in front of a live orchestra.

I have always had an appreciation for the arts, especially theater arts. My passion for theater began at the University of California at Berkeley 1985 - 1990. I not only performed in several major productions on campus, I also produced, directed and instructed students. During this time I was exposed to a variety of well known playwrights and industry professionals.

Travel has always been an integral part of my life. I am fascinated with ancient cultures and civilizations and was lucky to have International exposure from an early age. When I was seven years old my family spent the summer on a freighter cruising thru the Mediterranean. The Captain of the ship had a daughter about my age, but she only spoke Yugoslavian. I remember creating picture books of various objects and ideas that we could point at in order to communicate with each other. Being thrust into an unusual situation forced us to be creative problem solvers and we instantly became friends.

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

Support the development of simple out door stages with attached dressing rooms and available electrical power at selected city parks. Make traffic control personnel available for special art events. Promote the importance of the “Arts” in our schools. Encourage independent non-profit to support the arts, raise private funds and apply for grants.

The Council should strive to make sure the ARTS remain a vibrant and intricate part of Los Angeles. This includes making sure resources and opportunities are readily available to students and communities. The ARTS allow for a unique form of communication, that often crosses cultural barriers. When these barriers are penetrated people often realize that regardless of ethnic makeup, we as a people seek similar opportunities for our children as well as successful and fulfilling well rounded lives. The ARTS create a telescope into the histories of various cultures, which in return provide for greater respect and appreciation for the trials and tribulations that came out of sacrifice, suffering and human determination to survive. It is for this reason that the ARTs (all of its mediums) must remain an active and viable resource for every community. It is for this reason that the ARTs (all of its mediums) must remain an active and viable resource for every community. This means, City Council should continue to strive to support funding for the ARTS both in the public setting, in our schools and as a therapeutic tool for addressing some mental health issues.

Councilmembers should encourage public art projects in conjunction with all new development projects. Aesthetics are important to the health, happiness and prosperity of our communities. We need to ensure our transportation links our neighborhoods with our cultural centers, theatres and museums. We should continue having our Metro system run late and promote “free nights” to accommodate popular music and art festivals throughout the City. City Council should take an active role in promoting cultural and art events that draw crowds of spectators. The giant Boulder that made it’s way across town to LACMA and the Space Shuttle journey became instant tourist attractions. Just the kind of creative attention Los Angeles needs to encourage an engaged and artistic community.

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

Per our city’s Chief Administrative Officer, this mayor and city council have been over-spending city revenues since this mayor was elected. This has placed the city on the edge of bankruptcy, causing a negative impact to the Arts. To begin a correction in the budget, if elected, I would do all I can to repeal the city’s business tax, which has driven employers out of town. This would encourage new employers and others to return and set up business and hire. This would begin to raise our tax base and increase our revenue even more, and allow for funding for the Arts.

I would strive to make sure that funding is provided to support and enhance the many forms of ART Culture that are represented in the City of Los Angeles.

When budgets are tight, it is necessary to look for solutions that are inexpensive or free for the City to initiate that will draw focus to our artistic and cultural diversity. Choosing a poet laureate for Los Angeles (Eloise Klein Healy) was a great way to focus attention to the written word. The Hollywood Bowl inducted its first Latina (Gloria Estefan) to their Hall of Fame. Citywide art projects paired with charities, clubs and organizations like the Community of Angels Scuptural project brought foot traffic and tourists on a quest to see every last decorated angel. Concerts in the park and songwriting competitions can help promote local talent and the World Music Renaissance that Los Angeles has recently become famous for. Art walks highlight our unique and eclectic neighborhood galleries and can attract private and not for profit attention and grants that can help fund costlier endeavors.

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

Since the city is as safe as it was in the 1950’s, I would motion to abolish the mayor’s unregulated multi-million dollar “anti-gang” program, and use those funds to hire additional police officers to suppress graffiti and gang-crime even more, to the point of eventually being able to abolish all gang injunctions. These funds would now be available to redistribution. I would make a motion to abolish the newly created Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, whose parent CRA, was abolished because it was not doing what it was intended to do…help communities. These funds could now be redistributed for Fire, Police, core services and have enough funding for the Arts. I would make a motion to roll back this mayor’s staff and his office budget that he tripled from the normal $8.6M, with a staff of about 70, to over $26M and increasing his staff to approximately 233 staffers. This $17M could go back to the general fund and some funding for the Arts.

The ARTS are a vital and powerful economic force in the City. I would work with the City in an effort to move it from a reactive mode to a proactive stance in terms of creating incentives that seek to attract more business to the City, especially in regards to the film industry. We need to create and or maintain effective and efficient department(s) that would be supportive and responsive with processing permits. I would work with my colleagues in terms of creating tax incentives and evaluating the option of reducing the cost of permits. We all know that creative ARTS touches just about every industry, it has the potential to generate talent that can compete on a global level. Therefore I would work to assure that resources are available to students allowing them to take advantage of the many structured creative art programs offered in the City. I would leverage my history as a development director with the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, to identify funds via grants and private donations to enhance Community Based Organization / Nonprofit programs offered in communities throughout the City.

One out of 6 jobs in Los Angeles are in a creative field. We need to help our student’s transition more seamlessly into the workforce. Pairing young artists with professionals will help open doors and show them first hand how to make a living using their talents. Encouraging internship programs, mentorships, scholarships and technical schools will help keep our creative workforce thriving. I am committed to increasing production incentives to help stimulate the Entertainment Industry so Los Angeles always remains competitive. We need to create affordable living complexes that integrate the needs of our creative community members that include studio space, practice halls and performance venues for artists.

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Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 3 Archive

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 3 Archive

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Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to revise or submit responses, please contact Abe Flores at info@artsforla.org or 213-225-7526.

Elections for this city council are run by district, meaning voters in each district may elect one name from the district’s candidates. Voters may vote in only one district.

To determine your home district, please visit the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk website.

A runoff may be held on May 21, 2013 between the top two candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Candidates: Elizabeth Badger, Bob Blumenfield, Cary Iaccino, Joyce J. Pearson, Steven E. Presberg, Scott Silverstein

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

When I was a young girl my grandfather use to read poems to me from an old beat-up leather-bound book. To this day I don't recall who any of the poets were, but I do remember the effect they had on me. These poems would inspire me to think of life through different eyes- giving me perspective into worlds I never knew about. I believe this experience deepened my appreciation for art, but also allowed me to carry through life an appreciation for the paths walked by others. I think this will be beneficial as Councilwoman, because in order to really represent the people, you need to understand and relate to them.

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Creativity and artistic work has defined my life from an early age up into my professional career. Custom metal fabrication, airbrushing, pin striping, automotive design, faux finishing, artwork restoration and other various artisan techniques reflect my lifelong work in the arts. I was quite active early in life with the encouragement of my family. I took private art and music lessons in different mediums, including drawing, painting and accordion. My most memorable early experiences were the school plays I performed in, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tom Sawyer and Taming of the Shrew.

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

Art and culture are incredibly important to the development of a well-rounded society. As Councilwoman, I will take an active role in promoting art and culture in our district by advocating for more art fairs, encouraging schools to introduce more art and culture into their curriculum, and I will personally make it my mission to lead by example by hosting a yearly cultural and art fair in my district so that we can showcase local talent. Finally, I would be honored to display art from the district and throughout the city in my council office.

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The 2011 Otis report on the Creative Economy shows our local creative industries are the 4th largest employment cluster in L.A. County. I’ve watched our City and State drive our entertainment sector to anywhere but the town where it was born. Though not a core service, Arts & Culture remains a crucial component to a beautiful city and a thriving Department of Cultural Affairs is key. The hasty dissolution of the CRA has killed any momentum on the mandatory art investment in citywide projects, but I’m confident that they can be funded and reinvigorated with the right leadership.

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

Funding for local arts and culture has suffered enough cuts at the hands of the City Council. As Councilwoman, I will be a champion for funding our arts and culture by going directly to the people and bringing their voice to the City Council. Whenever a cut is suggested, I will make sure the people are alerted and have time to react and make their opinions known. I believe simply bring a public eye to these cuts will do a significant amount of good in stopping many of these proposed cut backs.

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City Council is working right now to create a new Department to helm Economic Development, in the fallout of the confusing and mismanaged dissolution of CRA/LA. I will ask to sit on the committee that determines these outcomes. With the new responsibility of many properties and holdings, the City is at a turning point and must create a transparent framework for Public/Private Partnerships for new economic development. A key component in the expansion of funding for local Arts & Culture is to insure each new project includes an earmarked percentage of its budget for art.

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

Our city is home to some truly world class art institutions- from the Getty to the Autry museum. The first thing I would do is promote more art-driven tourism into our city by allocating funds ti promote tourism for these spots. While we may be known for our Hollywood sign and movie stars, we also boast create art and cultural centers. I think putting more emphasis on promote will go a long way in helping to promote the creative economy. Second, as mentioned earlier, I would see to it that our district hosted a yearly arts and culture festival to promote local art and encourage residents to get involved in buying local art or supporting local artists through donations to smaller art venues. Third, I would commission local artists to help beautify my district, through art installations or murals. Not only will this help promote the creative economy through jobs, it will also help promote culture within the community.

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1. To remain the entertainment capitol, we must become less hostile to business. We must eliminate the disincentives that drive production and jobs away. 2. Art should be a recommended component by percentage of a project’s budget. CD3 has the LA River running the length of it, as we develop this, art components make sense. Murals, sculptures and more can be added with Public/Private Partnerships. 3. Identifying Cultural Tourism as an economic engine. In CD3 the Canoga Park Artwalk is helping a burgeoning neighborhood become a true cultural destination.

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