Friday, February 5, 2010
Update on saving the arts in LA
The Los Angeles City Council chose not to vote on the motion to eliminate the Department of Cultural Affairs' 1% TOT allocation.
The Department's only source of dedicated funding is secure, for the moment. The 2009 grants made by the Department are still in question.
The CAO's report and recommendations were put back into the Budget & Finance Committee. The Dept. of Cultural Affairs was instructed to identify an additional $500,000 in budget savings from the 2009 grants pool.
A motion was filed by Councilman Garcetti late yesterday regarding the 2010/11 grants. The motion rescinds the CAO's recommendation to eliminate the 2010/11 grant program. These decisions are not final and are subject to change. Arts for LA will monitor the council file system. The mid-year cuts to the Department are still on the table and the City's financial forcast is dire.
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