a feature-length documentary film about Simon Rodia and the Watts Towers of South Central Los Angeles
by Edward Landler and Brad Byer
February 27, 2019
drafted a letter for the community support groups(and
all who support the Watts Towers) to sign and email to the Mayor’s Office in support of proposed items in the the City Budget to fund more Watts
Towers Campus personnel.
AND send it
on to others who will also sign and send it…
OR let them
know that Dakota McMahand, a member of the Friends of the Watts Towers Arts
Center, has posted this Letter of Support for the Watts Towers Arts Center as a
petition on change.org and they can sign on to that at this link: http://chng.it/yhc9kxcGzt
link to everyone you think will sign…
send your own letter as a separate email.
Dear Mayor Garcetti,
I am delighted to learn that the City Budget FY19-20 now
being considered for approval includes a long-overdue request submitted by the
Department of Cultural Affairs to enlarge and upgrade vital staff positions at
the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus.
I fully and enthusiastically support those budget items that
will provide the additional full time staff positions of Administrative Clerk
and Arts Center Director I for the Charles Mingus Junior Arts Center, Gallery
Attendant serving both the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Mingus Junior Arts
Center, and Arts Manager I for Campus Tours and Restoration Programs, as well
as the equally necessary upgrades of existing Arts Instructor I Rogelio Acevedo
to Arts Instructor II and current Campus Director Rosie Lee Hooks from Arts
Center Director II to Arts Center Director III.
The approval of these budget items will go a long way to
alleviate the decade-long shortage of Campus personnel due to the recession.
The Watts community and all of us in the greater Los Angeles community,
and lovers of the arts from all over the world have admired and benefited from
the unflagging vision and efforts of Ms. Hooks and her staff over this entire
time to maintain this world-renowned cultural and educational site. With
the added staff approved in the budget for the coming fiscal year, I have no
doubt that we will see the Campus administration surpass its already remarkable
achievements in the next cycle programming and exhibitions and music festivals
I look forward to the passage of next year’s budget with
these personnel enhancements for the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus and all
other items that further Campus activities, including the Homeless Training
Project and all supportive services, as requested.