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CurbedWire: SCi-Arc Adds a COO, Disneyland Ride Threatened, LA Conservancy Wins Grant

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DOWNTOWN - There seem to be quite a few high-profile hires going on at SCI-Arc these days. First the downtown architecture school added SBE's Sam Nazarian to its Board of Directors, and now the school has lured Jack Wiant away from his 20-year post as CFO of MOCA to be SCI-Arc's new COO. [Curbed InBox]

ANAHEIM - Attention Disney fans - the classic Disneyland ride "It's a small world" (with perhaps the most teeth-grindingly annoying song ever, next to "Kokomo") is in danger of commercialization! The ride is closed for ten months so that the boat flumes can be replaced with a deeper design more appropriate for "todays heavier boatloads" (read: fatter tourists). While the ride is down, Disney has been tinkering adding Disney characters and "in one of the most egregious and downright disgusting decisions in Disney theme park history, the gorgeous New Guinea rain forest scene...will be replaced with a Hooray for U.S.A sequence." [Re-Imagineering]

LOS ANGELES - Buried in this press release, news that Los Angeles Conservancy has won a $140,000 grant from The National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Partners in the Field matching grant program was awarded to the Conservancy to help it "expand historic preservation work and foster community-based preservation leadership in Los Angeles‘ Latino community." [Curbed InBox]


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