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Benefactor Eli Broad continues to be the scapegoat for the $230 million price tag of the Los Angeles High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in downtown. Via Time magazine: "Officials initially budgeted about $70 million to build a conventional high school with a more basic design. Its makeover into an art school — originally expected to cost around $120 million — was promoted by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad....Former school board member David Tokofsky said he voted for the redesign because he thought Broad, a longtime financial supporter of school programs and area cultural institutions, would contribute more to construction costs." Meanwhile, the nearby Edward R Roybal Learning Center cost $400 million. [Time]