First they came our officers. Then they came after our librarians. And our city planners. Who's the next proposed victim of our city's fiscal crisis? Artists, watch your back, because the city is gunning for you. Twitter, Facebook and our inbox has been flooded by news that the Los Angeles City Council is considering eliminating the Transient Occupancy Tax (the TOT), which currently funds much of the Department of Cultural Affairs. According to LA Weekly, the layoffs "may include cutting the Department of Cultural affairs staff by 48%, and eliminating all city arts grants." Then again, as numerous people have pointed out, the job cuts may never happen. UPDATE: Actually, only 25, not 48 percent may be cut, according to this more recent LA Times story.
· Maintain Funding for the Dept. of Cultural Affairs [Arts for LA]
· CULTURAL AFFAIRS ON THE BLOCK: PLANS TO ELIMINATE ALL CITY ARTS GRANTS [LA Weekly]