Audit of Children’s Museum sought

first_img [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A city official called for an audit Wednesday of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles planned for the San Fernando Valley, after reports that funding problems could derail the project. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón, who represents the area and is being accused by critics of diverting money from the project, said he wants the audit completed as quickly as possible. Alarcón’s request came a day after the Daily News reported work on the $58.5 million museum could stop next week unless organizers come up with $2.5 million to pay the contractor. In calling for the audit, Alarcón said the museum has a history of overstating goals and failing to raise money from private sources as promised. “The CMLA is not representing its financial state accurately to the public, nor its construction schedule,” he said. “The public-private partnership has failed to raise significant private funds for the exhibits and future museum operations. This failure … has become a significant burden on the taxpayers.” About 70 percent of funds for the museum have come from public tax dollars. Alarcón has been criticized by some museum supporters for taking nearly $1 million in city energy sales generated from the Lopez Canyon Landfill trust fund away from the project. Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, executive director of the museum who was brought in two months ago to try to boost fundraising efforts, said she agrees with Alarcón. “We believe an audit is appropriate and will provide whatever information is necessary,” she said. “We will cooperate fully with whatever the council wants.” last_img

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