Petition Closed

The Southwest Museum is the first and oldest Museum in Los Angeles. It has the history of our roots, our culture and our legacy.

It is a great educational tool that schools like Arroyo Seco Museum Magnet School would use as part of the school wide curriculum. Their students would learn the history, the exhibits and become Junior Docents and educate the community. That is no longer possible.

The Southwest Museum is part of the "Three Castles on the Hill in the City of Los Angeles. The Getty Museum shows our humanism, our nature. The Griffith Observatory is our connection to the stars and the universe. The Southwest Museum has the history of our roots, our culture and our legacy.

Los Angeles' Southwest Museum is an artifact worth saving: Closed since 2006, its world-class collection of Native American art lies mostly in storage. To learn more follow the link http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/01/local/la-me-0701-tobar-20110701

Letter to
Attorney General’s Office California Dept. of Justice
Council District 6 Councilmember Tony Cardenas
Council District 1 Councilmember Ed. P Reyes
and 14 others
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Council District 8 Councilmember Bernard Parks
Council District 14 Councilmember Jose Huizar
Council District 13 Councilmember Eric Garcetti
Council District 12 Councilmember Mitchell Englander
Council District 11 Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Council District 10 Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Council District 9 Councilmember Jan Perry
Council District 7 Councilmember Richard Alarcon
Council District 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz
Council District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge
Council District 3 Councilmember Dennis P. Zine
Council District 2 Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Council District 15 Councilmember Joe Buscaino
Re: Save and Reopen the Southwest Museum

We are distressed and dismayed over the closure of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles’ first museum, founded in 1907. Two times the office of Attorney General has declined to intervene in the 2003 merger assumption by Autry National Center. We are requesting a third, more comprehensive look at the merger agreement for these three reasons:

1) The numerous breeches of donor restrictions accompanying the multitude of donations to the extensive Southwest Museum collections.

2) The merger promised to continue operating Southwest Museum as a separate institution. In 2006 the museum closed and has been serving as a warehouse, not as a public destination.

3) Autry misrepresented its financial strength in merger documents showing an asset of the one hundred million dollars which was only a promise from Jackie Autry’s will to be realized in the future. This is a serious breech of generally accepted accounting principles.

Autry’s recent announcement of acquisition of a larger building in Burbank sufficient to house two libraries, research and all museum storage is further proof of Autry’s plans to abandon the use of the spectacular museum campus in historic Arroyo Seco section of Northeast Los Angeles.