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As news of LACMA's offer to merge with the financially struggling MOCA today, LA City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry introduced a motion recommending that the city allocate up to $2.8 million to aid in the operation of MOCA.

If approved, funding from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) would be allocated to MOCA upon three conditions: (1) if new leadership is installed at all critical levels of MOCA; (2) MOCA renews their commitment to remain in Cal Plaza Downtown; and (3) MOCA accepts offers of financial assistance from private individuals to increase its sustainability.

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Garcetti spoke on KCRW's Politics of Culture later this afternoon saying that the City has a role in saving the museum because it was founded by the people of the City of LA and that it has the moral authority to call on the existing power to do their job. The City deserves better, he said.

After the program, MOCA released this statement: "We are grateful for the generosity of the Broad Foundation and the interest and efforts of LACMA leadership. The MOCA Board of Trustees is considering options that are best for the museum's long term health, including its permanent collection and its exhibition and education programs. We recognize MOCA's importance to the city of Los Angeles and the art world."