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Millions Donated to Continue Elephant Exhibit Construction

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How's this for timely? GLAZA, the friends-of group to the LA Zoo, announced late last night that they'll pay the $1.2 million annual debt service for the exhibit. Basically, that relieves the city's general fund of this debt and will allow construction to continue, they say. This comes right before the City Council will sit down today and possibly vote on the fate of the controversial elephant exhibit.

One side of the issue says the lone pachyderm--Billy--has pathological problems and should be put in large swath of land that would be the LA Elephant Sanctuary. The other side says the exhibit, which is already almost $10 million into construction, is just fine.

Today's council meeting is expected to be extremely crowded with lots of emotions being flung about. Elephants are a great cause and all, but it would be nice if this sort of public passion and participation would happen when others with pathological problems are brought up for discussion. Say, homeless on Skid Row?

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