The Arts as Victims of the Economic Recession
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The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to spend $42 million to keep elephants at the LA Zoo. But theater, ballet, opera and art museums are in big trouble in Southern California. Also, last year, 2.5 million Americans lost their jobs. This year the
"best case scenario” is 3 million more. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, what’s the impact of
unemployment across the country? What will it take to get the next job
in a restructured economy?
Who's Hiring, Who's Firing and How to Cope ()
This week, literally thousands of people have lost their jobs in manufacturing, construction and industry. Even in Silicon Valley, unemployment is rising fast. With Congress debating his stimulus plan, President Obama spoke to a roomful of CEO's today, telling them that what they do matters more than what happens in Washington. Who will most likely be laid off? Which companies are trying to hold on to employees? In an economy transformed by recession, what will it take to get the next job?
Billy the Elephant Gets Government Housing ()
The Los Angeles City Council stopped construction on the $42-million Pachyderm Forest at the Los Angeles Zoo. Animal advocates said it was too expensive and too small, even for Billy, the only elephant left. But after months of passionate public debate, that same City Council voted today, 11-to-4, to continue the project, as we hear from Carla Hall, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.
- Carla Hall: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
The Arts as Victims of the Economic Recession ()
Opera Pacific performed for decades in Orange County, up until last November. During intermission on the final night of The Barber of Seville, the musicians were told it was all over. They played the last act anyway, but there’s no more opera, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa is now short $400,000 in revenue. The 81-year-old Orchestras of Pasadena laid off half their staff last year and stayed afloat on checks written by board members. The economic decline is devastating the arts in Southern California. We look at the crisis facing arts institutions with arts writers, producers and advocates.
- Reed Johnson: Arts Reporter, Los Angeles Times
- Gil Cates: Producing Director, Geffen Playhouse
- Rachael Worby: Music Director, Pasadena Pops
- Bob Lynch: President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
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