Pictured below are several of the Friends' leaders:
Ann Walnum, Nicole Possert, Heinrich Keifer, Councilmember Jose Huizar,
Tom WIlliams, Jesse Rosas, Paul Habib, Olga Hall, Peggy Keifer and
Gumaro Oviedo Flores.


From its beginning in January 2003, The Coalition has met over 15 times, negotiated regularly with Museum management, solicited Museum attendance and membership, provided publicity and volunteered at Museum events. Despite this, we have never been given a business plan or any type of commitment to the future of the Southwest Museum on Mount Washington.

We believe that we delayed an expected 2003 Museum closing, ensured continuance of the Intertribal Marketplace and showed the viability of the Mount Washington location of the Museum. Information provided at our March 2005 Coalition meeting showed that both the Autry National Center study conducted by Brenda Levin and Associates and the Coalition's peer review of this document by independent consultants, support this viability.

However, the Autry National Center has stated in a public relations document sent to elected officials that: "A 2003 study conducted by Brenda Levin and Associates found... it would not be economically viable to rehabilitate the Southwest Museum and continue operating it only as a public museum." Additionally, the Autry presented a timeline in this PR document that included community meetings to occur in Spring 2005" "Public meetings are to be held with specialists to vet all the issues." These meeting have not occurred.

The latest development is that the Autry National Center president, John Gray, has refused to meet with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Coalition representatives— indicating that negotiations are closed and that the intent is that the proposed 100,000 sq, ft. expansion in Griffith Park will become the Southwest Museum. It would seem that the Autry National Center believes it has the financial and political strength to make this happen.

We believe we have many potential strategic approaches at this time. Fundraising from our March meeting was very successful. We have legal representation standing by. We have issued two area-wide press releases, regarding recent developments. We are considering demonstrations, corporate contact and activities. To stay informed, bookmark THIS web site and check it regularly.

We appreciate your continued support.

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American Indian AIDS Council
American Indian Dance Theatre
American Indian in Film
Anahuak Academy
Anahuak Youth Association
Antes Columbus
Ad Hoc Committee for Safe Children
Arroyo Arts Collective
Arroyo Seco Foundation
Arroyo Seco Greens
Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Arroyo Seco Parkway Corridor Planning Committee
Audubon Center at Debs Park
Avenue 50 Studio
Barstow Route 66 Mother Road Museum
Broadview, Inc.
California Historic Route 66 Association
California Preservation Foundation
California Route 66 Preservation Foundation
Concerned Citizens of South Central LA
Cultural Art Tours and Workshops
Debs Park Advisory Board
Dolores C. Huerta, co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus, United Farm Workers of America and Regent University of California
Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
Florence Crittenton Center and School
The Folk Tree
Friends of Cypress Park Comm. Improvement Assoc.
Friends of Debs Park
Friends of the Mother Road, Inc.
Garvanza Improvement Association
Glassell Park Improvement Association
Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Glendale Historical Society
Greater Echo Park/Elysian Neighborhood Council
Hathaway Family Resource Center
Heritage Coalition of S. California
Hermon Neighborhood Association
Highland Park Ebell Club
Highland Park Heritage Trust
Hillside Federation
Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council
Latino Urban Forum
Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Preservation Assoc.
Lincoln High Alumni Association
Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Poetry Festival
Mexican-North American Sports Council
Montecito Heights Improvement Association
Mt. Washington Association
Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance
Mt. Washington Preschool & Child Care Centers Inc.
National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
National Historic Route 66 Federation
Native American Media Enterprises
Nexwetem Southern California Indian Basket Weavers Organization
North Avenue 57 Association
North East Trees
Northeast Democratic Club
Occidental College
Mayor Anthony Portatino, La Canada Flintridge
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Indigenous People’s Initiative, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
66 Productions
San Gabriel Gabrielino Tongva Mission Band of Indians, Chief Anthony Moralles
Save Our Heritage Organization
Sherman Indian School Museum
South Pasadena Preservation Foundation
Sycamore Terrace Association
Teachers United
The Eagle Rock Association
United American Indian Involvement
Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Vaquero Heritage Foundation
Water Planet Water People
Elected Officials Participating and Briefed:
Mayor James Hahn, City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa,
District 14, City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Ed Reyes, District 1,
City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Eric Garcetti,
District 13, City of Los Angeles
Board Member David Tokofsky, Los
Angeles Unified School District
Supervisor Gloria Molina, District 1,
County of Los Angeles
Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg,
State of California
Senator Gil Cedillo, State of California
Senator Gloria Romero, State of California
Senator Jack Scott, State of California
United States Congressman Xavier Becerra
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