LA Decom Cancellation Announce

Dear LA Burning Man Community,

Last night, the Los Angeles League of Arts and your Los Angeles Burning Man Regional Contacts had to make the heartbreaking and difficult decision to cancel the Los Angeles Decompression event.  

As a team, we spent months searching for a location in the Los Angeles area.  Since the park where we have held Decom for the last six years is still closed for renovations, we listened to the requests of the community and focused our search on Downtown locations.  We found a great space, and based on our history and the promises of several city officials that our permits would be approved, secured contracts and began the process of planning Decom.  

Unfortunately, despite all the promises, the city of L.A. failed to follow thru on granting us the necessary permits in a timely manner. Since it was clear we wouldn’t get the final permits today (as it is Veteran’s Day and city offices are closed) and it became equally clear that certain city officials simply intended to run out the clock, we were forced to cancel the event to give you, our beloved community, as much advance notice as possible.

It is unfortunate that organizing safe, enjoyable and otherwise legal events in Los Angeles has become so difficult for our community.  Decom is a well-established, professionally produced and completely legal arts event that celebrates creativity and community.  Yet city officials scheduled meetings with us, never showed up, and then became unreachable.   

Fortunately, the park near Chinatown, where we have held the last six Decoms, is a California State Park, and they love us.  We are in invited back once the park re-opens to the public.  

In the meantime, we are asking that you express our displeasure to the elected officials of the City of Los Angeles, and hope for recognition as a community having valuable contributions to the culture of the city.  Please help secure the future of events in Los Angeles by communicating your disappointment to Councilmember Jose Huizar and Mayor Eric Garcetti.  We have provided templates below for you to use, or feel free to compose your own message.  Please be sure to PRINT, SIGN, STAMP and MAIL the letters, as emails will not suffice.

Thank you all.  We love you. We appreciate your patience and compassion.  We hope to see you soon.

Best,

Your RCs and LALA Board Members

 

LETTER TO COUNCILMEMBER JOSE HUIZAR:

Jose Huizar
Los Angeles City Council
Downtown Field Office – District 14
200 N. Spring St., Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012

November 11, 2015

Dear Mr. Huizar:

This letter is intended to express my disappointment with the City of Los Angeles’ permitting process that has resulted in the cancellation of the Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression event scheduled for November 14, in your district.  

Burning Man Decompression is a time-honored tradition in Los Angeles, that generates revenue for the city and local businesses, builds community and celebrates creative expression.  In its 12-year history, it has proven to be a model event.  The event organizers provide a safe, lawful and professionally produced event and the community members who attend, many from out of town, are always well behaved. There is no reason why this event should have been denied the proper permits.

There are many thousands of people in the Los Angeles area that identify with the Burning Man culture and its principles of self-expression, inclusion, self-reliance, civic responsibility and gifting, to name a few.  These are principals this city should celebrate, not discriminate against.

Moreover, the city’s unreasonable treatment of this long-standing community event has resulted in a substantial loss of revenue for the city and its businesses, including hotels, restaurants, retail outlets,  transportation and parking. The event also generates income for the businesses that provide the stages, food, security, etc., as well as the local employees of these businesses.  The city’s failure to grant the necessary permits for the Decompression event is inexcusable.

Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns.  

Sincerely,

 

LETTER TO MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

November 11, 2015

This letter is intended to express my disappointment with the City of Los Angeles’ permitting process that has resulted in the cancellation of the Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression event scheduled for November 14, in your city.  

Burning Man Decompression is a time-honored tradition in Los Angeles, that generates revenue for the city and local businesses, builds community and celebrates creative expression.  In its 12-year history, it has proven to be a model event.  The event organizers provide a safe, lawful and professionally produced event and the community members who attend, many from out of town, are always well behaved. There is no reason why this event should have been denied the proper permits.

There are many thousands of people in the Los Angeles area that identify with the Burning Man culture and its principles of self-expression, inclusion, self-reliance, civic responsibility and gifting, to name a few.  These are principals this city should celebrate, not discriminate against.

Moreover, the city’s unreasonable treatment of this long-standing community event has resulted in a substantial loss of revenue for the city and its businesses, including hotels, restaurants, retail outlets,  transportation and parking. The event also generates income for the businesses that provide the stages, food, security, etc., as well as the local employees of these businesses.  The city’s failure to grant the necessary permits for the Decompression event is inexcusable.

Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns.  

Sincerely,

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