Mount Washington Association President Asked to Leave 'Friends' Meeting

David Fonseca

(Originally published in Patch, on June 30, 2011)

Just how much does the Highland Park/Mount Washington community support the Friends of Southwest Museum Coalition?

That very question led to a brief debate during a 'Friends' meeting at the Highland Park Ebell Club on Wednesday night, which ended in Mount Washington Association President Rob Schraff being ejected.

The 'Friends' were meeting after being dealt a pair of losses at the hands of the Los Angeles City Council last week in their effort to halt the Autry National Center's proposed expansion of their Griffith Park campus.

Schraff spoke in favor of the proposed renovation, which the coalition staunchly opposes on the grounds that it could jeopardize the future of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.

The debate began when Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Councilmember Stan Moore asserted that claims by Schraff--that the 'Friends' are a fringe organization--were untrue.

"We represent 70 organizations locally and regionally. The man who walked out the door and just walked back in, lied in the last two weeks and referred to us as a small group of malcontents," Moore said.

"Where are they, Stan?" Schraff replied.

As seen in the video (available in the original printing on the Patch), the debate continued until 'Friends' member Nicole Possert asked Schraff to leave, a request to which Schraff immediately complied.

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