LA Zoo Privatization Plan Defeated!

Source: AFSCME Council 36, December 2012

In a major victory for City of LA employees and residents, City CAO Miguel Santana on December 18 announced that a proposal some city officials have long supported to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo is now officially scrapped. The end of the privatization effort means that the public will be able to continue to enjoy access to the zoo at relatively affordable prices (other Southland cities that have privatized their zoos, such as San Diego, charge higher admission prices) and the positions of about 200 zoo employees – from vets to clerical staff to maintenance workers – are now secure. Many of those employees are members of Council 36, and represented by Locals, 3090, 741, and 2006. …

L.A. Zoo privatization negotiations fall apart
Source: Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, September 28, 2012

Plan to Privatize L.A. Zoo Stopped
By Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal, September 27, 2012

L.A. Council moves ahead with zoo privatization plan
Source: Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2011

The Los Angeles City Council has moved forward on a plan to possibly turn over management of the Los Angeles Zoo to a private company or nonprofit. In a 9-2 vote Friday, the council passed a measure that calls for the city to begin soliciting proposals from prospective operators. City officials will start reviewing responses this fall. If a contract is approved, the new operator could be in place by next summer. …

L.A. considers putting zoo operations in private hands
Source: Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2011

…… The city opened the zoo and botanical gardens in 1966, but officials are now considering a proposal to turn over management to a private operator. That means the gardeners, plumbers and other city employees who help run the zoo could be transferred to other departments and replaced with private workers.

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