Tainted money helps to sink the LA Children's Museum

The dormant Los Angeles Children’s Museum may turn over its new location near Hansen Dam to the city of L.A. The museum hasn’t been open since it vacated its old space downtown almost a decade ago.

The dormant Los Angeles Children’s Museum may turn over its new location near Hansen Dam to the city of L.A. The museum hasn’t been open since it vacated its old space downtown almost a decade ago.

Its problems worsened last month when the federal Securities and Exchange Commission accused the project’s biggest donor, Bruce Friedman, of running a Ponzi scheme. L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon told KPCC’s “AirTalk” that he doesn’t expect the Children’s Museum to open – ever.

Richard Alarcon: “The future of the Children’s Museum as crafted under the current organization is very dismal at best. I don’t anticipate that there will be a Children’s Museum because I believe that the fundraising has been squelched by the scandal surrounding the Friedman Family Foundation.”

Bruce Friedman pledged $10 million, and he’s already given $3 million. Now he’s asking the museum to return that money. Unless a new donor steps up, Alarcon said, the city of L.A. will take control of the facility and use it for another purpose.

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