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Daily Dose - Boyle Heights library, Civic Park and Roy Rogers auction

The old gate outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.
July 15, 2010 - L.A. Is looking better all the time!

Today City Councilman Jose Huizar joined library officials and KPCC's Brian Watt in Boyle Heights for a ribbon cutting outside the Benjamin Franklin Library. The library there isn't new, but the landscaping outside is - after a $140,000 renovation made possible with federal Community Reinvestment Act funds. The makeover includes new plants and olive trees, bike racks, and the removal of a bright orange fence Councilman Huizar said made the library look like a prison. Hear what he had to say:


The renovation is complete just days before all public libraries in the city of Los Angeles move from a six-day schedule to five days because of budget cuts. Huizar said he'd opposed those cuts.

Construction also officially began today on a $56 million, 12-acre park in the heart of downtown L.A. The Civic Park part of the Grand Avenue Project is deisgned to become a new landmark stretching between City Hall and the Music Center.

It's scheduled to open in the summer of 2012. The park will include an event lawn with space for 20,000 people (but probably not for any raves with the way things have been going of late).

On the other end of the park will be the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain which will will shoot water jets 50 feet into the air.

Billionaire Eli Broad and fellow philanthropist Jim Thomas co-founded the Grand Avenue Committee. Broad says the park will become an urban oasis in the heart of downtown.

But wouldn't it look so much cooler with Roy Roger's stuffed and mounted dog Bullet?? Okay, maybe not. But that's probably for the best. Bullet was bought for $35,000 today at a Christie's auction in New York.

The preserved remains of Roger's wife's horse, Buttermilk were also sold -- the equine fetched $25,000. That's less than a tenth of the price of Roger's horse, Trigger, which was sold yesterday.

Christie's says Trigger is heading for Omaha, Nebraska after being bought by the rural cable TV network RFD-TV.

The Rogers auction features more than 1,000 items from the now closed Roy Rogers and Dale Evans museum that was once housed in Southern California but later moved to Branson, Missouri.

Luckily, some of the items from the museum came here to Southern California. You can find out more about that stuff here.