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Save the Civic Update: Momentum!

Dear Friends of the Civic,

What does Rock & Roll Hall of Fame co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, have in common with Paul Cummins, celebrated educator, author, and founder of Santa Monica schools Crossroads and New Roads? And what do both have in common with The Doors Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Drummer, John Densmore?

All three have joined Save the Civic's Advisory Council, lending their support to our efforts to keep and restore our publicly owned Civic Auditorium as a world-class venue for music and the performing arts, rather than sell it to the School District for use primarily as a gym. (The Beach Boys and The Doors both played at the Civic!)

Save the Civic ( is honored to announce its new Advisory Council, made up of individuals who are icons in their respective fields. (Listed below. And more to come....)

They know what we know: publicly owned venues for music and the performing arts are cultural treasures and should not be turned into gyms. We need to tell our City Council loud and clear: Let's restore our Civic Auditorium and keep it as a world-class cultural center.

Welton McDonald Becket, son of Civic Auditorium Architect

Paul Cummins, Educator and Founder of Crossroads, New Roads schools

John Densmore, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Drummer, The Doors

Laddie John Dill, Artist

Peter Erskine, Two-time Grammy winner, Drummer for Weather Report

Jane Jelenko, Founding President, Center Dance Arts at the Music Center

Nathan Masters, Historian and Host of PBS show, “Lost L.A.”

Benjamin Millepied, Artistic Director LA Dance Project

Ted Miller, Creative Artists Agency, Partner

Paul Sand, Tony Award winning Actor and Comedian

Ann Thornycroft, Artist

Brian Wilson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Co-founder of the Beach Boys.

For more information, and to register your contact information so we can notify you when to reach out to City Council, please visit our website at:


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