Balboa Park centennial organization disbands

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The board of directors of the nonprofit group
organizing Balboa Park's 2015 Centennial Celebration voted Tuesday to disband and
transfer all authority for organizing the event to the city.

In a statement posted on the website of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc. co-
chairs Ben and Nikki Clay, said “there is not adequate private funding
needed” to have “the yearlong celebration of global significance that had
been envisioned.

The vote follows a report by U-T San Diego that Balboa Park Celebration,
Inc. missed key deadlines, brushed off community groups that wanted to be
involved and exaggerated in funding applications about having “key
partnerships” that didn't exist.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he plans to work with Council President Todd
Gloria, whose district includes Balboa Park, “to move forward with a more
practical and realistic celebration that recognizes the character and history
of Balboa Park.”

The revised celebration “would focus on the existing cultural
institutions within the park,” Faulconer said.

Faulconer and Gloria said they expect to provide more details on the new
celebration plans in the coming weeks.

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