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Latino Cultural Center Proposal Missing Culture and Transparency Latino Cultural Center Proposal Missing Culture and Transparency <div class="ExternalClassDC18CE293B4A4521A3B595EF92AA364A"><p>​Phoenix, AZ – On Monday, City of Phoenix employees distributed a report to elected officials regarding the feasibility of a Latino cultural center, but this report came with one major caveat: elected members of the City Council were told they would need prior written permission to discuss any part of the report with their constituents.</p><p>"This report is not to be used… where it may be relied upon to any degree by any person other than the client without first obtaining the prior written consent of Evonne Gallardo Arts and Culture Management," the report reads. It goes on to instruct that "no abstracting, excerpting or summarization of this study may be made without first obtaining the prior written consent of Evonne Gallardo Arts and Culture Management."</p><p>The report goes so far as to inform recipients that they may not "use the name of 'Evonne Gallardo Arts and Culture Management' in any manner without first obtaining prior written consent."</p><p>"This is a complete violation of public trust and transparency," responded City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. "The citizens of Phoenix deserve to know who is influencing their representatives and what they are saying."</p><p>As for the Latino cultural center the report studied, it leaves much to be desired. As any proud Latino can tell you, Latino culture spans a wide range of subjects, including sports, literature, music, food, religion, and community. The plans for the center focus only on art. It's not surprising, as Evonne Gallardo and her company have no experience in these other fields.</p><p>"If we are going to spend the money to build a Latino cultural center, let's do it right," said DiCiccio. "The City's plans ignore the diverse scope of Latino culture. As it currently stands, the center is nothing more than a giant taxpayer funded gift to this consultant's friends in the art community."</p><p>Evonne Gallardo will present her report to the City's Parks, Arts, Education and Equality Subcommittee on Oct. 25.</p></div>10/3/2017 6:40:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405