While Chicken Corner was away in Boston, an email soft-landed in the box from Tod Tamberg of the L.A. Archdiocese with some clarifications regarding the sale of the building that is famous as the home of Self Help Graphics. Tamberg said the venerable arts organization is NOT being evicted.
Self Help Graphics is rather upset nonetheless, as expressed on their website (in a July 15 post as well as a passionate July 11 post).
I read your post at LAObserved referring to the Archdiocese and the sale of SHG.
I'm pasting the press statement from the Sisters of St. Francis of Mt. Alverno
that was released to media [on July 11].
There's a lot of misinformation that's been spread around about the sale
of the building. The most noxious claim is that the Archdiocese sold it to pay for
sexual abuse. Gloria Molina said that, and it ain't true. The settlement was
announced in July 2007. The list of Archdiocesan-owned properties to be sold was
compiled by that time. The Archdiocese did not own the SHG building in 2007, the
Sisters did. In 2008, the Sisters approached the Archdiocese to help them sell the
Also, the fifth bullet point of the Sisters' statement below is also worthy
of note, considering that some have formed an impression that SHG is being evicted.
Not according to the Sisters or the new owners.
Press release text (in its entirety as received by Chicken Corner) after the jump: