Centers for Inquiry in Los Angeles and Metro New York Are on the Move!

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Centers for Inquiry in Los Angeles and Metro New York Are on the Move!


We are pleased to announce that the Center for Inquiry--West, our regional office in Los Angeles, has moved to its own permanent headquarters. The Center has purchased and partially renovated a handsome two-story, 9,000-square-foot structure on 4773 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Council for Secular Humanism will share this new center with the Committee for the Scientific investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). Also housed there will be SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety), New Horizons (secular efforts on behalf of the one-half million Iranians residing in Los Angeles), Atheists United, and other organizations.

The building is one-and-a-half miles from famed Hollywood and Vine. It is near freeway entrances and the Los Angeles subway station. The first floor will contain a meeting hall (that can be configured to seat up to 180 people), a library, conference rooms, and a cafe. There is also a seventy-car parking lot. From the building, we can see the Griffith Observatory on the hill overlooking it.

There is a dedicated staff of six personnel already in place, headed by Executive Director Jim Underdown.

The Center will be used for a multiplicity of purposes. First, it will service the eight-thousand-plus readers of FREE INQUIRY and the Skeptical Inquirer in southern California, and it will draw upon an additional base of tens of thousands of people who are on our mailing list--whom we intend to invite to our activities. A wide range of activities, lectures, seminars, debates, social activities, and other services will be offered. Second, and most significant, the West Coast headquarters will house a new National Media Center, which will concentrate on responding to heavy religious and paranormal propaganda. We hope to produce programs and continue to provide "guest experts" for the national media.

We are also pleased to announce that the Center for Inquiry--New Jersey/New York City has opened a new office on 89 Walnut Street in Montclair, New Jersey, and has been renamed the Center for Inquiry--Metro New York. This Center will serve the greater New York City area, Long Island, north Jersey, Connecticut, and even southeastern Pennsylvania. This rented space, convenient to bus and rail lines, will serve as an interim office. There are some seven thousand readers of our magazines in the Metro New York area, and many additional thousands of people on our mailing lists. We hope to attract a wide range of participants. Our plans are to meet in both New Jersey and New York City. CFI--Metro New York's new executive director is Barry Seidman. Our eventual goal is to purchase a new building, we hope in Manhattan.

The long-range purpose of the Center for Inquiry is to apply reason, science, and free inquiry to all areas of human interest and to provide a basis for like-minded people to meet and socialize. These Centers will provide a range of services. …

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