THE change in leadership of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, being built in Lake View Terrace, gives hope that the museum’s board is serious about making the museum a success. Executive Director Mark Dierking, who led the development phase of the project, has been asked to step down to allow the board to find someone to take the museum to the next phase. Dierking, a land-use expert, got the $52 million museum project through the first stage of planning and permitting. But it’s appropriate that someone with the ability to raise money now take over the management in the race to raise the final $14 million needed to open the museum next year. Whoever that new executive director is, it’s imperative that he or she understand that getting the San Fernando Valley’s civic leaders on board with – and invested in – the project is one of the key ingredients to its eventual success. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’With a little effort, that shouldn’t be too difficult. The Valley has long lacked world-class cultural venues, and this is one that all could – and should – support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!