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DISAPPOINTED IN COLUMBIA SPACE CENTER, DOWNEY FIRES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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FROM ERIC PIERCE / DOWNEY PATRIOT

Eight months after presiding over its grand opening, Jon Betthauser has been fired as executive director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, where city officials complained about poor fundraising and the fact that the center is not even fully operational yet.

“The bottom line is the center is currently average and it should be exceptional,” said Scott Pomrehn, a deputy city manager who has assumed Betthauser’s duties. “It really needs to be outstanding.” READ MORE