L.A. jumps into the 'Star Wars' museum fray

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the fray Wednesday with his counterparts in Chicago and San Francisco in the fight to lure “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to build a Star Wars museum chronicling his career, according to LA Downtown News.

In a mass email, Garcetti called upon his city to help sway the legendary filmmaker and his Chicago-based wife, Mellody Hobson, by Tweeting reasons why Los Angeles is the best choice. The assigned hashtag is #WhyLucasinLA.

San Francisco may have an edge as Lucas’ hometown, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a big push to land the Lucas Cultural Arts Center.

Los Angeles is a late entry in the Star Wars sweepstakes.

“Help me find the most creative way to tell them why LA is such a perfect home for the museum for us!” Garcetti said, according to LA Downtown News. “We all know LA is the perfect spot for it.”

Garcetti is pictured in the email holding a drawing of R2D2 emblazoned with the Dodgers’ interlocking ‘LA’ logo, LA Downtown News reported.

Here’s a look at some of the responses that had the #WhyLucasInLA tag trending in L.A.:

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Emanuel has suggested Lucas build the museum along Lake Michigan near Soldier Field. The mayor of San Francisco offered a waterfront spot as well.

Garcetti said in the email that space could be provided in Exposition Park, which is located near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the University of Southern California Trojans football team plays.

Lucas is expected to make a decision this summer on where to build the museum.

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