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EIDC President Ready to Move On

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the embattled Entertainment Industry Development Corp. said he's looking to move on.

EIDC President Cody Cluff is under investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney's Office for suspected misuse of agency funds. The film agency's executive committee placed him on paid leave earlier this month, but he refused to step down until an executive committee audit.

"Clearly it's time the organization grew beyond Cody Cluff, and clearly it's time Cody Cluff went forward as well," Cluff said last week in an interview with the Daily News of Los Angeles.

The EIDC is in charge of attracting movie and TV production to Southern California.

The district attorney is investigating the agency's practice of giving thousands of dollars to the political campaigns of some board members and of spending large amounts on entertainment.

Cluff said he wants to spare his staff, the EIDC executive committee and himself any more pain.

"EIDC needs a way to move on; I need a way to move on," he said.