Thursday, May 5, 2011

What Once Was a Victory

A couple days ago I posted a short news article about how the mayor of San Diego stood up for arts funding at the expense of libraries. I mean, it's a shame about the libraries, but at least a mayor stood up for the power of arts in the economy.

Oh wait, what's that? More late-breaking news from San Diego? Turns out Mayor Sanders really is cutting (some) arts funding:

The City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to suspend about $630,000 in public arts funding at the behest of Mayor Jerry Sanders, who says the spending can’t be justified when the city needs to close a $56.7 million deficit in its $1.1 billion operating budget.

The arts funding in question was a requirement that all major construction jobs have a public art component.

Sigh. What was that, Mayor Sanders, about the arts generating jobs?

Oh, and in case you think this is just one city:

His urging coincides with a similar request from Gov. Jerry Brown, who has suggested that public art be considered on a case-by-case basis as part of his efforts to rid the state of redevelopment agencies.