Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

The arts don’t get sacked

By awoodall
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 9:18 am in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

Kelly Rayburn wrote in today’s Trib that, “…the council — after hearing loudly from the city’s arts community — seemed prepared to restore some funding to the city’s Cultural Arts Program after council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) and Councilmember Jean Quan (Montclair-Laurel) suggested last week that the program get the hatchet. Brunner, De La Fuente, Quan and Councilmember Patricia Kernighan (Grand Lake-Chinatown) put up a proposal Tuesday to restore $1.1 million in arts grants funding [1% of the budget], while still eliminating some jobs in Oakland’s cultural arts and public art programs. ” So there’s money but no one to spend it? Anyway, a lot of work goes into program by non-paid commissioners. Or at least I think they are unpaid.

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