MP council starts budget talks next week Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Mar 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm
Building more than 1,400 feet of new sidewalks, and redesigning a downtown parking lot. Improving facilities at the Onetta Harris Community Center, and continuing efforts to revamp El Camino Real. These tasks are among the list of priority projects Menlo Park staff is suggesting the City Council fund during the fiscal year that starts July 1, and council members will discuss that list when they kick off 2008-09 budget talks at their meeting on Tuesday, March 11.
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Posted by Jim Lewis, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm
What I want to know is whether the 2008-2009 budget covering millions of dollars of projects and salaries covers even a nickel in public "art"? Other cities all around Menlo Park have recognized the value of art as an important component to the community. Art in many forms helps contribute to our culture. It has the potential to add pizzazz. It's the icing on the cake. For many, art is described as "music to the eyes."
If art is not presently in the budget, can it be? Without an Arts Commission to assist with this important community issue, this choice is relegated to the City Council. Will the "vision" for El Camino Real and Santa Cruz Avenue include art? Will our parks have an item of "art"? Will new developments in town, including the Bohannon and Rosewood Hotel have "public art"? If not, will our community then only be "brick and mortar" along with landscaping, asphalt and concrete?