Tuesday night, Chula Vista City Council members will consider a budget that eliminates its cultural arts manager position.
The proposed cuts come after the city just adopted a new cultural arts master plan late last year.
Lynnette Tessitore is the city’s cultural arts manager, and her job accounts for the city’s entire cultural arts budget. Her role is to implement the city’s new plan and build a stronger arts and culture presence in Chula Vista.
In May, Chula Vista City Manager Gary Halbert presented a budget to City Council, but was asked by the three members present to return in June with a budget option that included funding to hire new firefighters.
The Chula Vista firefighters union has long been pushing City Council for more money for staffing, calling it an important public safety issue.
Leticia Cazares, chair of the city’s volunteer Cultural Arts Commission, said she understands that the city needs to hire more firefighters. But she said a federal grant the city applied for would provide funding for firefighters and could be approved as early as August. She said even if the grant doesn’t come through, she hopes City Council will consider making cuts elsewhere and keep its commitment to arts and culture in Chula Vista alive.
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Chula Vista can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Oh, the City is big enough. It's big enough to begin thinking like a major metropolitan urban center. It's acting like some "po-dunk" community out in the boonies. Here's the deal, the City can't manage parks properly. Why? Some guy sits on Wednesday afternoon and looks at the weather outlook and decides to shut down parks for the weekend. What's wrong with that? Well, Chula Vista is located in Southern California, in San Diego and the northern rains do not necessarily arrive at the Orange County, San Diego County line ....on demand.
So, Chula Vista inconveniences thousands of families and children wanting to play soccer. Why is that bad? Welllll, those thousands of families pay soccer clubs that pay fees to the City of Chula Vista...AND... those thousands of families buy breakfast, lunch, dinner and stuff from local stores that contribute taxes to the City.
Chula Vista is also know for incredible short sightedness. When Chula decided to "allow" big money to "develop" east of 805, they forgot about the carbon footprint. The City forgot about mass transit. The City forgot about traffic.
So, now Chula Vista wants to hurt the easily vulnerable arts program? What are they going to do right, for the kids, for the idea that Chula Vista is now "baby huey" and needs to grow up and get with the program?
Oh, by the way, west of 805 is totally neglected. Have you been out at the "J" Street marina after 9p.m. ? It should be a great place for lovers to snuggle. Not!