UPDATED 10:10 PM, Tuesday: Just a quick rundown on tonight city council meeting. More will be posted tomorrow morning.
No word on the closed session to evaluate the performance of the city manager. I was the only one seated in the audience at 4:30 PM waiting for a possible challenge to the closed meeting but I was politely reminded it was a closed meeting.
$10,000 MURAL ART PROJECT REPLICATING THE KEY’S MURAL (THAT WALLGREENS ANNIHILATED (RAZED))
Tonight the council shined tonight when Agenda item 8. was on the floor. There was a long — and very confusing –discussion about the “Mural-in-a-day Art Project. ”
Councilman Harris asked the tough questions, as did Councilman Jay Corbin. Mostly, the council was concerned about funding a 10 thousand dollar replica of the Key’s mural when nobody knows what it will look like. Even Wayne Winieck, Chair of the Arts Council, and his sidekick (sorry no name available) themselves didn’t know what it would look like.
The artist was paid $1000 and needs another A$5000 to get started with the plans, drawings and prints. Jay Corbin was not a happy camper about funding this project when the council doesn’t know what it would look like. Cora Heiser didn’t seem to appreciate the ideal either, and queried about the mechanics and history of the Project.
Wayne Winieck was extremely disappointed — and chagrined – because in good faith he believed funding was a done deal.
Councilmember Cora Hesner questioned where the confusing stemmed from. To say the least, it seems like a comedy of errors bouncing back and forth. All of the councilmember voted to NOT fund the art project . All of them asked the right questions.
At the end of the meeting where the council addresses “Future Council Initated Items” (they want placed on the the next agenda), Councilmember Klink was a strong voice that they should put this back on the agenda for more discussion — and when some sort of prints are available.
Nonethless, for now, no funding. The vote was 5-0
Wayne Winieck was miffed, and he told me in the hallway he would not come back. He also said the Arts Council gave the city (via PAC) $20,000 of their money for five goats pertaining to the new JTNP sigh. He said the money for the goats was for the Mural and he was his understanding funding was a done deal.
Wayne is new chair for the Arts Council and he is a nice man.
There is much more to this saga I hope to post tomorrow.
RESOLUTION OF CITY COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF BIL 981 TO USE PROJECT PHOENIX BOND MONEY
The council polished the shoes of Rutan & Tucker’s law partner main man, A. Patrick Munoz.
Of course councilman Danny Mintz was chomping at the bit like a racehorse on steroids ready to make the motion to support the resolution. The councilmen, once again, gave Esquire Munoz everything he ask for.
Have you ever been around perky horses when they are let out of the barn… they jump, buck and fart for all the glory they can muster. That was Dan Mintz tonight in anticipation of making his motion.
Cora Heiser was the lone NO vote.
Munoz “recommended” the council pass this bizarre (waste of time) resolution. Excuse me… is a recommendation really legal advise. Munoz recommends like he’s the city manager rather than giving solid “legal advise.”
I spoke my piece that the Great Governer Jerry Brown will never pass this. He will certainly veto the bill. Munoz agreed — even though the council voted at their last meeting to award Rutan & Tucker another nearly quarter of million dollars to sue the state, now Munoz wants to legislature to give it to him on a silver platter. Why would Brown piss away $1.4 billion dollars after all this effort to shut down the racketeering of redevelopment.
Warne chimed in with his support – not a suprise
More on all of this tomorrow morning for those whom care.