There’s Still Time to Tell the Mayor and City Council to Preserve Funding for Arts Groups!

Many people have already stepped up to express their support for the arts in San Jose. If you haven’t done so already, there is still time to make your voice heard. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and its fellow arts organizations need your help and your advocacy for the arts NOW. The City’s current draft budget diverts precious dollars from the arts-grant pool -a “grab” of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) dollars that have always been intended to directly support non-profit arts organizations in San Jose, not City staffing.

You can listen to the comments of Larry Stone, county assessor, Santa Clara County, on this important issue: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtsCouncilSV#p/a/u/0/hh–zUludhU

For details on the $268,000 referenced in our earlier call-to-action, see Councilman Liccardo’s budget recommendation, BD #36, available online at

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/mayor/goals/budget/2010_2011BD.asp.

Please contact Mayor Chuck Reed and City council members to express your opinion this week. The Mayor’s budget recommendations will be delivered June 4, so time is of the essence.

A sample letter is attached in the previous posting for your use.  Please email your letter to each of the City officials listed.

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