Palo Alto Art Center plans an Oct. 6 re-opening day Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:51 am
All the wall calendars owned by all the employees of the Palo Alto Art Center likely have one thing in common: a big circle around Oct. 6. The center announced the date for its grand re-opening after $7.9 million worth of renovations.
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Posted by paarchitect, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:51 am
So that's who won the new Palo Alto Art Center logo contest...
They should have been much more professional about that. Nobody knew who had won and they still haven't formally announced it. I had (twice) asked when the results were promised and never get a straightforward reply.
Posted by Marrol, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:13 am
Just curious, but I'm wondering what was the tax payer's portion of this 7.9 million dollar project? I ask this in light of the fact that our city has been mired in a financial crisis and faces growing annual budget deficits. I do not believe that any of these funds stemmed from a voter approved bond measure. Additionally, there are critical civic needs that have been on the table for many years that have not been addressed or funded.
Under favorable economic conditions I would have no issue with public dollars being expended for projects like this one that I would consider desirable, but certainly not essential. How we can continue to spend irresponsibly while vital needs in infrastructure and public safety still exist absolutely confounds me. This project represents another example of our city leaders and elected officials lacking financial priorities. To further illustrate their irresponsibility and lack of planning, this same city management team actually has the audacity to suggest another bond measure and tax increase to pay for these vital needs which have been deferred and dismissed for sake of more feel good, fluff projects.
We need our city leaders to demonstrate some common sense. We need our city leaders to take some fiscal responsibility and not expect the tax payers to bail them out in order to fund our essential, cornerstone civic needs.
Posted by Julie, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2012 at 7:56 am
Congrats to the Art Center and all the artists who will be contributing to the opening. Our community is so fortunate to have Paz de la Calzada, Jeanne Finley, Susan O'Malley and all the others creating pieces for the opening! And congratulations to Colleen Sullivan for winning the design contest.
My understanding is that much of the money for the remodel/improvements were paid for by donations to Art Center Foundation.
Posted by Marrol, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jun 23, 2012 at 10:30 am
Quite frankly Julie from Midtown, I'm a bit more concerned about the fiscal mess the city is currently experiencing along with our widening budget deficit. Other than suggesting another tax increase, the city management team hasn't offered any solutions on how we're going to pay for our vital infrastructure and public safety needs.
Because of these factors, pardon me if I'm not too enthusiastic about an art exhibit. I wish I could be, but unfortunately it serves only as a reminder that our city leaders and elected officials continue to buckle to the special interests and spend frivolously on projects that are non-essential. Can our city leaders please demonstrate some fiscal responsibility and set some financial priorities for once. Can we at least cover the cost of our vital cornerstone civic needs without insulting us with the suggestion of another tax increase. Absolutely unreal.
Posted by Marrol, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jun 23, 2012 at 10:37 am
And on a point you raised Julie, exactly how much of the total cost of this project was picked up by the art foundation and private donors? How much was left on the tab for the tax payers to pick up? I would venture to say that whatever the amount of public dollars was spent on this project, would have been better spent addressing our essential civic needs.
Again, we have infrastructure to maintain and public safety needs that have been deferred and seemingly ignored. We face annual budget deficits. These issues are not going to go away, certainly not if we continue to spend irresponsibly. Can we please take care of our basic priorities first, pay our bills, and when that's accomplished see what's left over to dedicate to other non-essential pursuits. It's just common sense.