LA council rejects Public Art Master Plan
As a former member of the Public Arts Commission for six-plus years, I witnessed the struggle the Los Altos City Council had in understanding public art.
It took years for the council to finally allocate $50,000 for the Public Arts Commission to put together a Public Art Master Plan.
Finally, in 2016, commission members were excited to have the opportunity to present a comprehensive plan for public art. The master plan was included as part of a report that went to the council and can be found on the city’s website, losaltos.ca.gov.
Listening to councilmembers discuss the master plan at their Nov. 14 meeting was a huge disappointment.
The commission has worked hard to educate and inform the entire Los Altos community about public art.
Councilmembers basically said, “No, art is not a priority because we are facing ‘other’ cost issues.” This is exactly opposite of what they led the commission to believe!
I am so frustrated with the city council. They are blind and did a huge disservice to the Public Arts Commission.
Normally, I am a very positive person, but this rejection of the master plan makes me feel that my six years on the commission was a total waste of time.
Children’s Corner is ‘family friendly’
Los Altos wants to be a family-friendly city. A big part of that is to have good child care and preschool facilities.
Children’s Corner has occupied the space at Hillview Community Center since 1983. It started from a study done by the American Association of University Women to answer the need of families searching for a good place for their children so that mothers could take a class or volunteer in the community.
There are no other organizations that are local, small nonprofits in that business.
Putting out bids is ridiculous. You would get big chains that do child care for profit.
At Children’s Corner, it is the children who are most important. I know, I have taught there.
Another very big plus for families is that the plans are flexible. There are full-time, part-time and drop-in programs.
What kind of city do we want?