ACTION ALERT: City of Chula Vista Cultural Arts Program Manager Position Proposed For Elimination

ACTION ALERT: Attend the Tuesday, June 4th City Council Meeting at 5pm
City Council Chamber, 
276 4th Avenue, Building A
Chula Vista, CA 91910

At the March 21st, 2019 Council meeting, a Chula Vista City Councilmember proposed eliminating Lynnette Tessitore and the Cultural Arts Program Manager position from the city budget, thinking the work that Lynnette does can be handled by other city staffers. Positioned as a way to fund more police and firefighters, eliminating the Cultural Arts Program Manager position would have a devastating effect on the robust and growing cultural programming underway in the South Bay thanks to Lynnette’s leadership. The budget was narrowly defeated by a 3-2 vote last week, with a final vote this Tuesday, June 4th. 

“A lot of the function of cultural arts is already being done in multiple departments throughout the city and I’m looking for savings,” Councilmember Jill Galvez was quoted as saying on Wednesday. “I think that the remaining tasks that are done by the program manager could be divided and we could save money necessary to hire more public safety.”

We disagree, a city with a qualified Cultural Arts Commission and growing and extensive cultural programming needs a professional like Lynnette in place.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4 @ 5pm for the public Council Budget meeting. Testimony is needed from Chula Vistans and Regional Arts Leaders about the important work Lynnette as Cultural Arts Program Manager does, and the cultural leadership she provides for the benefit of Chula Vista’s citizens as well as for the San Diego region. The agenda is ITEM #9 and the agenda is posted at

Plan to arrive by 5pm and complete a Speaker Slip. If you wish to support but decline to speak, note that on your Slip.