ACTION ALERT: Attend the Tuesday, June 4th City Council Meeting at 5pm MEETING LOCATION: 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 athttps://www.chulavistaca.gov/departments/mayor-council/council-meeting-agenda
Plan to arrive by 5pm and complete a Speaker Slip. If you wish to support but decline to speak, note that on your Slip.
Proclamations to Acknowledge Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month in San Diego
We have been working diligently to educate and promote Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month in the San Diego region.
Thanks to the hard work from our Steering Committee members, we have secured Proclamations for Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month. Please join us at the following meetings to celebrate ACCM:
City of Coronado – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 4pm
Coronado City Hall Council Chamber, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, California 92118
City of Chula Vista – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5pm
Council Chamber, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910
City of San Diego – Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3pm
Mayor’s Proclamation at Quartyard, 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
City of Carlsbad – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6pm
Council Chamber, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA, 92008
More to be announced
Do you have an upcoming event that helps further our mission?
Event submissions are limited to California based events that are educational / action focused such as conferences, summits, initiatives, workshops and webinars, as well as events that further advance arts / artist advocacy on state and national levels. Click here to submit your event.
This page will be updated regularly with collateral to help you and your organization plan your activities and events during Arts, Culture, and Creativity month. You may download and share this information with your colleagues.
Call to Action
Register to participate in Arts, Culture, and Creativity month.
Write to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees asking for their commitment to funding the California Arts Council (CAC). Use this template and use this link to find your elected officials.
Place an Op-Ed in Your Local Newspaper
Writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper is a quick, simple and free method of raising the public’s awareness on a topic.
Write an article about the impact of arts, culture, and creativity in your community.
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AB 5 Worker Status: Independent Contractors California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation intended to strengthen employee rights and define the role of an independent contractor. The bill (A.B. 5), would add to state law the “ABC test” regarding independent contractors. The test was adopted unanimously by California’s Supreme Court in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 (Dynamex) in an April decision.
The court ruled in favor of workers when Dynamex, a package and documents delivery company, converted all of its drivers to independent contractors to save money. In its decision, the court sided with the drivers and established the three part “A-B-C” test, which requires workers to be classified as independent contractors if: A) The worker is “free from control and direction” of the employer as it relates to performance of the work. B) The work is performed “outside the usual course” of the hiring entity’s business. C) The worker engages in an independently established trade, occupation or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entity.
It’s time to review who you have classified as an independent contractor vs an employee based against the above criteria.
Starting in 2019, April will officially be Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month in the state of California. Register to participate in the first annual Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month. There are many ways to get involved!
The San Diego Chapter of California Lawyers for the Arts is presenting an upcoming series of workshops and presentations that will benefit artists and nonprofit arts organizations.
The Art of Deduction: Taxes for Artists and Creatives Special guest speaker T. Jesus Oba, EA, CPA When: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7PM Where: Vanguard Culture HQ | East Village Fee: $15 Register:https://calawyersforthearts.org/event-3195490
Legal Pathways for Managing Art Grants Special guest speakers Aaron Li, JD, LLM (Hone Maxwell), Ken Davenport & Corrie McCoy (Mission Edge) When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30PM Where: The AjA Project | City Heights Fee: Free (Space Limited) Register:firstname.lastname@example.org
A Legal Guide to Starting an Art Business Special guest speaker David Lizerbram, JD When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7PM Where: Art Produce | North Park Fee: Free (Space Limited) Register:https://calawyersforthearts.org/event-3245193