SDRACC Arts & Culture Summer Celebration

You are cordially invited to join arts and culture colleagues to celebrate this year’s Arts and Culture advocacy efforts

Special guest Randy I Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy from Americans for the Arts.

Monday, July 22, 2019
6:30PM to 8:30PM 

Chula Vista City Hall
276 4th Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

A brief update on local, state and national updates
Meet and greet Randy Cohen from AFTA
Network with arts and culture colleagues from the San Diego region

To attend, register through this link

Thank you to our sponsors:
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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
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. 

Legislative Updates -Independent Contractors

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. 

If you have questions or concerns, an excellent resource is California Lawyers for the Arts.

Professional Development Opportunites from California Lawyers for the Arts

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:sandiego@calawyersforthearts.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

Action Alert Update – City Budget Memos – Thank You to Council

ACTION ALERT UPDATE – SUCCESS! Six of Nine City of San Diego Council Members Include Arts and Culture Funding as a Priority for 2019-20

ACTION REQUESTED: Thank City Council Members NOW for Including Arts & Culture Funding as a Priority in Their Budget Memos

ACTION NEEDED BY Tuesday, February 5

Thanks to effective outreach by arts and culture organizations, 6 out of 9 Council members included Arts and Culture funding a PRIORITY in their budget memos to the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst last week. This is a big success as 3 of the 6 Councilmembers are new to Council. (Campbell, Montgomery, Moreno) SDRACC Steering Committee members met with each of them during the campaign and asked up front if they would include Arts and Culture as a priority, and it is gratifying to see them follow through right away with their promise of support.

This is the language that is included in the Analyst’s Report:

City Council Budget Priorities

Arts and Culture (Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9)

A majority of Councilmembers prioritized either increasing Arts and Culture funding or maintaining funding at the FY 2019 level. The FY 2019 Adopted Budget included a total of $14.5 million for Arts and Culture, of which $3.9 million came from one-time resources. These one-time funds were not included in the Mayor’s Outlook, which included $10.6 million in baseline expenditures for Arts and Culture in FY 2020.

You can read the entire Report here.

What can you do? Time to say “Thank you!”
Send an email to these 6 Council members to thank them for including Arts and Culture as a high priority in their Budget Memo. Reference stories about arts programs and audience engagement that you provide in THEIR district – this is very important.

We are interested in results.
Please let us know if Councilmembers respond and what they say by sending information to SDRACC Association Manager Jessica Amaya at jessamaya.sdracc@gmail.com

Next Important Date: April 12, 2019 – Mayor releases FY 2020 Proposed Budget

Thank you!

District 1 Barbara Bry barbarabry@sandiego.gov
District 2 Dr. Jennifer Campbell jennifercampbell@sandiego.gov
District 3 Chris Ward christopherward@sandiego.gov
District 4 Monica Montgomery monicamontgomery@sandiego.gov
District 8 Vivian Moreno vivianmoreno@sandiego.gov
District 9 Council President Georgette Gomez georgettegomez@sandiego.gov

URGENT ACTION ALERT: ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING for FY 2019-2020

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ACTION REQUESTED: Contact City Council Members NOW – Urge Them to Include Arts & Culture Funding as a Priority in Their Budget Memos

ACTION NEEDED BY Tuesday, January 15

As you know, San Diego arts and culture funding year-to-year is always under consideration for cuts and this year is no exception.

Our best step at this moment is to ensure Arts and Culture is included as a PRIORITY in the budget memos that City Council Members will submit to the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst by next Friday.

When do you need to act?
The budget memos are due Friday, January 18, which means they are being written right now. We encourage emails and calls to Councilmembers by Tuesday, January 15th.

What can you do?

Send an email to Council members to ask them to include Arts and Culture as a high priority in their Budget Memo. Reference stories about arts programs and audience engagement that you provide in THEIR district – this is very important.

We are interested in results.
 

Please let us know which of the Councilmembers respond and what they say by sending information to SDRACC Association Manager Jessica Amaya at jessamaya.sdracc@gmail.com

Thank you!

District 1 Barbara Bry barbarabry@sandiego.gov
District 2 Dr. Jennifer Campbell jennifercampbell@sandiego.gov
District 3 Chris Ward christopherward@sandiego.gov
District 4 Monica Montgomery monicamontgomery@sandiego.gov
District 5 Mark Kersey markkersey@sandiego.gov
District 6 Chris Cate chriscate@sandiego.gov
District 7 Scott Sherman scottsherman@sandiego.gov
District 8 Vivian Moreno vivianmoreno@sandiego.gov
District 9 Council President Georgette Gomez georgettegomez@sandiego.gov

Meet City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture New Executive Director, Jonathon Glus

The San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition in partnership with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership invites our region’s arts and culture leaders to meet Mayor Faulconer’s recently appointed Executive Director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Jonathon Glus.

Learn about Jonathon’s vision for advancing arts and culture in the City of San Diego, and get the latest updates on critical regional and national arts advocacy issues.

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018 3PM – 5PM

Where: City Heights Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Avenue

San Diego, CA 92105

Free to attend but must RSVP. Space is limited. 

 

RSVP via this link

This SDRACC General Membership meeting is sponsored in part byBalboa Park Cultural Partnership and the City Heights Performance Annex.

October 2018 City of San Diego Arts and Culture Commission Meetings

City of San Diego Arts and Culture Commission Meetings

The following are the dates and times for the Arts and Culture Commission and Committee meetings in the month of October. Please check the Commission for Arts and Culture website for meeting agenda and location. 

Commission’s Advocacy & Outreach Committee
 
When: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Commission’s Public Art Committee
When: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Commission’s Policy & Funding Committee
When: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Commission’s Executive Committee
When: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Arts and Culture Commission Meeting
When: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 8:30AM – 10:30AM

Candidate Forum – San Diego County Supervisor District 5, Sep 21, 2018

The North County Arts Network invites you to meet the candidates for San Diego County Supervisor District 5 Jim Desmond and Michelle Gomez at a candidate forum.

When: Friday, September 21, 2018 6PM – 7PM (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Where: Mira Costa College, Oceanside Campus
Presented in the Little Theatre (OC-3601)

 

Free to attend
For more information and to RSVP, click this link
 
Arts professionals and advocates are highly encouraged to attend to help learn about the candidates’ perspective on the Arts.