Vision Statement: Adding Joy to People's Lives.
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 25, 2007 AT 7:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
734 THIRD STREET
BRENTWOOD, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Ruiz called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Commissioners Present: Ron Beatty, Patrick McCarran (arrived at 7:24pm), Vivian Faye, Saunie Fridley (arrived at 7:05pm), Sandra Gill, Wanda Groseclose, Barbara Guise (arrived at 7:07pm), Helen Myers, Catherine Perez, Greg Ruiz, Bart Schneider, Annette Seabury (arrived at 7:13pm), and Joe Trebino
BELIEF STATEMENT: Commissioner Schneider read the Belief Statement.
AGENDA REVIEW: None
Items 3 and 8 were pulled by Commission Trebino.
3. Accept monthly report from Executive Committee (G. Ruiz)
4. Accept monthly report from Arts Manager (R. Burr-Siegel)
Commissioner Gill noted that this purchase is not on the priority list. Chairperson Ruiz recommended discussion of this topic during item 11. MSC to accept item 8 Faye/ Guise
Item 6 pulled by Commissioner Fridley.
6. Accept staff responsibilities for Art, Wine and Jazz Festival (G. Ruiz)
Commissioner Fridley commented that under bullet 7, regarding the City Vault, it will be hard to predict when we’ll be needing visit the City Vault. It was mentioned that the verbiage could change to read “as needed” but that it would be too vague. The Executive Committee will review this document with staff and report back in May.
Commissioner Gill commented that she has finished reading this book and that is was very well written. MSC to approve the 2007 CityRead budget and book: Guise/Beatty.
8. ACTION: Discuss and approve recommendations by the Arts Commission’s Ad Hoc Committee (R. Beatty)
Chairperson Ruiz inquired whether it would be possible if the Ad Hoc Committee would work with the Art Society in seeing what areas they can take over for the Commission. Commissioner Beatty said that would be possible.
Commissioner Gill inquired whether the Commissioners understood what the Ad Hoc Committee will be doing and that the number of Commissioners on this Commission may be reduced to 12. Commissioner Trebino is not in favor of the reduction of Commissioners to this group and inquired about how programs would be funded.
Rebekah Burr-Siegel spoke about the regranting program she is recommending and how it would work. The Commission discussed the funding for staff and how money is raised since there are no fundraisers. The Art Wine and Jazz Festival was mentioned as a fundraiser but was commented that no money is brought in during this event. It was suggested that the Ad Hoc Committee review the funding possibilities.
Commissioner McCarran motioned that the Commission accept the recommendations made for Conflict Resolution but have the Ad Hoc Committee further review the possible downsizing of the Commission and the various projects. Chairperson Ruiz requested further clarification of this motion. It was suggested that two separate motions be made in regards to these various matters. MSC to approve the conflict resolution recommendations: McCarran/Trebino.
Commissioner McCarran motioned to accept the splitting of this Commission and the reduction of number of Commissioners to a more equitable group and for the Ad Hoc Committee to further review this possibility. This motion was later rescinded due to further clarification of this motion. MSC to have the Ad Hoc Committee review this matter further: Trebino/Gill.
9. ACTION: Consider recommendations for Brentwood Art, Wine and Jazz Festival (Art, Wine and Jazz Festival Committee)
The topic will be discussed further at the next committee meeting and the result will be back at the next Arts Commission meeting. MSC to accept the report: Guise/Beatty.
10. ACTION: Review and discuss the Public Art Committee’s recommendation for the purchase of two artworks, each to be considered separately (P. McCarran)
Commissioner McCarran suggested a motion to change the priority list since it was pointed out that this matter has not been placed onto the priority list. MSC to add fine art purchases for future art gallery to be on the priority list.
Commissioner Gill mentioned that the priority list needs to be reviewed and revised. The Commission should not just pass things because they are before the Commission but to really analyze the priorities as they may have changed with time. Some items are unrealistic, completed or near completion. We need to find a better way to vote on things.
Commissioner McCarran suggested having the priority list brought back quarterly for review and to finish up the guidelines. Commissioner Trebino does not see a reason for revising a plan because it has already been done.
Discussion came about regarding the two remaining pieces which are still available for purchase. The Commission discussed some of the issues when purchases of art are done fairly slowly, due to the process. It was determined that one of the pieces was sold because the Commission had waited too long before deciding to purchase.
Another issue brought up was the security of the artwork. It was mentioned that currently art is placed in the open at the Technology Center and it has remained safe.
Commissioner McCarran said we should vote on the remaining two artwork and let the City Council decide if this is the right way to go. If not, the Council will come back with their feedback and the Commission can rethink this. MSC to purchase the Frank Lloyd Wright: McCarran/Beatty, 2 Abstentions: Gill and Ruiz. MSC to purchase the Stanley Mouse: Trebino/Faye, 2 Abstentions: Gill and Ruiz.
NEW BUSINESS: None
CITY COUNCIL UPDATE
Mayor Bob Taylor gave an update on what has been going on in the City of Brentwood. He also recently had a Town Hall Meeting. He talked about the vandalism which has taken place at few of the parks in town. He assured the Commission that the Police Chief has set up a very tight schedule in patrolling these specific parks. The Police Officers are at each park every hour either on bikes, motorcycles, or patrol cars. Numerous arrests have been made.
Code enforcement has been enforcing curfew and parents are being cited for their lack of control over their kids. He mentioned that they are enforcing the Ordinance which states that you can not sleep in their cars. The Police Officers are enforcing the speed limit around town as well. All those who speed and are pulled over will be cited.
He wants the Commission know that they are moving forward with the new City Hall and Senior Center. The Mayor wants the Commission to know that he attends the Arts Commission meetings to listen and not to get into the middle of any disputes. He hopes the Commission continues doing what they are doing and hopes that they don’t end up dissembling. He wants the Commission to continue in a structured and organized manner.
STAFF REPORT AND COMMENTS
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Commissioner Schneider would like to discuss what the Commission can do at the Farmers’ Market to feature local artists. It was suggested by Chairperson Ruiz that this would be better as an action item. He also suggested talking about the possibility of changing the name of Arts Jazz and Wine Festival.
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