Council to Consider Public Arts Initiative

‘Creative, Innovative City’ Could See Art Flourish

PHOTO: City of South Pasadena | News | A new art gallery is scheduled to open at South Pasadena City Hall.

The City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 3 will consider adopting an initiative that would set fees on development for the creation of public arts, establish a five-member Public Arts Commission, and declare South Pasadena a “creative and innovative City.”
“South Pasadena is already known as an arts community, and these steps will help create an even more robust local climate in which the arts can thrive,” said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe.

In the resolution before the Council, developers would be required to devote 1% of a project’s value for public art within that development, or pay 1.5% of the value to a fund that would be used for public art projects citywide. The fees would apply to new construction of residential (four units or greater) and commercial projects valued at $500,000 or more, or remodeling projects valued at $250,000 or more.

The Council will also hear a staff report that provides facts and information related to Measure N, which seeks to repeal the City’s Utility Users Tax (UUT). Proponents of Measure N have made misleading and factually incorrect statements on the ballot argument that the City is seeking to correct and clarify, DeWolfe said.

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The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Council Chambers, 1424 Mission St., South Pasadena. Please visit the City’s web site to view the full agenda and staff reports.