Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
California Center for the Arts Needs Money
On Wednesday, the Escondido City Council will consider giving a $270,000 cash advance to the California Center of Arts to help pay salaries and other operating expenses.
"The Center...[has] made significant strides to raise revenues both through donations and programming," reads a memo from City Manager Clay Phillips. "In addition, significant changes have been made to reduce staffing and other expenses. Despite these efforts, the arts center is in need of an advance to meet payroll and other obligations for the balance of this fiscal year."
The funding will come from next year's budget, a budget which is already cutting $244,000 from the center's management team.
In recent years, the arts center has been one of the first in line on the budget chopping block. Last year, the city council debated closing the center in order to use the $1.9 million that the City pays each year to help fill the budget deficit, which is predicted at $2.9 million for this fiscal year.