STREET ARTISTS COMMITTEE
Wednesday, January 8, 2003
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70, San Francisco, California
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 60, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. Tel: 415-252-2581.
Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item.
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- HEARING AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO APPROVE AMENDING PROPOSED ORDINANCE INCREASING STREET ARTIST FEE TO PROVIDE FOR A SPECIFIC FEE FOR EACH OF THE FISCAL YEARS 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, AND 2005-06
On February 4, 2002, the full Arts Commission voted to approve a request by the Street Artists Program Director for Board of Supervisors approval of an ordinance increasing the street artist certificate fee for fiscal year 2002-03 to $93.40 per quarter or $373.60 per year. For the past four years, the Program has been drawing down on its surplus fee reserve to cover its deficits. In its vote, the Commission intended the fee increase to be the first of four increases over the next four years while, at the same time, to draw down on the surplus fees reserve until the reserve is exhausted and the annual fee revenue of FY 2005-06 entirely supports the costs of the Program.
While the Board of Supervisors has not yet heard the proposed ordinance, the Program Director is requesting Arts Commission approval of an amendment to the proposal which would specify the fee amount for the balance of the current fiscal year and the fee amount for each of the next three years. The fee amounts are predicated on projections of the costs of managing and enforcing the street artist ordinance with supplementation of the surplus fees reserve until the reserve is exhausted and the fee amount for FY 2005-06 is sufficient to entirely support the costs.
- HEARING AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO APPROVE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OR RENEWAL OF CERTIFICATE
Paula Grundman - Certificate # 5795. Alleged violations: (1) Selling within 5 feet of fire hydrant; (2) Selling in a location not designated by Board of Supervisors, 2nd offense; (3) Selling items (mother-of-pearl and abalone pendants on non-adorned cords) not certified by Arts Commission, 2nd offense; (4) Conducting business in a disorderly, improper, hazardous manner: threatening, and disrupting the businesses of, various street artists.
Section 5 of the Street Artists Ordinance allows the Director of Cultural Affairs to refuse to issue or renew a street artist certificate if charges have been filed alleging deception or violation of the Street Artists Ordinance. Under the Arts Commission's Section 5 procedures, the Director of Cultural Affairs may withhold the issuance or renewal of a street artist's certificate if the artist is charged with the violation of selling items not certified by the Arts Commission and the violation of conducting business in a disorderly, improper, or hazardous manner/threatening, and disrupting the businesses of, other street artists. These are charges of "serious violations" which are considered by the Commission to include "violations of a violent or threatening nature and violations that significantly threaten the integrity of the Street Artists Program." Renewal of Ms. Grundman's certificate has been withheld pending hearing with the Street Artists Committee.
- HEARING AND POSSIBLE MOTION TO APPROVE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE
Kan Wen Chong - Certificate #5777. Alleged violations: (1) Selling in a location not designated by Board of Supervisors, 2nd offense; (2) Exceeding display length regulation; (3) exceeding display width regulation; (4) exceeding display height regulation.
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