This detail caught my eye this morning in the Union-Tribune’s rundown of two competing City Council plans for how the mayor’s proposed drastic cuts to library hours might be avoided:

Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s plan includes a cut of about 10 percent — $620,000 — to the $6.4 million the city is budgeted to give in grants to arts and culture groups next year.

Councilman Carl DeMaio proposed cuts to the city’s grant program last fall, too.

The mayor won’t touch the pot of money that goes to the arts and culture groups because, he said, those groups generate jobs.

The other council plan, proposed in partnership between Tony Young, Lorie Zapf, David Alvarez and Todd Gloria, doesn’t appear to mention the arts funding as a potential place to cut for savings to libraries.

What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know if you think the city should look to its arts and culture funding to avoid the deep cuts to library hours the mayor proposed.

I am the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at or 619.325.0531. Or you can keep up with me on Twitter @kellyrbennett or on Facebook.

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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