Max, one of our regular readers made this point in his May 29, 2019 comment that was the posting of a letter to the mayor and city council:
Up until a few days ago we completely missed his point.
The relevant 2012 ballot called for “multipurpose performing arts and entertainment and library facilities improvements.” There is nothing in the ballot about building a new structure. To fulfill the promise in the ballot, the City would renovate the Abraham Chavez Theatre, which is already a multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility, and bring it up to contemporary standards for approximately $35 million.
The ballot language
THE ISSUANCE OF $228,225,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR MUSEUM, CULTURAL, MULTI-PURPOSE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT AND LIBRARY FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING NEW CHILDRENS MUSEUM, CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER, AND INTERACTIVE DIGITAL WALL.
The ballot called for improvements of museum, cultural, multi-purpose arts and entertainment, and library facilities. It did not call for new facilities in those areas.
In fact the language was specific and asked for authorization of a new museum for children, cultural heritage center, and a digital wall.
The other projects were to be improvements of existing facilities.
The wording is clear.
We thank Max for pointing this out to us.
We deserve better