Response to Judith’s Input
1. I have spoken to Ed
Vigil a few times presenting him and Sev with a survey and diagram of the exact
location of Hand Pi activities. The value of the property that I researched and
quoted in my proposal were from the full time rental cost of the private
commercial property contiguous to the proposed “Cerletti Park.”
2. From the beginning I
was clear and specific about the activities that would occur on the proposed
use area. NO, I will not be selling jewelry. I specifically stated that we
would be doing and demonstrating art processes including but not limited to
marbling, painting, weaving and carving. All participants in this category
would have a Buskers Licenses. I don’t believe any license or permit is
required to do or make art in a public place.
The second category of
activity/use involves the playing of non-electric non-digital games. Chess,
checkers, backgammon, and board games are some of activities planned that do
not need any special permission or permits from the City. The “Chess
Tournament” like the last one we put on, that was discussed in our meeting,
would require a permit but 240 sq. ft. is plenty of space for a few chess
games. In fact as you know, we paid for the outdoor chess table in the proposed
Cerletti Park area and if the City doesn’t think it is ‘Art’ then we would
gladly remove it.
The third activity we
proposed on that public land is well within our right to do without permits or
interference from the City. Again, as specifically stated before, we intend to
exercise our right of free expression to organize, educate and petition on that
public land in question. A Public Access Community TV news show will be shot
there (Fountainhead Rock) and aired on cable Channel 16.
Eventually we will sell
food. When we do it will be within municipal law as it stands and will be in
association with a non-profit organization, neighborhood licensed businesses
and State health and environment rules.
Santa Fe Community College Culinary School, Santa Fe Farmers Market, Kiwanis,
with Hotel St. Francis, Inn of the Governors, Coyote Café, among many others, all
have declared interest or have committed to doing a food program there in that
area. Is the City against charitable or neighborhood bake sales?
3. Why would one think
that I or any of us would want to “alter/affect” the “art”? It is Hand Pi LLC that
wants to promote a healthy ‘art in a park’ concept for Fountainhead Rock. It
was the City that allowed the problems of ‘The Rock’ to occur. Again, we in the
neighborhood want to honor Mike Cerletti, Tomas Lipps and Don Gaspar. The City seems
to want to protect drug dealers, aggressive panhandlers, and the City’s own perceived
alienable right to blight.
I have tried to get
information about what was the publicly owned art around the Water St. Parking
Lot. We would like the City to be transparent about this issue. I was not even
able to get a hearing from the Art Commission’s subcommittee on ‘Art In Public
4. If I could get anyone
at City Hall walk the two or three block over there I could show him or her
exactly what I propose to do as far as landscaping. I had spoken to you about planting
corn in honor of Don Gaspar. I
have proposed Hand Pi be responsible for watering and cleaning of the entire
area and for planting flower around ‘Turtle Rock’, Fountainhead Rock and the
Stone Chess Table.
5. I will continue to call
the space in question “the proposed Cerletti Park.” If there were to be a
resolution to rename the public space around the Water Street Parking Lot then
it would come the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
This proposal to trade
services for use of public lands with this level of dollar value can be
authorize by the City Manager. I have been asking to have the City Manager
bring this deal to the Council from the beginning. The only way to insist this
go before the Governing Body is to appeal the City Manager’s decision to
withhold information, to cover-up misuse of public funds and/or to appeal his
decision not to grant we in the neighborhood due process.
6. I was thinking the
Attorney General might sponsor my resolution.