Thursday, April 11, 2013

Santa Fe Style


The area around Fountainhead Rock on the corner of Water and Don Gaspar was purposefully blighted by the City of Santa Fe. Local government not only allowed hard drug dealers to openly sell and publicly use drugs, but I think the City actually encouraged and promoted this neighborhood destroying behavior in that location by turning a blind eye to the violence, aggressive panhandling, verbal assaults on women and tourists and having a childish permissive attitude toward phony buskers, dogs, and anyone with a backpack. 

Located on the perimeter of the Water Street Parking lot, The “Rock” as it is known on the street is the small area around the fountain which is graced with 5 ashtrays and garbage cans. It was a $50,000 public art project. A 2300 lb. stone that is the most RADIOACTIVE rock in Santa Fe caps the actual fountain.  The rock was obtained from a volcanic site in Arizona and fittingly now rest right across the street from the Atomic Grill. Last year while volunteering to clean up the fountain I found and photographed a used needle in that public fountain that never seems to have water in it ... only garbage.

In 2010 under the guise of repairing Fountainhead Rock, the City allowed the misuse of public funds to construct a “Stonemasons’ Monument” hundreds of feet away from the fountain. Without drawings or a survey, neither without permits nor with a Historic Design Review or even Art Commission approval, the City Administration allowed someone to put up a “monument” on downtown City property.

This in-your-face monument is a large marble cube placed on a constructed stone pedestal right next to Keshi on Don Gaspar. Again, ignoring their own rule the City let someone build a 10 foot high structure without set-backs; let them illegally remove a city wall; build non-conforming unpermitted dangerous stairs without handicap access on City property and the entire fraud paid for with tax dollars. 

I use to say, “Don’t ask government anything unless you want to hear the word NO.” Now, I say, “Don’t ask government anything unless you want to hear complete silence.” My attempts to get information about the rockwork were (excuse the pun) stonewalled. My attempts to get the City to do something about the problems around the “Rock” were … well, like as if I were a terrorist.

The neighborhood wants the City to rename the area “Cerletti Park” after the late Mike Cerletti. The idea was to supplant the negative energy with positive energy or at least apply ‘park’ rules to this neglected City property. The City says it won’t even do that. They just say, ”We don’t have to.” 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Public Access Community TV at SFCC

Dunado Coviello, longtime public access producer and former SFCC student proposes a cable Community TV show shot on campus at the East Wing Eatery, SFCC Culinary School, and at the Community TV studio. A total of six (6) hours of shooting per week.

The program will be aired daily Mon.-Fri day in fifteen minute segment.

The segments shot at the East Wing Eatery would be straight-on opinion person-on-the-street type interviews about what the person considers 'News.'  Signed releases would be required to air the opinion interviews. This segment is similar to a former Public Access show called "YO" (Your Opinion). There is no censorship of views but any inappropriate language or hate speech will not be aired.

The segments shot in Culinary classroom or on location (other than SFCC) will be strictly about food, the Culinary program itself or SFCC culinary students' involvement in community activities such as the proposed Cerletti Apprenticeship Program. Signed written releases are required for any airing.

The segments shot in the campus TV studio will be a continuation of my latest series Liberty Land on channel 16. New media mixed with old TV news/politics. The studio series take place within the  "Republic de Santa Fe" and is sponsored by Hand Pi LLC and underwritten by Crazy Fox clothing store.


Tony the Tiger

In the early 70s Kellog decided to 'Humanize' Tony the Tiger and give him an Italian-American personification.  The Tony above belonged to Groovey Bewildered Dead my young friend who died during that era.  The extruded plastic toy was part of a cultural alter Groovey kept in his room in San Francisco.  After 40 years of sitting in a old trunk in my attic I had to free the spirit contained in the artifacts (media). 

Double-exposure of Groovie with Sunday

Sunday, April 07, 2013