I'd rather have a very detailed breakdown of local (city, county, state) tax expenditures. I'd also like to see where the revenue from fines, tickets (parking, speeding and other infractions), probation/restitution/court fees and other income is directed. Any chance we could get that information?
Making a commitment to place Arts and History as a Department of the City rather than a commission is definately proving to be a great decision. Good to hear the announcement for another year of appreciation.
I know that Boise Weekly and The Idaho Statesman have reported that graffiti is up but I'd like to see the proof of that statement. What constitutes a graffiti report? Who reports it? Is every report "illegal" graffiti? I know of several times when officers have demanded that commissioned art be covered up because they feel it looks like graffiti. I know of businesses that have hired walls painted only to be bullied by the Boise Police into having the wall painted over. I also know of homeowners having to repaint fences they've commissioned after being harassed by Boise Police. This is after the artist has gotten a permit to paint from the city and has a “permission paper” by the owner of the residence or business.
There is a huge difference between legal graffiti art and what many think is gang-related vandalism.
The general public doesn’t realize that no one under 18 can buy spray paint without having an adult with them. Or that writing on a bathroom wall can now be considered a felony offense. A felony!
I understand completely that true vandalizing is a problem. As a society we have told graffiti artists that they need to find a legal way to express their art. But when artists have done what they’ve been advised to do the police still harass them. There was a group of urban artists who raised funds and worked with the city get a place to build a memorial wall – a legal wall for all artists to use freely but in the end they were denied a public space because the local police don’t want it. If a group of people with good intentions, following the rules agreed to by society, cannot be recognized or heard why would they feel like playing by that society’s rules?
Do Americans believe in freedom for all or just certain people?
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