SAN DIEGO — The City Council's Public Services and Safety Committee returned a proposal to create a powerful arts and cultural commission to a task force on Wednesday for more detailed recommendations regarding the commission's makeup and staffing.
The action came at the urging of City Council members and representatives of major arts organizations who claimed there were "too many unresolved issues" to make a decision on an arts commission now.
Last month, the Cultural Arts Task Force recommended the creation of a 15-member commission that would allocate millions of dollars annually to artists, arts and cultural organizations from hotel bed-tax revenues. This year, the city will distribute more than $4.1 million in support of the arts and humanities but through several different channels.
A spokesman for the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Opera and the Old Globe Theatre stressed that the commission members reflect the diversity of the city's "arts constituency" to allow for a fair evaluation of the artistic and economic impact each applicant has on the city.