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Championing the Arts

David believes that supporting our local arts community is absolutely essential to protecting our city's soul, beauty and economic diversity. While California continues to rank dead last in the country on per capita spending on the arts, David has worked hard to support artists and arts organizations in our city.

  • Increased community arts funding and programing by expanding a 1 percent arts fee requirement on downtown development.
  • Established a $4.5 million Nonprofit Rent Stabilization program to assist nonprofit and arts organizational tenants coping with rising commercial rents.
  • Championed a new home for the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts as part of the Civic Center arts hub.
  • Supported the Arts in the Storefront program to revitalize blighted commercial storefronts with temporary arts installations, as well as mural installations in city alleyways.
  • Fought for more funding for local arts organizations, community cultural centers, and public art installations