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Fire station design ready, except for the art

The Mountain View City Council recently approved plans for a new Shoreline fire station, and all the design needs now is a $67,000 piece of artwork, the city says.

By June 12, the city hopes to receive proposals from local artists for a work of art with a firefighting theme. It can stand on its own outside, like a sculpture, or be installed as a part of the building itself, like a mural or stained-glass window.

City policies state that all major city projects over $1 million put 1 percent of the cost towards public art. In this case, the station is expected to cost $6.7 million once it is constructed across the street from Shoreline Amphitheatre.

The city's request for proposals for artists can be seen here.

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm

"City policies state that all major city projects over $1 million put 1 percent of the cost towards public art. In this case, the station is expected to cost $6.7 million once it is constructed."

Just what we need......a new 6.7 million dollar fire station that won't receive but a few dozen calls a year....PLUS.....a mandated $67,000 piece of artwork!

I love living in a city flush with extra dollars to spend.

The council members who voted for these projects should pat themselves on their back.

Keep up the good work!


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 16, 2009 at 11:29 am

This is a ridiculous expenditure of public moneys at this time. There is no need for the station, no need for the extra staff it will take, and definitely no need for the "artwork."



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Posted by david a, 10 yr resident
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Agree eith the first two posters. Why doesn't the city put this money towards firefighter salary foundation or a retirement fund or for some housing so firefighters can live locally?


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

"Why doesn't the city put this money towards firefighter salary foundation or a retirement fund or for some housing so firefighters can live locally?"

You've got to be kidding..."put money towards firefighter retirement fund"......sure, we'll get right on it!


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm

" Council member Mike Kasperzak was critical of the city's increasingly expensive union contracts, which are the major cause of a recurring $4 million deficit projected over the next few years.

Residents "are losing their jobs, their wages are being cut," Kasperzak said. "We're asking them to pay more for less. What it comes down to is we have to do all these cuts so we can do wage increases" for city employees. He added that he may not be able to support the budget in June if the labor groups do not share the pain."


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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Does this station get funded out of the asinine Shoreline taxation district? If so, they might as well buy 10x that much art to go with the golf carts.

Time for the council to stop playing games with shoreline and END the obsolete tax district-- our schools are suffering becuause of it!


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Top 10 Mtn.View Fire personnel make greater than $210,000... Next 10 make over $190,000......Daily Post, Tuesday, April 7, 2009......How much did this group contribute to the campaigns of our council members?


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Posted by Silver Fox
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2009 at 12:34 am

I thought this fire station was part of the firefighters retirement fund. I suggest a sculpture of pigs with their snouts in the trough. It would seem appropriate.


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

This project at this time is a perfect illustration of the total contempt public sector employees have for the taxpayer.



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Posted by Ted
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm

If the taxpayers/residents don't voice an opinion to the council, how will they know of their dissatisfaction? If residents don't like the way our dollars are being spent, go to council meetings, send emails about these ridiculous expenditures.

Web Link


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

MV City Council Email addresses: Web Link


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Posted by nichole
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm

how ironic that this story is right below the "lack" of school funding story. does a fire station work better because of a horrifically overpriced piece of art?


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Posted by Ellen Murray
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm


The Roosevelt administration funded artists, as well as artisans -- and refurbished a great city (New York) during the Great Depression. Artists need to work too, and the art work (and the fire station) will be long admired after our recession is over.

Yes, the glass is half full!

Ellen Murray
Mountain View, CA

ellenamber@comcast.net


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