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|Monterey County, CA||November 2, 2010 Election|
Salinas as a Center of Culture
By Dennis DonohueCandidate for Mayor; City of Salinas
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The cultural core--the "heart" of the cityThe Town Hall meeting on Image focused on the Arts, City Beautification and Code Enforcement. Not only do Beautification efforts help with the overall asthetic of community, they can help attract tourism and support economic revitalization. Current initiatives include a City Flower Contest. Community groups and major employers have committed to efforts to clean up medians and plant trees. Salinas' extensive creek system could become a nature pathways program for biking, walking and running. Salinas has untold opportunities to become a leader in the "green revolution". What City is more logical than the worlds's biggest garden, to become green?
I also support the reinstatement of the Salinas Arts Council,and that effort is now underway. The range of arts interests in this community is deep and wide - whether it's promoting the arts, participating in the arts, arts as an agent of social change, public art, or arts for economic development. By nurturing the arts through our institutions we can transform this city, even at the level of community safety: Young people excited about their ability to dance, play an instrument, sing, design buildings, or develop software know there is a better avenue in life than joining a gang.
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