Looking For Crumbs In California

This summer, the California Arts Council’s budget was slashed from $16 million to $1 million, a near-zeroing out of the state’s commitment to cultural spending. But at least one San Francisco legislator isn’t accepting the cuts: Mark Leno is attempting to restore about half of the council’s original budget through what he calls a “‘minimal’ entertainment-related fee — not a tax, he’s quick to point out — to directly fund the council.”