In San Diego’s Strained City Budget, Mayor Chooses Arts Over Libraries

“Closing a $56.7 million deficit … required choices that in a vacuum look horrible: Who wants to defend a decision to close branch libraries citywide for all but 18½ hours a week?” But Mayor Jerry Sanders has rejected any cuts in the city’s $6.4 million arts funding, saying explicitly that the arts create more jobs than libraries.

Source: Voice of San Diego 04/19/11