L.A. County shows generosity with $25k gift

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By Jennifer Garcia

It’s not every day that a city celebrates its 400th anniversary, but in 2010, Santa Fe will be doing just that.

So what sort of gift should one get for a city that seems to have it all?

Los Alamos County Councilors have decided that a sculpture would be the perfect birthday gift for the City Different and have begun taking steps towards purchasing it.

During the June 17 meeting, County Council made a motion “that the council approve the concept of presenting a gift not to exceed $25,000 (including delivery and installation) to the City of Santa Fe commemorating their 400th anniversary and the Chair of the County Council be authorized to send a letter to Mayor (David) Coss, seeking his endorsement.”

Subsequently, Council Chair Jim Hall sent a letter to Mayor David Coss seeking his endorsement and the mayor responded to the letter and thanked council for their “tremendous generosity” and said that the city would welcome their gift.

Stephani Johnson, Arts in Public Places staff liaison, met with Debra Garcia y Griego, senior planner for the Santa Fe Arts Commission, and Sabrina Pratt, executive director of the Santa Fe Arts Commission, to discuss a path forward.

As a result, Griego y Garcia attended the Sept. 10 Art in Public Places meeting so that she could discuss the project with the Board.