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Many people have commented on this Editorial and at the on-linesites of other articles about HOT funds, Film Festival, and Anthony Pedone himself. I love the comments on all sides but this is a very anonymous and self-indulgent way to discuss things. So I hope that all of us will actually attend, in person, with our faces visible, tomorrow's City Council and express our concern about the ethics involved in the handling of this issue. All of us seem to support a Film Festival, most dont like the methods being used. Sure, who cares what happens in a little place like Victoria. We have gotten so used to compromise and power plays that it is just easier to grumble and walk off. How we adult citizens handle these sorts of issues sends a message to the community, our kids, and our visitors. Our issues are small but the principles are very big. (I'm thinking it might make a great movie!)
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From the point of view of an organization that followed the process: This year the CC set up a process for allocation of HOT funds which started with a state official giving a presentation for interested parties regarding use of HOT funds. Mr. Pedrone attended that meeting. The next step was that CC voted on amount of $$ that would be distributed to eligible organizations, leaving the amount the same as 2010, and CC chose a committee to review all applications and award grants. This was to take the Council members out of the distribution decision at their own request. Quite a few organizations submitted applications and the Committee submitted their recommendations at last Council meeting. Final vote will be this Tuesday on the Committee's proposal. A number of established organizations, specifically museum and heritage related organizations, did not get funds this year. They spoke out at last Council meeting. No mention by anyone of a film festival. Council member Rangel suggested more money be allocated to help out some of these groups since an estimated $40,000 was still available. That was voted down because 1) it was unfair to the Committee that had worked hard to narrow down the applications and 2) too complicated and time consuming to go back and decide how to redistribute more funds. If anyone should benefit from a decision to loosen up more money it should be the organizations who met criteria, submitted their plans on time, and have shown themselves to be popular. The Mayor was vocal about that at the time. Calling extra meetings and asking for special considerations puts in question this city's ability to be honest and above board with HOT funds in the future. I would love a film festival but if they want HOT funds they should receive the same scrutiny as other projects. Their choice of films, judges, venues, and budget should have been reviewed by the Committee and judged against other applicants. That is the process the CC set up and the one to follow. Many many events in this town occur without HOT fund help. Supporters and underwriters are found and the events succeed. This route is available to the Film Festival and, if it has the supporters that it claims to have, then it will succeed.
Victoria Ballet Theatre's performances of The Nutcracker in December. Great entertainment!
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Mr. FedUp: Please do not home school your kids. They will end up unable to spell,finish a sentence, or make good sense. In fact, your kids probably needed President Obama's speech more than anyone. Stay in school, study hard, and do not listen to those who would discourage you. God give America some sense.