Pasadena : Merger of 2 Agencies Weighed

The City Council has delayed action on a proposal to merge the Recreation and Parks Department with the Arts Division.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council referred the proposal to the Arts Commission for further study and asked for a report in late July or early August. Under the proposal, the newly merged department would be called the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department.

About half a dozen people spoke against the proposal, saying that arts deserved its own staff.

Also on the table is a proposal to eliminate $130,000 in arts grants to local artists.

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