Community Invited to Review and Discuss Research Developed on Monument Policies
On Tuesday, July 16, at an early start time of 5:00 p.m., the San Luis Obispo City Council will hold a study session on staff research about monument policies in other cities and provide feedback on next steps. Community members are encouraged to review the Agenda report on this topic (link here) and attend the meeting to learn more and provide Comments.
The research conducted for this report is consistent with Council’s adopted Vision for its 2019-21 Major City Goals which states.
"The City of San Luis Obispo is a dynamic community embracing its future while respecting its past with core values of civility, sustainability, diversity, inclusivity, regionalism, partnership, and resiliency."
As noted in the report, staff reviewed policies in other California cities similar to San Luis Obispo in size, demographics, and location, and also examined several national cities too. Of the cities that had established monument policies, most required that the figure celebrated have a connection to the city and that a process for public input about the monument involving stakeholders be followed prior to accepting it for installation. The City presently does not have a monument policy; but has evaluated sculptures in public places using adopted Public Art policies.
On Tuesday, Council will receive a summary presentation of a staff’s report, receive input from the public, and provide feedback to staff regarding potential next steps.