The King County Council got an earful of public testimony at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, February 21, one month after proposing Ordinance #2018-0086, a move that would reclaim some of the critical governance powers that had been accorded to 4Culture when it was spun off fifteen years ago as an independent cultural development authority in charge of managing King County’s cultural assets.
4Culture board members and some 40 members of the overflow crowd gave testimony on the impacts the proposed ordinance would have on the County’s cultural community. The overwhelming majority of the people testifying opposed the ordinance.
Janet Way of the Shoreline Preservation Society seemed to sum up the sentiments of many in the crowd when she noted that “The King County Council must stand up for our culture, not undermine it.”
Most of the people who signed up to speak before the Council were from the arts sector – only about five representatives from heritage organizations spoke. AKCHO has gone on record as questioning the necessity of Ordinance #2018-0086.