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It wasn’t late-night television, but Roxanne Valladao borrowed an idea from David Letterman when she presented her Top 10 List to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors the morning of Oct. 15.
Valladao, executive director of Plumas Arts, listed the top 10 reasons why the board should contribute financially to her organization.
During the budget hearings, the supervisors announced that there was approximately $55,000 that could be used for discretionary purposes and Valladao decided to ask for $10,000.
But after the final budget adoption, that number changed.
“There was money … now there is no money,” Valladao said, but since she had already written a two-page document outlining why Plumas Arts should receive funding, she told the supervisors she would proceed with her presentation.
“It was interesting to submit this,” she said. “I love these sorts of writing challenges.”
She then condensed many of the points made in the document into her top 10 list.
Valladao stressed Plumas Arts’ breadth of programming, its revenue-generating role in the county, its track record for sharing with other agencies, its recognition throughout the state as a model arts commission, its diversified membership and funding base and its role in the schools.
“We are driven by passion and purpose, and fueled by persistence,” Valladao said.
She concluded her top 10 list with “Plumas Arts helps make Plumas County a place people want to move to and live in. There are beautiful counties all over the north state, but we give you an edge.”
“That’s one of the best presentations I’ve ever heard,” Supervisor Jon Kennedy said when she concluded her remarks.
Valladao said that Plumas Arts has been adept at securing its own funding, but this year the budget would fall short, which is why she had been posed to ask for $10,000.
She said that without support she would conduct another fundraiser, but that would impact other groups that are also trying to raise money.
“We’re all cannibalizing each other,” she said.
Supervisor Sherrie Thrall commended Valladao on her presentation, as well as her work, and asked her fellow supervisors to join her in giving $3,000 to Plumas Arts, the same amount that the board had set aside for recreation districts.
Supervisor Kennedy said he was going to separate the fact that Plumas Arts deserved the money from whether it was government’s role to provide it.
“If I believe the role of this body is to fund things like this, you win,” Kennedy said to Valladao, and then proceeded to present his argument as to why government shouldn’t.
But by the time he concluded his remarks, Kennedy had convinced himself that the board should support Plumas Arts and seconded Thrall’s motion to give Plumas Arts the money.
“Your organization benefits kids; it benefits seniors,” Kennedy said. “For what you do to make this a better place to live …”
Valladao said she appreciated the board’s decision. “We want the recognition and the validation,” she said.
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