Can Last Thursday Actually Be Contained?

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Citywide taxpayers still pay to sweep up the leaves of select neighborhoods too.
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Actually the known costs average approximately $18,100 per warm weather, street closed, Last Thursday event. This morning, as well as an earful, the City Council received copies of a citizen initiated City Auditor's report of the City's costs for LT for the past few years. This report only came forward as a result of a public records request despite numerous attempts to get this info from our elected officials. According to the report, the known, definable costs(even more money is spent on Last Thursday but not itemized by city bureaus as a LT cost) for the fiscal year July 1, 2010- June 30, 2011 was $110,000. This covers 6 LT events. That's a hell of a lot of money to throw a party that the community, hosting it under duress, doesn't benefit from. This is another huge reason why Alberta neighbors are so upset.
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Why do we keep spending public money on civic events? Stupid parades and street fairs should pay for themselves, to do otherwise is un-American.
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Why does everyone assume that all neighbors oppose Last Thursday? Signed, someone who lives a block off Alberta and loves it.
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True, not all neighbors oppose LT, but given the rather large expenditure of taxpayer dollars to fund it, even a 50/50 split of opinion should give us pause.

The known documented costs of Last Thursday average approximately $18,100 per street closed event. This morning, as well as an earful, the City Council received copies of a citizen initiated City Auditor's reporting of the City's costs for LT for the past few years. It is distressing that this report only came to be as a result of a Public Records Request despite numerous attempts to get this info from our elected officials voluntarily.

According to the report, the known, definable, countable costs(there is even more money spent on Last Thursday that is not itemized by city bureaus as a LT cost, therefore still unaccounted) for the fiscal year July 1, 2010- June 30, 2011 was $110,000. This span covered 6 LT events. That's a hell of a lot of money to throw a party that the community, hosting it under duress, doesn't benefit from. This is another huge reason why many Alberta neighbors are so upset.
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That sign should read "YOU'VE SEEN MY GIRLFRIEND'S UNDERWEAR, NOW GIVE US SOME MONEY."
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Is the Tea Party going after Last Thurs in City Council? Seriously? What's next? The CRC? The Tea Party is largely comfortably retired with Medicare & Social Security, so anything that falls down after they are dead is A-OK.

Seriously, the bars and restaurants who are raking it in should pay up. Binks has been the only main contributor so far I think.

They could simply cut a deal with the city for no other food and alcohol sales on the street for festivals in exchange for covering the full festival costs.
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Your photo along with encounters with numerous drunk obnoxious people are reason enough not to attend. Incidentally its hard to say "I'm an artist" while vomiting (true story. What an odd individual). I agree with Graham, they should pay for themselves. Oh and one person in that neighborhood being a fan of Last Thursday probably is not indicative of the overall neighborhood. Since when are a group consisting of no small amount of drunk people/ dubious artistic displays considered a "Festival"? Who goes to an arts gallery after 10 pm.? This is nothing more than a block party for drunk people who are superbly educated in the "Arts", or are deluded enough to think so.