State of mural ‘an insult to former Mayor Joseph Alioto'

In these tight budget times, city departments are competing for every dollar, especially when it comes to capital spending.

The wish-list of capital funding requests by city departments is more than $194 million. Quite a wish list considering that The City’s 10-year capital plan calls for just $76.5 million in spending.

One request, from the San Francisco Arts Commission for $150,000, comes with some spirited words for the Brotherhood of Man mural that “has been lying on the ground in Franklin Square since 1998.”

“In addition to building new support walls and reinstalling it, the mural needs to be restored to its original condition,” says the draft capital funding request report. The situation surrounding this artwork has garnered significant community interest and frustration. In light of the fact that his mural is laying on the ground in a corner of the park, it is an insult to former Mayor Joseph Alioto who gifted the art work to The City.”

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