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Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:10:02 PM »
Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding



Following an epic weekend of angry public outcry following Council President Clay Yarboroughs ham handed attempt to blackmail the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville in a string of questionable emails to Mayor Alvin Brown's office, the mayor responds.

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
Stephen,  can you put in a records request to see how much city staff time was wasted researching this issue? Looks like the Mayor's Chief of Staff and OGC both spent a decent amount of time dealing with this.

According to Clay's Council bio, "ensuring government is operating as fiscally sound as possible" is one of his most important issues. Hmmmm

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 01:13:02 PM »
Thanks to Stephen/MJ for getting these official records, I know how fun it can be dealing with city hall, etc. Good job.

Kudos to Alvin for doing the right thing. Hopefully Clays eyes won't burn too much from looking at a picture of a boobie, oh the horror!
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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 01:37:25 PM »
At least he has an official position on this issue, though, it was obviously written by the Legal Department it his Admin but at least somebody made a decision.

Though, a true leader would not hide behind a law and give his own personal perspective on this issue.

This is why I will probably vote for Bishop in the next mayoral election.

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 01:43:54 PM »
And it was swift. 

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2014, 02:05:05 PM »
At least he has an official position on this issue, though, it was obviously written by the Legal Department it his Admin but at least somebody made a decision.

Though, a true leader would not hide behind a law and give his own personal perspective on this issue.

This is why I will probably vote for Bishop in the next mayoral election.

Actually, given the protocol necessary between a Council President and a Mayor, it would have been inappropriate for him to respond without having included the legal opinion as to why. 

While I criticize Brown a lot, the tone and manner of his response is exactly appropriate.

Agreed. Handled perfectly. The best way to counter someone's subjective personal opinion is with facts. In this situation, the case law cited shows that what the Council President wants to do, isn't even achievable without opening up the city to a lawsuit. The letter says, Mr. Yarborough, you couldn't be more wrong if you tried. Pretty humiliating really.

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2014, 02:25:28 PM »
So if he checks this:



will it mean he'll try to defund the libraries as well?
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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2014, 02:33:59 PM »
will it mean he'll try to defund the libraries as well?

He's long been in the censorship business (you know, the guy that's for smaller government). He wanted folio weekly pulled from all libraries and city buildings because it was "deplorable"

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It is deplorable and incredibly tarnishing to the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Public Library system to have a publication containing vulgar expletives, explicit and graphic sexual content, and details of such a stage show, readily accessible and available to children walking into a library and public building in our city. Would you let your child read it?

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2014, 02:40:59 PM »
I haven't read something so hopeful about Jax in many days. Love his response. But yes, we can but imagine if the mayor were one of the First Baptist comrades he probably would have marched over and taken the picture down personally, wearing a blind-fold of course.
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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2014, 04:28:24 PM »
Round of applause for Mayor Brown on this one

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2014, 05:23:46 PM »
So MB gets reelected now?

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2014, 06:09:24 PM »
Brown really didn't have a choice, and it did boil down to the legal issue(s) involved., he really had no other option. It was the correct move to have the legal department research and handle the request by Yarborough.

Yarborough, on the other hand, shot off his mouth which reflected not only his personal prudish views and his attempt to use his leadership position to stomp on the first amendment rights of MOCA and the artist. Seems that most everyone else, except for Redman have a clear comprehension of first amendment and knew Yarboroughs demands, if followed through, would have trampled those rights.


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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2014, 07:44:22 PM »
Brown really didn't have a choice, and it did boil down to the legal issue(s) involved., he really had no other option. It was the correct move to have the legal department research and handle the request by Yarborough.

Yarborough, on the other hand, shot off his mouth which reflected not only his personal prudish views and his attempt to use his leadership position to stomp on the first amendment rights of MOCA and the artist. Seems that most everyone else, except for Redman have a clear comprehension of first amendment and knew Yarboroughs demands, if followed through, would have trampled those rights.

I think that Clay has ambitions on the state level and saw this as an opportunity to reaffirm his conservative credentials.  I think he has reached his term limit on City Council.  Wouldn't surprise me to see him attempt a state position in the coming years.

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2014, 08:43:10 PM »

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Re: Mayor Responds to Clay Yarborough on Art Funding
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2014, 09:29:34 PM »

^Some of the comments are pretty funny..... ;D ;D

I may just donate to the mayor's re-election campaign on this alone (and I live in Texas)...

One should question the mental health of a person who calls simple nudity pornography. He can object to the display, but needs to respect the artistic integrity represented by the artist. He doesn't have to like it, no one does, but we can't let that be the basis for artistic censorship.....

Probably got all horny and had an erection and freaked thinking he'd grow hair on the palms of his hands next....

this is petty, but clay yarborough looks like the kind of guy who hasn't seen to many nude female bodies. in all seriousness, there is nothing pornographic about the human form. I bet clay believes in god, and he should be careful to mock the beauty of things that he probably believes were created by god......

I don't think Clay Yarborough was breast fed as a baby. This is what formula, religion and conservatism does to a young mind, for ever. Poor soul!.....

Wow, this is one of the first times that I have to say good job to a Democratic mayor. (I live in Detroit).....

OH MY GOD!!!!!!boobies!!!!!!.....
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