SUISUN CITY — Christmas at the Waterfront, a longstanding tradition in Suisun City, got the top nod Tuesday as City Council members were asked to prioritize a list of events for the Suisun City Community Services Foundation.
The foundation would handle the fundraising for the events. In the past, redevelopment money paid for them.
Five events – Christmas at the Waterfront, Friday night concerts, Saturday night movies, Sunday jazz afternoons and Shorefest were listed.
“No city money is anticipated for any of these events,” City Manager Suzanne Bragdon told the council.
The five events combined are estimated to cost about $64,000.
“Our goal is to raise all of that,” said Mick Jessop, the city’s Recreation and Community Services director. However, he said, “it’s time to get started.”
The city’s annual Fourth of July festivities are covered for 2013 thanks to money raised from the sale of safe and sane fireworks in 2012.
Mayor Pete Sanchez, Councilwoman Lori Wilson and Councilman Mike Segala put the holiday celebration, which includes a tree-lighting ceremony and lighted boat parade, at the top of their lists. Vice Mayor Mike Hudson gave the Saturday night movies his top spot, citing the fact that they are family oriented. Christmas was his second choice.
“You know you can raise money for Christmas,” he said.
Hudson listed only two of the five.
“These are the only two I really care about,” he said. “Until we have the money in the bank (for the others), I don’t want them.”
Councilwoman Jane Day was absent. Other council members did not give reasons for their choices.
Sanchez ranked the Sunday afternoon jazz concerts as second, the movies as third, Friday night concerts as fourth and Shorefest last. Wilson’s list had the movies second, and jazz as third. The Friday music was fourth on her list and Shorefest last. Segala offered up “ditto” when Wilson stated her priorities.
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