New Times / News
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 38
SLO Botanical Garden suddenly cuts its executive director
By NICK POWELL
After relocating from Singapore just shy of two years ago to be the executive director of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, Mike Bush announced in a surprise e-mail April 10 that his job had vanished.
“Yesterday afternoon in a cost-cutting decision, the Board informed me that my position has been eliminated,” Bush wrote. “My last day is today. I’ll be leaving mid-afternoon.”
Bush declined an opportunity to provide New Times with further comment on his departure, as did the remaining garden staff. The president of the garden’s board of directors, Ke Ping Tsao, issued only a prepared statement, claiming that the decision was necessary to ensure the garden’s future growth and refocus resources on hardscape and Fire Safe garden projects.
“We want to sincerely thank Mike Bush for the time he spent here and the talents he brought to the organization,” Tsao wrote. “We sincerely wish him, and his wife Jeanne, all the best in their next endeavors.”
The most current financial information available on the nonprofit that runs the garden is from 2010. For that year, revenues were listed at $431,674 and expenses came in at $308,374.
Community Notebook 8/25/16 - 9/1/16 Into the wild: Armed with little more than a catchpole and a leash, animal services officers strive to maintain a balance between humans, pets, and wildlife Political Watch 8/25/16 Save the Valley still trying to shut down Chumash Casino Juvenile mentorship program proposed for North County Reassessing a situation: A steep increase in taxes at Knollwood Village may force some senior residents to move Exoskeleton technology comes to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, helping injured Central Coast patients walk