Met at Cocos Restaurant on Fletcher Parkway
next tuesday, may be on the city council agenda.
next monday, Centennial Celebration planning meeting.
- Talking to arts groups around town.
- working with the sign company -- will be coming up with rendering by Monday.
- Suggests a supplement with letters from supporters.
- Suggests a catered open house to solicit renters.
- Write letter and speak at next county BOS meeting July 10.
Everyone call / email Doug Williford, City Manager. Tony Ambrose as well.
Call Tony tomorrow.
Contact Scott Alevy.
Ben Kalasho, Miriam Raftery.
What will we do with Centennial Celebration Meeting:
- Flier that we worked on before -- Ivars and Nadine will work together on it.
- Have a call to action... call city manager and ask them to bring the theater back.
- form letter or postcard to city manager, etc.
- Stand-up poster for a table at
Slide 1: Save ECPAC
- 1142 Seat Performing Arts Center
- Closed for 2.5 years.
- Consultant said $4.3 million upgrades needed.
Slide 2: History
- Built in 1975-1977 using $800K from Grossmont Cuyamaca College budget.
- $2.1 million construction budget
- Mayor of El Cajon joined with Mayor of La Mesa to raise $400K for seats, sound, lights.
- Originally 1200 seats, modified to 1130 seats plus 12 wheelchair locations.
- In 1990, Grossmont College hired a new manager for the theater who changes the venue's name to "Theater East" and focused primarily on educational presentations.
- 1993 - College hired the Christian Community Theater (CCT) to manage the theater
- 1995 - Property transferred to the City of El Cajon for $1.
- 1997 - Management turned over to the Arts Center Foundation
- ACF folded and turned over to CCT / Art Beat Management, 2005 after Blue Ribbon Commission.
- Closed Jan 2010. GCCA was allowed to complete their contracted engagements.
- 2010-03 - Consultant Kurt Swanson submitted a plant to remodel the theater for $4.3 million.
- 2012-03-13 - El Cajon votes to negotiate to demolish the theater and replace it with a hotel.
- 2012-03-26 - Save ECPAC committee formed
- 2012-04-23 - Toured the theater and resolved the likely cost to reopen the theater: $250K for roofing, painting, unknowns.
- June 21 - Submitted plan to the City of El Cajon.
The following is from the prior meeting, for reference.
Released proposal to the city
- Had several reporters at the event.
- UT Reporter is following, will release a story when we do a presentation (Is on vacation).
- Spent 1.5 hours with the City Manager after scheduling a 15 minute meeting.
- Not enough people have contacted him about the theater.
- Said there is some opportunity to improve the house lighting with help from SDG&E.
- He says the city needs to have some skin in the game -- a set subsidy that is not a surprise at the end of the year.
- Maybe have a set maintenance subsidy
- Made a clear statement that many of the renters would have a hard time making the commitment to come back to the theater given the history of shaky support and commitment by the City.
- We haven't tried the HVAC
- GCCA: Live On Stage says GCCA is rebranding themselves.
- Lost 50% of their membership when they moved to Joan Kroc
- They don't trust the city council. City first said that GCCA would have to sue Art Beat Management.
- Executive Board is leery of actual commitment of the city council. The don't have a good history of supporting the arts.
- Changed a performance date due to "Emergency Repairs" and forced the GCCA to change their date in September in 2007.
- La Jolla Chamber Orchestra has always wanted to play at ECPAC.
- Should reach out to Tony Ambrose -- He is the scheduler.
- Need to generate a power point presentation for a future workshop with the City.
- July 9 is a meeting at the Ronald Reagan Center to review the activities for the centennial.
- Two weeks from now will not be able to have our meeting.
- Ray looked into theatrical lights. $25K for hardware / $25K to install.
- He can come back and look into the lights in more detail.
- Cyc lights can be LED.
- Piano review
- did not bring piano up to the stage.
- Gaffers tape all over it.
- Probably very humid down in the basement.
- Fire Marshall can tour the theater.
- City Council 3pm Tuesday June 26 -- Tomorrow.
- Corporate Sponsorship? -- Wait until we have some agreement with the city.
- Conversations with Borona, Viejas, Sycuan, etc.
- Taylor Guitar / Deering Banjo.
- Send out request for people to communicate with the City Manager and City Council to save the ECPAC Theater and that the ECPAC Foundation is the right way to go.
- Need to talk to Tony Ambrose and invite him to the meeting & find out about the schedule -- contact through Williford.
- Ivars is meeting with the sign company, making a proposal for a sign to be placed near the freeway.
- Ivars just got the report from the piano people.
- Meet with rep from California Center for the Arts -- subsidy is a difficulty.
- Would not be able to present the same sort of mix we are thinking of.
- Ivars has already had a long conversation with him.
- Need to have a letter from the GCCA that they are interested in the theater, but they are concerned about commitment, etc.
- Contact Clayton Anderson again about referral to an attorney that can help.
- CPA -- need to have one on the board.