Save ECPACMeeting Report 02 Jul 2012

Met at Cocos Restaurant on Fletcher Parkway

next tuesday, may be on the city council agenda. next monday, Centennial Celebration planning meeting.

Ivars report
  • 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.

Diane Jacob
  • 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

Start presentation

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.

  • Followup:
    • 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.

ACTION ITEMS
  • 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.

Topic revision: r2 - 2012-07-03, RaymondLutz
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