Save ECPAC - East County Performing Arts Center
Direct link to this page: http://www.copswiki.org/Common/SaveECPAC
So we stopped the demolition of the theater so the city could build a motel. Now the latest threat: the huge Rock Church that wants to takeover the facility
for all Sundays (from 4am to 11pm), all Tuesday nights, one Friday and Saturday per month, and special holidays; and wants to build a 20,000 sqft facility adjacent to the theater for their permanent offices and Sunday School rooms. Should the City be in the business of helping a specific Church use this singular space in the government super block? WE THINK NOT! See more below!
Read the Proposal to operate the theater from the ECPAC Foundation! Click Here
The East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) is an 1142-seat performing arts center with excellent audio characteristics, theatrical rigging, audio and lighting systems. It was built using money from the Grossmont Community College District on El Cajon City property adjacent to the Council Chambers, City Hall, and the County Courthouse, outfitted from donations from the community, and opened in 1977. The theater was initially operated by Grossmont College. Ownership was transferred to the City of El Cajon for $0 in 1995, with the written directive that the theater was to be operated for "civic purposes." The theater was operated for a while by the Christian Community Theater (CCT) and then by the 501(c)3 Arts Center Foundation (ACF). The city wanted to perform maintenance and renovate the facility and avoid prevailing wage rules, so they loaned money to the ACF so they could handle the renovations, with the understanding that the city would later forgive the loan. However, they did not forgive it, and instead, used this debt as rationale to terminate the operating arrangement with the ACF and turn it back over to CCT. (There has been some speculation that avoiding prevailing wage rules in this manner may have been illegal and to so forgiving the debt would not have been possible, and eliminating the ACF may have been necessary to avoid further scrutiny of the deed, but in fact, essentially forgive the loan through the dissolution of the ACF) The CCT ran the theater for five years and then the theater was closed Jan 2010, reportedly due to difficulties of operating it during construction of the new Police/Fire Station ("Safety Center") and due to budgetary concerns.
The CCT runs a drama school which caters primarily to elementary through high school students who, for a fee, are included in various theatrical presentations which ran at the theater. Unfortunately, the CCT did not attempt to bring in headliner acts to any great extent, and the requirement to do so was stricken from their agreement. The result was that the theater was mainly used for poorly attended CCT events and was rented out to other renters. The Grossmont Community Concerts Association (GCCA) was an example of a renter who ran a half dozen events during the year to a subscription-based audience, and always had sell-out crowds. Although the CCT includes a religious reference in their name "Christian Community Theater," they were careful to point out that they do not run worship services at the facility, and they were no more religious than the YMCA.
>In March, 2010,consultant Kurt Swanson was hired to review the theater and make a proposal to reorient the theater as a "road house," i.e. picking up traveling shows that will be a draw for theater-goers to the East County area. His proposal would cost $4.3 million.
In January, 2012, the courts ruled that redevelopment agencies would be dissolved.
In early 2012, the Safety center was completed. Landscaping, including a new duck pond, was added around the theater for $2.1 million in redevelopment funds that were previously allocated. With these changes in place, the south-west doors are now accessible from Main St. to allow use as an alternate entry/exit.
In March, 2012, the City Council voted to enter into negotiations with a developer who plans to raze the theater and replace it with a Marriott Courtyard hotel with a multipurpose room that would partially replace the ECPAC theater. This proposal was originally based on getting redevelopment funds, so it was doomed from the start, including the fact that it would cost about $2 million to raze the building.
Also in March, 2012, a community working group "SaveECPAC" began to meet. Over the next several weeks, the group toured the theater ( view video
) and suggested that it could be opened for about $250K, mostly for roof repair (see summary below). The group voted to found the "ECPAC Foundation" which will operate as a nonprofit charity to allow the community to join together and raise the money required to get the theater opened once again. This effort is similar to what occurred when the theater was first opened and needed to be outfitted with seats, lights, and sound system. That effort resulted in $400K being raised. If they could to it then, we can certainly raise $250K now. It will be appropriate to ask the city of El Cajon to match what we raise.
The motel project was abandoned. In June, 2012, the ECPAC Foundation submitted a detailed plan to the city regarding our findings in terms of what was required to get the theater opened again, and a blueprint for operation. This was presented to the City Manager Douglas Williford, but were given no opportunity, other than brief three minute comments at the City Council meeting, to present our plan to the City.
Later, the ECPAC Foundation performed an audience survey of members of the public attending El Cajon's centennial celebration in late 2012. The group also performed two more theater inspections, which were video recorded, so as to document the state of the theater at that time.
In mid-2013, the City approved an RFQ process to find an architect to make detailed drawings regarding the planned changes to the theater. City Manager Douglas Williford continued to assert that his plan was to find a professional manager of the facility. However, in September, our Public Records request revealed that Williford approached the Rock Church to find out if they were interested in renting the theater, as they were about to open a branch location in El Cajon at the 29,000 sqft commercial building on Jachman St. in El Cajon (formerly a Michael's crafts supply store. Rent for this is estimated to be $25,000 per month based on the rate given to another prospective renter.
In February 2014, the agenda of the City Council included a closed session to approve further negotiations with the Rock Church. Ray Lutz
of the ECPAC Foundation objected to the use of a closed session at the City Council meeting and then submitted a formal written objection. The city later essentially admitted this was handled incorrectly, and so issued a request for interest for major tenants of the theater. The request explicitly stated that the city was not interested in any proposals to manage the theater as a performing arts center, and the request was worded to accommodate the Rock Church. Only the Rock Church and CCT submitted proposals to use the theater as major tenants.
At the August 12, 2014 City Council Meeting, the Council voted to engage in exclusive negotiations with the Rock Church. The main points of their (initial) proposal were:
- Lease Term 10 years.
- Use the theater for all Sundays (4AM to 11PM), Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Good Friday - Sunday (Easter weekend), 1 Friday night 4PM-10PM and all day Saturday, once per month, and Every Tuesday Evenings (6pm to 9pm) for rehearsal + Use of the facility outside the above use when nothing else is scheduled at a daily fee.
- Lease land adjacent to the theater on public land so as to build a 20,000 sqft building for church offices, Sunday school rooms, partially available to the city. The term of the lease was proposed to be 35 years at which time ownership of the building would transfer to the city.
- Approve all renovations to the theater so they would be appropriate for their use, all improvements paid for by the City.
- Monthly Rental fee of $10K.
- Rock Church will manage technical aspects of the ECPAC for church and public use.
This extensive use of the theater for religious worship services, including the lease of city property adjacent to it, in the same superblock and within steps of the City Hall, the Council Chambers, and the County Courthouse, is a violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. The use of the theater by a specific religion implies approval of that religion by the City, with the city undoubtedly called on to help promote events at the theater. Such a partnership between the City and a Church, not allowing any other religions to use the facility during Sundays and religious holidays, is not even-handed and implies a preference for this religion as opposed to others, and for a non-religious viewpoint.
Promoting Christianity is not new to this City Council. For years, members of the City Council have advocated that we are a Christian nation, and there is no separation of church and state. Years earlier, the City ran religions and partisan videos on the Government Access channel (Cox cable channel 24) by David Barton ("Wall Builders" series) airing such titles as "Good Government is God Government", and "The Role of Pastors and Christians in Government." Ray Lutz
complained about this process and the videos were no longer aired. The City refused to set up a community-based panel to select videos to air.
See venue technical specs, location, and demographics here: ECPAC Theater Technical Details
A bit of recent history, upcoming events
- 13 Mar 2012 - the City Council has proposed demolishing the ECPAC theater and replacing it with a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel with a multipurpose room.
- 26 Mar 2012 - Meeting #1 of community group Save ECPAC met at Cocos Restaurant on Main in El Cajon.
- 09 Apr 2012 - Meeting #2 of Save ECPAC at East County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room in El Cajon.
- 23 Apr 2012 - (3p) Tour of ECPAC Theater for Save ECPAC committee, meet at the theater.
- 23 Apr 2012 - (5p) Meeting #3 of Save ECPAC at East County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room in El Cajon.
- 07 May 2012 - (6p) Meeting #4 of Save ECPAC at El Cajon Library
- 14 May 2012 - (6p) Meeting #5 of Save ECPAC at El Cajon Library
- 21 May 2012 - (6p/7p meeting) #6 of Save ECPAC at Cocos Restaurant on Main in El Cajon
- 22 May 2012 - (1:30p) Workshop on ECPAC Demolition and Hotel Proposal at El Cajon Council Chambers.
- 29 May 2012 - (6p) Meeting #7 of Save ECPAC at Mangia Bene Restaurant
- 04 Jun 2012 - (6p) Meeting #8 of Save ECPAC at Mangia Bene Restaurant
- 11 Jun 2012 - (6p) Meeting #9 of Save ECPAC at Cocos Restaurant on Fletcher Parkway
- 12 Jun 2012 - (3p) El Cajon City Council Meeting at El Cajon Council Chambers.
- 18 Jun 2012 - (6p) Meeting #10 of Save ECPAC at Cocos Restaurant on Fletcher Parkway
- 21 Jun 2012 - (3p) Formal drop-off of the proposal to save the ECPAC theater from the ECPAC Foundation, at El Cajon City Hall. Press conference at 3pm. Delivery to City Manager at 3:30. Private meeting with the City Manager to chat about the delivery at that time (City Manager declined to appear on camera). All Save ECPAC supporters should come to this event!
- 25 Jun 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation meeting at Cocos Restaurant on Fletcher Parkway - Discuss next steps after submission to the City of El Cajon and report of the submission.
- 02 Jul 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation meeting at Cocos Restaurant on Fletcher Parkway
- 09 Jul 2012 - (5:30pm) El Cajon Centennial Celebration planning meeting at El Cajon Community Center - Need to coordinate with the City of El Cajon and the opening of the ECPAC theater. This will be a good time to promulgate info about our proposal to save the theater.
- 23 Jul 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation meeting at The Palms at 143 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 (You can park behind the location in the parking lot off the old JC Penney lot off Douglas) Mediterranean food available.)
- 30 Jul 2012 - (3p) ECPAC Foundation Facility Committee has arranged for the theater to be open for inspection and investigations, including fly tower, concessions and piano. Meet at 5pm at the blue tables just outside the courthouse to collect our thoughts and plan for August 13 meeting.
- 06 Aug 2012 - (5:30p) Centennial Celebration Community meeting, Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon. An update on plans for the El Cajon Centennial Celebration for Monday, November 12, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Rea Avenue & E. Main Street between Magnolia & Claydelle Avenues will be discussed. Visit www.elcajon100.com.
- 13 Aug 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation will conduct a workshop at The Palms at 143 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 for any interested party to attend, especially public officials (City of El Cajon City Council, Rec. Dept, City Manager, County Supervisor Diane Jacob, etc.) and anyone who may want to help us by volunteering to head up one of our committees. Event will include a Powerpoint Presentation of our plans for the theater, description of the ECPAC Foundation committees, Q&A, and social networking.
- 27 Aug 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation meeting at The Palms at 143 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 (You can park behind the location in the parking lot off the old JC Penney lot off Douglas) Mediterranean food available. Committees will break out for first 30 to 60 minutes, then plenary (common) session.
- 07 Sep 2012 - (2.30pm) Theater inspection, including review of inventory and condition of operating elements. Piano inspection by local expert Diane De Tar who wants to pull the action. City has asked us to keep the number of people to a minimum. Rob Turner has confirmed availability on this date at 2:30pm. After this event we will go to the El Cajon Brewing Company see below.
- 11 Sep 2012 - City Council meeting. Public comment on ECPAC, not on the agenda. We were asked to coordinate our information with City Manager Douglas Williford.
- 17 Sep 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation Meeting at The Palms at 143 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 (You can park behind the location in the parking lot off the old JC Penney lot off Douglas) Mediterranean food available. Agenda includes review of recent tour of the theater, financial model review, and organization approval. Also we targeted this week for a 2nd public meeting, with the intention to bring in many merchants, restauranteurs, and stakeholders to hear about our plans. (Likely earlier in the week when business is low in town). Duane Swainston and Christopher Shamoon working to set this up, so we will need to review the progress.
- 29 Oct 2012 - (6p) ECPAC Foundation Meeting at The Palms at 143 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 (You can park behind the location in the parking lot off the old JC Penney lot off Douglas) Mediterranean food available. Agenda includes
-- Plans for Nov 12 Centennial Celebration Booth
-- Plans for Nov 13 City Council meeting with agenda item on ECPAC
- 12 Nov 2012 - The ECPAC Foundation will have a booth at the City of El Cajon Centennial Celebration, including pictures of events previously held at the theater, sign ups for audience and participants, and an overview of our vision of a new vibrant theater.
- 13 Nov 2012 - (3p) City of El Cajon will be considering the questions of reopening the theater at the City Council meeting. This is a very important meeting and we will need all hands on deck to push for reopening the theater in a way that will benefit the entire east county area. At the El Cajon Council Chambers. Project: Save ECPAC
- 09 Jul 2013 - (3p) City of El Cajon approved that staff will draft a RFQ for architect to generated detailed drawings for changes to be made to the theater.
- 13 Aug 2013 - (6p) The ECPAC Foundation will meet at the El Cajon Library in the first conference room (on left as you enter). The agenda of this meeting will be to review the current proposal by the City of El Cajon, consider a Citizens' Oversight Panel type of organization, and review projects which have been put on hold until we heard from the City.
- 09 Sep 2013 - Email sent by City Manager Douglas Williford asking "what is up with the Rock Church and ECPAC"
- 27 Feb 2014 - East County Performing Arts Center in talks with Rock Church
- 10 Mar 2014 - CPRA Request of City Of El Cajon Regarding ECPAC and Rock Church (never fully provided)
- 10 Mar 2014 - Formal Objection to Closed Session and ECPAC Lease Negotiations with The Rock Church -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-03-10
- 22 May 2014 - City seeks long term tenants
- 12 Aug 2014 - City council entertains proposal to finalize lease agreement with The Rock Church
- 06 Jun 2016 - Reroofing done to the facility
- 14 Feb 2017 - City Discussing negotiations with Live Nation 3pm
Repairs & Enhancements Required
Taken from Kurt Swanson's conceptual plan
+ discussions after our tour on April 23, and Working Group conclusions on need.
- Save ECPAC rough estimate is $250K to be able to reopen it.
|| Working Group Consensus
|| min: $35K;
$800K Full reroof
$100K est. for adequate repair
| Swanson makes a strong case eliminating the possibility of installing a new fly tower.
|| $100K was best guess for adequate repair (but we did not actually see the roof)
| Reorient Entrance
|| Probably not feasible without all earthquake/ADA upgrades
|| NOT REQUIRED
| ADA Upgrades
|| $200K; $175K Dressing Rooms
|| Not required unless other major changes occur
|| NOT REQUIRED
| Interior Finishes
SaveECPAC est: $100K
| Indep. of ADA/Seismic upgrades
|| Some repainting and repair is necessary, say $100K
| Additional women's room
|| Perhaps build external building that would not need upgrades
|| NOT REQUIRED
| Water -- New Main
|| Could avoid this by using water-saving fixtures? Probably not necessary w/o women's room expansion
|| NOT REQUIRED
| Electrical / Lighting
|| Should move to LED lighting, may be able to qualify for incentive subsidies?
|| NOT REQUIRED, however may want to look into green energy upgrades
| Ochestra Lift
|| "Repair" does not require upgrades
|| NOT REQUIRED. Can perform simpler maintenance using rust removal & Rust resistant paint, but more research is probably warranted
| Sound - Digital Upgrade
|| Attendees say this is essential for touring acts. There is an analog mixing board in the theater.
|| NOT REQUIRED -- sound system is the same one used at 4th and B and at Humphrey's. Acts that need digital sound will bring in their own sound board and set it up next to existing board.
| Lighting - Digital Upgrade
|| Also needed to be compatible with touring acts.
|| NOT REQUIRED -- existing lights are sufficient for most acts, esp. simpler concerts as opposed to theater productions. Should repair rigging/catwalk to allow lights to be lowered/adjusted.
| Other random repairs
|| Unknown other repairs that may be needed in addition to repainting and finishes.
|| $50K is just a guess as we have no evidence of anything to be repaired right now
- 1975-07-19 - Groundbreaking on $2.1 million project to build the theater, won by Neilson Construction. A committee chaired by then El Cajon Mayor James Snapp and La Mesa Mayor Paul Fordem worked closely with volunteers from the Women's Committee of the Grossmont Community Concert Association, local businesses, clubs, and citizens to raise nearly $400K to outfit the theater with lighting, seating, PA system, etc.
- 1977-03-30 - Official opening. Originally built to seat 1200 people, then later revised to be ADA compliant with 1142 seats. Operated by Grossmont College.
- 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 relinquished management of the theater to the Christian Community Theater (CCT)
- 1995 - Property transferred to the City of El Cajon following college district Chancellor Dr. Jean Atherton's admission that "we have not been able to do justice to the theater which is really peripheral to our mission." CCT continued as manager.
- 1997 - Management turned over to the Arts Center Foundation, a 501c3. A professional CEO was hired to run the theater's day-to-day operations. The theater was renamed the East County Performing Arts Center.
- 1999 - Unique program for East County Schools was established, "Plug Into the Arts"
- 2005 - Operated by CCT DBA Art Beat Management.
- 2009-12-24 - The City of El Cajon has proposed a closure of the theater on Dec 24, 2009, for 18 to 24 months for some sort of "renovations". See Recent Media (below) for details.
- 2010 -- Closed in the beginning of the year. GCCA was allowed to complete their contracted engagements.
- 2010-03-09 -- The City held two community forums and a public hearing is scheduled for 2010-03-09.
- 2010-03 - Consultant Kurt Swanson submitted a plant to remodel the theater for $4.3 million.
- 2012-03-13 - El Cajon votes to negotiate with Arthur E. Neal, developer, to demolish the theater and replace it with a Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
- 2012-03-26 - Save ECPAC committee formed to save the theater for the community to use and preserve the historic nature of this landmark.
- 2012-04-23 - Toured the theater and resolved the likely cost to reopen the theater: $250K for roofing, painting, unknowns.
- Ecpac Under CCT - Our Study of the performance of ECPAC under the management of CCT.
HISTORY (Seasons are Sept to Aug)
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Articles and Media ( Add | All):
- El Cajon to Approve Negotiation with Live Nation to Operate ECPAC -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2017-02-10 City Council to discuss on 2/14/2017
- ECPAC Changes go to bid -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2015-03-10
- Letter to El Cajon re Closed Session meeting on 2015-02-24 re ECPAC and ROCK CHURCH -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2015-02-22
- ROCK CHURCH WOULD BE IDEAL TENANT FOR EL CAJON ARTS CENTER -- Tony Ambrose, Union Tribune, 2014-10-24 See also CON point of view by Ray Lutz: M1513
- EL CAJON ARTS CENTER NOT THE PLACE FOR ROCK CHURCH -- Ray Lutz, Union Tribune, 2014-10-24 See also Tony Ambrose's PRO position M1514
- Group wants conditions for Rock Church lease -- Matt Johnson, Cbs News, 2014-09-23 Features Ray Lutz
- Ten Conditions for Legal and Prudent Rental of ECPAC to The Rock Church and Other Users -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-09-23
- Controversy Surrounds Future Of East County Performing Arts Center -- Amita Sharma Maureen Cavanaugh Megan Burke, Kbps News, 2014-09-09 Go to offset 15:00; Features Ray Lutz and Bill Wells, El Cajon Mayor
- Letter to Rock Church Regarding ECPAC Illegality -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-09-05
- ECPAC and the Rock Church: A Conflict of the First Amendment -- Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego, 2014-09-05
- Issues of Concern Regarding Negotiations with Rock Church for Use of ECPAC and surrounding City Property -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-09-04
- A chip off the bold Rock -- Ex-con says mega-church fired him for reporting child molester -- Dave Rice, San Diego Reader, 2014-08-28
- Will East County Performing Arts Center become a church? -- Kinsee Morlan, San Diego City Beat, 2014-08-27
- Request For Information Regarding Church Use of Public School Facilities -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-08-19
- CPRA Request to El Cajon on August 18, 2014 -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-08-18
- El Cajon City Council Agenda Item 4.3 on ECPAC and Rock Church -- Douglas Williford, City Of El Cajon, 2014-08-12
- Rock Church to lease El Cajon arts center -- Karen Pearlman, Union Tribune, 2014-08-12
- PERFORMING ARTS TENANTS SOUGHT -- With renovation of ECPAC set to begin, El Cajon wants to arrange some long-term leases -- Karen Pearlman, Union Tribune, 2014-05-22
- Solicitation from the City of El Cajon for major ECPAC tenants -- Douglas Williford, City Of El Cajon, 2014-05-14
- Letter to City of El Cajon on ECPAC from Art Ballantyne -- Art Ballantyne, , 2014-03-18 Includes discussion of The Rock Church
- CPRA Request of City Of El Cajon Regarding ECPAC and Rock Church -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-03-10
- CPRA Response to request for ECPAC communications. -- , Citizens Oversight, 2014-03-10
- Formal Objection to Closed Session and ECPAC Lease Negotiations with The Rock Church -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2014-03-10
- East County Performing Arts Center in talks with Rock Church -- Karen Pearlman, Union Tribune, 2014-02-27 Rock Church Ecpac Takeover
- El Cajon City Council Agenda Item 4.1 on 2013-07-09 to fund architect for ECPAC -- Douglas Williford, City Of El Cajon, 2013-07-09
- ECPAC Inspection Tour of 2012-09-07 -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2012-09-07
- Group hoping to Save ECPAC continues fight -- Karen Pearlman, Union Tribune, 2012-08-13
- El Cajon plots arts venue revival -- Steve Schmidt, Union Tribune, 2012-08-12
- Original ECPAC Documents -- , Citizens Oversight, 2012-08-02 Response to CPRA request. Includes documents from 1977 and 1995
- ECPAC FOUNDATION MAKES ITS CASE -- Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine, 2012-06-27
- Proposal to the City of El Cajon regarding the East County Performing Arts Center -- Ray Lutz, Bonnie B. Price, ECPAC Foundation, 2012-06-20
- 'Arts & Economic Prosperity IV' Proves That the Arts Industry Is Resilient, Even in a Down Economy -- Robert L. Lynch, Huffington Post, 2012-06-12
- Porn Star Ron Jeremy Returns to Rock Church -- , , 2012-06-12
- City Stories Audio story on ECPAC -- , San Diego City College, 2012-06-06
- East County Performing Arts Center -- Paul Kruze, SDTheater Reviews.com, 2012-06-06
- El Cajon balks at plan to raze theater -- Steve Schmidt, Union Tribune, 2012-05-22
- SAVE ECPAC GROUP TAKES BACKSTAGE TOUR TO ASSESS THEATER'S CONDITION -- Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine, 2012-05-03
- ECPAC Tour -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2012-04-23
- EL CAJON PROPOSES RAZING VENUE, BUILDING HOTEL ON SITE: City approves talks with developer to replace shuttered arts showcase -- Steve Schmidt, Union Tribune, 2012-03-23 Save ECPAC
- El Cajon City Council Discusses Demolition of ECPAC for Hotel -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2012-03-13
- Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Over The Rock Church -- Nbc San Diego, Bob Hansen, 2010-12-04
- The Rock Church clogs up Loma Portal -- Dorian Hargrove, San Diego Reader, 2010-09-07
- ECPAC Remodel Public Comment -- Raymond Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2010-03-30
- Council's oversight of meeting knocked -- Anne Krueger, Union Tribune, 2010-03-27 Features Raymond Lutz, Brown Act
- ECPAC deserves more respect -- Babara Slater, Union Tribune, 2010-03-11
- ECPAC Presentation to El Cajon City Council -- Raymond Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2010-03-09
- El Cajon’s money pit / Arts center could drain $4.3 million more -- , Union Tribune, 2010-03-08
- ECPAC Conceptual Business Plan -- Kurt Swanson, City Of El Cajon, 2010-02-17
- Activist a common sight recording local meetings -- Ray Lutz is government watchdog -- Anne Krueger, Union Tribune, 2010-01-30 Features Raymond Lutz
- A venue to make El Cajon proud -- Editor, Union Tribune, 2010-01-23
- A stage in disrepair -- Editor, Union Tribune, 2010-01-16
- ECPAC Community Forum -- Raymond Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2009-12-16
- THE SHOW “NEEDS” TO GO ON -- Ron Shelby, , 2009-11-02 Rebuttal to UT Editorial of 2009-10-31
- The Show Need Not Go On -- Don Sevrens, Union Tribune, 2009-10-31
- CCT Termination Agreement for ECPAC Management -- , City Of El Cajon, 2009-10-13
- Repairs could close arts center for 2 years -- Anne Krueger, Union Tribune, 2009-09-24
- ECPAC Expansion Proposal by Pacific Realty Advisors -- , Pacific Realty Advisors, 2008-05-13 15 related documents. See Also video of the presentation.
- ECPAC Expansion Proposal by Pacific Realty Advisors -- Raymond Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2008-05-13 Includes John Gibson, Paul Russell, John Martes, Hamann Company
- A mighty presence -- Rock Church has become one of the country's largest megachurches; critics see evils of traffic tie-ups, noise and exclusionary message -- Sandi Dolbee, Union Tribune, 2007-08-18
- A Convenient Emergency: The ECPAC Sky Is Falling -- Raymond Lutz, Cops Blog, 2007-08-15
- Decaying arts center closed as city weighs repair costs -- Liz Neely, Union Tribune, 2007-08-14
- Misguided management at performing arts center -- Gail Nye, Union Tribune, 2007-08-02
- Safety Center Strips Theater Parking -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2007-07-31
- Theater struggles to find the right fit -- Liz Neely, Union Tribune, 2007-05-29 Damning article showing nearly empty theatre.
- Art Beat Management Audit -- Fiscal Year 2006 -- City of El Cajon, City of El Cajon, 2007-04-03
- El Cajon shuns light on government by crony -- Raymond Lutz, Union Tribune, 2007-02-22
- East County arts center reports profit: Rentals up 72%, new managers say -- Liz Neely, Union Tribune, 2007-01-24
- Theatre Management -- David M. Conte and Stephen Langley, Entertainment Pro, 2007 580 pages
- Church not a good neighbor, residents say -- Jeanette Steele, Union Tribune, 2006-11-06
- ECPAC: The elephant in the room -- Derek Shaw, East County Californian, 2006-07-20
- Arts center foundation, El Cajon reach an agreement -- Liz Neely, Union Tribune, 2006-07-13
- Q&A: Paul Russell; Executive artistic director, East County Performing Arts Center -- Editor, Union Tribune, 2006-06-29
- ECPAC suffers under new operator -- Gail Nye, Union Tribune, 2006-06-06
- A sweetheart deal for new ECPAC operator -- Gail Nye, Union Tribune, 2005-11-17
- Brief History of ECPAC Takeover -- Raymond Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2005-11-01
- ECPAC Blue Ribbon Commission Final Report -- ECPAC Blue Ribbon Commission, City of El Cajon, 2005-04-01
- Around the region: Performing arts centers face business and artistic risks -- Edgar Stemen, Union Tribune, 2005-03-03
- Takeover of ECPAC by CCT -- Reflections of Ray Lutz in 2005 -- Ray Lutz, Citizens Oversight, 2005
- Leaders hear pitch for arts center dining, shops -- Liz Neely, Union Tribune, 2004-03-24
- Strategic Marketing Plan for the East County Performing Arts Center -- Jan Heying, Heying & Associates, 2001-03
- http://artsusa.org/ - Americans for the Arts. They have good research on economic impact of performing arts, and they have an annual convention in June.
- http://www.aact.org - American Association of Community Theatre
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