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(originally sent 4/15/08)
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Dear Cow Palace supporter and missive-lister,
Our combined efforts have paid off! TODAY, the California State
Senate Agriculture Committee approved amendments to SB1527 that remove
the Cow Palace from harms' way. All that remains of this nasty
piece of legislation is the issue of selling or leasing 13 acres of the
"upper" Cow Palace parking lot.
Thank you!!!! ...you wrote letters, made phone calls, tolerated
continual email updates and requests for action. I know I speak
for the Board of Directors of the Cow Palace, it's management and staff
and MANY others when I say once again THANK YOU! (we delivered a bound
booklet to each of the 5 Senators this morning with over 2,800
signatures - including all the personal notes people wrote on our
petition page. This should give the Senators a warm fuzzy as they
read some of them tonight with their warm milk)
So... Now what? It is completely over? No. There are a couple of
things left to do:
1) Join the Friends of the Cow Palace. Ready? "Poof" You are now a
friend of the Cow Palace. If you don't want to stay a member, you
must opt out by saying 'no moo' in the subject line of any future email
you receive from the "Friends".
It will be the mission of the Friends of the Cow Palace to foster the
future success of the venue through sharing ideas, keeping in touch,
and yes...buying tickets to the occasional show.
The "Friends" will have an important role to play going forward
because, if the Cow Palace does not operate in the black within the
next 5 years, it could still be declared surplus and sold for condos.
The only good thing about this whole thing is that in a very awkward
way, Senator Yee shined a light on the fact that we have all been
taking the Cow Palace for granted. "It will always be there" was our
attitude. Not so. We now know that unless those of us who
care about it - (this big lovable concrete set of buildings and parking
lots were we get to play, dance, sing, party, and just goof off) - and
continue to find ways to keep it growing and healthy, we will loose
it. Just say moo.
2) Our core team (you know who you are) will be going to Sacramento a
couple more times to advocate for the lease of the 13 acre parking lot
rather than an outright sale as the bill as currently worded.
This is important because the stream of income from the lease will pay
for upgrades and operations for 60 years or more while money from a
sale, once spent, will be gone forever. We will let you know if we need
your help on this in any way.
Once again, THANK YOU!!!! (and huzzah)
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