August 12, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon’s City Council will vote at today’s 3 p.m. meeting on directing staff to pursue a draft final agreement with Rock Church for establishing a partial lease of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC). The deal would also authorize Rock Church to lease land adjacent to the theater to construct a new building for the church that would be partially available for city use.
The measure is on the consent calendar, however ECM has received several e-mails from community members who are concerned about separation of church state issues and about the long-term loss of the theater for public use during a significant number of hours each year. They want to see any leasing decisions halted until the city follows up on its promises to hire a professional theater management company.
Update May 28, 2012 with a video news report by Paul Kruz, exclusive to East County Magazine, including interviews with the developer and Councilman Wells:
By Janis Mork and Miriam Raftery
May 23, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Council drew applause yesterday when by a unanimous decision, Council members rejected a proposal to tear down the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site.
Instead, Council agreed to work with community members and a newly formed ECPAC Foundation to reopen the theater long heralded as a centerpiece of El Cajon's downtown revitalization.
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – It's been two years since the East County Performing Arts Center went dark. But on Monday, a group of concerned citizens seeking to "Save ECPAC" took a behind-the-scenes tour last week to determine the extent of repairs needed to reopen the cherished community landmark.
Although challenges are steep, the good news is that the cost for critical repairs appears to be significantly less than the estimatesprovided by the city for a more ambitious renovation.
April 6, 2012 (El Cajon) – A bipartisan group seeking to save the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) held its first meeting late last month. Others concerned with joining the effort are invited to attend a larger meeting set for Monday, April 9 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the East County Chamber of Commerce office at 201 South Magnolia Street in El Cajon.