Citizens express ire over arts mismanagement
by Gayle Early
“That theater has been referred to as the white elephant sitting in the middle of El Cajon. It ought to be the jewel of that city, the community place to pull people in together.”—Patricia Parlin
“I don’t have a lot of faith in them. I don’t think they’ll do the right thing.”—John Martes
December 17, 2009 (El Cajon)—Smack in the heart of El Cajon’s business promenade sits a soon-to-be darkened, empty theater. On Tuesday, arts lovers and concerned citizens showed up to the first community forum over the summary closure and renovation plans for the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC). After millions in local infrastructure improvements, the City is anxiously casting for ways to entice people to its downtown.