By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine
April 23, 2013 (El Cajon) – This afternoon, the spotlight will shine on the El Cajon City Council as it considers whether to enter into discussions with the Grossmont Union High School District on a potential partnership to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC). The plan potentially could also including building a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility adjacent to ECPAC, filling a community need for meeting space as well as an additional entertainment venue to create a broader cultural hub for the community.
It’s time for city leaders to take center stage and provide leadership to reopen ECPAC, the jewel of East County’s cultural community. Shuttered in disrepair for several years, the darkened theater has negatively impacted businesses downtown as well as arts lovers across our region.
A partnership with the school district could be a win-win situation, though there are challenges that must be explored and overcome.