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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - October 7, 2011

Letters

Community theater pleads for help

Dear Editor,

During these tough times, families have had to revise their budgets, and it is no different with community theater, just when the need for quality entertainment has never been more important. We depend solely on ticket sales and individual donations to generate income, and our costs rise while our tickets sales decrease. We continually cut costs while striving to maintain the quality productions our audiences deserve. Due to increasing public support, we have added a third Broadway Chorus Concert at Amador Theater to our season.

We've just learned we will have to absorb a 25% rent increase in order to keep our office headquarters and Studio Theatre, our home in Pleasanton for 21 years that includes our set building and storage space, and houses our children's summer camps and fundraising performances. We are already running at minimal expense with a volunteer staff. We have reduced our rehearsal and office space by 30% and mail our newsletter electronically.

At this time we need help in our goal of raising $50,000. Please help us keep the arts alive and well in the Tri-Valley area by donating whatever you can, large or small, to keep our home base and Studio Theatre thriving. Many companies offer matching donations and all donations to TVRT are fully tax-deductible. Corporations interested in assisting should call us directly at 462-2121.

Without our season subscribers, our dreams for expanding our organization to a regional theater could never have been realized. We want to assure our patrons that we will continue to provide family entertainment for many years and to present exciting new productions at the Bankhead Theatre.

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre Board of Directors

Stop the madness

Dear Editor,

One cannot dispute the logic: If Kay Ayala and her coalition have the right to use every legal recourse to stop the Lins from developing in Pleasanton, then certainly the Lin family has that same right.

With the Lins' latest proposal to build only 10 homes in Oak Grove while pursuing legal action against the city, some see action bordering on "blackmail," but I see a solution to finally stop this madness. Ms. Ayala and company have already achieved their objectives with Measures D and PP, but now they don't want the council to even consider the Lins' new plan. Is this really now about protecting the interests of our community or a personal vendetta? We have already wasted way too much of our hard-earned money on this divisive issue, and Ms. Ayala without hesitation would have us spend even more. I say we end this now. What is best -- a peaceful solution or to win at all cost?

Jim Garber

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