We aim to postpone the City Council's vote on May 18 at the Hazard Center Redevelopment project so that San Diego's film festivals have more time to find real solutions in securing their futures.
Hello Film Festival Family and Friends,
As a supporter of film festivals throughout San Diego, we hope you will take 5 minutes to personalize and email the following letter to all the San Diego city council offices and the mayor.
We are trying to get 200-300 emails in by Monday to help postpone a vote on the Hazard Center Redevelopment Project which will greatly affect San Diego film festivals on Tuesday, May 18th.
If there's anyone else in your office, family, or network to do the same, PLEASE ask them to! Thank you so much- it means very much to us! For more information on the Hazard Center Redevelopment Project please visit this article on SignOnSanDiego.com http://bit.ly/9mybyo
On top of the Letter Writing Campaign (see sample letter below), we are also asking you to join us this Tuesday, May 18 at the City Council Chambers. They will be moving forward that day with a vote on the Hazard Center Redevelopment Project.
***We'd like to be there in full force to show our solidarity as a community.***
If you can please join us, we'd be incredibly grateful for your time and support.
THIS TUESDAY, MAY 18
202 C Street Downtown San Diego
City Council Chambers- 12th Floor
- San Diego Latino Film Festival / Media Arts Center San Diego / San Diego Asian Film Festival / San Diego Jewish Film Festival / 48 Hour Film Festival
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Feel free to personalize the following letter in any way you would like. Please be sure to leave your full name, address, and title if appropriate.
Dear Councilmembers and Mayor,
I am writing to urge you to postpone your vote on the Hazard Center Redevelopment project on May 18.
As a voter and supporter of the arts, I am very sad and disappointed to learn that the Hazard Center theater is set to be demolished under this proposal to make room for a parking lot.
This venue has become a cultural destination for tens of thousands of us who have attended the San Diego Latino, Asian, and Jewish Film Festivals for more than a decade. These festivals have collectively brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to the City, and have made San Diego into an international arts destination.
Moving forward without studying the full impacts of the proposal could have a severe impact on Arts and Culture in the San Diego region because losing the Hazard Center Theater WILL displace these festivals given the lack of affordable and accessible theater venues in San Diego.
The developer OliverMcMillan has stated that it was committed to helping the Festivals find a new home. However, the only solution offered - the Gaslamp Theaters - would create such a financial burden on the Festivals, that they would have to dramatically change their operations or go out of business. We cannot let this happen.
Please postpone your vote on May 18 on the Hazard Center Redevelopment project so that the Festivals have more time to find real solutions in securing their futures.
Thank you for your consideration,
1. Film and the cinemas that support them change lives and connect audiences with the human experience.
2. San Diego film festivals collectively bring healthy revenue to the City and help make San Diego an international arts destination.
3. Demolishing this theater (and displacing our festivals) will have a severe impact on Arts and Culture throughout San Diego.