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Support for The New Guild

From: domainremoved <Matt>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:56:31 -0800


My name is Matt Marenghi. I am a 6 year resident of Menlo Park/Portola
Valley and a Bay Area resident for over 20 years.

I was excited to learn recently of a proposal to “Save the Guild” theater,
backed by the nonprofit Peninsula Arts Guild. As I understand it, the goals
are to not only retain the site for art films, but also add a broader range
of arts and entertainment, including musical performance. The film
exhibition business is struggling and single screen art houses are being
hit the hardest. The loss of Menlo Park's own Park Theater is but one
example. The Guild is also struggling and continues to operate only on a
month-to-month lease. It’s end too could come quickly.

I am asking that you make every effort to make review and approval of this
project a high Council priority in the very near term.

My understanding is that Menlo Park is one of a small number of potential
sites/communities for this exciting entertainment venue. It would be
terribly unfortunate and short-sighted to see Menlo Park lose this unique
opportunity for lack of ability to conduct a timely review process. Music
and the arts are invaluable to our community and I believe it is important
to make extra efforts to preserve a place for them to shine.

The Peninsula Arts Guild is a nonprofit, backed by a thoughtful team that
really cares about the community.

Some additional reasons I feel this is a great proposal, and addressing of
some obvious concerns:


   An entertainment use could be the catalyst for invigorating the
   downtown, which has languished for years.

   Local people will spend their money locally, not only at the Guild, but
   at surrounding restaurants and retail venues.

   Its most intense use will be off hours, generally on weekend nights, not
   adding to peak traffic or parking demand.

Since we are dealing with local sponsors, you can rest assured that they
will establish reasonable rules, so as to make this venue both exciting and
respectful of its neighbors.

I urge you to help in making this unique opportunity come to fruition and
help our Menlo Park community continue to thrive.

*Performance and live music play a vital role in the lives of so many. In a
time of so much entertainment moving to the Internet, and so many hours
staring at screens, Menlo Park has an opportunity to bring the power of
live performance back into a community that so desperately needs it.*

Thank you for your consideration.


Matt Marenghi


Received on Sun Jan 28 2018 - 15:59:45 PST

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