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Strong support for bringing live music to The Guild

From: domainremoved <Daniel>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:44:21 -0800

Dear Councilmembers:



My name si Dan Abrams and we have owned a home here in Menlo Park since
2008.



I write to provide my support for the effort to “Save the Guild”, proposed
by the nonprofit Peninsula Arts Guild.


I am an amateur musician and my wife and I are huge music fans (we are not
movie people -- we have only been to The Guild once to see a movie in our
10 years in Menlo). We have been members of SFJazz for many years and
attend ~10 live concerts/year in SF. We also attend concerts at the
Mountain Winery in the summer and go on one trip per year out of state to
see music (Telluride, New Orleans, etc).


Since moving to Menlo Park, we have been very disappointed by the lack of
live music options in the area. Most of the programming at Bing is not for
us, and the only option to see great jazz, blues, bluegrass, and rock, is
to head up to SF. This is difficult due to the long commute but this is an
important part of our lives and we make the effort.


The prospect of having live music come to us in Menlo Park at The Guild is
extremely exciting and I am asking that you make every effort to review and
approve of this project as a high Council priority in the very near term.


I also love the prospect of bringing other type of live performances to
this venue.



My understanding is that Menlo Park is one of a small number of potential
sites/communities for this exciting entertainment venue. I would hate to
see Menlo Park lose this incredible opportunity for lack of ability to
conduct a timely review process. This may be a "one and only opportunity"
to capture this unique use for our community.


I am not particularly enthusiastic about a lot of the development going on
in Menlo Park -- I do not enjoy shopping, and the new hotels on El Camino
are not of use to me in any way. This project, however would really have an
impact for us, and would show us that the City of Menlo Park is committed
to a vision for the city that includes improving cultural interests for
local residents.


Thank you for considering my opinions here, and I strongly encourage you to
make every effort to approve this project in the very near term.


Please feel free to email me if you have any additional questions or
comments.


Best regards,

Dan Abrams

1110 Rosefield Way

Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Sun Jan 28 2018 - 20:47:33 PST

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