Elm St. Band To Play @ Two Free Park Concerts: Aug 10 (Los Cerritos Park) & Aug 12 (El Dorado Park)...And Councilmembers Colonna & Gabelich Seek Report On Extending Muni Band Season
(August 6, 2005) -- Although LB's largely taxpayer-funded Municipal Band concert season has ended, neighborhood groups and other donations won't let that music die. There'll be two more park concerts in the coming days from another source: The Elm Street Band.
And Councilmembers Frank Colonna and Rae Gabelich are asking city management to report on ways to extend -- actually restore -- dates to the LB Muni Band season.
Thanks to grassroots efforts from neighborhood groups and donations, the Elm Street Band, a LB homegrown, classic rock 'n roll band -- will perform two admission-free park concerts:
- August 10, Los Cerritos Park (San Antonio/County Club Dr.), 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- August 12, El Dorado Park (NE corner Studebaker/Willow), 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In addition, Councilmembers Colonna and Gabelich have agendized an item for the August 9 City Council meeting, asking the City Manager "to evaluate the addition of at least two more concerts in each park next season and present the findings at a scheduled budget study session."
In their agendizing memo, Councilmembers Colonna and Gabelich write:
After attending several of our Cityís municipal band concerts this summer, we witnessed the overwhelming enthusiasm and support for our band from the community. Thousands of families attend with picnic baskets, lawn chairs and the satisfaction of knowing that their tax dollars were being invested back into the community. As elected officials it is important to recognize the value and strength of the outstanding municipal band series and itís positive impact on neighborhood pride.
Presently, the summer concert series consists of twenty-four concerts at various parks, significantly less than years past.
The ELB Elm St. Band date was also funded, in part, by Vice Mayor Jackie Kell using part of her City Charter mandated raise. The current, 1980s vintage City Charter mandates the raise for Councilmembers (part time) and several full time officials, including the Mayor, and thus carries ongoing pension-fattening costs.
[LBReport.com comment: Five Council votes should put this costly Charter provision on the ballot for voter demise in April 06. The money saved could add band concerts or do other things like hire needed police.]
The LB Municipal Band is currently funded mainly by taxpayers, augmented by corporate sponsors and grassroots donations. The LB Muni Hand hires and pays professional musicians and a conductor. The concerts also involve city service costs.
As previously reported by LBReport.com, management has indicated that its FY 06 budget assumes the Muni Band concerts WON'T consume taxpayer funding in the coming year...but no one has yet said exactly how they'll be funded. (The Council gets the last word on this when it votes on the City Hall budget in September.)
The Elm Street Band is a private band that typically features 60s-era Blasts from the Past such as "California Sun," "Louie, Louie" and "Surfin' USA." (To learn and hear more, visit www.elmstreetband.com.)
Enjoy this year's Elm Street Band concerts on Aug. 10 and 12...and that recall LB's Health Dept. has recommended smart dusk-time anti-mosquito WNV measures.
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