Notes from Community Meeting Rooz Cafe 05.31.09

Notes from I like the Parkway Neighborhood meeting 05.31.09

Peter:

This meeting will decide our endorsement of the Motion Picture Heritage Corporation (Midwest nonprofit interested in leasing) – wants community involvement - Chengs and Pat Kernighan are favorable

Firm wants board of 5 community members. Peter recommends:

Steve Ma – president: Lake Merritt Business Association
Greg (high school intern co-ordinator) or someone involved with high schools
Senior involvement

Adam Katz:

Motion Picture Heritage Corp. formed recently by Bill (movie buff) and Joe Galligan (into movies & rock concerts) to re-open their local drive-in

Two chains are obscurely involved:

Nova Cinetech - 115 screens (family connection?)
Republic Theaters - 5 theaters

- If the funding is corporate, “market pressure” may be a better tactic than “activism”

Lovica:

Survey launched 1 week ago – 725 responses, mainly local (will close in three days or when we reach 1000)

RESULTS:

Beer & couches essential
Large interest in membership
Community events don’t need to be free – Sliding scale?
Need volunteers to sort essay responses

TO BE DECIDED:

Mission: can we define?
Structure & composition of board – how elected / appointed? By whom? What powers? Who gets represented? (Two definitions of “community” – Parkway-ites and the area in general: key is to get zip code info. up on survey)
possible examples:
member from merchant's association
activist from schools
senior
(non-local) Parkway enthusiast
local activist

Cabaret license for live performance?
Parking and crime are huge issues in getting people outside neighborhood to come to Parkway
suggestions:
shuttle to theater from BART, senior days/matinees
Jean Quan: gather zip code information, makes it easier to entice businesses to fill gaps in neighborhood (she cited her sushi and Italian restaurants in Dimond/Laurel as examples)

Evan:

Wiki is online to invite public response

send releases to the Chinese newspapers
Sarah-encoding survey responses

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