City Stuck With Clark Until June 1
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – A close associate and long time friend of World Wellness and Music Festival promoter Tony Clarke has issued a sober warning to city officials contemplating a lawsuit against Clarke.
“He has the contract until June. Technically they can’t do shit to him until June,” said Bruce Barrett. “People should just keep quite until June. Tony could say May 31 that they will have a concert in October and they can’t do nothing to him, nothing. Until then everything they say can be used by Tony against them for preventing him from doing what he has a contract to do.”
At a January city council meeting where Clarke appeared to provide an update to the council, Councilman Karl Baker likened Clarke to “an emperor that has no clothes” and saying he had lost all confidence in Clarke. Baker said the city should immediately severe all ties with Clarke and take action to recover $250,000 the city paid to Clarke to put on the event. Two conditions loom over the City’s decision to litigate.
The city council has been meeting in closed session on four occassions in the past four weeks to study the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Clarke over the struggling music festival that was to have taken place October 9 & 10, 2010 but was canceled by City Manager Rick Daniels just a month before the event was to take place.
1. Clarke’s contract with the city does not expire until June 2011. Even then, a non-performance clause in the contract says Clarke is actually under no obligation to put on the event. Clarke did not cancel previous dates – cancellation was done by the city manager.
2. Also confounding to city officials, as Barrett’s warning makes clear, Clarke’s contract specificially prohibits the city from engaging the services of any other alternative event promoter for a period of one year after Clarke’s contract ends.
This predicament leaves a divided city council continuing to discuss litigation while also expressing confidence in the often canceled music festival some are now saying will happen October 2011.
Barrett, a resident of Desert Hot Springs who worked with Clarke in the early stages of the music festival, has an association with Clarke dating back to high school where both were graduates of Beverly Hills High School class of 1973.