Public Information Requests were sent to Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt’s office in early 2012 asking for any and all documents pertaining to a “Grant” that was awarded to Theater 29 to pay for an architect to design a new theater, as stated in Gary Daigneault’s presentation to the 29 Palms City Council.>STORY
Mitzelfelt’s office responded to the records request stating there were NO grants from his office for such a task nor were there any grants from the San Bernardino County for this endeavor. Related previous story>LINK
In this post, we will have a closer look at Theater 29′s recent tax filings for 2009, 2010 and 2011. (Update:adding 2008)
Can ANYONE find the “Architect” grant?
UPDATE: Providing 2008 Tax documents here> Theatre_29_2008_tax_return
2009> 990_2009_Theatre_29 According to their tax records, in 2009 they received an $18,000 grant. See Part VIII Line 1e. this grant had nothing to do with funding for any architect theater plans. Please note: Randy Councell, City of Twentynine Palms Staff, was on their voting board this year.
2010> 990_2010_Theater_29 According to their tax records, in 2010 they did not receive grants or contributions totaling more than $4,246, so there is no $18,000 grant there. Hmmmm…
2011> Theater_29_2011_990 According to their tax records, in 2011 they did not receive grants or contributions totaling over $6,137, so there is no $18,000 grant there. Hmmm…
The 2011 tax return shows that gross ticket receipts have been steadily declining every single year since 2008! (See Schedule A, Part III, Section A, Line 2 all the way across).
So why does Gary Daigneault, past Theater 29 President for nine consecutive terms claim they have “outgrown” their present location if ticket sales are diminishing?
Daigneault’s current Vice President title, which was bolded to stand out on Theater 29′s website, lists he is the only board member on the “New Building Committee.”
4. Their 2012 tax return (which was due in May 2013) is not on file.