The Press Enterprise ran a story today that when San Bernardino County was planning to build an outdoor amphitheater at Glen Helen Regional Park, officials saw it as a potential cash cow. Expectations were high. Since it opened in 1993, the amphitheater venue continues to cause the county to dig into its general fund to cover annual losses that sometimes exceeded $1 million!
Current status: It is empty all but a few days a year.
This is akin to the ridiculous state-of-art performing arts theater failed leaders in Twentynine Palms want to build. The so-called Project Phoenix bond debt incurred to build the theater costs taxpayers $30 million over thirty years in which three generations of taxpayers are doomed to payoff this debt. Plan B is to build another community center (shown below) to house the theater in a subterranean vault-like forum directly in a known ancient FEMA floodplain.
Project Phoenix is to 29 Palms what the failed amphitheater is to the County of San Bernardino — a big drain with no returns. A very stupid plan. The amphitheater in Devore appears to have cost the county more money in bond payments and other expenses than it earned in rental payments.
To read the complete story in PE.Com, click here.
Plan B: Proposed 29 Palms Project Phoenix playhouse community building to lodge new performing arts subterranean Theater situated in FEMA Floodplain
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