El Centro Cultural de México Given 60 Day Extension
A weekly volunteer meeting at El Centro in 2009
A signed letter dated June 30 fromDavid L. Williams
, Secretary Treasurer of Broadway Improvement, stated that an extension would be granted on the conditions that rent for the next two months be paid accordingly, keys be turned in on or before the required date to vacate the premises, and the space be left in "broom clean condition." Addressed to the "Board of Directors," it ends,"There will be no right to holdover beyond the extension of the Thirty Day Notice to Quit the Premises dated June 9, 2011."
The new date for El Centro to clear out, given this most recent development, is September 14. "A sixty-day extension would not be considered a victory for us," says SAUSD teacher and Centro volunteer Benjamín Vázquez. Although Vazquez says it was the decent thing to do, he adds, "we as volunteers of El Centro and Santa Ana feel the city can do much more to find a permanent place." The organization still has not found a new space.
Jose Luis Gallo of La Causa Films was on hand at the aforementioned community volunteer meeting to record testimonials of those present. The resulting YouTube video above shows various people talking about what the Centro has meant to them personally and why it's of vital importance to the community.
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