The most recent Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Community College District was signed in 1999. This MOU which formed the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at the College of the Canyons is set to expire on June 30th, 2012. Among other items, the MOU outlined availability of the PAC for the community’s use and recognized the City’s contribution of $2.4 million towards the construction of the Performing Arts Center.
The proposed MOU would begin July 1, 2012, and terminate on June 30, 2015. Here are some highlights according to the City of Santa Clarita Staff Report:
- City and District enter into a three year agreement, as opposed to an annual renewal.
- The City will receive two (2) dates at the PAC, at no additional cost, for civic functions such as public forums, debates etc. In contract year three, this number will increase to a total of four (4) dates.
- In contract year two, the District will assume sole responsibility for coordinating and scheduling the use of the PAC by community users.
- In contract year two, the District will explore and establish mechanisms to support a maintenance and equipment replacement fund using vehicles such as a per ticket surcharge.
- In contract year three, the City will increase the payment from $70,000 to $75,000.
- Community Users will be entitled to 21% of the days the College and the PAC is open, which is consistent with historical usage patterns by community groups.
- The District has more discretion in how salary, maintenance and equipment replacement dollars are allocated.
- Improved coordination and cross marketing efforts such as coverage of the PAC in the City’s Seasons brochure, street pole banners, and various publications and brochures.
ARTS COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION
The Arts Commission voted to recommend approval to the City Council of a new three-year MOU with the District on January 12, 2012.
The MOU will cost the city $70,000 for each of the first two years and $75,000 for the third year of the agreement. There are funds currently budgeted in the amount of $70,000 for the current MOU.