Last week, the San Leandro Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) approved a new permit for the Bal Theatre, a restored 1946 theater owned by Dan Dillman.
Despite a Conditional Use Permit that explicitly prohibited live performances, the Bal Theatre held a comedy event on New Year's Eve 2010. Complaints about that event brought the theater to the attention of City staff, which sent a letter demanding that the theater not hold such events. Dillman rallied supporters to his cause to get his permit changed to permit live events, resulting in a new permit that allows a limited number of live performances each month.
Below are videos from the meeting. The first is a presentation by Elmer Penaranda, a Senior Project Specialist with the City of San Leandro:
The city presentation was followed by a presentation by Chris Crow, a neighbor of the Bal Theatre representing Dillman (Crow is also on the San Leandro Planning Commission). Crow asked to remove the restrictions on dancing, the hours of operation, the frequency of permitted activities (live performances), and a requirement to have changes in activities reviewed by the Community Development Department or BZA (for larger changes):
Supporters and opponents of the Bal Theatre's new permit then expressed their opinions:
In the end, despite members of the BZA expressing their displeasure at being asked by Crow for significant modifications to the proposed permit, the BZA approved the Bal Theatre's new permit (with no modifications) unanimously.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 18, 2011 5:03 PM | TrackBack