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Re: “Will Oakland Become a No-Festival Zone?

Thank you Rachel for your fair and accurate reporting on an issue that has been devastating to the production of festivals. I have taken several festivals out of the streets and onto private property to avoid the huge fees that Berkeley charges. The cities are 'biting their noses...' because as more of these events go under, the cities lose revenue not just from fees but from sales tax that is generated from vending at the events. Although there is a lot of emotional support from the powers that be to have these events, there's not much coming from their pocket books, in fact they drain our pocket books. With the poor economy, sponsorships have dropped off as well and just like everyone else, event producers can't pay the bills. But without festivals, our communities suffer -- non-profit organizations can't get their message out or find volunteers, artists and crafts people can't sell their goods, entertainers aren't making money, entrepreneurial food trucks and carts have no where to sell their can see how festivals are a huge economic driver for a lot of people. Jobs, jobs, jobs...well, we create a lot of them. Come on cities - get with the program and help us help your communities. No one is getting rich here but we all could survive a lot better.......

Posted by on 02/23/2011 at 12:43 PM

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