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Guadalupe in Crisis: Conjunto Festival "on track" says Mae Escobar

Mae Escobar, contracted to hire logistics for the Guadalupe Conjunto Festival, told me today that she's got 19 bands lined up. There will be 20 bands in all, she said. Ken Slavin is handling the Public Relations and Marketing, and information on the Festival should be available on the Guadalupe's webpage, www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

The Conjunto Festival is scheduled for May 10-13, 2006.

Escobar told me that she's been fielding calls from "all over," and that the Conjunto Festival had made the Hollywood Reporter.

She was unaware of the Guadalupe's problems, as I related them to her.



Photo Credit: "Leroy at Salute," by http://www.joanfrederick.net/

Comments

Juana Gallo said…
It is important to note that the American Express bill in Mary Jessie's name has not been paid in spite of the Board having directed Ruiz to pay it. Those of us who attend the Board meeting should refuse to leave until they cut and give her a check for the amount owed, including late fees and interest. There will be a chain and lock available to lock the doors if necessary. Join us in this very important action!
LaRed said…
HOW MUCH IS MAE ESCOBAR GOING TO COST THE GUADALUPE? THE CONJUNTO EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER. THE MONIES ARE THEN USED TO HELP WITH SUMMER PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONS. HOW MUCH IS GOING TO BE LEFT ONCE MAE ESCOBAR IS PAID AND KEN SLAVIN IS PAID??? WILL THERE BY ANY MONEY LEFT FOR THE CENTER? WHY WERE THESE TWO CONTRACTED WHEN RUIZ HAS A STAFF ON SALARY THAT COULD HAVE DONE THE JOB IF HE HADN'T ALLIENATED MOST OF THEM. DOES HE STOP AND ASK HIMSELF WHY LEROY MARTINEZ LEFT??? lEROY ORGANIZED CONJUNTO THE PAST TWO YEARS ON A VERY LOW BUDGET AND MADE A NICE PROFIT.NOTE TO R. BRET RUIZ: LOOK IN THE MIRROR THE ANSWERS ARE THERE!!!SAVE THE BOARD AND STAFF ALOT OF HEARTACHE AND RESIGN!! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE AT CONJUNTO WITH THOUSANDS OF RESQUACHES?? I FOR ONE CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE YOU THERE. LET ALONE PUTTING IN THE 14-16 HOUR DAYS (OH WAIT YOU HIRED PEOPLE TO DO THAT FOR YOU PERHAPS YOU WILL ONLY BE THERE FOR THE PICTURE TAKING AND THEN LEAVE.)
LAURALOZANO said…
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE POSTER BEING A SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STUDENTS? WHY ARE THEY THROWING THIS AT DAVID? WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE RESPECT PARAS LOS NINOS? THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES? IS ALL THE MONEY BEING USED SO MR. RUIZ CAN SHOP AT GUCCI B AND EAT CON LOS GRINGOS ONLY? DAMN I WISH HE COULD SEE THE DEVASTSTION HE'S CAUSED AND JUST LEAVE AND RUN BACK TO WHEREVER HE CAME FROM!!!
LaRed said…
No Ruiz does not see the devastation he has caused because he cannot and will not look at the community. Check out the video on this blog. While Maria Ybarra spoke she softly asked for him to turn around so he could know the community...he jast sat there and refused to look at us. I thought it was interesting the way Board member Sammy Nieto was glaring at Ruiz and he still refused to turn around. Sammy Nieto's face was beet red and he looked furrious..my question to Sammy is: Are you starting to see him for the lying creep that he is yet? And if so what do you plan to do about it????

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