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The LAPS Board ultimately decides which community organizations can rent the Duane W. Smith Auditorium (DWSA) and what these organizations can perform. This is reasonable.
The board should not, for example, allow performances that go against the LAPS policy on temporary/long-term use of school facilities (1330-3270), which states that school facilities such as the theater are for the educational benefit of the people of Los Alamos and that “district buildings and facilities should be available, subject to reasonable conditions, to ... organizations for activities that foster the educational, cultural .... or social development of the community.
In direct opposition to its policy, a recently added clause in the DWSA rental contract allows LAPS to consider “market saturation.”
This clause is meant to protect the theater, not the theater renter. Theaters that rely on ticket sales protect themselves from market saturation and might not book similar performances.
This clause is inappropriate in the DWSA contract.
First, DWSA has no financial risk — the rental fee to DWSA is fixed regardless of renter or production.
Second, LAPS has no business considering profit-based protections for outside businesses –– LAPS’ business is education.
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