Here are the minutes from yesterday’s meeting.
Nancy Sellers, Mike Nikaido, Jon Tsuchiyama, Dan Shudo, Marietta Sperry, Debbie Mollner, Julie Riddell, Tammy Graf and Glenn Kurosaki. Randy Farber was present via a late meeting phone call.
General Discussion and recap of last meeting.
Glenn discussed that he forgot to print the meeting minutes of the last meeting, mostly because he forgot to take notes. In recreating the meeting, the group agreed that Solvang/Wine Country was chosen as the potential location of our party. Randy had provided information concerning a train trip including a picnic at a beach in Ventura county, but the group concluded the cost was too high and those fellow celebratees coming from out of town would not care to spend more time traveling.
The group further agreed that the weekend of September 25, 26, & 27, 2009 be the target weekend for the party.
Glenn next started a discussion concerning the economics of the party. Since the US is heading into an economic downturn, he suggested that we scale the party down a bit in order to allow for unexpected potential financial difficulties some of our classmates may experience. The group discussed this idea and unanimously agreed to reconsider the site selection and seek locations within the Los Angeles Basin.
Dan stated he had previously contacted the Sage Brush Cantina in Calabasas and Tony P’s in Marina Del Rey. Dan reported that the Sage Brush Cantina would allow us to use the patio so long as the group limited their orders to drinks and appetizers. Anyone wanting to eat a meal would have to order inside the restaurant proper. The good thing about the Sage Brush is that we would not be required to post a deposit and all drinks and food are charged and paid for at the time of order. In such case, we would not be required to collect money in advance. The Sage Brush also has live entertainment and a dance floor. Unfortunately, if we are unable to fill the patio, the patio will be open to the general public. Dan further stated that Tony P’s in the Marina would not be able to accommodate more than 40 people in their private room.
Debbie stated that she booked her company’s Christmas party in a private banquet room at Hollywood Park last year and will be doing so again this year. She believes Hollywood Park would be able to provide a room and allow guest to order and pay as they go and would possibly not require a deposit, especially if the horses are running at that time. She also stated that the track has a buffet service that is reasonable in price.
Glenn stated that he is familiar with the ownership of the Bonaventure Brewing Company, a micro brew pub in the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Glenn reported that the restaurant has an outdoor patio lounge on the swimming pool deck that is quite pretty at night as the hotel is surrounded by lit high rise office and hotel towers. Glenn stated that the patio can probably accommodate up to 150 -200 people. Someone mentioned whether the homeless could pose a problem with this location but Glenn and Jon explained that downtown has changed with the addition of thousands of new high rise condo and apartment units and new high end restaurants, bars and clubs, creating a fairly lively scene. As a result, the homeless population has been forced out of the financial center to other parts of town.
The group ended the meeting and made the following decisions.
1. Solvang is still a potential choice.
2. The group is now open to re-evaluating having the party in the Los Angeles area,
(a) Dan will obtain more information concerning the Sage Brush Cantina,
(b) Debbie will obtain more information from Hollywood Park,
(c) Glenn will obtain more information from the Bonaventure Brewing Company,
(d) The group will seek additional information from other local restaurants or facilities,
(e) Any facility to be chosen must allow us to pay as we order instead of requiring an advance payment.
3. Anyone interested in visiting the Bonaventure Brewing Company is invited to join Jon and Glenn for a drink or two at this restaurant on Saturday night, October 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The restaurant is located in the Bonaventure Hotel at 404 South Figueroa Street, Fourth Floor next to the pool deck, Los Angeles, California 90071 (213) 236-0802
4. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Tammy’s office at McGuire Aviation at the Van Nuys airport.
Meeting adjourned around 9:00 p.m.
Okay, that’s it.