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Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014

The Che Café gets an eviction notice

UCSD gives venue 30 days to vacate

By Jeff Terich
Trashaxis San Diego band Trashaxis will play at the Che on July 12.

The Che Café's future is being cut even shorter after UCSD served the venue with a 30-day eviction notice on Monday morning.

"After being called in for a meeting with no agenda, we were informed that our lease was being terminated," Che volunteer Davide Carpano posted on Facebook.

Carpano's statement also says that UCSD Vice Chancellor Alan Houston cited a "lack of student support" in the university's decision to end the Che's 35-year run in its current home. 

The university's action comes amid a prolonged conflict with the all-ages campus venue, which ended with the student-run University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) cutting off funding for repairs. Because the Che was unable to finance repairs to bring the facility into compliance with fire code, UCSD wouldn't allow it to continue to operate. At the time of the UCAB decision, the planned closure date was at the beginning of September. Now, it appears that date has been moved up to mid-July. 

Because of the impending closure, all shows scheduled for after July 13 will have to be rebooked at new venues. Dan Faughnder, singer / songwriter for Sledding with Tigers and the show booker at the Che, confirmed that all of the shows scheduled through July 13 will still happen. However, shows after that date, including Greys on July 15, Wolves in the Throne Room on July 19, and Cult Leader and Oathbreaker on Aug. 5, will have to be moved. And options are limited for rebooking these events at comparably sized all-ages venues in San Diego. 

The Che has urged supporters to contact Vice Chancellor Houston, Associated Students and the Graduate Students Association and voice their support for the venue. However, as the Che suffers continuous setbacks, its future looks grim. 

Monday afternoon, another statement was posted on the Che's Facebook page that reads, "We're heart broken. We're frustrated. We're not ready to call it quits. We're not done fighting. #savetheche" 


On June 28, Stay Strange will present June Gloom at two nearby Spring Valley locations—The Bancroft (9143 Campo Road) and Spring Valley Inn (9034 Campo Road). The free event will feature eight doom-centric bands, including Zsa Zsa Gabor, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Monochromacy and Bhorelorde.

Email jefft@sdcitybeat.com or follow him at @1000TimesJeff




 
 
 
 
 
 
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