Guadalupe will put Royal Theater bond measure on ballot

By Taylor O'Connor

Facing grant deadlines and increased costs, the Guadalupe City Council voted 4-1 (with Councilmember Eugene Costa Jr. dissenting) during its June 11 meeting to approve a bond measure for the Nov. 5 ballot that would help fund the Royal Theater renovation project. The project proposes to revitalize the historic site (built in 1940) with a new state-of-the-art movie theater and a performing arts center for hosting live stage productions, musical events, educational and cultural programs, and a meeting space for local organizations, according to the staff report.  The city received $9.8 million in grant funding—$5 million from the California Arts Council and $4.8 million from the U.S. Economic Development Agency—that was originally slated to cover the cost of the entire project, City Attorney Philip Sinco told the council...