City Manager Robert C. Bobb will go before the board of the Santa Ana Unified School District on Tuesday with an $8-million proposal to upgrade Santa Ana High School's auditorium. The proposal is an attempt to attract cultural groups to base their operations in the city.
Despite some speculation that the district will reject the plan, Supt. Ed Krass stressed that no decision has been made. "There has been a lot of speculation and talk and meetings, but nothing is set in concrete yet," he said.
The proposal calls for a $4-million refurbishing of the auditorium that would slightly reduce the current 16,000-seat capacity and improve the air conditioning, sound system, stage, orchestra pit and curtains.
The other $4 million would go toward acquisition of a two-block area north of the school, located at 520 W. Walnut St., for construction of a parking lot. Funds would also pay for the costs of relocating people living there. The high school now has no parking lot and teachers and students park on the street.