Don Bauder

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Might Chargers eye property occupied by opera studio?

STAFF OF OPERA DENOUNCES CAMPBELLS, WANTS NEW LEADERSHIP. SAYS IAN CAMPBELL THWARTS ATTEMPTS TO RESUSCITATE COMPANY. The White Knight Committee, made up of key employees of San Diego Opera, today (April 16), sent a letter to the board. The groups wants the board to stop the sale of assets, revote to keep the company going through 2015 and beyond, and seek new leadership. The staff lists reasons it wants new leadership: "Ian Campbell has not put forth any effort to save San Diego Opera...when staff attempted to update the website with information, they were told to remove it and leave it off. These actions resulted in a loss of over 10,000 potential subscriber and donor contacts...Campbell saw this situation coming for three to five year yet raises were given to the entire staff. No one, not even department heads, was notified of the severity of the opera's fiscal troubles. Management did not ask departments to cut back, and expenses grew. Neither the employees, nor the donors, nor any of the public was told of the looming financial situation." The results of the investigation into charges of a hostile work environment have been withheld from the board, say the White Knights. In 2008, staff offered to take a pay cut, but was discouraged. Chairwoman Karen Cohn claims to have seen the troubles coming for five years, but the Campbells got raises. "We have been stopped, stifled, and directed to discontinue by the current leadership of the opera," say the staffers, noting "a complete failure [of leadership] to lead by example." The board meets for a critical session tomorrow.
— April 16, 2014 4:38 p.m.

Might Chargers eye property occupied by opera studio?

SINGERS' LABOR UNION SUES OPERA IN FEDERAL COURT, SEEKS TO COMPEL ARBITRATION; SAYS OPERA HAS NOT COOPERATED. The American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents San Diego Opera singers, filed suit yesterday (April 15) in U.S. district court. The union, representing 34 employee contracts with more than $1 million in claims, wants to compel arbitration. The union says that it wrote the opera on March 20 -- the day after the vote to dissolve -- asking what arrangements the opera was making to pay the singers. The union wanted to be certain that since the opera intends to cease operations, the company would not dissipate its assets to other creditors, leaving the singers with no recourse upon a breach. Says the union in the suit, "[San Diego Opera] has still not provided any assurances that it will segregate assets sufficient to pay" those employees. The attachments to the suit are interesting. On March 20, Alan Gordon, executive director of the American Guild of Musical Artists, wrote general director Ian Campbell and said the union might have to "institute litigation" to protect its members. Ian Campbell wrote a biting letter back. "Thank you for your totally inappropriate threat which is unnecessary," wrong Campbell. "It is actually insulting. San Diego Opera will do what is necessary." Campbell then said that the opera has given the union members great service over the years. He said he would pass the letter to the opera's attorneys "at the appropriate time." Best, Don Bauder
— April 16, 2014 10:12 a.m.