I don't like to be overtly political on this blog, but this is too big to ignore.
Evidently California Democratic Assembly Member Mike Gatto of Los Angeles decided to sponsor a bill (AB 2540) requiring all live theatre venues (and many other small businesses) to pay state sales tax on ticket sales, etc.
The amount of revenue this will generate would be de minimus but the effect would be devastating upon most theatre companies throughout the state who are already struggling to survive.
Please contact your local Assembly member now and ask him/her to oppose AB 2540. It goes before the Committee for Revenue and Taxation on Monday, April 23, 2012.
If you don't know what to say, here's a sample letter. It asks for an exemption for smaller venues (under 300 seats) and nonprofits. Please make any changes you see fit.