Save the Che from Closing!
  • Petitioning Assistant Vice Chancellor, Gary Ratcliff

This petition will be delivered to:

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Gary Ratcliff
University Centers Advisory Board
UCAB Chair, Samuel Chang
University of California, San Diego
University Centers Direction, Sharon Van Bruggen

Save the Che from Closing!

    1. davide carpano
    2. Petition by

      davide carpano

      San Diego, United States

OFFICIAL: UCAB voted us out of the budget today (5/23). But by no means is this struggle over! Please continue to sign and share this, our struggle moves forward.

The Che is still open, booking shows, and generally existing. The fight to save our space has just begun! for updates and info!



We, the undersigned of this petition, request that the University Centers Advisory Board, (UCAB) Board vote NO on the current budget proposal on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 2:00-3:30pm at the Earl Warren Room in Price Center West, which would cut necessary expenses for the Che Cafe space to remain open and operating.

We ask that that proposal be voted down and that any repairs that would be absolutely necessary to keep the Che Cafe Facility open for operation, or that the University is already obligated to perform pursuant the Master Space Agreement lease, be approved.

At a minimum,  we would ask this vote be tabled until the overall budget vote occurs and gets revised because as currently written it is a proposal which would force the shutdown of the Che Cafe space permanently. 

We additionally propose that:

1) A detailed and an itemized list of what repairs are necessary and the legal justifications for them (fire code sections, ADA laws etc) to keep the space operational be provided;

2) A specific timeline and plan for renovations and all long term maintenance (referenced in the Budget Summary) is produced and consented upon by all the parties involved;

3) That the Che Cafe will remain in its space and operating until renovations are funded for and are set to begin;

4) That the University recognize the profound cultural and historical significance of the Che Cafe, and commit itself to preserving the space;

5) That the Master Space Agreement be renegotiated and renewed with all the cooperatives before moving ahead with the repairs.

The proposal to relocate the Che Cafe was given without underlying proof and documentation that the space is unsafe. The University, though asked, has yet to provide any timeline relating to relocation, renovations and return to the facility. The repairs cited have been in their current condition without any health and safety incident for years, with the University never mentioning it until now as a reason to shut down even after the 2010 Facilities Report.

We were not notified of this vote, or the fact that we would not be included in the budget until a week ago, and have had very little time to perform outreach. Our goal is to convince UCAB to vote to keep the Che in the budget. We believe there are many other alternatives and more favorable solutions that have not been considered, aside from the current proposal.

We also believe the University cannot disaffirm these necessary repairs cited, because it already is under a prior agreement to maintain the facility pursuant the Master Space Agreement and doing so would mean violating and breaching that agreement.  

UCAB and the University administration were aware of the conditions for at least the last four years, since the 2010 facilities report and have budgeted nothing towards these priority occupancy-related, and ADA repairs in the last five years or more. They have also specifically prohibited the Che Cafe from raising their own funds to cover these repairs, including a grant which was awarded by the Student Sustainability Collective for a fire suppression system in the kitchen.  

We regard the Che Cafe as a historic and cultural treasure integral to what makes UCSD special, a safe space for all-ages venue, that is financially sustainable, independent, student and community run, committed to diversity, arts, culture and education.  A space of this caliber should not be shut down and uprooted in this manner.

The entire University Centers budget is millions of dollars with many other expenses, projects and reserves that are not as critical as the Che Cafe at issue and should be put on the chopping block before it. Nor have other expenditures been deferred for over four years or more. The amount budgeted and spent last year on computers and office furnishings was $2,785,455! Part of that budget should have been better prioritized and allocated to Che Cafe’s critical and overdue deferred maintenance that would allow a culturally and historically iconic space and student center stay operating.

There are many alternatives to closing down the Che Cafe and relocating its operations to other non-exclusively used spaces on campus with bars that are not all ages accessible or that would require the Che Cafe to pay for security at every foregoing event or result in other changed terms, additional costs to The Che Cafe Collective or lost revenues from the loss of kitchen facilities and it being in a different space and location. The University or UCAB has not provided any viable alternatives including a comparable space that would not undermine the essential role and functions of the Che Cafe or simply create immense hardship in booking and hosting music shows as a transient in others’ spaces and subject to their existing calendars.

We are asking that some of these very reasonable alternatives be seriously considered in good faith. We are certain that with all the brains, money, resources, capacity,  talent and connections at this University, we can find a way to prevent this valuable and enriching space from closing.

We request your support in signing this petition, circulating it to the community in support of keeping Che Cafe’s facility on campus. We also request your attendance to the UCAB meeting on Tuesday, May 13, from 2:00-3:30pm at the Earl Warren Room in Price Center West.

Thank you.

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Gary Ratcliff
University Centers Advisory Board
UCAB Chair, Samuel Chang
University of California, San Diego
University Centers Direction, Sharon Van Bruggen
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Recent signatures


    1. Come out and support us in court!

      davide carpano
      Petition Organizer

      Still time to support the C.H.E. at court!

      Judge set next court date for Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.!
      San Diego Superior Court, Dept. 69, 330 W. Broadway St., San Diego.

      The eviction trial should last 1-2 days, so supporting on Thursday is also helpful! Supporters encouraged to arrive by 8:30 to get through security at court. Remember parking around the area is tough.

      We had a very animated group of more than 50 people on Friday and packed the court room. THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING OUT!

      Let's try for more people on Wednesday!

      The C.H.E. must survive!

      For more information see:

      Funds still urgently needed so please consider donating at:

    2. Bad link on previous message

      davide carpano
      Petition Organizer

      Hello again everyone,
      The message that we sent out to you earlier today contained a bad link. The link was supposed to take you to our new petition which can be found here:

      Please share this petition widely!

      Thank you for your continued support,
      Che Cafe Support Network

      Board of Regents: We hereby request that the University immediately cease its eviction actions against the Che Cafe and return to the negotiating table and that the University restore funding to the Che Cafe.

      We, the undersigned, include: UCSD students, alumni, faculty, and staff, San Diego residents, community leaders, musicians, artists, organized labor,...

    3. Petition to Regents & UCSD - Stop the Che Eviction!

      davide carpano
      Petition Organizer


      UCSD has filed a lawsuit seeking to evict the Che Cafe. The trial date is now set for October 10, 2014 in San Diego.

      We've started a new petition to "THE UCSD ADMINISTRATION AND THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA" to drop the eviction proceedings and return to the negotiating table. Each online signature will be sent to the UC Board of Regents, the UCSD Chancellor, the UC President, all of the UCSD Vice Chancellors, the University Centers Director, the Graduate Students Council, the Associated Students Council, and the University Centers Advisory Board. We want ALL of them to get thousands of emails to stop the eviction!

      We need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      You can sign our new petition by clicking here.

      Then, please spread the word. Forward/post to your social media and email lists. Tell people. The UCSD Co-ops have won all the many fights with the administration in the past. We will win this one too, with your help.

      Che Cafe Support Network

    4. More ways you can help The Che Café

      davide carpano
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Petition Signers,

      The Che Café is continuing its struggle to keep its space and collective.

      The University of California San Diego has continued threatening the historically important space, which is why the Che Café Collective has finally made a fundraising page in order to secure its finances to continue its struggle against UCSD.

      Please visit: to make a donation and check: for our most current press release and updates related to our struggle.


      The Che Café.

      Click here to support Save the Ché! by Guillermo Rene Vera

      Save the Ché! by Guillermo Rene Vera - The Ché Café Collective is under attack. The UCSD administration has unfortunately acted in bad faith, threatening Southern California's longest running all ages, volunteer run, student co-op, and community space. The Ché Café Collective are a non-hierarchical, consensus driven collective committ...

    5. The Che Cafe still needs you!

      davide carpano
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends
      I never thought I'd see this in the San Diego Union-Tribune: "First the San Diego Opera was threatened, then the Ken Cinema almost went dark, and now another local arts institution is danger of shutting down." ("UCSD's Ché Cafe in danger of closing", 5/28/14). But the Che Cafe truly has become that kind of important community treasure over these past 34 years it has operated.

      We are writing you to ask you to co-sign the Open Letter and to help circulate it to other progressive individuals and community organizations (students, activists, churches, unions) for their signatures this week. The Open Letter is at

      We ask that you print out and sign and scan and email your signed copy to or just reply to this email (to stating your permission to add your name, title (position) and relationship to UCSD, to the list of co-signers. We ask that organizations consider the matter of co-signing at your next meeting.

      We will compile the list of signatures and present the Open Letter to the UCSD administration and the UC Regents.

      For more background information on the situation, here is a link to the recent press release:

      Also included here, as reference, is an updated compilation of press reports at
      and an analytical statement on the broader context at

      We also need to emphasize the importance of the fund raising campaign. A fund raising campaign has been launched and the Che Café is requesting donations to cover legal expenses, improvements and maintenance to the building which the university has failed to provide, and mitigation of lost income from disruption of the concert schedule. Supporters of the Che can contribute to these expenses in any of these ways:
      · Online at
      · Attend the Che Café during a scheduled concert
      (see schedule at
      · By mail at:
      CHE Café
      9500 Gilman Drive M/C 0323
      La Jolla, CA 92093-0323

      Respectfully yours,

      Monty Reed Kroopkin
      for the Che Cafe Support Network

      University and Community Open Letter to Save the Che Cafe - Google Docs

      University and Community Open Letter to Save the Che Cafe

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. RE: CHE CAFE

      davide carpano
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much to all of you who signed this petition and who came to the meeting on 5/13!
      Over 70 people attended to comment on the vote. The University tried to keep them out until protest forced the meeting to a bigger room. A second meeting and vote has been scheduled for:

      MONDAY 5/19 from 11am-2pm at Price Center Ballroom A - There will be time for public input again.

      Please keep sharing this petition, and getting the word out about the meeting:
      Petition link: change/org/checafe
      Facebook event:
      Website where we are documenting everything:

      We truly appreciate all of the support that we have received!
      - The Che Cafe Cooperative

    8. Reached 9,000 signatures



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    Reasons for signing

    • Westley Scott Copeland SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 8 hours ago

      I believe in what is here.

    • Nolan McGuire EL CAJON, CA
      • about 20 hours ago

      Because my friend sam persuaded me to.

    • Samantha Chavez SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 1 day ago

      My brother is a big Che helper, and I think the Che is deffenitly I a great place to build community

    • Meredith Liguori NEW PALTZ, NY
      • 3 days ago

      Animal testing is wrong!

    • Gregy Korompay ŠURANY, SLOVAKIA
      • 4 days ago

      A legendary place that needs to stay open !


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