URGENT! Save the Cow Palace!


State Senator Leland Yee Ph.D., under pressure from the Daly City Council, is proposing to “surplus” the Cow Palace and sell it to Daly City. Daly City will then sell most of the land to condo developers and pocket the profits. Letter writing WILL stop this. Senator Yee has ONLY heard from Daly City. Let him know you oppose selling the Cow Palace!!!

The Cow Palace is the home of Legion Fantastique’s main theatrical venue – The Dickens Christmas Fair.

Here is a link to Senator Yee’s website and his press release on the legislation he submitted
Friday February 22nd to the State Legislature, (no voting date is set – but it could be soon).

This bill wrongly proposes to SELL the Cow Palace to Daly City!

We must defeat SB1527 or the Dickens Fair will likely die. It would take years, if it’s even possible, to relocate and resurrect the Dickens Fair. Red Barn Productions has studied all the venues that could physically host the Dickens Fair and there are NO other places that currently work. All are either too expensive, too small, are unavailable between Thanksgiving and Christmas OR require overly expensive retrofits in order to be permitted for public assembly. So, Save the Cow Palace and Save The Dickens Fair. It’s that simple AND serious.


The Cow Palace has a perfectly good plan to meet the needs of the local community and Daly City by providing them 13 acres of its’ unused land. Yes, rock concerts bring public problems, according to Daly City, but they also bring
public $$$ to the local community.

Senator Yee’s Legislation SB1527 is doubly wrong.

It proposes we, as California State Citizens, sell OUR Cow Palace to Daly City so they can bulldoze it and profit by selling it to private developers. If that isn’t bad enough, SB1527 also deprives us of our RIGHT to use a facility that WE own!!

This is like selling off a chunk of Golden Gate Park because a nearby neighborhood proclaims “unanimously” it needs more space for development. It doesn’t work that way. We get to vote too…by writing letters and emails and calling his office. Officials can’t just decide to take a public asset and sell it…unless it is truly “surplus”. The Cow Palace is not “surplus”. We must stop this proposed sell-off of our property.

Here’s what you can do to stop SB1527 and SAVE THE COW PALACE:

#1 Act Quickly.
Senator Yee may believe he is serving the public, but he has only heard from Daly City. Let’s give him the other 99% of the picture before he gets any further down this road.

  1. Write a Letter:Write to Senator Yee today. Quickly. Early letters are more powerful. Send personal letters to the address below the sample text at the bottom of this notice. Get it in today’s mail, so he receives it on Monday or Tuesday!
  2. Write an Email: Personal emails may be sent via his website “contact” page. Emails are not as good as snail mail letters, but they are also effective. Be sure to write in “SB1527” as it is so new it is not on his issue list. …
  3. Call the Office: You can pick up the phone and call his office.
State Capitol, Room 4048
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4008
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14200
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 557-7857
San Mateo Office
400 South El Camino Real, Suite 630
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 340-8840
SB1527. That’s it! Give reasons only if you
want. The important thing is to contact him NOW.

#2 IF YOU LOVE THE DICKENS FAIR (and LEGION FANTASTIQUE, for that matter), forward this message to groups, friends and individuals and ask them to contact Senator Yee immediately.

#3 IF YOU LIVE in Senator Yee’s District #8 – see map. …Contact him AS one of his constituents,
(District 8 includes most of San Francisco in the West and South, and goes most of the way down the Peninsula). It is a very large district!

It’s always better if you personalize a letter (rather than just filling out a form letter), but here his a SAMPLE letter of what you can write:

Dear Senator Yee,

As a California Citizen, and resident of (…your
city…), I object to your proposed legislation to
“sell the California Cow Palace”. While you may
be responding to the needs of Daly City, please
respect my rights to use this public
facility. It may need work, but how many
California public buildings need upgrading? If
you want to help Daly City bring in new
supermarkets and shopping to the area, let the
Cow Palace deal directly with developers and Daly
City to make use of the 13 acres the Cow Palace
doesn’t need. This will preserve my rights while
helping the lives of local area citizens. It
will also continue the flow of millions of
dollars into the local economy annually. These
revenues, generated by me and many thousands of
others who use the Cow Palace, also help pay for
police to patrol the area year-round as well as during big events.

Please reconsider SB1527. There is a better way
to help Daly City and Bayshore than destroying
the Cow Palace. I use it every year and plan to
continue to use it for many years to come. It is
not “surplus”; it is a vital community and cultural asset.

Thank you,



Mail letter to both his office addresses:

Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D.
Re: SB1527
State Capitol, Room 4048
Sacramento, Ca. 95814
Or call 916-651-4008
Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D.
Re: SB1527
300 South El Camino Real, Suite 630
San Mateo, Ca. 94402
Or call 650-340-8848
This information is also posted at
Please contact Kevin Patterson at
kevin@redbarnproductions.org if you have questions

2 Responses to “URGENT! Save the Cow Palace!”

  1. Annie Oakley Says:

    Not being fearful at all of speaking my mind, I sent off my letters. I recommend that everyone do so. I also recommend that if time and circumstances permit you, send a letter rather than an electronic message. Letters hold more weight than telephone calls or other communications because they take more effort. The more effort you take, the more passionate you must be! If you cannot send letters, then by all means, call or send electronically.

    I also highly recommend you use the pre-written letter or one very close: it is stern but polite, concise, and neat. The worst thing anyone could do is become too passionate and to forget their manners. While you may be thinking ill of this proposal and its adherents, proper sensibility and behavior is 100 times more effective.

    I cannot speak for the Fair, nor even for the whole of the Legion, but from my heart: thank you to all who take action to stop this unfortunate legislation.

  2. I am not from California and, obviously then, not from the senator’s district. However, if my comments can help in any way, please feel free to reference them as well.

    People from all over the nation know the Cow Palace. It is one of those historical landmarks people around the country have heard of. Tourists research what events are taking place there when they make a trip to that part of the country. Even from down here in Texas, we would check to see what’s going on there when planning a trip to California.

    Houston, Texas, is going through a similar situation with its historic Astrodome. Who hasn’t heard of the Astrodome? And yet, developers want to do away with it so they can make huge profits. The Astrodome and the Cow Palace are national landmarks, just like the Empire State Building. And, especially as long as they are filling a community need and remaining financially viable, they should be preserved to the best of the community’s (and state’s) ability. There are too many building that are going to be here for 20 years and then gone as it is. We need SOME icons to remain.

    One of my favorite places in Fort Worth, Texas, is the old Northside Coliseum (Cowtown Coliseum), built in the early 1900s (1915, I think). It is like stepping back into the turn of the last century. It remains a VITAL part of the Fort Worth economy and community, hosting hundreds of well-attended events every year.

    Good luck on saving YOUR historical landmark.

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