The December 28, 2009 Sacramento Bee reports that a 16-year old St. Francis High School student was successful in settling a federal suit that resulted in greater accommodations for persons with disabilities at the city-owned Sacramento Community Center Theater:
Settlement of the suit, in the form of a consent decree approved last month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows, calls for the city to make structural modifications to the theater at an estimated cost of $80,000. Two rows of orchestra seats eight and nine rows from the stage are to be renovated to make room for four wheelchairs and four companion seats and a wheelchair-accessible path to the seats, all of which will result in a net loss of 25 seats, each with an average value of $60 per performance of the Broadway Sacramento series.
The agreement also requires modifying the service counter of the main lobby's concession stand and a landing at doors used by persons in wheelchairs. All the work is to be completed by Feb. 2.
The city also has paid $50,000 in trust for Alex and $140,000 to Rein. It will provide Alex with two tickets for each of the four shows remaining in the current Broadway Sacramento series and two 2010-11 season tickets roughly valued at $1,206.
Alex acknowledges the suit was a worthy effort. "I'm satisfied, because other people will have these seats now and won't have to sit in the back," she said. "It was a simple solution and could have been done without suing."
Rein described the settlement as "a public interest win. Alex is a very together young lady and should be commended for being willing to go through with litigation that will help others who want to enjoy theatrical productions."