Jude is aware of the fee. Per HF rules, fees are OK to cover the cost of pay-for-use facilities. The strong probability of the fee was posted on day one on the first post. As LFF stated, these events are not cheap in LA. It should also be noted that the 2011 NorCal meet charged a fee, of which the overages were used to offset the costs of the 2012 NorCal meet, which did not require an attendance fee.
A full public accounting of where the money goes will be made. I expect a shortfall which I (and maybe one other person) will cover. The projected accounting for the meet is already available for the event organizers. They know full well that I am keeping things really tight and will pay out of my own pocket as I have done with smaller meets I've organized in the past.
This event is a little more pricey than I wanted because each table will have it's own dedicated power. Attendees will not need to purchase long extension cables which are not cheap. They will not need to fuss over who plugs into what fire hazard christmas tree power strip. In theory, there should be no more tripping over extension cables, pulling $5000 amps off the tables, etc.
Also, I did not charge the vendors a lot because I wanted this to more of a member driven event (I did not directly invite any vendors, they came to me.) However, I will do what I can to acknowledge the contributions of the vendors since they do pay a little bit more, and they do play a large part in making the meet what it is.
If there are any patrons who are willing to contribute to reduce the attendance fee of the event, please let me know!
If anyone else has any more questions which are of a delicate nature, please be considerate by PMing me rather than posting it publicly.
Edited by purrin - 8/1/12 at 2:49pm