We’re going to ask it again.
- Did the Portos ever pay back all of that loan money they got from the city?
- When did they pay it back?
- All of it?
- Considering the success of their Glendale branch, why were they ever offered a forgiveness clause to begin with?
- What do the Portos consider to be “financial freedom.” Getting lots of money from the government?
We’ll quote them again, too, from a year after they got this loan. These were their words, not ours:
Porto opposed tax increases, saying that businesses should be able to use their own money the way they want.
“We were immigrants coming to this country trying to reach that American dream,” she said.
She attributed her success to hard work and financial freedom, adding that she is a supporter of Schwarzenegger’s more conservative economic policies.
“We know what to do with our money,” she said.
Getting almost a million dollars from the City of Burbank is a pretty weird idea of “financial freedom,” isn’t it?
That location was great enough on its own. The Portos didn’t need a handout. So let’s not let staff b.s. the council members tomorrow night if anyone has the temerity to ask them about this preferential loan deal. Rogers once did, and the answer he got was vague at best.