Apparently the other four council members have no problem with the City of Burbank:
1) Paying a six-figure inducement to some portable ice rink company to set up shop here for six weeks,
2) Pay for almost all of their ancillary needs, and then,
3) Let them keep all of their gate receipts with no cut to anyone else.
Yes, it’s a stupidly one-sided sweetheart deal for the rink company. We’re paying them a big subsidy to do business here!
And yes again, it IS city money. It was collected by the city (just like taxes) from all of the downtown merchants, most of whom pay into this fund involuntarily. They’re outvoted by the very biggest property owners in the area (such as the City of Burbank itself) who enjoy a weighted vote advantage.
And all for what? A phony holiday PR stunt. Those other four voted last night to approve this ridiculous deal, which is just irresponsible — at least make them share some of the gate receipts. If this company gets to keep them all why then PAY them to show up?
And how much do they end up making? No one ever asks or gets an answer.
No wonder outside business people just love Burbank. They give us big awards for being so “business friendly”!