First Thursday Should Be for Local Businesses
By Bob Ficarra of Metro Entertainment
"January 1st Thursday Presented By Amazon" is the headline of the most recent email sent by our very own Downtown Organization. It is the headline banner on the 1st Thursday website. Isn't First Thursday an event to support local businesses? But now it is an Amazon promotion.
Our own Santa Barbara Downtown Organization is now directly contributing to the downfall of Santa Barbara businesses. The "DO" only exists to support Santa Barbara- and now, instead of doing anything to promote local retail, it is promoting the biggest online business in the world.
How out of touch do you have to be to turn a locals-only promotion into a marketing tool for our biggest competition? Was this a pure cash grab by the "DO" for Amazon sponsorship?
Please walk down State Street and look at all the empty storefronts. There has been absolutely no improvement. What happened the $100,000.00+ spent on 2 surveys that were supposed to improve things? Why was all that money wasted with no repercussions? Why is no one being held accountable? Anyone else- with a non-government job- would be fired for such waste. Why am I paying quarterly taxes to an organization that is actively working against and hurting my local business??
I've owned Metro Entertainment for 29 years and this very well could be the biggest slap in the face I've ever seen. In that time I've gone from hoping our local government agencies will help us to hoping they don't make business harder. Will someone- anyone- with just a bit of common sense please step up?
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