Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

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Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis
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By John Palminteri

Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo and Councilmember Meagan Harmon walked door to door Wednesday in Santa Barbara to talk to business owners about financial relief during the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis.   

Thousands of paychecks, rent payments, mortgages and business futures are at risk citywide and city leaders are sharing the current status and solutions as they know it to the minute.

A citywide order for bars, theaters and restaurants to closed except for to-go food has been followed, from what they have seen. No complaints about violators have come in.

The city has the forms from the Small Business Administration available at City Hall and online.

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a-1584641599 Mar 19, 2020 11:13 AM
Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

What in the actual hell are they thinking?? STAY. HOME. Do not go door-to-door canvassing to talk about financial relief that DOESN'T EXIST YET. This is basic common sense! They just became THE link between god knows how many people, standing 2 feet apart and handling (potentially contaminated) papers that could have been emailed. I am truly shocked that they thought this was an appropriate action to take. Murillo and Harmon, I'm really disappointed in your choices.

Sam The Dog Mar 19, 2020 11:22 AM
Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

They needed some photo ops for the next election. If you think Murillo cares about her duties as mayor you're wrong, as evidenced by her trying to run for higher office while still in office (which personally I think should be banned).

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 19, 2020 12:01 PM
Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

Our city is dependent upon the tourist trade. If the city does not act fast and lay off 50% of its workers in the next month. We are broke. As in bankrupt. The tourist business is all but non-existent for the rest of the year if not longer. Tax revenues are going to fall through the floor. Santa Barbara is staffed to support a population twice our actual size. Way beyond our needs especially during such a dire economic time. Immediate action is required. Tough choices and strong direction. Neither of which will come from a weak politician such as Murillo. If there isnt a significant move by the city of SB to reduce headcount and expenses in the next few weeks our city will be insolvent. The figures do not lie but politicians and public employee unions do... Who is going to save the city from bankruptcy? Not Murillo, that's painfully evident. This is not a joke.

a-1584729217 Mar 20, 2020 11:33 AM
Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

What Cool-Aid are you drinking??????????? She is the WORST MAYOR EVER!!!!!!!!!! Obviously, your memory falls short because she dragged her feet in dealing with the Montecito Mudslides and Fires! I truly hope that she is just a ONE-TIME MAYOR because Santa Barbara will be SCREWED if she gets elected for a second term!!!

a-1584740466 Mar 20, 2020 02:41 PM
Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

Maybe some of you are forgetting that under her watch, she has made it possible for thousands of people to live here who would not normally be able to afford to live here. She has and is allowing lots and lots of home owners to build ADUs. Multiple-story units are now all the rage in SB, filled with the less-fortunate folk, who would have to live somewhere else that they can afford. As far as photo ops go, there are plenty of photos of Mother Theresa helping the poor and hungry, and no one complained about that.

salsa guy Mar 20, 2020 10:14 AM
Santa Barbara Mayor Meets with Business Owners During COVID-19 Crisis

What do either Murrillo or Harmon know about business? What are the concrete suggestions they offered to the businesses they interrupted? Definitely a photo opp only. I would not want to be in business in this city right now. The Coronavirus is the icing on the cake on decaying downtown area.. City of SB has been anti business for so long that I don't know if they know how to help a business in trouble. When is the City going to reduce staff that is non - essential?

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