Fashion Week: City Needs to Help More Financially

Organizers say more money from the City will keep the high-profile event growing

One of Palm Desert's premier events, Fashion Week El Paseo, says they need more money from the City to keep growing.

Organizers proposed an increasing sponsorship deal that would have the city donate up to $125,000 three years from now.

After the loss of over $20 million in redevelopment money, the City has cut back on spending.  The council voted last week to give $75,000 a year to Fashion Week for the next three years, with the possibility of more funds later.  

The event drew 11,000 to Palm Desert earlier this year, bringing an estimated $3 million to the economy.

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Ron Moon July 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Public funding of a private enterprise. Did I miss an election where Obama got elected to City Council? Assuming the 3 miilion dollar estimate is correct, with a sales tax of 7.25% that pencils out to a return of aproximately of $200,000.00 towards the Cities $125,000.00 investment. Nice profit, but how is the guesstimate of $3 million arrived at? How many of the "attendees" would already be in our City during that time of year enjoying what we have to offer aside from Fashion week?
Roland Alden July 18, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The Palm Desert Citizens City Council Compensation Ad Hoc Committee is concerned that City Council pay is out of line compared to other California cities; but is that really a valid comparison? So what if our councilmembers receive more than five times what their Beverly Hills counterparts are paid? As this Fashion Week issue clearly demonstrates, our City Council is not running a mere civic government; it is also running a shopping mall. A different job, worthy of higher pay. Beverly Hills has a high school, a police department, Rodeo Drive and the Kardashians. In no way is it comparable to Palm Desert.
Karole McGovern July 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM
This is private enterprise - Sak's benefited exponentially...hello - time for private business to step up to the task of sponsoring this event. Californiaians are of the mindset that govt. is supposed to support/pay for any and all philanthropic endeavors...forget about it...if this puts money in business pockets, let business sponsor it. I attended the festivities and enjoyed it immensely. I'll pay for the entertainemnt. It's my free choice. Stop already with govt sponsored events.
Karole McGovern July 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Fashion Week is private enterprise. I don't want govt. entering into private enterprise.. I am so tired of California expecting govt. to support free enterprise. The state of California is broke...If Fashion Week is such a hot commodity, a private entrepreneur will gather enough support amongst business folks to support it. Raise ticket prices. It's my choice to attend. This is not Socialism.


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