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Liberty Mutual Takes Over Courthouse Again

Insurance Giant Pays $4,306 Fee to Host Private Gala


Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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For the second time in three weeks, national insurance giant Liberty Mutual has rented out the entire Santa Barbara County Courthouse for a night to host a private gala celebrating the achievements of about 500 of its highest performing salespeople and their spouses. For its first night, Liberty Mutual paid the County of Santa Barbara $3,431 for exclusive use of the Sunken Garden and the entire courthouse exterior. For this past Sunday’s event, the fee was $4,306. Although Liberty Mutual paid for one day each time, the courthouse property was effectively off limits to the public for several days as crews prepared for the festivities. County Parks czar Herman Parker said he knows of no other corporate events slated for the courthouse this summer. In the past month, Lexus has leased out the Lobero Theatre for a similar celebration of corporate achievement, and the County Bowl has been leased for an event next week.

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spacey (anonymous profile)
June 12, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sixty ten-person tables, 600 people total, just for a lousy $3,500?

Are we supposed to enjoy the burned out grass from 60 patio-style heaters and the street closures for a lousy $3,500?

Mr. Herman Parker probably will probably either have a kickass job with Libery Mutual or an equally kickass life insurance policy after he retires.

Parker pimped out our courthouse like a cheap $2 dollar ho, instead of $2,000 an hour escort that it is.

pigwatch (anonymous profile)
June 12, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is getting old fast. Charge for the entire time this public venue is kept off limits to the public. County got cheated along with the residents who had to put up with this eyesore for too long; and now too often.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 12, 2013 at 7:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nonissue.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 12, 2013 at 11:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Doesn't it seem the fee should be many times higher?

mgreg (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 12:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No. Because then the fee is higher for everyone and many local couples love getting married at the courthouse sunken gardens.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 12:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, what's wrong with a sliding scale. To take over the whole enchilada takes the big bucks. To have a small party over in the corner, small bucks. One might even consider a different scale for locals.

IOW, think outside the garden.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's nothing wrong with the sliding scale approach, in fact it makes the most sense. I for sure think locals should get a deep discount.

Thinking inside my coffee cup.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 2:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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