VENTURA : Business District ‘Exorcised’ by Foes
About a dozen opponents of a downtown assessment district in Ventura protested outside the restaurant where a convention of downtown association leaders from around the state were gathered Friday night.
The group carried American flags, banged cymbals and performed a Chinese lion dance outside a California Avenue restaurant in a symbolic “exorcism” of the Business Improvement District, organizers said.
A colorful fabric lion’s head and trailer were draped over two protesters, who danced to the beat of drums and cymbals. A sign in the lion’s mouth said, “You Don’t Get It. No BID.”
Their intended targets, leaders of the business district, watched from the windows and doorway, and many applauded.
A lawsuit was filed last week over the district, which requires the 330 merchants in its boundaries to pay fees that fund programs intended to improve downtown.