Team San Jose, a management team with members from the city’s convention and visitors bureau, labor unions, hotels and arts organizations, was awarded a five-year contract to manage the McEnery Convention Center and Civic Auditorium after the City Council voted unanimously to renew its contract on Dec. 17. The decision comes more than a year before the current contract is set to expire, in June 2009.
Last June, an initial audit and a civil grand jury recommended the city award the contract to another entity, citing Team San Jose’s need for more city subsidy than promised and failure to meet sales targets specified in its original management contract. A second audit of Team San Jose revealed the team has increased revenue by more than 60 percent since it took over managing six local venues in 2004, and was nearing targeted goals.
Source: Mercury News