It looks like the lines between the city’s visitors bureau and the labor-business coalition that runs city-owned facilities is being further blurred, if they exist at all. Until very recently, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, a quasi-public, hotel tax–funded organization, and one of the three entities that make up Team San Jose, operated the SanJose.org website.
The site made mention of Team San Jose as an “innovative public-private” partnership between the CVB, South Bay Labor Council and a group of local hoteliers, who joined forces to streamline the process by which out-of-towners can spend their cash.
But with the relaunch of SanJose.org, all distinction has been removed, and Team San Jose is given top billing—solidly defined as a nonprofit (wherein public and private may be innovative, but certainly are not distinct).
Dan Fenton, the affable head of both the CVB and TSJ, was unavailable for comment, leaving it to communications manager Sarah Hildenberger to try and find the fine line separating public money from private profit.
“About a year ago we were technically two organizations,” Hildenberger said. “Now we’re officially Team San Jose.” When we tried the telephone number on SanJose.org, we were greeted by a cheery electronic message that said we’d reached “San Jose Convention and Cultural Facilities” as managed by “Team San Jose in partnership with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, organized labor, [and] local hoteliers.”