At its weekly meeting on Tuesday, the City Council signed off on the new design-build contract for the Convention Center despite its $120 million price tag. That did not, however, signal its support for the folks at Team San Jose, the coalition of union leaders, hoteliers and city agencies that run the place.
Last week the Council asked the City Manager to request new proposals for managing the Center and indicated that it could approve a new team by June. The city is aware of the problems with Team San Jose, and its recent audit placed responsibility for those problems squarely on the shoulders of TSJ leader Dan Fenton. At an emergency board meeting today, Fenton is expected to resign.
Board members agree that Team San Jose needs a “fresh start,” though they are reluctant to comment about the impending resignation or their future plans. On the other hand, it seems as if the resignation is a given and much of the meeting will be spent discussing Fenton’s severance package. Last year he earned $362,000, most of which came from the city’s tax on hotel visits.
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