An audit exposing mismanagement at San Jose’s Police Activities League has officials debating whether to bring the youth sports nonprofit under the city’s control. The City Council on Tuesday will discuss whether to bring the organization from police purview to that of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department.
“The audit oft the program raised serious concerns about the managerial and fiscal effectiveness of the current model,” Mayor Sam Liccardo and Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco wrote in a shared memo.
In her review, City Auditor Sharon Erickson found that the 50-year-old nonprofit has failed to submit all required tax forms to the IRS and neglected to produce annual budgets or track charitable donations. The league also broke its agreement with the city by not setting aside its share of revenues to upgrade sports facilities, granting naming rights without council approval and not obtaining proper authorization for field and parking fees and use.
Further, the activities league expenses and registration fees were inconsistent among various soccer districts. Kids in one area were inexplicably charged more money than their counterparts elsewhere in the city. And there was no system for tracking whether coaches and volunteers had completed proper background checks and other state and city requirements to work in youth sports leagues.
Erickson listed 23 recommendations and urged the city to hire a director with nonprofit management experience instead of having police run the program.
Liccardo and Carrasco agreed that it would be a better use of resources to reassign the two officers in charge of the activities league to the San Jose Police Department’s Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Investigations units. The city also allocated $270,000 from a reserve fund transition the nonprofit to the parks and rec department.
“In addition, given the audit’s findings, an outreach plan should be developed to inform the [league’s] families and the neighborhood about the transition and what they can expect moving forward with registration, operations, and continuity,” Liccardo and Carrasco concluded in their memo. “The Police Activities League is a cornerstone in our community, and we are confident its bright future and urge staff to be creative in the plans brought forward to council.”
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for August 14, 2018:
- The city plans to increase its contributions to the medical plan premiums for part-time employees and diversify the overall pool of enrollees by expanding healthcare options for those who live outside of Kaiser’s coverage area and aren’t yet eligible for Medicare.
- San Jose has won a bidding battle against Santa Clara County and two private investors to buy the big blue tent by the McEnery Convention Center. The purchase price for the facility at 435 S. Market St. comes to $47 million.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260