Following the Money – New Information & a Correction
By Robert Haugh
We like breaking news and calling out people in power for doing the wrong thing. But sometimes we make mistakes that we have to correct. Just like when a pro wrestling referee accidentally counts to three.
SanJoseInside.com wrote a story that raised questions about Santa Clara Weekly associate editor and city hall reporter Carolyn Schuk’s questionable journalistic ethics. They highlighted the Weekly’s low standards.
We then reported that Carolyn’s “non-profit received a substantial grant from the City of Santa Clara without going through a formal request for proposal (RFP) process that all other non-profit groups must do. It was a essentially a $12,000 gift to Carolyn’s organization from then City Manager Julio Fuentes according to an informed source.”
We had some of the reporting wrong. The Santa Clara Performing Arts Foundation did not receive the money directly. We regret our error.
But, we’ve learned some new information. The city manager’s discretionary fund apparently moved $12,000 to the cultural commission. Those funds were used to pay performers in the “Triton Free Friday” events. Those were events that Carolyn helped organize, but could not get funded through the regular cultural commission budget process.
While the events may have been good for the community, this is still a good story about how funds from city hall flowed to an event that a city commission did not fund in its regular budget.
Editor’s Note: an attorney helping Carolyn Schuk “pro bono” has written to us that only $9,800 was spent on “Triton Free Friday” events and none of that money was distributed to Carolyn or her organization. We will try and confirm that information.