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City Council Preview – Stadium Authority Money Matters

By Robert Haugh

Stadium Authority Budget

The Stadium Authority financial status report for the quarter ending September 30, 2017 will be filed with an approval of $875,000 in additional appropriations to the 2017-18 Santa Clara Stadium Authority budget for:

    • $100,000 for a Stadium Authority communication consultant;
    • $75,000 to build-out the Stadium Authority office space at Levi’s Stadium for staff use (furniture, office cubicles, IT costs and installation);
    • $700,000 for ongoing legal services.

At last week’s Stadium Authority meeting, Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta wanted to address the City’s contract with Banner Public Affairs. But the item was held by city staff for this week’s meeting.  We reported on the mismanaged contract last week.

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During the current reporting period, there were 210,157 tickets sold for seven ticketed non-NFL events, equaling $841,000 in non-NFL event ticket surcharge revenue. This is a decrease by $1.2 million (59.5 percent) over the same period last year. Wow. The large decrease is mostly because number of non-NFL events dropped from 14 for the first six months of the prior fiscal year to seven in the current reporting period.

Let’s hope that the Stadium Authority office space is better than the so-called community room at Levi’s Stadium.

Updated City Job Descriptions

A consent calendar item introduces revised job descriptions for Director of Finance, Director of Water and Sewer Utilities, Chief Stadium Authority Officer, and Principal Planner, and creation of a new Assistant to the City Manager position.

The Assistant to the City Manager is a new senior staff position responsible for managing complex studies and projects of a citywide nature often involving representation of the City Manager’s Office. The recommended monthly salary range for the position is approximately $13,540 to $17,523.

Santa Clara Square Development (2600 Augustine Drive) The previously approved planned development of up to 1,800 apartment units is proposing an amendment, which would add 40 units increasing the project to 1,840 units.

Other Items

Prior to the meeting, the Council will host interviews for a vacancy on the Cultural Commission. Nine Santa Clarans applied. Eversley Forte will be recognized for his five years of service on the Commission. A proclamation will be presented to Yan Can Asian Bistro Executive Chef Cory Chen and his mother, Gayle Chen, for their community involvement and support of the Santa Clara community.

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