By Robert Haugh
Tomorrow’s Council meeting tackles many items. Here is a quick summary:
- Tasman East study session – we learn even more details on the progress in creating a focal master plan for this area just East of Levi’s Stadium. It’s an opportunity to build more housing in the Mission City.
- City Place – the largest mixed use development in Santa Clara history will present an updated Multimodal Improvement Plan for City Council approval.
- Police Chief salary – a consent calendar item will approve the introduction of an Ordinance adding a new Section which will include the Chief of Police as part of the Salary Setting Commission’s regular review and setting of City elected officials’ compensation beginning in 2019. Wonder if this was prompted by Chief Mike Sellers’ attempt at pension spiking.
- TAP International will present findings that say “Restructuring Operations Can Strengthen Accountability, Performance and Revenue” for the operation of the Santa Clara Convention Center. Ouch. Another big blow to the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. More to come.
- The City staff is looking for the Council’s direction on the management agreement with the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau for the Santa Clara Convention Center. Another ouch to the Chamber. One option proposed by City staff is putting management of the Convention Center out for bid. So perhaps an event or facility management company could manage the Convention Center, rather than the sinking ship that is the Santa Clara Chamber. Staff suggests issuing a 180-day notice to terminate the Convention Center management agreement, while simultaneously engaging in a competitive bid process for the management and operation of the Convention Center and take necessary actions to stabilize Convention Center operations and to minimize further impact to public resources and assets. Wow!
Tidbits From Last Week
- Candidate forums – the City had reached out to the League of Women Voters and there are several candidate forums on tap. The City Clerk and City Manager each made statements last week about misinformation that circulated in various media, especially the Santa Clara Weekly.
- Candidate forums will be: Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., Council chambers – Mayoral and City Clerk candidates; Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., Council chambers – District 2 and District 3 Council candidates.
- A housing development by Freebird Development Company at 2330 Monroe was given the initial green light. This is the same site that drew massive backlash in the past when the Sobrato organization proposed building micro units on the site for the homeless and veterans. We wish Freebird luck because low-income housing is important. And they have a really cool name.
- Councilwoman Debi Davis was absent.