City Council Preview: Council Considers New Convention Center Management

By Robert Haugh

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, a new management team may be selected to operate the Santa Clara Convention Center and Convention Visitors Bureau. There are some hefty goals in the bid proposal. That’s something we never had before with the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. They lost management of the building and operations months ago after audits revealed mismanagement and malfeasance.  

Other items:

  • The El Camino Real Specific Plan study session gets some attention. Councilmembers Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy and Mayor Lisa Gillmor are not eligible to participate. This is due to businesses and properties they own in the vicinity.

  • The Gateway Crossings Project (1205 Coleman Avenue) will be continued to March 26. We’ve received two mailers at homes miles from the development announcing community meetings for the project. Kudos to the developer Hunter-Storm for the extended outreach.

  • Santa Clara students will be recognized for their participation in the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (SCVSEFA) Synopsis Championship.

  • The City’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Implementation Team will be recognized.

  • Council will consider authorizing the City Manager to Negotiate an Agreement with the Santa Clara Rotary Foundation for support of the Silicon Valley Barbeque Championship held in June. The Rotary recently dumped attorney John Mlnarik as president after the California State Bar Association suspended him for stealing money from clients.  

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