San Jose council softens goals for maligned convention center operator

Source: By John Woolfok,  Mercury News (CA), 11/17/2009 08:48:49 PM PST

Two years ago, a civil grand jury rapped San Jose officials for failing to hold the agency that runs the city’s convention center responsible for missing its performance goals and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously took action: It lowered those goals.

City management has been negotiating the revised performance measures since the council in January granted Team San Jose a renewed five-year contract. Chief Development Officer Paul Krutko, who oversees the city’s new contract with the nonprofit to run the convention center and downtown theaters, said even the lower measures will be a challenge.

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