Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
City to Renew Cleaning Contract at Qualcomm Stadium
On Wednesday, a San Diego city council committee will decide whether to renew a contract for janitorial services at Qualcomm Stadium. The contract will cost the City just under $2.3 million for 3 years, with 26 events per year, including the Chargers ten regular season games.
According to the contract, the City will pay Jani-King of California $750,520 for the first year of the contract, adding approximately $12,000 for each following year.
Jani-King has provided janitorial services at Qualcomm for nearly four years. The new contract will cost the city $51,000 less each year, due to new contractual clauses that sets a cap on the cost per event according to attendance.
"The City practices full cost recovery and all events reimburse the stadium for janitorial maintenance service with exception of the San Diego Chargers (due to existing contractual requirements)," reads the staff report.
It is that "exception," however, that has caused both a county grand jury and the City Auditor to question the "existing contractual requirements" between the City and the football team.
In 2010, a county grand jury report found that the contract between the City and the Chargers is flawed. According to the report, the City lost $17.1 million for that year on direct operating costs.
"It goes without saying that the stadium was built for the Chargers, and it follows that City revenues from Chargers operations at Qualcomm Stadium should at least cover operating expenses."
In a 2009, City Auditor Eduardo Luna determined that the City is dependent on outside revenue sources to pay for operations at Qualcomm Stadium.