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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.

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JustWondering July 16, 2011 @ 1 p.m.

First off I have absolutely against the Jehovah's Witnesses and appreciate that the come to San Diego for their annual confab. But what's this about the City trading cleaning services for rent? There was a story back in May of this year where the wrote the following:

Once a year for nearly three decades, the city of San Diego has put Qualcomm Stadium into thousands of Witnesses' latex-gloved hands for as thorough a cleansing as it ever receives. The Witnesses turn our playground into their church. The cleaning comes before the Witnesses' annual convention, a time when tens of thousands come together in prayer, baptism and song. The Witnesses wipe away the filth amassed after a year of football games and monster truck rallies and replace it with the smell of bleach. They show Qualcomm the care, given its age and rundown state, we never have. They give it the work that the city might not have ever been able to afford, all in exchange for free rent for their big event.

See the Voice of San Diego article here: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/thehall/article_8627dd7a-8812-11e0-bc0d-001cc4c03286.html

If we the taxpayers are paying over two million dollars to have the stadium cleaned after events what are the Jehovah's Witnesses doing and why? And what's this statement about it not being clean. What's the two million dollars if not to have a clean facility?

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jstaffs July 9, 2012 @ 3:15 a.m.

Dear Justwondering,

I have just spent a day cleaning a football stadium in the UK prior to our convention next week. It also is supposedly cleaned by contract services. I know this was the case at the MEN arena in Manchester and is similar in America.

When we clean convention centres we first have to create a team that goes round and collects the more dangerous paraphernalia left by drug takers such as needles and wraps that are secreted about the facilties usually from music gigs. Then we get thousands of volunteers from the congregations that go to that convention in the district. It takes us 1- days of cleaning with thousands of people. Can you imagine how much that would cost to have cleaned? Usually the places have only had cursory cleaning on contract, picking up litter. The grease, gum, cigarette ends, other dubious fluids however are often left. You should have seens the pounds of gum we scraped of the stadium this weekend so people don't have to sit in it, walk in it etc.

I suppose the answer the answer to your question from experience is that we clean the stadia with our God in mind, doing it thoroughly and thinking of our brothers and sisters who will sit in and use the stadium over 3 days. A contractor may be tempted to maximise profit by doing as little as possible for the most money. There is no way you could have a proper clean by thousands of people after every game or music gig.

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