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As we reported earlier today in our column Under the Radar, the fall-off in cruise business has forced the Port of San Diego to fill its brand-new cruise ship terminal on Broadway Pier with what critics say is a motley assortment of a booze festival, prom, U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle training, and wedding:

Now Ian Trowbridge--a key member of the citizens coalition that sued the port over it's posh new terminal building, officially called the "Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier"--has sent along a contract obtained from the port district under the state's public records act.

According to the document, dated March 28, the port contracted with Public Works, Inc. of New York City for a "not-to-exceed" $195,000 annual fee beginning April 1 in return for consulting with the port about boosting usage of the pier and pavilion, including:

"Generate draft guidelines for the management of the Broadway Pier and Pavilion that provides for a balance of public and private uses while maximizing the utility of these facilities to host events and activities."

"...develop and present a draft plan of recommended events with dates, times, locations, performances and program activities and estimated costs for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012 by October 31, 2011."

"...Support District as requested in solicitation of digital, broadcast and print partners."

"...Specifying and sourcing all production-related equipment and services, to include identifying in-kind goods and pro- bono service possibilities from stakeholder groups and potential sponsors, and negotiating costs to fall within budget parameters."

"Provide support to District's media outreach efforts."

"Organize sponsor interest and media preview events with District."

"This plan will also contain analysis of potential competition regarding timing and/or nature of similar events in other San Diego County cities. The desirability of potential events from both sponsor and media (broadcast, digital, and print) perspective will also be assessed in the plan."

The document says that the principal planner and producer of the operation will be paid $750 a day. Event managers will get $550 daily.

The Public Works, Inc. website says, "When we started Public Works, our desire was to create an event management company with the ability, resources and flexibility to provide an extraordinary level of service and support to event presenters and municipalities involved with coordinating major public events.

"Over the years a variety of government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations have turned to us to help provide complex event management and production solutions."

The company website is here:


Their contract with the port is here:


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MikeCopass May 19, 2011 @ 10:40 p.m.

New Port Chairman of the Board Scott Peters announced that 2011 was to be the "Year of Innovation", right?


Where is the "innovation?" Spending the Port of San Diego's money on private firms to consult and contract on how to use the public tidelands assets (where the Pavilion was built) for private gain is hardly "Innovation" -- that sort of sounds more like "San Diego Business As Usual." If that's the state of management of UPD's cash assets, heaven knows what the UPD's pension balance sheet looks like.


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