San Jose Considers Privatizing City Theatres

San Jose is considering privatizing the management of the city’s public theatres. The city’s arts groups are concerned. “In light of a $4 million loss at the city-run McEnery Convention Center in 2002, the mayor’s office sees privatization as a possible way to run the buildings more efficiently. However, the Mayor’s Budget Message Task Force, an ad hoc advisory committee of representatives from local arts groups, has urged the city to consider the impact on local groups as well the bottom line when determining who will manage the facilities.”