Alameda’s Golf Commission is holding a special meeting tonight to talk about ways to make more money out at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, but they may be too late to stave off plans that the golf complex be leased out to a private entity to run. The consultants who penned a just-released master plan for the complex have again suggested that the city bring in a private company to run the complex, citing its declining financial and physical condition; they say a private company could run it more cheaply and could make millions of dollars in upgrades and repairs they say the complex needs. (They’re also suggesting that the city lease a portion of its land out there for a boutique hotel, and that new banquet facilities, a wedding area, a tennis center and a fitness center and day spa be built.) The City Council has made clear its strong displeasure with the golf complex’s fate during recent budget hearings and it defunded its vacant general manager position and axed two other jobs out there. But here’s the rub: If the city does go with private management, it’ll only get about half the roughly $1 million it already reportedly takes off the top of golf operations. And the consultants, NGF Consulting, concede near the end of the 70-page report that if the economy and demand for golf are sour, there’s a good chance any lessee could ask the city for a more favorable deal, which could mean reduced rent or city money for those upgrades. The City Council is slated to discuss the master plan during what looks to be an action-packed meeting Tuesday night, and staff is recommending they direct the city manager to seek out potential lessees and a professional manager to run the course while they do that. They’ll also look into the steps they need to take to build that hotel.
Speaking of action-packed meetings, the school board is also holding a special meeting tonight, to pass its budget for next year. Before doing so they’re slated to restore a bevy of programs that faced the budget ax before Measure H passed. They’ll also get a report on how money from that other parcel tax, Measure A, is being spent and name a replacement for Sean McPhetridge, who has left his job as head of the district’s regional occupation programs.