Response provided by Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, Director of Convention & Visitor Bureau:
This discussion item was requested by Council Member Scott and Council Member Gonzales.
Additional information from staff regarding our current practice: Sights-N-Sounds tickets were previously given to the City Clerk’s office. They would then distribute them to council members and directors.
150 one-day passes ($5 value)
50 six-day passes ($15 value)
10 Jingle bell run entries ($10 value)
16 tickets to lighting in the park ceremonies (tickets are not sold but have a $20 value)
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Go Wheels Up 2019
Two batches of tickets were received. A batch was delivered to the City Manager’s office - Steve. Were distributed to council or anyone with interest in attending. The second batch were emailed to the CVB office. E-Tickets were distributed to SMCISD teachers.
Go Wheels Up 2021
Two batches of tickets were received. CVB staff and TIC Volunteers who worked the booth were given e-tickets to attend. All other tickets were not used.
Employee Hand Book: Section 7.10 - Gifts and Gratuities: City employees are prohibited from soliciting or accepting gifts, gratuities, favors, loans or other objects of monetary value arising as a result of the performance of their duties as City employees. Food items may be accepted only if reasonably consumable in one sitting.