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Shaw Coalition Urges Councilmember to Reject the Nomination of Terence Golden
March 3, 1998

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March 3, 1998

To Councilmember

The Shaw Coalition, representing citizens, businesses and other organizations in Shaw, urges you to reject the nomination of Terence Golden to the Washington Convention Center Authority Board of Directors.

  1. Golden said at his February 4 hearing that he is not willing to consider convention center alternatives such as the Union Station site. At the same time, he admits the cost of the project is greater than $675 million at the Mt. Vernon site (due to massive excavation costs).
  2. Terence Golden has a vested interest in building at the Mt. Vernon site – no matter what the cost. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Host Marriott Corporation, based in Bethesda, Maryland, which owns property near the Mt. Vernon site. Terence Golden cannot objectively judge the merits of the site versus the Union Station North site. Terence Golden cannot be expected to protect the public interest when it conflicts with his corporation's financial interests.
  3. Terence Golden, as head of the General Services Administration, built the Ronald Reagan Building. The Ronald Reagan Building cost $800 million dollars – twice what was promised at the beginning of the project.
  4. Marriott Corporation has a history of union busting. During Terence Golden's tenure as acting Chairman of the Board, WCCA has decided that the new convention center be a non-union job site. This jeopardizes the training and economic benefits that District residents have been promised by convention center proponents.
  5. Over 50 civic organizations have questioned the Mt. Vernon plan, which includes the possibility of sweeping tax increases on DC businesses to overcome financing shortfalls.

For more information, contact the Shaw Coalition at 789-7864.