H-E-B TENNIS CENTER… OTS A DEAL THAT HAS CITY LEADERS ASKING QUESTIONS… ABOUT WHERE SOME OF THE MONEY, IS GOING AND MORE IMPORTANTLY…WHY THE CITY IS MAKING SIDE DEALS IN THE FIRST PLACE… HERE’S CHIEF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER RICK SPRUILL. PKG 888RICK888 THE H-E-B TENNIS CENTER DOESN’T MAKE THE CITY ANY MONEY. IT’S LIKE THE AMERICAN BANK CENTER: IT LOSES MONEY…BUT, IT’S AN AMENITY THAT CONVENTIONAL WISDOM SAYS ADDS TO OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. EITHER WAY, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS. AND WE FOUND SOME OF THOSE DOLLARS…AREN’T BEING CLEARLY ACCOUNTED FOR. TENNIS PRO GERALD TJON-A-JOE (pronounced CHON-A-YOU) TELLS SIX INVESTIGATES THE H-E-B TENNIS CENTER IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE STATE. 888SOT888 GERALD TJON-A-JOE: HEB TENNIS MANAGER: “it’s a top notch facility…actually we’re attracting more tournaments than at any other time of the existence of this facility.” THE CENTER GENERATES MONEY FOR THE CITY FROM COURT RENTALS PRO SHOP AND CONCESSION SALES… AND BIG TOURNAMENTS… CHON-A-YOU … A CONTRACTOR…SPLIT S THAT MONEY WITH THE CITY… DAILY LOGS…REQUIRED UNDER THE CONTRACT… KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING. BUT WE FOUND THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE DAILY LOGS…DON’T ACCOUNT FOR SOME OF THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENTS… WHEN FACILITY RENTAL FEES REACH INTO THE THOUSANDS… WE TOOK THAT TO CITY PARKS AND REC…THEY CAME BACK MORE THAN A MONTH LATER… WITH THIS EXPLANATION: SOT JAY ELLINGTON, CITY PARKS AND REC: “we found an administrative fee that we do not have authorized in the contract, itself…but that was authorized by an agent of the department at some point in time.” CHON-A-YOU SAYS THAT ADMINISTRATIVE FEE WAS IN PLACE BEFORE HE TOOK OVER THE FACILITY. BUT HE NEEDS IT: HE SAYS HE MAKES THE MOST MONEY TEACHING LESSONS AND BIG TOURNAMENTS MEAN HE CAN’T TEACH BECAUSE ALL THE COURTS ARE TAKEN… IN OTHER WORDS… 888SOT888 TJON-A-JOE: “I wasn’t doing anything wrong. i just inherited a deal…that happened in the past…and that continued because i’m a businessman. i don’t want to lose money when there’s a tournament over here.” EITHER WAY, THE SITUATION IS GETTING THE ATTENTION OF CITY LEADERS LIKE CAROLYN VAUGHN. SHE SAYS SHE UNDERSTANDS WHERE CHON-A-YOU IS COMING FROM….NO ONE LIKES LOSING MONEY… WHAT SHE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND…IS WHY THE CITY WOULD EVER MAKE SIDE DEALS… USING TAXPAYER MONEY … 888SOT888 CAROLYN VAUGHN, CITY COUNCIL: “i’m shocked that that could even happen. I mean, i’m blown away by it. I’d like to know who the employee was…and that person should be taken to task. And whatever’s going on at the HEB Tennis Center the city needs to investigate.” SHE’S ASKING FOR AN AUDIT… WE’LL FOLLOW UP…WHEN IT IS COMPLETE. FROM THE H-E-B TENNIS CENTER… RICK SPRUILL SIX INVESTIGATES. 2-SHOT

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