The non-profit, taxpayer-supported museum's board of directors say that there was no conflict of interest in Binner's selection -- hers was the lowest bid for the contract.
However, it was Friess who suggested the museum needed a design consultant in the first place.
And employees, or what's left of them -- the museum's staff has been halved in the last decade -- told the San Jose Mercury News that the position was crafted to all but guarantee Binner's selection, and that Binner never actually submitted a formal portfolio of her work for consideration.
But since the museum is a nonprofit that just happens to receive $1.3 million from the city of San Jose, and not actually a government agency, there is no law against nepotism.
It's just considered bad form.
Photo by Michael Gray.
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