Chronicling the 49ers Struggle with the City
By Robert Haugh
In case you missed it, the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board recently interviewed Mayor Lisa Gillmor about how the City’s relationship with the 49ers went sour.
It’s a good read. If you’re a loyal reader of Santa Clara News Online, you would know much of this story already.
Here are some highlights from the Chronicle:
Lisa Gillmor’s take on the 49ers:
- “We learned we cannot trust the 49ers,” Gillmor said. “They are our partners, but they have exploited what we’ve tried to do in the city.”
The 49ers response. It came from Al Guido, not Jed York:
- He suggested the 49ers have been unfairly maligned in “political grandstanding” by Gillmor and other elected officials.
The Chronicle’s take:
- The November election became a bit of a referendum on the 49ers; three of the four City Council candidates considered friendliest to the team were defeated, and nearly 90 percent supported a measure growing out of the soccer-field flap that requires a public vote to sell any city-owned land used for recreation.
Some other things we learned:
- Guido would still not answer the Chronicle’s questions about whether or not the team is behind the infamous “dark money” group BluPac. (Note to Fair Political Practices Commission — that sounds like a yes.)
- The $61,000 bill that the Valley Transportation Authority spent for extra service to the U2 concert will be sent to the 49ers according to Gillmor.
Everyone is looking forward to the Harvey Rose audit, according to the Chronicle:
- An independent audit by the well-respected Harvey Rose Associates could help illuminate those questions about the stadium finances. Gillmor, who has reviewed a draft, suggested it would show violations of the 2010 ballot measure’s prohibition on the tapping of city general funds for the stadium.
It’s good to see the Chronicle weigh in on this issue as they are highly respected. Maybe greater scrutiny will lead Jed York to figure out that he has to make some real changes on the non-football side of his front office. They’ve really blown it with the Santa Clara community that once trusted them and voted overwhelmingly in support for their stadium. That’s not news. That’s something, we’ve said before.