Why is the Santa Clara Weekly Covering Up Its Tracks on Stadium Audit?
By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara Weekly now has an “Editorial Board.” Congrats.
At first we thought this unnamed and mysterious board was Publisher Miles Barber and Reporter Carolyn Schuk because the board writes about the same topics that Barber and Schuk do: mostly anti-Mayor, pro-49ers, and pro-development – including the Mariani’s development project that Barber was a paid lobbyist for until recently.
So we thought maybe the dynamic duo is trying to get an extra check out of the Weekly. (Note to Miles: you have the checkbook). Or maybe they want to be Santa Clara’s Santo and Blue Demon, two great masked wrestlers who hid their identities.
But now we’re not sure. After reading last week’s editorial, we don’t think the Santa Clara Weekly Editorial Board even reads its own paper. Here’s an example: last week’s editorial about the Harvey Rose audit on Measure J and stadium operations.
The editorial states:
This report is supposed to be so secret that the Weekly has attempted to get responses–including the 49ers’– to it, but were told that those documents are also confidential because they reference the report.
Huh? The Editorial Board didn’t read Barber’s column where he writes:
Now, it is the 49ers turn. In a 10-page legal response, ManCo, our Stadium Management Company, has decimated the conclusions of the HMR audit.
(Note to Editorial Board: talk to the publisher or at least read his columns. He has the “so secret” 49er response).
The Weekly’s Editorial Board then suggests that the San Francisco Chronicle got a copy of the audit before they did:
The Weekly did not have possession of the full draft audit until after the Chronicle story was published on June 12, 2017.
Huh? The Editorial Board didn’t read Schuk’s scoop LINK that was posted to the Weekly’s own Facebook page on June 8, four days before the Chronicle story.
We read it and gave Schuk credit for the scoop, a day later, June 9, although the story had lots of big errors.
We then reported on the Chronicle story on June 13.
Seriously, we’re not sure what’s happening with the Weekly and their desire to cover up the fact that they’re getting leaked information. We wish we were so lucky. (Note to sources: help).
Either they don’t read their own publication, or they’re covering their tracks to protect their source. (Note to 49ers: the Weekly is sloppy).