By Robert Haugh
There weren’t any temper tantrums, tirades or heated discussions at last night’s Stadium Authority meeting. Oh well.
The major topic of the one-hour meeting was the framework and use guidelines of the Levi’s stadium so-called “community room.” We wrote last week that what the 49ers are offering is pathetic.
Last night, every Board member had harsh words for the not-so-available and not-so-pretty 3,200 square foot space. Even strong 49ers supporters Patty Mahan and Dominic Caserta echoed comments from many that the so-called community room is not acceptable. It’s a windowless, bathroom-less basement that will cost community groups $2,500 or more to use. And that’s not what the 49ers promised during the Measure J campaign.
Chair Lisa Gillmor called the so-called community room the “windowless dungeon below the stadium,” while Charter Review Committee member and community activist Hosam Haggag compared the room to a maximum security prison.
The item will return to the Board for action on December 12. The majority of the Board asked for a detailed breakdown of the $2,500 meeting room usage costs, which the 49ers say is for security, janitorial, audio-visual setup and other costs. Let’s hope the Board stands up to the 49ers and for the community on this.
49ers Ticket Dumping Scheme?
A public presentation was made by a 49er season ticket holder who did not identify himself. The mystery man alleges that the 49ers are “ticket dumping” and causing SBL defaults since season ticket holders like him can’t get rid of their tickets for a reasonable price. According to the speaker, several SBL holders are furious about this. He put together an interesting 3-minute Powerpoint presentation with some evidence of how the ticket dumping works. It starts at the 13:35 mark. The council by consensus asked for city staff to review and report back. This might be noteworthy.
Audit, Part 2
Under public presentations, community activist and local businessman Kirk Vartan asked that the 37 discrepancies found during the audit should be shared and asked about what changes have been implemented. He also asked about part two of the Harvey Rose Measure J audit. Gillmor said that the audit committee meetings will re-start on November 27. Let’s hope they meet in the council chambers and not the so-called community room, because if we attend, we want a bathroom nearby.
Board member Pat Kolstad was absent from the meeting.