Stand Up for Santa Clara Wants Candidates to Prove They’re Not in 49ers’ Pocket

By Robert Haugh

It’s questionnaire time for local candidates. There’s an interesting one from Stand Up for Santa Clara (SUFSC). They’re the powerful grassroots group that stopped the 49ers from getting a sweetheart deal on the Youth Soccer Park in 2015. They packed the chambers with hundreds of people and had supporters flowing out into the courtyard.

In 2015, the soccer park giveaway was pushed by former Mayor Jamie Matthews and supported by Councilmen Pat Kolstad, Jerry Marsalli (now deceased) and Dominic Caserta (now disgraced and former). It was opposed by Councilwomen Lisa Gillmor (now Mayor), Debi Davis and Teresa O’Neill.

SUFSC sent their questionnaire to all Santa Clara candidates. Here’s what they’re asking. We’ll see how the candidates answer.

We’re really interested in Anthony Becker who seems to be positioning himself as pro-49er. At least he did in an early head-scratching TV interview.

Anthony Becker

2018 Stand Up for Santa Clara Questionnaire

Stadium Issues

1. The 49ers want to change the weekday curfew that ends concerts at 10 p.m. to help residents who need to get to bed at a reasonable time to go to school or work the next day. The weekend curfew is 11 p.m. The team says they, as the stadium manager, and the city will make more money by changing the curfew. The residents say just because a concert ends at 10 p.m.doesn’t mean it’s quiet that early since it takes a couple hours for crowds to clear out. Would you vote to uphold or change the weekday curfew?

2. Residential neighborhoods near the stadium and the 49er training facility have complained about the increase in noise from the 49ers practices when loud music and crowd noises are used to simulate games. Do you believe the City should enforce the noise ordinance and fine the 49ers for violations?

Clean Campaigns

3. The 49ers have supported city council candidates in the past with direct contributions. In addition, the team supports candidates indirectly through third parties and “independent expenditures.” Will you accept direct contributions from the team, the 49er leadership or staff, or affiliated consultants and vendors?

4. Will you publicly ask the 49ers to refrain from assisting you through indirect contributions or independent expenditures?

5. In 2016, a “dark money” organization (a political committee that would not disclose its donors) called BluPac spent heavily to support and attack council candidates. BluPAC had direct ties to the 49ers. The team would not say if they funded the efforts. If BluPAC or another “dark money” organization supports your candidacy, will you disavow their help and ask them to stop spending money to support you or attack your opponents?

6. Have you done work, directly or indirectly, or received gifts or compensation from entities who do business with the city: developers, contractors, vendors, or the 49ers?

7. Some political consultants use aggressive tactics and threats to force candidates to hire them and sometimes pay them undisclosed amounts of cash, which is illegal. Will you refrain from directly hiring or indirectly hiring consultants who have a known history of engaging in illegal or unethical behavior?

Tomorrow’s Council Meeting

There will be three major items on the agenda:

  • Admonishment of Mahan and Kolstad — more on that tomorrow.
  • More information on Santa Clara’s major legal victory over the 49ers on stadium rent — that should be good.
  • More information on Convention Center management and the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce — that should not be good.

7 comments

  1. Information about James Rowen has recently made its way to us in beautiful Placer County. Thank you very much.

    Looks like craziness runs in the family. Up here, we have to deal with Ed Rowen and his political shenanigans. You can read about it in RightOnDaily.com.

    Keep up the good work in Santa Clara County.

  2. Ridiculous to suggest that 15 young people would file police complaints as part of a set up. Evidence is solid that Caserta was a CREEP. Evidence is solid that James Rowen is the creep’s assistant too. Rowen also abuses people and at least one woman physically.

    Thanks Stand Up for putting it out there. Want to report Rowen? Do it at JamesRowenWatch website.

  3. 7. Some political consultants use aggressive tactics and threats to force candidates to hire them and sometimes pay them undisclosed amounts of cash, which is illegal. Will you refrain from directly hiring or indirectly hiring consultants who have a known history of engaging in illegal or unethical behavior?

    CANDIDATES BE WARNED

    James Rowen will try and extort money from you. Report it to Stand Up for Santa Clara or the police. You don’t want to be caught in a sting.

    • I say CASERTA did him up walking around house in a TOWEL in front of young campaigners who stood up and talked and started a domino effect. TOO BAD SO SAD!! History catches up with you in end.

    • Caserta was NOT set up by anyone… other than himself.

      How many candidates parade in front of their campaign workers in a towel? Or lay unwanted hands on the legs, shoulders, and hair of a female volunteer? Or make sexually explicit remarks to or inappropriately touch their underage high school students? Dominic Caserta’s harassing behavior, sense of entitlement and terrible temper have been on display in the classroom and on the city council for years. It’s been a scandal quietly discussed and wondered at for a long, long time. Even though the district attorney declined to press charges, that does not mean that Caserta is innocent. Civil charges can still be brought.

      When you defend Dominic Caserta, you are telling the young women he victimized who finally came forward to shed light in a long-darkened corner and tell of their terrible experiences with him that you don’t believe them. This is how this scandal began (and continued for as many years as it did) in the first place.

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