By Robert Haugh
There they go again.
The 49ers promised Santa Clara the use of a community room at the stadium during the 2010 campaign. After much delay, in 2017, they tried to give the community a basement “dungeon” and call it a community room. And they wanted to charge community groups $2,500 a pop to use it!
But the Council pushed back on the 49ers. They identified the storage room near the Bourbon Steak & Pub. 49ers VP Jim Mercurio at a City Council meeting said the space near the restaurant is anticipated for future use, though it can be explored as an option for a community meeting space and that the 49ers “want to make this work out.”
Now, the team is saying “screw you,” to the Mission City. We learned that at the end of Tuesday night’s council meeting. City Manager Deanna Santana gave a report where she mentioned the letter from 49ers general counsel Hannah Gordon.
We don’t know how good an attorney Gordon is. And we don’t know if she cares about the list of broken commitments and political blunders the team has made over the years.
We don’t know if she’s even read the lease agreement:
Section 4.7.2 of the Stadium Lease says: Santa Clara Stadium Authority (SCSA) has access to use the Community Room on the field level within Levi’s Stadium. The Community Room may be reserved for Civic Events (i.e., non-profit or other civic use) subject to scheduling priorities of the Stadium for NFL and non-NFL events. There is no room rental charge to SCSA for the use of the room; however, fees may be incurred for non-profit organizations or other civic groups.
Look for this to be another big showdown between the City and the team next year. It’ll be interesting to see what the City finds out about the restaurant, too. We reported in February that the team is a partner in the Bourbon Steak & Pub.
Since then we’ve been asking Assistant City Manager Ruth Shikada for the lease. She’s cozy with the 49ers and even she’s not been able to get it. Now, the City Council has officially requested it. This could be an interesting story.
We predict that in 2019 the City will win this battle with the 49ers just like we won the $180 million rent re-set battle.
We also predict that in 2019 the 49ers will continue to break commitments and make political blunders.