By Robert Haugh
The Stadium Authority (SA) discussed the budget and marketing plan. But the 49ers/Manco were no shows again, even though it was their budget and marketing plan. Wow.
Maybe the team didn’t want to discuss their lack of documentation or the 20,000 free tickets they’ve allowed a promoter to give away to a Taylor Swift concert.
The 49ers/ManCo presented no new info since last week even though the SA asked for it.
So the SA Board passed a budget that keeps net revenue to the SA at $4 million. That’s what was projected until a few weeks ago. That is until the 49ers/ManCo just reduced it to $750,000. And they didn’t give any explanation or documentation. So the SA Board is telling 49ers/ManCo that they’re expecting an extra $3.25 million.
The SA Board wouldn’t budget the 49er/ManCo’s request for $929,000 for “other expenses” without any detail. So the staff put in $110,000. That’s the amount spent in prior years for bank charges.
The SA Board did not pass the 49ers/Manco marketing plan. They said it was too vague and too weak.
Other Really Important Stuff
The 49ers/Manco received a Notice of Breach of Agreement from the SA. Executive Director Deanna Santana said that the team can’t demonstrate compliance with proper bidding and adherence to California Prevailing Wage Statutes. Wow.
She made a long-winded explanation about this issue. And dropped one interesting piece of info. Santana said that last Thursday she was explaining things to the Stadium Manager/49er exec Jim Mercurio. But “there just wasn’t that knowledge base to even know how to comply.” Double wow.
You can watch it at the 1:22:45 mark.
The 49ers/ManCo have 30 days to cure their breach. And the SA staff is starting an audit and have requested all contracts.
The SA Board passed a resolution that no SA payments will be made unless the 49ers/ManCo can document that they have followed proper bidding procedures and have followed state laws. This could be a big problem for the team.
All the votes were 6-0 with SA Boardmember Debi Davis absent.
Chahal and Curfew
SA Boardmember Raj Chahal wanted to put on the table the idea of dropping the curfew for 2-5 weekdays. That’s what the 49ers/ManCo want. He said a city survey suggested residents are open to it. But Santana corrected him saying that Chahal and the 49ers/ManCo are misreading the survey.
Chahal tried to change the topic by saying that both sides need to provide more info. But Santana corrected him again saying that the team agreed to the curfew when the stadium opened. You can watch the exchange from 46:66 to 52:55.
SA Board Chair Lisa Gillmor then spoke and asked: “Do we want to change the curfew really for the benefit of the 49ers and stadium promoters at the expense of our residents?” She also reminded Chahal that this issue has come up before and the SA clearly said no.
Then, SA Boardmember Kathy Watanabe who represents the Northside also corrected Chahal. “Taylor Swift doesn’t live in the Northside. U2 doesn’t live in the Northside. They all get to go home. But the people are still there and the people have to deal with the repercussions of events going until 11 o’clock at night, families trying to go to sleep, dealing with traffic, helicopters, all kinds of issues.”
Looks like Chahal has homework to do. Or he’s going to hear a lot more strong “womansplaining.”