AWARDS: Best and Worst of the Week — Stadium Authority Boardmember Kathy Watanabe and the 49ers Exec Jim Mercurio

By Robert Haugh

The Good — The Leg Drop Award:

Stadium Authority Boardmember Kathy Watanabe and Northside resident had the best quote at Wednesday’s meeting:

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.”

The Bad — The Jabroni Award:

Manager/49er exec Jim Mercurio apparently doesn’t know about State wage laws. The Stadium Authority Executive Director Deanna Santana sent the team a Notice of Breach of Agreement. It’s a pretty big deal. And she called Mercurio to discuss it.  But “there just wasn’t that knowledge base to even know how to comply,” said Santana. Double wow.

4 comments

  1. One commenter here calls Watanabe a Guardian?? you mean the same guardian along with Mayor Gillmor that pushed residents in the northside to vote a billion dollar+ stadium that they now hate. Watanabe is clearly a puppet for the Gillmor machine and I wish she would be independent mind and not scripted.

    Referencing Watanabe’s quote ““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.”……to be blunt, Kathy, you voted for it, you knew what you were doing don’t act surprised…. shoulda read the contracts closer before you promoted it.

    I start to wonder if this was their plan…..hype up a stadium to get built at the taxpayers expense; find issues in contracts that they read and agreed upon, then act surprised when something does not go their way because their own lack of judgement.

    Now……for votes, and popular public opinion they attack the very stadium they got built to now look like they are “the heroes”…”watching out for the taxpayers”…and honestly what the real scary part is….. everyone believes it and eats it up…..Why ? because Santa Clara voters have very short term memory or the oldtimers have left for better places because they saw the mess that was coming. The corporate shills got what they wanted at the taxpayers expense. Its kinda like a maniacal villain in a movie that creates a crisis to come back to act like the savior.

    Santa Clarans For Economic Progress.

    Remember when then resident and lobbyist for Measure J now Mayor Lisa Gillmor said it would bring $26 Million Dollars for our schools in the “Yes on Measure J” Commercials. With Kathy Watanabe, Debi Davis chiming in too before they were on the council. Remember all that money….. Well, flash forward to 2019 where the county awards huge tax appeal to the Niners. $31 million refund (there goes the schools money-little higher than Gillmor promised) essentially a $240 million tax break ($6 million reduction annually for 40 years) and its largest in county history according to this blogs source

    They failed us! Basically, our leaders were duped and were tricked right? They can’t run the stadium efficiently let alone the city. Maybe if there was better leadership years ago, maybe there would be a better stadium management organization than ManCo.

    Gillmor, Watanabe, Davis, Matthews, Moore, Etc. should have never had no business in the stadium business and now a quartet on council are pretending they are champions of bringing justice to the mess they created. Once again I ask many to reference this word, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shill

    They should resign because they know their cheerleading led to the loss of all that tax money….they knew the contracts. Think of all the time and how much loss Santa Clarans have endured because of these decisions. Think of more and more money for next 20+ years being spent for this tit for tat fighting between council/SA and the Niners.

    All I know is if I would have done any of this, or any of this behavior, that there would be calls for my resignation. Before they act like social justice warriors, they should publicly admit their wrong doing because they clearly never knew the contracts or knew what they were rooting, voting or campaigning for. I was duped as a voter only because they asked us to trust them.

    Remember back in the day when then speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi said you have to pass the bill to read it regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act. Sounds very familiar and around the same time period (circa 2009/2010) with getting Measure J to pass. Why didn’t they find these problems in the initial Measure J deal rather than 2019. Did someone not get their personal check ?

    Remember…Current Mayor Lisa Gillmor was appointed to the city council to fill the empty council seat left by then elect Mayor Jamie Matthews as a reward for her work on the Measure J campaign.

    Also recall these are the same individuals including lobbyist Jude Berry that had been pushing for “city place” a $6 billion dollar project on top of a landfill (this project was never voted on by the residents…remember the stadium was a billion and we had to vote). Maybe Councilmember Watanabe will live on top of it and deal with all the traffic and helicopters that will bring too !

  2. One commenter here calls Watanabe a Guardian?? you mean the same guardian along with Mayor Gillmor that pushed residents in the northside to vote a billion dollar+ stadium that they now hate. Watanabe is clearly a puppet for the Gillmor machine and I wish she would be independent mind and not scripted.

    Referencing Watanabe’s quote ““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.”……to be blunt, Kathy, you voted for it, you knew what you were doing don’t act surprised…. shoulda read the contracts closer before you promoted it.

    I start to wonder if this was their plan…..hype up a stadium to get built at the taxpayers expense; find issues in contracts that they read and agreed upon, then act surprised when something does not go their way because their own lack of judgement.

    Now……for votes, and popular public opinion they attack the very stadium they got built to now look like they are “the heroes”…”watching out for the taxpayers”…and honestly what the real scary part is….. everyone believes it and eats it up…..Why ? because Santa Clara voters have very short term memory or the oldtimers have left for better places because they saw the mess that was coming. The corporate shills got what they wanted at the taxpayers expense. Its kinda like a maniacal villain in a movie that creates a crisis to come back to act like the savior.

    any one remember Santa Clarans For Economic Progress?

    Remember when then resident and lobbyist for Measure J now Mayor Lisa Gillmor said it would bring $26 Million Dollars for our schools in the “Yes on Measure J” Commercials. With Kathy Watanabe, Debi Davis chiming in too before they were on the council. Remember all that money….. Well, flash forward to 2019 where the county awards huge tax appeal to the Niners. $31 million refund (there goes the schools money-little higher than Gillmor promised) essentially a $240 million tax break ($6 million reduction annually for 40 years) and its largest in county history according to this blogs source. This is an accounting nightmare because last year the arbitration awards money back to city, then niners get money back, then the city, wait….I am a little lost like many others.

    They failed us! Basically, our leaders were duped and were tricked right? They can’t run the stadium efficiently let alone the city. Maybe if there was better leadership years ago, maybe there would be a better stadium management organization than ManCo.

    Gillmor, Watanabe, Davis, Matthews, Moore, Etc. should have never had no business in the stadium business and now a quartet on council are pretending they are champions of bringing justice to the mess they created. Once again I ask many to reference this word, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shill

    They should resign because they know their cheerleading led to the loss of all that tax money….they knew the contracts. Think of all the time and how much loss Santa Clarans have endured because of these decisions. Think of more and more money for next 20+ years being spent for this tit for tat fighting between council/SA and the Niners.

    All I know is if I would have done any of this, or any of this behavior, that there would be calls for my resignation. Before they act like social justice warriors, they should publicly admit their wrong doing because they clearly never knew the contracts or knew what they were rooting, voting or campaigning for. I was duped as a voter only because they asked us to trust them.

    Remember back in the day when then speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi said you have to pass the bill to read it regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act. Sounds very familiar and around the same time period (circa 2009/2010) with getting Measure J to pass. Why didn’t they find these problems in the initial Measure J deal rather than 2019. Did someone not get their personal check ?

    Remember…Current Mayor Lisa Gillmor was appointed to the city council to fill the empty council seat left by then elect Mayor Jamie Matthews as a reward for her work on the Measure J campaign.

    Also recall these are the same individuals including lobbyist Jude Berry that had been pushing for “city place” a $6 billion dollar project on top of landfill (this project was never voted on by the residents…remember the stadium was a billion and we had to vote). Maybe Councilmember Watanabe will live on top of it and deal with all the traffic and helicopters that will bring too !

  3. Robert – can you ask the nice person who said he couldn’t find my name as registared to vote in Santa Clara? I’d like to know how he (she?) did that. It gave me the feels to know somone cared enuf about me to look me up.

  4. Kathy Wantanabe has been the guardian of the north side for years. She’s very well integrated in her district and speaks well for them.
    I can’t imagine having a council person with Kathy’s tenacity. Ours is a dud and puts the niners first. We got left out in the cold when the redistricting occurred. So much for redistricting.
    Thanks for standing up for your peeps.

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