By Robert Haugh
Yesterday, the City of Santa Clara sent a termination letter to the 49ers. The team was notified that in two months (November 15, 2019) they will no longer be able to manage non-NFL events.
As we reported yesterday, the City cited several reasons for axing the team.
They’ve mismanaged the stadium and produced almost no net revenue recently. They reported only $18,000 in net revenue to the City. And they had over $50 million in revenue for non-NFL events! Wow.
Next year, they project zero net revenue. Double wow.
Many people think they are dumping NFL expenses into the non-NFL events. That would be the only way to explain how pathetic the 49ers’ numbers are. That would also be a crime, says a local attorney.
They’ve also violated state wage labor laws and won’t turn over documents.
49ers exec Jim Mercurio has a conflict of interest and a possible self-dealing problem with stadium contracts. That’s a story we broke in April. Now the California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Mercurio.
This is likely headed to court. That’s because the 49ers frequently sue the City. But that might be good for the City.
At a press conference yesterday, Mayor Lisa Gillmor said:
“Rather than cooperate or follow the law, the 49ers like to fight in the court of public opinion. That’s what they do. We prefer the court of law because that’s where facts, documents, and laws matter. And if you look at our record, the public always wins.”
The press conference lasts about 30 minutes. Here’s a link to watch.
POA Endorses Nikolai for Police Chief
On Tuesday, the members of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association voted to endorse Pat Nikolai for police chief over Dan Winter.
It was no surprise because Nikolai is popular with the troops. He also got 49.9 percent of the vote in 2016 against the incumbent police chief, Mike Sellers.
The POA membership also authorized spending $250,000 next year on the police chief’s race. Wow. That’s a big chunk of dough from the sale of their POA headquarters. Looks like they mean business.
Here are some tidbits we heard from multiple sources:
The vote was overwhelming for Nikolai. He had a detailed short term plan for the department and was inspiring. He got loud applause.
Nikolai was vague about long term department goals and plans.
Winter couldn’t answer the question of why he wanted to be police chief. He told some bad jokes and got little applause.
Winter said he only wanted to be police chief for a short time. He plans to retire in November 2020, so he won’t run for re-election. Hmmm. Sounds like a pension spiking plan that we’ve seen before.
Speaking of Sellers, Winter distanced himself from his former boss. That’s a smart move because Sellers is unpopular with the troops.
Based on the POA endorsement and their money, we’ve updated the odds on this race:
Nikolai is now 1/5.
Winter is now 15/1.
Editor’s Note: Please gamble responsibly.