By Robert Haugh
The 49ers are spending money like crazy on No on Measure C. If they don’t win it’s going to be embarrassing. If they do, it may not be worth it. The team has shot themselves in the foot so many times.
Last night at the Council meeting, City Clerk Hosam Haggag revealed the newest bullet in Jed York’s shoes.
The 49ers filed an “amendment” to their last campaign finance report. They increased their total spending from $617,500 to $647,500. But they did it after the deadline for receiving contributions last Friday. That’s a no-no.
Here’s what Haggag said:
“Filing an amendment to add an additional $30,000 and post date that with an amendment is not okay. It does not follow the law.”
Haggag announced that he’ll be reporting it to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the state campaign watchdog.
Interestingly, Councilwoman Karen Hardy questioned Haggag for announcing his actions publicly. She also defended the 49ers.
Haggag made a great argument for transparency and disclosure. Hardy didn’t really have much of a response. You can watch the exchange here.
The 49ers’ First Violation — Dark Money
The 49ers made their first mistake on No on Measure C earlier this year. The team violated the Dark Money Ordinance when they didn’t report a December poll.
That could be a costly mistake even if they win the election.
In response to Hardy’s questions about penalties, Haggag read this section from the ordinance”
The violation of this Article shall be considered a material breach of the contract by a contracting party and grounds for termination of the contract. A contracting party shall be considered in violation of this section if the contracting party fails to disclose contributions made by the contracting party or by an intermediary of the contracting party or by contribution of earmarked funds as defined and regulated by section 18432 of the Government Code.”
Measure C Debate
Councilman Raj Chahal questioned City Attorney Brian Doyle’s “Impartial Analysis” that appears in the official voter pamphlet.
Chahal didn’t like Doyle’s statement that if Measure C fails, Santa Clara returns to at-large elections. Doyle told him that’s exactly what the charter says.
Chahal made his case that the Council could change the city charter without a vote of the people to create districts to address racial polarization.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor weighed in a said “our charter is our constitution and the only way to change it is a vote of the people.” If not, the Council could change its own term limits and increase its own salaries.
You can watch the debate between Chahal, Doyle, and Gillmor here.
Editor’s Note: The last link to the YouTube video was wrong this morning. It’s been updated. Sorry about that.